2009 was a pretty wild year in the world of marketing. Many businesses became fatigued from hearing so much about Twitter, Facebook, and social media in general. As the hype settled and people began to understand how to use and integrate these new platforms, more change was brewing.
The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council released its 2009 Small Business Survival Index, ranking which states are best for fostering entrepreneurship. Topping the list this year as the best place to own your own business is South Dakota. The least small-business-friendly? Washington, DC
Martin Zwilling, founder and CEO of Startup Professionals, warns against collaborating with seven types of angel investors that might actually hurt your business. Some specific investors he recommends avoiding: