Small business news from around the web: May 3 – 7, 2021

Unemployment is high. Why are businesses struggling to hire?
Health concerns, expanded jobless benefits and still being needed at home are among the reasons would-be workers might be staying away.

Small business hiring jumps in April
Hiring at small businesses grew significantly last month, returning to levels before the pandemic, according to payroll giant Paychex.

Politics, inflation pinch as small business confidence rises slower than markets and economy
Confidence among small business owners has barely risen as fears about inflation, hiring costs, tax hikes and partisan politics weigh on Main Street as it shows some signs of returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Hidden gems of the SBA: What small business owners should know
The SBA is about much more than Payroll Protection Program loans. SBA 7(a) loans have always presented significant advantages for those businesses that qualify. Loans can be used for most business purposes, including purchasing real estate, buying an existing business, covering construction costs and bolstering working capital.

Tech Corner - The clothes we wear are about to undergo a wild digital revolution
The way clothing gets made has changed surprisingly little over the years. But new advances are adding intelligence and customization to the process.