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Small Business Accelerator: It’s Small Business Week 2019!

By at 5 May, 2019, 11:00 am

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Happy Small Business Week 2019! At SBE Council, we celebrate entrepreneurs and small businesses every day, but it is nice to see a week dedicated to celebrating the importance of small businesses to the economy, and the many contributions of entrepreneurs.

President Trump issued a proclamation in honor of this special week where he noted:

As a Nation, we reaffirm our commitment to the free market so that American small businesses continue to thrive.

America’s 30 million small businesses are central to our economy and our communities.  Their courageous innovation makes our cities and towns vibrant places to live, work, and raise families.  Small businesses employ almost 59 million workers, more than one-third of our country’s labor force.  These companies foster environments that reward problem solving and accountability, enabling workers to develop skills and valuable hands-on experience that propel their careers.

Enjoy this special week – dedicated to you – and thank you for your risk-taking, hard work and passionate pursuit of the American Dream!

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

National Small Business Week 2019     May 5-11

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE will host a 2-Day Virtual Conference during National Small Business Week. The conference will take place Tuesday, May 7 – Wednesday, May 8 between 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM ET. Registration is FREE to the public.

All are welcome to attend this live online conference to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners, and chat with industry experts! This 2-day action-packed event will include educational webinars, business advice from mentors, giveaways, free resources from sponsor booths, and networking chat rooms for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Get the information you need to succeed as a small business owner – for free.

The live webinars include:

●  The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses

●  Making Sense of Online Marketing: A Simple Checklist for Success

●  Mastering Control of Your Cash Flow

●  Creating Effective Online Ads

●  The Culture Imperative: Drive Growth with Customer Obsession

●  SBA Funding Programs Explained

●  How to do Business with the Federal Government

●  Disasters Happen: How to Prepare Your Business and Recover

Learn more or register here.

Business Growth

8 Key Disciplines are Essential to Scale Any Business, Startup Professionals. “…it’s always great to see that first surge of customers, but that’s just the beginning of your work. With the real data from that surge, you need to take a hard look at business model realities, cost of customer acquisition, inventory costs, and other key metrics.”

11 Highly Effective Ways to Connect with Employees, CNBC. “It’s not always easy for entrepreneurs to figure out their employees’ needs, wants, or struggles. If you fail to crack the code, you could lose top talent, allow toxic attitudes to fester, or even imperil your entire business. Having a bulletproof way to connect with employees is vital.”

Marketing and Branding

Lean Marketing for Startups and Small Businesses: How to Make the Most Impact with the Least Investment, CrowdSpring. Lean marketing is a philosophy that emphasizes executing campaigns quickly, getting feedback from your audience, analyzing the results, and optimizing the campaign – all in rapid succession.”  

8 Ways Blogging Can Supercharge Your Business Website, Startup Professionals. “Marketing is a critical element these days, and it can take many forms. One of these is blogging, to let people know about your brand, provide links to supportive articles, and generate back-links to your content from other sites. It’s never too early to start marketing to define your brand.”

Startups and Entrepreneurship

Finding the Most Profitable Online Niches Doesn’t Have to Be Hard, See Our List of the Top 20, Small Business Trends.  Take a look “at the following 20 most profitable online niche markets. They’ll help you determine which online sector would be best for you” to start a business.

How to Lead a Startup that Actually Thrives, Forbes. “You don’t want to lead a startup that folds after five years. You want to grow a company that can thrive in the good times and weather the bad. To do that, you need more than luck — you need battle-tested strategies that help strong companies survive.”

Trends

What the Next Generation of Freelancers Will Look Like, Forbes. “While there is no singular source of insight, we can certainly draw some inferences from the surveys of various talent platforms like Upwork, Toptal, and Flexing It, and from the emerging research on Gen Z’s.”

Sparking the Joy of Storage, Small Business Daily. “NPD says consumers are investing in the tidying phenomenon, buying storage and organization-related products. Sales are rising for file storage (up 3%), packing products (up 7%) and laminating products (up 10%). These were the top-growing storage categories in the first month of 2019—boasting combined sales of $165.7 million.”

Google Maps Will Now Show You Restaurants Most Popular Dishes, Fast Company. “It’s not clear whether Google is using people or artificial intelligence to scan reviews and pictures of a restaurant to decide what is a popular dish. In any case, the feature will make choosing what to eat at a restaurant you’ve never been to before much easier.”

Americans are Flocking to these 9 Southern Cities Where Business is Booming and Salaries are Rising, CNBC. “These cities are good alternatives for people who want to avoid notoriously expensive cities, such as New York or San Francisco, because they “offer incentives, such as a more affordable cost-of-living or a higher paycheck — or both,” GOBankingRates reports.

Success

8 Proven Habits for Ultimate Success, CNBC. “We are the result of our repeated behavior. Or as Aristotle put it, ‘Success is not an action, but a habit.’ Here, top entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles weigh in on the one mental habit that drove their success and how to cultivate it in yourself.”

4 Ways to Invite Opportunity Into Your Life, Success. “ Cultivating abundance, clearing away busy minds and schedules, focusing on gratitude, and committing to curiosity are all key to opening the window that will allow opportunity to shine in. This work is not hard, but it is intentional.”

Forbes Small Giants: The Best Small Companies of 2019, Forbes. “When is bigger not better? When you value greatness over fast growth. These 25 companies are all privately owned and closely held, and they share a commitment to being the best at what they do, providing stellar service to customers, offering employees fulfilling, rewarding work and being vital members of their communities. They include a leading website for how-to advice, a Texas remanufacturer of oil drilling rigs, a burgeoning chain of “hyperlocal” newspapers, and a game company that has spawned an international community of more than 200 million players. Read and be inspired.

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