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Should You Know About Top 3 Growth Stocks of 2017

Also, you need to appraise the market in general. With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, stocks in general may do well due to fewer regulations and lower taxes. However, the Fed has indicated it will raise interest rates, and that can affect the cost of borrowing money to do business.

These cross currents suggest conflicting influences on growth stocks. However, the expanding economy may be the most important factor. Demand for products and services looks like it is on the increase.

1. The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

Disney won’t grow fast because it is so large. However, it continues to provide entertainment that is in high demand. Through its film studios, television networks, parks resorts and products, it manages to touch just about every demographic. From ESPN to Star Wars, Disney seems to have the public’s taste for entertainment covered.

The chart indicates that the stock was in an uptrend since November 2016, but had a sharp drop in May 2017 and is in a downtrend. Some investors may see this as a buying opportunity, but the stock tried to break out and failed. It may have more downside in the short term. However, the history of the company suggests long-term growth will continue at some point.

  • Avg. Volume: 7,090,546
  • Market Cap: $167.14 billion
  • PE Ratio (TTM): 18.63
  • EPS (TTM): 5.73
  • Dividend & Yield: 1.56 (1.45%)

2. The Brink’s Company (BCO)

This company has expanded well beyond moving cash around in armored trucks. It also provides security systems, payment processing, cash management, guarding of airports and companies in other industries, and smart safes.

The company experienced 10% growth in its fourth quarter, but dropped slightly the following quarter. The quarter ended June 30, 2017 saw a rebound in revenues.

Brink’s stock has been in an uptrend since December 2016 and broke sharply higher in early February 2017. It has continued its uptrend from there. This indicates increasing demand for the stock.

  • Avg. Volume: 421,533
  • Market Cap: $3.9 billion
  • PE Ratio (TTM): 54.67
  • EPS (TTM): 1.41
  • Dividend & Yield: 0.60 (0.80%)

3. Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)

Amazon continues to add to its stature as a retailer by moving into streaming video and web services. And it’s making a move into groceries by purchasing Whole Foods.

The chart suggests the stock hit a resistance point at around $840 per share. It reached that level in November 2016 and dropped sharply. It broke above that level on higher volume and has continued its climb from there.

  • Avg. Volume: 3,928,604
  • Market Cap: $476.3 billion
  • PE Ratio (TTM): 186.72
  • EPS (TTM): 5.31
  • Dividend & Yield: N/A (N/A)

 

Looking into the Future of Your Small Business

Small business owners have to constantly look toward the future in order to retain long-term success. This means keeping an eye on tech trends, finding the best times to make investments and adjusting your marketing efforts. For more on looking to the future of your small business, check out these tips from members of the online small business community.

Evolve into a Tech Company to Secure Your Future

Technology is at the center of so many successful businesses. Even if the product or service you sell isn’t directly related to technology, you can still use tech to secure your business’s future. Learn more in this blog post from Susan Solovic.

Accomplish Business Goals in the Summer

The summer months can be a great time to get a lot done for your business, according to this post by Malla Haridat. Learn why you should take advantage of this time and look toward the future of your operations. Then see what BizSugar members are saying about the post here.

Don’t Drown in Content Chaos

Content marketing has become so popular among businesses in recent years that some have even gone a little too far in their quest to create the best content. In this Target Marketing post, Kevin Joyce explainsthe importance of strategy and process when it comes to content marketing, rather than allowing your business to drown in content chaos.

Improve Your Productivity Through Telecommuting

Telecommuting has gotten increasingly popular in the last several years, and for good reason. It’s not just about allowing people to experience the convenience of working from home. It can also improve productivity, as this Biz Epic post by Michael Peggs details.

Learn the Art and Science of Sales

Increasing sales in your business is no longer just about making phone calls and handing out business cards. There’s an art and a science to selling in today’s world. Learn more in the Strella Social Media post by Rachel Strella. Then check out the commentary from BizSugar members.

