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Square Register iPad App Promises “Everything” You Need To Run Your Business Square Register iPad App Promises “Everything” You Need To Run Your Business

Square has a new iPad app called Square Register, which it deems “everything you need to start, run and grow your business all in one free iPad app.” That’s a bold promise. Can it deliver? Well, lots of businesses are …

Yahoo Small Business Advisor Launches Yahoo Small Business Advisor Launches
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Yahoo has launched a new site called Yahoo Small Business Advisor with tools and information for entrepreneurs. It includes tips from celebrity entrepreneurs, such as chef Ming Tsai. The site was launched in beta late last year, but it’s apparently …

91% Remain Loyal To Business After Daily Deal [STUDY] 91% Remain Loyal To Business After Daily Deal [STUDY]
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Daily deals are not the best initiative for every small business. Since the rise in popularity of services like Groupon and LivingSocial, we’ve heard various stories from businesses slamming the model. Some small businesses have reported bad experiences running a …

Google Offers Free Small Business Websites Google Offers Free Small Business Websites
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Small businesses in California are getting a bit of help from Google. On Thursday, Google launched a program called California Get Your Business Online, which offers small businesses a free website, and access to live training regarding inline business development. …

Millions Unprepared For Retirement Millions Unprepared For Retirement
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Millions of business owners are unprepared for retirement. So what are they waiting for? According to the latest research from The American College, the majority of small business owners are concerned but not planning for retirement yet. The American College …

The Microsoft Office For iPad Squabble Spills Over To Twitter The Microsoft Office For iPad Squabble Spills Over To Twitter

Yesterday, we reported on an upcoming version of Microsoft Office for iPad. The famous productivity suite has always been noticeably absent from iOS, and the news that an app might be making its way to the most popular tablet in …

Twitter Self Serve Ads Available To 10,000 Businesses [Updated] Twitter Self Serve Ads Available To 10,000 Businesses [Updated]
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Update: Twitter just posted an official announcement about this, with a link to a sign-up form. The company says: Soon, small businesses based in the United States will have the chance to take their Twitter marketing efforts to a new …

Poll Shows Small Business Use of Mobile Tech On The Rise Poll Shows Small Business Use of Mobile Tech On The Rise
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AT&T has released the results of a poll concerning the use of mobile technology by small businesses. The Small Business Technology Poll was a nationwide survey of small businesses with between two and 99 employees. The results show that small …

Online Advertising is More Than Just Clicks! Online Advertising is More Than Just Clicks!
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I noticed a VentureBeat article that makes me shake my head in amazement at the apparent lack of understanding of online advertising. The sensationalistic headline, “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” reveals a simplistic viewpoint on the value …

Marketing Your Business With Pinterest Marketing Your Business With Pinterest
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Pinterest was actually founded in 2008. However, since @Pinterest because not discovered / predicted by usual tech crowd, old boys network. 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto >>> How do you or people you know use Pinterest? Let us …

Google Business Photos: Street View For Small Businesses Google Business Photos: Street View For Small Businesses
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If you’re a small business owner looking for a creative way to attract potential customers inside your store, Google wants you to think outside of the box: let them visit your store without even traveling to your store. It sounds …

Google Gathers With European Commission Officials To Talk Business Google Gathers With European Commission Officials To Talk Business

Google hosted an event today in Brussels for small businesses, European Commission officials, European parliamentarians and business associations. The focus was on discussing how the Internet can drive growth and jobs, according to the company. I wonder if there was …

Amazon Third-Party Sellers See Record Holiday Sales Growth Amazon Third-Party Sellers See Record Holiday Sales Growth
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Amazon says 2011’s has been a record-breaking holiday season for businesses that sell on Amazon. Third-party sellers experienced record holiday growth, the company says, with the number of sellers who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season increasing 44% …

1/8 Of U.S. Merchants Who Accept Credit Cards Are Using Square 1/8 Of U.S. Merchants Who Accept Credit Cards Are Using Square
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Square, the other company that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey runs, which offers a device anyone can plug into their smartphones to accept credit cards, has announced that 1 million merchants are now using Square. According to Dorsey, only 8 million …

Cyber Monday: Is Your Business Ready For The Rush? Cyber Monday: Is Your Business Ready For The Rush?
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Cyber Monday is quickly approaching, and that means businesses offering deals online are gearing up for massive amounts of traffic, and hopefully massive amounts of money. Are you running Cyber Monday deals this year? Let us know in the comments. …

Facebook Reportedly Giving Small Business $10M in Free Ads Facebook Reportedly Giving Small Business $10M in Free Ads
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As businesses anxiously await the launch of business profiles on Google+, Facebook is reminding small businesses of the power of its social media dominance (it’s up to 800 million users now). The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Facebook has …

Groupon Deals Could Hurt the Reputation of Your Business Groupon Deals Could Hurt the Reputation of Your Business
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The type of headline we ran here probably isn’t exactly the kind of thing Groupon wants to see circulating throughout the Blogosphere these days, considering all the negative press the company has been getting lately, but it is a conclusion …

What Does Google+ Mean For Small Businesses? What Does Google+ Mean For Small Businesses?
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With the recent launch of Google+, there has been considerable focus paid to debating the merits of Google+ vs. Facebook. However, beyond direct comparison of apples and oranges, there’s a bigger story at play here for Google+. Since its start …

Facebook Shuts Down “Deals,” Keeps More Relevant Check-In Deals Facebook Shuts Down “Deals,” Keeps More Relevant Check-In Deals

Facebook has had a couple of “deals” products: “Deals” and “Check-in Deals.” Deals are going away, but Check-in Deals are staying. Facebook gave us the following statement: “After testing Deals for four months, we’ve decided to end our Deals product …

Facebook Issues That Could Cause Problems For Your Business Facebook Issues That Could Cause Problems For Your Business
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While Facebook may provide a great way to interact with fans and market your business, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Several issues have been discussed recently that business should take very seriously. What is the biggest problem you see …

Foursquare Business Pages Now Available to All Foursquare Business Pages Now Available to All

Foursquare has made brand pages “self-serve”. This means brands can create their own pages, acquire followers, share updates, check-in at places, etc. You know, like a social network. Foursquare says the announcement is “to the great relief” of its BizDev …