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ADTRAN Unveils New Residential and Small Business Gateway with Super-Vectoring ADTRAN UNVEILS NEW RESIDENTIAL AND SMALL BUSINESS GATEWAY WITH SUPER-VECTORING

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May 21, 2019

ADTRAN announced an extension of its SmartOS-enabled portfolio of broadband access solutions with the SmartRG 652ac (SR652ac) residential and small business gateway. The new carrier-grade, SmartOS-enabled residential and small business gateway provides the ability to deliver highly competitive broad...

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8 Amazing Hacks to Manage your Small Business’s Growth 8 AMAZING HACKS TO MANAGE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS’S GROWTH

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May 21, 2019

There’s good news for small businesses. The interest rates are holding steady and there’s good GDP numbers out. Small Business Trends talked with Mark Davis, national managing partner of Deloitte Private Enterprises for Deloitte & Touche LLP. He offered 8 suggestions on what small bu...

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Ministry wants lower tax rates for small companies MINISTRY WANTS LOWER TAX RATES FOR SMALL COMPANIES

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May 20, 2019

The trade ministry plans to initiate preliminary talks with the Treasury with a view to further easing the tax burden on micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) beyond income tax to free up cash to support growth and creation of new job opportunities. Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary...

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The U.S. Department of Energy Announces $46 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ANNOUNCES $46 MILLION FOR SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

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May 20, 2019

Washington D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry today announced that the Department of Energy will award 231 grants totaling $46 million to 202 small businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Bu...

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Is There Such a Thing as Guaranteed Approval for Bad Business Credit? IS THERE SUCH A THING AS GUARANTEED APPROVAL FOR BAD BUSINESS CREDIT?

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May 16, 2019

Loan applications and bad credit are like oil and vinegar – they don’t mix together well. Whether you’re searching for a business loan or financing on the personal side, trying to find a lender who will let you borrow money with bad credit can be a frustrating process.If you have b...

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How to Grow Your Business From a Single Site to Multiple Locations HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS FROM A SINGLE SITE TO MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

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May 16, 2019

Expanding your small business can be exciting for any entrepreneur. However, adding multiple locations means you can no longer be physically present in every spot to control the daily operations. And that can be a difficult thing for hands-on business owners who have largely overseen those operation...

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NASA awards $106 million to U.S. small businesses for technology, development NASA AWARDS $106 MILLION TO U.S. SMALL BUSINESSES FOR TECHNOLOGY, DEVELOPMENT

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May 15, 2019

Managing pilotless aircraft and solar panels that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars are among the technologies NASA is looking to develop with small business awards totaling $106 million.In all, NASA has selected 142 proposals from 129 U.S. small businesses from 28 states and the District ...

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A strong labor market is putting extra torque on small companies A STRONG LABOR MARKET IS PUTTING EXTRA TORQUE ON SMALL COMPANIES' ABILITY TO FIND WORKERS

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May 13, 2019

A Lake County manufacturer is mentioned prominently in this Wall Street Journal story about the squeeze being put on small businesses by the tight job market.Job growth at the smallest businesses has fallen to the lowest levels in nearly eight years as tiny companies struggle to attract and retain w...

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Meet Running Dogs Brewery: Nav’s $10,000 Small Business Grant Winner MEET RUNNING DOGS BREWERY: NAV’S $10,000 SMALL BUSINESS GRANT WINNER

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May 13, 2019

As the Public Relations Manager at Nav, I have the privilege of reviewing each of the applications that are submitted for our company’s Small Business Grant. In all honesty, it’s the best and worst part of my job all rolled into one. The week of reviewing applications is truly an emotion...

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How Your Physical Location Can Affect The Business Loan Process HOW YOUR PHYSICAL LOCATION CAN AFFECT THE BUSINESS LOAN PROCESS

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May 12, 2019

Managing your business is an undertaking that requires you to pay attention to many different factors, and it’s not always easy to keep up with them. One of the areas that are critical to the survival of your company is security. Unfortunately, many small business owners are not aware of the m...

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Small business owners brace for new tariff hikes SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS BRACE FOR NEW TARIFF HIKES

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May 11, 2019

U.S. hikes tariffs on $200B of Chinese goods; China vows to take "necessary countermeasures"; small business owners brace for new tariff hikes. China's negotiator says Trump must remove extra tariffs to reach deal.Trump just raised tariffs on thousands of Chinese goods.Trump tariff thr...

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small business town hall yields suggestions for improvement SMALL BUSINESS TOWN HALL YIELDS SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

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May 11, 2019

First, a big thank you to all of you who read my saga of getting a business license in the City of Miami Beach. It quickly became RE:MiamiBeach’s most talked about article. Reaction was quick. Mayor Dan Gelber responded on Facebook, “Thanks for your story. I’m sorry you suffered th...

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Finance Tips for Small Businesses (+7 Success Stories From Entrepreneurs) FINANCE TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES (+7 SUCCESS STORIES FROM ENTREPRENEURS)

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May 10, 2019

Large corporations’ capital structures hold such weight in our global economy that they are covered in the news, but the stories of small business owners are often overlooked. Finding funding can be difficult for small business owners, even with countless options available. Business loans and ...

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How New, Small Business Owners Can Be Protecting Their Brand HOW NEW, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN BE PROTECTING THEIR BRAND

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May 09, 2019

As a lawyer, I’ve represented many businesses but often found that small business owners make major mistakes thatl leave them legally vulnerable. If big guys like Hertz can fall victim to business schemes, think about how much more vulnerable your tech startup or fledgling new ecommerce fashio...

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Celebrate Small Business Week: Invest in young female entrepreneurs CELEBRATE SMALL BUSINESS WEEK: INVEST IN YOUNG FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

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May 09, 2019

Last November, we were elected to Congress as part of a freshman class full of “firsts.”One of us was one of the first Native American women elected to Congress. The other, one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress. We’re also both first-generation college students. And we...

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Facebook Launches an Autonomous Manager for Small Businesses FACEBOOK LAUNCHES AN AUTONOMOUS MANAGER FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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May 08, 2019

Facebook announced a launch of an automated advertisement manager for small businesses this week. The announcement is quite opportune as it comes during the National Small Business Week in the country.The new program aims at small businesses with one or two people handling the entire affair. The aut...

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Are You a Small Business Owner or an Entrepreneur? ARE YOU A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OR AN ENTREPRENEUR?

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May 07, 2019

Welcome to National Small Business Week, an entire week dedicated to celebrating the typically uncelebrated version of the American entrepreneur.Drive through the heart of any downtown in this country and you will pass small business after small business -- laundromats, restaurants, gas stations, cl...

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Yes, small businesses account for 99% of all Wisconsin companies YES, SMALL BUSINESSES ACCOUNT FOR 99% OF ALL WISCONSIN COMPANIES

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May 07, 2019

The first full week in May is National Small Business Week, which has prompted a series of lawmakers to tout the role of small business in Wisconsin.U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson — a longtime businessman himself — joined the chorus with a May 6, 2019 tweet:"99.4% of businesses in Wisconsin ...

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Houston small business owners less confident about local economy HOUSTON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LESS CONFIDENT ABOUT LOCAL ECONOMY

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May 07, 2019

Houston small-business owners are less confident about the local economy, according to Bank of America, though still more upbeat that counterparts nationally.In a nationwide survey of 1,000 small-business owners, 66 percent of Houstonians surveyed believe the local economy will improve. That's d...

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Small Business Week Is Here, So Turn Your Idea Into Reality With This Starter Kit SMALL BUSINESS WEEK IS HERE, SO TURN YOUR IDEA INTO REALITY WITH THIS STARTER KIT

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May 06, 2019

With Small Business Week 2019 upon us, now is as good a time as any to begin making that idea you can’t stop thinking about a reality. As of last year, there were 30.2 million small businesses in the United States -- and you could join their ranks.Don’t let a fear of failure hold you bac...

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Only 49% of Small Businesses Have a Growth Plan ONLY 49% OF SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE A GROWTH PLAN

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May 05, 2019

The small business community feels their local and U.S. economy are strong. This according to the annual Small Business Pulse Survey from SunTrust. But only 49% of the respondents in the survey said they have a clearly stated plan for business growth.Considering the strong economic sentiment small b...

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Strapped for Cash? Three Modern Ways To Take Out A Small Business Loan. STRAPPED FOR CASH? THREE MODERN WAYS TO TAKE OUT A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN.

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May 02, 2019

Small businesses can often find themselves strapped for cash. When payroll is due, and accounts receivables are still high, cash is king. Even the most successful small business is susceptible to this type of crunch.As a four time venture-backed entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley, who has raised a...

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Apply These 10 Techniques to Create the Perfect Work Schedule for Your Small Business Team APPLY THESE 10 TECHNIQUES TO CREATE THE PERFECT WORK SCHEDULE FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS TEAM

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May 01, 2019

Do you struggle with scheduling for your small businesses? You have must make sure all your shifts are covered. But you also need to optimize the schedule to ensure as many sales as possible. So you need to take tons of things into consideration. Then create the perfect employee schedule. And keep l...

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Amazon beats estimates in first quarter sales AMAZON BEATS ESTIMATES IN FIRST QUARTER SALES

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Apr 29, 2019

Amazon has beaten analyst estimates by some margin after net income more than doubled during its first quarter.According to its first quarter results for the period ending March 31, the online retail giant saw net income grown from $1.6 billion (£1.24 billion) to $3.6 billion (£2.79 bill...

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First Choom-Branded Store to Open in Niagara Falls FIRST CHOOM-BRANDED STORE TO OPEN IN NIAGARA FALLS

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Apr 29, 2019

Choom™ is pleased to announce that on Friday, April 26, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”) issued a Retail Operator Licence to Lisa Bigioni, and issued a Retail Store Authorization for her Choom-branded cannabis store in Niagara Falls, Ontario, which is exp...

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Leveraging machine learning to improve order fulfilment throughput LEVERAGING MACHINE LEARNING TO IMPROVE ORDER FULFILMENT THROUGHPUT

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Apr 29, 2019

Buy online pickup in store or click-and-collect is now a key omnichannel initiative with retailers for driving in-store traffic by identifying potential customers online and luring them to buy other products once they arrive. YetBOPIS order fulfillment operations remain a key challenge for retailers...

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American Apparel pulls back on Los Angeles store plans AMERICAN APPAREL PULLS BACK ON LOS ANGELES STORE PLANS

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Apr 29, 2019

American Apparel has tabled plans to re enter retail via a Los Angeles store as it focuses on continuing the momentum within other areas of its business. The company continues to still have a leasehold on the Melrose Avenue location where it intended to open the store. “We’ve been really...

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Leaked images of tilted towers and retail row buildings after volcanic rocks hit LEAKED IMAGES OF TILTED TOWERS AND RETAIL ROW BUILDINGS AFTER VOLCANIC ROCKS HIT

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Apr 27, 2019

After Epic released the v8.50 Fortnite update on Thursday, dataminers were quick to look through the new files and leak what they found. Leaks included new cosmetics, Discovery loading screens, leaked challenges and images of Tilted Towers and Retail Row being destroyed. Dataminer FiremonkeyFN recen...

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Matalan to open first Wolverhampton store MATALAN TO OPEN FIRST WOLVERHAMPTON STORE

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Apr 26, 2019

Matalan has announced it will open its first store in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, on May 11.The new 23,000sq ft store will be located at the Mander Shopping Centre, and will offer womenswear, menswear, kidswear and homesware.Just last month, the fashion value retailer opened a store in Leeds.Meanw...

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44% of BHS stores still empty since 2016 collapse 44% OF BHS STORES STILL EMPTY SINCE 2016 COLLAPSE

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Apr 26, 2019

Almost half of BHS stores have remained empty since its collapse into administration in 2016.A total of 44 per cent of stores are still empty, according to the Local Data Company (LDC), after new research found that out of the 160 stores that closed, 70 units are still empty.Sir Philip Green sells B...

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Walmart deploys ai technology to monitor retail stores in real-time WALMART DEPLOYS AI TECHNOLOGY TO MONITOR RETAIL STORES IN REAL-TIME

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Apr 26, 2019

As the competition in the retail market is increasing, Walmart is experimenting with its physical stores. The company is digitizing its stores to manage it more efficiently and make the customer shopping experience more pleasant. The retail giant has rolled out its Intelligent Retail Lab officially ...

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Yumi kim is hiring retail store stylists YUMI KIM IS HIRING RETAIL STORE STYLISTS

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Apr 26, 2019

Yumi Kim, a growing contemporary women's brand based out of Soho, is looking for seasoned Retail Stylists, Keyholders, and a Store Manager for our flagship Lower East Side boutique. This is an amazing opportunity for someone who is looking for a multi-faceted key role on a small and dynamic team...

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Indonesian retail sales growth speeds up INDONESIAN RETAIL SALES GROWTH SPEEDS UP

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Apr 26, 2019

The growth rate appeared to be driven by shoppers splurging on Lunar New Year celebrations as well as an increase in apparel sales during the month.February’s rise followed a 7.2 per cent improvement in January and government statisticians have predicted a rise of 8 per cent for March.

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Master the Art of Trello for Small Business with these 10 Tips MASTER THE ART OF TRELLO FOR SMALL BUSINESS WITH THESE 10 TIPS

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Apr 25, 2019

Trello offers a popular tool for personal productivity and team collaboration. The platform gives users more than 25 million users worldwide. You can easily customize the platform based on your tasks and working preferences. And it delivers a powerful way for businesses to organize projects.&nb...

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Do You Know About these 13 Small Business Hiring and Tax Credits DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE 13 SMALL BUSINESS HIRING AND TAX CREDITS

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Apr 25, 2019

Tax credits provided by the federal government are a great incentive for small and medium business to hire and retain talent. For businesses interested in helping workers who have faced challenges getting back on the payroll, there are a variety of tax credits and incentives available to help. The b...

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5 Tips to Decide if a Partner Program Is Right for Your Business 5 TIPS TO DECIDE IF A PARTNER PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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Apr 25, 2019

You’ve heard of your competitors using partner programs. But is it right for your business? Regardless of the size of your business, finding workable strategies to encourage growth is essential to your long-term success. To this end, some businesses turn to partner programs as a way to bu...

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CVS to Open Hundreds of SmileDirectClub Shops in its Stores CVS TO OPEN HUNDREDS OF SMILEDIRECTCLUB SHOPS IN ITS STORES

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Apr 25, 2019

CVS Health announced this morning that the drug store chain will open “hundreds” of SmileDirectClub locations inside its stores this year, with plans to open more than 1,000 locations over the next two years. Called a SmileShop, customers can receive a 3D scan of their teeth that will be...

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3 Strategies to Improve Customer Acquisition and Retention 3 STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE CUSTOMER ACQUISITION AND RETENTION

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Apr 25, 2019

Retailers today are faced with more competition than ever before, making it challenging to both attract and retain customers. Customer expectations are elevating too, driven by new technologies from point-of-sale engagement and artificial intelligence engines all aiming to enhance the shopping exper...

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Leveraging Human Touch and Technology to Create a Differentiated Shopping Experience LEVERAGING HUMAN TOUCH AND TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE A DIFFERENTIATED SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

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Apr 24, 2019

The death of the physical store has been widely discussed for years, and many in the retail industry have predicted its demise. The retail industry, however, has survived disruption cycles in the past, including the “original” threat to Main Street’s brick-and-mortar stores the cat...

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Debenhams could shut down 20 stores in early 2020 DEBENHAMS COULD SHUT DOWN 20 STORES IN EARLY 2020

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Apr 24, 2019

The new owners of Debenhams are reportedly days away from launching a CVA which could include plans to shut down 20 stores in early 2020.According to Sky News, Debenhams will launch a CVA in the latter half of this week and have appointed KPMG to oversee it.Should this eventuate, a handful of the de...

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Subdued growth in March online retail sales SUBDUED GROWTH IN MARCH ONLINE RETAIL SALES

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Apr 24, 2019

Online retail sales last month saw subdued growth due to a later Easter pushing back holiday spending and no repeat of last year’s Beast from the East snowstorms.According to the latest eRetail Sales Index from IMRG and Capgemini, the online retail industry only recorded sales growth of five p...

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Tried and True Tips for Fixing Your Business TRIED AND TRUE TIPS FOR FIXING YOUR BUSINESS'S CASH FLOW PROBLEMS

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Apr 24, 2019

You developed your business plan over the course of years. Since realizing your lifelong dream of becoming a business owner, your company has been profitable. However, due to cash flow problems, you’re barely keeping your head above water. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not a...

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The Daily Rundown: Thinking of Selling Your Business? Think Again THE DAILY RUNDOWN: THINKING OF SELLING YOUR BUSINESS? THINK AGAIN

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Apr 22, 2019

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Every day, we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. To start: the tight labor market and student loan assistance programs for employees, followed by the cooling small biz market. And for dessert: the Freakshak...

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Retail Sales Surge While Housing Starts Fall Off – Market Update RETAIL SALES SURGE WHILE HOUSING STARTS FALL OFF – MARKET UPDATE

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Apr 22, 2019

I hope everyone had a good holiday if you were celebrating! My family was in town, so it was a good weekend. Detroit is abuzz because a local legend is coming back to be the general manager of the Red Wings. It’s early, but hope springs anew that Hockeytown might soon be restored to its former...

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The Daily Rundown: SMBs See Drop in Taxes Under New Tax Law THE DAILY RUNDOWN: SMBS SEE DROP IN TAXES UNDER NEW TAX LAW

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Apr 19, 2019

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Each day we bring you stories and trends that impact small business owners and their workforce. It’s Friday and the jury–or at least one survey is in on the impact of the new tax code on small businesses. Also: cool and creative perks for empl...

