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Keri Gohman of Xero: Automation and AI Help Accountants Provide Advisory Services SMBs Desire From Them to Succeed

I caught up with Keri Gohman, President of Xero Americas, after her keynote at Xerocon 2018 yesterday right here in Atlanta.  One of the themes of her presentation centered on how automation will free accountants from the time-consuming but important tasks of collecting and processing data, allowing them to focus more of their time on more valuable advisory services – services small businesses want them to provide.  And artificial intelligence, coupled with automation, is providing accounting advisors insight into creating their own specialized niches that can provide […]

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Jeff Brathwaite of 2 The Next Level: Alexa’s Secret Recording Gives Google An Opening in the Battle for the Smart Home

Usually my co-host for doing the Watching Amazon video podcast is my buddy, John “ColderIce” Lawson, but with him out of the country, I was lucky to have my friend, Jeff Brathwaite, web guru and Google Home/Assistant expert, join me. And it was perfect timing. Last week, it was reported Google outsold Amazon in the smart speaker device category for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2018. I did not think this would happen anytime soon, let alone last quarter. Google vs Amazon Race […]

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This Week in Small Business, Microsoft Unveils Surface Hub 2

This Week in Small Business, Microsoft Unveils Surface Hub 2

Welcome back to another episode of This Week in Small Business. This is a weekly series in which I dissect the big news of the week for small business owners and more. On the show this week, I’m joined by a good friend of mine, Jeff Brathwaite, CEO of 2 The Next Level. To kick off the conversation, we talked about small business resources and where small business owners — like you — can get these invaluable and important tools. Last week, Annie Pilon looked to our […]

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Kabbage Sees More Mobile Lending, Women and Minority Owned Businesses Seeking Funds

Online lending platform Kabbage says it sees more mobile lending, more women and minority owned businesses seeking loans and more businesses from rural and lower to middle income communities too. Small Business Trends connected with Kathryn Petralia, president of Kabbage, to learn more about its core offering and other steps it’s taken to add value to entrepreneurs. Today 140,000 small businesses use Kabbage, which was launched in 2009 by Petralia and Rob Frohwein. Today, Kabbage has delivered over $4.5 billion in funding, moving the loan process from […]

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Anand Thaker of IntelliPhi: Adobe Acquisition of Magento Reinforces Importance of Martech to Digital Transformation

The was released last month. And just like last year, we caught up with Anand Thaker, who led the data research for this year’s landscape through his company, IntelliPhi. Anand shares with us some of his takeaways from this year’s landscape, including certain categories which went away, and why some were added. And with the big news of the week being [as a category], we had to ask him what that means for the whole marketing technology category. And does this mean that HubSpot should go after […]

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This Week in Small Business, Klout Shuts Down, But Will Anyone Notice?

This Week in Small Business, Klout Shuts Down, But Will Anyone Notice?

Sponsored Post Welcome back to the latest edition of This Week in Small Business. In this week’s episode, I’m sitting down with video production and livestreaming expert Monique Johnson to talk about the top stories that graced the pages of Small Business Trends this week. To kick off our discussion, we checked out . Monique talked about writing the best email copy you can to attract and convert readers into customers. And to add to the chat, I mentioned the benefits of machine learning in driving a […]

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Olympic Gold Medalist Carmelita Jeter: Winning Isn’t Always About Coming in First, Sometimes It’s About Finishing

I caught up with 2012 Olympic gold winner for the Women’s 100 meter Carmelita Jeter at BPM’Online’s user conference, Accelerate, yesterday in Boston.  And her being the fastest woman alive having run the second fastest 100 meters ever in women’s history, that’s the only way I would’ve ever caught up to her … After her conference keynote, I had the great pleasure of asking her a few questions about some of the obstacles she overcame in becoming the fastest woman alive, how the lessons of teamwork she […]

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Join Our Microsoft 365 Chat on Better Productivity and Security for Your Business

Sponsored Post When it comes to using small business technology, how do you strike a balance between security and safety? Yes, technology allows your team to work together no matter how far apart you may be — across town or around  the world. And it gives you the ability to work from anywhere, accessing files and collaborating with colleagues even if you aren’t in the office. But in recent years the inherent risks have also been obvious: hacking, cyber attacks, compromised data and maybe worse! So what’s […]

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John Lawson of Watching Amazon: Is Technology Making Us Lazy Or Is It Unleashing Our Inherent Laziness?

From time to time I include my Watching Amazon conversations with ecommerce expert John Lawson here when we touch on something that may hit home with the Small Business Trends community.  And in the midst of Amazon’s recent killer quarter — being driven in part by its Amazon Web Services (AWS) division and the Echo device line with Alexa inside — people are adopting modern technology in more aspects of their personal and professional lives.  But is this technology driving us to be lazy, or is it […]

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Keep Your Business in the Black — Check Out Profitability Edition of Small Business Trends Magazine

Were you aware that 84% of all small businesses operate in the red? They’ll never make a profit. Of course, your small business doesn’t have to be one of those small businesses. And the latest edition of Small Business Trends magazine can help. In this issue, we’re tackling the topic of profitability. And we’ve lined up plenty of experts and their advice to help your small business stay in the black and out of the red. In our cover story, our Staff Writer Annie Pilon reaches out […]

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