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Your Guide to COVID-19 Business Resources

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Latest in SMB News: Advice, Tips and Resources

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New Round of Paycheck Protection Program Loans Coming: What You Need to Know
By Adam Uzialko | December 30, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program has been revamped and funded under the $900 billion coronavirus stimulus bill that President Trump signed on Dec. 27.

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Does Your Store's Customer Experience Live Up to Your Marketing Promises?
By David Fletcher | December 29, 2020

As consumers, we want to be recognized and catered to, and we can always use more convenience and positive experiences – especially during a time when there's more uncertainty than usual. 

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Small Business Technology Trends for 2021
By Andrew Martins | December 29, 2020

Tech trends that can benefit small businesses include further adoption of big tech and AI, new HR-related technology, digital healthcare, and small business cybersecurity.

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5 Money-Saving Customer Support Solutions for Small Businesses
By Daria Leshchenko | December 28, 2020

Learn how to cut expenses on customer support without compromising on its quality.

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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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The Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package: How You Can Take Advantage of It
By Adam Uzialko | December 22, 2020

The second round of COVID-19 stimulus includes long-awaited support for both individuals and small businesses.

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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Protecting the Future of Small Business Employees: How Open Enrollment Can Play a Role
By Jessica Moser | December 17, 2020

How can small business owners and their employees best persevere through these unprecedented times? One potential answer: open enrollment.

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Tips to Ensure Your Business Is Ready for the 'New Normal' of Holiday Shopping
By Austin Mac Nab | December 16, 2020

This holiday season, shopping will look different. Now is the time for business owners to ensure they are prepared to accommodate the new normal.

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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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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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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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A Step-By-Step Guide to a Positive Workplace Health and Safety Culture
By Chris Porteous | December 10, 2020

Creating positive workplace health and safety outcomes requires a cultural shift that businesses can promote with the right steps and approach.

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How Small Businesses Can Budget for a Tumultuous 2021
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 10, 2020

Creating a business budget for the new year is challenging when it's not clear when the pandemic will end. Here's how to budget for an uncertain 2021.

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My Superpower Is Resilience
By Felena Hanson | December 09, 2020

One successful entrepreneur reflects on the lessons she has gleaned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Revamp Your Employee Engagement for the Remote Work Era
By Ryan Chartrand | December 07, 2020

Employee engagement in a remote setting is dramatically different from how it might look in a traditional office environment. Once you manage to rethink your approach, the benefits can be immense.

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SBA Loan Forgiveness for PPP, EIDL and 7(a) Loans
By Jason Milleisen | December 04, 2020

What are the main features of PPP and EIDL loans, and how does the forgiveness process vary for each loan type?

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How to Prepare Your Remote Team to Work Securely From Home
By Anthony Gaenzle | December 04, 2020

The pandemic thrust many businesses into remote operations before they were ready. Along with other challenges, securing the operations of remote teams has proven difficult.

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What Type of Employee Monitoring System Do You Need?
By Simone Johnson | December 03, 2020

Find out about the different types of employee monitoring tools you can use to keep your employees stay on task.

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Legal Entity Compliance During COVID-19: Year-End Considerations for Business Owners
By James Gilmer | December 03, 2020

As the pandemic pushes business operations online and across state lines, business owners and management must comply with state requirements for legal entities.

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Virtual Team-Building Activities Using Video Conference Calls
By Simone Johnson | December 02, 2020

Need ideas to boost morale for your remote team? Try one of these virtual team-building activities during your next video conference call.

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The Importance of Freelancers in 2021
By Andrew Martins | November 30, 2020

Years after the 2008 financial collapse changed the economic landscape, COVID-19 has shifted how companies see freelancers.

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10 Ways to Build Morale While Working From Home
By Daglar Cizmeci | November 25, 2020

Morale is a fundamental aspect of productivity and employee engagement. Without it, output drops, operation costs increase, and staff turnover racks up.