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How Useful Are Webinars For Small Businesses HOW USEFUL ARE WEBINARS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Apr 19, 2019

Imagine going live on video and educating your audience? Interacting with them, answering any doubts they may have? Sounds fun, right? This is why we think webinars for small businesses are a good idea. Over the last year, small businesses held over 1500 webinars collectively per day. Over 14 millio...

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4 Essential Tech Tools for Scaling a Small Business 4 ESSENTIAL TECH TOOLS FOR SCALING A SMALL BUSINESS

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Apr 18, 2019

Many ambitious young businesses aspire to become the next startup success story. While few businesses experience major growth overnight, learning to manage an organization that’s expanding at any measurable rate is no simple task. Many businesses simply fall short of aligning their operations ...

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March Retail Sales See Healthiest Gains Since Late 2017 MARCH RETAIL SALES SEE HEALTHIEST GAINS SINCE LATE 2017

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Apr 18, 2019

Retail sales were up 1 percent in March seasonally adjusted from February and up 0.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.The Commerce Department said that sales increased a seasonally adjust...

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Extending Credit to Your Customers: A Primer for Small Business Sellers EXTENDING CREDIT TO YOUR CUSTOMERS: A PRIMER FOR SMALL BUSINESS SELLERS

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Apr 17, 2019

Extending credit to customers allows them to purchase goods and services on credit and pay for them later on. Offering credit is often a win-win for both merchants and buyers. Customers have more purchasing power, and tend to buy more if they are not limited to cash they have at the time of the sale...

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70% of Small Businesses Have no Strategic Plan for Brexit 70% OF SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE NO STRATEGIC PLAN FOR BREXIT

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Apr 17, 2019

Over six million Brits have signed a petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the European Union – one of the largest ever recorded on the Parliament website. It is clear that as deadlines loom, a nation remains confused about Brexit, what it means and how much of an impact it will have on ...

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RHL Ventures launches $24m fund to back Malaysian startups, SMEs RHL VENTURES LAUNCHES $24M FUND TO BACK MALAYSIAN STARTUPS, SMES

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Apr 17, 2019

Malaysia-based venture capital and multi-family private investment firm RHL Ventures has launched a RM100 million ($24.2 million) fund to support the growth of local startups as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs), it said in a statement on Wednesday. The fund is anchored by SME Corp. Malays...

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Nine Budget-Friendly Ways Businesses Can Explore AI And ML NINE BUDGET-FRIENDLY WAYS BUSINESSES CAN EXPLORE AI AND ML

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Apr 16, 2019

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) have certainly been getting a lot of buzz lately—and for good reason, considering their potential. More and more brands have started to use ML and AI to gain insights from customer data, which can then be used to better tailor products and...

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Senator Thune Tours Growing Small Business in Tea SENATOR THUNE TOURS GROWING SMALL BUSINESS IN TEA

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Apr 16, 2019

It’s no secret that small businesses in South Dakota are making big strides. One of them, DeGeest Steel Works in Tea was recognized recently for its success. That earned a special visit Tuesday From Senator John Thune.DeGeest steel works is a third generation, family owned business. They produ...

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Can I Get a Business Loan After Bankruptcy? CAN I GET A BUSINESS LOAN AFTER BANKRUPTCY?

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Apr 16, 2019

Filing personal bankruptcy can help you manage your debt situation, either through a restructured repayment plan or by wiping out most, if not all, of your debt entirely. But it can also harm your credit history, making it difficult to get approved for business financing. That doesn’t mean it&...

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How Experts Helped This Business Level Up HOW EXPERTS HELPED THIS BUSINESS LEVEL UP

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Apr 16, 2019

With Earth Day on the horizon (April 22), many businesses will soon take a pause to reflect on ways they can reduce waste and recycle materials. Sara Swisher-Anderson, founder of jewelry company Lennon Harper Designs, is already on top of her game when it comes to reuse. She creates upcycled pieces ...

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Will a New Oregon Bill Prevent Small Restaurants from Handing Out Plastic Straws to Customers? WILL A NEW OREGON BILL PREVENT SMALL RESTAURANTS FROM HANDING OUT PLASTIC STRAWS TO CUSTOMERS?

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Apr 16, 2019

The Oregon Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban restaurants from freely handing out plastic straws to customers. Customers dining inside must explicitly request a straw to get one. The rule does not apply to drive-through customers.“We use a straw for less than an hour, but it continue...

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Small business directors still at the helm past retirement SMALL BUSINESS DIRECTORS STILL AT THE HELM PAST RETIREMENT

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Apr 16, 2019

The BDO research, based on an analysis of 730,000 directors on the boards of UK SMEs, reveals that 15% of business directors are aged over 66, with 10% aged over 70.And with many lifestyle and family-run businesses in the UK catering equipment sector, this statistic could be particularly pertinent t...

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Awesome Tools to Help Kickstart Your Small Business Idea AWESOME TOOLS TO HELP KICKSTART YOUR SMALL BUSINESS IDEA

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Apr 16, 2019

If you have come up with a new business idea and want to turn it into reality, then you will be happy to know that the Internet can provide you with all the tools and information you need to succeed in that endeavor. In fact, the following are the top 12 tools that you can use for a smooth and succe...

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USC small business center lied about $4.5 billion contracts to pad budget, lawsuit says USC SMALL BUSINESS CENTER LIED ABOUT $4.5 BILLION CONTRACTS TO PAD BUDGET, LAWSUIT SAYS

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Apr 15, 2019

A South Carolina agency meant to help businesses grow tried to pad its budget by reporting fraudulent data to the federal government, according to a lawsuit filed by a former employee.The S.C. Small Business Development Center, based at the University of South Carolina and overseen by the school, cl...

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China’s small business lending push could equal US$418 billion in new loans, S&P Global says CHINA’S SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PUSH COULD EQUAL US$418 BILLION IN NEW LOANS, S&P GLOBAL SAYS

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Apr 15, 2019

Beijing’s efforts to boost the availability of capital to the country’s smallest businesses could generate as much as 2.8 trillion yuan (US$418 billion) in new loans if the nation’s banks meet the government’s target to increase business lending this year, according to S&...

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Airtel partners Cisco to provide connectivity solutions to small, medium business AIRTEL PARTNERS CISCO TO PROVIDE CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS TO SMALL, MEDIUM BUSINESS

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Apr 15, 2019

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel Monday entered into a partnership with network gear maker Cisco to jointly offer networking and connectivity solutions to enterprise and small and medium business customers in India. "Digital India has opened up a huge residual opportunity to help businesses in th...

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How Small Businesses Thrive in a Big-Box Economy HOW SMALL BUSINESSES THRIVE IN A BIG-BOX ECONOMY

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Apr 15, 2019

These days, consumers can pick up their groceries without ever entering a supermarket and schedule repeat shipments of their pet's must-have treats and toys for a discounted price. Services like grocery pickup and auto-ship continue to attract consumers to big-box retailers, but it's what th...

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Reimagining the Economy: The Social Justice Enterprise REIMAGINING THE ECONOMY: THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ENTERPRISE

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Apr 15, 2019

In this article, Aaron Tanaka, director of the Center for Economic Democracy and cofounder of the Boston Ujima Project, envisions a new approach for economic development that is centered on the concept of a “social justice enterprise”—an enterprise that, beyond the social enterpris...

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Navigating Health Insurance as a Small Business Owner NAVIGATING HEALTH INSURANCE AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

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Apr 15, 2019

The Affordable Health Care for America Act (ACA) increased the number of options individuals and small business owners have when it comes to choosing the best health insurance policy for their needs. Prior to the ACA, the number of small business offering health insurance to their employees hovered ...

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What personal sacrifices do british entrepreneurs make in the name of business? WHAT PERSONAL SACRIFICES DO BRITISH ENTREPRENEURS MAKE IN THE NAME OF BUSINESS?

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Apr 15, 2019

New research from Yorkshire Bank, part of CYBG plc, has revealed the sacrifices that British business owners make for the success of their company.The survey findings show that around one in five report experiencing detrimental effects on their health from giving up exercise (16%) or healthy eating ...

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Department of Energy Announces $95 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ANNOUNCES $95 MILLION FOR SMALL BUSINESS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

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Apr 15, 2019

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry today announced that the Department of Energy will award 86 grants totaling $95 million to 74 small businesses in 21 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today&rsquo...

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Four Elements Of An Effective Cybersecurity Platform For Small Business Owners FOUR ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE CYBERSECURITY PLATFORM FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

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Apr 15, 2019

Has your small or midsize business finally decided to bite the bullet on cybersecurity preparedness by adopting software to protect the firm’s sensitive information? If so, the key task for you now is to determine whether these new cybersecurity protections are, in fact, working. After all, da...

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10 Great Mobile Apps for Small Business Owners on a Budget 10 GREAT MOBILE APPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ON A BUDGET

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Apr 14, 2019

Small business owners now have more productivity tools at their disposal than ever before. This has allowed owners to organize, streamline, and automate many of the processes of their daily operations.The problem is, navigating the seemingly endless sea of business applications has become a job in i...

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Selecting The Right Marketing Agency For Your Small Business SELECTING THE RIGHT MARKETING AGENCY FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Apr 13, 2019

Many businesses see the process of finding the right a marketing agency as pleasant as a colonoscopy. And just as messy. Finding a marketing agency that checks all the boxes for your particular business needs can be a stressful and laborious experience. Whether you’ve appointed agencies in the...

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WhatsApp Marketing Strategies & Tips for Small Businesses WHATSAPP MARKETING STRATEGIES & TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Apr 12, 2019

Did you know that WhatsApp marketing is an effective way to get your audience to not just buy, but talk about your brand? The world has come a long way from using Whatsapp just for texting. Small businesses are making the smart switch to messenger apps to sell their products. However, when it comes ...

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How to Optimize Your Online Store HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR ONLINE STORE

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Apr 12, 2019

An online presence is a must-have for any business, especially retail. But even after you’ve set up your online store, you should continually update and improve it to make the most of your online presence. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the simple changes you can make to optimize yo...

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How Hard is it to Get a Business Loan HOW HARD IS IT TO GET A BUSINESS LOAN

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Apr 12, 2019

Whether you’re just starting out with your company or you’re looking to expand your business, a business loan can help you get the funding you need to take things to the next level. Before you start applying, though, you might be wondering how hard it is to get a business loan. The ...

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How Small Business Owners Offer Big Business Benefits HOW SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS OFFER BIG BUSINESS BENEFITS

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Apr 12, 2019

Employee benefits are key to a productive and satisfied workforce. Benefits take on many forms, from paid time off to flexible hours to free snacks and coffee. Companies are required by law to provide unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, but many employers go beyond the ...

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Google Cloud Announces Solutions Designed to Solve Business Challenges of Retailers GOOGLE CLOUD ANNOUNCES SOLUTIONS DESIGNED TO SOLVE BUSINESS CHALLENGES OF RETAILERS

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Apr 12, 2019

Google announced several latest retail solutions, built in collaboration with our ecosystem of retail partners and created to resolve business difficulties that retailers face over all parts of the value chain. Google have invested in solutions for retailers and many take full benefit of Google Clou...

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7 Ways Technology can Help you Grow Business Effectively 7 WAYS TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP YOU GROW BUSINESS EFFECTIVELY

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Apr 12, 2019

Latest technological innovations are the edge that really needs to grow and to boost the revenues ultimately. Using the latest business technology and innovations, small business owners and companies can leverage limited financial resources and capital in smart and most effective ways to get more sa...

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Small Businesses: Outsource These Tasks To Save Money SMALL BUSINESSES: OUTSOURCE THESE TASKS TO SAVE MONEY

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Apr 12, 2019

As a cash-strapped startup, you’re looking for ways to save money while staying ahead of the competition. How you structure your company and which tasks you chose to do in-house will have an impact on how productive and profitable it’s going to be; deciding to outsource is no easy choice...

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Bank of America Announces Changes to Small Business Cash Back Program BANK OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO SMALL BUSINESS CASH BACK PROGRAM

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Apr 12, 2019

Bank of America – or “BOA” – is a well-known player in the small business credit card realm. Its products include the popular Bank of America® Business Advantage Cash Rewards Mastercard® credit card, which has given companies flexible rewards for everyday business spe...

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Small Businesses and Big Opportunities- Here SMALL BUSINESSES AND BIG OPPORTUNITIES- HERE'S HOW CREDIT IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

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Apr 11, 2019

Today, 55-60 million micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) operate in India today, as per ‘Credit Disrupted’ a report by Omidyar Network and the Boston Consulting Group. The potential of this segment is growing rapidly, thanks to the start-up movement, strengthening digital i...

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What’s driving retailers’ investments in 2019 WHAT’S DRIVING RETAILERS’ INVESTMENTS IN 2019

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Apr 11, 2019

Every year NRF and Forrester Research look at what’s driving retailers’ investments and strategies across their businesses. The latest results from the 2019 State of Retailing Online report are in, and the findings showcase how modern retailers think about meeting the demands of today&rs...

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How Fintech Is Changing The Small Business Game HOW FINTECH IS CHANGING THE SMALL BUSINESS GAME

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Apr 11, 2019

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data will transform financial services and small-business lending long before they impact driverless cars, predicts Harvard Business School Senior Fellow Karen G. Mills. “As we speak, large banks and fintech providers are working on solutions ...

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10 Best WordPress Plugins for Your Small Business Website 10 BEST WORDPRESS PLUGINS FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE

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Apr 11, 2019

ant to connect your business with the 1.3 billion+ uses on Facebook Messenger?Then power your site with MobileMonkey’s WP-Chatbot.It’s just like a traditional website chat where users can chat with a support team or get answers to questions, but with the added benefit of getting informat...

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When Will the Prime Rate Go Down WHEN WILL THE PRIME RATE GO DOWN

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Apr 11, 2019

If you have a significant amount of debt, or are looking to borrow again sometime soon, you may be asking yourself this valuable question: when will prime rate finally go down again? Since it can have a big impact on your budget, it’s smart to know the factors that go into deciding the prime r...

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Lending To Small Businesses Grows At A Faster Pace LENDING TO SMALL BUSINESSES GROWS AT A FASTER PACE

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Apr 11, 2019

Lending to small businesses is growing at a faster pace as financial institutions increasingly find means to tap the sector’s credit gap. Outstanding disbursements to the micro, small and medium enterprises segment grew at annualised rate of 19.3 percent over December 2013 to December 2018, ac...

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Emirates subsidiary serves up dining and cafe concepts to Auckland Airport, has big plans to shake up local coffee scene EMIRATES SUBSIDIARY SERVES UP DINING AND CAFE CONCEPTS TO AUCKLAND AIRPORT, HAS BIG PLANS TO SHAKE UP LOCAL COFFEE SCENE

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Apr 11, 2019

Emirates Leisure Retail, a subsidiary of the Emirates Group which develops and operates hospitality outlets in Dubai, Singapore and Australia, is pushing further into the New Zealand market with the opening of a restaurant at Auckland Airport. New Zealand is the fourth market Emirates Leisure Retail...

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Survive a retail apocalypse: Innovate the in-store customer experience SURVIVE A RETAIL APOCALYPSE: INNOVATE THE IN-STORE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

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Apr 11, 2019

Just when we thought retail was going extinct, it showed us it had a few more tricks up its sleeve. Before the advent of the internet, retail outlets defined themselves by their physical reach the bigger the better. When e-commerce busted onto the scene, it presented such an appealing alternative to...

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Accounting Indicators To Watch When Scaling Your Business ACCOUNTING INDICATORS TO WATCH WHEN SCALING YOUR BUSINESS

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Apr 11, 2019

When you’re considering scaling your business, much of the information you’ll see is about strategy. However, successful growth is more about managing your numbers effectively and planning for a sustainable scale. Fortunately, this can be achieved by monitoring the right metrics and usin...

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Small Business Optimism Index Increases in March SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM INDEX INCREASES IN MARCH

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Apr 11, 2019

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index increased to 101.8, 0.1 points above February’s reading. This is a historically strong level. 23 percent of business owners surveyed said the next three months was a good time to expand, one point higher than last month’s reading. “Small busin...

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Jollibee Singapore to open Restaurants in Woodlands and Punggol JOLLIBEE SINGAPORE TO OPEN RESTAURANTS IN WOODLANDS AND PUNGGOL

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Apr 11, 2019

The Philippine fast-food giant is recruiting full-time and part-time staff for the stores via its Facebook page. Listed jobs include service, kitchen crew as well as managerial roles.Having opened its first store at Lucky Plaza in 2013, Jollibee Singapore now has six outlets: two at Lucky Plaza, and...

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How HelloFresh is Using Data to Create a More Efficient Supply Chain HOW HELLOFRESH IS USING DATA TO CREATE A MORE EFFICIENT SUPPLY CHAIN

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Apr 10, 2019

I attended the 2019 Home Delivery World conference in Philadelphia last week. Over the course of two days, the retail logistics conference featured speakers from brands such as QVC, Giant, and Etsy, presenting on topics ranging from grocery and e-commerce, to parcel and heavy goods, to last-mile del...

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Dunelm records Q3 profits & sales uptick DUNELM RECORDS Q3 PROFITS & SALES UPTICK

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Apr 10, 2019

Dunelm has revealed positive third-quarter sales across its stores and online.The homewares retailer recorded a 6.1 per cent rise in group revenue year-on-year to £284.5 million in the 13 weeks to March 30. Like-for-like store sales increased by 9.8 per cent, while online sales increased 32.1 ...

