What Small Business Can Learn From Fortune’s ‘Best Companies’ List
Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For came out today, and while most of the companies on the list are large firms, there are a lot of takeaways for small businesses among the companies on the list.
Small Business Exporting Advice: Crucial First Steps
Small business exporting can sound intimating, but with the right advice and research, business owners can make thoroughly informed decisions.
International Business Times
Small Business Marketing Ideas, Tips from a Top Expert
Marketing guru John Jantsch has built a small empire around his “Duct Tape Marketing” brand, which dispenses practical small business marketing ideas and tips.
International Business Times
Small Business CRM Looks to Make Friends out of Customers
Small business customer relationship management (CRM) services face a unique challenge, one that larger companies can often ignore: the need to connect with customers in a timely manner.
An End To Social Media Automation?
At the weekend big news hit my Facebook news feed. Facebook have removed the share link from content posted via an application. This will have a huge impact on Facebook users that rely on applications like Networked Blogs or Hootsuite to post content to their wall.
Is Obama The Choice of Small Business?
Take, for instance, these two surveys that crossed our desk this week: one, the Q4 Small Business Study from the US Chamber of Commerce, and the other, from Pepperdine University.
13 Types of Insurance a Small Business Owner Should Have
1. General Liability Insurance: Every business, even if home-based, needs to have liability insurance. The policy provides both defense and damages if you, your employees or your products or services cause or are alleged to have caused Bodily Injury or Property Damage to a third party.
3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Jan. 19
1. The B Corp gains traction. There’s a new level of business incorporation called benefit corporations, or the B Corp, gaining traction in a handful of states and appealing to small businesses such as Greyston Bakery of Yonkers, N.Y., and Comet Skateboards of Ithaca, N.Y., as well as some more well-known companies such as Patagonia.
How Your Small Business Can Use Technology to Replace the Post Office
If trips to the post office are a regular part of your business day, you may be concerned about the news that many post offices will be scaling back operations this year.
Small Business Takeaways from Candidates’ Social Media Campaigns
A recent study performed by iContact highlights key lessons that small businesses can learn through the Republican presidential candidate campaigns that are going on. With Newt Gingrich mastering Twitter, Ron Paul engaging the audience of YouTube, and Mitt Romney attracting millions of fans through Facebook, these candidates are relying heavily on social media to increase their chances of winning.
Don’t Make Excuses in Your Small Business
Don’t make excuses in your small business. Making decisions is much better. Deciding to blog, deciding when it’s best to raise prices, deciding which client or team member might be the right fit for your business and which might not–all of these are critical decisions that must be made for your business to function properly.
Small Business Trends
Staples Gives Small Businesses a Push with $250,000 in Free Advertising
52 percent of small business owners revealed they would grow their business through advertising and direct marketing if they had a larger marketing budget. To help address this need, Staples today launched the Staples “Give Your Small Business the Push It Needs” contest to make it easy for five small businesses to win up to $50,000 each in free television advertising in their home market.
MarketWatch (press release)
How to turn fuming customers into lifelong fans
One expert says small business owners are the worst at handling conversations with irate customers, whether they take place on the phone, in person or online.
Washington Post (blog)
Constant Contact acquisition adds mobile loyalty for small business
The growing online marketing company says it is acquiring mobile loyalty technology developer CardStar to expand its services for small business.
(Iowa State) Sen. Hatch proposes jobless benefits for owners of small business start-ups
Sen. Jack Hatch, D-Des Moines, filed a bill Thursday in the Iowa Senate that would allow payment of unemployment benefits to out-of-work Iowans who are trying to establish full-time small businesses.
Facebook contest to award ad credit to small businesses for bulking up fan bases
Facebook quietly launched a contest Tuesday called Small Business Boost that will award $10000 to 10 small businesses that gain the most new Likes by April 1.