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When it comes to the world of startups and small businesses, the US reigns supreme. Between Silicon Valley and dozens of up-and-coming tech scenes sprawled across the likes of Denver, Austin, and Boston, America consistently dominates the startup space—in company count, zeal, and success.
But major cities can’t take all the credit—self-made millionaires and well-established brands are cropping up in small cities too, thanks to small businesses. Large cities certainly have larger networks and more talent—which help put companies ahead—but there are a number of small cities whose infrastructures support a vibrant startup ecosystem as well. ...
Imagine having the ability to use augmented reality to entice customers into your brick and mortar. Think about the time and resources saved when you can stream 4K video in real-time to inspect assembly line production happening nations away.
It’s not sci-fi, it’s not even the future: 5G is right here, right now. 5G network connection is ready to change how you do business. Are you and your business ready to move even faster?
Starting your own business is an exciting venture, but entrepreneurs often miss the structure and networking opportunities that come with the typical office experience. That’s where coworking comes in. Coworking is when like-minded entrepreneurs run their respective businesses from a shared workspace. With coworking spaces growing 20% worldwide in the last year, there’s never been a better time to set one up.
Take a look at all you can expect when you start to create your very own shared space.
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An entrepreneurial mind lacks only the right resources to bring its vision to life. That’s where the Verizon Resource Center comes in. Here you can find information on business trends, best practices, and technology that converts the chaos of running a business into second nature.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.