• Small business owners still cautious, surveys find

    Associated Press | May 13, 2014

    Small business owners are keeping a cautious approach to running their companies even as they grow more optimistic. Two surveys released Tuesday, one by Wells Fargo & Co. and the other by Bank of America Corp., found many owners still have conservative hiring plans and little appetite for...

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  • Facebook launches program to lure small businesses

    USA Today | May 6, 2014

    Facebook is hoping to make more small businesses their friends. The social network launched an initiative called Facebook Fit, a series of "boot-camp" like events to help smaller business leverage online tools including Facebook Pages. Other companies participating in Fit include mobile payments...

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  • BBB: Best practices to protect your business when banking online

    Tyler Morning Telegraph | April 24, 2014

    Online banking has made it easier and more convenient to manage business finances, but it also provides an opportunity for hackers to gain access to business accounts with the goal of making unauthorized money transfers. The Better Business Bureau recommends small business owners implement a few...

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  • Small Business Data Breach: Mitigating the Damage

    Business News Daily | April 4, 2014

    While data breaches at giant retailers like Target and TJ Maxx grab the spotlight, it's just as realistic a scenario for small businesses – and the attacks at that level can prove far more devastating. Experts say small business owners who don't make protecting customers' personal information a...

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  • MasterCard Supports Smaller Businesses with Greater Transparency in Payments

    March 25, 2014

    MasterCard today announced a new initiative to help smaller merchants create efficiencies in their operations by accepting electronic payments. The effort combines changes to the company’s U.S. region rules with best practices and insights developed from conversations with smaller...

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  • 7 Small Business Social Media Risks

    March 14, 2014

    Many executives are concerned about social media related risks (e.g., data security and ID theft), but far fewer actually have any social media training. A recent survey of executives puts the concerns into four categories: disclosure of confidential information; damaged brand reputation;ID...

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  • Javelin Strategy & Research Reveals Consumer Adoption of Alternative Payment Platforms

    March 12, 2014

    The e-commerce market is evolving at a spectacular rate, and never before has it been more competitive. In 2013, consumers spent a total of $351.9 billion online. Today, Javelin Strategy & Research released Online Retail Payments Forecast 2013-2018 report which evaluates forecast changes in the...

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  • 3 Social Media Strategies for Your Business

    FOX Business | March 7, 2014

    Businesses big and small use social media. Whether you’re a local hardware store Instagramming different home improvement projects or a major national retailer conducting a Twitter giveaway, the businesses that use social media effectively are building bigger brand followings and driving up their...

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  • How To Prepare Your Small Business For An Inevitable Data Breach

    Forbes | March 6, 2014

    If some in the small business community thought to themselves, “better them than us,” after hearing that hackers had breached mega chains Target, Neiman Marcus and (possibly) Michaels, their bliss was short-lived. Reports surfaced last week that the cyber-intruders accessed Targets’ systems...

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  • Is your small business ready for the mobile world?

    USA Today | March 5, 2014

    If I asked you whether your small business was ready for the mobile world in which entrepreneurs now operate, would you pick up your cell phone, show it to me, and say, “Sure, Rhonda, I use a smart phone to check e-mail when I’m out and about.” Well, that’s not good enough, not by a long...

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