Tag Archives: BUSINESSES

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 »

25 Tips for Small Businesses Selling at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets offer great opportunities for farmers and other small businesses to connect with customers and make sales. But it’s not as easy as just reserving a booth and setting some products out on a table. Here are 25 tips to help you succeed when selling at farmers markets. Selling at Farmers Markets Visit Markets Beforehand One of the biggest factors in ... Read More »

95 Percent of Small Businesses Are Focused on Tax Relief, Survey Says

Tax relief is on top of U.S. small business owners’ wish lists. NWYC Q2 2017 Small Business Sentiment Index That’s according to the Q2 2017 Small Business Sentiment Index from National Write Your Congressman (NYWC). The survey found an overwhelming majority of small businesses (95 percent) saying they would like Congress to act on tax relief and simplification. Small Businesses Want the Government ... Read More »

Iranian Uber Shows How Businesses Can Overcome Obstacles

While Uber has been making a huge mark in the U.S. and other markets around the world, the ride sharing service has been unable to operate in Iran due to U.S. sanctions. But that’s created an opportunity in the country for local startups to fill that need. Snapp is one app offering an Uber-like service specifically for Iranian passengers. Launched ... Read More »

Is ENERGY STAR® Worth It for Small Businesses?

Making smarter choices when it comes to your energy use can help you run your business more efficiently and can have a big impact on your small business. One way to do that is by looking for the blue ENERGY STAR label when selecting new pieces of equipment or building your business from the ground up. ENERGY STAR is designed ... Read More »

40 Percent of Small Businesses Have Had Cash Flow Issues Within the Last Year

Small businesses have a tough time managing money and payments, a study has found. According to research conducted by WePay, an online payment service provider, 41 percent of businesses report having experienced cash flow challenges. Sixteen percent say they have experienced payment fraud — just in the last year. Small Businesses Cash Flow Issues and Payment Challenges Cash flow issues seem to have ... Read More »

Rohan Gilkes of Wet Shave Club: Successful Subscription Businesses are Data-driven

I was “digging in the crates” recently and found some really great stuff that for one reason or another I haven’t worked into the series. And although this isn’t a “one on one” conversation, this session from ExCom 2016 — an event I co-organized with eCommerce thought leader John Lawson — is just as relevant today as it was last ... Read More »

Only 1 in 4 Small Businesses Well Prepared for Cyber Attack

Only a quarter of small businesses feel they are “well prepared” for a cyber-attack on their company. This is according to a recent survey on IT risks organizations face during their everyday work by Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments. Small Businesses Not Feeling Prepared for a Cyber Attack According to Netwrix’s 2017 IT Risks ... Read More »

16 Gas Station Franchise Businesses

With billions of dollars’ worth in annual sales, gas stations are big business in the United States. Gas station franchises offer the chance for individuals to jump on the gasoline retail bandwagon and run a busy and profitable business. Small Business Trends takes a look at 16 gas station franchise businesses throughout the U.S. Gas Station Franchise Businesses to Consider ... Read More »

Amazon Buying Whole Foods? What Small Businesses Can Learn

Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) just announced plans to purchase Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM). The deal, valued at about $13.7 billion, also offers a few potential lessons for small businesses. Whole Foods, which broke onto the scene offering stores full or organic food options, has struggled and faced pressure from advisors to sell or merge with another company. Amazon, a company that has broken into ... Read More »