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Investment plans take a hit as businesses worry about Brexit INVESTMENT PLANS TAKE A HIT AS BUSINESSES WORRY ABOUT BREXIT

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Apr 10, 2019

Over half of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed by AIB in its sentiment survey are reviewing, postponing or cancelling investment plans.The bank’s Brexit sentiment index for the first quarter of 2019 shows that two-thirds of SMEs have begun formally planning for the implications of B...

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5 ways to personalize physical customer interactions 5 WAYS TO PERSONALIZE PHYSICAL CUSTOMER INTERACTIONS

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Apr 10, 2019

Personalization, which allows brands to cater to individual preferences and provide more relevant content and services based on customer behavior, has transformed the digital marketing world. In fact, consumers now expect personalized experiences in nearly every channel of marketing. But what are co...

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Senate report backs more legal assistance for small businesses SENATE REPORT BACKS MORE LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Apr 10, 2019

Small businesses still need greater access to legal assistance to fight disputes with the banks and introducing a levy on financial institutions to provide assistance is a good idea, a Senate committee has found. The legal and constitutional affairs committee released its report on dispute resolutio...

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Fashion grades: Rating the retail brands that make your clothes FASHION GRADES: RATING THE RETAIL BRANDS THAT MAKE YOUR CLOTHES

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Apr 10, 2019

Most New Zealand fashion retailers are doing a good job of looking after the people who make their clothes, but some brands have work to do.Department store Farmers was among those who got a poor ranking in this year's Ethical Fashion report by relief and development groups Tearfund and Baptist ...

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What Kind of Collateral Do I Need for a Business Loan? WHAT KIND OF COLLATERAL DO I NEED FOR A BUSINESS LOAN?

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Apr 10, 2019

You have a vision and you want to apply for a small business loan to bring it to pass. Congratulations! This is an exciting moment for any entrepreneur. Yet you may soon find out, if you haven’t already, that finding and qualifying for the right small business loan isn’t always easy. Bet...

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How to Run a Small Business While in College HOW TO RUN A SMALL BUSINESS WHILE IN COLLEGE

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Apr 09, 2019

If entrepreneurship runs in your blood, you may not want to wait until you’ve graduated from college to start a business. And why would you? Some of the most recognizable companies in the world, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Dropbox, were founded by college students.But running a ...

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7 Tips to Track Mileage and Expenses for Your Small Business 7 TIPS TO TRACK MILEAGE AND EXPENSES FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Apr 09, 2019

Tracking expenses can feel like a full-time job, especially if your business requires daily purchases or frequent travel expenditures. But failing to track or inaccurately tracking expenses can lead to a host of problemsWithout a clear view of costs, it becomes impossible to efficiently manage cash ...

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Shoppers avoiding big buys due to Brexit uncertainty retailers SHOPPERS AVOIDING BIG BUYS DUE TO BREXIT UNCERTAINTY RETAILERS

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Apr 09, 2019

Britain’s retailers have warned that Brexit uncertainty is holding consumers back from making bigger purchases, after a disappointing month for sales in March.The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the accountancy firm KPMG said sales growth dropped to 0.5% in the year to March, down from an ...

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For Now Co-owners Support Small Brands With a Big Retail Concept FOR NOW CO-OWNERS SUPPORT SMALL BRANDS WITH A BIG RETAIL CONCEPT

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Apr 09, 2019

When you step into Kaity Cimo and Katharine ReQua’s For Now store on Seaport Boulevard in the Seaport District of Boston, it’s hard to know where to look first.By the window, there’s a display of Sht That I Knit’s famously fluffy knit hats. Against the wall, there’s a r...

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LK Bennett’s US arm files for bankruptcy & mulls store closures LK BENNETT’S US ARM FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY & MULLS STORE CLOSURES

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Apr 09, 2019

LK Bennett’s US stores and online operation are at risk after the fashion retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the country last week.According to the Wall Street Journal, the US arm of the British fashion retailer is now seeking permission from the bankruptcy court to begin c...

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3 ways IoT is impacting retail 3 WAYS IOT IS IMPACTING RETAIL

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Apr 09, 2019

In 1999, Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of Things after witnessing inventory, logistics, and supply chain management challenges in retail. Since then, millions of global enterprises have adopted IoT and are uncovering its tremendous economic impact. However, while most retailers see value in ...

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FOCUS-Selling with the enemy: Why rival retailers embrace Amazon.com FOCUS-SELLING WITH THE ENEMY: WHY RIVAL RETAILERS EMBRACE AMAZON.COM

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Apr 09, 2019

Chico's FAS Inc warned in January that it would shutter at least 250 stores across its namesake brand, along with its White House Black Market and Soma labels.But the U.S. women's clothing chain is expanding a different storefront - its Chico's-branded micro site on Amazon.com Inc.While ...

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Editor’s take retail: Scalable tech, reaching shoppers and a tight labor market EDITOR’S TAKE RETAIL: SCALABLE TECH, REACHING SHOPPERS AND A TIGHT LABOR MARKET

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Apr 09, 2019

Retail has been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster so far this year, from some disappointing sales reports to an overall feeling of optimism and renewal as retailers and brands really start to crack the code of channel convergence and the new era of shopping. SmartBrief readers have been followi...

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CVS Expands Same-Day Prescription Delivery Nationwide CVS EXPANDS SAME-DAY PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY NATIONWIDE

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Apr 09, 2019

CVS has decided its customers will no longer have to wait a couple of days to have their prescriptions delivered. The pharmacy chain is now offering same-day delivery nationwide, almost a year after introducing one- and two-day shipping, the company announced last week. CVS will partner with Shipt, ...

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Brexit uncertainty adversely affects March retail sales BREXIT UNCERTAINTY ADVERSELY AFFECTS MARCH RETAIL SALES

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Apr 09, 2019

UK retail sales in March have once again been negatively impacted by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Sales decreased by 0.5 per cent last month, against an increase of 2.3 per cent in the same period last year, according to the latest BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. UK retail sales decrea...

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4 steps to predicting retail trends 4 STEPS TO PREDICTING RETAIL TRENDS

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Apr 08, 2019

Consumers aren’t just purchasing items anymore. They’re spending money on experiences and companies that reflect their personal lifestyles and values. They want relationships, they want authenticity — and they’re disrupting retail as we know it. Understanding who the customer...

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Vancouver Apple Store plans in jeopardy over city official concerns VANCOUVER APPLE STORE PLANS IN JEOPARDY OVER CITY OFFICIAL CONCERNS

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Apr 08, 2019

As Apple continues the push to expand its retail footprint with larger and more prominent stores, continued growing pains threaten the future of an upcoming flagship location destined for Vancouver’s Pacific Centre. At a recent meeting, the city’s Urban Design Panel expressed preliminary...

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Despite Defying The DESPITE DEFYING THE 'RETAIL APOCALYPSE,' AT HOME REPORTEDLY PUTS ITSELF UP FOR SALE

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Apr 08, 2019

Amid all the doom and gloom about physical retail, there are quite a few unsung stories of robust growth and solid profitability. At Home Group, the Plano, Texas-based chain of home decor superstores, is one of them. Despite the brand's relative success, reports emerged late last week that becau...

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The Survival Strategy For Retail Is Experience THE SURVIVAL STRATEGY FOR RETAIL IS EXPERIENCE

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Apr 08, 2019

To make retail shopping a desirable event in today’s internet-driven culture, you must deliver on the promise that a visit to your store is less of an errand and more of an experience.Retailers are beginning to understand that consumers are seeking more from a trip to the mall than a handoff o...

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For Successful Flagship Stores, The Art Is In The Details FOR SUCCESSFUL FLAGSHIP STORES, THE ART IS IN THE DETAILS

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Apr 08, 2019

During the recently concluded Ebeltoft Group conference in Milan, I had the opportunity to hear from Franco Manna, president and founder of Rossopomodoro, an international pizza chain that is also the exclusive pizza restaurant within Eataly globally. He focused on the five key ingredients that diff...

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Despite recent closures, retail still strong on Walnut Street in Shadyside DESPITE RECENT CLOSURES, RETAIL STILL STRONG ON WALNUT STREET IN SHADYSIDE

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Apr 08, 2019

If you’ve taken a stroll recently along Walnut Street in Shadyside, you might have noticed something missing. A couple of longtime retailers in the neighborhood opened the year by closing their doors. J.Crew announced in late February that it would close its shop at 5433 Walnut St. by spring. ...

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NBA Opens World NBA OPENS WORLD'S LARGEST STORE OUTSIDE OF THE US IN WANGFUJING

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Apr 08, 2019

The National Basketball Association shoots, but has it scored in Beijing? If we're talking purely in terms of square meterage, their new store on the Chinese capital’s touristy Wangfujing strip is certainly a slam dunk. In fact, at 1,200sqm, it’s the world’s biggest NBA store o...

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Tax-saving strategies for small businesses TAX-SAVING STRATEGIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Apr 07, 2019

The end of tax year is quickly approaching, and it’s time for tax returns. Every shilling counts when you are running a small business. Minimising taxes may be the difference between profitable and loss-making business. Hundreds of business owners will turn to their advisers for tips and strat...

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3 Secrets You May Not Know about Using Big Data to Boost Sales 3 SECRETS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT USING BIG DATA TO BOOST SALES

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Apr 07, 2019

Marketing has evolved immensely over the past decade. Think back to years ago. Tweaking your advertising efforts meant sifting through the behavior of your audience, sales data and click-throughs. However, big data has changed all that. Because big data alters the way businesses market to their cust...

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50% of Business Owners Over 50 Back Trump’s National Emergency Declaration 50% OF BUSINESS OWNERS OVER 50 BACK TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

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Apr 06, 2019

Trump’s national emergency declaration has the support of 50% of small business owners over 50 years of age. The data is from the latest BizBuySell survey about small business owner sentiment. According to the survey, business owner sentiment on this is issue is close to a statistical tie. An ...

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10 Tips for Improving Your Content Marketing Strategy with Instagram and Other Tools 10 TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY WITH INSTAGRAM AND OTHER TOOLS

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Apr 06, 2019

Instagram is one of many platforms that small businesses can use to actively communicate with customers. The platform offers many features that may be attractive to business users, for everything from marketing and sales to customer service. To help you make the most of your Instagram and overall co...

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Retailers misleading consumers with “inflated” customer reviews Which? RETAILERS MISLEADING CONSUMERS WITH “INFLATED” CUSTOMER REVIEWS WHICH?

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Apr 05, 2019

Some of the UK’s biggest retailers could be misleading consumers with “inflated” customer reviews of poor quality products, new research has found.According to consumer lobby group Which?, 15 products it had rated as “Don’t Buys” were found to have scored four sta...

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Gohlke Pools Top 10 Pool Retail Store GOHLKE POOLS TOP 10 POOL RETAIL STORE

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Apr 05, 2019

Gohlke Pools in Denton, Texas has been named one of the Top 10 Pool Retail Stores in the United States. The AQUA 100 is an exclusive honor bestowed to just 10 North American Pool and Spa Retailers each year. The AQUA 100, presented by Aqua Magazine, is an industry-leading competition designed to hon...

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Meredith Schmidt of Salesforce: Small Business Is a Real Business Unit For Us, Not Just a Product MEREDITH SCHMIDT OF SALESFORCE: SMALL BUSINESS IS A REAL BUSINESS UNIT FOR US, NOT JUST A PRODUCT

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Apr 05, 2019

A few months ago during Salesforce’s annual analyst summit, I got the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Meredith Schmidt. Meredith serves as Executive Vice President & GM of Salesforce Essentials & SMB.  Salesforce Essentials consist of the company’s products aimed at ...

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Buy all that you see at this restaurant-cum-designer home store BUY ALL THAT YOU SEE AT THIS RESTAURANT-CUM-DESIGNER HOME STORE

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Apr 05, 2019

A FEW days ago, when a friend mentioned she had bought a set of dinner plates from a restaurant, the concept seemed implausible. “Those were the plates we ate in, I liked them so much that I ordered a set of six,” she added. That is when we decided to visit what is being touted as &ldquo...

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Retail Properties Of America: A High Quality 5% Dividend With Potential 20% Return RETAIL PROPERTIES OF AMERICA: A HIGH QUALITY 5% DIVIDEND WITH POTENTIAL 20% RETURN

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Apr 04, 2019

The retail industry has always experienced disruption in one way or the other, but now the industry is facing a permanent disruption in the way consumers are shopping. The change in consumer preferences and the evolution of eCommerce has impacted the retail industry and has stimulated major retail R...

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Your Small Business Should Start Thinking About AR/VR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS SHOULD START THINKING ABOUT AR/VR

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Apr 04, 2019

Over the last few decades, we’ve seen technology change the way we do business in a fundamental way. Not only has the internet given us access to more information than we know what to do with, but it’s also given rise to new technologies like smartphones, cloud computing and e-commerce &...

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5 Tips on How to Start Your Own Grocery Store 5 TIPS ON HOW TO START YOUR OWN GROCERY STORE

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Apr 04, 2019

Product displays are a thing of importance in groceries. Each product must be given enough shelf space in order to attract sales and maximise impact among buyers. If possible, you might want to arrange your products in a way so that the most popular ones are in the front or centre of the store. To m...

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Mobile First for 2019: Insights and Predictions From Retail MOBILE FIRST FOR 2019: INSIGHTS AND PREDICTIONS FROM RETAIL'S BIG SHOW

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Apr 04, 2019

Let’s be real: the state of brick-and-mortar retail in 2019 is equally exciting and terrifying. Amid widespread closures, uncertainty and the ever-present behemoth that is Amazon.com, there's an amazing wave of innovation in mobility that has the potential to transform — and yes, sav...

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Folk & Ba&sh open stores in Soho, while Pineapple relocates flagship FOLK & BA&SH OPEN STORES IN SOHO, WHILE PINEAPPLE RELOCATES FLAGSHIP

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Apr 04, 2019

London’s Soho has this week seen the arrival of two well-known fashion brands while another relocated its UK flagship.Contemporary British fashion and lifestyle brand Folk has opened its latest store on Berwick Street, a locale that is becoming known for its independent labels.The new store ma...

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Target Raises its Minimum Wage to $13 an Hour TARGET RAISES ITS MINIMUM WAGE TO $13 AN HOUR

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Apr 04, 2019

Target Corp will raise its U.S. minimum wage to $13 an hour in June, from $12 currently, increasing its payroll costs and putting new pressure on rival Walmart to attract retail workers in a tight labor market. Minneapolis-based Target employs over 300,000 workers and runs 1,845 stores in the United...

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Why E-Commerce and Brick-and-Mortar Are Stronger Together WHY E-COMMERCE AND BRICK-AND-MORTAR ARE STRONGER TOGETHER

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Apr 04, 2019

It’s no secret that the e-commerce boom has transformed the way people shop and, in many cases, had a deleterious impact on in-store sales. Last year saw a 3.4 percent growth for brick-and-mortar sales and a notable 15 percent jump for e-commerce sales. With these numbers and news of retailers...

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7 Ways to Elevate Security in a Workplace 7 WAYS TO ELEVATE SECURITY IN A WORKPLACE

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Apr 04, 2019

Cyber attacks are a common threat to organizations today. Whether you are a small business or a major corporate entity, you need to have an IT network. The upside to a network is that it helps an organization become more productive, efficient and profitable.The downside is that a network hosts infor...

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A one-stop shop for kids, Toonz Retail records Rs 100 Cr turnover with 100 stores across India in nine years A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR KIDS, TOONZ RETAIL RECORDS RS 100 CR TURNOVER WITH 100 STORES ACROSS INDIA IN NINE YEARS

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Apr 04, 2019

Shopping for a child is often tedious, especially if it means carting your children from one shop to another. At the end of the shopping spree, nerves are frayed, and the entire family is left in a bad mood.Though ecommerce marketplaces and malls have brought about more convenience, there is nothing...

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“The Neighborgoods to Open Its First Brick & Mortar Retail Store in Former Bazaar Spices Storefront” “THE NEIGHBORGOODS TO OPEN ITS FIRST BRICK & MORTAR RETAIL STORE IN FORMER BAZAAR SPICES STOREFRONT”

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Apr 04, 2019

The Neighborgoods will open the doors of its first retail store in the Atlantic Plumbing building in Washington DC’s Shaw neighborhood (2130 8th St NW) by the end of the month. The store will showcase the fun-loving, colorful brand’s locally made food-themed signature products such as di...

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NIST cybersecurity resources for smaller businesses NIST CYBERSECURITY RESOURCES FOR SMALLER BUSINESSES

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Apr 04, 2019

There are a lot of challenges to being a small-business owner, including safely managing technology. Every risk can have an outsized effect on your ability to stay in business. And resources for protecting your business are often geared towards much larger organizations. The National Institute of St...

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7 Secret Tax Write-Offs for Your Small Business 7 SECRET TAX WRITE-OFFS FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Apr 04, 2019

Maybe you already filed your taxes and are wondering, “did I take advantage of every possible deduction?” Or, perhaps you’re running against the clock and hoping you’ve given yourself the best advantage possible. Either way, small business taxes, particularly deductions, can ...

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Retail Scenarios 2025 Require More Than Ecommerce RETAIL SCENARIOS 2025 REQUIRE MORE THAN ECOMMERCE

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Apr 03, 2019

Retail can’t survive and thrive by ecommerce alone. Ecommerce is ceasing to be a stand-alone differentiator in retail success. Unified retail commerce meshes together the digital and physical worlds. Amazon generated US$141.92 billion in product sales in 2018, up 19.7 per cent  from US$11...