Jump into Investing with Micro Investments

You no longer have to save up for decades to become an investor. Micro investments have gained traction in recent years. And individuals and businesses looking to save some money could potentially benefit. Adam Henshall elaborates in this Process Street post.

Grow Your eCommerce Revenue with These Customer Centric Methods

Growing an ecommerce business takes more than just listing some products on a website. These days, customers expect a great shopping experience. So if you want to increase sales, you need to do so using customer centric methods, such as the ones listed in this Kissmetrics post by Ethan DeYoung.

Learn How to Deal with Impostor Syndrome

When you grow your business quickly, it’s natural for some entrepreneurs to feel like impostors, or like they don’t deserve the success they’ve achieved. But on the Venture Catalyst Consulting blog, Cate Costa argues you can overcome this issue. And BizSugar members discuss it even further here.

Make Your Content Efforts More Scalable

If you want your business to survive well into the future, then you need to make sure your functions and processes are scalable. And that includes your content creation. This Content Marketing Institute post by Michele Linn focuses on the scalability of content marketing for businesses.

Build Brand Loyalty Like Amazon

Even if you don’t want your business to be just like Amazon in the future, there are still things you can learn from the ecommerce giant — especially when it comes to brand loyalty. This post by Patricia Cheng on the Right Mix Marketing blog goes into more detail about the concept.

Easy Steps to Start a Subscription Business

Subscription boxes can be a great way for ecommerce and retail businesses to gain regular customers and expand offerings to fit customers’ changing shopping habits. It can also help businesses that are simply looking to boost sales or move excess stock. If your business is one that’s considering starting a subscription box, check out the tips below.

How to Start a Subscription Business

Come Up with a Unique Niche

There are already tons of subscription boxes out there, including those for snacks, makeup, clothing, sporting goods and more. So if you’re starting a subscription service, you need to have something that makes yours stand out.

That doesn’t mean you can’t sell food or makeup. But you should stick with whatever niche helps you differentiate the rest of your products. For example, maybe you could launch a subscription box that’s just for all natural skincare products, instead of one that’s just for beauty products in general.

Source Products

From there, you need to source the actual products to include in your boxes. If you already source products for an ecommerce or retail store, then you can explore using those same suppliers. But you’ll want to make sure you can find products that are going to be both cost and space effective so you can easily include them in a monthly box with an assortment of products. For example, you might consider sourcing sample sized products of the full sized ones you carry in your stores.

Source Shipping Materials

For a subscription box, you also need to carefully consider the actual box and shipping materials. Consider the box, packing supplies and labels. And you’ll also want to make sure that you’ll be able to get those supplies in bulk to fulfill all of your orders each month.

Set Your Price

Each subscription box should also have a set price for each month. And you should establish that price point early in the process so you’ll have a budget for your products and shipping materials. Just make sure that the price is reasonable enough so your customers won’t have a problem paying it regularly, but high enough to cover your expenses and bring in enough extra to make the process worthwhile.

Design Your Boxes

When you’ve got the general idea about your products and shipping materials, you need to actually design the box. This doesn’t just mean decorating the outside of the box, though having a unique look to your shipments can be a nice touch. You’ll also want to consider the actual unboxing experience. So create a prototype using your sample products and shipping materials to ensure that everything fits, ships safely and creates a great experience for your customers when they receive their order.

Find the Best Shipping Rate

Shipping costs can also be a major factor for subscription businesses. So take it seriously and shop around to get the best rate. In some cases, you may be able to get a bulk discount if you’re shipping all of these packages regularly. But make sure your choice makes the most sense based on the size and weight of packages and on how quickly your customers expect to receive their orders.

Plan Your Fulfillment Process

The actual process for fulfillment is another important step. Consider whether it makes the most sense for you to pack and ship orders in house or if you should hire a fulfillment service to do some of the work for you. If you have just a few subscribers, for instance, it might be possible just to put together all of the boxes yourself. But if you are growing quickly and want to ensure a seamless experience for all your subscribers, then shop around for a fulfillment service that can help you.

