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 57% of US Small Businesses Now Fully Reopened After COVID Restrictions Eased

Following the easing of COVID restrictions, more than half (57%) of small businesses are now fully reopened. This welcoming news was uncovered by Kabbage, an American Express Company, in its Small Business Recovery report. The report tracks the recovery of small businesses in the US throughout 2021, as they rebound from the crisis. The first instalment...

12 Effective Ways to Use Short Video Content for Your Small Business

The face of social media has changed significantly in a short time, and today short video content is dominating user news feeds. While some social media platforms use video as a feature, like Instagram Stories, others, such as TikTok, use short videos as their main form of communication. Businesses can then leverage this content on their own social...

Webinar Asks: At What Point Should You Foreign Qualify?

Whether you are just starting your business or expanding, at what point should you foreign qualify? Similarly, what are the best states to incorporate. These are some very important questions in the entrepreneurial journey of a business person. And these are some of the questions the webinar, Best State to Incorporate will be answering. Nellie Akalp,...

10 Tips to Improve Your Online Reputation with Reviews, Blogging, and Social Media

As a small business, your reputation is everything. So many customers today look online to find out more about the companies they work with. So managing your reputation on these platforms is essential. Here are tips from members of the online small business community for using content marketing to improve your online reputation. Manage Your Reviews...

In the News: Small Businesses in Some States More Ready to Open Post-COVID

Small business owners have been ready to fully open their business post-COVID, but there are many issues affecting how they go about doing that. While some states are lifting their regulations early, others are still waiting. On the other hand, not all business owners can re-open because of the hit they took during the pandemic. In this week’s roundup, Small...

Jon Fasio of Intuit: AI and Automation Allow SMBs to Focus on Creating Opportunities, Not Mundane Tasks

Last week’s conversation with Katherine Kostereva of Creatio on how low-code/ no-code development platforms will be a huge factor in helping non-programmers to automate their own tasks and processes was eye opening for me.  And I wanted to see how the message of the importance and relevance of the latest automation tools is being received by microbusinesses...

25 Email Etiquette Tips

You probably send dozens of email a day, but are your messages well received? Are some of your emails just ticking people off? It could be you are breaking some cardinal rules of business email etiquette. Our editorial team gets and sends hundreds of emails a day. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. So, we’ve come up with email etiquette guidelines...

20 Stock Image Sites to Find Photos

The right image can transform your marketing. Photos grab customers’ attention and tell stories. Photos support your brand image on websites and social media. However, not all small businesses have the time or resources to constantly take professional grade photos of their own. That’s where stock image websites come in. What is a stock photo website?...

The Art of Sales Meeting Spin (CARTOON)

This article, "The Art of Sales Meeting Spin (CARTOON)" was first published on Small Business Trends

Small Businesses in Florida, Georgia and New York Ready for Post-Covid Economy

Where in the country are small businesses most ready to get back to business? As states lift restrictions and safety measures, some small businesses are more ready than others. Overall, 24% of small businesses reported that they were ready to reopen. Florida leads the way, with 34% of small business reporting that they have a reopening plan in place....

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