Are you spending too much time on administrative duties and not enough on the critical activities that keep your small business moving ahead? If so, it may be time to hire an operations manager. An operations manager can take the tedious, day-to-day activities off your plate so that you have time to focus on sales and marketing, developing new products and services, identifying and pursuing … Continue reading Is it time to hire an operations manager for your small business?
What big promotional activities and specials are you planning for the upcoming Small Business Saturday on November 30? Many participating small business owners – 33 percent – plan to offer a free gift with purchase to reward Shop Small buyers, according to the second annual Small Business Saturday Insights Survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and American Express. Whatever the incentive, … Continue reading Get the most out of Small Business Saturday
You still may be thinking about a summer vacation, but before you know it, November will be here. November is not only notable because of Thanksgiving; it’s also the month we pay tribute to small business owners on Small Business Saturday®. American Express, who founded the event in 2010, is encouraging small business owners to start planning now for the big day. This year, Small … Continue reading 2013 Small Business Saturday plans underway
Consumers showed their enthusiasm for local small businesses over the weekend. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express report that spending on Small Business Saturday reached $5.5 billion — over the $5.3 billion originally forecast! Consumer awareness of the day nearly doubled in just two weeks leading up to the event from 34 to 67 percent, according to the Small Business Saturday … Continue reading Small Business Saturday sales exceed expectations
Silicon Valley would hardly fit anyone’s definition of small business, but the fact is the high tech capital of the world is made of many small towns – San Jose excluded – with lots of small businesses. I live in one of these towns, so I get to enjoy ‘small town living’ on a daily basis. Home for me is Los Gatos, a 125-year-old town, … Continue reading My perfect day shopping small in Los Gatos, California
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by people who mean a lot to you. I certainly did. So now after that lovely respite it’s time to get back to business, and for many of you that means putting the final touches on your plans for tomorrow’s Small Business Saturday event. Hopefully you ordered your welcome mat and are ready to roll out the … Continue reading How to make Small Business Saturday last throughout the year