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Small Businesses in Wilmington, NC Prepare for Worst of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is slogging its way toward the North and South Carolina coastline. But in one community smack in the middle of the cone of uncertainty, small restaurant owners are telling Flo to kiss their grits … or fondue. As it sits now just off the coast of Wilmington, NC, Florence is a Category 2 hurricane. That’s a dramatic change from Wednesday afternoon, when it was listed as a major Category 4 storm. Small Business Impact of Hurricane Florence However, the downgrade isn’t reducing much of the […]

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What is IT Service Management and Why Does Your Business Need It?

Your business probably uses a ton of technology to run your daily operations, from laptops and computers to software programs and accessories. But is all of that tech making you or just confusing your team? Managing all of that tech effectively takes a lot of planning and support. If you have a small business without a huge IT team or the resources to hire one, then you might consider investing in IT Service Management. A lot of business owners associate IT services with IT support, which mainly […]

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Small Business Optimism Smashes Reagan-Era Record for August

Who’s really to credit for the booming economy? The party responsible may more likely be found in a small business office than the Oval. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index August 2018 The reading for August hit 108.8, the organization reported this week. That’s a new record, topping the previous high of 108.0 set way back in July 1983. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index has been tracked for 45 years overall. The term optimism may be a bit misleading here, however. Usually this index gauges a sentiment […]

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New Dell 2-in-1 Devices Built for the Fast-Paced Small Business Owner

US-based Dell (NYSE: DVMT) launched a slew of devices at the recent IFA in Berlin, including the new Inspiron 5000 and 7000 laptops, Vostro 14 and 15 5000 and premium 27 USB-C ultrathin displays and entry-level SE monitors. Dell says the new devices are built to deliver top performance to everyday users and even fast-paced small business owners. In a , Ray Wah, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer and Small Business at Dell said the company has invested to demonstrate an ongoing dedication to […]

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Job Satisfaction Hits 51% But Small Businesses Must Still Work to Retain Employees

More than half (51%) of U.S. employees are experiencing greater job satisfaction today than ever before. This follows seven consecutive years of improved employee attitudes about wages and job security, according to a conducted by The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association headquartered in New York City. The Conference Board surveyed approximately 1,500 employed individuals who together comprise a snapshot of the U.S. workforce, to ascertain the level of employees’ job satisfaction. Participants weighed in on 23 components that contribute to job satisfaction. […]

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10 Tips for Looking at Common Business Issues in a Completely New Way

Entrepreneurs tend to think a bit differently than others. Running a business requires plenty of creating thinking and problem solving. But even the most unique minds can get stuck from time to time. So if you’ve fallen into a rut or routine, here are some tips from members of the small business community to help you look at some common business issues in a new or different way. Build Sustainable Sales with a Community Mindset Lots of companies tout their ability to treat customers as individuals. But […]

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Time is Running Out to Register for This Exciting Dreamforce Event

There are going to be more than 2,700 sessions at this year’s Dreamforce event in San Francisco. The four-day event starting on September 25 and ending on the Sept. 28 will bring together leading experts to help businesses across all industries succeed. The event will provide attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest innovation while learning from thousands of Trailblazers. You will also be able to get training and certification as well as rock out at a concert by Metallica and other entertainers. Although the […]

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Mike Volpe of Lola.com: The CMO Job is a Good Grooming Ground for CEOs

I’ve known Mike Volpe since the early days of HubSpot, where he was employee number 5, and as CMO helped the company grow from about a dozen beta customers to over 15,000 customers, 1,000 employees, $150 million in revenue, and an IPO leading to a $1.7 billion market cap. But after years of being a CMO, last month he was named CEO of Lola.com — a company focused on making business travel easier for the travel manager and the traveler.  I caught up with Mike at Lola’s headquarters […]

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Facebook Advertising Best Practices Top Small Business Stories This Week

Facebook Advertising Best Practices Top Small Business Stories This Week

? In this week’s roundup, I am joined by Laurie McCabe, co-founder of SMB Group at HubSpot’s Inbound Conference in Boston. We started our conversation going over the by Annie Pilon titled, “10 Facebook Ad Best Practices for Small Businesses” Top Small Business Stories This Week With Facebook now an essential marketing tool for businesses that are online, Laurie said, “Facebook is the number one social channel for a lot of small businesses” when her organization does its surveys. She goes on to say for B2C businesses, […]

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As a Startup Can I Get a Small Business Loan?

It can be incredibly difficult for entrepreneurs to secure small . An unproven business model and an entrepreneur with little to no experience in their new role represent huge risks to lenders. In fact, some do not offer startup loans at all. However, funding can be incredibly important for businesses at every stage — especially those just getting started. Tom Gazaway of LenCred said in an email interview with Small Business Trends, “As I see it nearly all businesses need funding. They may need it to start, […]

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