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Fortnum & Mason to open first store outside UK FORTNUM & MASON TO OPEN FIRST STORE OUTSIDE UK

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Apr 03, 2019

Fortnum & Mason has unveiled plans to open its first international store in Hong Kong in September.The heritage retailer said the initiative arised due to international demand for its products, particularly from Hong Kong and China. Fortnum & Mason will set up a store and restaurant within V...

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5 strategies to help small business owners battle burnout 5 STRATEGIES TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS BATTLE BURNOUT

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Apr 03, 2019

Small business owners can struggle with burnout when they try to do too much by themselves and for too many hours in a day. Those who have found themselves burned out have developed strategies aimed at preventing a recurrence. Set limits. When Victoria Bogner gets home after a day at the financial a...

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5 Easy Steps to Lease a Car Through Your Small Business 5 EASY STEPS TO LEASE A CAR THROUGH YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Apr 03, 2019

You need vehicles for business use. But you might consider buying or leasing one through your company rather than as an individual. Basically, this just means your business is officially named as the owner or lessee of the vehicle. Overall, the process of buying or leasing a vehicle through your bus...

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Forbes honour for Hyderabad entrepreneur FORBES HONOUR FOR HYDERABAD ENTREPRENEUR

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Apr 03, 2019

Praveen Kumar Gorakavi, a city-based entrepreneur, has been selected for the prestigious Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list, 2019. This comes in recognition of his contributions to various fields of science and engineering.“It is a moment of pride for us. Finding a place in the Forbes Under 30 list ...

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Retail isn RETAIL ISN'T DEAD. IT'S CHANGING

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Apr 03, 2019

In the past few years, we've seen brick and mortar retail in decline. With stores closing left and right, from big box retailers to small businesses, thousands of stores shuttered in 2018 and big chains, from Macy's to Target to Starbucks, have plans to close hundreds more this year. Those a...

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Small business owners face hiring problems in a tight labor market SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FACE HIRING PROBLEMS IN A TIGHT LABOR MARKET

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Apr 03, 2019

While small business owners (SBOs) aren't currently feeling the business impacts of the fluctuating economy, they aren't as confident in how their organizations could be affected in the future, according to a Capital One report released on Wednesday.The report surveyed 500 SBOs to gauge how ...

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Top 15 Office Supply Subscription Boxes to Consider for Your Small Business TOP 15 OFFICE SUPPLY SUBSCRIPTION BOXES TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Apr 03, 2019

Entrepreneurs find themselves challenges keeping your supply shelves or home office stocked with supplies. They already need to handle so many other important tasks. An office supply subscription box can help you stock up automatically. There are plenty of options out there. And they include everyth...

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5 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Borrow Now 5 REASONS WHY YOUR SMALL BUSINESS SHOULD BORROW NOW

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Apr 03, 2019

People have a lot of opinions when it comes to debt and borrowing. At one extreme, some believe that all debt should be avoided and there’s no room for argument on the subject. Others perhaps borrow a little too freely, taking out new financing with little thought about whether doing so will b...

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10 SMS Marketing Best Practices for Small Businesses 10 SMS MARKETING BEST PRACTICES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Apr 02, 2019

One of the biggest reasons that small business needs to look at SMS marketing is the effectiveness. According to information supplied from EZ Texting,  text messaging has a 98% percent open rate. The response rate is 45% compared to 6% for email.There are other good reasons why text messages ar...

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This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Provide Access To Power To 2.3 Billion People THIS ENTREPRENEUR RAISED $100 MILLION TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO POWER TO 2.3 BILLION PEOPLE

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Apr 02, 2019

Even though solar still has some mountains to climb in winning saturation, it is clear that it is one of the fastest growing sectors today and one of the most impactful.Solar energy could be considered a luxury in the United States, aside from communities where it has been mandated for new buildings...

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How To Become An Entrepreneur Without Starting From Scratch HOW TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR WITHOUT STARTING FROM SCRATCH

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Apr 02, 2019

When most people think of entrepreneurs, they imagine individuals toiling away on their product in a garage or dorm room, struggling to survive until they can secure enough funding to launch their business to the moon. But contrary to popular belief, not every successful entrepreneur fits the Hewlet...

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Tottenham Stadium follows US financing model TOTTENHAM STADIUM FOLLOWS US FINANCING MODEL

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Apr 02, 2019

Years before Tottenham Hotspur Stadium started rising like a spaceship in north London, planning on how to finance the structure was underway nearly 3,500 miles away. Years before Tottenham Hotspur Stadium started rising like a spaceship in north London, planning on how to finance the structure was ...

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Big challenges for small businesses Downtown BIG CHALLENGES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN

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Apr 02, 2019

Six months into his tenure Downtown at Vagabond Coffee, owner Will Morgan is upbeat about prospects. But the specialty coffee shop’s hours show how tough the urban core market can be.Vagabond is open during business hours — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Compare that to the popular Murray Hi...

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What is Interoperability and How Can It Impact Your Business? WHAT IS INTEROPERABILITY AND HOW CAN IT IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS?

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Apr 02, 2019

You may have given little thought to your business’s healthcare interoperability. Exceptions might include small business operating as an active part of the healthcare system such as a technology startup. But achieving true healthcare interoperability profoundly impacts all businesses with one...

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Report: Bed Bath & Beyond Laid Off 150 Employees REPORT: BED BATH & BEYOND LAID OFF 150 EMPLOYEES

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Apr 01, 2019

Bed Bath & Beyond laid off about 150 of its 65,000 employees last week, CNBC reported. Anonymous sources familiar with the matter told CNBC that a little less than 50 workers, largely in the field-support team, which helps staff stores at namesake Bed Bath & Beyond stores, lost their jobs. I...

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6 ways a PEO can help small business owners 6 WAYS A PEO CAN HELP SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

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Apr 01, 2019

Owning and operating a small business is challenging in today’s market. And common issues that small business leaders often must handle on their own are the countless HR tasks and responsibilities that take a significant amount of time and energy to properly manage.The frustration and stress i...

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Small Business Guide to a Restaurant Management System SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE TO A RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Apr 01, 2019

If you are new to the restaurant industry, a restaurant management system (RMS) should be at the top of your list of necessities. An RMS can help you run your restaurant more efficiently by keeping track of your employees, inventory and your sales. An RMS typically comprises software as well as hard...

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How to Get a Small Business Loan HOW TO GET A SMALL BUSINESS LOAN

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Apr 01, 2019

Getting a small business loan is one of the many challenges you’ll face as you start your design business. While it may seem daunting, we’re here to help with a guide that outlines everything you’ll need to do as you learn how to get a small business loan. How do you apply? What ar...

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How to Start a Small Design Business from Scratch HOW TO START A SMALL DESIGN BUSINESS FROM SCRATCH

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Apr 01, 2019

If you’re wondering how to start a small business, maybe you’ve just graduated from design school, or perhaps you’ve worked at other firms and learned what not to do to succeed in the design industry. Or you’ve already paid your dues in another, unrelated field, and are branc...

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Small Businesses Face 6 Challenges in the Weed Market SMALL BUSINESSES FACE 6 CHALLENGES IN THE WEED MARKET

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Apr 01, 2019

Succeeding as a small business in the legal weed market is challenging. From government regulations to technological advancements, small businesses find themselves facing more competition and growing expenses. Here’s a look at some of the hurdles facing cannabis entrepreneurs in a growing but ...

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How a small budget and small business can be planned? HOW A SMALL BUDGET AND SMALL BUSINESS CAN BE PLANNED?

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Apr 01, 2019

It’s hard to start a profitable business in a competitive landscape. No doubt, business starts with a primary goal of making profits. Getting these profits from the phase of no client to multiple clients is a period of learning, falling, getting through and finally managing to sustain. Busines...

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6 Common Small Business Mistakes to Avoid This April Fool’s Day 6 COMMON SMALL BUSINESS MISTAKES TO AVOID THIS APRIL FOOL’S DAY

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Apr 01, 2019

We’re not here to tell you whether or not to indulge in April Fool’s Day shenanigans this holiday. If you really want to put your cubicle-mate’s stapler in gelatin, that’s up to you (and your HR team.) We would be missing a big opportunity, however, if we didn’t take th...

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Retail Sales Drop in February RETAIL SALES DROP IN FEBRUARY

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Apr 01, 2019

Following positive growth in January, retail sales dropped .2% in February. The reversal marks a return to negative month-to-month sales totals. The industry was encouraged when sales increased .7% in January following a disastrous December that saw sales drop by 1.6%. The advance estimates released...

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How A Mother Running A Small Business Can Increase Sales and Boost Profit Margins HOW A MOTHER RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS CAN INCREASE SALES AND BOOST PROFIT MARGINS

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Apr 01, 2019

Starting your own business and running a family as well can be overwhelming to say the least. Finding that right balance between business and family life can be difficult but it is possible. Being a mother that has an entrepreneurial spirit is not only good for the family financially but it also set...

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What may be ahead for small businesses WHAT MAY BE AHEAD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Mar 31, 2019

The small business sector has come through the first quarter of 2019 in, for the most part, reasonably good condition. But conversations with observers who follow the sector and readings of various surveys indicate clouds on the horizon.Maybe. Cynics might say that asking half a dozen economists abo...

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The Atlanta Small Business Show on CBS: Episode 6 THE ATLANTA SMALL BUSINESS SHOW ON CBS: EPISODE 6

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Mar 30, 2019

Want your business featured on The Atlanta Small Business Show? Tell us your story! And if you would like to advertise with ASBN, give us a call at 678-332-9706 or email us at sales@myasbn.com On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Show, we caught up with serial entrepreneur and ...

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10 Tips for Growing Your Business with Technology and Talent 10 TIPS FOR GROWING YOUR BUSINESS WITH TECHNOLOGY AND TALENT

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Mar 30, 2019

Small business owners wear so many hats. So it’s essential to use tools and resources to help you streamline and increase efficiency. And you’ll need marketing platforms to productivity tools to help. Make growing your small business toolkit an ongoing process. Check out these thoughts a...

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6 Major Companies that Began as Mom-and-Pop Shops 6 MAJOR COMPANIES THAT BEGAN AS MOM-AND-POP SHOPS

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Mar 29, 2019

It seems that our love of celebration has yielded a “day” for everything under the sun. From National Squirrel Day to Chiffon Cake Day (today, if you’re wondering), it’s hard to keep track. However, at Nav, we’re happy to celebrate another group today – Mom and Po...

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Republicans need more than tax cuts to woo small business REPUBLICANS NEED MORE THAN TAX CUTS TO WOO SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 28, 2019

Reducing taxes can certainly help a small business. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that a tax reduction is no silver bullet for our challenges. That’s what Republicans are learning this year and it will be a recurring issue as the country heads towards the 2020 elections. It seems ...

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Senate Small Business Committee Advances Cybersecurity Bills SENATE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE ADVANCES CYBERSECURITY BILLS

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Mar 28, 2019

The Senate Small Business Committee unanimously approved two bills that aim to bolster small business cybersecurity yesterday.Committee Chair Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the bills, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Cyber Awareness Act and the Small Business Cyber Training Act, earlier...

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7 Ways to Clean Up Your Business Credit 7 WAYS TO CLEAN UP YOUR BUSINESS CREDIT

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Mar 28, 2019

Spring means longer days and better weather, which often gives us the energy to tackle projects around the home we’ve been neglecting. Why not channel some of that positive energy into tackling business tasks you’ve been putting off—  including working on your business credit?...

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Small business champion backs credit squeeze SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION BACKS CREDIT SQUEEZE 'MYTH'

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Mar 28, 2019

The small business ombudsman has backed the banks' concerns about a tightening of credit describing the bottleneck as serious with significant implications for the economy.The corporate regulator rejected any notion of a credit squeeze on Wednesday calling the notion a "myth" as senior...

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‘No such thing as small business’: Mark Bouris cops heat over his latest bit of advice ‘NO SUCH THING AS SMALL BUSINESS’: MARK BOURIS COPS HEAT OVER HIS LATEST BIT OF ADVICE

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Mar 28, 2019

Entrepreneur Mark Bouris has sparked a heated debate on social media after declaring the term ‘small business’ is “demeaning” and “blatantly inaccurate”.Bouris posted a photo of himself to Linkedin earlier this week wearing a “there’s no such fkn thing...

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BlueVine Grows Online Financing Platform For Small Business BLUEVINE GROWS ONLINE FINANCING PLATFORM FOR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 28, 2019

We provide financing to small businesses and we are an online company. We have provided two products to date, invoice factoring online and a business line of credit. We’re soon to be introducing our third product and what we really pride ourselves with is a couple things: One is leveraging sig...

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4 Amazing Marketing Tips To Crush Your Competitors 4 AMAZING MARKETING TIPS TO CRUSH YOUR COMPETITORS

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Mar 28, 2019

Standing out from the competition is challenging, especially if you are just starting your business. Chances are, there are plenty of companies that have been doing what your company does for years, and they have already figured out how to earn and maintain a customer base. So how will you manage to...

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Colorado’s small business have reservations, but generally support paid family leave, poll finds COLORADO’S SMALL BUSINESS HAVE RESERVATIONS, BUT GENERALLY SUPPORT PAID FAMILY LEAVE, POLL FINDS

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Mar 28, 2019

A poll of 300 small business owners across Colorado found a majority supported creating a paid family leave program, but they also were concerned about the state mandating participation. When asked about their support for a bill to give all Coloradans 12 weeks of partially paid leave that’s wo...

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Ascribe Bioscience receives NSF small-business grant ASCRIBE BIOSCIENCE RECEIVES NSF SMALL-BUSINESS GRANT

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Mar 28, 2019

Ascribe Bioscience, which applies the emerging field of metabolomics to the soil microbiome to develop new products for agriculture, has become the first company based on technology developed at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) to receive a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Res...

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20 Examples of Profitable Crops for Small Farms 20 EXAMPLES OF PROFITABLE CROPS FOR SMALL FARMS

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Mar 28, 2019

If you’re interested in turning your love of crops and plants into a business, there’s no shortage of opportunities. Whether you have a large piece of land or a small, indoor garden, you can find a type of crop that you can sell to other companies or directly to consumers. Lavender can b...

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Nordisk Movie Studio Drives Data with a Small Team and a Big Vision NORDISK MOVIE STUDIO DRIVES DATA WITH A SMALL TEAM AND A BIG VISION

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Mar 28, 2019

As data warehousing and analytics continue to move to new architectures, many firms are struggling to replace or extend legacy warehousing systems. This demands a re-evaluation of plans in place and future considerations. It can be particularly difficult for smaller IT departments and small business...

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BlueVine Grows Online Financing Platform For Small Business BLUEVINE GROWS ONLINE FINANCING PLATFORM FOR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 28, 2019

We provide financing to small businesses and we are an online company. We have provided two products to date, invoice factoring online and a business line of credit. We’re soon to be introducing our third product and what we really pride ourselves with is a couple things: One is leveraging sig...

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5 Skills for Success for 21st Century Entrepreneurs 5 SKILLS FOR SUCCESS FOR 21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEURS

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Mar 28, 2019

Too busy to go to the market for groceries? Big Basket has you covered. Learning algebra is getting tougher in grade 9? Watch Byju’s for easy tricks to solve. Short on cash? Paytm is at your rescue. These new age businesses are the brainchild of 21st-century entrepreneurs who have managed to c...

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The Serious Problem No Entrepreneurs Want to Talk About THE SERIOUS PROBLEM NO ENTREPRENEURS WANT TO TALK ABOUT

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Mar 28, 2019

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in 5 American adults suffers from some form of mental illness every year. That’s a startling number, but for entrepreneurs, it’s not startling enough. That’s because, according to a recent study from the University of Califo...

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5 Tips on How to Do Taxes for Your Small Business 5 TIPS ON HOW TO DO TAXES FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 27, 2019

Tax season is here again. It's difficult enough doing your taxes, but running the gauntlet of preparing small business taxes can be enough to give you an ulcer without help. There's no getting around this yearly ritual, but you can make it simpler. For many small business owners and accounta...

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Owners should expect the unexpected when buying a business OWNERS SHOULD EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED WHEN BUYING A BUSINESS

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Mar 27, 2019

Many small business owners get some unpleasant surprises when they buy a company, whether the problems are with staffers, finances or the firm’s technology, equipment or premises.Expect the unexpected is the advice from small business consultants, including those who have bought and sold compa...

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Opinion: Small business owners need focus on policy, not politics OPINION: SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS NEED FOCUS ON POLICY, NOT POLITICS

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Mar 27, 2019

In response to a reporter’s question during the 1993 federal election, former prime minister Kim Campbell famously said: “An election is no time to discuss serious issues.”Alberta’s entrepreneurs certainly hope that won’t hold true for the provincial election campaign n...

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Five Ways Small Business Owners Can Prevent Cyberattacks FIVE WAYS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN PREVENT CYBERATTACKS

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Mar 27, 2019

As a small business owner, it likely feels as if the day’s work is never done. From accounting to marketing and everything in between, all tasks feel as if they are a priority. However, there is one aspect of your business that you have likely forgotten about: cybersecurity. Each day, you are ...

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5 Essential LinkedIn Strategies for Small Businesses 5 ESSENTIAL LINKEDIN STRATEGIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Mar 27, 2019

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”This concept holds true, especially in business, and as a small B2B business owner, you need to be clear not only on your goals but also about the way you plan to achieve them. That means having a plan, and...

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GSA Rescinds All Awards Made on $15B Alliant 2 Small Business Contract GSA RESCINDS ALL AWARDS MADE ON $15B ALLIANT 2 SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACT

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Mar 27, 2019

The government rescinded all awards made in the $15B Alliant 2 Small Business governmentwide acquisition contract for IT services procurement Tuesday.The move follows an order from the Court of Federal Claims that the General Services Administration must rescore every submission it received to addre...

