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Foursquare Launches App Specifically for Businesses Foursquare Launches App Specifically for Businesses

Foursquare has just unveiled their second app, and this one is targeted at business owners. Available today, Foursquare for Business is a standalone iOS app that allows business owners who manage a location on Foursquare to post updates, check analytics, …

Foursquare for Small Businesses Gets Better with Customizable Events Foursquare for Small Businesses Gets Better with Customizable Events
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Foursquare has just made a small tweak that will make the service much better for small businesses attempting to interact with customers via events. Starting today, location owners on the service can create their very own events that users can …

Groupon Teams Up With SCORE On Small Business Resources Groupon Teams Up With SCORE On Small Business Resources

Groupon announced today that it has partnered with nonprofit SCORE, which has developed a series of online educational resources about customer acquisition, retention and marketing for small businesses. “Joining forces with SCORE is a great way for Groupon to help …

Groupon Launches Breadcrumb POS System For Restaurants And Bars Groupon Launches Breadcrumb POS System For Restaurants And Bars
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Groupon announced today that it is launching Breadcrumb, a point-of-sale iPad app for restaurants, based on the software of the same name it acquired earlier this year. Here’s what it looked like pre-Groupon: The app enables servers to search for …

The Google AdWords Credit Card Expands The Google AdWords Credit Card Expands
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Last year, Google launched a pilot for AdWords Business Credit in the United States, giving small businesses an AdWords branded credit card. Now, Google is expanding the pilot into the UK, and says it will also send more invitations out …

Google Launches Google For Entrepreneurs Google Launches Google For Entrepreneurs
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Google announced the launch of Google For Entrepreneurs, an “umbrella” for its various programs that cater to startups and entrepreneurs. This includes: Campus London, Google for Entrepreneurs Week, Women 2.0, Startup Weekend, Women Entrepreneurs on the Web, Google Sudo, 1871, …

Square Closes New Round Of Funding From Starbucks And Co. Square Closes New Round Of Funding From Starbucks And Co.

Square announced today that it has closed a Series D round of funding from Citi Ventures, Rizvi Traverse Management, and Starbucks Coffee Company. The company said in its announcement: One year ago, Square had approximately 150 employees and processed over …

Restaurant Claims Yelp Is Deleting Their Positive Reviews Restaurant Claims Yelp Is Deleting Their Positive Reviews
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Do you use Yelp? If so, you probably let it decide which restaurant you’re going to visit when traveling. You don’t want to eat at a potentially bad place and Yelp helps decide what’s good in a community based upon …

Twitter Adds Manually Promoted Tweets, Reporting to Self-Service Ad Platform Twitter Adds Manually Promoted Tweets, Reporting to Self-Service Ad Platform

Today, Twitter is announcing two new features to their self-service advertising platform for small businesses – one focuses on functionality and the other on analytics. First, Twitter now lets businesses have more control over which tweets you promote. Before, they …

Square Launches Attractive, Flat Monthly Fee For Small Businesses Square Launches Attractive, Flat Monthly Fee For Small Businesses
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Square announced a new monthly payment plan for small businesses today, which would allow merchants to pay one flat $275 monthly fee, with 0% processing fees and no additional costs or contracts. The company says it is committed to offering …

Groupon Reimagines Its GrouponWorks Site, But Does Groupon Really Work? Groupon Reimagines Its GrouponWorks Site, But Does Groupon Really Work?
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Groupon announced today that it has revamped its GrouponWorks.com site for merchants. The company says it has been redesigned to better showcase merchant successes, as well as Groupon’s toolkit of marketing products and services. It features cases studies and video …

Facebook, AMEX Partner To Give Small Businesses A “Big Break” Facebook, AMEX Partner To Give Small Businesses A “Big Break”

For the second straight year, American Express and Facebook are teaming up for the “Big Break for Small Business” contest, which is “designed to transform the way small businesses connect and engage with customers online” – namely their social media …

A Few Best Practices for Managing Your Business Online A Few Best Practices for Managing Your Business Online

As the competitive landscape for small businesses continues to be challenging, it has become increasingly important for small business owners to regularly examine their marketing efforts to evaluate what is working and what is not. With the proliferation of marketing …

Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local Google Tells You Everything You Need To Know About Google+ Local

Last week, Google revealed Google+ Local, which appears to be about merging Google+ business pages with Google Places. Google says it wants to show you “everything you need to know” about it, and it will do so in a Workshop …

Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses
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Google has big plans for local businesses, and making billions for itself in the process. Google announced a major Google+ push into local search last week, when it revealed Google+ Local, which effectively turns Google+ business pages into the new …

America’s Entrepreneurs [Infographic] America’s Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

During 2011 there were 6.5 million new businesses created. That works out to about 543,000 per month. That’s an awful lot of new businesses. So why are there so many? One reason actually has to do the downturn in the …

Google Places Gives Small Business Bulk Upload Capability Google Places Gives Small Business Bulk Upload Capability

Google Places is playing their part to make managing small businesses with more than one location easier than ever. Essentially, people have been giving them feedback on what could make their site better, and they have been listening. Starting yesterday …

Startups.Com is Calling It Quits After One Year Startups.Com is Calling It Quits After One Year
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Startups.com regrets to inform you that their daily deals website is on the way out. According to founder Gonzo Arzuaga, “unfortunately we couldn’t make a go of it”. An email was sent out to mail list subscribers explaining his disappointment. …

Google Maps Business Photos Launched in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands Google Maps Business Photos Launched in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands
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At the beginning of 2012, Google Maps announced that it was now offering small businesses a chance to showcase their store interiors with Business Photos, the Street View-style interactive tour that can be stitched together with photographs taken by Google-associated …

More Small Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Based Apps More Small Businesses Utilizing Cloud-Based Apps

If you’re running a small business, finding great resources to support the back end of your shop is vital. Being a small business, however, typically means that you don’t have mountains of money to devote towards buying the biggest and …

YouTube Ambassadors: BBQ, Motorcycles, & Knitting YouTube Ambassadors: BBQ, Motorcycles, & Knitting

Google has caught on to the power of YouTube and what it has done for many small businesses. A handful of companies have been chosen by Google to become marketing ambassadors for YouTube based on their entrepreneurial success with the …