Thanks for being part of the Connected Commerce Council (3C) and joining our fight to protect the digital interests of small businesses across America.
Here are 5 things you should know this week:
1. How Digital Tools Saved a Plumbing Business
Morgan Miller Plumbing’s business was figuratively in the toilet during the 2008 recession, so the company turned online to turn around its fortunes. Owner Stella Crewes recounts that story in her defense of the technology companies whose tools helped save her business. “These digital platforms are empowering our small business and many more,” she said. “That should be celebrated — not attacked.”
2. Entrepreneurial Dreams Fulfilled
Nicole Lee is an entrepreneurial success twice over, but these days she is concerned that the next generation of small business owners may be at a disadvantage in pursuing their own dreams. The low-cost digital tools she used to jumpstart her second career as a writer, podcaster and consultant may not be as readily available if some policymakers get their way. Read her appeal for caution in regulating Big Tech.
3. Making a Difference in Memphis
My Cup of Tea has a noble goal of breaking the cycle of poverty in Memphis by teaching business skills to women, and digital tools are a key element of that mission. A Google Grant opened the door to online advertising, and social media is a great venue for telling the nonprofit’s stories. “We hope that digital tools continue to be available to our organization and to many more nonprofits,” operator Carey Moore said.
4. Amazon Hosts First Small Business Academy
Amazon’s commitment to entrepreneurs was evident last week at North Mississippi Community College as the company conducted its first Amazon Small Business Academy. Designed to show people how to start or expand businesses online, the program includes a grant to develop digital business courses for community colleges. “I am pretty much here to get knowledge about how to do what they are doing,” cosmetics business owner Shantell Owens said of Amazon.
5. New Kabbage Tool Handles Invoicing
Small businesses have a new option for processing payments courtesy of the technology platform Kabbage. The tool makes it possible for companies to settle invoices in as little as 24 hours by sending requests for payment via text, email and the Internet. Other features include next-day deposits, no-fee online invoicing and card-payment support.