Mastercard and Microsoft Team Up to Help Small Businesses Become Exporters

In order to solve the problems of cross-border trade and payments small businesses face, Mastercard (NYSE: MA) and Microsoft have created a new solution to simplify the process of doing business around the world. Mastercard Track Mastercard Track integrates with the existing procure-to-pay process system a business has in place. It then strengthens third-party risk management and improves cash flow visibility while lowering the cost of tasks such as accounts payable/receivable with automation. For small business owners, there is great potential in addressing the segment. This is […]

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What is Customer IQ and How Can it Help Your Business?

The customer IQ of your business is an indicator of whether you know what to deliver and to whom across your customer base. The more you know about your customers, the greater your chances of delivering on what they want. A (PDF) by Clutch titled, “What is Your Customer IQ? Understanding and Increasing Customer Equity” makes the case for why customer equity is more important than brand equity. According to the report, building customer equity entails delivering on the best experience possible, not once or twice, but […]

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Don’t Miss Out on Customers: Use These 10 Expert Tips to Get Your Message Across Effectively

To grow a business, you need to find and sell to as many customers as possible. If your marketing message is ineffective or you’re not efficient with your sales process, you could be missing out on a ton of potential customers. Instead, take some tips from the online small business community to get your offerings in front of tons of new customers. Recover Lost Sales with Abandoned Cart Emails Customers leave websites with items in their shopping carts for all sorts of reasons. Some decide your product […]

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Israel's tech scene is growing so fast the country is called the 'Startup Nation,' but a local venture capitalist says it's in danger of losing its entrepreneurial edge

Israel's tech scene is growing so fast the country is called the 'Startup Nation,' but a local venture capitalist says it's in danger of losing its entrepreneurial edge

is often called the “Startup Nation” due to the sheer number of entrepreneurs and tech companies in the country of 9 million people. Itzik Frid, a longtime Israeli tech entrepreneur and the CEO of a startup incubator focused on Arab-led startups, believes that the country will lose its edge if it can’t better integrate its Arab minority into the tech industry. While Arabs make up 21% of Israel’s population, they currently only make up about 3% of the tech workforce. Frid believes that bringing more Arabs into […]

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It Could Be the Biggest Small Business Event of 2018

Dreamforce 2017 had 171,000 registered attendees and 10+ million online viewers during the 4-day event. Dreamforce 2018 looks to be better across the board with thousands of live solutions delivered from the world’s largest cloud ecosystem. This includes tailored content for businesses of all sizes across different industries to elevate your career, develop new skills, and be the first to experience the latest development from the world’s largest CRM platform. You will learn from expert instructors of Trailhead to get certification at the lowest price of the […]

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Startup founders who landed a deal with Mark Cuban on 'Shark Tank' used a 100-year-old piece of business advice to build their company from the ground up

Startup founders who landed a deal with Mark Cuban on 'Shark Tank' used a 100-year-old piece of business advice to build their company from the ground up

Nick Sky and Dan Stelmach, brothers who founded the student-loan-payment app ChangEd, say you need to “embrace the broom” to find success as an entrepreneur. Embracing the broom means doing whatever job that needs to be done and not thinking the work is beneath you. The advice can be traced back to Andrew Carnegie, the 19th-century business magnate. Through hard work and persistence, the brothers scored an appearance on “Shark Tank” and a $250,000 deal with Mark Cuban. If you want any chance at success as an […]

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Taylor Schreiner of Adobe: Voice is Already Impacting How We Shop Even If The Final Transaction Isn’t Done With Alexa

Well, after the bomb Amazon dropped yesterday announcing an arsenal of Alexa-enabled devices – from microwaves, cars devices, wall clocks, outlet plugs, subwoofers – it’s easy to see we’re a quickly moving into a voice-first world.  But the reason for all these new voice-enabled devices is because we kind of like talking to them, according to a recent study from Adobe called The State of Voice Assistants. Taylor Schreiner, director of Adobe Digital Insights, shared some of the key finding from the study with me for this […]

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Some Small Businesses Should Know Why Someone Just Bought 20,000 Mercedes-Benz Vans

Some Small Businesses Should Know Why Someone Just Bought 20,000 Mercedes-Benz Vans

? Who would buy 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans? Amazon would, actually. And they already did, according to one headline this week on Small Business Trends. My guest this week on This Week in Small Business, John “Colderice” Lawson, says he believes the move to purchase all these fresh off the line Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans is a sign that Amazon is ready to take control of the whole process, from its warehouses to your front door. (To be precise: This week’s show was recorded in his media studio, so […]

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Uber could be getting ready to buy Deliveroo, a food-delivery startup valued at over $2 billion and one of its biggest international rivals

Uber could be getting ready to buy Deliveroo, a food-delivery startup valued at over $2 billion and one of its biggest international rivals

Uber is reportedly in early talks to buy Deliveroo, a hot London-based food delivery startup. Deliveroo is one of the biggest international rivals to Uber Eats, the ride-hailing giant’s own food delivery app.  Deliveroo was most recently valued at $2 billion in a funding round last year. Uber is in early talks to buy Deliveroo, a fast-growing food delivery-startup based in London, according to a .  Deliveroo is one of Europe’s biggest startup success stories: Founded in 2013 by Americans Will Shu and Greg Orlowski, Deliveroo enlists contract […]

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5 Types of Background Checks You Should Perform on Any Prospective New Hire

A survey reports that small businesses that take the time to invest in a good candidate screening process improve the quality of their hires by 70 percent. Small Business Trends spoke with    the senior director of HR services at Paychex about the 5 background checks small business should perform on any new hire. According to Machado, small businesses need to refine their hiring processes like never before. “As the labor market has tightened and unemployment has gone down over the past several months, hiring has become […]

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