Funding and Incentives Helped St. Louis Reach the Top

St. Louis, Mo. was recently identified as the nation’s top startup city because it wrapped up 2015 with the highest annual growth in venture capital funding.

But financial backing isn’t the only benefit entrepreneurs will find in the city just west of the Mississippi River.

Known as a hub of biotech and plant science research, St. Louis offers plenty of other startup resources and a cost of living that’s roughly 5 percent below the national average. Continue reading

Your Fast Track to Successfully Launching A New Small Business

Starting a new small business takes a lot of work, time and commitment. In fact, just to get to the point of being able to open your doors, you have to write a business plan, choose a location, decide on the legal structure of your business, register your business with the state, obtain a tax identification number, register for all applicable state and local taxes, and get any necessary permits and licenses. Beyond these necessary logistics, you can fast track the success of your small business by ensuring that you prioritize certain things. Continue reading

Discovering the Valuable Information Lurking In Your Calls

Any small business owner craves inside information on potential customers. Why do some leads easily become customers? What types of advertising are working best? What makes a lead pick up the phone and call? How often does a caller speak to someone at a company before making a purchase? However, you can’t bombard callers with the many questions you have. Yet, all of these questions and more can be answered when you choose an advanced virtual phone system like Halloo. Continue reading

6 Tips for Updating Your Phone System in the New Year

Has your company ever forgotten to change the main greeting on your business line so that weeks after a major holiday, callers still only hear a greeting with seasonal hours and special sales? Or, perhaps your business has grown, but the options on your phone tree still only reflect the original members of team, by name. It’s important to refresh your phone system on a regular basis – not only to avoid the embarrassing examples above, but also to stay on top of your caller’s needs. Continue reading

Free or Low Cost Advantages You Can Give Your Business For 2016

The savvy business owner is always looking for tools he can use to his advantage in business. Free and low cost tools are even better, as they have minimal affect on the cost of doing business, and in turn can generate new business, increase effectiveness, or boost revenue in other ways. We have collected a few of our favorite free or low cost advantages you can give your business now, in order to start 2016 off right. Continue reading