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CrossCheck Honors Merchants for National Small Business Week 2019

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

CrossCheck, the leading privately held check guarantee company in the nation, is celebrating the success of its merchant customers during National Small Business Week 2019. The recognition coincides with challenging times for merchants who continue to thrive amidst ongoing threats from online giants, increasing overhead and new labor shortages.

CrossCheck provides these merchants with guaranteed payment solutions that help increase sales and mitigate risk while saving time and money.

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Tags: Small Business

How to Succeed in Running Small Businesses

Posted by Brandes Elitch on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 08:45 AM

One of the most famous books on running small businesses is called The E-Myth, which was written 30 years ago by Michael Gerber. He used to have an office just down the street from us here in Petaluma, but he has since moved to sunnier climes. The book sold 150,000 copies when it came out and Gerber was featured on many television talk shows. His successor book, The E-Myth Revisited, is one of the five top-selling business books of all time. It has been translated into 27 languages and is required reading in some MBA programs.

In a nutshell, Gerber says it’s a myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs, and also have tangible business skills.

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Tags: Small Business, Brandes Elitch

Paper Checks: The Rumors of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 09:04 AM

One third of Americans believe “traditional paper checks will die within five years,” state the results from the July 2017 Viewpost survey about the future of payments. Nevertheless, there is compelling evidence to the contrary as aptly framed by Mark Twain in a letter from 1897: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

Sources refuting consumer guestimations include the preliminary edition of the 2016 Federal Reserve Payments Study, the most prestigious report among the four profiled here.

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Tags: Small Business

Little Known Secrets Anyone Starting a Business Should Know

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 01:56 PM

Thinking of starting a business? You’re an American hero.

Entrepreneurs like you start 543,000 each month, and there are almost 28 million small businesses in the United States today – half again as many as there were thirty years ago (U.S. Small Business Administration).

They provide 55% of all jobs, adding 8 million of them since 1990. They occupy around half of all commercial space.

But as any investor will tell you, past performance is no guarantee of future success. Despite these remarkable achievements, today the entrepreneur is an endangered species.

If you’re stepping up, we want to help.

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Tags: Small Business

Retail Merchants: It's Small Business Celebration Day!

Posted by Heather Brautman on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

We’re throwing a huge party today – did you receive your invitation? We’re celebrating the 28 million small businesses that operate in the country. (That’s a lot of balloons!) Today is officially National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. Anyone running his own business knows it’s far from “small:” over 50% of the population works in small business, and small businesses are responsible for 65% of the net new jobs created since 1995. Seems like a great reason for a party! And what’s a party without party favors? Read on for some ideas to keep your small business in the party spirits.

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Tags: Retail, Small Business

Office Manager Stress at Small Businesses: Beware of Hat Fights!

Posted by Heather Brautman on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 @ 02:45 PM

Do you feel stressed, tired and alone as you helm the ship that passes by your small business office? Take heart - you're not the only one feeling office manager stress. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that in May 2012, more than a quarter million people held office manager positions. In businesses across the country, office managers wear many different hats. All that headgear shuffling can lead to dangerous health symptoms you should keep an eye out for.

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Tags: Small Business

5 Ways to Overcome Small Business Challenges

Posted by Kris Coughtry on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

It’s good news/bad news for the small business owner this year. Many small businesses expect to see revenues grow in 2013, but many are also finding it harder to run a business than five years ago according to a survey by Constant Contact. Top concerns among these business decision-makers are the stalled economy and keeping pace with technology. Overcoming these challenges is important to all of us as small businesses provide 55 percent of all jobs and account for 54 percent of all US sales.

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Small Business Saturday & Payment Services Create Opportunities

Posted by Charles Dortch on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Small Business Saturday is an initiative created by the United States Senate in 2011 to increase consumer awareness of the impact their shopping choices can make in their local communities. Held the day after Black Friday, in which big-box and nationwide-chain retailers hold huge sales to kick off the Christmas shopping season -- often at the expense of local small businesses -- this year's Small Business Saturday falls on November 24, 2012.

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Tags: Charles Dortch III, Small Business

Tips to Tackle Late Payments

Posted by Kris Coughtry on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

A recent article in USA Today reported that small businesses are still plagued by late payments. The article found that many businesses are finding that receivables are coming in at a slower pace, pushing payments out of the thirty day cycle to something closer to fifty. Late payments are more than an annoyance; they can impact your cash flow, credit rating, inventory and ability to pay your own outstanding bills and payroll.

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Tags: Small Business

Survey Says... Growth!

Posted by Chris Schumacher on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 @ 11:06 AM

Business owners are capitalizing on growth opportunities, looking to hire and planning to make necessary capital investments according to the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, a semi-annual survey of business owners. Results of the Spring 2011 survey indicated a trend toward recovery for the first time since 2006. Finally, some good news!

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Tags: Small Business, Chris Schumacher