Cheat Sheet for Mastering Google My Business

smallbiztrends | July 07, 2019

According to a study from Go-Globe, 18 percent of local searches lead to a sale within one day. And what do people normally use to search? That’s right   Google. So if you want people to find your local business in their searches, you need to make your business really easy to find on Google. Google My Business is the search engine’s local business listing platform. You can create a profile that pops up right in the search page so people don’t even have to visit your website to get the information they need to visit you, including your address, phone number and hours of operation.

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Melio Announces Integration with Xero to Sync Payments Data

Melio | January 25, 2023

On January 24, 2023, Melio, the industry-leading B2B payments platform for small businesses, announced a new integration with the cloud-based accounting software platform Xero. Through this integration, Melio's small business clients will be able to seamlessly sync their accounts payable and receivable data with Xero, therefore saving time on bill payments, facilitating reconciliation, and enhancing insight into incoming payments. Melio's co-founder and CTO, Ilan Atias, said, "This two-way sync with Xero will help small business customers better understand how much money is going in and out of their accounts at a time when it is critical to keep a close eye on cash flow." He explained, "Moreover, this integration will help save customers time and simplify the bill-paying process while providing them with more visibility and control over their day-to-day finances." (Source – PR Newswire) The United States is home to 33.2 million small businesses, which accounts for 99.9% of the nation's businesses. This integration will enable these businesses to spend less time on accounting and more time growing their businesses. In addition, small business bills, payments, and invoice information will be seamlessly synchronized across the two platforms, saving time typing data into separate accounts and eliminating the guesswork of matching charges to open invoices. The VP of Partnerships, Americas, at Xero, Carol Haverty, stated, "Melio's integration with Xero offers tremendous value to our accounting and bookkeeping partners and their small business clients." She also said, "Melio and Xero have a shared vision of championing small business. We look forward to helping our customers streamline workflows and save time with this integration so they can focus on growing and running their business." (Source – PR Newswire) This is Melio's fourth synchronization with an industry-leading accounting software vendor, extending the company's track record of collaborating and integrating with financial institutions, software providers, and markets. About Melio Melio is a market-leading B2B payments technology firm that helps small and medium-sized businesses send and receive payments rapidly and without hassle, thereby improving their cash flow and productivity. Melio, one of the fastest-growing B2B payment platforms in the United States, is revolutionizing the transfer of funds between businesses. It serves banking institutions and software firms that want to provide accounts payable and receivable solutions to small business clients. The company was founded in 2018, with headquarters in New York, a research and development facility in Tel Aviv, and headquarters in Colorado for the western United States.

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At-Bay Announce the Launch of New Admitted Cyber Insurance Product for Small Businesses

At-Bay | January 19, 2023

At-Bay, the leading insurance company for the digital age, announced that it is launching a new cyber insurance product for small businesses. At-Bay's admitted policies, approved in 47 states, will be sold solely through its expanding partner network and will assist small businesses with their insurance and security needs. At-Bay will provide cyber insurance policies that have been approved by an AM Best A-rated paper backer. Like At-Bay's additional cyber offering, policyholders of admitted cyber will have access to At-Bay's complimentary Security Report and their active risk Monitoring services, which are backed by At-Bay's in-house Security team. Furthermore, policyholders from At-Bay will also have access to the same best-in-class Claims team and preferred cyber response providers that the surplus policyholders have. Kristie Felton, Head of Digital Partnerships at At-Bay, said, "Our new admitted cyber insurance product allows us to better serve small businesses which face just as much digital risk as their larger counterparts with affordable cyber coverage." She also added, "Releasing this new offering solely through our digital API partners aligns with our mission as a digital-first specialty carrier." Partners who have already integrated At-Bay's other API offerings will see shorter integration times because of the shared architecture across the products. In addition, the modular design makes sure that quoting works smoothly in any partner environment. Automated quoting capabilities create bindable quotes in less than 30 seconds for policies with limits of up to $1 million for companies with up to $25 million in revenue. About At-Bay Founded in 2016, At-Bay is a cyber insurance provider built from the ground up to assist businesses in dealing with digital risks. At-Bay combines industry-leading insurance with world-class technology to help clients face risks head-on. Through our partnerships with both brokers and business owners, the company offers cutting-edge insurance products and proactive risk monitoring services to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. At-Bay is supported by Glilot Capital, Acrew Capital, the HSB fund of Munich Re Ventures, ION Crossover Partners, Icon Ventures, Khosla Ventures, M12, entrepreneur Shlomo Kramer, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Qumra Capital.

