The conversation right now about the minimum wage is veering off in the wrong direction. That’s because all the parties are not showing up for the debate. Take the wave of small-business owners saying recently that the implementation of an immediate $15 minimum wage would be catastrophic for them. Show More Summary
The president looks to expand overtime pay. Getting customer feedback. Google's first retail store. And Disney's ultimate tweet.
Retailers large and small are striking gold on Instagram. The photo sharing site recently introduced sponsored images. But there is evidence that even businesses using the site for free have been able to generate sales using images of their products. Show More Summary
Sales taxes: Maybe there’s a better way? The House Judiciary Committee will explore alternatives to solve the internet sales tax issue this morning. Whether Chairman Bob Goodlatte responds to pressure from small business owners to move legislation this year remains unclear, but something’s gotta give. TPC’s Howard Gleckman noted in early December that either individual […]
Did you know 80 percent of customers have changed their mind about buying a product or service that was recommended to them after reading negative reviews online? This small but powerful book by Daniel Vivarelli can help you navigate the online review jungle and use your reputation as a competitive edge. read more
Wholesale inventories rose 0.6% in January, while sales plunged -1.9%. That drove the sector’s stock-to-sales ratio up to a hefty 1.20. The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index fell 3 points to 91.4 in February. In weekly retail sales, ICSC Goldman reports a 1.3% weekly sales increase, and a 2.1% year-on-year increase. Meanwhile, Redbook says sales [...]
Kelly O The conversation right now about the minimum wage is veering off in the wrong direction. That’s because all the parties are not showing up for the debate. Take the wave of small-business owners saying recently that the implementation of an immediate $15 minimum wage would be catastrophic for them. Show More Summary
Why does one business achieve unprecedented success while its equally matched competitor fails? The truth is, success is largely determined not by your products or prices, but rather by the way you run your business. And evidence shows...Show More Summary
Small business owners and independent developers trying to market their own apps may have a new way to reach a massive online customer base. Yahoo is hoping to emulate Facebook’s success in the mobile market. The online portal is testing new ads for mobile apps. Show More Summary
Impact investing in the U.S. has a rich history and established communities of practice -- spanning community finance, socially responsible investment, micro-finance, housing finance, environmental finance, small business finance inShow More Summary
Hiring and expansion plans are frozen out by bad weather and pessimism about the economy
More and more often we are hearing about large companies that have been infiltrated by hackers who have maneuvered around their security systems to access consumer information. Apple, Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus – large companies with high tech security systems all exposed and hacked just in the last few months. As a small business you [...]Show More Summary
Payment-processing giant PayPal wants more small businesses to use its services, especially as new-generation players like Square grow larger. Today PayPal announced a major hire to focus on those small businesses. Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal, a veteran of Aol and Microsoft, …
The continuous rise in time spent on mobile devices by on-the-go consumers has a direct relationship with how individuals relate to and engage their local community; specifically businesses in their immediate area. For small business owners who are plagued with the constant decision of how to allocate and invest their limited marketing budget, choosing between [...]Show More Summary
YouTube is one of the hidden gems in online marketing. It is a terrific way for small business owners to compete with the big brands. But creating effective (as in watchable) content and then promoting it can be intimidating. Of particular interest to business owners who are wondering if the time creating and marketing with... Show More Summary
If you own a business, Facebook wants to make your life miserable. The ability to reach millions of potential customers for free has caused businesses large and small to flock to Facebook. Initially, the social media giant welcomed businesses with open arms. Show More Summary
Living in a small town can be a drag. Everyone knows everyone else’s business, there isn’t much room for growth, and there’s usually nothing exciting going on. But before you decide to feel sorry for yourself and your existence in a miserable town, just think that things could be worse... Show More Summary
The latest issue of the NFIB Small Business Economic Trends is out today. The March update for February came in at 91.3, down 2.7 points from the previous month's 94.1, ending a three-month string of improvement.
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