News & Picks From The World of Small Business – Thursday Oct 2 2017

Business Today Nov 2 2017Don’t start a small business without a marketing plan

Home » Business » Start-up So you’ve done it. After years of hard work and planning, you’re ready to open up your small business. At long last, the community will be able to gaze upon the fruits of your labor. But hold up. Before you light up that neon “OPEN” sign, make sure you’re not forgetting something. Yes, that’s right. You’ve told your friends, family, and neighbors about your new endeavor, but do you have a marketing plan other than that? More at


What Your Small Business Can Learn From the 50 Most Engaged Brands

Amazon is the company that’s most engaged with customers, according to a recent report. And small businesses can potentially learn some important lessons from the retail giant and other big names that focus on customer engagement. Forbes Insights partnered with Pega to compile the list of the 50 most engaged companies, which also includes Google’s parent Alphabet Inc., Starbucks, Foot Locker, Alaska Air, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Marriott, Lowe’s and Nordstrom. More at


Citizens Bank Makes it Faster, Easier to Get Small Business Loans with New Digital Lending Capability | Business Wire

Citizens Bank has launched a new digital lending capability that will make it easier for small business customers to apply and receive approvals for loans. Provided through a collaboration with Fundation, a leading digitally-enabled lender and credit solutions provider, the new lending platform advances Citizens’ strategy of leveraging innovative digital technologies that create excellent end-to-end customer experie…More at


10 Payroll Mistakes Your Small Business Must Avoid

Engaging employees allows your company to function and grow. But doing so puts employer responsibilities on your shoulders. Running afoul of these responsibilities can trigger penalties, and failing to take advantage of opportunities can cost you taxes, both of which can hurt your bottom line. Here are 10 payroll mistakes to avoid. When your non-exempt employees (generally hourly workers) work more than 40 hours in a workweek, you owe them time and a half…More at


4 Secrets To Building A Successful Business On Instagram

Even an entirely new economic system. The major tech ecosystems that battle for our attention and dollars. What’s next for hardware, software, and services. The brave new world of automation, from AI to drones. How our urban centers are building toward the future. See members of our Most Creative People in Business community: leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways. An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and video…More at


7 Surprising Stats about Starting a Business – Small Business Bonfire

For a variety of reasons, more and more 9-to-5’ers leave a stable job to start up a business. While the number of aspiring entrepreneurs is growing, just a few of them are successful as impulsive decision-making isn’t a good idea when it comes to growing a business. Although you might know startup benefits, it’s essential to be ready for challenges, and knowing them in advance means having a card up your sleeve. More at


4 Growth Hacking Techniques You Might Want To Reconsider, a service that filters subscription emails from users’ inboxes, tried this technique, and unhappy users kicked up quite a fuss. You might argue that the users weren’t paying and, as such, there’s no problem with asking for a little help. You might also argue that it works (this was the response of many admiring growth hackers). These points are worth considering, but you should pause for a moment and ask yourself if that’s really the sort of company you want to be… More at


Silicon Valley program may help cash-strapped small businesses |

From handmade wallets to custom-made t-shirts, small business owners from San Jose gathered in a room Wednesday night to showcase their goods. They are determined to succeed. But a problem that many of them face — getting a loan.

Martin Magana who owns Wood Wallet explained, “Through a bank I would need credit and need more sales and I didn’t have it. I was just starting out.”…More at


How to Protect Your Small Biz From Cyber Threats | Kabbage

Browse Categories In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Nick Santora, CEO of Curricula, spoke with Kabbage head Kathyrn Petralia about how small businesses can effectively protect themselves from cyber attacks in a more effective and efficient way. Also discussed is how Kabbage protects itself, and its customer information, from cyber threats. With over a decade of experience in cybersecurity, Santora…More at


40 Percent of Small Business Owners Believe Lower Taxes Should be Top Priority | Smallbiztrends

When Republicans in the House of Representatives release their version of a tax cut or tax reform bill today, small business owners across the country will be watching closely. According to new data from Paychex (NASDAQ:PAYX), 41 percent of all the small business owners recently surveyed say tax reform should be the top priority of President Donald Trump’s administration. It’s the top issue for small business owners, the data reveals. “President Trump ran on the promise of…More at


What Businesses Need to Know in the Wake of the Equifax BreachSmall | Biz Daily

Date posted: November 2, 2017 By Jason Tan Online businesses everywhere are going to be dealing with the effects of the recent Equifax breach. It’s a tough truth to swallow, but these large-scale data breaches have become a fact of life – and it’s not just the breached business that pays the price. As fraudsters mine the valuable data that’s been compromised, all e-commerce sites and financial institutions need to be on alert. Last year, 48% of online businesses saw an increase in…More at


Ten tips for managing stress in the workplace |

Awareness day highlighting the dangers of business management, we give our top ten tips for managing stress. This week saw the nation celebrate Stress Awareness Day, an annual event to raise awareness of this growing issue and promote the importance of wellbeing for individuals and organisations. A report from the Health and Safety Executive found that in 2016/17 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 40 per cent of all…More at


Small business forced to close due to Hwy 74 superstreet construction | WSOC-TV

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10 Mistakes Small Businesses Make When Preparing for a Busy Season | Smallbiztrends

The holidays aren’t too far away, but they also aren’t right there, staring us in the face. This is the perfect time, before the rush but not too soon, where you can really start working on those holiday promotion plans. But as a small business you have to make sure you do it the right way. Some mistakes are incredibly common among smaller businesses that don’t have an entire team to plan out every step based on millions of dollars in consumer research…More at


Talent and Tech Are How Small Businesses Can Level the Playing Field | Entrepreneur

Your Queue is empty Click on the next to articles to add them to your Queue Carmen Electra Shawne Merriman Apolo Ohno Brian Liu and more… Businesses of all sizes are under constant pressure to keep pace with innovation — and ideally, to stay ahead of its trajectory. But many business owners struggle to understand their own pain points and manage operational issues. This negatively affects both current and future business growth. A recent survey conducted by our company, Sage…More at