'Small Business Obituaries' Increase By 20% - Free Online Knowledgebase AskJim.biz Debuts to Help End the Entrepreneurial Carnage

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The ancient Chinese curse warns, "May you live in interesting times." It would seem that America's entrepreneurs are experiencing this curse: In the face of recent research by the U.S. Small Business Administration, showing that small business failures are up by 20%, still hundreds of thousands of new small businesses are being formed annually, and one in 12 Americans are actively planning a start-up. What is the explanation for this apparent paradox and who has it?

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AskJim.biz is just what existing and future small business owners need but didn't have - until now: thousands of quality answers to important business start-up and growth questions, all in one place, with no barrier to entry.

    Jim Blasingame, one of the world's leading small business experts, knows why all of this is happening and what to do about it. "Millions of business queries are made to search engines annually, yet recent research indicates that 60% are unsuccessful," Blasingame says. "Obviously, entrepreneurial hope springs eternal, but hope alone won't end the increase in business obituaries; it will take better information, better delivered."

Today, on the first day of National Small Business Week, Blasingame launches AskJim.biz, a unique online knowledgebase for small business. AskJim.biz, a free Web site, will deliver thousands of answers to the kinds of questions asked by start-ups and growing small businesses alike. Answers are delivered in real-time by Blasingame and his "Brain Trust," which is a community of hundreds of leading business experts. AskJim.biz delivers entrepreneurial pain relief and can help turn troubled businesses into thriving enterprises.

"When you combine the small business failure/start-up statistics with the intense demand for answers, it's easy to see just why a comprehensive small business knowledgebase is important," notes Blasingame. "AskJim.biz delivers fast answers to small business questions that entrepreneurs of all levels can trust as they face the 21st century challenges of starting, running and growing a business in this global economy."

Blasingame is the founder and award-winning host of the weekday syndicated program, The Small Business Advocate Show. He conducts more than 1,000 live interviews each year with his 500+ member "Brain Trust." AskJim.biz aggregates the knowledge of these business experts, plus his own perspectives from a 40-year business career, into a simple, uncluttered, free site that "just works."

Andrew Sherman, renowned business growth expert and author of Grow Fast, Grow Right, comments, "Jim really is the preeminent authority when it comes to small-business success in the 21st century. There is no doubt that AskJim.biz will serve information-hungry entrepreneurs by providing answers they need and can trust, on-demand."

Jeff Zbar, small business journalist and "micropreneur" expert, notes, "AskJim.biz is just what existing and future small business owners need but didn't have - until now: thousands of quality answers to important business start-up and growth questions, all in one place, with no barrier to entry."

Google ranks Blasingame as the #1 small business expert in the world and Fortune Small Business named him one of the 30 most influential people in America representing small business. The SBA recognized Blasingame as the 2002 Small Business Journalist of the Year, and he is a member of the SBA's National Advisory Board.

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