How does a business remain relevant—not to mention open—for 115 years? The owners of upscale department store Nordstrom cite unwavering commitment to founding principles as the answer.
talk small, hear small, eat, sleep and breathe small. Because when you’re trying to connect with a small business, you must understand everything about those who run them.
For small businesses that are floundering, failing or faltering, George Cloutier’s business consultation company is just a phone call away. Cloutier, 69, started American Management Services as a business turnaround service based on the insight that many small business owners don’t know what they’re doing.
Though small business owners may be weary of the market, cyber security is not something they worry about. The PNC Economic Outlook survey found that only one in 10 small business owners were concerned about cyber security. Richard Bynum, executive vice president and head of business banking at PNC Bank, explains that “It is a big concern because it doesn’t take much more than one breach to have that nightmare scenario.” Read more
San Francisco’s Mozzeria isn’t the first neighborhood pizzeria to receive certification from the esteemed Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.
But they are revolutionary in that they’re the first pizzeria operated and staffed entirely by deaf employees.
In a poll released early this month, 52% of small business owners say it would take three months to recover from a disaster. Yet the vast majority is woefully unprepared for a worst-case scenario.
In a survey of 18,000 small businesses, the majority prioritized local business training and ease of regulatory compliance over tax rates.
Small businesses struggle to receive help managing their books and getting the financing they need. In response, companies are creating alternate solutions that aim to specifically help small businesses.
WSJ.COM: Paypal ups loan sizes for small-business lending. Read more
FORTUNE.COM: Square Capital’s advance growing fast. Read more
FORBES.COM: Why is it so hard to serve small business? Read more
According the Etsy’s second annual consumer report, 86% of their sellers are female. And if you don’t think a shop on their site is a small business, think again.
Even if it’s not a family operation, there’s still a little Mom and Pop in every small business. Three in four businesses say they’ve helped employees with personal matters, and one in two say they treat employees like family.
Third-generation owner/barber Kari Eaker contributes to her community economically as well as culturally. AT&T proudly salutes small businesses everywhere with the Long Live Small Business campaign.
As small businesses blend work and personal time, maybe it’s time to reconsider when (and how) you talk to them.
When small business people look down the road, all they see is more road. And no savings.
Don’t tell Staples, but a majority of small business owners won’t be seeking funding anytime soon.
“Small business is not for the faint of heart.”
Furniture maker Ryan Johnson gives a glimpse from the trenches: sleepless nights, weight loss, occasional panic attacks and the chance “to build a name for myself and my sons.”
Knowing their job title may not matter to a shop owner. Try this bad-ass job title generator for another reason why.