A big thank you to the Waterfront BIA for their gift bags

Last week we got a message from The Waterfront BIA announcing that their new promotional gift bags were ready. This is just one of the exciting initiatives that the Waterfront BIA has undertaken. The waterfront BIA is the voice of the business community. It is committed to improving and promoting the Waterfront area through investment and advocacy. A limited run of only 500 shopping bags were available free to local residents and businesses for pick-up from their office. We love these … [Read more...]

Hiring For Small Business — Overcoming Challenges And Tips For Success

By Jason Whitman (Huffington Post) According to the most recent ADP employment report, small businesses added 82,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in April. Also, according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses provide more than half of all jobs in the U.S. But, as every small business owner knows, each and every one of these individuals within your business makes a difference and has the opportunity to move the needle depending on whether that individual is the right fit for the … [Read more...]

Working on the Go? 5 Ways to Protect Your Mobile Device

Published Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, by Jo Disney - News and Features Editor, U.K. (Officing Today) With mobile working and BYOD becoming the norm, the question of security is nudging its way ever higher up the priority list. We live in a world where there are more mobile devices than people. Research suggests that soon, the average person will carry 1.5 mobile devices (although, you’re probably already on 2 or 3 yourself). The question is, in a world obsessed by mobile technology, how do … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Launching a Successful Product

GroundReport | Author: KM123 Filed Under: Health, Lifestyle | Posted: 05/13/2014 at 6:28PM Region: Colorado | United States According to the Small Business Association,small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970s. In today’s economy, small businesses are struggling; although many people have great product ideas, few of them follow the fundamental steps necessary to successfully bring those products to market. A success story, Peter … [Read more...]

Starting A Business? Two Common Management Issues And How To Solve Them

By Gabie Boko, Executive Vice President of Marketing at Sage North America Is there a downside to job market recovery?  If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, there may be. A recent Kauffman study showed that entrepreneurship suffers when the job market is in recovery mode.  In 2013, 476,000 new businesses were created each month, down 7 percent from 2012 when 514,000 new businesses were created monthly; highlighting that people who might have started their own business became employees … [Read more...]

Can you use Pinterest to build your Small Business?

By Janel Martinez (Madame Noir) Sure, Twitter and Facebook are great for marketing your small business online, but have you considered Pinterest? Many people think Pinterest is only for home décor collages and party-planning tips. Not true! Small business owners have the potential to take their brand marketing to the next level if they use the social media site wisely. Last week, Pinterest unveiled its new business site where entrepreneurs can check out Pinterest buttons and widgets to add … [Read more...]

Scared to start your own business?

by Ali Gray 04:01 | 13 May 2014 Got a big idea? Sometimes all you need is the courage to go for it - and Jenny Dawson is the proof. The 27-year-old founder of Rubies in the Rubble was working for a Mayfair hedgefund when she came up with the concept for her new venture. She had seen how many perfectly edible fruits and vegetables are discarded from London markets and decided to use the surplus produce to make jams and chutneys. Thus, Rubies in the Rubble was born. Jenny started her … [Read more...]

Essential Tips for Small Business Data Security

FIVE ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS DATA SECURITY - BY GUY CHIARELLO (Huffington Post) Given the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks in today's world, it is more important than ever for small businesses to understand the costly effects of a data breach and develop an approach to mitigate the risks. The cost of a data breach for a small merchant can be catastrophic. The lost business and resulting liability from such an event can create significant financial losses, but … [Read more...]

Business Tips To Build Lasting Relationships With Your Client

By Deborah Asseraf | Social Pulse | May 12, 2014 It’s not about me – it’s all about YOU! May 12-16 is National Small Business Week. This annual spotlight on small businesses began in 1963. It recognizes the essential contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, drive innovation, increase America’s global competitiveness, and jobs. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create … [Read more...]