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Groupon’s Andrew Mason: We want to be “the OS for local commerce”

What's a Facebook Follower Worth?

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Figuring out the value of a Facebook fan has become more complex for many small-business owners, ever since the social-media giant began asking businesses to pay to "promote" their posts....
What's a Facebook Follower Worth?

Kiva Piloting Microlending For U.S. Small Biz, Clinton Says It's 'A Very Big Deal'

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Do you have a favorite coffee shop or dressmaker in your neighborhood? Now you can do a lot more than simply rave about your favorite local business to a friend: microloan giant, Kiva, is bringing crowdfunding to U.S. businesses. Normally reserved for struggling, developing-world entrepreneurs, Kiva is piloting a new...
Kiva Piloting Microlending For U.S. Small Biz, Clinton Says It's 'A Very Big Deal'

Guest Post: Software patents are broken, and it's hurting our economy

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Editor’s note: The U.S Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a second software patent roundtable on Wednesday in New York City, which aims to give the public an opportunity to share their thoughts on how to improve on software-related patents. Josh Hartwell, CEO of Mobile Deluxe, an independent mobile...
Guest Post: Software patents are broken, and it's hurting our economy
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Helping entrepreneurs in the Crescent City

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I made my first visit to the Gulf Coast as a Red Cross shelter manager six weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. What I witnessed there made me believe in the potential for individuals and businesses to come together to rebuild a community devastated by disaster. Every year since,...
Helping entrepreneurs in the Crescent City

Google-backed Rocket Lawyer buys LawPivot adding 'ask-an-attorney' feature to its legal advice service

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Online legal service provider Rocket Lawyer has announced it acquired the legal question and answer service LawPivot. Now, millions of users that use Rocket Lawyer will not only be able to receive “affordable and simple legal service”, but also leverage the question and answer service it picked up. Started in...
Google-backed Rocket Lawyer buys LawPivot adding 'ask-an-attorney' feature to its legal advice service

Top Local Business Listing Questions Answered – Interview with Will Scott

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I have had many opportunities to chat all things local with my good friend Will Scott, and just the other day we were at it again.  We were talking about some of the most common questions we are always asked by small business owners in regards to local marketing online. ...
Top Local Business Listing Questions Answered – Interview with Will Scott

Why Starting A Non-Profit To Create Social Change Is A Bad Idea

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Combine their penchant for creating social change with their innate entrepreneurial inclinations, and it you might expect a wave of Gen Y-owned non-profits to launch in the next few years. That might still happen, but the latest research suggests that non-profits may not actually be the best way to drive...
Why Starting A Non-Profit To Create Social Change Is A Bad Idea
Do you love kale chips and granola? Crowdfunding startup CircleUp helps put them on shelves
After 7 Years & 50K Storefronts Launched, Shopify Launches Major Redesign To Simplify Online Store-Building

This NYC Boutique Owner Says Square Is Just As Good As It Sounds

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Jack Dorsey's mobile-payments startup Square has been growing like crazy. Since June, payments processed are up 50 percent.It's an attractive option for small business owners because it takes a 2.75% cut on most transactions, which it splits with the banks, versus a higher fee owners pay out to use traditional...
This NYC Boutique Owner Says Square Is Just As Good As It Sounds

After Leaving The U.K. For Boston, MarketMeSuite Raises $1.1 Million For Its SMB-Focused Social Media Marketing Platform

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Social media dashboard maker MarketMeSuite, which targets SMBs with tools that help them better manage their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn postings in order to target leads, has raised $1.1 million in new funding today, in a round led by Boston-area VC Jeff McCormick of Saturn Venture Partners. The company also recently uprooted from its home base...
After Leaving The U.K. For Boston, MarketMeSuite Raises $1.1 Million For Its SMB-Focused Social Media Marketing Platform

FreshBook releases its iPad app to help 5 million businesses manage their accounting from anywhere

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Small businesses can rejoice today as cloud accounting service, FreshBooks, releases its new, native iPad app for “on-the-go service-based professionals”. This app follows its other mobile versions that became available earlier this year for the iPhone. Known for its accounting services that small business owners use to keep track of...
FreshBook releases its iPad app to help 5 million businesses manage their accounting from anywhere

