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57% of Companies Offering Mental and Emotional Support Since Pandemic Started

Almost 40% of employees say they feel less productive since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. To help lift wellbeing and productivity, 57% of employers now offer mental or emotional support for employees. These changing workplace behaviors were unveiled by research by Clutch, specialists in B2B research, ratings, and reviews. In its ‘How Employee Health is Affected by Covid-19 Work Environment Changes’ report, Clutch surveyed 301 US workers. It found that during the pandemic, businesses are l...
Tags: US, Sales, Morneau, Small Business News, David Morneau


In the News – Small Business Pandemic Recovery Continues, Employees Happy

Since March – that’s more than 3 months ago now – we’ve dealt with a lot of troubling news for small business (and big business, too). But it appears we may be seeing some positive changes. Just this week, we learned of several developments that indicate businesses are ready to get back to work and most importantly, so are employees, including yours. First, it’s the fact that jobs are coming back. That’s good for workers who worried about their futures. And of course, it’s great news for compan...
Tags: UK, US, Sales, Donald Trump, PPP, ADP, Lendingtree, Zoho, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Raydiant, Paycheck Protection Program PPP, PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended, Office Not Home Office


The Best Freelance Side Gigs for Professionals

Since the start of the pandemic, some freelancers have lost significant amounts of work. And small businesses that were forced closed may be struggling to get back on their feet. For each, finding a side gig in another field or hiring a freelancer may be the way to slowly rebuild a business. To help workers, business owners and freelancers that may find themselves out of work or struggling with cash flow, FlexJobs, a leading portal for flexible jobs openings, has identified the best 25 freelanc...
Tags: Sales, Customer Service, Sutton, Small Business News, Sarah Sutton, FlexJobs


Businesses in These Cities Haven’t Felt the COVID Pandemic Too Hard

The pandemic impacted businesses of all sizes across the country. But companies in some cities didn’t bear the brunt of the business shutdown orders as much as others. LendingTree recently analyzed data to see what American cities saw the least negative impact as a result of the pandemic response. The data showed how many businesses in cities saw little or no negative effect from the COVID-19 pandemic. And in some places, the pandemic response actually had a positive impact on businesses in the...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Washington, Boston, Virginia, Milwaukee, US, Sales, San Francisco, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, St Louis, Detroit, San Antonio


45% More Productive Working at the Office, Not Home

Office productivity vs. home productivity. Right now, there’s a dilemma facing many employers. Where are your employees at their best? Almost half (45%) of workers say they are more productive working in an office than remotely. The sentiment to work more productively in an office comes at a time when an unprecedented number of employees are working remotely. These figures were derived from a study by The Manifest, providers of data-driven benchmarks for small business. Manifest’s study looked ...
Tags: US, Sales, Vincent, Manifest, Small Business News, Office Not Home, Bethan Vincent


Only 12% of Salespeople Believe Automation Will Take Their Job

Automation is making a huge impact on small businesses and the workforce as a whole. But salespeople aren’t generally concerned about losing jobs to automation. A recent report on the state of retail sales from Raydiant, a digital signage platform for businesses, found that only 12% of retail sales professionals believe that their jobs will be taken by robots in the coming years. In fact, only 13% of the workers who are still employed are currently worried about their job security as their empl...
Tags: Sales, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Bobby Marhamat, Raydiant, Marhamat, COVID


PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended to August 8

If you didn’t complete an application for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan before the previous deadline, you’re in luck. On July 4, President Donald Trump extended the deadline for PPP loan applications for more than another month. The new deadline for PPP loan applications is August 8. PPP Loan Deadline Extended to August 8 The previous deadline of June 30 came and went but there was still more than $130 billion available to businesses in the US. The PPP loan was created in the wake ...
Tags: New York, Texas, California, US, Sales, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Lakers, PPP, SBA, Treasury Dept, Small Business News, US Small Business Administration, Paycheck Protection Program PPP, NAICS, PPP Loan Application Deadline Extended, PPP Loan Deadline Extended


34% Working from Home Have Lockdown Lethargy

Almost one-third of one country’s workforce is currently suffering from lockdown lethargy. A new survey of UK employees found 34% suffering from a lull in production brought on by weariness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic response. While this survey looked at British employees, we presume the feeling is likely mutual in the US. However, it should be noted that restrictions in the UK were slightly stricter than in most of the US. The data comes from a report compiled by Actus, creators of award-...
Tags: UK, US, Sales, Small Business News, Lucinda Carney, Boost Employee Energy Focus


New Editor X from Wix Improves Web Design Capabilities

Wix.com, a leading website creator, has launched a new innovative website creation platform, Editor X. Editor X is designed to empower web designers, professionals, and agencies to create exceptional websites. The product was previously available as a closed beta program and is now available to the public. Wix Introduces Editor X for Enhanced Website Editing Editor X features advanced design capabilities, approachable CSS technology, and full development capabilities with Corvid by Wix. Edito...
Tags: Sales, Css, Abrahami, Small Business News, Avishai Abrahami


How Effective is Your Customer Communication During the Pandemic?

