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Small Business Algorithm Lender, OnDeck Raises $77M

Small Business Algorithm Lender, OnDeck Raises $77M | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
OnDeck, a company that makes online loans to small businesses today announced it raised $77 million in a late stage round led by Tiger Global Management. The company which makes mainly short-term loans to entrepreneurs who need a quick hit of capital to buy inventory or expand rapidly, plans to use [...]
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Take steps to protect your firm from online fraud | Rochester Business Journal New York business news and information

If you own or operate the finances of a business, you need to be aware of fraud trends and how to protect your assets.
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Your bank can assist you with some helpful tips to avoid online fraud.  However, there are steps you should take on your own.  Learn what.....:

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Advertisement | InsuranceNewsNet

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Great news.  Now just by entering a zip code, business owners can find rates and coverage plans. Find out how. 

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Millennial or a Baby Boomer? These 2 Online Retailers Define the Difference

Millennial or a Baby Boomer? These 2 Online Retailers Define the Difference | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Age isn't the only deciding factor in determining what generation you fall into. - Rich Duprey - Consumer Goods
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Something more to learn about the generations and how that might be helpful to retailers.

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When Yelp Attacks – How To Defend Your Business Online (Infographic)

When Yelp Attacks – How To Defend Your Business Online (Infographic) | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
If you own a business you know how important user reviews are. Yelp user will visit the site when they intend to buy a product or a service. They will make their purchase decisions only after they’…
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Great information. Good ratings on Yelp can increase revenue up to ten percent. Take good care of your Yelp reputation.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Facebook Ads by Vertical Measures

Step-by-Step Guide to Facebook Ads by Vertical Measures | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Facebook Promotion has quickly become one of the most effective marketing channels. Getting started is easy with this step-by-step, screenshot-heavy guide!
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Inexpensive and very effective -- targeting is very important

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Angela Heath's curator insight, October 10, 6:07 PM

This one of the least expensive promotion you can ever do.  YES, I know from experience it can be effective.  Just make sure you pinpoint your demographics precisely.

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ANDY LOGAN: Online sales tax act would hurt local businesses

ANDY LOGAN: Online sales tax act would hurt local  businesses | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of the many issues we are facing with the upcoming elections and voting schedule is the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would implement an Internet sales tax on all online sales, regardless of whether a business has a physical presence in that state. As a small business owner I am concerned with the potential consequences that this legislation could have on small business.
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The Marketplace Fairness Act is something online business persons need to lobby against.  It would require you to tax all purchases and some small businesses will be driven under.  Brick and mortar shops think this levels the playing field.  Learn more...

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Online shopping rings in big business for SingPost

Online shopping rings in big business for SingPost | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The Straits Times - Get breaking news and latest on Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world, plus commentaries, features, videos and photos, at straitstimes.com.
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For those doing international business, SignPost is a company to watch.

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How Small Businesses Should Respond to Negative Online Reviews

How Small Businesses Should Respond to Negative Online Reviews | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of the worst things you could possibly do as a business owner is to respond to a poor review with even poorer conduct. While some review sites seem to really promote negative reviews from custome…
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No lawsuit is not the answer to a negative online review.  That will only draw more negative attention.  Dealing with poor reviews is a skill all ecommerce companies need to focus on.  If it hasn't happened to you yet, it will at some point.  This is a great article with good and poor examples to consider.

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Suppliers struggle with growth of online business

Suppliers struggle with growth of online business | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
E-commerce is eclipsing traditional retail in the two biggest economies on earth-the China and the U.S. However, what has been good for e-commerce has been less good for global package delivery com...
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Why You Can Celebrate Turning 50 | Baby Boomer Bliss

Why You Can Celebrate Turning 50 | Baby Boomer Bliss | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Turning 50 doesn’t mean you become the stereotypical frumpy, wrinkled menopausal witch or the over-sexed, botoxed cougar. Learn how you can rock your fifties!
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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES COME ON!!!

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Mobile marketers should 'budget for failure' and think more like startups, says Mobext boss - Mumbrella Asia

Mobile marketers should 'budget for failure' and think more like startups, says Mobext boss - Mumbrella Asia | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Advertisers need to be more prepared for mobile projects to go wrong than traditional media campaigns, the regional head of mobile marketing agency Mobext said today. Speaking at Spikes Asia in Singapore, Arthur Policarpio, head of Mobext Asia Pacific, the mobile arm of media agency Havas Media, said that agencies and advertisers should create a “budget for …
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Interesting perspective from Asia highlights the test and learn model.  It takes courage but it is well worth it.