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BankiFi and MX Partner to Enable Data Sharing and Account Connectivity for Financial Institutions Serving Small and Medium-Sized Business Customers

BankiFi | November 09, 2022

BankiFi, a leading provider of embedded banking solutions, has partnered with MX Technologies, Inc., a leader in open finance, to enable secure data sharing and account connectivity for businesses using BankiFi’s platform. Through this collaboration, financial institutions will be able to leverage MX’s open finance APIs to bring account connectivity and data access to a robust suite of banking solutions tailored to the unique needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMB). This partnership between BankiFi and MX enables SMB users to securely connect their bank accounts within the BankiFi Open Cash Management platform for a more complete picture of their financial data. Coupled with BankiFi’s secure connectivity to leading accounting platforms, this partnership provides SMBs with a holistic view of accounts receivable and payment activity, as well as a centralized platform to view operating accounts. This consolidated offering enables banks to provide more efficient SMB services, while building stronger relationships, identifying lending opportunities, and providing a valuable suite of financial workflows. The partnership with MX also provides BankiFi the opportunity to leverage MX’s Instant Account and ID Verifications for various use cases within the Open Cash Management platform. “Partnering with MX strengthens our accessibility and allows us to deliver premier financial workflows and banking solutions to financial institutions and their SMB customers, By embracing MX’s open finance APIs for seamless connectivity and expanded financial data, banks using the BankiFi Open Cash Management platform can make it easy for their SMB customers to connect all of their financial accounts in one place, which is of tremendous value given a recent American Banker SMB survey indicates nearly 78% of all SMBs who have at least two financial institution relationships.” Keith Riddle, CEO of Americas at BankiFi BankiFi’s industry leading Open Cash Management platform has been built to quickly and easily enable a suite of financial workflows to manage invoice issuance and payment collection, matching and reconciliation of invoice data and payments, supplier payments, and cash flow forecasting. Additionally, BankiFi’s Open Cash Management platform manages API connectivity with major accounting packages like QuickBooks and XERO to become the SMB’s consolidated platform for financial management functions. Our integration with BankiFi enables financial institutions to bring the power of open finance and data-driven insights to the SMB market,” said Brett Allred, Chief Innovation Officer, MX. “Together, BankiFi and MX help eliminate the barriers between banking, accounting and accounts payable/receivable platforms to make it easier for businesses to manage their cash. About BankiFi BankiFi is on a mission to help over two million SMBs globally by 2024 through partnering with financial institutions to provide technology designed to make business banking better. BankiFi’s platform enables financial institutions to provide a set of integrated services – financial account access, accounting, invoicing and payments, and cash flow forecasting – designed around the processes SMB and trade customers use to run their business. It equips financial institutions to become customer centric, rather than product centric, increasing their revenues (direct and through actionable insights) and reducing costs. BankiFi’s offices are in Ohio, Manchester, Sydney and Antwerp. About MX MX Technologies, Inc., a leader in Open Finance, makes data accessible and actionable for everyone. MX is building the largest open finance ecosystem to help drive innovation and improve experiences through secure and reliable access to financial data. MX combines trusted open finance APIs with enhanced financial data to quickly and securely connect to and verify data for hundreds of use cases including account opening, money movement, and underwriting.

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