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Square is Testing ‘Square Payroll’ With California Businesses

Square is testing a new payroll product for small and medium-sized businesses. It’s called Square Payroll, and is currently in private beta in California. Re/code was first to report on the test, but Square has plenty of information about the product up on its site. According to Square, Square Payroll is a “simple solution for paying employees that saves time …

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Business Courts Negative Reviews As Middle Finger To Yelp

You’ve heard the claims before. If reader comments are any indication, many of you have even lived them. They’ve never been proven, but time and time again, small businesses accuse Yelp of “extorting” them by holding positive reviews hostage until they pay for advertising. Do you believe Yelp is really guilty of this practice, or is it just a myth? …

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Yelp Wants To Help You Respond To Reviews

Yelp wants to help businesses respond to their reviews, which is something a lot of businesses seem to struggle to do in a productive manner. The company is hosting a webinar on Wednesday that will walk businesses through some best practices. Need help responding to your Yelp reviews? Join us for our free webinar on 10/8 to learn best practices: …

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Square Reportedly Raises New $150M Round At $6B Valuation

There has been no official announcement so far, but according to a report from The New York Times, Square has raised a new $150 million round of funding, valuing the company at $6 billion. The report cites a person briefed on the investment, who requested to remain anonymous because of a lack of authorization to speak on the matter. It …

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GoDaddy Teams Up With Stripe For Small Business Sales

GoDaddy announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Stripe to make it easier for small businesses to sell online. The partnership will enable businesses to get instant credit approval, begin accepting credit card payments and access funds more quickly. “We want to ensure we solve the critical pain points e-commerce merchants face when they build their online stores. Setting …

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New Google Panda Update Should Help Small Sites

There’s officially a new Panda update rolling out. If you have a small or medium-sized site, Google is suggesting this could potentially help you, though we’ve heard that before. Are you seeing any effects from the new Panda update? Good or bad? Let us know in the comments. Google doesn’t typically announce or confirm Panda refreshes these days, but when …

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PayPal Here Hits Android Tablets

PayPal Here is the card reader offering and Square competitor PayPal launched over two years ago. They’ve just now made the app available for Android tablets. “We want you, the businesses we work with, to be able to accept payments wherever you are and on whatever device works best for your business,” the company says in a blog post. “Earlier …

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Etsy Teams Up With American Express For Small Business Saturday

It’s only September, but it’s certainly not too early to be thinking about Small Business Saturday if you are in fact a small business. Etsy, which gives many small businesses a marketplace to sell their goods, announced on Thursday that it is partnering with American Express OPEN and supporting the “Shop Small” movement. The company is encouraging shoppers and small …

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Report: SMB Local Media Spending To Surpass $50B Next Year

BIA/Kelsey is estimating that spending on local media by SMBs will reach $50.4 billion in 2015 at 35.8% of total local media spending. SMBs, it says, will allocate $37.7 billion of their local media spend to traditional media and $12.4 billion to digital. According to the firm, national brands will spend $50.5 billion on local media in 2015, and will …

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Square Announces New Analytics For Sellers

Square announced the launch of Square Analytics as a new feature of Square Register. It’s integrated with the full Square Register suite, including Pickup, Invoices, and Appointments, which launched earlier this month. The offering includes an Analytics homepage, which shows real-time data on business performance, such as most popular items and a comparison to others in the same industry. The …

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GoDaddy Buys Email Marketing Firm Mad Mimi

GoDaddy announced on Wednesday that it has acquired email marketing company Mad Mimi, whose offerings have been geared toward small businesses. GoDaddy’s efforts of late have also been focused specifically on small businesses, so boosting its email marketing efforts for the segment seems like a no-brainer. Mad Mimi founder and CEO Gary Levitt said, “We built Mad Mimi with a …

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Is Yahoo Doing E-Commerce Right With Its New Stores?

The Yahoo Stores brand has been around for a long time, but on Thursday, Yahoo introduced the new Yahoo Stores, which it says will let people turn their ideas into businesses in less than two minutes. Are you interested in using the new Yahoo Stores to sell online? Do you expect it to be a successful platform? Share your thoughts …

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