WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Google Announces One Year Work From Home Policy (Episode 90)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses Google’s announcement that it will keep its employees working from home for at least the next year, until July of 2021. While Google is the first major U.S. corporation to announce such a long-term plan, it certainly will not be the last. Tune in …

5 Ways to Cut Business Expenses During COVID-19 to Remain Focused on Long-Term Growth

As entrepreneurs continue to navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19, many are focused on increasing sales; however, lowering expenses is equally as important when trying to achieve or maintain profitability. Now is the time to tighten spending and prioritize necessary expenses in order to remain focused on long-term revenue and profit …

Which business entity is best for an ecommerce company?

Disclaimer: This content should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation. Consumers spent $601.75 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2019, up 14.9% from the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. With …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: San Francisco-Based Density Raises $51 Million (Episode 91)

Are you wondering whether or not investors are investing in startups during the COVID-19 crisis? On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares how firms like Detroit’s own Ludlow Ventures continue to invest in startups. San Francisco-based Density, a company that makes sensors to monitor the number of people entering and …

How to set up an international WooCommerce store: 5 steps for success

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from our friends at Weglot. Taking your WooCommerce store international can open you up to a huge potential customer base that’s interested in purchasing your products or services. If your offerings are familiar and have appeal across different countries then the benefits …

Inside Michigan Business: Quicken Loans IPO

Inside Michigan Business is a new podcast co-hosted by veteran journalists John Gallagher and Jack Lessenberry. Through conversations with their guests, they explore a range of pressing issues for Michigan including entrepreneurialism, innovation, trade and technology. On today’s episode, John and Jack explore the Quicken Loans IPO with featured guests, discussing the basics of the …

Think Your Startup Doesn’t Need a Business Continuity Plan? Think Again

The full-scale transition to remote work has created countless challenges for businesses of all sizes across the globe, from managing disparate teams to ensuring employees have the tools needed to continue work from afar. No business has been immune. After weeks, and now months, of navigating what some have called …

2020 Oregon Road Trip

Hey everyone, we’re back from our Oregon road trip. Actually, it was 2 short road trips with a break at home. It was really nice to get out of town for a few days. This summer is surreal. Like many people, we have been stuck at home since March. My …

15 Business Leaders Share Their Experiences and Insights on Getting Through COVID-19

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has set the economic tone for 2020. The pandemic has hit investor and customer confidence, forced teams across the world into their homes, and caused many businesses to close down entirely. And, although future regulations in countless countries are yet to be known as governments …

Starting a Business with a Partner? Here’s What You Need to Know

Opportunities to start a business can happen at any time, even during a pandemic. Amid COVID-19, many individuals spent their time in quarantine practicing a side hobby or developing a new offering that meets the needs of their target audience. As more people lean into entrepreneurship, some have decided not …

Do All of the Projects in Your Portfolio Look the Same? That’s OK.

All creative professionals can benefit from having an online portfolio. They’re great for attracting new clients and can even provide a trip down memory lane – letting you reminisce about what you’ve learned over time. Still, it’s possible to obsess over a portfolio a little too much. For example, adding …

What You Need to Know About Taxes for Your E-Commerce Side Hustle

E-commerce sales have been on the rise in the U.S. over the past couple of months due to the realities of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a new SpendingPulse report from Mastercard, U.S. online retail sales jumped by 92.7 percent in May and consumers spent more than $53 billion via …

How to Host Static Sites for Free with an Automated Pipeline

Did you know that you can host static sites for free on a number of high-grade services? This doesn’t just save money, but also means you’re deploying to globally distributed CDNs and automating processes. Provided: Netlify In a previous article, we reviewed 100 Jamstack tools, APIs and services to power …

How micro-businesses have blunted the economic impact of COVID-19

Digital businesses  — from part-time side hustles selling homemade jewelry to local restaurants that started fulfilling orders online during the pandemic — have helped U.S. communities weather the economic storm caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Orders placed on such websites almost doubled between January and April, as stay-at-home edicts caused …