During this time of unprecedented change, communication with your customers is critical. Most businesses will benefit by interacting  with their customers more not less. In the process, your customers will have more questions about your service and any issues they face now will be even more time sensitive. Interview with Matt Metzger of Mitel On The Small Business Radio Show this week, Matt Metzger, Vice President of CX Solutions for Mitel discusses how to make frequent and easy communication...
Tags: Sales, Matt, Mitel, Small Business News, Matt Metzger, Small Business Radio Show


Small Business Adds Close to 1 Million Jobs from May to June, ADP Reports

The latest jobs figures show small business in America bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the June 2020 ADP Small Business Report, small businesses added 937,000 jobs to the American economy from May to June. This is certainly good news for small business across the country. And it’s a stark contrast to this same report just 2 months ago. Back in April, this same report showed small businesses cutting more than 6 million jobs. ADP Small Business Report, June 2020 – 937,000 ...
Tags: Sales, America, ADP, ADP Research Institute, Small Business News, Ahu Yildirmaz


Count Me In Founder Reignites Non-profit to Fund Women Owned Small Business

Count Me In, the national non-profit founded to help women entrepreneurs turn micro-businesses into million-dollar enterprises, is undergoing a revival in the wake of COVID-19. Here’s what women business owners should know about the organization, its history, and the opportunities that are currently available. Count Me In Revival The organization originally launched back in 2000 to provide resources to existing women-owned businesses that needed help growing past the micro-business stage. Now...
Tags: Sales, Kiva, Small Business News, Merlino, Nell Merlino


In the News – New Food Service Tools Help Restaurants Match Latest Consumer Trends

Our world, for better or worse, is becoming increasingly touchless. And you won’t see that trend any more than at a local restaurant. In order to stay open in many states, dine-in restaurants – of which thousands are small businesses – are forced to adapt to new health and safety guidelines all the time. Right now, that means implementing a lot less personal, one-on-one interactions. But the less personal doesn’t need to be impersonal and some companies are creating new technology that makes th...
Tags: Sales, IAC, Motus, Hootsuite, Angie, SHRM, Bevi, Small Business News, Tech Co, United Parcel Service UPS, COVID, SHRM Society for Human Resource Management, Grant Freeman, Small Business Owners Say Pandemic Hurt Business, State of Local Business, New Food Service Tools Help Restaurants


Unused Assets Cost American Companies $55 Billion in March and April

If stay-at-home orders amid the Covid-19 crisis have made some of your business assets idle, you’re not alone. According to the latest report from Motus, unused assets cost businesses over $55 billion in March and April 2020. Unused Business Assets Due to Pandemic Response Due to the coronavirus crisis and subsequent lockdowns, most small businesses had to voluntarily or mandatorily allow their employees to work from home. Indeed, remote working offers multiple benefits to small businesses. B...
Tags: Google, Sales, Motus, Ken Robinson, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, COVID, Office Spaces Company Owned Vehicles, Motus Company


Thimble Partners with Angie’s List to Provide Short-Term Small Business Insurance

Businesses which are members of Angie’s list will now be able to buy short-term insurance from Thimble. Thimble is the IAC-backed company that uniquely offers business insurance that can be started, paused or cancelled on demand. Just how short is the short term? Insurance can be purchased by the hour, day or month. Angie’s List and Thimble Partner to Offer Small Business Insurance “We wanted to find a way to offer business insurance that was a better experience for everyone,” said Thimble co...
Tags: London, Colorado, Sales, IAC, Christie, Stewart, Angie, Bregman, Small Business News, Small Business Insurance, Jay Bregman, Jeremy Stewart, ANGI Homeservices Inc Angie