Why Free Is Bad: Businesses Should Be Happy To Pay For Key Services

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Guest author Mike McDerment is co-founder and CEO of cloud-based small business accounting provider FreshBooks. Late last year Google Apps for Business eliminated its free version (see Google Dares Businesses To Switch To Microsoft Office). You might think this is a bad thing for small business owners. Everything free is...
Why Free Is Bad: Businesses Should Be Happy To Pay For Key Services

Venture Capitalists Converge on Colorado To Look In On Startups

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So this week I returned to Vail, Colo. for the annual Venture Capital in the Rockies conference, and sat through 19 of 22 early stage companies presenting, all of them seeking investments from VCs in the area. All of the companies presenting are either from Colorado, or from surrounding states....
Venture Capitalists Converge on Colorado To Look In On Startups

Russia rising: The startups that are coming for the global market

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Alongside the Digital Life Design conference this week was another gathering and exhibition known as 42. Why 42? Because it’s the ultimate answer of course. 42 is a new event specifically aimed at showcasing new tech businesses and as you might expect, it was buzzing with good ideas and fresh...
Russia rising: The startups that are coming for the global market
Study: iPad usage nearly quadrupled among the small business market in 2011

Reply Relaunches MerchantCircle As A More Consumer-Focused Merchant Marketplace

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As we reported last year, Reply acquired online marketing network for small business owners MerchantCircle. Merchant Circle which provides a business directory for merchants in smaller towns and currently lists over a million small businesses has long targeted merchants in small locales versus catering towards the consumers, as sites like...
Reply Relaunches MerchantCircle As A More Consumer-Focused Merchant Marketplace

Facebook backlash sees small businesses following suit

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Medium isn't the first outlet to express a growing dissatisfaction with Facebook, but it is one of the more eloquent ones. In a lengthy monograph on the subject published this week, writer Jeswin opined on its increasing irrelevance to his life, calling the bulk of his news feed "absolutely...
Facebook backlash sees small businesses following suit
Enthuse.me Is An Online Profile Creator To Help You Pimp Your Personal Brand
Bank of America releases a mobile payment service to compete with Square

Acclivity updates AccountEdge Basic small business software

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Acclivity today announced AccountEdge Basic 2 for Mac and Windows. The new version of the application includes improvements to sales, banking, and customer management, in addition to other features designed to make small business owners' accounting tasks easier.......
Acclivity updates AccountEdge Basic small business software

Trackur Launches Free Version Of Its Social Media Monitoring Tool

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Trackur, a bootstrapped startup founded by Internet marketing consultant and writer Andy Beal, up until now offered only paid versions of its online reputation management and social media monitoring tools, albeit with free trial periods. Today, the fledgling company is introducing an entirely gratis version of the Web-based software suite,...
Trackur Launches Free Version Of Its Social Media Monitoring Tool

In funding small business, data science is sometimes just common sense

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His company has lent nearly $3 billion to small business owners in the past 14 years, but Capital Access Network CEO Glenn Goldman doesn’t really care about credit scores. Unlike some Silicon Valley-entrenched personal lending startups, he doesn’t really seem care too much about data science, either — at least...
In funding small business, data science is sometimes just common sense

Facebook Lets Small Businesses Quickly Contact Its Customer Support Via Chat To Cut Call Center Costs

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Understanding Facebook marketing and ads can be tough for small businesses. So Facebook’s customer service department has been quietly testing a Salesforce-powered system that lets businesses contact it over Facebook Chat instead of phone calls. This gives merchants a quick and convenient way to get answers while they run their...
Facebook Lets Small Businesses Quickly Contact Its Customer Support Via Chat To Cut Call Center Costs

Groupon's Restaurant Tools Get A VP Of Sales

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Two of Groupon's recently acquired products for restaurants now have the same VP of Sales, moving the company's strategy of leveraging its salesforce to sell multiple products a step forward. Groupon wants to be more than a marketing tool. Over the past couple of years, the company has launched...
Groupon's Restaurant Tools Get A VP Of Sales

How to Blog When You’re Not a Writer

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In this post Mark Hayward shares some tips on blogging for small business when you’re not a writer. image by tomswift46 Have you ever accidentally slammed your hand in a car door? OUCH! I think that very unpleasant feeling can be compared to how some small business owners feel about...
How to Blog When You’re Not a Writer
DocStoc unleashes 30 free iPad and iPhone apps for business types
LocBox pulls in $5.1M to put the nail in the daily deals coffin
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