How to Grow Your Business Podcast: Episode 12

Join DBusiness editor, RJ King, each week as he explores the top Detroit business stories of the week, dives deep into business topics, and interviews influential newsmakers in the “How to Grow Your Business” podcast. Brainstorming with Josh Linkner and Health Care with David Farbman This week’s guests are Josh Linkner, Detroit …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: TCF Bank Announces $1 Billion Loan Program (Episode 89)

Yesterday afternoon, TCF Bank unveiled its $1 billion loan commitment for minority- and women-owned small businesses. This announcement comes just a few months after the company pledged to take a stand in order to fight racism and social injustice. With this initiative, TCF is delivering on its promise, as these …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: TCF Bank Announces $1 Billion Loan Program (Episode 89)

Yesterday afternoon, TCF Bank unveiled its $1 billion loan commitment for minority- and women-owned small businesses. This announcement comes just a few months after the company pledged to take a stand in order to fight racism and social injustice. With this initiative, TCF is delivering on its promise, as these …

What If You Have No Grit?

If you are a parent, you probably heard about “grit.” Grit is the ability to keep going when things get tough. Studies have shown that grit is a huge factor in succeeding in life. Today, grit has replaced self-esteem as the primary desirable character trait. Having self-esteem is good, but …

3 Core Objectives to Help You Lead Your Startup Through the Pandemic

Navigating through a global pandemic is something that no entrepreneur can prepare themselves for. Past experiences and successes go out the window once uncertainty hits and we are forced to make quick, unprecedented and ultimately risky decisions. As a founder and CEO myself, production of our flagship device was just …

How to improve your international SEO and grow search traffic

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from our friends at Weglot. International SEO is the practice of translating your original site content into different (often multiple) languages and optimizing it for SEO to bring in targeted search traffic. By optimizing your site content for international SEO, you can …

Accelerate All You Do with Dell’s Quarterly Business Sale

Accelerate all you do with Dell Technologies during the Quarterly Business Sale, running Wednesday, July 22 through Monday, Aug. 3. To access your exclusive 10 percent StartupNation savings, visit www.Dell.com/StartupNation or call 800-757-8442 to speak with a Small Business Advisor today! Steps for Saving Visit www.Dell.com/StartupNation Click “Get Coupon” Receive …

How to positively handle negative social media comments

Negative social media comments and reviews are sometimes amusing, but they can pose major problems for businesses. Many studies have explored the impact of online reviews on consumer behavior, and the general consensus is that: The majority of consumers read (and care about) online reviews. The majority of consumers pay …

Brand Advocacy: Can Brands Drive Social Movements?

The following excerpt is adapted from “Brands on a Mission.” Dr. Myriam Sidibe, author of “Brands on A Mission,” is one of the world’s leading experts on how brands can meaningfully adopt social causes to create lasting, transformative change. The strongest brands stand for something bigger than the products they …

How Startups Can Leverage SEO on a Budget During an Economic Downturn

One of the fondest memories of my career path began with watching ABC’s “The Bachelor” with my wife. I remember when contestant Andy Baldwin was named the next Bachelor. When I looked him up, I surprisingly found little information about him. That night, I spent two or three hours cataloging …

5 Tips for Creating a Customer Communication Strategy During the Pandemic

With companies worldwide striving to return to “business as usual,” experts claim that marketing will be an essential part of recovery. But, as we know, the crisis has and continues to affect some industries far more than others. Businesses deemed “essential” are struggling to meet demand, while 65 percent of retailers …

How to Grow Your Business Podcast: Episode 11

Join DBusiness editor, RJ King, each week as he explores the top Detroit business stories of the week, dives deep into business topics, and interviews influential newsmakers in the “How to Grow Your Business” podcast. Business Turnarounds and How to Prevent Hackers This week’s guests are Jessica Dore, principal of Rehmann in …

Announcing the improved Domain Investor app and Bulk Search experiences

The wait is over. You can now take advantage of a faster, more modern Bulk Search tool and purchase aftermarket domains directly from the GoDaddy Investor App. First, our Domain Investor app. Now, whenever or wherever you are, you can take full advantage of GoDaddy’s Domain Auctions, giving you access …