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How to Make a Living in the Death Industry - The Atlantic

How to Make a Living in the Death Industry - The Atlantic | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

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In the years following, Doughty became the source for addressing morbid questions on the Internet with her web series Ask a Mortician.

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How to Compete with Larger Businesses

How to Compete with Larger Businesses | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

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Competing against large businesses can be a challenge. Don't be intimidated. This article has some good suggestions.
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This article has a four point list:

1) Credibility

2) Product

3) Service

4) Price

 

This was not written by anyone in sales, as #4 should be off the table completely. Product is "do you have more bells" and Service is "can you be better than your competition."

 

None of this is useful to a small company competing against a giant.

 

What you really need is to build 

5) VALUE

 

I.e. Why are you here - what pain are you solving? How are YOU my savior? How do you fix all my problems and help me get to sleep at night? 

 

That's how you compete and become a giant-killer. Focus your story around Value, and you'll win every time.

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Using Social Media & Your Laptop To Build An Online Business

Using Social Media & Your Laptop To Build An Online Business | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Our writer read "The Gatekeepers are Gone" that talks about the grind that precedes business success. It's an inspiration to aspiring business owners.
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Great, quick article for persons interested in building an online business with nothing.

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Skills Gap Remains A Concern Among Private Companies As Employment Outlook Creeps Up

Skills Gap Remains A Concern Among Private Companies As Employment Outlook Creeps Up | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Employers are definitely looking to hire, but their hiring will be restrained in two ways.
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Hiring great talent may be challenging in the future.  Find out what we can expect for talent and skills....

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» The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status

» The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
» The Power of Online Marketing: How One Broker Builds Business…and Celebrity Status
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Great article that shows how the right online resource can help you go from "0" to "profitable."  Find the right platform for your company.

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GoDaddy and Spree Commerce Partner for Launch of GoDaddy Online Store | Business Wire

GoDaddy and Spree Commerce Partner for Launch of GoDaddy Online Store | Business Wire | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, and Spree Commerce, the company powering the technology behind t
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EXCITING news for small businesses launching into ecommerce.

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5 of the best mobile online billing software apps for business owners on the go

5 of the best mobile online billing software apps for business owners on the go | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
You don't leave your office without your smartphone or tablet with you. Take advantage of the power of your mobile device to increase your productivity.
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Mobile apps will make your life so much easier.  This is a great article that shows you how to track your billable hours and create invoices on the go.

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4 Signs Your Small Business Is Ready To Sell Online

4 Signs Your Small Business Is Ready To Sell Online | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
If you run a successful small brick and mortar business and feel ready to expand and grow, you may be tempted to jump on the bandwagon and start your online store. However, is it the right time for your offline shop to open online? Here are 4 telltale signs your [...]
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Angela Heath's curator insight, October 4, 4:29 PM

This article includes insights for brick and mortar business to use when transitioning to online.  However, the truth is all businesses should be online.  A brick and mortar stores should start its online presence from the very start.  I recommend social media to build a loyal fan base. As soon as the company can support the additional expenses, e-commerce should follow.

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Launching An Online Business Overseas

Launching An Online Business Overseas | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
One of the benefits the Internet has unlocked is the ability to expand into new markets. Here are four tips to help you achieve International success.
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The web has opened the possibility of international business to small companies.  This is an introductory piece for solo-preneurs and small business.  Not very deep but provides good  broad strokes.

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How to Make Your Business Blog Shine

How to Make Your Business Blog Shine | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

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A blog is a great strategy for any type of business you have.  It's a way to keep your content fresh and continually engage your followers.

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Top Ten Financial Tips For Baby Boomers | Great Tips to Succeed in Business

Top Ten Financial Tips For Baby Boomers | Great Tips to Succeed in Business | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
What steps can you take now to make sure you’re financially ready for retirement? Here are ten tips that put you on the path to secure living in your golden years.
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Great tips about taking charge of your money.  Good information.

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Would you check your health status as often as you check Facebook?

Would you check your health status as often as you check Facebook? | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
When Star Cunningham was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 16, she wondered why doctors insisted on treating her illness — which affects the digestive system — with oral medication she had to digest.
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Health technology is a wide open business opportunity.  This start up may be on the right track.

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Free Small Business Resources

Free Small Business Resources | baby boomer entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A collection of free resources for small business owners. (Free #smallbusiness resources on #Pinterest http://t.co/2HYqB5jdEx)
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9 Apps Every Baby Boomer Should Know

9 Apps Every Baby Boomer Should Know


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Angela Heath's curator insight, June 1, 11:45 PM

Let's get some of this wonderful apps.  Who said Boomers were late adapters?