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Resilient Small Business Optimism

Posted in Feb, 26th, 2019 News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

The takeaway on small business optimism in the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey (taken between January 9-15 and released on February 7) is a bit tricky, but the bottom line remains that American entrepreneurs are resiliently optimistic. The overall score index came in at 106, which was down notably from the all-time high of 129…

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In the News: Main Street Lending Rates Tell of Unsure Economic Future

Posted in Feb, 26th, 2019 News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

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We saw more signs this week that the economy may be slowing down a bit. And it’s getting a little tougher to keep your business going. For instance, a new report from Lending Tree saw a reduction in the amount of borrowing among Main Street businesses. Perhaps the recent prolonged government shutdown had some impact on that…

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Business Structure: Which Works Best for You

Posted in Feb, 19th, 2019 Marketing, News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

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When you start a new business, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is how to structure your company. This choice can be critical to the future health of your business. Taking time up front to consider the pros and cons of each possible structure will likely save you many headaches in the…

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39% of Businesses Use Texting to Talk to Customers – How Can Yours?

Posted in Feb, 19th, 2019 Marketing, News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

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A new study from Zipwhip  underlines the importance texts have on making your small business a success.  In fact, their 2019 State of Texting Report  says that 39% of businesses use some kind of texting to communicate with clients. Small Business Trends got in touch with Scott Heimes, Chief Marketing Officer at Zipwhip, to find out more about the…

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4 Insurance Plans Every Small Business Should Carry

Posted in Feb, 19th, 2019 News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

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Today’s business owners face an ever-evolving set of challenges. Those challenges could lead you to seek out additional insurance policies so you’re covered in case those issues impact your bottom line. Traditional business insurance policies only cover the basics like basic liability and property damage due to theft or certain natural disasters. However, you may want to evaluate…

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8 Steps to a Safer Workplace You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Posted in Feb, 19th, 2019 News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

Safety in the workplace should be paramount for any business, but for those industries in construction, transportation, manufacturing, waste management, and others, it is even more important. This is because accidents in these industries can result in serious injuries and even death. A new infographic from Progressive Safety Equipment titled, “8 Overlooked Work Site Safety Practices” highlights…

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Chatbots for Customer Service: How Small Businesses are Using Them

Posted in Feb, 12th, 2019 Marketing, News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

Chatbots are computer programs that are able to converse with people online using human-like speech. They’re common within messaging apps and live chat features to help businesses answer customer queries, increase sales and save time. And they’re getting more popular by the day. In fact, 80 percent of businesses plan on using chatbots by 2020,…

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Is a Pop-Up Shop Right for Your Business?

Posted in Feb, 12th, 2019 News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

Pop-up shops—short-term retail spaces open anywhere from a week to a few months—are temporary by definition, but the concept is proving to have surprising longevity. Is a pop-up storefront right for your business? Here are 11 goals a pop-up shop can help you achieve. Test a concept Startup retailers can use a pop-up shop to…

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Finding the Best Business Relationships

Posted in Feb, 12th, 2019 News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

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Are you considering selling your products or services to the federal government or a big corporation? Becoming a contractor can be rewarding, not to mention providing regular and lucrative business. But there are plenty of challenges, too. For a small business owner—even an experienced one—making your way through the acronyms and requirements of marketing to…

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VoIP 101: What is It and Why Does Your Business Need It?

Posted in Feb, 12th, 2019 Marketing, News & Views by AMAC Small Business Solutions

In what now is a tech-savvy business world, communication happens more frequently and on more diverse tools than ever before. From chat platforms to video conferencing, modern communication tools such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allow colleagues to conduct business from anywhere in the world. You might be asking yourself, “What exactly is VoIP”?…

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