Expand your company’s global reach by using country-specific domain names

If you’re an entrepreneur with an online business, you know there could be thousands – maybe even millions – of people in other countries who may be interested in your products or services. In this article, you’ll learn how to use country-specific domain names, giving you and your business a …

Before Applying for a Job, Audit Your Online Presence and Social Media Accounts

When you last shared a post or story on Instagram, did you consider how it might be perceived by a potential employer? If you didn’t, you might want to start in the near future. According to research done by The Manifest in April 2020, 90% of employers now factor in …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: SBA Procurement Program for Women-Owned Businesses (Episode 88)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares recent Small Business Administration (SBA) news announcing a certification program that helps ensure that women-owned businesses are competing on a more level playing field with other companies applying for the same contracts. The certification requirement applies only to those businesses wishing to …

Build it or Buy It: StartupNation Radio feat. Coretek Services and Metro Signs

This episode of StartupNation Radio is brought to you by Pappas Financial  On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by frequent co-host, Norm Pappas, president and CEO of Pappas Financial. Together, they interview Ron Lisch and Paul Deters. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more …

Face Mask = Car Insurance

I’m back from our short road trip to central Oregon. We had a great trip and spent most of our time outdoors. The only time we spent indoors was at our small hotel/B&B. Unfortunately, the owner was lax about the face mask. He didn’t wear his mask consistently and didn’t …

Why a Certified B Corporation is the Secret to a Sustainable Business

In 2019, the Business Roundtable issued an open letter called “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation,” in which 181 CEOs signed the letter, stating that they pledged to lead their companies to the benefit of all stakeholders. Who makes up all stakeholders? This group compromises more than just a …

The SSL guide

You’ve registered the perfect domain name and are getting close to publishing your new website. Your product list, blog or new venture is coming together nicely, and your website looks superb. But something’s missing. You may recall the term ‘SSL’ from previous conversations and research. Here’s everything you need to …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Ellis Island Tea (Episode 87)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares an entrepreneurial success story taking place right here in Detroit: that of Ellis Island Tea, led by owner and founder, Nailah Ellis-Brown. Earlier this week, Nailah received a major investment from comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, who’s partnered with her company and …

How to Leverage Customer Insights to Drive New Customer Acquisition Strategy

At its core, leveraging customer insights lets your business look into the hearts and minds of current and potential buyers. Tapping into customer insights offers a way to take the pulse of your target audience, and if used properly, these insights can help smooth the customer journey, increase sales and …

Boost Your E-Commerce Presence Now to Prepare for a Possible Second Wave of COVID-19

Epidemiologists are predicting a fall resurgence of COVID-19, which could lead to another shutdown, reports Yahoo Finance. Businesses should prepare now for a possible second wave of the virus by investing in an e-commerce strategy, which could become their business’ lifeline. It doesn’t take long to create a functioning e-commerce …

The Importance of Upskilling in the Healthcare Industry

The state of the country’s healthcare system is constantly changing. With the population continuing to grow, it’s presenting new challenges for healthcare professionals. Not only is the volume of patients needing care increasing, but the ailments and healthcare conditions are becoming more diverse. To adequately meet the demands of this …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Convenience is Key Driver of E-Commerce Sales (Episode 85)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses a study just released by Avionos, Who Wins Where, which provides lessons and insights for e-commerce brands. The study reports that the COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated changes in online shopping that are not only surprising, but also favorable to online merchants. Here’s a …

5 Steps for Bringing Cybersecurity to the Forefront of Your Company

The pandemic has caused the “normal” course of businesses across all industries to shift, with many companies working from home and now remotely accessing corporate networks and data. And with it, many companies are now making their precious data available remotely. Unlike the way we work, the world of cybercrime …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Detroit’s Own StockX is Booming (Episode 86)

On today’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares the exciting news (initially reported in DBusiness magazine) that Detroit’s own StockX is booming, despite most brands taking a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. StockX launched in 2016 and offers users the opportunity to buy and sell goods like sneakers, apparel, accessories and collectibles on …

