Author Archives: BetterSMB

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Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb is taking on $19 billion in debt to pay for its planned acquisition of biotech company Celgene BARRON’S > Bird has released new electric scooters and claims they can last more than 10 months in a sharing ...

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Ford is investing $500 million in an electric truck maker, Rivian. CNBC > The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfuctioning air bags, adding 12.3 million vehicles to the inquiry. NPR > When small business owners hire their teenagers, keep ...

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Could your business benefit from multiple computer monitors?

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Is it time for your business to embrace the use of multiple computer monitors? Some professionals like having the extra screen space to work with. Some won’t work without it. But having more displays on a computer can be distracting. ...

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Find out the best day of the week to get gasoline. USA TODAY > Walmart is planning to add more robots to its stores. Learn why. CNN BUSINESS > Feeling overwhelmed can make business owners despise the thing they built ...

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A number to know: Increasing wages

$20 The minimum hourly wage that Bank of America intends to pay its employees, with wage increases coming over the next two years. The bank plans to raise its minimum wage to $17 on May 1. READ MORE AT CNBC ...

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Don’t count out direct mail for your marketing

A recent blog post at the Small Business Administration suggests your business may benefit from using direct mail to market to consumers. Direct mail? Even as the world is going digital? Yes, for a number of reasons, the author of ...

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Report: All minority groups grew in buying power, but not at equal rates

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All racial and ethnic minority groups are making financial gains, according to a new report from the University of Georgia. This year’s Multicultural Economy Report from the Selig Center for Economic Growth, part of the University’s business school, says the ...

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Popular social media channels for small business

Popular social media channels for Small business BetterSMB A recent blog post at the Small Business Administration takes a look at eight social media channels that your business could use for promotion. Noting that nearly 3 billion people around the ...

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A number to know: Making money with ideas

$10 million Expected 2019 revenue for Vericool, a packaging insulation company created by a former gang member who wants his product to replace polystyrene foam. (The company has a $40 million order backlog.)

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Read some tips to consider before joining an office lottery pool.  USA TODAY > Apple is working with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard on a new credit card. CNBC > McDonald’s bought a tech company for $300 million. Find out what ...

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Is micromanagement a leadership style?

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Is micromanagement a leadership style? The word is often used as a way to describe attention to minute details by a manager, and people subjected to micromanagement often view it negatively. New research from Roshni Raveendhran, a professor at University ...

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Make your business’ marketing more inclusive

A recent blog post at the Small Business Administration notes that you might be pushing some potential customers away if your marketing imagery doesn’t reflect them. America is more than 18 percent Hispanic, more than 12 percent black, nearly 6 ...

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A number to know: Building a payments giant

$35 billion The amount that Fidelity National Information Services will spend, in cash and stock, to acquire Worldpay Inc. READ MORE AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL >

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