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Do You Really Need Business Insurance?

Running a small business can be both exhilarating and daunting. And no matter what size your company may be, the risks feel great simply because it’s your money, time and reputation on the line every day. That’s why having the right type of business insurance (with the appropriate coverage) is a critical way to alleviate your risk should something unexpected happen. Here are answers to two common business insurance questions asked by small business owners: Is There Insurance Specifically Designed For Small Businesses? Most small business owners choose to open… Read More >

Aug. 14 2020 | Posted in Business, Managing Your Business

Protect Yourself From COVID-19 Fraud

As COVID-19 continues to impact the U.S., there has also been an alarming increase in fraudulent activity related to the pandemic. As of June 2020, the FTC reported receiving more than 103,000 fraud complaints due to COVID-19, totaling $68.11 million in total fraud loss. To help you safeguard your money, we’ve highlighted five scams and how to avoid them:  Scam #1: Expedited Stimulus Checks The IRS began distributing economic impact stimulus checks on April 13 through direct deposit, on April 24 by mail, and they will continue distribution through September… Read More >

Aug. 13 2020 | Posted in Fraud & Security, Safety & Security

Four Ways to Build Wealth Using a Budget

Budgets are one of the best ways to manage your money. Yet, many don’t like to take the time to put a budget together. And once they create one, they find it challenging to stay within it. But did you know that creating and maintaining a reasonable budget can help you build wealth? Here are four ways to build your wealth using a budget: #1: Create Realistic Goals That Focus on Your Desired Future. Before you begin to build your budget, you must define how your future looks. For example,… Read More >

Seven Steps to Create a Tranquil Work Environment

During this time of uncertainty, your home is your sanctuary – and it may also be where you run your business. Whether you’re at home or your office, what steps can you take to create a more peaceful, stress-free environment? Create a space to relax. We’re not talking about an employee lounge, but a calm area where you or your employees can go to decompress. Play soft music, add a comfy chair or sofa and keep the lights dim. If you’re working from home, your dedicated “relaxation” room can be… Read More >

May. 26 2020 | Posted in Business, Managing Your Business

Five Easy Ways to Manage Your Business Remotely

More and more Americans are managing their businesses remotely – whether from home or while traveling. And more recently, it’s been the way many companies have stayed relevant during mandated stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders. If you’ve just started managing your business remotely, or you’re ready to take the plunge on a more consistent basis, consider these five critical tips for ultimate success. Tip #1: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Communication is an essential element of managing your business remotely – and you can never do too much of it. The more you… Read More >

What are Your Business Lending Options?

Whether you’ve been in business for a few months or many years, access to funds is vital for your growth and sustainability. To that end, you may need to get a loan to help. But, which type of loan is the best fit for your business? To answer this question, take a look at your lending options to determine how they fit into your financial plan. Consider how much cash you need, how quickly you can repay your loan, and whether you can provide collateral.  Here are five common types… Read More >

How to Build a High-Performance Team

The success of your team is critical to the overall survival of your business. Sure, you can achieve goals here and there with some dysfunction on your team, but if you want to accomplish your vision (and beyond), you must create a high-performing team. Managing successful, high-performing teams requires diplomacy, skill and genuine care for each employee at your company. Follow these tips to help you get started: Resolve Conflict Quickly. Whenever you have more than one person working together, there’s going to be conflict – it’s just how life… Read More >

Apr. 20 2020 | Posted in Business, Managing Your Business

Seven Ways to Maximize Your Website’s Customer Experience

Is your website attracting the customers you want? Are you generating leads regularly and turning those leads into sales? With thousands and thousands of websites vying for your customers’ business, how can you make sure the right people notice your site at the right time? Take a look at these helpful tips: Tip #1: Your Website Should Look Professional. As the saying goes, you can only make a first impression once. Take care that your website is making the impression you want. Does it represent your brand the way you… Read More >

Apr. 20 2020 | Posted in Business, Managing Your Business

Fraud Alert: What You Need to Know

Criminals Take Advantage of Every Situation and Our Health Crisis is No Exception. Recently, the cybercriminal group, FIN7, known for targeting US businesses through phishing emails, deployed an additional tactic of mailing USB devices via the United States Postal Service (USPS). The mailed packages sometimes include items like teddy bears or gift cards to employees of target companies working in the Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT), or Executive Management (EM) roles. The enclosed USB device is a commercially available tool known as a “BadUSB” or “Bad Beetle USB” device…. Read More >

Protect Your Business from Cybersecurity Threats

Just because you own a small business doesn’t mean you’re immune to a cyberattack. No matter the size of your company, if you conduct any business online, you’re at risk of an attack. However, there are many things you can do to protect your business and customer data.   Train employees on security practices and policies. Your employees should know and understand your company’s Internet use guidelines, penalties for violating company cybersecurity policies, and how to handle and protect customer information and other vital data.   Keep your computers clean…. Read More >

Mar. 9 2020 | Posted in Business, Fraud & Security