Ask an Expert: Time for the Small Biz Quiz

Today's tip:Inc. Magazine (a great resource for small business, by the way) just launched the 2009 version of its annual Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000. There are some surprising results this year. Despite the recession

• Aggregate revenue for the 500 came in at $18.4 billion, up from $13.7 billion last year• Total employment is more than 57,000, up almost 6,000 from last year, and• 96% of companies on the 500 list have hired in the past year

The issue is on newsstands now.

Ask an Expert appears Mondays. You can e-mail Steve Strauss at: you can click here to see previous columns. Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer, author and speaker who specializes in small business and entrepreneurship. His latest book is The Small Business Bible. You can sign up for his free newsletter, "Small Business Success Secrets!" at his website —

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