Small Business

When Small Is an Advantage: Guidelines for Incorporating Social Activities into Your Daily Workflow

When Small Is an Advantage: Guidelines for Incorporating Social Activities into Your Daily Workflow
By March 18, 2014 Small Business

The Paradox of Small

Small businesses have an advantage over enterprises when adopting a social business model — they aren’t siloed like enterprises with diverse departmental systems that don’t always communicate with each other. It’s just easier to adopt new ideas and apply them to your workflow and culture when a business is small and “Nimble.”

Becoming a social business necessitates that a company engages and collaborates with their different stakeholders:  employees, users, customers, partners, suppliers, analysts, influencers…. in ways they haven’t done before. Adopting a social business model implies that a company connects the dots between their customer-facing department and functions to enhance the overall customer experience with their brand — one unified message through multiple touchpoints. Read more ›

6 Ways to Thank Your Clients

6 Ways to Thank Your Clients
By December 9, 2013 Small Business

Give Thanks, But…

It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about how thankful we are for all the good things and good people in our lives. Many companies like to give gifts during the holidays to show their appreciation.  And believe it or not, this is a tradition I have avoided.  I am as thankful as the next person but I am going to tell you why I think giving gifts during the holiday season is a bad idea. Read more ›

17 Reasons Your Financial Blog Isn’t Getting the Traffic It Deserves

17 Reasons Your Financial Blog Isn’t Getting the Traffic It Deserves
By November 18, 2013 Small Business

Do you remember tossing pennies into wishing wells and fountains as a child? I know I do. In fact, if I recall correctly, I threw a penny into a fountain last week. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t get the Lamborghini…or the vacation to Jamaica. Come to find out, throwing pennies into fountains is a pretty ineffective way to achieve your goals. Read more ›

Is Your Copy Machine Stealing Your Business?

Is Your Copy Machine Stealing Your Business?
By November 6, 2013 Small Business

DANGER…there is an identity thief sitting in your office, right now. It’s lurking in a hidden corner, silently capturing confidential information about your employees, your customers, and your company’s financial situation. It’s gathering social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, personal data and more right before your very eyes. Who is it? It’s your copy machine. Read more ›

How Small Businesses Can Benefit from a “Lean and Agile” Startup Culture

How Small Businesses Can Benefit from a “Lean and Agile” Startup Culture
By October 17, 2013 Small Business

Do you ever wonder how a tiny startup with just a few people can accomplish so much in a short time? Why are corporations like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and Panasonic modeling their internal innovation teams after technology startups? Why are talented college graduates choosing a risky startup instead of the high salary corporate job?

The answers lie in startup culture. Read more ›

5 Nimble Startups: Exploring Clever Entrepreneurs on Columbus Day!

5 Nimble Startups: Exploring Clever Entrepreneurs on Columbus Day!
By October 14, 2013 Small Business

In the spirit of exploration on this day of discoveries, we are showcasing five of our favorite startups whose business models are built on the power of relationships. Read more ›