February 27, 2014 Leave a comment
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November 26, 2013 Leave a comment
To many, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for three things: family, food…and football! Intuit recently teamed up with entrepreneur Bill Rancic and legendary NFL coach Jimmy Johnson to reward one lucky small business with the ultimate touchdown – a 30 second commercial during football’s biggest game of the year!
Small Business, Big Game launched in September with the aim of giving small businesses everywhere more visibility. At the campaign kick-off, Intuit asked small businesses to submit an online video sharing their company story. Contestants then rallied support from their on- and offline communities to increase their odds of advancing to the next round. Next, approximately 8,000 Intuit employees worldwide narrowed down the competition to the final four contestants, each of which is receiving a Small Business Big Game reward package, which includes television advertising, a professionally produced commercial, a meeting with Bill Rancic and a Game Day viewing party.
Now it’s up to the public to choose their favorite finalist for Small Business Big Game. So while you’re rooting for your favorite team on turkey day, take a moment to vote for your favorite small business and get to the big game! Here are the contenders:
To vote for the small business you want to see take the spotlight in February, please visit the Small Business Big Game website at www.SmallBusinessBigGame.com. The polls will be open until December 1st.
Show thanks and give one small business the opportunity of a lifetime!
October 31, 2013 Leave a comment
In the spirit of Halloween, we here on the IPN Team wanted to share some fun ways for your small business to celebrate the day and help ensure that your small business only has ghoulish scares when it wants them.
Tricks and Treats: A recent survey showed that Halloween is an excellent opportunity for employers to boost morale around the office—nearly 60 percent of employees view in-office Halloween festivities as a great way to bond with fellow coworkers. Although you might think the associated costs of a Halloween celebration are high, don’t let the expenses spook you! Below, we’ve outlined a few of the low-cost tricks employers can use to boost morale, which can lead to better performance and in turn, higher profits!
Spooky Advice to Avoid: The recipe for small business success isn’t one size fits all – markets are constantly changing and strategies that worked for one small business owner might be a fright for another. Although it’s a great idea to seek advice from successful entrepreneurs, take their direction with a grain of salt before deciding if it’s the right strategy for your business.
Whether you’re a small business owner looking for tips to boost employee morale around the office or you’ve been looking for business advice in all the wrong places, read on to get your small business in ship shape for Halloween and beyond.
Trick or Treat!
Halloween Office Dos and Don’ts
Fox Business: article by Gabrielle Karol
While winter holiday parties are standard in most offices, many businesses have a more take-it-or-leave-it approach to Halloween. According to a recent survey by career site Glassdoor, less than half of offices hold some kind of Halloween celebration, be it a catered meal, costume party or company happy hour. And yet, Glassdoor found that 59% of employees see Halloween parties as a great opportunity to boost morale in the office, and half see it as a way to improve team building.
The 13 Worst Pieces of Business Advice You’ll Ever Receive
Huffington Post Small Business: article by the Young Entrepreneur Council
The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.
September 10, 2013 Leave a comment
This year Intuit is celebrating passionate small businesses with a multi-million dollar campaign, Small Business Big Game. The company is teaming up with entrepreneur Bill Rancic and legendary NFL coach Jimmy Johnson to give small businesses a voice and reward them with the ultimate touchdown – a 30 second commercial during football’s biggest game of the year. This new program gives small business owners a platform to share their expertise and inspire others. In turn, the campaign will recognize their contributions with more than $25 million in rewards and offers to help them succeed.
Ready for Kick-off?
Small Business, Big Game runs from now until Game Day on February 14, 2014. Here’s more information on how to take your small business from the playoffs to the big day.
Round 1: Now through Sept. 22
Qualifying small business owners can visit the Small Business Big Game website and enter by telling their company’s story in 600 characters or less. Entrants who rally support and votes from their online and offline communities increase their odds of advancing to the next round. Entrants will receive the following as a reward for submitting their stories:
Round 2: September 23-October 13
The twenty businesses with the most public votes advance to the next round, at which point they will be given the opportunity to tell the world more about themselves by answering a series of questions. Participation in the Q&A portion of the contest automatically enters contestants in weekly sweepstakes with prizes that include Facebook and Google advertising credits and a free year of QuickBooks Online. One lucky winner will score a trip for two to New York and tickets to the big game.