Find Places to Sell Your Boxes

Of course, no subscription box can succeed if customers don’t have an easy way to sign up. Of course, you can do this on your own website. But to expand your customer base and get your subscription box in front of more eyes, you can also list it on marketplace sites like Cratejoy.

Build Buzz

Then, you need to build some buzz around your new offering to get people excited about signing up. Collect email addresses, post on social media and maybe even invest in some online advertising. You can also do a pre-launch where you offer an early version of your box to loyal customers and influencers to get even more people talking about your new offering.

Launch Your Subscription

Once you’ve done all of that, it’s time to officially launch your new subscription box. Of course, you’ll need to continue marketing and building buzz even after you launch. And consistently providing great products and a memorable customer experience can go a long way toward ensuring long relationships with subscribers.

Knw More About Drones

If you’re hoping to have a pizza delivered by drone to your house soon, you might have a wait. One industry expert sees a different future inspecting remote pipelines and such for drones. Brandon Declet knows what he’s talking about.

Talking Drone Rules and Regulations

Declet is the CEO and Co-Founder at Measure, one of the first companies to offer drones-as-a-service. The firm was  invited to Washington recently for an American Leadership in Technology Event at The White House.  Declet spoke with Small Business Tends recently about where the industry is going and how regulations need to change.

Drone Service Operator

First Declet spoke about his company’s experience at the White House.

“We met with senior administration officials including the Deputy Secretary of Transportation, as well as officials from the FAA and officials from The Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House,” Declet said. One focus was finding ways to allow for more commercial drone operations in America.

Current Friendly Administration

Measure operates in DC and has fifty employees. The company finds the current administration friendly to companies operating drones in American commercial airspace. Measure hopes one operating regulation specifically might be tweaked.

“To scale our operation into a big business, we’re looking at opportunities to fly beyond the visual line of sight,” Declet says. “This would open up new possibilities like inspecting transmission towers and pipelines.”

The Visual Line of Sight

This regulation prohibiting operating a drone beyond the visual line of sight of the operator certainly creates a limit to uses of the technology.  The visual line of sight is the distance the operator can physically see without using any monitors.

There would be several jobs drones would be able to take over with the  right regulatory changes. These jobs include inspecting remote wind turbines,  checking on cell towers so workers don’t need to climb them, or even providing real time news coverage.  Declet understands some bugs would need to be worked out first, however.

Key to Adjustments

“The big fear is that if you’re flying beyond visual line of sight, you can’t see your own aircraft or others that can be in the way,” he says. Any adjustments would include protections for both manned and unmanned aircraft.

Still waiting for drones to start delivering your groceries and box store purchases soon?  Declet says that might not be the norm for five to ten years, if then. His company has done some of these deliveries, and found the costs high.

“Deliveries in urban environments might prove difficult,” he says. “To be honest, what drones are going to be really good for are the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs.

Step Up and Bring In New Revenue

Every business has its ups and downs.  And there are countless ways to economize, strategize and even take out a loan in a pinch.  But you know if you put company expenses on a credit card then you’re simply deferring the pain. Borrowing money because your business isn’t profitable just isn’t workable long-term.

You need new revenue!

Additional Revenue Streams

You may think that’s easier said than done, but every one of the tactics I outline below are ones I’ve used myself to drum up new business and make my bottom line  much healthier.  You can do it too.

1. Reach Out to Other Local Entrepreneurs

We hear a lot about “shopping local,” but we all know we could do more.  One of my favorite strategies has been to look to fellow business people in my area and offer a trade — my customers for theirs.  Now I would never advocate sharing customer information without express permission, but that’s not what I’ve done.  Say your friend runs a residential cleaning biz and you own a wine shop.  You put a stack of your friend’s business cards on your counter offering a free cleaning quote, and your friend hands out your card to cleaning clients for a discount on wine.  Two local businesses work together to drum up new business and see new faces without the expense of advertising

2. Find a New Niche

Let’s stick with the wine shop example.  Say your business is flat and you’re desperate for new customers.  Start thinking outside the typical base of customers who shop with you because you’re next to their grocery store.  What if you approached some local realtors and offered to provide welcome gifts to new homebuyers at a discounted rate?  You could tap into a huge well of easy, repeat business.  Pop into a local bridal store and see if you can capture some lucrative wedding catering business.  The key is to look for an area to distinguish yourself and become a specialist.

