Thinking about starting your own business? You’d be in good company. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are “23 million small businesses in the U.S., which account for 54% of all U.S. sales.” What’s more, at a time when big companies are downsizing, small businesses are growing, growing, growing. Continue reading
It’s a brand new year, and Community Bank is excited to be rolling out a brand new resource for the local business community: the Community Bank Business Portal! The portal is a centralized hub for news, information and upcoming events — all geared toward helping our fellow businesses learn and grow.
When you visit the portal, you’ll have a wealth of information at your fingertips! Here’s a quick look at some of the features you’ll find:
-An events calendar populated with upcoming and ongoing events. Find an upcoming webinar or connect with other business leaders in your community at various networking events.
Corporate account takeover is a type of fraud where thieves gain access to a business’ finances to make unauthorized transactions, including transferring funds from the company, creating and adding new fake employees to payroll, and stealing sensitive customer information that may not be recoverable. The American Banker’s Association recommends following these tips to keep your small business safe. Continue reading
Have you always wanted to start your own business? Or maybe you’re a small business owner trying to reign in operational costs? Whether your organization’s embryonic or well-established, examining your company’s expenses through a fresh lens could help boost your bottom line or allow you to better allocate funds for greater efficiency. To get you on the resourceful-spending path, we’re offering a few bootstrapping basics along with additional money-saving ideas.
Do you work in an office or does your job take you all over? Is your work environment laid back, intense or something in between? No matter your organization’s culture or industry norms, certain codes of social and professional conduct apply; if not at your workplace, at conferences, meetings and in online interactions on behalf of your company.
Are you a one-woman financial consultant with a smartphone in one hand and your children’s carpool schedule in the other? How about a digital marketing machine writing code at your kitchen table? The advantages of home-based businesses are bountiful, but so too can be the challenges. Maximize the benefits of your home office with these quick tips!
You might be wondering, “What is the cloud?” Basically, it’s a form of online computing which enables you to access all the applications used to run your business through the Internet. Now you might be asking yourself, “Okay, how can I use the cloud to help my business?”
Good news, turns out there are a number of cloud-based options available to enhance several key aspects of your business.
To help you save time on your banking, you can take advantage of new technology designed to make depositing money for your business easy – Remote Deposit Capture. With this advance, you can deposit checks right from your office using a scanner and the Internet. Continue reading
The answer is “maybe,” if you do it right. Continue reading
If so, it could be that bookkeeping is not among your favorite tasks — just a necessary evil that takes time and energy away from the business at hand.
Yet, it’s something you absolutely have to do, and do yourself, at least until your small business is big enough so that you can delegate the job. Continue reading