The year is winding down fast so if you haven’t begun to plan for next year check out this article from Entrepreneur that offers 10 Steps to Small-Business Success in 2011.
And review these 10 checklist of tasks to do before the year ends.
Now, I hate to sound like a broken record – my apologies – but there are still over $10,000 in AMEX gift cards that’s available to small businesses for the taking… just enter your company info in the comment section of this blog post. And for those of you who already entered, the gift cards will be processed soon. For now, check out this contest from Intel where three small business can win an IT makeover (value at $7000!).
For those of you who have some budget to advertise it looks like local advertising is the place to be for many small businesses. That makes sense if the service your business provides is locally. If you recall Verizon just last week launched a website for small businesses on the East Coast. If you have a minute check out the Business Made Easy website and enroll and you’ll be in the running to win an all-in-one office printer and a Toshiba Mini portable notebook.
For those of you who have taken the plunge and got your business on Twitter, here are some good tips for using it successfully for your business. Before I end, I do want to say WHOOHOO! This blog had its one-year birthday yesterday.
Lastly, my small business readers… check out this article from a blogger/entrepreneur who offers some pointers to creating a successful and fulfilling life. If your business is a success, but your personal life is on the backburner, you won’t find that smile.
Until next time… happy thoughts!
This week was a busy one for the Verizon small business team. We made our debut on Facebook and on Twitter. If you haven’t fan us or follow us yet, please do! We also synched up with American Express to support Small Business Saturday. If you haven’t heard, Verizon will give a $25 American Express gift card to 800 small businesses that support another business – we urge you to spend this gift card at a local small business in your neighborhood. Small businesses get your $25 gift card by clicking here.
Below you’ll find some articles I think you’ll find of interest:
- What does your business Twitter profile reveal about you?
- Is your business ready to go global?
- Ever wanted to make an app for your small business? Here’s how without hiring a developer!
As always, I urge you to post a comment below – do share a link to an article that may be helpful to a small business owner or comment on how you liked the recommended articles.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Starting this week and going forward, every Fridays we’re planning to point out some articles we’ve read and found them to be very insightful for small businesses. Read my summary below to see which articles you should check out. Let me know if you find these round-up of articles helpful and feel free to post some articles you’ve read and would like to share with the community. Happy reading!
- Biznik’s Danielle Dandridge did a fantastic job summarizing top tips and mistakes made for businesses engaging in social media. A must read.
- In addition to the top social media tips and mistakes, ReadWriteBiz’s John Paul Titlow outlined four reasons your business should be set up as a Page, rather than a standard profile, on Facebook.
- AllBusiness’ Small Business Blog with Rieva Lesonsky. This week, she interviewed Shipwire’s CEO Damon Schechter about how e-tailers should be thinking about the holiday season now.
- Entrepreneur’s Daily Dose’s Carol Tice outlines some recent surveys on the state of small business and the economic conditions many continue to face.
- Finally, SmallBizTrends’ Lisa Barone spoke with an Albany, New York Verizon Wireless representative about mobile apps small business owners should care about.