3. Ask Your Staff

Just because you’re the business owner that doesn’t mean you have to generate all the ideas.  You’ll never know what your staff can contribute unless you take the time to solicit and listen to their suggestions.  Inspiration can come from surprising sources.

4. Redirect Old Phone Numbers

I just love this little trick.  Get the phone numbers for businesses in your industry and area that have closed up shop, call the phone company, and have those numbers redirected to yours.  That way when someone calls their old wine shop (that they don’t realize has closed,) they get you.  When I’ve used this strategy in the past, I’ve prepared a special offer for those redirected customers to make them feel welcome and give them a reason to try me out.

5. Jack Up Your Prices

I’ve had great results when I’ve created a premium offering — a high-tier package that I offer to my very best customers.  Though consumers can be price-conscious, they also want to feel like they’re getting good value.  Giving them a top-of-the-line option can bring in new revenue.

When you’re in a cash crunch the best way to solve it is to create new revenue streams.  In addition, once you’ve resolved your temporary crisis, I advise taking a big picture look at your company and ensuring it’s running as profitably as possible so you can head off future problems.

Get Traffic to Your Website

Getting traffic to your website is an ongoing challenge for small businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofits.

The good news is, it doesn’t take a huge budget to attract traffic. Nor do you have to be a search engine whiz or spend all day on social media.

All you need is the right knowledge to make the right moves at the right times. In other words, you need a traffic building plan — from someone who knows what it takes to grow traffic on a budget.

Join Small Business Trends CEO and founder Anita Campbell, as she shares her secrets and tips for getting more traffic to your website in a FREE WEBINAR hosted by Verizon.

Campbell started a website from scratch with just one visitor — herself — and almost no money.  Today she has several online properties, the largest of which, SBT, attracts over 2 million visitors each month.

In this one-hour webinar Campbell will illustrate the techniques she used and continues to use to grow traffic, month after month, including:

  • Inexpensive and sometimes overlooked sources of traffic.
  • The benefits of content as the foundation of a good traffic plan; and of having an easy-to-update section of your website or a blog to add content.
  • A strategy for creating awesome content of your own, and curating content from other sources, to attract visitors and keep them coming back.
  • Simple techniques to set up a social media calendar and publishing calendar, because consistency is key to traffic growth.
  • 5 easy ways to optimize your website to get more search engine traffic.
  • The role of an email list, and how to use your list to lure visitors back to your site.
  • Top 7 mistakes businesses make with their websites that let traffic slip away — and how to fix them.

This webinar session will be packed with practical ideas and inexpensive tips you can put into practice today. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer, or you want to be able to interact with your website developer as a more effective resource, there’s something for everyone in this session.

Budgeting Based on Your Values

Are you finding yourself struggling to stick to a budget? Many clients and Millennials that I talk to are always excited once we are done talking about how to budget. I’ve realized that, like myself, we missed out on not just financial literacy but how to view our money. I have four ways that will help you start to think of your money as a tool to create a better life where you spend your money according to what you value. Here are my four steps to start.

1. What Are Your Values?

Often I’ve found myself in the past spending money on items that I didn’t use for very long or were poor quality. I’ve learned over time that if we develop an understanding of our values we can learn to spend money with a wiser purpose. When we spend wisely, our budgets become easier to manage and we start to control our finances without them controlling us. (For more from this author, see: 5 Ways to Improve Your Finances Throughout Life.)

2. From Values to Goals

Our values will lead to our goals in life. If you value family, I am guessing you may have a goal of starting a family or spending more time with your family. If you value travel, you may have a dream travel goal. Aligning our spending according to our values will help us reach our goals because we’ll be spending according to the values that help us reach our goals.

