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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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Why Small Businesses Need to Digitize Documents
By Emily Watson | September 10, 2020

Learn about the benefits of digitizing your documents and how to do it.

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Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work
By Marisa Sanfilippo | September 09, 2020

Depending on the state you operate in, you may be required to provide paid sick leave for your employees.

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A Pathway to Reopening During COVID-19
By Matthew Loughran | September 01, 2020

Follow these steps for a safe and sustainable reopening.

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Should an Entrepreneur Act as a Registered Agent?
By Deborah Sweeney | September 01, 2020

What is a registered agent, and what do entrepreneurs need to know about acting as the point of contact between the state and their business?

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Mastering the Digital Handshake: Adapt Your Sales Pitch to Virtual Meetings
By Dr. Cindy McGovern | August 31, 2020

Selling during a virtual meeting involves different skills and more preparation than an in-person meeting.

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Distributed Workforces Are Here to Stay: How Companies Can Adapt
By Andrew Hoag | August 31, 2020

Whether you reopen your office or not, long-term changes from COVID-19 are inevitable. Listening to, engaging and empowering your employees is the key to making a remote-first culture work.

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Your Guide to Using Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers at Work
By Skye Schooley | August 27, 2020

Learn how to use non-contact infrared thermometers to check for fevers from a safe distance, keeping your employees and business safe from the coronavirus.

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How to Hire a Remote Team Member With Confidence
By Lesley Pyle | August 26, 2020

Is the prospect of hiring new team members daunting when you can't meet them in person? Follow these steps and tips to feel good about your choice.

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What Is COVID-19 Liability Protection, and How Can You Protect Your Business?.
By Andrew Martins | August 26, 2020

As businesses reopen across America, how can your company avoid COVID-19 lawsuits?

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How to Be a Great Leader From a Distance
By Lesley Pyle | August 25, 2020

Here are the best practices leaders can use to manage remote and freelance workers for the best results.

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Free Time-Tracking Apps: What You'll Get, and What You'll Be Missing
By Marisa Sanfilippo | August 25, 2020

Free time tracking apps can track your employees' hours without adding a new expense to the balance sheet. Here's what to look for in a free app – and what you should only expect from paid apps.

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How Are American Small Businesses Really Doing?
By Joy Gendusa | August 24, 2020

Recently, I surveyed my small business owner clientele to see how they were faring through the pandemic. Here are some takeaways – and surprises – based on their answers.

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How Viable Is a Physical Office Space These Days?
By Andrew Martins | August 24, 2020

Thousands of businesses went from physical to virtual work environments since March because of COVID-19. What is the future of physical office spaces?

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Making Sure Your Walk Matches Your Talk
By J. Kevin McHugh | August 21, 2020

The leadership style that is the most effective at driving confidence and high performance, according to research, is servant leadership.

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How FinTechs Are Changing Small Business Lending Amid the Pandemic
By Chris Porteous | August 19, 2020

The small business lending space won't go back to its pre-pandemic configuration because a bumper crop of new highly-skilled fintech innovators are bringing new approaches to lending to the market.

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How to Team Up with Other Businesses to Tackle a Common Problem
By Andrew Martins | August 19, 2020

Learn how Blast Beat Network helps multiple online media outlets band together to boost their advertising power while rising to the challenge of serving a misunderstood audience.

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The Ads Affair: How the Industry Has Changed and Is Changing
By Boris Pfeiffer | August 18, 2020

With consumers more savvy to advertising efforts and aware of privacy concerns, companies are having to rethink how they promote their products and services.

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What's the Difference Between a Grant and Business Loan?
By Skye Schooley | August 18, 2020

Learn whether a business grant or business loan is better for your business.

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Moving to E-Commerce: What You Need to Know
By Eric Leopardi | August 17, 2020

Between social distancing, economic variability and state closures, many businesses are increasingly turning to e-commerce as a way to stay afloat.

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3 Steps to Attract the Next Generation of Investors With Social Responsibility
By Brady Fletcher | August 13, 2020

COVID-19 brought CSR to the fore, and the increased consumer interest in it will remain. To capitalize on this, businesses must be transparent to investors and report on metrics tied to social good.

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Offensive or Defensive: Which Crisis Strategy Is Better for You?
By Nacho De Marco | August 12, 2020

Learn more about the best business strategies to follow in the post-pandemic world.

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6 Tools to Support Your Long-Term Remote Workforce
By Nicole Fallon | August 12, 2020

If your business shifted to a remote work model during COVID-19 and you intend to maintain those policies, you'll need the right tools to support your workforce for the long term.

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What Employee Speech Is Protected at Work?
By Skye Schooley | August 11, 2020

Educate yourself and your employees on the types of speech that are protected in the workplace.

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What Marketers Need to Know About People's Social Media Patterns During the Pandemic
By Victor Snyder | August 10, 2020

Social media usage is both increasing and changing in the COVID-19 era. Here are some lessons and new best practices to embrace the trends.

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What Does a Great Customer Experience Look Like Now?
By David Fletcher | August 10, 2020

What are the changing dynamics of retail and escalating customer expectations due to the COVID-19 pandemic? How can online businesses stay competitive?

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COVID-19 Second Wave: How to Prepare for Another Company Shutdown
By Adam Uzialko | August 10, 2020

Although many businesses across the U.S. are reopening, the pandemic is far from over. Here's how to prepare in case your business is forced to close again during a second wave of COVID-19.

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What Crises Can Teach Us About Leading Beyond Borders
By Kevin Xu | August 07, 2020

Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic have a way of highlighting our strengths and weaknesses as leaders. Here are six lessons in crisis management for global companies.

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Automation Doesn't Mean Losing Personalization
By Clate Mask | August 06, 2020

One of the great challenges of automated systems is losing some interaction with your leads and customers. But automation, done correctly, doesn't mean losing a personalized touch with customers.

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4 Steps to Establish a Crisis-Resistant Company Culture
By Lisa Raja | August 06, 2020

We've seen how crisis can strike at any time. The only way for a business to weather storm after storm is to build a company culture built on strong values.

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Company for the Future of Remote Work
By Antonio Barraza | August 06, 2020

As companies look to an increasingly remote future, they must make changes to prepare their teams.