Here’s what you need to know as a small business owner and a Connected Commerce Council (3C) member to help your business maintain access to the latest digital platforms, tools and marketplaces.
SAVE THE DATE: SKILLSCONNECT EVENT IN BROOKLYN APRIL 25
Brooklyn, NY: On April 25, 3C will hold small business discussion and training with small tech-powered businesses, local innovators, and media experts. Additional details to follow.
Please spread the word to your networks and small businesses in the area that would benefit from attending a SkillsConnect event and learning more about digital tools for small businesses. Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 3C’S NEXT DC FLY-IN
Our first DC fly-in for 2019 is scheduled for May 7-9. Over a dozen 3C member companies from across the country will join us for an exciting series of meetings in Washington, DC during National Small Business Week. 3C members will have opportunities to meet with members of Congress, the Trump administration, and other influencers in the small business and tech policy sectors. There’s still plenty of space available for this trip! If you are interested in attending the fly-in, click here.
Here are 5 things you should know for this week:
- 3C Member Featured at an Amazon event on Capitol Hill
On Wednesday, April 3rd, 3C member, Caitlin Roberts, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer of Number 1 Sons, participated in an Amazon sponsored panel hosted by the the House E-Commerce Caucus. Along with three other panelists, Caitlin spoke about the digital tools and platforms she utilizes to help run and grow her business. E-Commerce platforms have allowed her business to grow beyond farmers’ markets, where the business first started, and now serve a national set of customers.
- Let it Flow: digital tools are key to maintaining cash flow for small businesses
Starting a small business is neither easy nor cheap. Check out this article from Entrepreneur outlining how digital tools can help your small business get off the ground and stay afloat financially.
- What’s In Your Wallet? Cyber attacks cost small businesses $50K+ on average
Cybersecurity remains one of the most challenging issues for small business owners. The problem leads small business owners to seek out managed service providers to present them with solutions. A new report from Continuum says the state of cybersecurity among small businesses in 2019 still needs to improve. Cyber attacks cost small businesses in the survey $53,987 on average. Large organizations lost more money. In the US close to half or 47% of SMBs said they would pay at least 20% more from a new provider if they have the right cyber security solution.
- 50 ways for you to be better as an Amazon seller
Amazon can overwhelm many small business sellers with all its available features. So the company has released new tools designed to give small sellers valuable insight into Amazon’s vast platform. When these tools are used properly, they will give SMBs more opportunities in new markets, whether it is locally or around the world.
- 5 most essential digital marketing apps for small businesses
The Atlanta Small Business Network ranks their top 5 Apps for building a successful digital presence. Their list includes Hootsuite, Salesforce, Buzzsumo, MailChimp and Google Analytics.
3C Member Spotlight:
Leesa Storfer, Proprietor of Furever Linked
Leesa started Furever Linked for the same reason many small business get started: she envisioned a product that consumers would enjoy and only she could deliver. As a designer with an innate love of dogs, Leesa launched Furever Linked to provide personalized charms and accessories for customers who want to bring a piece of their best friend with them wherever they go. All of the items are designed and marketed in-house, and the company relies on the services of technology platforms to satisfy the demands of their customers.