Round 3: October 28 –December 1
Approximately 8,000 Intuit employees worldwide will narrow down the competition to the final four, which will be announced on November 11. Each finalist will receive a Small Business Big Game reward package, which includes television advertising, a professionally produced commercial, a meeting with Bill Rancic and a Game Day viewing party.
After the final four are decided, it’s up to the public to vote for the small business they want to see take the spotlight in February.
To find out more information or to enter, please visit the Small Business Big Game website at www.SmallBusinessBigGame.com. To read the official rules go to www.SmallBusinessBigGame.com/Rules. To join the conversation, share on Facebook and Twitter using #TeamSmallBiz.
July 4, 2013 Leave a comment
With the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, Americans stepped out from under Great Britain’s shadow and were free to forge their own destinies. What better way to embrace freedom than becoming your own boss? Self-employment is self-empowerment, and the spirit of this holiday is what drives many entrepreneurs to carve out their own path. Small businesses are vital to local communities by creating jobs and supporting local efforts and it’s important that Americans understand how precious our freedoms are that allow us to be independent and self-employed. And let’s not forget the men and women who fought for these freedoms! So in light of Independence Day, we want to solute our nation’s entrepreneurs and especially our nation’s veteran entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more about the importance of entrepreneurship and resources for veterans thinking of taking the next step in starting a business.
Happy Independence Day to America’s Entrepreneurs
Business2Community: article by Susan Solovic
Experts report that for every $100 spent with a local business, $70-80 is returned to the community. So this week, as the country celebrates its independence, it’s a good time to celebrate the independence of the small business owner too. Make sure you support your local independent businesses. And, if you are a small business owner, celebrate your own independence. Give yourself a high-five.
Take Time this 4th of July to Learn about SBA Programs & Initiatives for Veteran Entrepreneurs
U.S. Small Business Administration: article by Rhett Jeppson, SBA Official
And, as we look at how to help those who are dreaming of owning their own business, SBA is laying down the foundation to help service members transitioning from active duty to learn more about entrepreneurship and franchising through its Operation: Boots to Business Program. Many service members will apply the skills and experience they developed in the U.S. Armed Forces to their civilian communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs.
April 19, 2013 Leave a comment
We recently blogged about how spring is bringing small business expansion due to signs of economic recovery, but in the past two weeks, new reports from business and economic analysts have revealed that many small businesses are still hesitant to take steps towards a long term sustainable plan. Some reports say the hesitance from small business owners actually plays a role in slowing the economy’s recovery, because small businesses are so vital to economic growth. Add this into the news cycle from late 2012 and early 2013 (the Fiscal Cliff and concerns about sequestration budget cuts) it’s understandable that many small business owners view putting time and money into long-term goals as a gamble. Below are some articles on the subject that outline some improvements worth considering if you’re thinking of taking the next step in growing your business. Do you have a story about how taking a chance helped your business? Tweet it to @IPNTeam.
Is Small Business Ready For The Recovery?
Forbes: article by Frank Sorrentino, contributor
The constant barrage of grim headlines continue to remind us of the past, dissuading small businesses to position themselves for long-term success. We need to look beyond the sensationalism and ask ourselves, “What does today’s economic environment actually look like.”…The good news is, the fundamentals are pointing to a recovery. However, if we continue to follow the popular perception, the result will be inaction and immobilization. Rather than focusing on the here and now – the positive changes and economic trends emerging – small business owners are still operating in a wait and see mode, rather than preparing their business to be on track for the recovery.
Number of the Week: Small Business Causing Spring Swoon?
The Wall Street Journal: article by Phil Izzo
Even now that things have improved, small businesses remain cautious. J.P. Morgan Chase Chief Executive James Dimon noted on Friday that their balance sheets have improved and that they are well-positioned for growth. But “small businesses remain cautious about the recovery and fiscal uncertainty, and are not investing their capital,” he said in the bank’s earnings release…That hesitancy has translated into more muted hiring. Since the economy started adding jobs again in early 2010, large private-sector firms have boosted their payrolls by nearly 8%, according to ADP. Businesses with fewer than 50 workers, meanwhile, have only increased employment by 4.7%.