Let’s face it, folks: a paperless office is still pretty much just a pipe dream. Business–especially small business–runs on paper and that requires mail. That means you’re going to be dealing with the post office and in a fashion that’s a lot more handy than the post office itself, they’ve got an app for you.
In an industry crowded by giants like Starbucks and Peets, Phil Jaber of Philz Coffee has garnered a loyal and growing base of fans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Watch the inspiring story of how one small business owner turned his passion into a brand.
Advertising is the lifeblood of a whole lot of businesses. Whether you buy it or sell it, your business has a lot more to do with it than you think. And as such, ad networks have stepped in to help get advertising–and its accompanying dollars–moved around. One of the newest such networks to hit is Mojiva, who’s offering a lot of different directions for advertisers–buyers or sellers–to move in.
Finally! The U.S. Treasury announced it has given $123 Million as part of the first phase of capital provided by the SBLF (Small Business Lending Fund).
“Expanding access to credit for small businesses will provide a powerful spark for growth and job creation,” said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. “These funds will help ensure that more Main Street entrepreneurs have the opportunity to expand their businesses, invest in their local communities, and create new jobs.”
So far, however, the only bank to lend any money to a small business is Community Trust Financial Corporation of Ruston, Louisiana. Come on folks, small businesses are the cornerstone of turning our recession around, let’s get lending!
The internet has changed the way businesses work. Behind us are the days we had to be in adjacent cubicles to communicate with our co-workers and cooperate on projects. We may miss the water cooler camaraderie that emerged from close proximity, but the savings in overhead combined with enticing expertise and experience that would have been out of reach can mean good things for your organization.
There is no disputing the considerable benefit a toll free number can offer your small business. Even if it is an illusion, you can communicate the image of being a larger and more national company while encouraging your clients to contact you without hesitation.
Some businesses are eternal (florists, attorneys, doctors) yet others are timely in that they have to wait for the right moment in society and economics (and Government) for their businesses to be in a position to thrive. Randy Kaufman of Next Energy is such a man in such a business.
Small businesses often find themselves dealing with the public directly. It’s no secret that many are retail and they want to accommodate most any form of payment a customer may offer. But credit card processing can often be cumbersome and difficult to do in a portable fashion like for those who use open-air sales facilities. That’s where Intuit GoPayment comes in and gives your business some credit.