Archive of Business Articles – Chris Crum
  • SBA Implements Rules to Address Persistent Capital Access Gaps
    Small business owners in underserved communities will have better access to capital through new rules recently implemented by the Small Business Administration.... more
  • SBA Study Looks at Small Business Exporters
    According to a government report, the impact of small business exporters is higher than previously thought, as is the opportunity to grow and diversify their revenue through trade.... more
  • Instagram Introduces New Ad Products for Businesses
    Businesses will have two more ways to get discovered and form “meaningful connections” with Instagram’s new ads in search results and Reminder Ads.... more
  • NFIB: Inflation Still Top Business Problem
    The Small Business Optimism Index finds inflation still the chief concern, along with finding qualified workers for job openings and inventory increases.... more
  • ADP and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Survey Looks...
    A recent survey of women-owned small businesses finds their biggest concerns are affording payroll and employee benefits, hiring difficulties, and lack of technology.... more
  • TikTok Launches TikTok Academy to Help Businesses Better Utilize the Platform
    The 101 Course and the Small Business Course are the first two curriculums in Tik Tok’s new Academy, designed to help educate businesses about the platform.... more
  • NFIB Survey Looks at How COVID Continues to Impact Small Businesses
    Small businesses have resorted to increasing prices in order to offset higher wages caused by staffing shortages from the Pandemic, according to a recent NFIB survey.... more
  • CNBC Report: FBI Worried About Cyber Crimes Targeting Small Businesses
    Despite survey results showing concern among businesses unchanged, recent reports from the FBI confirm a huge increase in cyberattacks on small and medium-sized businesses.... more
  • Yelp Update Helps Service Businesses Manage and Generate Leads
    Improvements to Projects in the Yelp app will help consumers better manage their projects, while allowing businesses to generate leads through a redesigned message inbox center.... more
  • TikTok Launches Audience Insights to Help Advertisers Better Understand Their Audiences
    With TikTok’s new Audience Insights, businesses can learn user interests, behaviors, and demographics, to help maximize advertising results.... more
  • J.D. Power Survey: Small Business Owners Seek Advice from Banks in...
    Classified as financially unhealthy in a recent survey, the majority of small businesses want to reach out to banks not just for loans and credit but also for business advice.... more
  • Small Businesses Get New Facebook Pages Experience
    Facebook introduces easier navigation between personal profiles and business pages and a more streamlined layout with its new access to Facebook Pages for small businesses.... more
  • NFIB: Worker Shortage Still a Top Issue for Small Businesses
    Despite increased sales opportunities, many small businesses report few or no applicants for new employment openings, and a continued negative impact on business operations.... more
  • SkyQuest Survey: Spending on Social Media Management Increased By 27% in...
    With the increased emphasis on social media marketing, a recent survey shows small businesses are also increasing their spending on social media management.... more
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: In-Store Theft Worsening
    Small retail businesses are seeing an increase in theft, adding to consumer prices already impacted by inflation, according to a recent poll by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.... more
  • Alignable Survey Looks at Record-Breaking Rent Issues for Small Businesses
    Small business owners, especially minority owners, are experiencing the highest percentage of rent delinquencies across all industries since the middle of the pandemic.... more
  • Meta Launches Boost Small Business Studios
    Facebook’ s parent announces new resources to assist small businesses, including virtual and in-person training, photography workshops, and video creation support.... more
  • SCORE Small Business Mentors Launch Rural Entrepreneurs Resource Hub
    Personalized support for rural small business entrepreneurs, including mentoring, webinars, and a Small Business Resilience Hub, are new offerings from Score.... more
  • Meta (Facebook) Announces Improvements to Personalized Support for Small Businesses
    Meta announces an expanded business support program with its new Meta Pro Team, designed to provide marketing, technical, and other support for eligible small businesses.... more
  • Yelp Highlights Updates to Yelp for Business
    With its new Request a Call feature, contactless payment options, updates to Yelp Connect, and eco-friendly options, Yelp continues to help businesses improve customer service.... more
  • CNBC | SurveyMonkey: US Small Businesses Not Ready for Cyberattack
    Despite the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, a survey shows small businesses are more concerned with inflation and labor shortages than with cybersecurity threats.... more
  • Meta Introduces New Ads and Messaging Tools for Small Businesses
    Meta announces new features for its Meta Business Suite, along with easier ways to create ads that start a WhatsApp chat, and new lead generation and customer acquisition tools.... more
  • Instagram New Features Make It Easier for Businesses to Make Their...
