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Inflation and Interest Rate Hikes Slowed Small Business Acquisitions in 2022

The BizBuySell Insight Report reveals small business acquisitions for 2022 was up 4.7% over 2021. Even though the first half of 2022 experienced strong year-over-year (YOY) gains, the surge of inflation and interest rate hikes slowed the momentum in the second half. Small Business Acquisition in 2022 The transaction numbers since 2020 show a 19%...

Small Business AI Has Big Implications in the Workplace

Sponsored Post For many years, artificial intelligence (AI) was inaccessible to small businesses. The technology was too new to be generally affordable and its limitations were still being established. As a result, most companies were unfamiliar with its implications and potential to increase the efficiency of small business operations. I expect...

Zoho Workplace Adds Trident Communication Platform and Stronger Collaboration Tools

Companies of all sizes continue to struggle under current economic conditions. Many must consider strategies such as vendor consolidation while rationalizing IT expenditures. At the same time, they must embrace technological tools that boost productivity and increase customer satisfaction. Zoho recognized this and has unveiled updates to Zoho Workplace...

50 Handmade Business Ideas to Start in 2023

Handmade products are highly in demand. And there are tons of ways to sell these original creations, from online marketplaces to local craft stores. If you’re interested in starting a DIY business, here are some handmade business ideas you can start now. What is a handmade business? A handmade business is one that sells products made by hand or...

Restaurant Customers React to First Encounters with a Robot Server

Have you met a robot waiter? Apparently, they’re out there at restaurants around the country and spanning the globe. And people who meet these robot servers have some mixed reactions to what they’re seeing. Check it out. This is the BellaBot, as captured by @jarl_grimm_on_tour on TikTok at Belle Italia: @jarl_grimm_on_tour The Bellabot robot...

Custom License Plate Frames to Promote Your Business

When you buy a vehicle from a dealership, there’s almost always a license plate frame already on the car with the dealer’s name and info. Why do they do that? Advertising, of course! And it’s not just for car dealerships.  Any business owner can use this inexpensive and effective marketing tactic. Getting a license plate frame customized with your...

What is a DBA (Doing Business As) and How to Register One

Starting a business can be an exciting venture, but it also comes with many challenges. One of those challenges can be determining the best way to set up and register your business. One critical step in the business startup checklist is registering a DBA (Doing Business As). In this article, we’ll cover what a DBA is and how to register one. Let’s get...

Spotlight: Air Force Veteran and Mom Starts Clean Beauty Brand Cashmere Moon

When Air Force veteran Tisha Ayers was pregnant, she searched for a skincare solution with clean ingredients. Dissatisfied with the options, she created her own. And Cashmere Moon was born. Read about this unique founder’s story and what sets her business apart in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Offers clean body care...

Eight Common Loan Scams – Don’t Fall for Them

Every day, savvy people fall for loan scams. In fact, according to the Federal Trade Commission FTC, people lose more than $2 billion annually when they fall for loan brokers with deals that are too good to be true. Why does this happen to smart people? That’s because the scammers are so very crafty. They masquerade as legitimate personal loan lenders,...

Don’t Do Your Business Taxes Before Reading This

? So, you’ve started a small business. That’s great news! However, with tax season upon us, it’s time to discover how taxes will affect your new endeavor. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to check out this episode of SBT in :15 with Barbara Weltman, Attorney and Founder of Big Ideas for Small Businesses, Inc. and author of J.K. Lasser’s Small...

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