NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- What's happening in small business today? 1. You're getting your product sold by major retailers. For many entrepreneurs, it's great to get your product on the shelves of major retailers, but once you're in, how do you make sure you're meeting demand and pleasing your distributor?
One of the major lessons for all entrepreneurs is not to rely on any one outlet to sell your product, according to USA Today. There are plenty of avenues to get noticed widely. Start by exhibiting at trade shows, scouring the Internet for potential brokers or finding retailers with product submission forms you can fill out online. Small-business owners should also be hands-on, meaning not relying completely on middlemen to get product in the door and remembering to keep in constant contact with distributors. 2. Green start-ups are eligible for VC fund. A private fund in partnership with the Small Business Administration plans to commit $75 million to start-ups geared toward eco-friendly themes such as recycling, solar energy, sustainable agriculture and food safety, among others, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. On Thursday, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced licensing of the first nationally focused impact investment fund, SJF Ventures III LP, according to the article. The fund will be entirely funded by private investment, as opposed to federal tax dollars. 3. The House has passed small-business capital formation package. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation aimed at expanding access to capital for small businesses. The bill won broad support in the chamber. Job creation is a top issue this election year, but passing the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) in the Senate will be a challenge. The Democrat-led Senate is in no rush to approve the package without including improved investor protection measures, which of course will require both chambers to compromise, according to the Los Angeles Times. New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said the bill "will have some more consumer protections, investor protections, but it'll be similar," according to the article. The Senate is expected to begin consideration of its version of the jobs package next week. -- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York. To contact Laurie Kulikowski, send an email to: Laurie.Kulikowski@thestreet.com. To follow Laurie Kulikowski on Twitter, go to: http://twitter.com/#!/LKulikowski