3. Work on Filtering Out Distractions

Every minute we are being advertised to – whether online, in Starbucks, on our drive or even during the podcast we are listening to. Ads are everywhere trying to get us to buy something that we probably don’t value and won’t help us reach our goals. Learn to look past these ads and stay focused on items that bring long-term value and move you closer to your goals.

4. Give Time to Major Purchases

Most goals are large purchases or expenditures of some sort. I encourage you to think through the purchase. Purchasing plane tickets because they are cheap for a trip that wasn’t even on your radar may be filled with regret. Just because an item is on sale doesn’t mean it is the right time. Save for what you expect but you can be ready to take advantage of discounted items if it’s the right time and you’ve been planning on the purchase. Impulse buying is what gets most people into trouble, even myself.

Our everyday decisions cause ripple effects. Make smart purchases that are aligned with your values and you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals in no time. My favorite budgeting tool, YNAB, is based on a budgeting philosophy that most people can resonate with.

 

Grow Your Savings Account Balances

One of the common top concerns that I hear from individuals is how they’re not able to save. A consistent savings plan helps you build a solid financial foundation.

But where do you begin? Here are seven ways to help you grow your account balances. Your strategy starts with your spending plan.

1. Create a budget (or spending plan)

Living beneath your means is the first step to building wealth. In addition to living beneath your means, it is equally important to identify where your money is being spent. By tracking your spending you can identify areas where you can potentially redirect money to fund your goals. Your spending plan should include goals for savings including your 401(k) and/or IRA contributions.

2. Set up a savings plan

Setting up a savings plan is key to building a solid financial foundation. You should keep at least three to six months living expenses in a liquid account such as an FDIC-insured savings account or money market for emergencies. Set a monthly amount to have transferred to your savings account.

You can also boost your savings by opening either a CD or an online FDIC-insured savings account.

3. Consider opening a CD

You may have goals where you want to fund but have a one- to five-year time horizon, such as saving for a car or down payment on a home. One of the best ways to increase your yield over a money market or savings account is to open an FDIC-insured CD. You can still keep funds fairly liquid. However, in order to get a higher yield, the account minimums on a CD are fairly high.

4. Consider opening an online FDIC-insured savings account

Typically, rates on online savings accounts are higher than traditional banks. It is a good idea to compare rates and terms. You can compare rates on websites such as www.nerdwallet.com or www.bankrate.com. (For related reading, see: 5 Emotional Mistakes That Hurt Your Financial Plans.)

Here are three ways to increase your 401(k) or IRA savings:

5. Maximize your contributions

Take advantage of your employer’s 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan by contributing the maximum you can to the plan. If you cannot contribute the maximum, just start with what you can afford and build from there. A good strategy is to increase your contribution each time you receive a raise until you reach the maximum contribution. If you receive bonuses, use part of them to contribute to an IRA.

6. Consolidate your retirement accounts

You should consider consolidating multiple IRAs and rolling over 401(k)s from previous employers. If you are no longer with the company, your money shouldn’t be there either. By consolidating into an IRA, it gives you more flexibility in terms of investment options and gives you a better picture of your portfolio.

7. Invest early and often

The younger you are when you start contributing to your retirement plans, the less you need to save. The key is to just start with what you can afford and contribute on a regular basis by setting up an automatic transfer from your account or paycheck to fund your IRA or 401(k).

You are in control of your financial future. Careful planning and a savings strategy can go a long way towards building a solid financial foundation and helping you achieve your long-term goals.

 

Know More About Economic Concepts Consumers

An understanding of economics isn’t seen as being as vital as balancing a household budget or learning how to drive a car. However, economics has an impact on every moment of our lives because, at its heart, it is a study of choices and why and how we make them. In this article, we’ll look at some basic economic concepts that everyone should understand.

Scarcity

You implicitly understand scarcity, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the most basic concept in economics, and is more of a solid fact than any abstraction. Simply put, the world has limited means to meet unlimited wants, so there is always a choice to be made. For example, there is only so much wheat grown every year. Some people want bread; some people want cereal; some people want beer, and so on. Only so much of any one product can be made because of the scarcity of wheat. How do we decide how much flour should be made for bread? Or cereal? Or beer? One answer is a market system.