67% of Companies Expect Work From Home to Be Permanent or Long-Lasting

About two-thirds of businesses that have adopted remote work policies as a result of COVID-19 plan to keep at least some of those policies in place long-term or permanently, according to a recent study. The pandemic has forced more businesses than ever to rapidly adopt a work from home model. And though some may have struggled to adjust at first, many are now reaping the benefits of such policies — and that may lead to a permanent shift in working conditions across industries. Work from Home P...
Tags: Sales, Vela, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Global Market Intelligence, Square and Twitter, COVID


86% of Consumers Want a Local Business to Continue Pandemic Services Like Curbside Pickup

New research is finding Americans like social distance services like curbside pickup. And they want them to continue even after the pandemic is over. The State of Local Business survey from Podium reports that 84% of respondents have used tech-enables services like contactless payments too. The vast majority (86%) expect they will continue. Small Business Continues Pandemic Shopping Experience Over half of the consumers polled said they stayed away from local businesses that don’t have these ...
Tags: Sales, United States, Lehi Utah, Australia Canada, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Podium, Eric Rea, COVID, State of Local Business, Contactless Services


Yahoo Small Business Offers Free Website for 1 Year with Get Online Offer

Small businesses looking to connect with customers can now get a website for free. Yahoo Small Business is offering their Get Online offer. The offer lasts for one year. That’s good news for the sizeable number of business owners looking to get a website  for the first time in 2020.  And those looking to make the move to the digital economy as COVID-19 restrictions loosen up. Yahoo Small Business Free Website Offer Maria Melo, a senior business advisor at Yahoo Small Business fronts the effor...
Tags: Yahoo, Sales, Daniel Johnson, Ma, Small Business News, Yahoo Small Business, Maria Melo, Yahoo Small Business Free Website, Keri Rolland


80% of Small Business Owners Say Pandemic Hurt Business – 55% Feel Positive About Future

The coronavirus has affected most small businesses in one way or another. So if your small business has been suffering due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, you are not alone. According to the latest survey from Tech.co, 80% of small business owners accepted that COVID-19 has hurt their businesses. However, a good thing is that 55% of small businesses are feeling positive for the future. COVID Hurt Small Business, Majority Remains Optimistic Needless to say, most small businesses operate ...
Tags: Sales, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Tech Co, Upskilling, COVID, Small Business Owners Say Pandemic Hurt Business


UPS Launches Logistics Help Portal, Offers Discount to Small Business

As small businesses move towards reopening, United Parcel Service (UPS) has launched a dedicated portal to help them with their shipping needs. The new package by the messenger and delivery service company includes discounts, advice and other resources targeting the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). According to UPS, the resource portal will provide tools and resources to help them recover and pivot their businesses during these uncertain times. UPS Small Business Coronavirus ...
Tags: Post, Sales, UPS, Small Business News, United Parcel Service UPS, Business to Customer B2C


SpeedPro Releases New Touchless Menu Technology for Restaurants and Bars

As lockdown restriction ease up and restaurants and eateries start to open, SpeedPro has released a new signage technology to help maintain social distancing for customers with touchless menus. The new SpeedPro InfoLnkX, allows diners to make orders using their phones instead of handheld menus for safer dining experiences. InfoLnkX can be strategically positioned within a restaurant’s high-interaction customer touchpoints like host stands and dining tables. And all a customer needs to do is hol...
Tags: Sales, Near Field Communication NFC, Small Business News, COVID, Larry Oberly SpeedPro, Breckenridge Wynkoop Restaurant Group


Grant Freeman of Thryv on Success During the Surge

This is an economic downturn like we never have seen in this country in the last 100 years because states mandated the closing of so many commercial enterprises. But this also can mean that it might be the quickest recovery small businesses have ever seen. On the Small Business Radio Show this week, Grant Freeman, Vice President of Client Success, at Thryv discusses how unique this pandemic is and how companies need to be prepared for a surge in business. Interview with Grant Freeman of Thryv ...
Tags: Sales, Grant, Small Business News, Small Business Radio Show, Thryv, Grant Freeman


Bevi Introduces New Touchless Beverage Dispensing System

A new dispensing feature lets people get flavored water without a touchscreen. The tech startup Bevi is rolling out the new technology on July 13. The new feature stops employees from touching things like refrigerators and shared water coolers. This is important as the economy reopens . It uses a smartphone camera or a scanner app. Small Business Trends contacted Sean Grundy, Co-Founder and CEO of Bevi, to find out how it works. He described the company’s green focus. Commercial Spaces “Bevi ...
Tags: Cdc, Sales, Mit, Netflix, Yale, Grundy, Small Business Trends, Bevi, Small Business News, Google Lyft, Sean Grundy, COVID


