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Facebook's new program helps you boost your digital skills

Facebook's announced a new community scheme aimed to help small businesses improve their digital skills. The company will provide training and resources so businesses can access modern technologies and keep up with the pace of technological development.

25% of small firms 'doing nothing' to defend against cyberthreats

Most small business owners feel "underprepared" to deal with cybersecurity threats, according to a study of digital trends published today. 25% of firms said they feel they're "doing nothing" to keep data secure, although digital adoption is growing.

Snapchat offering discounts to lure small businesses to run ads

According to one ad agency executive, Snap is offering to reimburse the recut cost up to the greater of $1,500 or one percent of the overall budget where the spend is over $40,000.

Microsoft's new business apps make customer management easier

Microsoft has announced three new apps to help small businesses find and engage with customers. The products are part of its Office 365 cloud subscription service. They let you advertise your firm online, manage email campaigns and send invoices.

Digital transformation a top priority for SMBs but many struggle

The heat is on for businesses to go digital. Customers are flocking to businesses that have an established digital footprint, a social media presence and mobile tools they find appealing.

Facebook up to 2 million advertisers, mostly small businesses

Small to medium-sized business owners know how difficult and expensive it can be to advertise. However, with social media giants such as Facebook, this super platform can be the most viable and popular way for most to reach their targeted audience.

Op-Ed: Why small businesses should stick to niche markets

Many decisions need to be made when opening a small business. One of the primary considerations will be the type of inventory to carry. Product choices have a direct effect on the success or failure of the business; it is important to choose wisely.

Is the corporate gender gap decreasing?

According to financial experts online, the gender gap in the corporate world is one of the biggest problems in the professional word, and small business are affected too. The good news is the gap has been decreasing in entrepreneurship.

Op-Ed: Four rules for starting a small business

More than 90 percent of startups fail within five years; that's because entrepreneurs improperly assess the need that they’re trying to fill, failing to find compelling demand for their products or services.

IRS cracks down on small business for under-reporting cash sales

Believing many small businesses under-report cash sales, the IRS has targeted thousands of small businesses with a high volume of credit card sales. Businesses that receive a letter on the issue have 30 days to respond.

Op-Ed: The '12 Commandments' of PCI compliance

Whether you run a business virtually, via mobile, or in a traditional storefront, accepting payments from customers is vital to the survival of your enterprise.

Canada says good-bye to penny

Effective February 4, 2013, the Canadian government will not distribute any more pennies and that may mean you may lose or earn a few pennies when making purchases in cash.

Twitter giving away $1 million in free advertising

Twitter is offering advertising incentives by handing out as much as $1 million in free advertisement credits this weekend to help promote small businesses.

Small business owners make adjustments during economic downturn Special

In response to what is being called the Great Recession, small business owners in Northwest Arkansas are taking steps to address new economic realities and prosper in the midst of this downturn.

Changes to tax laws helping American businesses in bad economy

The United States' Internal Revenue Service is doing its part to help small businesses stay afloat in these troubling economic times. It isn't as hard to qualify as one might think.

Wall Street Journal: McCain’s Health Care Plan Best for Almost Everyone

According to Robert Carroll of the Wall Street Journal, McCain’s health-care insurance tax credit proposal is most misunderstood but “Almost Everyone Would Do Better Under the McCain Health Plan.”
 

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