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Dance Studio Tapped as OnDeck Small Business of the Month DANCE STUDIO TAPPED AS ONDECK SMALL BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

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Mar 27, 2019

The leader in online lending to small business, today announced that Gotta Dance Studio and Company of Bend, Oregon is its Small Business of the Month for March 2019. Owned by Brandi Nichols and her husband Sean, the dance instructional studio is the first small business in Oregon to receive the OnD...

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Tips to Prepare Your Small Business for Spring Break TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FOR SPRING BREAK

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Mar 27, 2019

Spring break is right around the corner – this is a time when more than half of all people ages 18 to 34 head to locations both near and far for some sunshine or breaks from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Small businesses may find this time of the year tough, but the reason behind t...

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The path of growth for small businesses THE PATH OF GROWTH FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Mar 27, 2019

Over the past two years or so, there has been a step-up in the focus on interventions targeting the informal economy, with a lot of rhetoric on solutions to challenges facing this sector. It is no secret that Micro Small and Medium sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are important drivers of growth across Sub...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Will Hall, CEO of HIPnation ATLANTA SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE – WILL HALL, CEO OF HIPNATION

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Mar 27, 2019

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host, Ted Jenkin, sits down with Will Hall, CEO of HIPnation. HIPnation is a membership-based medical practice that was created by practicing physicians who want healthcare to actually focus on providing better care to patients ...

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5 Best Cash Flow Loans Your Small Business Needs 5 BEST CASH FLOW LOANS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS

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Mar 27, 2019

Every business needs cash to run its daily operations. When cash is scarce, businesses apply for cash flow loans. There are several types of cash flow loans in the market. Each offer different rates, terms and application criteria, but you need to figure out which loan works best for your business. ...

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Small Business Tax Rates: How Much Businesses Actually Pay in Taxes SMALL BUSINESS TAX RATES: HOW MUCH BUSINESSES ACTUALLY PAY IN TAXES

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Mar 26, 2019

Based on an SBA study, small businesses pay an average tax rate of 19.8%. The actual tax rates that apply to small businesses vary significantly based on business entity, income, deductions, tax credits, and rates in effect for the year. Small C-corporations have the lowest average tax rate at 17.5%...

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Digital Marketing 101: What Small Businesses Need to Know DIGITAL MARKETING 101: WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW

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Mar 26, 2019

Small business owners know digital marketing is no longer secondary to traditional print marketing and advertising and is a great way for them to get more bang for their marketing bucks. (In fact, 95% of small businesses plan to increase spending on digital marketing this year.) But to get the best ...

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The 25 Best Affiliate Marketing Companies in 2019 THE 25 BEST AFFILIATE MARKETING COMPANIES IN 2019

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Mar 26, 2019

Small businesses need a simple way to recruit marketers to help sell products. And small online marketers need a simple way to gain commission from the traffic they drive. Affiliate marketing solves both problems.Affiliate marketing involves marketing someone else’s goods and services for a co...

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How small businesses can leverage enterprise-grade technology for big results HOW SMALL BUSINESSES CAN LEVERAGE ENTERPRISE-GRADE TECHNOLOGY FOR BIG RESULTS

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Mar 26, 2019

With the digitization of customer communications, sales processes, and customer service, SMBs can now do more than catch up to the big guys — they can compete. To learn how technology can transform the way your SMB does business, join this VB Live event! “A lot of times SMBs feel left be...

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3 Social media hacks every small business owner should know 3 SOCIAL MEDIA HACKS EVERY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD KNOW

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Mar 26, 2019

Are you a small business owner who often finds yourself staring blankly at your digital device wondering what the heck you should share with your social media followers? Do you sometimes feel like you’re spending countless hours on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, yet question whether your ef...

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9 Best Small Business Grants for Women 9 BEST SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS FOR WOMEN

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Mar 26, 2019

Grant money is highly desirable for any female-owned business looking to grow, start a new product, or even get their first small business off the ground. Because grants are free money and don’t have to be paid back, there is a lot of competition to get them. Women have opportunities to apply ...

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Panelists Offer Senators Small Business Perspectives on Federal Data Protection Laws PANELISTS OFFER SENATORS SMALL BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES ON FEDERAL DATA PROTECTION LAWS

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Mar 26, 2019

Panelists representing small businesses advocated for Federal uniformity and preempt over state data privacy laws and against data protection regulations that would disproportionately burden smaller companies at a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Manufacturing, ...

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"A visit to the Retail Center always sparks new ideas" "A VISIT TO THE RETAIL CENTER ALWAYS SPARKS NEW IDEAS"

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Mar 26, 2019

The recipe for the Retail Center’s success is based on several key ingredients: offer tailor made programmes, organise workshops, study various store layouts and recreate them in a realistic model of a supermarket environment. The Rijk Zwaan Retail Center has three different shelf layouts: a D...

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4 Tips to running a successful small business 4 TIPS TO RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 25, 2019

Small businesses are the backbone of every economy. The young and the old engage in small businesses with the aim of making a handsome profit. Others engage in such a business with the aim of scaling the heights and becoming one of the largest multi-million dollar organizations in the world.For a bu...

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10 Onboarding Best Practices Every Small Business Should Follow 10 ONBOARDING BEST PRACTICES EVERY SMALL BUSINESS SHOULD FOLLOW

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Mar 25, 2019

Onboarding is the process where new employees get introduced to all the necessary behaviors, skills and knowledge they’ll need. In a nutshell, it’s the process of integrating a new person into your small business’ culture and procedures. Small Business Trends contacted Tawni Reed,&...

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Think your small business is too small for big data? think again THINK YOUR SMALL BUSINESS IS TOO SMALL FOR BIG DATA? THINK AGAIN

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Mar 25, 2019

Small businesses have redefined the existing international business scenario and they need Big Data to unlock their full potential. Unfortunately, most small and medium-sized business owners are under the misconception that Big Data is out of their league. They fail to leverage the treasure trove of...

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Top 10 best small business idea list in 2019 TOP 10 BEST SMALL BUSINESS IDEA LIST IN 2019

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Mar 25, 2019

It is very hard to earn nowadays with typical types of businesses. If you want to earn according to your hard work, then you must put your 100% efforts to it. If not, then you are going to lose your money as well as your time. Therefore, try to choose those businesses which require fewer efforts and...

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Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley ‘Bubble’ and Head East SOME STARTUP FOUNDERS LEAVE SILICON VALLEY ‘BUBBLE’ AND HEAD EAST

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Mar 25, 2019

Silicon Valley has long been the epicenter of tech talent and investor cash, but startup founders who recently made the move to New York City say a Bay Area address isn’t necessary to start a successful tech firm. Worries about finding skilled workers and seed money in New York City have waned...

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This Startup Raised $17 Million for Its Efforts to Resurrect Cottage Cheese Sales THIS STARTUP RAISED $17 MILLION FOR ITS EFFORTS TO RESURRECT COTTAGE CHEESE SALES

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Mar 25, 2019

Jesse Merrill spends a lot of time thinking about cottage cheese."Cottage cheese is so versatile," he said. "Cottage cheese adds a high quality, clean protein boost to any recipe that you're making. We make cottage cheese lasagna, cottage cheese smoothies, cottage cheese baked zit...

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4 Crucial Business Lessons Millennials Can Learn From Women Entrepreneurs 4 CRUCIAL BUSINESS LESSONS MILLENNIALS CAN LEARN FROM WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

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Mar 25, 2019

Millennials have a lot of qualities that make them great entrepreneurs - a lot of self-confidence, a greater sense of purpose, and pretty much the resources of the world at their fingertips! Being most digitally savvy, they can easily use social media and internet to build products, market to a wide...

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Five Good Reasons To Boost Your Business with Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs FIVE GOOD REASONS TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH ERASMUS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

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Mar 25, 2019

SMEs represent 99% of businesses in Europe and contribute to 60% of European private sector employment, creating 85% of new jobs. Enabling them to benefit even more from the Single Market is a priority for the European Commission. And in this light, it has been already 10 years since the European Un...

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3 Simple but Effective Strategies to Create Consistent Income Online 3 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO CREATE CONSISTENT INCOME ONLINE

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Mar 25, 2019

The lack of consistent income is one of the hardest parts of adjusting to entrepreneurship. When you work a nine-to-five, you're getting a reliable paycheck every week or bi-monthly. You know roughly what that check will be and can plan accordingly. You don’t get that as an entrepreneur. W...

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5 Growth Hacking Strategies You Can Use To Elevate Your Startup 5 GROWTH HACKING STRATEGIES YOU CAN USE TO ELEVATE YOUR STARTUP

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Mar 25, 2019

As an early stage startup, growing your loyal customer base will be at the forefront of your strategic goals. Competing with established businesses on a smaller budget is a challenge, but not impossible. That’s where growth hacking comes into play.Sean Ellis, Founder and CEO of GrowthHackers, ...

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When is a company considered a startup and what is angel tax? WHEN IS A COMPANY CONSIDERED A STARTUP AND WHAT IS ANGEL TAX?

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Mar 25, 2019

Recently, the government relaxed several rules related to startups and levy of angel tax on funds raised by startups.According to the new rules, an entity will be considered a startup up to 10 years from the date of its incorporation and registration, up from the earlier duration of seven years. Sim...

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How is Soundwave Technology helping Small Businesses with Digital Payments HOW IS SOUNDWAVE TECHNOLOGY HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES WITH DIGITAL PAYMENTS

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Mar 25, 2019

Soundwave technology is as cool as it sounds. A new form of digital payment technique for small business, this technology is slowly gaining popularity in the country to help make payments easier. According to a BCG report, India’s digital payments ecosystem is estimated to reach over 500 billi...

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Master Business Finance With This Expert-Led Class MASTER BUSINESS FINANCE WITH THIS EXPERT-LED CLASS

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Mar 24, 2019

There are three basic requirements you must have if you want your new business to grow and thrive: a great idea, an outstanding work ethic, and money. These necessities are legs beneath the table of your business. If one fails, your whole idea (and the effort and cash you put into it) can collapse. ...

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25 Hobbies You Can Transform into a Small Business 25 HOBBIES YOU CAN TRANSFORM INTO A SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 24, 2019

We all have little hobbies and interests that we like to spend quality time with, but many people don’t realize how much money there is to be made from these passions of ours. With a little research and investment, it really is possible to turn these 25 hobbies into lucrative businesses. If yo...

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The problem of plenty: Multi-brand stores battle with flawed retail margins THE PROBLEM OF PLENTY: MULTI-BRAND STORES BATTLE WITH FLAWED RETAIL MARGINS

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Mar 24, 2019

Last week, Arti Kirloskar walked into Churchgate's concept store, Bungalow Eight (B8), looking to find something interesting from its multi-brand curation. She was there because she heard the 16-year-old clothing, accessories and décor pit stop was shuttering. Trustee of the Kirloskar Fou...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Business, Online and Offline 10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS, ONLINE AND OFFLINE

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Mar 23, 2019

To run a successful business in 2019, you need to incorporate both online and offline strategies. For everything from marketing to managing your team, it’s important to know the options and requirements to build a thriving business. Here are a wide array of tips from the online small business ...

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Chicago Workshop Teaches Small Businesses about the Voice of the Customer CHICAGO WORKSHOP TEACHES SMALL BUSINESSES ABOUT THE VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER

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Mar 23, 2019

The Voice of the Customer (VOC) grows louder every day. Customers can now share a bad experience easily with the world. They can take to social media, a website, blog, review sites, or forums to voice their discontent. Handle the problem quickly. Otherwise your brand could take a big hit. Applied Ma...

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6 Ways to Prep Your Summer Business 6 WAYS TO PREP YOUR SUMMER BUSINESS

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Mar 22, 2019

It’s finally spring, and for many of us, that means enjoying longer days and warmer temps. But if you run a small business that peaks in the summer months, then relaxing is likely the last thing on your mind. Instead, the dawn of spring signals the need for seasonal prep, allowing you to enter...

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Greens Court Small Business With Energy Savings Policy GREENS COURT SMALL BUSINESS WITH ENERGY SAVINGS POLICY

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Mar 21, 2019

The Greens yesterday launched a six- point plan the party says will assist small business in slashing power bills, improving energy efficiency and switching to clean energy.Unveiled by Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP, the plan consists of the following elements: The previ...

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10 Practical Ideas for Promoting a Small Business Locally 10 PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR PROMOTING A SMALL BUSINESS LOCALLY

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Mar 21, 2019

All business ventures are started with the idea to grow, to be known in not just their locality, but far and beyond. Every company dreams of that day when the people would be able to identify the brand by merely looking at the logo. While these goals can be challenging, these are not impossible. Fur...

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When to Consider Hiring an Accountant for Your Small Business WHEN TO CONSIDER HIRING AN ACCOUNTANT FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 21, 2019

As a small business owner, you’re probably looking for ways to save money on operating costs whenever possible. You might even have a bit of financial knowledge, so why not handle the books yourself? After all, you know the basics of bookkeeping and pay attention to details. But at what point ...

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W.Va. small businesses economic impact recognized on #SBDCDay W.VA. SMALL BUSINESSES ECONOMIC IMPACT RECOGNIZED ON #SBDCDAY

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Mar 21, 2019

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center joined the national recognition of #SBDCDay, Wednesday, March 20, during a proclamation ceremony at the Capitol.Gov. Jim Justice declared March 20 as Small Business Development Center Day. The governor issued a proclamation which states “the ...

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Small Businesses Are Especially Susceptible to Employee Theft. Here SMALL BUSINESSES ARE ESPECIALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO EMPLOYEE THEFT. HERE'S HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR COMPANY

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Mar 21, 2019

After Suelyn Farel got an email alert that someone had downloaded her entire customer database, she learned that two former employees had conspired to steal from her beauty products company. Farel had allowed the staffers to keep working after they each gave notice in late 2017; when they left the N...

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7 Small Business Ideas For Bengaluru 7 SMALL BUSINESS IDEAS FOR BENGALURU

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Mar 21, 2019

If you are reading this article, you have most likely thought of starting a small business of your own and become your own boss. However, just the desire to start a business will not suffice. Running a business takes a lot of dedication and passion, and above all an idea to begin with. One will also...

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3 Big-Business Things a Small Business Must Do 3 BIG-BUSINESS THINGS A SMALL BUSINESS MUST DO

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Mar 21, 2019

If you're running a small business, you don't have the same resources that your larger competitors do, so you have to pick and choose where you make investments. Even so, there are certain areas in which it's important to be on a level playing field. If you don't offer these three th...

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AHDB analyst teases out contemporary retail potato product innovations AHDB ANALYST TEASES OUT CONTEMPORARY RETAIL POTATO PRODUCT INNOVATIONS

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Mar 21, 2019

According to Kim Malley, Senior Analyst at AHDB Potatoes in the UK, smaller retail categories such as crisps and chilled are increasing at the fastest rate as potato retail volumes grow. “This is reflected in the innovations we see in the category, with significant degrees of diversification i...

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Retail transformation favors small business RETAIL TRANSFORMATION FAVORS SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 21, 2019

The big-box apocalypse isn’t slowing down. Nationally, clothing brands and corporate retailers alike, have been filing bankruptcy, liquidating and closing stores. In February, Payless announced that it would be closing all 21,000 stores in the U.S., representing the largest retail liquidation ...

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42 Retail Statistics to Help You Build Your Business in 2019 42 RETAIL STATISTICS TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR BUSINESS IN 2019

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Mar 20, 2019

E-commerce allows anyone access to almost any store at any time, with the convenience of their purchases being delivered right to their door.But it’s not just brick-and-mortar vs. e-commerce anymore. Mobile retail has exploded, enabling consumers to make purchases any time the mood or need str...

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Use These 5 Tips To Help You And Your Employees Avoid Eye Strain USE THESE 5 TIPS TO HELP YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES AVOID EYE STRAIN

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Mar 20, 2019

About 80 percent of U.S. adults say they use screens at least two hours per day. And 59 percent have reported experiencing some form of digital eye strain.Digital eye strain can include a number of symptoms, including dry eyes, irritation, sensitivity to light, trouble focusing, and blurry vision. I...

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Reporting Fraudulent Transactions on Your Business Credit Card REPORTING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS ON YOUR BUSINESS CREDIT CARD

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Mar 20, 2019

We live in a world where credit card fraud is the new normal. In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission received 167,000 reports from people who either experienced fraud on an existing credit card account or had an unauthorized credit card opened in their name. That’s just the number of people who...

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How Legacy Retailers Can Beat Young Upstarts at Their Own Game HOW LEGACY RETAILERS CAN BEAT YOUNG UPSTARTS AT THEIR OWN GAME

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Mar 20, 2019

Retail is the industry that never sleeps and in the past decade, many legacy retailers have fallen by the wayside in favor of stores with fresh retail concepts: Claire’s has been replaced by BaubleBar, Sears has given way to Amazon, Bon-Ton has given way to HauteLook, and so on. The reality of...

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5 Unexpected Places to Network for B2B Business Leads 5 UNEXPECTED PLACES TO NETWORK FOR B2B BUSINESS LEADS

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Mar 20, 2019

When doing B2B marketing, many business owners and sales reps tend to fall back on the same old approaches. They focus on the same places and methods for doing networking and finding new prospective clients. These include: trade shows, industry associations, and formal networking events. All of thes...

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What is Domain Authority and Why Is It Important to Your Website? WHAT IS DOMAIN AUTHORITY AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOUR WEBSITE?