SHRM Launches New LegalShield Service for Small Business

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) has launched a product, LegalShield, for human resources professionals working for small businesses. SHRM is dedicated to creating better work spaces where employees and employers can thrive. The network has more than 300,000 members HR and business executive members in 165 countries. In Partnership with LegalShield Working in partnership with LegalShield, one of the US’s largest providers of online legal subscription plans, the product provides sm...
Tags: US, Sales, SHRM, Johnny Taylor, Small Business News, Taylor Jr, SHRM Society for Human Resource Management


HelloWoofy Updates Offer Affordable Social Media Management to Small Business

HelloWoofy, a smart social media management platform, just announced a series of new features, including integration with Hootsuite. This means that Hootsuite’s existing 18 million customers can now access HelloWoofy’s intelligent technology on top of the Hootsuite dashboard for $49 a year. Founder Arjun Rai said in a phone interview with Small Business Trends, “A lot of Hootsuite customers were using our product in conjunction with their existing workflows, so we reached out to Ryan Holmes, Ho...
Tags: Instagram, Sales, Emojis, Giphy, Hootsuite, RAI, Amazon Alexa, Small Business News, Google Home, Tiktok, Arjun Rai, Ryan Holmes Hootsuite, Hootsuite HelloWoofy


In the News – Small Business Recovery Funds Still Available, More on the Way?

Not every small business in the US is back to full operations. In fact, there are many still operating under tight restrictions. And it’s putting a dent in their finances. However, there are opportunities for those small businesses continuing to struggle through the pandemic. Early next week, June 30, is the final day to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Administration. And the SBA just brought back a tool on its site that can help any small businesses s...
Tags: US, Sales, Ireland, PPP, Lendingtree, Small Business Administration, US UK, SBA, Department of Defense DOD, William Alsup, Small Business News, Paysafe, Avionos, Zenreach, Small Business Radio Show, Paycheck Protection Program PPP


Square Introduces On Demand Delivery Service

Square, providers of innovative processing solutions to help sellers grow their business, has introduced on demand delivery for Square Online Store sellers. Square On Demand Delivery Service Launched Sellers are now able to dispatch delivery drivers for orders placed directly on their website. With the on-demand delivery service, sellers with a Square Online Store can dispatch a courier through delivery partners for orders that are made online. The Covid-19 pandemic has created a new challeng...
Tags: Texas, California, Sales, CMO, Small Business News, Kebab Shop, Square Online Store, Wally Sadat, Square Online Stores


70% of Americans Want Travel Business Stimulus

It’s summertime but Americans simply aren’t traveling the way they normally do. And the travel businesses catering to those journeying here and there are hurting because of it. The American Hotel & Lodging Association says a new survey it commissioned found 70% of Americans support some type of economic stimulus to keep those travel businesses open – even during this particularly rough patch. As the idea of another major economic stimulus package are debated in Washington DC, the travel industr...
Tags: Yahoo, Sales, Washington Dc, American Hotel Lodging Association, Small Business News, AHLA, Chip Rogers, New Travel Tax Credit Another


70% of American Want Travel Businesses Stimulus

It’s summertime but Americans simply aren’t traveling the way they normally do. And the travel businesses catering to those journeying here and there are hurting because of it. The American Hotel & Lodging Association says a new survey it commissioned found 70% of Americans support some type of economic stimulus to keep those travel businesses open – even during this particularly rough patch. As the idea of another major economic stimulus package are debated in Washington DC, the travel industr...
Tags: Yahoo, Sales, Washington Dc, American Hotel Lodging Association, Small Business News, AHLA, Chip Rogers, New Travel Tax Credit Another, Small Business News This, American Want Travel Businesses Stimulus


Applications for New Businesses Dropped Considerably at Height of Pandemic

According to LendingTree, new business applications saw a record plunge in April at the heels of the pandemic outbreak. States hit hard observed new business application fillings had dropped showing the least number of applicants. The report reveals eight of the top 10 states where businesses applications dropped the most are located in the Northeast. New Business Applications Slowed by Pandemic Response While out of the 10 states where business application rates rose or dropped the least, se...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Montana, US, Sales, Georgia, Wyoming, New Jersey, Louisiana, Chamber of Commerce, PPP, South Carolina, New York State, Lendingtree, MetLife, Census Bureau