Supply and Demand

The market system is driven by supply and demand. Take beer again. Let’s say people want more beer, meaning the demand for beer is high. This demand means you can charge more for beer, so you can make more money on average by changing wheat into beer than grounding that same wheat into flour. More people start making beer and, after a few production cycles, there is so much beer on the market that prices plummet. Meanwhile, the price of flour has been increasing as the supply shrinks, so more producers buy up wheat for the purpose of making flour – and on, and on.

This extreme and simplified example does encapsulate the wonderful balancing act that is supply and demand. The market is generally much more responsive in real life, and true supply shocks are rare – at least ones caused by the market are rare. On a basic level, supply and demand helps explain why last year’s hit product is half the price the following year.

Costs and Benefit

The concept of costs and benefits encompass a large area of economics that has to do with rational expectations and rational choices. In any situation, people are likely to make the choice that has the most benefit to them, with the least cost, or, put another way, the choice that provides more in benefits than in costs. Going back to beer, the breweries of the world will hire more employees to make more beer, only if the price of beer and the sales volume justifies the additional costs to the payroll and the materials needed to brew more. Similarly, the consumer will buy the best beer he or she can afford, not, perhaps, the best tasting beer in the store.

This extends far beyond financial transactions. University students perform cost benefit analysis on a daily basis, by focusing on certain courses that they believe will be more important for them, while cutting the time spent studying or even attending courses that they see as less necessary.

Of course, everyone knows someone who has seemingly made a poor life choice. Although people are generally rational, there are many, many factors that can throw our internal accountant out the window. Advertising is one that everyone is familiar with. Commercials tweak emotional centers of our brain and do other clever tricks to fool us into overestimating the benefits of a given item. Some of these same techniques are used quite adeptly by the lottery, showing a couple sailing a yacht and enjoying a carefree life. This image and its emotional message (“this could be you”) overwhelm the rational part of your brain that can run the very, very long odds of actually winning. Cost and benefits may not rule your mind all the time, but they are in charge more than you think – especially when it comes to the next concept.

Incentives are part of costs and benefits and rational expectations, but they are so important that they are worth further examination. Incentives make the world go round, and sometimes go wrong. If you are a parent, a boss, a teacher or anyone with the responsibility of oversight, and things are going horribly awry, the chances are very good that your incentives are out of alignment with what you want to achieve.

We’ll take a safe example, however, of – you guessed it – a brewery. This particular brewery has two sizes of bottle: one 500 ml bottle and a 1L bottle for couples. The owner wants to increase production, so he offers a bonus to the shift that produces the most bottles of beer in a day. Within a couple days, he sees production numbers shoot up from 10,000 bottles a day to 15,000. However, he is soon deluged with calls from suppliers wondering when orders of the 1L bottles are going to come. The problem, of course, is that his incentive focused on the wrong thing – the number of the bottles rather than the volume of beer – and made it “beneficial” for the competing shifts to cheat by only using the smaller bottles.

When incentives are aligned with organizational goals, however, the benefits can be exceptional. Some incentives have been proven so effective that they are common practice at many firms, such as profit sharing, performance bonuses and employee shareholding. However, even these incentives can turn disastrous if the criteria for the incentives falls out of alignment with the original goal. Poorly structured performance bonuses, for example, have driven many a CEO to take temporary measures to juice the financial results enough to get the bonus – measures that often turn out to be detrimental in the longer term.

Putting It All Together

Scarcity is the overarching theme of all economics. It sounds negative, and it is one of the reasons economics is referred to as the dismal science, but it simply means that choices have to be made. These choices are decided by the costs and benefits that impact the choice, leading to a dynamic market system where choices are played out through supply and demand. On a personal level, scarcity means that we have to make choices based on the incentives we are given and the cost and benefits of different courses of action. This is a very broad look at what is, believe it or not, a very compelling subject. These concepts feed into others, like comparative advantage, entrepreneurial spirit, marginal benefitand so on. The world is wide with choices, so the field of economics is wide with theories, laws and concepts that explore those choices.