Never Forget a TODO Comment with tickgit, Your Repo’s Project Manager

tickgit is a command-line tool and web application that helps developers do project management in their code, through the use of TODO comments and other plain-text markers. It’s a low-overhead way of managing your backlog without switching contexts. tickgit scans source code for TODO markers (and HACK, FIXME, XXX, etc.) …

How to Create Valuable Content That Rises Above the Noise During a Crisis

How many times over the past few months have you been told that you must weather the storm of this unprecedented crisis? Business leaders from across sectors have been flooding to online outlets to offer their tips on how to get through the coronavirus crisis, adapt to changing circumstances, and …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Brand Finance 2020 Report on the Most Valuable and Strongest Media Brands (Episode 84)

We’re back with another episode of the WJR Business Beat, and this morning, Jeff is sharing details from the recently released Brand Finance Media 25 2020 Report. Facebook has just been named the world’s most valuable media brand, according to the report, with a brand value of $79.8 billion. Other notable media …

How to Grow Your Business Podcast: Episode 10

Join DBusiness editor, RJ King, each week as he explores the top Detroit business stories of the week, dives deep into business topics, and interviews influential newsmakers in the “How to Grow Your Business” podcast. Navigating Commercial Architecture and Italian Hospitality This week’s guests are Michael Poris, principal of McIntosh Poris Associates …

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Auto Draft By: Eva Webster| @ Article-Writing.co Posted On: July 14, 2020 Customer experience (CX) is vital to your business success. How your customer feels after purchasing your products or services is going to impact if they stay loyal customers, so it’s a given that perfecting your CX is very …

Where can U.S. female entrepreneurs find venture capital investment?

Last year, I wrote a series of articles about where female entrepreneurs can find venture capital investments across the United States. I didn’t realize it at the time since these pieces ran in February and March, but by June 2019 data was aggregating that female-founded unicorns were being established faster than …

4 Ways to Optimize Your Startup for Reliable, Data-Driven Growth

Optimizing the growth of your startup is crucial for both immediate profitability and long-term success. While tapping into the “secret formula” for lasting growth may seem like a challenge, today’s founders actually have more resources available than ever before to help drive growth.  You can achieve reliable growth by tapping …

Valentine’s Day cheat sheet: Social media ideas for restaurants and bars

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! But don’t worry: We have you covered with a last-minute checklist of social media ideas for restaurants and bars to set the mood for your customers this year. As couples plan their romantic night out, these simple tricks can help ensure they spend their …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Venture Capital (Episode 47)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares a newly released PwC report on venture capital. The report details that funding increased 14 percent between Q4 2019 and Q1 2020. But while total funding in dollars rose quarter-over-quarter, the amount of funding going into a broad array of startup companies …

5 Remote Workplace Technologies That Will Help Your Startup Communicate More Efficiently

Unless your job is considered “essential,” you’ve been parked at home throughout the pandemic. You’re not alone, as approximately 29 percent of the U.S. workforce have jobs that allow them to work from home. And recently, this means home life and work life are coexisting in new ways.  Many entrepreneurs are …

Standout tools: GoCentral Yelp Business Listing feature

Small business owners who want to be discovered in their local area know the importance of an online business presence. Consumers increasingly turn to online reviews when using the internet to research local businesses. Many trust online reviews just as much as personal recommendations. (How else do you choose a restaurant …

4 Ways to Promote Team Collaboration and Inspire Innovation Within Your Startup

What do all startups that drive growth by embracing strategic thinking, inspiring creativity and supporting talent have in common? Team collaboration. Market competition is thick. Startups that embrace inventiveness and creativity rise, and such innovation happens when leadership and teams unify in pursuit of a shared vision within a culture that …

SAHD recipe – Yakisoba

Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of the SAHD recipes. Today, I’ll share my yakisoba recipe. This is way better than the typical yakisoba at the zoo or a run of the mill teriyaki shop. However, a good Japanese restaurant can make it much better than this. You’ll have to …

Take These 5 Steps to Establish Financial Well-Being as an Entrepreneur

If you’re an entrepreneur, you probably work all of the time. That’s because you wear many of (or even all of!) the “hats” in your business. You are the CEO, the bookkeeper, the vice president of sales, the chief marketing officer, the head of manufacturing and more. Even though your …