NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- What's happening in small business today?
1. Sole proprietors saw double-digit increase in sales over Thanksgiving weekend. Sole proprietors saw an average sales increase of 23% during the Thanksgiving weekend retail rush compared with last year, according to Outright, a program that streamlines small-business' taxes and financial transactions from commerce sites such as eBay (EBAY), Amazon (AMZN) and PayPal into a central database.
The data included sales from Thanksgiving day through Cyber Monday. Outright aggregated data from a sampling of the company's 10,000 small-business customers who are sole proprietors from all sectors -- everything from designers to dog walkers to consultants, it says.
The businesses saw the biggest lift in sales on Black Friday. Sole proprietors who used a major e-commerce site to sell products sold an average of $440 this year versus $100 last year over the Thanksgiving weekend.2. NRFsays it's fighting for the little guy on sales tax. The National Retail Federation, a retail industry trade organization, urged the House Judiciary Committee to support legislation that would reform online sales tax laws to offer a more level playing field to bricks-and-mortar stores competing with online sellers. According to the NRF, online sellers have a price advantage that is "stifling" Main Street's ability to compete.
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