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Small business optimism

NEWS – Pandemic Brought Challenges, But Small Business Spirit Still Thriving, TD Bank Survey Shows

Small business owners (SBOs) report they are doing better than expected as the economy continues to gain steam amid the waning pandemic, according to the results of the 2021 Small Business Survey, released today by TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®. The survey polled more than 750 small businesses nationwide with less than $5 million in annual...

spending

NEWS: American Express Survey Shows U.S. Businesses Have Bullish Outlook on B2B Spending

Small-business spending in many sectors has been on pause for months. However, the world is indeed opening up and businesses are spending more, says a new American Express Survey. Survey indicates that U.S. spending is on the rise across nine key business-to-business (B2B) categories. U.S. survey respondents cited that raw or processed materials, such...

open for business

NEWS – Resiliency and Persistence Prevails: The UPS Store Results from 2021 Inside Small Business Survey

While 2020 was challenging for most of the general population, it was a particularly turbulent year for small business owners who learned to quickly adapt to a struggling economic landscape. The UPS Store, Inc. recently released findings from their 2021 Inside Small Business Survey which revealed the strength of small business owners who demonstrated...

Cyber Attacks

NEWS – Annual Cyber Attack Costs $25k for US Small Business Says Hiscox Survey

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, reveals that in the past 12 months 23% of small businesses suffered at least one cyber attack, with an average annual financial cost of $25k. Although small businesses quickly adapted to remote working, it has left many feeling more vulnerable to cyber attacks. The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2021™ gauges businesses’...

Ramon Ray Named as Oracle NetSuite’s Entrepreneur in Residence

NetSuite, a leading provider of business management software for growing businesses has named Ramon Ray, entrepreneur, best-selling author and founder of SmartHustle.com as its first Entrepreneur in Residence.  As NetSuite’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ramon will support NetSuite’s continued success in supporting small and medium businesses as they look to scale and grow. “We’re excited to partner with Ramon...

4 in 6 Encore Entrepreneurs Earn More Than Their Expectations, Reports a Survey

Are you thinking about starting your own business but putting off the idea because you just crossed fifty? If yes, then you're making a big mistake. According to the latest Hiscox report, 68% of encore entrepreneurs (who start at fifty) earn more than what they used to do in their previous job. 'When to leap in...

1 in 3 Small Business Owners Used Digital/Online Tools to Grow Sales Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has affected most small businesses. With changes in consumer behavior, businesses are still trying to adapt to the new normal. If you're finding it difficult to stay afloat, you should start boosting your business's online presence. According to Facebook US State of Small Business Report 2020, 34% of small businesses increased their...

Changes in Consumer Behavior Inspired Retailers and Restaurants to Use Technology, Reports Square Study

COVID-19 has changed consumer behavior. Now, more and more people are expecting seamless digital experiences across industries. This means companies have to adopt the latest tools and technology to delight customers who are increasingly becoming digital-savvy. According to the latest Square study, retailers and restaurants are adapting to consumer behavior changes and turning to technology...

Waze Introduces New Ad Features to Help Small Business Owners

Are you in search of effective yet economical adverting solutions for your small business? If yes, then new ad offerings from Waze would amaze you. Waze, a popular GPS navigation software app, recently announced a host of updates to its ad starter package to help small business owners efficiently run local advertising on its platforms...