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Facebook Brings Small and Digital Businesses to Select Macy's Stores

Over the past few years, Facebook has tried to cozy up to small business owners by pitching ways that the Silicon Valley social media giant and entrepreneurs can work together. These efforts have included holding seminars to teach business owners various digital skills and promoting products such as "Find Wi-Fi"...

Small Business Job Growth Continues to Slow as Wages Rise 2

As unemployment continues to fall, the big story surrounding small businesses has been the apparent worker shortage that has led to both slowing job growth and increased wages. Now the latest Small Business Employment Watch data from Paychex and IHS Markit reflects that reality, with the index ticking down to 99.12. This...

Small Business Administration Lended $30 Billion in FY18 2

This week the U.S. Small Business Administration (better known simply as the SBA) announced that it had offered entrepreneurs more than $30 billion in guaranteed loans during their 2018 fiscal year. As the Administration notes, this amounts to thousands of small businesses receiving capital that they would otherwise not have access...

AWeber Launches "Small Business, Big Impact Award" Content

For many entrepreneurs, owning a small business isn't just about making money but also serving their community. In that spirit, the e-mail marketing SaaS company AWeber is introducing a new contest for businesses and non-profits that are making a positive impact. Dubbed the "Small Business, Big Impact Award," the contest...

Small Business Loan Approval Rates Among Banks Continue to Rise 3

There's more good news for small business owners looking to raise capital: approval rates for small business loans continued to rise in September. According to Biz2Credit's Small Business Lending Index, banks both large and small approved more of the loan applications they received in September than they did in August. Furthermore...

Building Up Your Brand’s Reputation and Relevance 3

Whether it’s a logo, jingle, or product, many well-known brands have built their reputation on the basis of a particular aspect of their company. For example, the Nike swoosh is instantly recognizable around the world, while the catchphrase “taste the rainbow” will be forever associated with Skittles. But symbols and...

Retailers Continue to Fight Against Credit Card Swipe Fees

Last week, news broke that Visa and Mastercard had reached a $6.2 billion settlement regarding interchange fees — more commonly known as "swipe fees." The long-in-the-works suit found merchants accusing the credit card companies of violating anti-trust laws by preventing them from suggesting customers use other forms of payment. Despite the...