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4 Digital Trends To Help Your #SmallBiz Thrive In 2020

A new decade means new opportunities, new challenges and, for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), a seemingly endless array of digital tools, platforms, and services to help bolster and grow their businesses. We scoured the web for lists, guides, and predictions to help you decide which digital tools will best set up your small business…

January 6, 2020

Big Opportunities for Small Businesses on Amazon

Proponents of antitrust action in the technology sector like to frame the debate as a battle of big versus little, but the realities of e-commerce life on Amazon expose the flaw in that thinking.  One of the biggest tech companies in the world has invested much of its innovative energy into building an ecosystem that…

December 31, 2019

Beware the ‘Private Right of Action’

The unintended consequences of noble-sounding policy ideas have a way of getting lost in the legalese. So it is with current demands for a “private right of action” in privacy regulations, and small businesses will feel the brunt of the regulatory blow. The idea of a private right of action may sound good on its…

December 31, 2019

A Not-So-Happy New Year on the Privacy Front

The New Year will not be starting on a happy note for small businesses that suddenly find themselves subject to a California privacy law. They will have to invest much-needed revenue into satisfying burdensome rules or face the threat of costly penalties. “Any organization that collects any amount of personal data from California residents –…

December 30, 2019

It’s a Wonderful Digital Life

George Bailey never knew how much he mattered until he didn’t exist. He is the perfect metaphor for imagining a Christmas without digital tools for small businesses – a future that may come to pass if Congress meddles in the technology space. Bailey is the beloved banker of Bedford Falls in the holiday classic “It’s…

December 18, 2019

With Digital Marketplaces, #SmallBusinessSaturday Could Be All Year Long

November 30, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of  Small Business Saturday. According to the Small Business Administration’s 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, U.S. consumers reported spending a record high of $17.8 billion at small and independent retailers and restaurants. Additionally, some 70% of U.S. consumers also report awareness of the Small Business Saturday…

November 26, 2019

Amazon Is Open for Small Business

Does the famous internet marketplace help or hinder small businesses’ efforts to remain competitive in the digital age?  Googling “Amazon” and “small business” reveals pages upon pages of debate. While some may argue that Amazon is a harbinger of doom for small business, the data points to a more mutually beneficial scenario: Small businesses drive…

November 7, 2019

Everyone Wins in a Healthy Market

They sure don’t make monopolies like they used to. Gone are the days when regulators needed to protect consumers from price gouging, market manipulation, market control, and abuse. Government intervention in the public’s interest seems almost quaint by today’s standards. The bar for antitrust and monopoly claims from either political party has fallen so low…

November 5, 2019

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