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Amazon

70 Percent of Small Businesses Aren’t Worried About Amazon This Holiday Season

By | Nov 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

The holiday season is traditionally the busiest of the year for shoppers and for the harried small businesses that handle the festive foot traffic. But as everyone has moved their social life more and more online, that traffic is moving online as well. Small businesses…

Marketing

Chicago

Just 19 Percent of Small Business Owners Market With Google AdWords

By | Aug 29, 2017 at 11:30 am

The internet — whether desktop or mobile — is eating everything. Ad dollars everywhere from the news to Even the long-established power of TV ads is deminishing, as internet ad spend is set to pass up TV ad spend this year, according to the…

Reports & Rankings

20 Most Lucrative Industries for Small Businesses, Ranked

By | Aug 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

As Vince Lombardi would say, making money isn’t the most important thing when it comes to running a small business; it’s the only thing. Sure, making the world a better place and developing revolutionary technology are up there. But if you can’t keep the…

Trends

Study: Small U.S. Businesses Are Getting Even Smaller

By | Nov 18, 2016 at 11:20 am

The Kauffman foundation’s latest study, released this Thursday, has revealed new data on the state of small business in the U.S. The document, officially titled the “Kauffman Index of Main Street Entrepreneurship,” measures the activity of United States businesses that are more than five years old…

Business

5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Need Cyber Security

By | Oct 11, 2016 at 9:15 am

According to The National Cyber Security Alliance, one out of five small businesses is affected by cybercrime each year. Worse, 60% of those hit go out of business within six months after the attack. In most cases, the potential consequences of a cyber-crime are immense…

Infographics / Images

Greater Reliance on Virtual Workforce and Other Small Business Trends [Inforgraphic]

By | Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm

When it comes to business, the trends are that could best benefit your startup or company are hard to follow. Business trends are constantly adapting to what consumers are responding the strongest to, and that can lead to tremendous growth for your business –…

Twitter

Twitter Launches New Dashboard App for Small Businesses

By | Jun 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Twitter, in an effort to better support small businesses, has launched a new Dashboard app. Similar to tweet-supporting sites like Tweetdeck (which was acquired by Twitter in 2011) and Hootsuite, Dashboard is specifically geared for small businesses, allowing them to monitor online conversations that…

Dev & Design

Top 5 Web Design Companies for Small Businesses

By | Jun 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Small businesses have unique needs when it comes to web design. They require services that cater to their specific circumstances, whether they involve content marketing or specialized design techniques. In addition, many smaller companies don’t have access to the capital necessary in hiring a big name…

Ecosystems

National Day of Civic Hacking Helps Micro-Businesses In Local Ecosystems

By | May 23, 2016 at 9:08 am

A micro-business can be defined as an enterprise with five or fewer employees. There are thousands of them across the country and they are a key part of what keeps local business ecosystems alive. Almost all companies start out as a micro-business, with one,…

Trends

4 Emerging Marketing Trends for Small Businesses

By | May 16, 2016 at 9:45 am

Startups and small businesses have to stay competitive in their marketing strategies in order to be relevant and get in people’s faces. Unfortunately, small businesses don’t often have a marketing team (meaning business owners often have to handle marketing on their own) or a…

Opinion/Analysis

There’s No Downside to Supporting Small Businesses

By | Nov 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Black Friday is the worst day of the year. It makes me ashamed to be an American. Seeing people getting punched in the face and trampled while waiting to bust into Walmart at midnight makes me sad for humanity. It’s disgusting. Thankfully, our country…

Product Launch

San Francisco

Townsquared Connects Small Business Owners Locally

By | Nov 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm

In honor of Small Business Saturday, here’s a  startup that is specifically designed to help small businesses connect with each other on a hyperlocal scale: Townsquared Townsquared made two big announcements earlier this month. They announced a $5.26M funding round from August Capital and…

Marketing

3 Marketing Advantages Startups Have Over Large Companies

By | Nov 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

There are many ways that big businesses have advantages over smaller ones. Larger companies often have established clientele that they can trust to be invested in their next project, larger capital to draw on, and a more extensive reputation. When it comes to marketing,…

Ecosystems

Detroit

Sidewalk Ventures Connects Small Businesses with Community Investors

By | Sep 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

There are a lot of businesses based in Detroit that are doing well believe it or not. But there’s many more that need some help. The businesses that rely on the city itself as a market are the ones in need of the most…

Marketplace

Los Angeles

BloomNation is Succeeding in Empowering Small Businesses

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

No one goes into to the florist industry for the money. Florists are passionate about what they do. They should be seen as craftspeople and their work should be taken seriously. The big companies  in the industry (think FTD, Teleflora, 1800Flowers) that dole out…

Videos

4 Myths about Entrepreneurship

By | Apr 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

If I had to design a MythBusters episode on myths about entrepreneurship, a few ideas would come to mind. Have the hosts drink 4 cans of Red Bull and give them a test of cognitive function. Play a soundtrack of ambient coworking space noises…

Opinion/Analysis

Why Small Businesses Should Monitor Gas Prices

By | Mar 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Many different small businesses and startups do forecasting and projections to plan for future growth and challenges. In fact, forecasting may be one of the most important things a small business can do. From inventory to staffing, you need to know, more than anything…