Business

Take the Survey and Share What Challenges You Most in Your Small Business

What are the greatest challenges you face in your small business? It may be a question you’ve been asked before in reference to a specific aspect of your operations — keeping up with technology perhaps or improving productivity. But now there’s a chance to answer more comprehensively about the greatest struggles you face and potentially reap some benefit in the ... Read More »

64 Percent of Small Businesses Can’t Track Printer Usage or Costs — And They Really Should!

Almost two thirds, or 64 percent, of small businesses can’t track how much their print devices cost them nor can they track their usage. And if you are not able to track these basic stats in your business, you will not know how much is being wasted. The How to Optimize Your IT Budget With Smarter Document Management (PDF) report and The State ... Read More »

The Last 10 Times an American Small Business Set a Guinness World Record

Small businesses are capable of accomplishing big things — even the biggest. In the last year and a half, 10 small businesses across the United States and Puerto Rico were able to call themselves a Guiness World Records record breaker. Guinness World Records told Small Business Trends in the last year, 800 companies — large and small — have set or ... Read More »

10 Tips for Being Innovative in Marketing and Business

Innovative businesses find creative ways to solve problems and bring unique products and services to their customers. But there are so many different ways businesses can use innovation to differentiate themselves from the competition. Here are some thoughts from members of the online small business community about innovation and how it can benefit businesses in all different ways. Accelerate Your ... Read More »

UPS Store Twitter Chat Prepares Small Businesses for the Holiday Season #HolidayBizPrep

For a small business owner, it’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season. But preparing for the busiest time of the year is not easy – even if you start early. To help small businesses make the most of the holiday season, Small Business Trends founder and CEO Anita Campbell (@smallbiztrends), small business branding and technology expert ... Read More »

Trump disbands two business councils

Move comes after CEOs quit in protest U.S. President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only on white nationalists but also on the protesters who opposed them. Mr. Trump announced the break-up of the advisory councils after 3M Co’s Inge Thulin ... Read More »

Good Financial Business Decisions: Here Are 4 Reasons You May Not Be Making Them

Many small business owners lack the skills to make good financial business decisions. But it is not always a result of their lack of experience, interest or education in this difficult area. The Effect of Human Nature on Financial Decision Making According to John Howe, author of “The Foolish Corner: Avoiding Mind Traps in Personal Financial Decisions”, it involves human nature and the ... Read More »

Amazon Creates Alexa Workshops for Small Tech Entrepreneurs

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Galvanize, a 21st-century school for entrepreneurs, engineers, and data scientists, are going to be holding Alexa Skills development workshops to teach developers, designers, and technology buffs how to build skills for Amazon Alexa, the operating system for the company’s smart speaker Echo. Amazon’s Echo has 70.6 percent of the emerging voice-controlled speaker market compared to Google’s 23.8 percent, this according ... Read More »

New ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Order May Do Little for Small Businesses

President Donald Trump just signed an executive order that could potentially have an impact on small businesses — but not necessarily right away. The “Buy American, Hire American” order includes several components. Here’s a basic breakdown. Buy American Hire American Order First, the order targets the H-1B Visa program, which allows American companies to bring in foreign workers with highly specialized knowledge. Some have ... Read More »

Tech firms driving business travel out of India

Airlines from India have increased frequencies over the past decade to the US to tap growing traffic. Air India flies non stop to Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington and will launch flights to Los Angeles at the end of the year. Photo: Mint New Delhi: Indian IT companies may be facing American headwinds, but business travel from India to the ... Read More »