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Mar 20, 2019

Domain Authority makes up one of the ranking factors determining where your website winds up on search engine result pages (SERPs). SEO consulting firm Moz developed Domain Authority. And it works with Google’s algorithm called PageRank. Your small business website’s backlink portfolio m...

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How Small Businesses Can Master The Art Of Selling On Amazon HOW SMALL BUSINESSES CAN MASTER THE ART OF SELLING ON AMAZON

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Mar 19, 2019

Everyone knows Amazon is killing America’s small businesses right? Believe it or not, many small business leaders say just the opposite. When commercial insurer Insureon and business directory Manta studied the subject, they found that 81 percent of small businesses experienced “signific...

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Women’s resource center awards $350K to spark diverse small business growth in Philly WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER AWARDS $350K TO SPARK DIVERSE SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH IN PHILLY

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Mar 19, 2019

When Ariell Johnson needed funding to open Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, she turned to the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC) for assistance.She received a $15,000 loan from the microenterprise organization that focuses on promoting social and economic self-sufficiency.“As a ...

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Gov. Abbott invites local entrepreneurs to small business conference in Edinburg GOV. ABBOTT INVITES LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS TO SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN EDINBURG

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Mar 19, 2019

South Texas entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their business can attend a Small Business Conference on Friday, March 29 in Edinburg, according to a news release from Gov. Greg Abbott.The event will take place at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, located at 118 Paseo del Prado in Ed...

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A strong middle class needs a strong and competitive small business community A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS NEEDS A STRONG AND COMPETITIVE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY

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Mar 19, 2019

The Convenience Industry Council of Canada (CICC) recognizes the importance of investing in the middle class, but calls on the government to support those small businesses that serve all Canadians. Initiatives aimed at improving regulatory competitiveness, addressing interprovincial trade barriers a...

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Federal budget: Little relief from rising small business taxes FEDERAL BUDGET: LITTLE RELIEF FROM RISING SMALL BUSINESS TAXES

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Mar 19, 2019

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed that the 2019 federal budget provides little relief for small businesses facing a barrage of new and higher taxes. Small firms are facing seven years of CPP premium hikes, higher taxes for many family businesses and those with pa...

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Small business tax would kill Michigan jobs SMALL BUSINESS TAX WOULD KILL MICHIGAN JOBS

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Mar 19, 2019

Michigan’s comeback didn’t happen by accident. Businesses have succeeded and grown due to tax reform in 2011 that made our system simple, fair and efficient. These changes put an end to the double taxation that burdened small business owners under the last two tax codes and we have seen ...

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HP Updates Its Consumer and Small Business PCs HP UPDATES ITS CONSUMER AND SMALL BUSINESS PCS

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Mar 19, 2019

HP today announced new Envy laptops and convertibles for consumers and a new lineup of ProBooks and HP ProDesk PCs for small businesses. The announcements came during HP Reinvent, the firm’s annual partner conference, which is being held this week in Houston.“Consumers want devices that ...

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Only 3 Percent of US Retail Sales Completed Via Mobile Wallet ONLY 3 PERCENT OF US RETAIL SALES COMPLETED VIA MOBILE WALLET

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Mar 19, 2019

A new infographic from Expert Market has mapped out mobile wallet usage in 36 countries around the world. In the US, only 3% of retail sales were completed through a mobile wallet.The global penetration rate of this technology is still very low topping at 6%, except for one country. The one outlier ...

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15 Expert Tips for Scaling Your Small Business 15 EXPERT TIPS FOR SCALING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 18, 2019

When you’re serious about growing your small business it makes sense to get the best advice possible. You can do that even if money is tight by tapping the expertise of Small Business Development Center (SBDC) advisors and consultants. SBDCs are funded in part by the United States Congress thr...

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10 Growth Hacks for Small Businesses and Start Ups in 2019 10 GROWTH HACKS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND START UPS IN 2019

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Mar 18, 2019

Starting your business might just be the best thing that ever happened to you. Is what you thought. But for the most part you’ve been stagnant and no growth has occurred.You’re most likely doing many things wrong, but that doesn’t matter anymore. What matters now is actively doing ...

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Small businesses cheer Trump tax reforms, but some feel they didn SMALL BUSINESSES CHEER TRUMP TAX REFORMS, BUT SOME FEEL THEY DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH

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Mar 18, 2019

Main Street advocates have been cheering parts of the Trump tax reforms, but there's also a feeling that the law didn't go far enough.Tax breaks enacted to help small businesses aren't permanent, and that's made it difficult for business owners to make long-term decisions.Some say th...

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10 Best Food Delivery Apps for your Small Restaurant or Franchise 10 BEST FOOD DELIVERY APPS FOR YOUR SMALL RESTAURANT OR FRANCHISE

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Mar 18, 2019

Food delivery apps have become a strong business model. These apps allow customers to order food online. New  apps enable consumers to order take-away food with more speed and efficiency than ever before. For restauranteurs and fast food chains, using food delivery apps brings a myriad of benef...

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4 Common Small Business Spending Mistakes 4 COMMON SMALL BUSINESS SPENDING MISTAKES

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Mar 18, 2019

Running a business isn’t always easy, and there are various challenges that can halt or reverse growth however, few are as dangerous as those that directly impact your finances. Fortunately, you can mitigate financial risk by taking control of your spending and monitoring cash flow.  Here...

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Cox Business seeks nominations for Small Business Boost Contest COX BUSINESS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS BOOST CONTEST

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Mar 18, 2019

The third annual Small Business Boost Contest, sponsored by Cox Business, 3TV, BNC National Bank and Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), is now accepting entries through March 24 at azfamily.com/goto/boost.Local small businesses can complete a free online entry form that includes a series of ...

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Small businesses use internet, intuition for consumer trends SMALL BUSINESSES USE INTERNET, INTUITION FOR CONSUMER TRENDS

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Mar 18, 2019

When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain old intuition. At Moriarty's Gem Art, co-owner Jeff Moriarty tracks searches on the jewelry company's website and ...

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Anxious small companies seek port in Brexit storm ANXIOUS SMALL COMPANIES SEEK PORT IN BREXIT STORM

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Mar 18, 2019

Traditional challenges faced by small companies include the threat posed by competitors, managing cashflow, securing finance and enduring the ups and downs of economic conditions. What business owners have been rather less used to is counting the inability of the government of the day to get its act...

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5 startup mistakes every small business person should avoid 5 STARTUP MISTAKES EVERY SMALL BUSINESS PERSON SHOULD AVOID

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Mar 18, 2019

Unless you are a serial entrepreneur, you are bound to make mistakes when you start a business (and even they make a few.) Some mistakes are minor and become part of the trial-and-error new entrepreneur learning process. Other mistakes can cripple your new business. There is nothing worse for a star...

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Leadership tips for a busy small business executive LEADERSHIP TIPS FOR A BUSY SMALL BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

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Mar 17, 2019

Being an efficient as well as an effective leader every day is time-consuming and energy-draining. Here are two leadership tips that may make those crazy busy days a little less crazy busy. No one likes to be told what to do. However people, your employees, still require direction and support. They ...

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Numerous bills put in jeopardy the health of our small business economy NUMEROUS BILLS PUT IN JEOPARDY THE HEALTH OF OUR SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMY

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Mar 17, 2019

As a small business owner, I know firsthand that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. When times are good, my family-owned business is able to hire additional staff and offer more generous benefits. This has a positive ripple out into our local community beyond ourselves and those we e...

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What is a Terms of Use Page and How Do You Create One for Your Business? WHAT IS A TERMS OF USE PAGE AND HOW DO YOU CREATE ONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

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Mar 17, 2019

A terms of use page includes a text section designed to tell users how they can legally use your website and interact with your business. It can protect your business and ensure that you’re compliant with the law. So you want to create your own website terms of use or adjust your existing poli...

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Small Business Thank You Letters Don’t Have to be Hard, See These 5 Samples SMALL BUSINESS THANK YOU LETTERS DON’T HAVE TO BE HARD, SEE THESE 5 SAMPLES

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Mar 17, 2019

Sending a simple thank you letter goes a long way in strengthening strong and long-lasting business relationships. You might write to a hard-working employee that shows dedication and commitment to your business. Or you might write to a loyal customer who continuously repeats purchases with you. Who...

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Social media management for small businesses: how to do it SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: HOW TO DO IT

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Mar 16, 2019

For many small business owners, social media is a burden or afterthought. It’s a time-consuming hassle that often gets left on the shelf. The internet has 4.2 billion users, 3.4 billion of whom are actively using social media. Clearly, social media management for small businesses is necessary ...

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New ideas, opportunities encourage small businesses to grow NEW IDEAS, OPPORTUNITIES ENCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESSES TO GROW

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Mar 16, 2019

Serkan Borançılı, who took the stage at an event where Startups.Watch 2018 figures were announced, spoke of his investment decisions after his successful venture. Borançılı, who is part of the successful team that founded Gittigidiyor, one of the leading e-commerce sites in Turkey, and...

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10 Tips to Help You Create a Smart Business 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU CREATE A SMART BUSINESS

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Mar 16, 2019

Smart companies aren’t just those that have intelligent leaders. They also have systems, tools and proper planning in place that allow every department or function to run together seamlessly. To become a smart company, you need to integrate smart ideas into every facet of your business. Here a...

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Think About Starting a Side Hustle? 50 Ideas to Consider THINK ABOUT STARTING A SIDE HUSTLE? 50 IDEAS TO CONSIDER

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Mar 15, 2019

The rise of the sharing economy and various tech startups have made running a side hustle easier than ever. Side hustles are basically gigs or businesses that you can easily manage alongside a full time job or business. They’re popular with those who want to earn a bit of extra money on nights...

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Australia AUSTRALIA'S NAB TO EXPAND THRESHOLD FOR SMALL BUSINESS PROTECTIONS

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Mar 15, 2019

National Australia Bank said on Friday it would expand the threshold for small business protections and would work with regulators to implement other key recommendations of an inquiry into financial-sector misconduct.Australia’s fourth-largest bank said it would extend its definition of small ...

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3 Quick and Easy Website Personalization Tactics to Boost Conversions 3 QUICK AND EASY WEBSITE PERSONALIZATION TACTICS TO BOOST CONVERSIONS

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Mar 15, 2019

Personalization lies at the heart of delivering a great user experience. You’ll find this true whether you run a blog or SaaS business.Or whether you operate an e-commerce website. Your visitors will always appreciate getting personal attention from you. No one likes to be cast into a “g...

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Why your small business needs an SEO agency WHY YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS AN SEO AGENCY

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Mar 14, 2019

Ranking in the major search engines has lots of benefits for small businesses. Your business receives free organic traffic, helps in branding your business, and most importantly, you become an authority in your niche. However, ranking in Google is not child’s play. It requires extensive SEO kn...

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Why 70% of the Small Businesses are Failing with Facebook Ads WHY 70% OF THE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE FAILING WITH FACEBOOK ADS

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Mar 14, 2019

Well, that’s what Facebook is – an 80,000-pound advertising gorilla. 9 out of 10 marketers use Facebook Ads to generate leads and to feed their sales pipeline. After all with 2.2 Billion active users, it is a country (if not a continent!) of its own.With more than $27 Billion in revenue,...

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4 reasons you should work for a small business 4 REASONS YOU SHOULD WORK FOR A SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 14, 2019

Big companies often have big perks. That's especially true in the technology Opens a New Window.  space, where free meals, gyms, and even day care are quite common. Even more traditional large companies that don't offer those kinds of benefits still have things that smaller businesses O...

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6 Small Business Benefits of Leaping Outside Your Comfort Zone 6 SMALL BUSINESS BENEFITS OF LEAPING OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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Mar 14, 2019

Starting a business takes guts. And, pursuing your passion requires you to take risks. To maximize your entrepreneurial experience, you need to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone.Going outside of your comfort zone makes all the difference when it comes to your business’s success. ...

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3 Ways Your Small Business Can Break the Hiring Mold 3 WAYS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS CAN BREAK THE HIRING MOLD

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Mar 14, 2019

Labor -- at least in certain professions -- has become hard to find. The job market has been suffering from a shortage of qualified workers, and that's a challenge that can hit small businesses harder.To work around that, as a small-business owner or manager, you have to be more clever than your...

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First Recipient of New Small Business Support Program Announced FIRST RECIPIENT OF NEW SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

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Mar 14, 2019

The first recipient of a new program that offers rent assistance to small businesses in Downtown Howell has been selected. Silverstone Jewelers will receive funding support through the rental subsidy partnership that was announced at the end of 2018 by Lake Trust Credit Union and Howell Main Street ...

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Personal Credit Cards vs. Business Credit Cards PERSONAL CREDIT CARDS VS. BUSINESS CREDIT CARDS

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Mar 14, 2019

You’re probably already familiar with the way personal credit cards work. As a business owner, you might have opened a credit card account or two for your company as well. Yet while the pieces of plastic you carry in your wallet may look similar, personal credit cards and business credit cards...

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Best Financing Options for Farmers BEST FINANCING OPTIONS FOR FARMERS

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Mar 14, 2019

Whether you’re a vibrant, family-owned operation, or you want to try a small crop for the very first time this year, the allure of farming spans generations and is an integral part of our country’s most rewarding history. As the daughter of farmers, I understand what a personal commitmen...

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6 things small businesses can do to improve cybersecurity 6 THINGS SMALL BUSINESSES CAN DO TO IMPROVE CYBERSECURITY

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Mar 14, 2019

Small businesses can be more vulnerable to cyberattacks than larger companies because they often don’t have sophisticated and comprehensive systems to protect themselves from hackers, viruses, malware and what’s called ransomware. And owners who are focused on customers and employees may...

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The Latest: Bill signed to expand state’s small loans THE LATEST: BILL SIGNED TO EXPAND STATE’S SMALL LOANS

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Mar 14, 2019

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation into law that would provide an additional $50 million to the state’s Small Business Investment Corporation to provide loans to small enterprises not served by traditional banks.Signed on Wednesday, the initiative doubles capitalizat...

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7 Online Groups Entrepreneurs Should Consider Joining 7 ONLINE GROUPS ENTREPRENEURS SHOULD CONSIDER JOINING

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Mar 14, 2019

Being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel isolating and lonely. Luckily, there are countless digital communities for business owners to join.  Here they can connect with like-minded people who will celebrate their successes and help them through their struggles. To find out more, we asked member...

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How to Start a Hair Salon Business HOW TO START A HAIR SALON BUSINESS

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Mar 14, 2019

Hair salons brought in more than $46 billion in revenue in 2018. And the market is still growing, making it a perfect opportunity for beauty-focused entrepreneurs. In fact, the industry as a whole is mainly made up of smaller businesses, rather than huge, nationwide competitors. Before breaking into...

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Vulnerable to attack: Businesses should boost cyber defences VULNERABLE TO ATTACK: BUSINESSES SHOULD BOOST CYBER DEFENCES

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Mar 14, 2019

When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries’ computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software.“We were looking at the network, and I noticed it, and another guy noticed it. We’re looking at the files and wa...

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Jurg Widmer Probst How to keep things fresh as a small business owner JURG WIDMER PROBST HOW TO KEEP THINGS FRESH AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

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Mar 14, 2019

Let’s face it – every job can get have its dull moments. We’re sure that even Hollywood stuntmen and circus performers will have those days when they feel like they just want to get off the treadmill. Work can be hard and demanding sometimes. But the fact is that as small business ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Derrick Meek, GreenSeason Landscaping ATLANTA SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE – DERRICK MEEK, GREENSEASON LANDSCAPING

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Mar 13, 2019

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, Ted Jenkin welcomes Derrick Meek, president and CEO of GreenSeason landscaping. A lot of people don’t know this, but the landscaping business is a highly fragmented industry, albeit a lucrative one. In order to remain competit...

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5 Low-Interest Business Credit Card Alternatives 5 LOW-INTEREST BUSINESS CREDIT CARD ALTERNATIVES

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Mar 13, 2019

If you have good personal credit, it’s relatively easy to qualify for a business credit card. But if you’re planning to finance large expenses over time, using a credit card can get expensive. Here are some alternatives to consider that may offer lower interest rates, or won’t char...

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Five Ways To Boost Your New Business Venture FIVE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR NEW BUSINESS VENTURE

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Mar 13, 2019

Getting a new business off the ground is no small thing. Keeping it going and creating opportunities for growth is the next challenge. In the madness of trying to keep all the balls in the air, it can be easy not to consider what you need to do to boost your success. With the internet and social med...

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Identity and Card Theft – Shielding Yourself from the Unsafe Small Business IDENTITY AND CARD THEFT – SHIELDING YOURSELF FROM THE UNSAFE SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 13, 2019

With a constant stream of news of big organizations that have neglected their security, we often forget that the most vulnerable organizations are the small and medium businesses that don’t have the resources to build elaborate security teams. These businesses can have a single iPad, phone or ...

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Make Better Presentation Slides With This New Tool. Ramon Reviews Beautiful.ai MAKE BETTER PRESENTATION SLIDES WITH THIS NEW TOOL. RAMON REVIEWS BEAUTIFUL.AI

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Mar 13, 2019

Since 1987, millions of professionals, students, and everyone in between has been using PowerPoint to create presentations slides for conferences, sales meetings, quarterly meetings and more. I know because I’ve done just that.However, for the past few months, I’ve been testing out and a...

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Marco Rubio Wants to Protect Small Businesses From Cyber Threats MARCO RUBIO WANTS TO PROTECT SMALL BUSINESSES FROM CYBER THREATS

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Mar 13, 2019

From his perch as chairman of the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out legislation to protect America’s small businesses from cyber threats. Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Mary., the top Democrat on the Small Busine...

