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Most Business Leaders Believe 2020 Presidential Election Will Affect Small Businesses

Most business leaders in the US believe that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election will affect their businesses. For its Small Business Recovery Survey, Verizon Business focuses on 600 small and medium businesses that are currently open or are planning to reopen. In addition to the impact of the 2020 presidential election, the study...

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QuickBooks Commerce: New Integrated Gamechanger for Businesses

Intuit launched QuickBooks Commerce, a business management platform to help small businesses attract and sell to new customers across multiple channels and ultimately grow their business. Having a small business marketing tool - or a variety of tools - is very important.  New Small Business Marketing Tool One of the areas QuickBooks has been focused on...

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Mailchimp Update Integrates AI capabilities and Smart Tools for Entrepreneurs

The newest Mailchimp update integrates smart features into the marketing platform, including AI capabilities and a suite of familiar tools. Launched this week, the latest Mailchimp update promises smarter marketing for small businesses, including better managing and growing audiences. All in all, Mailchimp is highlighting nine key upgrades in its latest release. Continue reading below to...

Zoho Workplace Reimagines Business Context and Continuity Across Apps

The latest update to Zoho Workplace has brought a focus on business context and continuity to the productivity, collaboration, and communication platform. Zoho Workplace is a suite of nine technology tools, which are integrated to their users’ business processes. It’s essentially a platform that ensures all its component apps are working perfectly with each other....

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COVID Fuels Small Business Innovation, QuickBooks Study Finds

Some entrepreneurs are looking to small business innovation to stem the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the sector. In the new What’s next for the small business economy? report, Intuit QuickBooks surveyed 965 small business owners to gauge both the state of small business and what’s in its future. It finds some changes that are expected,...

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Want a Better Community? Support Your Local Business

If you want a better community, you need to put your money where your mouth is. In other words, you need to have a hard look at where you're spending your money. And according to Eric Groves, founder and CEO of Alignable, it better be on local businesses. In a recent conversation with Ramon Ray about...

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Digital B2B Payments Adoption a Pandemic Silver Lining

An upside to the pandemic according to small business owners is the adoption of digital B2B payments. Mastercard found in a recent study that 57% of small businesses increased their use of digital systems for business-to-business payments amid the COVID-19 crisis. A majority of business owners (82%) said they changed the way their business sends and...

Financial Health Trumps Physical Health for Employees Amid COVID-19

Employees of small businesses are more concerned about their financial health than their physical health amid the pandemic. According to a new study by MetLife, 55% of small business employees express concern about their financial health during the COVID-19 crisis. That’s higher than the 41% who worry about their physical health. In fact, concern about financial...

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3 Things Kabbage’s Acquisition by American Express Tells Us About Small Business Financing

American Express is buying Kabbage, the fintech company focused on SMEs. At first glance, the acquisition may seem like a standard acquisition by a financial services giant. However, it has several implications to small business financing that are more noteworthy than they seem. American Express says that it is buying “substantially all” of the Atlanta-based...

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Small Business Crisis Possible as Aid Dries Up

Small businesses should be vigilant as government aid amid the coronavirus pandemic is seen drying up. A new study by LendingTree found that the end of federal aid has the potential to cause a small business crisis. Entrepreneur and keynote speaker Ramon Ray commented that Covid-19 has sapped the cash flow of millions of small...