I've been in business now for quite some time. Before I started this company, I was in a number of sales- and marketing-related careers. As a result of my experiences, I have become somewhat obsessed with providing the most value I can to everyone I can. It's a part of my being that I can't ignore. It's what makes my heart beat. That's why I always seek to do more. Let's chat about what it means and what we're doing about it.
News wise, this week has been packed. There is all sorts of legal conflict, policy changes, heck, there was even a small business related murder. This week, let's talk about the growing skills gap that small business struggles with. We'll also go over the rate that small businesses are accessing capital. And, it looks like both jobs and unemployment increased in California. Here's what's going on this week.
This week is National Small Business Week, a week where we celebrate the contributions small business makes to both the national economy and to the local community. It's a big deal for us at Visceral Concepts, for local communities, and ultimately for you. However, our promotion is seeing a change of plan.
Recently, Microsoft announced that the upgrade path from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 to Windows 10 would be free to everyone.This decision, although beneficial in a dramatic way to Microsoft, is a rather surprising one considering Microsoft's history with Windows versions and licenses. Today, we're going to take a brief look at that history, as well as the theories on why Microsoft made this decision and what it will mean for both users and the software giant.
It's a new year, so that means there is lots to talk about. There are some new laws here in California that are going to affect the way you do business. If you employ undocumented workers (either knowingly or not) you'll face some new challenges with health care. And there are some really positive predictions for 2015's economy. Here's what's going on this week in small business news.
It's that time of year again. The time we look back at the last 12 months and see where we started, where we've gone, and where we have yet to explore. With so many dramatic changes over the past year, it's nice to look back at some of the biggest things to happen to small business in 2014. Here are our top 5 biggest news stories of 2014.
Amid Black Friday sales and reports of rioting over televisions and PS4s, there was some interesting news to be had this week. Small Business Saturday was reported one of the most successful ever this year. Many shoppers ditched Black Friday this year for its online counterpart. And next year, California workers may make double time pay if a proposed law passes. Here's what's happening in business this week.
Yelp faces serious allegations of extortion from businesses who don't advertise. Covered California faces public concern over corruption after $184 million in no-bid contracts were awarded. And it looks like Kmart is the newest hacking target in retail. All this in this week's small business news.