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Local event hopes to help small businesses impacted by snow LOCAL EVENT HOPES TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY SNOW

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Mar 13, 2019

TRI-CITIES, WA- After days of snow a number of small businesses are feeling the impact and one local business owner has created an event to help them.Several small businesses felt the impact through the lack of customers and the loss of revenue during the snow fall.One local salon and boutique owner...

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50% of small businesses wary of looming federal election 50% OF SMALL BUSINESSES WARY OF LOOMING FEDERAL ELECTION

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Mar 13, 2019

A date is still yet to be announced, but the looming federal election - likely to be in May - is already having an impact on the decisions of Australian small businesses new research from Westpac has revealed.Westpac’s latest Small Business Report noted that two in five small businesses report...

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Jumia, African e-commerce startup, to list in New York JUMIA, AFRICAN E-COMMERCE STARTUP, TO LIST IN NEW YORK

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Mar 13, 2019

African e-commerce start-up Jumia has filed papers for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange on the 30th anniversary of the worldwide web. The company, headquartered in Nigeria, operates in 14 African countries and became the first African startup to hit a $1 billion valuation, e...

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Five Questions to Ask Before You Franchise Your Small Business FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU FRANCHISE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 12, 2019

Last month, I wrote a post helping small business owners who were considering whether or not to buy into an existing franchise. Today, I'd like to address this issue from an alternate angle, namely, "When is it time to franchise your small business?" The inspiration for this post comes...

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BQX Courts small business owners BQX COURTS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

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Mar 12, 2019

Friends of the BQX, an advocacy group backed by developers Two Trees Management and the Durst Organization, continues to push for the $2.73-billion Brooklyn-Queens Connector light rail project favored by Mayor de Blasio and local real estate interests. Most recently, the Friends held an event for sm...

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U.S. Small Business Gauge Snaps Longest Losing Streak Since 1998 U.S. SMALL BUSINESS GAUGE SNAPS LONGEST LOSING STREAK SINCE 1998

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Mar 12, 2019

Optimism among small companies in the U.S. improved in February, snapping a five-month losing streak that was the longest in two decades on brighter views of future conditions.The National Federation of Independent Business optimism index rose to 101.7 from a two-year low of 101.2, according to a re...

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Small-Business Financing Helps Hoosier Sock Maker Step to Success SMALL-BUSINESS FINANCING HELPS HOOSIER SOCK MAKER STEP TO SUCCESS

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Mar 12, 2019

The recent sale of Martinsville-based For Bare Feet to a New York private equity firm is a success story. It was Sharon Rivenbark’s idea. She started For Bare Feet more than 30 years ago with nothing but an antique sock-knitting machine and help from her son and, eventually, four daughters.The...

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Is This the New Warren Buffet for Small Business? IS THIS THE NEW WARREN BUFFET FOR SMALL BUSINESS?

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Mar 12, 2019

It was Chinese New Year in Singapore and whilst much of the country escapes, to make the most of the holiday we took the opportunity to catch up with New Zealander, and Singapore resident, Callum Laing. MBH originally stood for Multiple Business Holdings, not very creative but it is descriptive of w...

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Regulating Facebook could hinder small businesses REGULATING FACEBOOK COULD HINDER SMALL BUSINESSES

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Mar 12, 2019

Digital platforms provide a host of challenges for governments. Questions about how to best protect privacy, democracy, and speech online become more pressing every year.But policies that affect online platforms also affect international trade. Many Australian small businesses rely on digital platfo...

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What is Link Building and Why Should You NEVER Buy Inbound Links? WHAT IS LINK BUILDING AND WHY SHOULD YOU NEVER BUY INBOUND LINKS?

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Mar 12, 2019

Link building involves getting hyperlinks from other websites that point to your own. By doing so you create a type of digital spiderweb that search engines can use to crawl through the Internet.Search engines assign a value to these links. That’s why you need links from high quality websites ...

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Did you say “Free Money”? 4 Upcoming Contests Small Business Owners Can Bank On DID YOU SAY “FREE MONEY”? 4 UPCOMING CONTESTS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CAN BANK ON

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Mar 12, 2019

Small business ownership is on the rise in the United States. Unfortunately, funding can be hard to come by, especially money with no strings attached. So, businesses that have a vested interest in helping entrepreneurs move forward have stepped up to the plate. A few have even gone as far as to est...

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NYC’s small businesses want congestion pricing NYC’S SMALL BUSINESSES WANT CONGESTION PRICING

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Mar 12, 2019

Most people following New York City’s traffic and transit problems understand that more traffic and congestion is bad for air quality and commute times. And they know that the city’s buses and subway system need significant improvements to get people from here to there faster. The impact...

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Make Better Presentation Slides With This New Tool. Ramon Reviews Beautiful.ai MAKE BETTER PRESENTATION SLIDES WITH THIS NEW TOOL. RAMON REVIEWS BEAUTIFUL.AI

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Mar 12, 2019

Since 1987, millions of professionals, students, and everyone in between has been using PowerPoint to create presentations slides for conferences, sales meetings, quarterly meetings and more. I know because I’ve done just that.However, for the past few months, I’ve been testing out and a...

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5 small business apps for improving productivity 5 SMALL BUSINESS APPS FOR IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY

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Mar 12, 2019

More often than not, you’re juggling numerous tasks at once and that makes it hard and tricky to stay on top of everything.Especially without adding on unnecessary stress. However, you’re in luck because there are a number of online tools that can help small businesses improve productivi...

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New Model Ordinances Envisioned To Promote Small Businesses and Inclusivity NEW MODEL ORDINANCES ENVISIONED TO PROMOTE SMALL BUSINESSES AND INCLUSIVITY

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Mar 12, 2019

This week, the Minority Cannabis Business Association unveiled their Municipal Ordinance model on how localities can administer new business licenses in a fashion that promote minority entrepreneurs and ensure that the emerging industry will not be dominated by a flood on new investors who have not ...

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5 Things to Consider When Buying Business Insurance 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING BUSINESS INSURANCE

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Mar 11, 2019

Are you tired of your 9-5 office job and want to be your own boss? Do you have an interest or a passion that you wish to pursue? Do you need another source of income? Many start and run a business for various reasons but one thing’s for sure – it is a fulfilling endeavor. What used to be...

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5 Last Minute Tips for Filing S Corp or Partnership Taxes 5 LAST MINUTE TIPS FOR FILING S CORP OR PARTNERSHIP TAXES

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Mar 11, 2019

Many of us recognize April 15th as tax day, and though that’s true for individuals, sole proprietors, and C Corps, S Corps and Partnerships must abide by different rules. According to the IRS, these two business entities must file their taxes by the 15th of the third month, or March 15. And, i...

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10 Tips for Entrepreneurs Preparing to Publish Their First Book 10 TIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS PREPARING TO PUBLISH THEIR FIRST BOOK

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Mar 11, 2019

With the continuing development of online publishing platforms, it’s never been easier to get your book out to the wider world. However, the actual publication is only one part of a much-longer process: You still need to write, edit and promote your book, each part of which can present a signi...

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Small Business Success Story: Barbers Make $180K a Year in Booming West Texas SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY: BARBERS MAKE $180K A YEAR IN BOOMING WEST TEXAS

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Mar 11, 2019

Barbers are earning as much as $180,000 a year in West Texas, one of the hottest job markets in the country, The Wall Street Journal reports. An oil boom that has taken hold over the Permian Basin is leading to so much economic activity and expansion, the area can barely keep pace. Barbers in Pecos ...

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How to protect your small business from the dark web HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SMALL BUSINESS FROM THE DARK WEB

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Mar 10, 2019

Being a small business used to be considered a digital bad-guy deterrent; unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Small-business owners, to their credit, are taking notice and enhancing the cybersecurity stances of their companies. That said, the dark web is not on the radar of many small busines...

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How to Protect Your Brand with a Trademark HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BRAND WITH A TRADEMARK

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Mar 10, 2019

You’ve heard the horror stories: Small businesses being sued for trademark infringement and having to rebrand their businesses. That means redoing marketing materials, changing domain names and a myriad of other nightmarish tasks — all because the business owner failed to file for tradem...

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The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College to host free marketing summit series THE SMALL BUSINESS CENTER AT HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST FREE MARKETING SUMMIT SERIES

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Mar 10, 2019

The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will hold a free Marketing Summit seminar series Thursday, May 23. Geared toward small business owners that are interested in getting more out of marketing, participants will walk through key marketing topics in hands-on workshops while learning...

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10 Expert Tips for Improving Your Existing Marketing Strategies 10 EXPERT TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR EXISTING MARKETING STRATEGIES

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Mar 09, 2019

To be an effective marketer in 2019, you need to improve on the basic strategies you already use. It’s no longer enough to simply have a social media strategy or to send out emails periodically. For tips on stepping up your marketing strategies in 2019 and beyond, here are some tips from membe...

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5 Reasons to Use Text to Communicate with Clients and Customers 5 REASONS TO USE TEXT TO COMMUNICATE WITH CLIENTS AND CUSTOMERS

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Mar 09, 2019

The telemarketing epidemic in the U.S. has killed any prospect of people picking up a phone call if they do not know who is calling them.According to statistics from Robokiller, robocalls accounted for 5.42 billion calls made in February 2019, a new record. This equates to 21 calls per person.As a r...

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Top Three Cyber Threats to Your Small Business in 2019 and How to Protect Your Data TOP THREE CYBER THREATS TO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS IN 2019 AND HOW TO PROTECT YOUR DATA

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Mar 09, 2019

Hackers are hard at work 24 hours a day to steal your small business data. While all sensitive data is valuable, don’t let cyber threats keep you up at night. Help is available to combat these criminals and keep your business data safe. Ransomware has been a top threat for the past five years ...

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How to Use Spring Break to Your Small Business’ Advantage HOW TO USE SPRING BREAK TO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS’ ADVANTAGE

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Mar 08, 2019

Spring break is just around the corner, and that means more than half of people between 18 and 34 flock to locations near and far to catch some much-needed rays or break from life’s stressors. For small businesses, spring break can be a challenging time of year – though the nature of tho...

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11 Things You May Not Know about Small Business Taxes 11 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS TAXES

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Mar 08, 2019

Dealing with taxes is a fact of life for small business owners. Annual expenditures for taxes for most owners are likely their largest outlay each year, exceeding rent or mortgage payments, marketing costs, and vehicle expenses (the only possible larger expenditure is payroll). Beyond payments to th...

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Famed Fortune Cookie Company Struggles To Hold Onto Tradition FAMED FORTUNE COOKIE COMPANY STRUGGLES TO HOLD ONTO TRADITION

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Mar 08, 2019

The rent for the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory has quadrupled in recent years, but the owners say many other small businesses in Chinatown are facing the same problem. They are vowing to keep their doors open, and its tradition alive of folding cookies by hand.The owners say the rent increase i...

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Keep your business booming: Five keys to small business success KEEP YOUR BUSINESS BOOMING: FIVE KEYS TO SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

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Mar 08, 2019

Being a small business owner in the United States is hard work. No matter what comes your way, you and your employees are all you have.Some factors are beyond your control and can make the brass ring harder to grab. The 2017 Allstate/USA TODAY Small Business Barometer, a study that combines federal ...

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Apply These 15 Secret Techniques to Improve your Outside Sales APPLY THESE 15 SECRET TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE YOUR OUTSIDE SALES

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Mar 08, 2019

An outside sales agent goes to where the prospect is. They make appointments and travel to the client’s locations to meet face-to-face. They don’t have set hours and fixed schedules even if their companies do. On the other side of the coin, inside sales agents can best be defined as peop...

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The Current Rise Of Women Entrepreneurial Leaders THE CURRENT RISE OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERS

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Mar 08, 2019

As the positive movement for gender equality in the workplace gains significant momentum, the data not only shows forward motion, but many opportunities to be taken advantage of. Cultural progress is of little value unless there is a framework to channel mindset and behavioral transformation into ac...

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3 Fundamental Ideas on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur 3 FUNDAMENTAL IDEAS ON HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

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Mar 08, 2019

It's widely agreed that we need more entrepreneurship for economic growth and a higher standard of living. But more is not always better.In fact, there can be too much of a good thing, in entrepreneurship as in so many other things. The reason is that economic growth comes from successful entrep...

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Small Business Hiring Breaks Record SMALL BUSINESS HIRING BREAKS RECORD

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Mar 07, 2019

The great American jobs machine is still roaring. Slowing global growth and trade friction may cloud the economic horizon, but U.S. small businesses in February went on an historic hiring binge. That’s according to the latest employment report from the National Federation of Independent Busine...

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Search begins for the UK’s small business with the biggest heart SEARCH BEGINS FOR THE UK’S SMALL BUSINESS WITH THE BIGGEST HEART

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Mar 07, 2019

Now in its third year, the BusinessesForSale.com Small Business Big Heart Awards celebrates the many ways the UK’s small business community helps individuals and charitable causes that might otherwise be overlooked.Last year’s Gold Prize winner, Edinburgh’s Kilted Lobster Restauran...

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Estonian ride-hailing startup Taxify becomes Bolt, reportedly looks for more funding ESTONIAN RIDE-HAILING STARTUP TAXIFY BECOMES BOLT, REPORTEDLY LOOKS FOR MORE FUNDING

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Mar 07, 2019

Tallinn-founded startup Taxify has announced its rebranding to Bolt, which is also the brand it’s been using for its electric scooter sharing platform. The company stated that removing the “taxi” from its name reflects that it’s moved towards becoming a broader transportation...

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Swedish healthy diet startup Lifesum bags $5 million from Balderton Capital SWEDISH HEALTHY DIET STARTUP LIFESUM BAGS $5 MILLION FROM BALDERTON CAPITAL

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Mar 07, 2019

Stockholm-based digital health startup Lifesum has raised $5 million in funding from Balderton Capital’s Liquidity I fund. The company also announced that it now has 35 million users worldwide, of which 2 million have been added in 2019.Lifesum is a healthy nutrition app that works with smartp...

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Berlin-based digital car insurance startup FRIDAY secures €114 million in a combination of equity and media-for-equity financing BERLIN-BASED DIGITAL CAR INSURANCE STARTUP FRIDAY SECURES €114 MILLION IN A COMBINATION OF EQUITY AND MEDIA-FOR-EQUITY FINANCING

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Mar 07, 2019

Berlin-based insurtech startup FRIDAY has raised €114 million in a combination of media-for-equity and equity financing. Of the total, €39 million is from a media-for-equity deal with SevenVentures and the media investor German Media Pool, while the Baloise Group, FRIDAY’s founder an...

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SBA administrator Linda McMahon hears small-business complaints during Phoenix stop SBA ADMINISTRATOR LINDA MCMAHON HEARS SMALL-BUSINESS COMPLAINTS DURING PHOENIX STOP

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Mar 06, 2019

Lower tariffs, more employees, better infrastructure. If small business owners in Arizona had a unified wish list, those items likely would be on it.Linda McMahon, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration, heard as much during a stop in Phoenix March 5 that featured an informal rou...

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DOE Announces $100 Million in Small Business Innovation and Technology Funding DOE ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION IN SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY FUNDING

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Mar 06, 2019

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued its FY 2019 Phase II Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with approximately $100 million in available funding. “Small businesses are t...

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5 startup mistakes every small business person should avoid 5 STARTUP MISTAKES EVERY SMALL BUSINESS PERSON SHOULD AVOID

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Mar 06, 2019

Unless you are a serial entrepreneur, you are bound to make mistakes when you start a business (and even they make a few.) Some mistakes are minor and become part of the trial-and-error new entrepreneur learning process. Other mistakes can cripple your new business. There is nothing worse for a star...

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Internet, intuition can help businesses spot next big thing INTERNET, INTUITION CAN HELP BUSINESSES SPOT NEXT BIG THING

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Mar 06, 2019

When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain old intuition.At Moriarty’s Gem Art, co-owner Jeff Moriarty tracks searches on the jewelry company’s website a...

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Small Business Revolution Main Street coming soon to Searcy SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION MAIN STREET COMING SOON TO SEARCY

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Mar 06, 2019

An Arkansas town in White County is preparing for Small Business Revolution and the boost it will bring.The city of Searcy won $500,000 for a small business makeover and city officials and local businesses are excited about the opportunity.Six small businesses will be featured on a television show t...

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The Money Show gives ex-con turned small business owner a big break THE MONEY SHOW GIVES EX-CON TURNED SMALL BUSINESS OWNER A BIG BREAK

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Mar 06, 2019

Mario Roos is the owner of LighTec, a small lighting and electrical maintenance company with 12 employees.Roos served a prison sentence between 2008 and 2013 for fraud.Upon his release, he worked as a “back of a bakkie” assistant at a similar company to the one he now owns.After four yea...

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Small business hiring drops dramatically, ADP report says SMALL BUSINESS HIRING DROPS DRAMATICALLY, ADP REPORT SAYS

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Mar 06, 2019

Small business hiring slowed dramatically in February, a sign that company owners may be getting cautious about the economy.That report comes from payroll provider ADP, which said Wednesday its customers with up to 49 staffers added just 12,000 jobs last month, down sharply from 107,000 in January a...

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Why Business Credit Cards Require a Credit Check WHY BUSINESS CREDIT CARDS REQUIRE A CREDIT CHECK

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Mar 05, 2019

Getting a business credit card is typically easier than getting a small business loan or line of credit. But even business credit cards issuers tend to want to run a credit check when you apply.For most business owners, getting a business credit card without a credit check is unlikely to happen. But...

