The Best Small Cities to Start a Small Business

3 weeks ago

America has become the veritable poster child of the startup era. It’s hard to look at the surge of self-made billionaires across all industries within the US and their humble startup beginnings and not feel a certain amount of awe. Things around here show no sign of slowing down, and as the “land of opportunity, ” it’s unfair to only crown major metro areas across the country as the best places to find it.

The most innovative metro areas in the US

5 months ago

It’s a competitive world out there, and the pressure and exhilaration of change demands adjustments in business perspectives. Over the past few decades, the direction of rising lucrative industries has significantly shifted, making way for high-tech companies to claim the forefront of the economic atmosphere. Many industries that dominated past economies have since given way to significant technological advancements. That technology drives so much of modern commerce, and with innovation constantly providing new frontiers to be explored, the competition has been taken to a new level.

2018 small business growth spurt: Are you ready for it?

12 months ago

Own a small business? Here’s a question for you: Have you seen steady, promising growth over the past year? The National Federation of Independent Business ran a study this March that predicts 28% of small businesses expect to expand their enterprise as a whole. 20% anticipate higher sales during the fiscal year, and will be looking to hire new employees as a result.

We reached out to the small biz community to get a feel for the current atmosphere, and to get a sense of how businesses are approaching adding new employees to their team. ...

How safe is your state from automation?

1 year ago

Unemployment is currently the lowest it has been since the 2008 recession. With plenty of jobs available and several industries experiencing growth, things should be good, right? Maybe not. The positions and industries hiring on Glassdoor right now could be taken over by automation and artificial intelligence (AI) sooner than you might think. This article gives you more information to assess if your industry is safe from automation.

Unified Communications: The secret to better service and productivity

1 year ago

Take your business to the next level with Unified Communications

Your business can have innovative ideas, top-notch products, and talented people, but it will never reach its full potential if your employees aren’t communicating well with each other and with customers.

To thrive today, businesses need to stay in touch with their customers or clients, and they need to do so frequently. They also need excellent communication and collaboration tools. A modern, hosted Unified Communication system with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling can help your business deliver better customer service and better employee productivity.

 

Verizon 2017 Black Friday online sales forecast

1 year ago

Online retailers are gearing up for another holiday season—and another Black Friday. But is Black Friday still one of the biggest shopping days of the year? We think so.

After crunching the numbers—and combing through last year’s statistics—we’re predicting a record-breaking Black Friday 2017. Our estimations include several million more online shoppers and millions of dollars in additional revenue to match. This article includes predictions that will help you prepare for the big day ahead.

5 Tips to Win Big This Black Friday Cyber Monday

2 years ago

Is your business ready for the two biggest shopping days of the year?

Consumers love Black Friday Cyber Monday (BFCM), no question about it. Retailers, too, since Black Friday typically marks the first day of the year when retail companies go “into the black.” Over the Thanksgiving weekend last year, more than 154 million people went shopping. And according to a National Retail Federation survey, 44% of shoppers reported that they shopped online during that time. Of those individuals who said they shopped online, 74% did so on Black Friday. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare.

7 ways businesses can expense IT purchases

2 years ago

Now could be the right time to buy.

As the end of the year approaches, cash-basis businesses will begin to look for ways to reduce their taxable profits for the year. Thanks to some very liberal tax laws written to encourage investment in personal tangible equipment, including information technology (IT) equipment, many businesses will be able to expense (write off as a tax deduction) all such purchases in 2017. However, the method you choose and the timing are critical, so careful planning is required. Check out 7 possible methods depending on your unique business needs.

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