NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- What's happening in small business today? 1. Occupy Wall Street steps up its game. Businesses nearby were affected as Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York's Financial District moved closer to the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. But they were met with resistance by SWAT teams and barricades. Many ended up taking residence on Nassau Street to continue their chants.
TheStreet reporter Joe Deaux ( @JoeDeaux) is down in the trenches tweeting his observations all morning. In one instance, he says that the Duane Reade on Wall Street was told by police to lock the front doors. Local businesses were said to be relieved by Tuesday's eviction of Zuccotti Park so the NYC Department of Sanitation could clean. How is your business being affected by protesters in your city? Email me at: Laurie.Kulikowski@thestreet.com and let me know! 2. Score hosts business credit webinarScore, the Small Business Association's resource partner dedicated to mentoring entrepreneurs, is hosting a free webinar today at 2 p.m. EST on "New Funding Solutions Driven by Business Credit." The webinar will feature Walter Good, CEO of CredSystems. A few of the topics he will cover include: the keys to building a fundable business; reasons businesses need business credit and why lenders care; and common mistakes owners make when looking for funding. 3. Angel investing on the rise A report by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire shows that small-business investors are coming back into fashion. Angel investor-led investments for the first half of 2011 totaled $8.9 billion, up 4.7% over the year-earlier period. The report said a total of 26,300 entrepreneurial ventures got angel funding during the same period, up 4.4% over the year-earlier period. Popular industries for angel investors to back include health care services/medical devices and equipment, industrial/energy, biotech and software. This is good news for the job market, the article says, since start-up businesses are major job creators. -- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York. To follow Laurie Kulikowski on Twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/#!/LKulikowski To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.