More Information About An Upcoming Webinar

Online businesses, you can’t hope to make any sales or attract any new customers if you don’t first get traffic to your website.
There are a lot of different factors that go into increasing website traffic. So at times it can seem overwhelming for some small businesses. But you can learn more about increasing traffic to your business website at an upcoming webinar.

The webinar, How to Get Traffic to Your Website, takes place on Wednesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. ET. Attendees can learn affordable techniques to get the right visitors to your website from Small Business Trends founder and CEO Anita Campbell. The event is sponsored by Verizon.

Learn more about the webinar and other upcoming events in the Featured Events section and listed below.
To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.

Featured Events, Contests and Awards
WEBINAR: How to Get Traffic to Your WebsiteWEBINAR: How to Get Traffic to your Website
July 19, 2017, Online
Join us on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) to learn affordable techniques for how to get more visitors to your website. Most importantly — how to get the right visitors — ones that may turn into customers. In this webinar, Anita Campbell, founder of award-winning online publication Small Business Trends will share examples, do-it-yourself ideas, and tips you can put into practice today.

WEBINAR: Give Your Team What it Needs for SpeedWEBINAR: Give Your Team What it Needs for Speed
July 25, 2017, Online
Join us Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) to discover how to give your team what it needs for speed. The right technology tools and resources can help your team respond to — and stay ahead of — your competition and the market. Whether you have two employees or 100, you can always ramp up team speed. From improving processes and decision-making to boosting collaboration and providing your team with the technology and tools it needs, this webinar will explore the ways in which team speed can be leveraged as a critical competitive edge. Our panel of entrepreneurs and experts will engage in a lively, informed and interactive discussion about how you make your team more nimble and agile—and boost productivity and profits as a result. Our Panelists include Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends, Gene Marks, owner and operator of the Marks Group, and Ramon Ray, Small Business Evangelist at Infusionsoft, publisher of Smart Hustle magazine, and Technology Evangelist at SmallBizTechnology.
Influencer Marketing DaysInfluencer Marketing Days

September 25, 2017, New York, N.Y.
Influencer Marketing Days is a forum rich in professional development and laser-focused networking opportunities. Whether you are a marketer involved in PR or integrated marketing, community development or social media management, or an influencer looking to leverage the power of influencer marketing, this conference is for you! It is the must-attend event both for marketers responsible for their company’s influencer marketing campaigns, and for influencers looking to optimize monetization of their clout. Whether you already run influencer marketing campaigns or you’re investigating ways to leverage this powerful type of marketing, Influencer Marketing Days will equip, educate, and inspire you to make the most of your efforts.
Rule Breaker Awards Ceremony Rule Breaker Awards Ceremony

October 24, 2017, Scottsdale, Ariz.
On October 24, 2017 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Rule Breaker Awards will honor and celebrate those entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing it their way in a ceremony featuring the Rule Breaker of the Year and Rule Breaker Award winners.

NextConNextCon
October 23, 2017, Scottsdale, Ariz.
At NextCon, you’ll gain:
– Proven techniques to garner higher customer satisfaction.
– Insider strategies from leading experts to help you provide amazing customer service.
– Methods of engaging your employees to better deliver on your customer experience.
– Hands-on training with Nextiva’s technology and products so you can take advantage of tools you already have, or learn about new ones.

Sales World 2017Sales World 2017
November 08, 2017, Online
Sales World 2017 takes place November 8th to 9th, 2017, Online; Live and On Demand. It is the largest Sales Industry Event in the World and will be attended by over 10,000 Sales Professionals. It’s the one sales event you can’t afford to miss!

DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 – Digital Marketing ConferenceDIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 – Digital Marketing Conference
November 14, 2017, Online
DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 Digital Marketing Conference takes place November 14th to 16th, 2017. Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.