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From the Headlines: Businesses Invest Big in AR and VR and Apple Launches Business Chat

From the Headlines: Businesses Invest Big in AR and VR and Apple Launches Business Chat

Augmented and Virtual Reality could be the big news for your small business this year.  The industry has a huge potential, and companies small and large are trying to capitalize on the opportunities. In addition to AR/VR, this week more technology trends grabbed small business headlines. Examples include Apple’s launch of its Business Chat on iMessage, Adobe’s planned shutdown of Business Catalyst and more. This is just one of the many topics covered in this week’s information roundup. You can look at the rest of the small business […]

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What Emerging Technology Is the Biggest Help to Your Small Business?

What Emerging Technology Is the Biggest Help to Your Small Business?

There are a lot of emerging technologies on the market today. And they all seem to have business applications. Unlike in the past, these technologies are available almost right away to small businesses, too. Of course, just because they’re available and accessible, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re beneficial to your small business. Here are some of the top emerging small business technologies and how they benefit companies like yours. Voice Search: Asking thin air a question and getting a response. Can you believe we’re in a time when […]

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These 7 Tips will Change the Way You Approach Hiring

These 7 Tips will Change the Way You Approach Hiring

Hiring staff can be a resource-draining process for any business, but it can be especially difficult for small businesses with limited means. For a small business, each new staff member can impact the company much more than a new staff member at a larger company with 200 or more employees can. But the costs associated with hiring can be just as high as the stakes, so it’s important for small business owners to have the right hiring approach to avoid having to repeat the process several times. […]

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Slack Seeks Solution for Outage Problem and your Business Should Look for Workarounds

Slack Seeks Solution for Outage Problem and your Business Should Look for Workarounds

Small team collaboration favorite Slack is seeking a solution to its excessive outages, but in the meantime, your small business needs a contingency plan. Slack is one of the leading collaboration platforms among small businesses. Thousands are using to connect teams in the same building or around the world on projects big and small. But there’s a problem. Slack tends to stop working quite a bit. In fact, according to a recent , Slack saw outages a total of 40 days in 2017. And there were 51 […]

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How a 90-Day Live Video Challenge Can Make Small Business Owners Better Public Speakers

How a 90-Day Live Video Challenge Can Make Small Business Owners Better Public Speakers

Giving in-person presentations to clients differs from public speaking, though there are strong similarities. Same goes for broadcasting a live video. We learn by doing. A Gallup poll three decades ago revealed 45 percent of people were afraid of public speaking. Almost 23 years after that poll, another in 2011 (also by Gallup on the same topic) revealed a similar stat! If you’re a small business owner  who suffers fro similar fears, Virginia Phillips may have the answer. Small Business Trends connected with Virginia Phillips about the […]

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10 Ways to Market Your Small Business More Effectively

10 Ways to Market Your Small Business More Effectively

When it comes to running and marketing a business, there are going to be things that work for some businesses and don’t work for others. But there are also some essential elements — a logo, an email strategy, interesting content — which all small businesses will need. Here are 10 things to consider for marketing your business more effectively from members of the online small business community. Create a Brand Logo A good logo is essential to any small business branding campaign. And you don’t need to […]

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Entrepreneur Cruise Teaches Business Skills in Paradise

Entrepreneur Cruise Teaches Business Skills in Paradise

If a stimulating environment get’s your entrepreneurial juices flowing, the Entrepreneurs Cruise taking place from April 22-29 may be an option for you. On your way from Florida to destinations such as Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Haiti you will be with professionals who will teach you the latest innovative technologies, emerging strategies, best practices and much more. On this year’s cruise, some of the topics to be covered include digital strategy, customer engagement, data science and big data, programmatic advertising and more. […]

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Molly Q. Ford of Salesforce: We Do Equality Because It Feels Good, But Also Because There’s a Business Value

Molly Q. Ford of Salesforce: We Do Equality Because It Feels Good, But Also Because There’s a Business Value

I’m just back from this week’s TrailheaDX developer conference put on by Salesforce.  But it’s like no other developer conference I’ve ever been to. That’s because in addition to the expected focus on coding, languages, platforms, integrations, etc, the whole event was infused with equality from a variety of perspectives.  And it wasn’t a bolt-on, side-show or after thought to just say we think equality is good. It was at the heart of the event, as many if not most of the presenters were women developers and […]

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In the News: Facebook Scandals Grow, Should Small Businesses Rethink Using the Site?

In the News: Facebook Scandals Grow, Should Small Businesses Rethink Using the Site?

This week the issue of privacy in social media dominated the news. And as Mark Zuckerburg gets ready to head to Washington, the impact of Facebook’s woes on small businesses was addressed. The of eroding trust in the social network among Americans could make may have small businesses rethinking use of Facebook to reach customers. This week’s summary also looks at the economy, financing, and technology trends to name but a few of the topics. You can take a look at the rest of the small business […]

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Reaction from Small Business Community Mixed on Omnibus Spending Bill

Reaction from Small Business Community Mixed on Omnibus Spending Bill

Late last week, President Donald Trump signed into law the 2018 omnibus . It’s being called a long-term spending plan for the federal government. And because Trump signed it into law despite threatening to veto it, another federal government shutdown was averted. Earlier this year, a short government shutdown occurred when lawmakers on Capitol Hill failed to pass a spending bill. Only a short-term plan re-opened the government. Small businesses are affected by government shutdowns because it halts the SBA’s loan program and cuts companies off from […]

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