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7 Easy Steps to Generate More Social Media Traffic 7 EASY STEPS TO GENERATE MORE SOCIAL MEDIA TRAFFIC

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Mar 05, 2019

It functions the same way as a normal website chat, but with an added bonus: Every time a customer chats with you, they have to opt in to Facebook Messenger communications.That means you can get contact information from them and follow up with them down the road.Every time someone talks with you via...

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4 Ways a Small Business Can Step Up Customer Service 4 WAYS A SMALL BUSINESS CAN STEP UP CUSTOMER SERVICE

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Mar 05, 2019

As a small business owner or manager, you're likely painfully aware of your weaknesses compared to your larger rivals. You may have to charge more for some items, and you almost certainly can't advertise at the same level national chains do.What you can do, though, is connect with your custo...

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5 Things for Small Business Owners to Celebrate this Mardi Gras 5 THINGS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO CELEBRATE THIS MARDI GRAS

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Mar 05, 2019

Today is Mardi Gras – a day filled with beads, bright colors, and probably a little too much food and spirits. Regardless of its excessive overtones, it’s still a day meant to celebrate and celebrate we shall. While I can’t offer you a delectable slice of King Cake or a glass of tr...

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500 Startups Japan rebrands as Coral Capital 500 STARTUPS JAPAN REBRANDS AS CORAL CAPITAL

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Mar 05, 2019

500 Startups Japan announced that it has raised its next fund under the new brand name of Coral Capital. The $45 million fund will involve the same people and continue to invest in seed-stage startups in Japan. The firm raised an oversubscribed $35 million fund for its inaugural effort in 2017 under...

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9 startups conquering the São Paulo Cybersecurity Market 9 STARTUPS CONQUERING THE SÃO PAULO CYBERSECURITY MARKET

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Mar 05, 2019

Given its nature, the internet can generate confidence among ill-informed users. However, we are never really sure of what is happening behind the scenes and to whom your personal data is being exposed.Cybercrime rates in Brazil have increased dramatically in recent years.  In the process, both...

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Blockchain startup Insino Ventures raises funds to escalate services to global market BLOCKCHAIN STARTUP INSINO VENTURES RAISES FUNDS TO ESCALATE SERVICES TO GLOBAL MARKET

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Mar 05, 2019

Blockchain startup Insino Ventures base out of Gurgaon has elevated an unnamed amount of angle backing from a pool of HNIs. The corporation will make use of the funds for increasing to new layouts, consolidation its creation and emerging technology. It is also looking to capitalize on the global mar...

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ATO to knock on small business doors as benchmarks updated ATO TO KNOCK ON SMALL BUSINESS DOORS AS BENCHMARKS UPDATED

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Mar 05, 2019

The tax office has urged small businesses to use new small business benchmarks to track their performance against competitors, warning it will be knocking on the doors of 4000 companies between now and July to chase black economy activities. The Australian Taxation Office's updated benchmarks pu...

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Telstra cuts ribbon on new tech centre for small business TELSTRA CUTS RIBBON ON NEW TECH CENTRE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

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Mar 05, 2019

Townsville is home to the first of 28 Telstra Business Technology Centres, which are being rolled out as part of the telco’s T22 strategy.The company says new centres are intended to address the increasingly complex technology needs of small businesses, including cloud storage and software ser...

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Salesforce Ventures launches $50 mln Australia startups fund SALESFORCE VENTURES LAUNCHES $50 MLN AUSTRALIA STARTUPS FUND

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Mar 05, 2019

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced that Salesforce Ventures, the company’s global corporate investment group, has launched the Australia Trailblazer Fund, a new $50 million fund to empower Australian startups in the Salesforce ecosystem. With this new fund, Sales...

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German alarm and crisis management startup Serinus raises €1 million from Creathor Ventures GERMAN ALARM AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT STARTUP SERINUS RAISES €1 MILLION FROM CREATHOR VENTURES

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Mar 05, 2019

Serinus is a provider of alarm and crisis management solutions based in Hagen, Germany, In critical situations, Serinus’ software automatically alerts the responsible actors and initiates all necessary steps for crisis management. The startup has just raised €1 million from Creathor Ventu...

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Five steps for small businesses Making Tax Digital FIVE STEPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES MAKING TAX DIGITAL

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Mar 04, 2019

Despite some positive feedback there’s a concern that not enough business owners are signed up or prepared to sign up for doing their VAT data collection and filing digitally. Some steps to ensure they are compliant may help There has been much criticism of the introduction of Making Tax Digit...

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Over 90 Searcy businesses apply for Small Business Revolution OVER 90 SEARCY BUSINESSES APPLY FOR SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION

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Mar 04, 2019

Dozens of small businesses in Searcy have already applied for their chance to be featured on the Hulu show Small Business Revolution. Dozens of small businesses in Searcy have already applied for their chance to be featured on the Hulu show Small Business Revolution.Searcy was revealed as the grand ...

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6 Indian & 3 Latin American Social Startups participate in Goa’s 3-Day Social Entepreneurship Program 6 INDIAN & 3 LATIN AMERICAN SOCIAL STARTUPS PARTICIPATE IN GOA’S 3-DAY SOCIAL ENTEPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

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Mar 04, 2019

Gray Matters Capital, a US-based impact investor with a gender lens, which focuses on funding education and skilling enterprises in India as well as sector agnostic enterprises whose products and services benefit women and girls globally, will be conducting the first edition of its 3-day leadership ...

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Reliance Bets Big On Ecommerce – Acquires 2 More Startups From Logistics, Software Space RELIANCE BETS BIG ON ECOMMERCE – ACQUIRES 2 MORE STARTUPS FROM LOGISTICS, SOFTWARE SPACE

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Mar 04, 2019

Mukesh Ambani is planning to acquire yet some more startups, adding two more to its already long list. Now, Reliance Industries is planning to partner with Grab A Grub and C-Square Info Solutions. From textile and telecom to energy, petrochemicals, natural resources, and retail, Reliance is one of t...

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Carbon-tax backstop leaves small businesses at pointy end of pricing-adjustment stick: CFIB CARBON-TAX BACKSTOP LEAVES SMALL BUSINESSES AT POINTY END OF PRICING-ADJUSTMENT STICK: CFIB

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Mar 04, 2019

“We are all in this together” is one of the main talking points governments use in crafting policy responses to fears about global warming. It’s especially so for Canadian governments because there is not much a small country can do that would have measurable effects on the world&r...

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The Impending Death Of Small Business Brokerages? Not So Fast THE IMPENDING DEATH OF SMALL BUSINESS BROKERAGES? NOT SO FAST

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Mar 04, 2019

In November 2018, Jeff Bezos said, "Amazon is not too big to fail," adding: "In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years." When the wealthiest man in the w...

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Alibaba, Office Depot announce partnership aimed at small-business opportunities ALIBABA, OFFICE DEPOT ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP AIMED AT SMALL-BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

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Mar 04, 2019

Office Depot Inc. is partnering with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s business-to-business unit as the two companies seek to capitalize on opportunities selling to small- and medium-sized enterprises. Through the arrangement, Office Depot ODP, -1.97%  will steer business customers toward Alib...

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Small business to get rebates for some of the cost of energy efficiency projects SMALL BUSINESS TO GET REBATES FOR SOME OF THE COST OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS

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Mar 04, 2019

The federal government’s plan to ease the carbon-price burden on small businesses will include rebate payments to cover some of the cost of making energy-efficiency upgrades.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna who kicked off a month-long carbon-price tour at a Canadian Tire store in her Ott...

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Stockholm-based e-scooter startup VOI raises another €26 million to further its European expansion STOCKHOLM-BASED E-SCOOTER STARTUP VOI RAISES ANOTHER €26 MILLION TO FURTHER ITS EUROPEAN EXPANSION

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Mar 04, 2019

Just founded in August 2018, the Stockholm-based e-scooter startup VOI has already expanded into 14 cities, including Paris, Madrid, and Lisbon. Today, the e-scooters are due to appear on the streets of Oslo, and later this month it will launch in Helsinki. In only seven months, the company has buil...

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5 Tasks Small Business Owners Should Do 5 TASKS SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD DO

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Mar 04, 2019

As bookkeepers and accountants to small business owners, we are often frustrated when the client stops looking at their books or financials because they know we are looking at them. It is our responsibility to educate them that just because they have hired a professional, does not mean they can abdi...

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GDPR: What Small Businesses Need To Know GDPR: WHAT SMALL BUSINESSES NEED TO KNOW

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Mar 04, 2019

If you read financial news with any kind of regularity, you have likely come across the acronym GDPR over the past several months. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. This law was enacted by the European Union and went into full effect in May of 2018. Even if you own a business in th...

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Nearly 4 in 10 small business leaders on Facebook are women NEARLY 4 IN 10 SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS ON FACEBOOK ARE WOMEN

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Mar 04, 2019

Women-led businesses are flourishing and contributing to economic growth around the world, according to a new survey.Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Facebook has released research revealing that 39 percent of people identifying as owners or managers of small businesses on the so...

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Current HE funding supports universities’ social mobility mission CURRENT HE FUNDING SUPPORTS UNIVERSITIES’ SOCIAL MOBILITY MISSION

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Mar 04, 2019

One of the purposes of a university education is to foster social justice and social mobility; to enable people from all backgrounds and cultures to contribute to society – and this is hardwired into the missions of our greatest universities. Looking back in the UK’s history, through the...

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VC-backed Wave buys small business banking platform Every VC-BACKED WAVE BUYS SMALL BUSINESS BANKING PLATFORM EVERY

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Mar 04, 2019

Wave has acquired Every, a Toronto-based financial technology company that provides accounts and debit cards to small businesses.Every was founded in 2017 by CEO Jeremy Black, CTO Matt Collum and Head of Design Bryan Kerr.Wave, a Toronto-based provider of financial management software for small busi...

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Why friends and family are oil to water for small business owners WHY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE OIL TO WATER FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

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Mar 04, 2019

For business owners having a safe place to share successes and get feedback on challenges is important, however, whether solicited or unsolicited, advice from family and friends can turn oil to water. For most small business owners their business is a large part of their life. They may have given up...

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27 Best Small Business Credit Cards in 2019 27 BEST SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT CARDS IN 2019

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Mar 04, 2019

One of the fundamental financial rules of having your own business is that you must keep your personal and business finances as separate as possible. This not only means keeping independent bank accounts for your business, but it also includes individual personal and business credit cards. And it&rs...

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Target TARGET'S ONLINE MARKETPLACE TO COMPETE WITH AMAZON AND OTHER SMALL BUSINESS TECH NEWS THIS WEEK

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Mar 03, 2019

According to a new CNBC report, Target is slowly, cautiously opening up its website to third-party sellers with an invitation-only Target+ initiative. The company is being very selective about who it invites and has been testing the waters with companies who were chosen based on ‘what people a...

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10 Tips for Updating Your Small Biz Strategies with New Innovations 10 TIPS FOR UPDATING YOUR SMALL BIZ STRATEGIES WITH NEW INNOVATIONS

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Mar 02, 2019

Updated tech is extremely important for small business efficiency. Even if your general strategies remain the same, new innovations and trends can impact how you deploy them. To help you update everything from customer service to social media marketing, here are some insights from members of the onl...

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India Creates $705 Mn Fund to back Software Products Startups INDIA CREATES $705 MN FUND TO BACK SOFTWARE PRODUCTS STARTUPS

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Mar 02, 2019

The Union Cabinet, Indian government has approved the National Policy on Software Products 2019 and to support it the government has also approved the creation of a ₹ 5,000 crore ( ~ US$705 million) Fund to back software products startups in the country.The National Policy on Software Products 2019 ...

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HPE Enables Social Startups at IIIT-B to Accelerate App Development HPE ENABLES SOCIAL STARTUPS AT IIIT-B TO ACCELERATE APP DEVELOPMENT

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Mar 02, 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) said that, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts under its Living Progress program, has deployed end-to-end wireless infrastructure from Aruba, a HPE company at the I-MACX Studios located at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bang...

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Best Dropshipping Products to Sell Online BEST DROPSHIPPING PRODUCTS TO SELL ONLINE

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Mar 02, 2019

Selling things online can be a fantastic way to make an income, work from the luxury of your own home, be your own boss and improve your work/life balance, providing you’ve got the right product.If you’re looking for an effective way to make a decent profit by selling items online, then ...

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Take Your Social Media Marketing to the Next Level with this San Diego Event TAKE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH THIS SAN DIEGO EVENT

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Mar 02, 2019

If you want to take your social media marketing to the next level, Social Media Marketing World in San Diego is the place to be. From March 20 to 22, the three-day event will have some of the leading experts in social media marketing addressing everything there is to know about these marketing chann...

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Join the Startup Executive Academy 2019 on July 4-10 in Salzburg JOIN THE STARTUP EXECUTIVE ACADEMY 2019 ON JULY 4-10 IN SALZBURG

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Feb 28, 2019

Startup founders and startup executives face unique challenges as they grow their businesses. From defining the first product, refining their business model, pitching to investors or signing the first customer and building up a strong sales network, startups are under constant pressure and make mist...

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What is a Business Continuity Plan and How Can it Benefit your Business? WHAT IS A BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN AND HOW CAN IT BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS?

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Feb 28, 2019

A big part of planning for small business success is a business continuity plan. This is the fallback position your business has when a natural disaster, power outage, or any one of a number of mishaps threatens your company’s ability to function. Part of the initial planning for one of these ...

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10 Slovenian startups to look out for in 2019 and beyond 10 SLOVENIAN STARTUPS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2019 AND BEYOND

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Feb 26, 2019

Slovenia is a small, mountainous country that sits at the crossroads of international trade routes. With a strong grasp of English, Slovenian startups are at an advantage for reaching an international, multilingual market. This central European country that was part of the former Yugoslavia is still...

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The Best Gas Credit Cards for Small Businesses THE BEST GAS CREDIT CARDS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

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Feb 26, 2019

If your business spends a lot of money on gas, there’s a handful of business credit cards that can make those expenses more rewarding.As you shop around and compare various gas credit cards, look not only at the rewards you’ll earn on gas purchases, but also other features that meet the ...

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TaxAct vs TurboTax: Which is Better for Your Small Business? TAXACT VS TURBOTAX: WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS?

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Feb 26, 2019

Though many small business owners turn to tax professionals to fulfill their yearly IRS obligations, others are turning to increasingly efficient tax preparation software. Though there are numerous options available, TaxAct and TurboTax remain two of the most popular options.Both of these programs o...

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33% of Small Business Owners Lack the Motivation They Had When Business Was New 33% OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS LACK THE MOTIVATION THEY HAD WHEN BUSINESS WAS NEW

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Feb 25, 2019

Do you still have the same passion for your business as when you first started? A new study from Vistaprint has revealed 33% of small business owners in the US say they don’t have the same motivation as in those early days of their entrepreneurial journey. In the study, more than a third or 36...

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10 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Small Business Advertising 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SMALL BUSINESS ADVERTISING

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Feb 23, 2019

Today’s businesses have more choices than ever when it comes to advertising. You can advertise on social media, use search engines, or even pay your advertising budget to relevant influencers. To make sense of all the options, it can help to get input from businesses who have been there alread...

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6 clever ways to add tech to your business 6 CLEVER WAYS TO ADD TECH TO YOUR BUSINESS

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Feb 21, 2019

Integrating technology in your business can save you money and make your processes more efficient. Technology is also changing the way we conduct business. For instance, going digital and paperless has become a rising trend, which has contributed to environmental change for a more sustainable future...

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BRAC launching new small business series BRAC LAUNCHING NEW SMALL BUSINESS SERIES

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Feb 21, 2019

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is launching a series of informational workshops and trainings aimed at helping local small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Small Business Series will feature eight sessions throughout the year at BRAC's headquarters, the David E. Roberts Center for Economic Develo...

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Starting a business with no funding STARTING A BUSINESS WITH NO FUNDING

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Feb 21, 2019

Some entrepreneurs want to build a company without meeting the needs of a third party. Here's how to start a business with no funding. Starting a business is a dream for many – and they are likely to be thinking of launching without obtaining any funding from third parties. Mike Ellis, fou...

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11 Ways to Manage Client Expectations 11 WAYS TO MANAGE CLIENT EXPECTATIONS

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Feb 21, 2019

One of the biggest challenges service-based businesses face is setting and managing client expectations. It’s important to be realistic about what you can and can’t do for your clients, and ensure that both parties understand the scope and terms of your service agreement. To find out mor...

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How to Accept Credit Card Payments for Your Small Business HOW TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

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Feb 21, 2019

For many consumers, paying with cash is so 20th-century. It’s essential that every small business offers non-greenback options at physical and virtual locations. Customer convenience, however, means an additional cost for companies that includes as much as 2.50% per transaction, plus other fee...

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Starting a Small Business? This $20 Class Will Teach You How to Help It Thrive. STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS? THIS $20 CLASS WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO HELP IT THRIVE.

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Feb 21, 2019

To say it's difficuly to get a venture off the ground is an understatement. If you've ever considered such an undertaking, you're probably well aware of the cautionary statistic that more than half of startups fail within four years. But do you know why so many small-business owners (SBO...

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The best invoice apps for small businesses: 7 apps to make your life easier THE BEST INVOICE APPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: 7 APPS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

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Feb 21, 2019

What’s the best invoice app for small businesses? Without a dedicated accounting team, the job of invoicing falls to small business owners themselves. But using software to create an easy invoice can make your life as a small business owner far simpler. If the very thought of drafting, sending...