National Small Business Week
It’s national small business week, and as a member of this large community that we call small business I would just like to say hooray!
If you are still here and reading this then it means that you are committed to your success, you work hard…and you deserve a huge congratulations. So in this weeks post I am sharing some really great resources, as well as a few words of inspiration.
I am a true believer that the small business community is what makes this country so awesome. Personally, I do my best to shop local, and stay away from franchises so that more money stays in my community. I love to hear the successes and share in our failures as well. I think it brings us all closer together.
So enough with my ranting. Onto the resources! First I want to share this infographic from Entrepreneur. It takes a hard look at the truth behind being a small business owner. The infographic discusses the roles and responsibilities of the small business owners, as well as struggles and benefits.
Since it is National small Business Week the SBA is holding several webinars throughout the week. Looks like some good stuff, I know I’ll be in on a couple of them. I always like to keep learning.
Tuesday, May 5th 3:00-4:00 PM Eastern
What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Liability for Counterfeit Fraud on Chip Card Accounts
So this session is based on the new chip that is being enacted on both credit cards and bank cards throughout the US. These chips have been popular to increase security for card holders in Canada for quite some time. I am interested to see how it will impact businesses who take cards over the phone (which is what we do). It would totally change the dynamic of our sales process if we are unable to take payment over the phone.
Wednesday, May 6 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time
Voluntary Benefits: Not Just For the Big Guys
Obama Care is in effect and it has helped millions get insurance. A business with less than 50 full-time employees need not offer insurance. As a small business owner, it can be hard to offer benefits. Learn how voluntary benefits can help your company and increase employee retention.
Thursday, May 7 2:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time
Online Payments as a Trigger for Small Business Growth
I am curious to see how this one plays out. We discontinued our online booking years ago, and then reinstated it again for a period of 30 days or so to test out a new system. We find that customer engagement dropped, and so did our recurring bookings. Perhaps there is something new on the horizon?
And to wrap it up I want to let you know about this opportunity I can across for an awesome grant: Mission Main Street. Chase bank’s initiative Mission Main Street are gearing up offer a $100,000 grant to 20 small business recipients. The basics are that you have been in business for at least 2 years and have less than 50 employees. You must also be in the US, and not a franchise. The deadline is June 5th but you should enter to win asap, as you need to gather 250 votes to make it to the preliminary round.
I plan on entering for The Boardwalk Cleaning Co., and I encourage each and every one of you to enter as well. Share your entry in the comments below and I will vote for you….as well as share it on my social media accounts. If nothing else it is a great opportunity to build some backlinks, and get some exposure on social media if in the end we are awarded the grant, even better.