    Instagram continues to add new features to support small businesses, including letting users advertise a product to their friends and family by adding product tags to their posts.... more
  • NEXT Insurance Survey Looks at Frustrations of Small Business Owners
    Small business owners are frustrated about increased costs, supply chain issues, and employee hiring and retention, while also working longer hours and taking salary cuts.... more
  • SBA Expands Pilot Program Targeting Access to Capital for Underserved Entrepreneurs
    The SBA extended its pilot Community Advantage loan program, increased the maximum loan size, lifted the lender moratorium, and simplified requirements for borrowers and lenders.... more
  • SBA Women’s Business Center Network Expanded to All 50 States
    Emphasizing its commitment to create funding opportunities that increase equity for small business owners, the SBA announces a new Women’s Business Center in Anchorage.... more
  • Facebook Messenger Gets Split Payments Feature, Vanish Mode
    Facebook adds new features to its Messenger App to provide for sharing of bill costs, enhanced audio controls, and increased privacy with message-disappearing capabilities.... more
  • UpCity Survey: 82% of Small Businesses Increased Outsourcing Since Beginning of...
    As remote work continues during the pandemic, companies are increasing their outsourcing of business functions, noting increased flexibility, expertise, and efficiency.... more
  • NFIB: Small Business Owners Reporting Inflation as Biggest Problem, Highest Concern...
    22% of small business owners reported that inflation was the most important business problem, according to the NFIB / Small Business Optimism Index survey.... more
  • Small Businesses Look to Digital Payments for Growth
    According to a VISA survey, the increase in online sales during the pandemic and consumers’ need for secure systems have contributed to the use of digital payments by SMBs.... more
  • JumpCloud Survey: Security Priorities Geared Toward Ongoing Remote-Hybrid Work
    A recent survey of IT professionals finds security of remote and hybrid work to be an ongoing concern during the pandemic, especially managing a remote workforce.... more
  • Forbes Finds Tech Among Top Small Business Priorities This Year
    A recent survey by Forbes shows small businesses plan to prioritize investments in technology, their customers, and their employees in the coming year.... more
  • Klear Survey: Influencer Social Media Marketing on the Rise
    Using micro-influencers in your small businesses social media marketing can help your brand authenticity, according to a recent survey, and can help you market to new demographics.... more
  • FTC Cracks Down on Fake Online Reviews by Businesses
    With the FTC’s new warnings about fake online reviews, businesses should review their policies to ensure compliance and avoid costly penalties.... more
  • Report Looks at Effects of Inflation on US Small Businesses
    Despite inflation and supply chain issues, a recent survey finds small business owners are still optimistic about increased customer spending and support for buying local.... more
  • National Association of Business Economics Survey: Nearly Half of US Businesses...
    Despite a continued shortage of skilled workers due to the Pandemic, US industries forecast an increase in GDP for the end of 2021, and continued flexibility for workers.... more
  • Businesses Can Now Connect Their WhatsApp Accounts to Instagram
    Facebook announces new ways for businesses to integrate their apps, as well as changes to video formats with Instagram Video, and modifications to pre-campaign metrics estimates.... more
  • Facebook Buys Unpaid Invoices from Small Businesses Owned by Certain Disadvantaged...
    Facebook expands its Invoice Fast Track program to assist women, minority-owned businesses, and others with cash flow, while also helping small businesses with new funding resources.... more
  • Instagram Adds Ads to Shop Tab
    With its new ad targeting capability, Instagram’s Shop will assist small businesses in increasing sales from their social media efforts.... more
  • Bankrate Survey Finds 55% of Americans in the Workforce Will Search...
    A recent survey finds that American workers are searching for higher pay in addition to the flexibility of more time off and the ability to work remotely.... more
  • Avionos Survey: Sixty-two Percent of Consumers Trust Small Businesses over Big...
    Reliability is a key factor in a recent survey showing why consumers trust small businesses over larger ones, but small businesses must work hard to earn that loyalty.... more
  • Businesses Can Use Facebook Pay for Checkout on Their Websites
    In addition to providing a shopping experience for consumers, Facebook has added Facebook Pay to help businesses increase sales with a new option for payment convenience.... more
  • America’s Small Business Development Center Creates ‘Launchpad America’ Initiative
    Hoping to ease the path for entrepreneurs, a consortium of business leaders has initiated Launchpad America, a new program to provide mentorship and resources.... more
  • Conference Board Survey: Small Businesses Facing Worker Shortage Challenges
    Despite shortages of qualified workers, a new survey confirms that the perception of high productivity with remote workforces will be a positive outcome of the pandemic.... more
  • TikTok Adds Designated Market Area Geo-Targeting for Businesses
    TikTok announces new marketing and advertising support to assist businesses in better targeting local communities and customers.... more
  • SBA Launches Community Navigator Pilot Program
    As part of the American Rescue Plan, SBA announces a new grant program aimed at small businesses owned by the economically disadvantaged, women, people of color, and veterans.... more
  • Zenreach Finds In-Store Shopping on the Rise
    Recent surveys find that consumers are increasing their in-person shopping and dining as pandemic restrictions are reduced, even though the online experience is often easier.... more