Beyond taking cash, checks, or traditional credit cards, there are a few new payment options you may want to consider offering if you're a small business.

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What New Payment Options Can You Offer Customers?

Whether consumers will pay by credit or debit card, check and cash are no longer the only payment consideration for merchants—particularly as payment technology has evolved to include EMV credit cards, contactless payment, and mobile wallets. Though accepting the latest payment method that consumers prefer is an important aspect of delivering a positive customer experience,...

By Kristen Gramigna |

Our Favorite Black Friday Deals for Your Small Business

We all know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great days to pick up deals and get your holiday shopping done. But, what about your small business? It needs a few holiday gifts to get it ready for the New Year. Here are 10 of our favorite deals that will help boost your business...

By Noah Parsons |

6 Things That Can Kill Business Growth

Whether you’re kicking around a business idea or working through your first year, it’s never too early to start thinking about growth. After all, the goal of every entrepreneur is to grow a profitable business. To make sure your business is slated for growth, start out with a detailed business plan. This document will serve...

By Lisa Furgison |

Midterm Election Issues Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Should Keep an Eye on

While the 2016 presidential elections will define some of the key areas in which small businesses will see the biggest impact, today’s midterm elections go part way to setting the stage for compromise. You’ll want to keep your eye on the outcome as it may have an impact on the business decisions you make in...

By Candice Landau |

One Big Small Business Mistake: Not Giving Employees Business Cards

I once worked for someone who wouldn’t print business cards for employees, not even on a case-by-case basis. The reason—I was told—was that no one did it anymore. Everyone used LinkedIn. The thing is, this employer still had their own business card and still regularly handed it out when meeting potential clients. Clearly, they didn’t...

By Candice Landau |

Take Advantage of a New Trend: Big Businesses Look to Small to Innovate

An increasing number of big companies are hiring small businesses to help them develop innovative products, processes, and procedures. If your company is an innovator, you may be able to team up with larger firms to grow your business much more rapidly. Many small businesses see themselves mainly as competitors with larger companies in their...

By Lew Koflowitz |

What a Famous Comic Artist Can Teach You about Starting and Running a Business

I have always believed that if I want to learn something, I need to DO something. I need to take action. This is how I learned to cycle, how I learned to solder metal jewelry and how I learned to write fiction. That said, I find equal value in first reading about and learning as...

By Candice Landau |

Product Packaging: The Most Overlooked Detail

Advertising budget: check. Marketing budget: check. Product development budget: check. Product packaging? Uh, check back later. If you’re like most small businesses, product packaging is often a last minute detail for you, or at least not at the top of your priority list. But there’s a reason the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its...

By Brittany Klontz |

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Beyond taking cash, checks, or traditional credit cards, there are a few new payment options you may want to consider offering if you're a small business.