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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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7 Phishing Attack Examples That Caused Businesses Major Harm

More scammers and hackers working the Internet are targeting your small business with . According to , there was a 92% increase in the number of blocked phishing attacks reported. Phishing Attack Examples Here’s a rundown of some of those attacks, what’s been happening and the cost to the companies that got attacked. Ryuk and Convenience Stores Ransomware is still a threat to businesses everywhere, but there’s a variation that’s emerged on the scene in September that’s even trickier to deal with.  Ryuk is a variation on […]

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AI Powered Background Checks on Employees with Checkr.com

The Checkr screening solution uses artificial intelligence or AI to classify background data to provide more relevant reports. The company has also launched to empower job seekers so they can see what is in their background before they submit their application. With getting lower each month, the tight labor market is forcing businesses to adapt and offer more incentives. This is making companies reevaluate their stance on criminal records to determine what they can tolerate in term of offenses. For small business owners who are facing this […]

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Two Thirds of Small Businesses Applying for Credit Today Get the Full Amount

With a score of 69.7, the MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (SBI) for Q3 of 2018 achieved the highest level in the history of the survey. MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Q3 2018 Small Business Index The high level of in the economy is in part also responsible for more businesses getting the full amount of financing they applied for. This was the case for more than two thirds or 67% of the applicants. Another 11% only received a partial amount while […]

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Riding the Craft Beer Trend Successfully

Almost 13 percent of all beer sold in the U.S. meets the Brewers Association’s “craft brewer” definition, according to BrewBound.com. But if you look at these beers’ journey from brewery to your lips, it isn’t always direct. Small Business Trends chatted with Brian Connell, co-owner of HK Hospitality, a group of eight bars in the northeast which specialize in local and imported craft beer. The origin story of HKH began in the late 1990’s and actually isn’t rooted in craft beers, but when Connell and co-owner Tony […]

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How to Avoid or Overcome 10 Common Small Business Mistakes and Pitfalls

Every entrepreneur can tell you stories about the mistakes they’ve made while running their business. Some fall for scams, others become complacent in their marketing, some may even choose a working style that makes them feel lonely from time to time. Here are some stories about mistakes and how to overcome them and move forward from members of the online small business community. Look Out for the Shady Side of Social Media Social media can provide so many wonderful things for businesses. But it can also be […]

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Get Inspired by Global CEOs at this Upcoming Event

If you want to get inspired by CEOs of global companies, thought leaders, entertainers and authors, Dreamforce is the place to be. Staring on September 25 and ending on Sept. 28, the four day event will have over 2,700 sessions for hands-on training and certifications. Dreamforce is known for providing the latest Salesforce product innovations for users across all industries. These include insights for companies of all sizes, whether you have five employees or thousands. The conference is hugely popular, so it is sold out. But you […]

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Jon Dick of HubSpot: Cutting Email Sent Out by 50% Increased Traffic Back to Our Website

I attended HubSpot’s INBOUND conference last week, where about 24,000 marketers descended on Boston for four days.  It was a far cry from the 200 folks who were at the very first INBOUND a decade ago. While at the conference I had a chance to spend a few minutes with Jon Dick, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing, and pick his brain on a few of the hot topics currently facing marketers today.  Below is an edited transcript of our conversation. To see the full conversation watch the video […]

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Is Your Small Business Using AI Yet? It Should Be

Is Your Small Business Using AI Yet? It Should Be

? It’s been another busy week for small businesses here with plenty of good and exciting news on the economy. But I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about some of the other top stories I found this week on Small Business Trends for the latest This Week in Small Business. In this week’s show, you’ll see that I’m alone for half of it. That’s because I was at the latest Inbound conference . You can check out my in-depth conversation with Jon Dick of […]

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Microsoft Ends Enrollment for Program Helping Small Businesses Finance Surface Plus

Almost a year to the date after Microsoft launched the Surface Plus Program, new enrollments officially ended on August 31, 2018. Although Microsoft has stopped accepting new applicants, those who are already enrolled can continue with their plans, including upgrading their device. The only reason the company has given to date is a brief explanation on the FAQ of its , “After much thought and consideration, Microsoft has decided to end new enrollment into the Surface Plus Program”. When the program was introduced in 2017, it gave […]

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