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Your Guide to COVID-19 Business Resources

We at business.com pledge to keep you as informed as possible on developments on the outbreak, in addition to offering you tools and suggestions to help you weather this unexpected downturn.

Latest in SMB News: Advice, Tips and Resources

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6 Email Marketing Trends in 2021
By Rohit Prasanna | February 01, 2021

Follow these tips and predictions to step up your email marketing in 2021.

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How to Create a Remote Help Desk for Your Business
By Skye Schooley | February 01, 2021

Follow this six-step process to create an effective remote help desk for your business.

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How to Apply for a Business Credit Card if You Have Bad Credit
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 01, 2021

Qualifying for a business credit card if you have bad credit is difficult but not impossible. You may have to start with a secured card.

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The Benefits of Working With the SBA
By Donna Fuscaldo | February 01, 2021

From access to capital to education and counseling, the Small Business Administration has a lot to offer small business owners.

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15 Instagram Marketing Tips for Business
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 28, 2021

Check out these tips to drive your Instagram marketing strategy toward better engagement and higher ROI.

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Support Employees' Child Care Needs With a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
By Jane Genova | January 27, 2021

Dependent care FSAs are a benefit many employees find appealing, and it could help your company attract top candidates.

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Remote Work Best Practices (Plus Sample Policy)
By Marisa Sanfilippo | January 26, 2021

With so many businesses now having employees work from home, it is vital to have a well-thought-out plan that fosters this new working environment.

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19 Tips to Avoid a Tax Audit of Your Small Business Return
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

Getting audited by the IRS can be a stressful and, ultimately, costly event. To help avoid that scenario, we've collected 19 tips to avoid being targeted by the IRS.

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The Post-PPP Tax Realities You Should Know
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

If your business received money through the Paycheck Protection Program, your tax situation for 2020 will be different from previous years.

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The Impact of COVID-19 and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on the Business World
By Nicole Fallon | January 22, 2021

With his experience and passion, Agapito "Aga" Morgan is uniquely poised to lead KeyBank's Commercial Banking Healthcare Team and serve as the co-chair of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

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10 Ways Businesses Can Put Downtime to Good Use
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | January 21, 2021

When business is slow, downtime can be wasted or harvested as an opportunity. Turn boredom into innovation, creativity and problem-solving.

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Can Employers Require Employees to Get the COVID Vaccine?
By Skye Schooley | January 21, 2021

Learn the legal ins and outs of requiring your employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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How to Decide if a Permanent WFH Model Makes Sense for your Business
By Chris Porteous | January 20, 2021

COVID-19 forced businesses to embrace working from home, whether they were ready or not. Now businesses have to consider extending those policies permanently.

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Insider Attacks and How to Prevent Them
By Andrew Martins | January 20, 2021

While most cybersecurity threats come from outside your company, internal issues can cause major breaches as well.

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7 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Business (With Case Studies)
By Wesley Cherisien | January 19, 2021

What should a small business do when facing a recession? Here are some practical ways to recession-proof your business.

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Small Business Optimism Sinks as COVID-19 Rages, New President Takes Office
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 19, 2021

Small business owners are pessimistic about the coming months, but there are reasons to be optimistic over the longer term.

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How to Manage an Employee Leave of Absence
By Alison Grillo | January 19, 2021

Employers must understand what their obligations are for providing employees a leave of absence.

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How to Lower Your Credit Card Processing Fees
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 19, 2021

Are you paying too much for credit card processing? Find out how you can reduce the amount you pay for transactions.

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9 Money-Saving Ideas for Your Newly Funded Business
By Howard Goldstein | January 18, 2021

These money-saving tips will help your small business run efficiently and profitably.

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PPP Round 2: How Much, and How to Have It Forgiven
By Eric Leopardi | January 18, 2021

The Paycheck Protection Program is open for a new round of funding. See if you qualify, how to apply for forgiveness, and what you can use the loan to cover.

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How Business Bootstrapping Works
By Donna Fuscaldo | January 18, 2021

Don't want to take on debt or give up control of your new business? Here's how to bootstrap your enterprise instead.

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Why Your Small Business Needs Cybersecurity Software
By Max Freedman | January 14, 2021

Cybersecurity software can help you protect your business from hackers and cyberthreats, many of which could result in irreparable damage.

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17 Creative Ways to Bring Company Leaders Together for Productive Conversation
By Scott Gerber | January 14, 2021

Seventeen members of YEC share effective tactics for gathering together leaders that lead to effective strategizing and team building.

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5 Ways Small Tech Companies Can Thrive During COVID-19
By Mehdi Khalvati | January 12, 2021

With a few sales and marketing strategies, such as reframing your product and focusing on SEO, your small tech company can thrive during COVID-19.

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Why In-Location Experiences Matter More Than Ever
By Bobby Marhamat | January 12, 2021

To survive and thrive in the future, businesses will need to make in-location experiences a priority.

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Working From Home: 10 Tips to Improve Work-Life Balance
By Jake Eisenberg | January 12, 2021

Exclusively working from home can feel as if the line between work and life is virtually nonexistent. These 10 tips will help you strike a good balance.

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Your Guide to Marketing in 2021
By Mark Lamplugh | January 11, 2021

With everything 2020 threw at us, small businesses can apply those lessons to their marketing strategy in 2021.

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The Pandemic Recession Calls for a Whole New Collections Playbook
By Sachin Goyal | January 07, 2021

The pandemic has led to an escalating debt crisis, with businesses facing mountains of late or unpaid invoices. You need to be tactful in how you collect late customer payments, however.

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Domestic and Global Economic Recovery in 2021 Depends on the Course of COVID-19
By Nicole Fallon | January 06, 2021

KeyBank's Q4 Economic Outlook Report explores the prospect of economic recovery in 2021 and how the pandemic will influence consumer spending, business performance, and global growth.

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The Four Rules of Successful Virtual Recruiting
By Joanna Swash | January 06, 2021

As businesses adapt to the new normal, recruiting safely and effectively to expand and grow is essential.