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How to Manage Your Business's High Call Volume
By Max Freedman | December 28, 2020

Not having a strategy to handle increased call volume threatens your reputation and bottom line. Here's how to handle large call volumes.

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How to Futureproof Your Niche Business During the COVID-19 Crisis
By Howard Goldstein | December 23, 2020

Forward-looking businesses, especially those within niche markets, should combine plans for weathering the current storm with plans to maintain future growth, resilience and profitability.

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What to Do if You Can't Get a Business Loan
By Chris Porteous | December 23, 2020

There are some key steps you should take if your business needs an influx of cash and you can't get a loan.

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What Is Agile Project Management in Business?
By Max Freedman | December 23, 2020

While adding more steps, the agile project management model can help you provide a more transparent collaborative process.

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What It Takes to Succeed in a Business Partnership
By Deborah Sweeney | December 22, 2020

Keep these things in mind before entering a business partnership.

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Which Call Centers Are Based in the U.S.?
By Jennifer Post | December 21, 2020

A U.S.-based call center offers certain advantages over nearshore and offshore call centers. Here's what you should know about hiring a domestic call center.

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How Sus Hi Eatstation Increased Sales During COVID-19
By Skye Schooley | December 21, 2020

Learn how the owners of this sushi restaurant flipped their business model upside down and implemented new technology to increase sales during the pandemic.

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How Pastene Used Its Business Relationships to Grow in 2020
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 21, 2020

In our interview with Pastene president Mark Tosi, learn about the changes that this small Italian foods business made during the pandemic that allowed it to experience record growth.

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What We Learned in 2020: Businesses That Did Well and Why
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 21, 2020

Despite the economic difficulties brought on by COVID-19, some small businesses thrived in 2020. Here's what it took for them to be successful.

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How Fresh n' Lean Adapted to Keep Employees and Consumers Safe
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

Deemed an essential service early in the pandemic, Fresh n' Lean adapted by increasing its already-stringent quality control and employee safety.

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How Partnering With a Viral Success Changed the Game for Dual Wield Studio
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

The overnight success of Innersloth's Among Us game quickly extended to its business partners, spurring growth for its merchandiser, Dual Wield Studio.

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Quick to Spot Opportunities, Cratejoy Saw Sales Surge in 2020
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 21, 2020

Thanks to its outreach efforts and ability to pivot quickly, online subscription box marketplace Cratejoy has seen demand surge during the pandemic.

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2021 SaaS Predictions: 3 Trends to Watch
By Aaron Senneff | December 18, 2020

SaaS trends shaped by the pandemic in 2021 include rising market demand, increasing opportunity for vertical SaaS solutions, and emerging operational challenges for SaaS companies.

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Types of Fast Business Loans
By Max Freedman | December 18, 2020

When your business needs a quick infusion of cash, what are your options? Learn about the different types of fast business loans and what you need to apply for them.

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How Do HIPAA Laws Impact Employers (and HIPAA Compliance Checklist)?
By Adam Uzialko | December 18, 2020

When does HIPAA apply to employers, and how should they ensure compliance? This guide answers common employer questions about HIPAA obligations.

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5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Stay Ahead of the Game
By John DeSimone | December 17, 2020

With so many opportunities to accelerate personal and financial gains, entrepreneurs must continually sharpen their skills to prove to customers (and clients) that they are the best in the business.

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Debt vs. Equity Financing
By Max Freedman | December 17, 2020

Debt and equity financing are two sources of capital you can consider when raising money for your startup.

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How to Pass Your Business Down Generations
By Chris Porteous | December 16, 2020

Here's how a business owner can pass the company down to younger family members, along with the stipulations and potential pitfalls of these methods.

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Keep Control of Your Business During a Pandemic With a Solid Plan
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | December 15, 2020

Postponing the annual planning process until the pandemic ends could mean the end of your business. It's harder to plan during a pandemic, but it's more important than ever.

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How the EEOC Impacts Small Businesses
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Learn what the EEOC protects so your small business can maintain compliance.

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Business.com's Best of the Best Awards for 2020
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 15, 2020

These are the essential tools we chose as the best of the best for small businesses in 2020.

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Technology Bizzy for 2020: Zoom, Video Conferencing
By Andrew Martins | December 15, 2020

Zoom is our choice as the best technology product in 2020.

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HR Bizzy for 2020: Hubstaff, Employee Monitoring
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Hubstaff is our choice as the best of the best software for managing human resources in 2020.

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Marketing Bizzy for 2020: Constant Contact, Email Marketing Services
By Kiely Kuligowski | December 15, 2020

Constant Contact is the winner for the 2020 Marketing Bizzy award. Here's why we feel it deserves the honor.

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Finance Bizzy for 2020: Helcim, Credit Card Processing
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 15, 2020

Helcim is our choice as the best of the best financial solution for accepting payments in 2020.