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2016 holiday spending and what it means for your small business

If 2016 holiday spending taught us anything, it underscored a message every retailer needs to understand and act on: Sales are moving online and moving to mobile. Failing to appreciate and strategically respond to that fact will doom many retailers – from the corporate giants to the local small businesses. It is already clouding the […]

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Retailers Adjust Shipping Dates to Avoid Christmas Disappointment

If you remember last year’s Christmas Season headlines, you’ll recall that late deliveries caused a lot of embarrassment for some major retailers. They had guaranteed package deliveries in time for Christmas, but a perfect storm of natural conditions sent many of those promises to the dustheap of retail history. First, the Polar Vortex wreaked havoc […]

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Business Travel Tips for the Holiday Season

Business travel doesn’t stop during the holidays. Believe me I know. In fact, you may find yourself traveling more as you try to wrap up year-end business. Although many who don’t travel for business often think business travel is glamorous, those of us who do it on a regular basis know it’s anything but glamorous. Particularly during the holidays when the number of non-business travelers increases, traveling for business can be gruesome. Here are some tips to help you keep your holiday business traveling nightmares at bay.

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Gift Cards Could be a Holiday Boost for Your Small Business

Alright, I’ll admit it: the holidays sneaked up on me.  Enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York really put it all in perspective.  It’s December!  Like a lot of you, I’m going to be in full-on panic mode sooner than usual. Time is short and my gift-giving list is long. As small business […]

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Small Business Saturday — Was it Really All That?

According to a survey from email marketing company, Constant Contact, well over half  of small businesses who had never participated in Small Business Saturday, planned to pass again this year. Why?  There are myriad reasons small business aren’t jumping on the bandwagon.  Here’s my take. The concept of Small Business Saturday is great.  No doubt […]

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Shop With a Purpose This Holiday Season.

If you follow my blogs, you know I love shopping online.  I’m also strongly committed to giving back.  One of my primary charitable causes is the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women.  Our hallmark program is called Peace Through Business.  We educate women in Afghanistan and Rwanda on starting and building businesses.  It’s amazing […]

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