Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

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SAN DIEGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — GoSite, the all-in-one platform helping small businesses grow online, announced today that it has closed a $40 million Series B fundraising round led by New York-based Left Lane Capital. The easy-to-use application gives businesses the strong digital presence they need to engage and transact with customers online. The robust product suite enables businesses to manage their website, listings, reviews, messages, booking and payments, all in one platform. From landscapers to hair salons and auto shops, GoSite helps businesses transition online and enable their customers to book, pay and review services seamlessly. 

“GoSite puts the power back in the hands of small business owners,” said Alex Goode, GoSite CEO.

“GoSite puts the power back in the hands of small business owners,” said Alex Goode, GoSite CEO. “Millions of small businesses are facing the need to transition into the digital era,

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Urtasker understands that small businesses are a dramatically large and critical segment of the American economy. In fact, it is widely known that they comprise up to 99% of United States businesses. Unfortunately, even when the economy is thriving, small businesses, according to SBA.gov, have a 50% survival rate beyond five years. To diversify income streams and adapt to consumer buying behavior trends, many small businesses have sought solace in selling online.

Although the stats are perplexing, they all point in one cohesive direction: selling online provides small businesses with significant opportunities. In fact, the Walmart Marketplace growth alone has been seismic as its eCommerce sales surged to 97% annual growth in the recent quarter. As well, sellers already benefiting from selling on Amazon are expanding their growth potential and benefiting from lower fees and flexible return policies 

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Almost one-quarter of small businesses closed their doors during the pandemic — but for the few who survived, and pivoted to online sales, Black Friday weekend provided a much-needed boost.

Over the course of the holiday season so far, small retailers have seen an average 110 percent increase in online sales, according to Adobe Analytics.

“That was pretty heartening to see,” said Vivek Pandya, a senior digital insights manager with Adobe Analytics. “There has been a lot of demand and a lot of opportunity for retailers of all sizes to support shopping demand online.”

Small businesses have long made ends meet by offering unique in-store experiences. The pandemic changed that.

“Brick and mortar was our strength, and the website [used to be] just a marketing tool,” said Brian Miller, president of Geppetto’s, a San Diego, California-based toy store. “But when Covid-19 happened, we enhanced the website and improved it and

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Many small businesses are relying on Christmas spending to stay afloat this year (Picture: Getty)

This hasn’t exactly been a vintage year for many of the UK’s small and independent businesses. 

With two national lockdowns forcing many to stop trading for weeks at a time, and a lot of us tightening our belts as a result of pay cuts, furlough or redundancy, it’s a difficult time to be in charge of your own company.

After a challenging month, as we enter the festive period, many of the UK’s independent shops, pubs, cinemas, restaurants and salons will be hoping that the nation’s Christmas shopping habits will give them a much-needed boost after a difficult and worrying time.

Here, five small businesses across the country share what it would mean if customers chose to shop with them this Christmas.

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Some small businesses say they’re potentially missing out on thousands of dollars worth of sales, and Facebook is to blame.

SAN DIEGO — If you spent more time on your computer or smart device Monday online shopping, you weren’t alone. Cyber Monday is expected to break records this year.

But, some small businesses say they’re potentially missing out on thousands of dollars worth of sales, and Facebook is to blame, because their online ads are getting blocked.

“It’s been devastating to our business.”

Kyla Darling and Cara Weaver run Tiny Trucker, a Temecula based company specializing in hats and apparel for moms, dads, and kids.

For months, their team has been preparing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, relying on paid Facebook ads to spread the word. Then, without warning, that momentum abruptly stopped after those ads started getting blocked.

“We built all the way up until the day before

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Many Americans know how important it is to support local small businesses after the prolonged economic hardship of the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past couple of weeks, I walked around my own community to find small stores where my family can do more of our holiday shopping this year. We made some great new discoveries, but I was sad to see that a number of stores had already gone out of business. That left some gaps when it came to finding certain gifts, so I began looking online for small businesses outside of our community that I can support. 

Then it occurred to me that I already know about a lot of them. For the past few years, I’ve been profiling one-person businesses in Forbes, particularly those that have gotten to one million dollars in revenue and beyond. Many of these founders have been tremendously generous is sharing their

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As a year with unprecedented challenges for small businesses comes to a close amid another COVID-19 surge, University of Nevada, Reno Extension will offer a free online town hall to provide small businesses with information to help them make some important year-end decisions. The English-language session will be this Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m.; and the Spanish-language session will be next Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.

 

“This is the time of year when businesses are looking at their tax filing for the year, as well as planning for the coming year – what adjustments to make to their marketing and other business operations,” said Buddy Borden, economic development specialist with Extension’s Business Development Program. “With all the changes this pandemic has brought to our business landscape, business owners have a lot to consider as they wrap up 2020. During these sessions, we’ll focus a lot on taxes and marketing,

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s a holiday shopping season like we’ve never seen with a Cyber Monday expected to break records. It’s clear the pandemic is changing the way people shop with more than ever getting those gifts online.

“It was actually our best sales day with the store and online to date,” said Rory Gale, Owner of Hartford Prints, referring to Small Business Saturday.

Coming off a busy Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Connecticut’s small businesses are grateful for the support at this critical time.

“If you love us and you want us to be here today, tomorrow once we get through the pandemic, you have to make an effort. It’s not as easy as shopping on Amazon and it’s better than going to the mall. The gifts that you can find here are unique because they’re handmade, they’re one of a kind and they’re really special,” said Gale.

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Facepalm: Facebook’s moderation bots began banning thousands of small businesses from using their ad services during the week leading up to Black Friday, a crucial time for many entrepreneurs. This was most likely caused by a shift in their moderation workforce to focus on handling misinformation around the US election and the coronavirus pandemic.

For weeks and months leading up to the US election, Facebook has been begrudgingly evolving its message around censorship and content moderation to fit the times and trends seen in other social media companies. There has been noticeable cross-over between this American election season and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, and between these two monumental online topics, the tech giant’s teams of human moderators have had their hands full.

For this reason, they have relied heavily on moderation bots to maintain the status quo this Black Friday season, apparently to the chagrin of many small business

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This company helps provide businesses with highly-skilled software developers. This way, company owners can focus on crucial processes to run their businesses.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, software companies have noticed a high increase in fitness app development. The lack of physical activity of the stay-at-home population has encouraged gym owners to adjust their businesses fast and move most of their fitness marketing online. One of the fastest ways to go digital is to build a fitness application that will work on all platforms, and this is where Flutter can help.

Flutter is a software development toolkit that helps create applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase. Team Extension®, a startup that provides highly-skilled software developers to businesses, is actively promoting the use of Flutter to allow businesses to remain relevant during the pandemic.

However, Team Extension believes that using Flutter is not enough, having the right

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