How to Get Your Business Ready for Small Business Saturday

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Launched in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a reminder to Americans everywhere to go out and support the small businesses that they love. Falling each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a tonic to the corporatized chaos of Black Friday. Instead of emphasizing doorbuster deals and early morning business hours, Small Business Saturday honors homegrown businesses and the people who run them. If you run a small business—particularly in the retail or food service space—then Small Business Saturday is a significant opportunity. This day gets a lot of exposure (not as much as Black Friday, but what does?) and generates considerable sales potential for independent brands. By capitalizing on Small Business Saturday and using it to promote your business, you could give yourself one of your best sales days of the year. The question is, how do you prepare? Small Business Saturday itself—the … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

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Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.

PCV and Opportunity Fund Have Joined Forces

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America’s leading nonprofit small business lender and mentoring platform join forces for Santa Clara County entrepreneurs, supported by $600,000 grant from Google.org   Pacific Community Ventures and Opportunity Fund are excited to announce a new collaboration funded by Google.org through a $600,000 grant. Their grant will help 150 small business owners in Santa Clara County access the funding and business advice they need to grow their businesses, create jobs, and support the local economy. Through the partnership, Opportunity Fund – the nation’s leading non-profit small business lender and a Google Impact Challenge finalist in 2014 – will connect the businesses it has funded in Silicon Valley to the award-winning network of advisors run by Pacific Community Ventures. The majority of businesses supported through the partnership will be minority-owned, women-owned, and immigrant-owned enterprises, reflecting the rich diversity of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial community that includes underserved small business owners who are often … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

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Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.

5 Habits to Build When Promoting Your Business’s Social Media Page

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Building a name for your business online takes work, but a strong presence on social media is key to success in 2017. Local businesses and mega corporations alike have harnessed the web and turned today’s biggest platforms to their advantage. Now, you can do the same for your own company. Implement these five strategies into your business’s web routine and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can grow your following, boost engagement and promote your business. 1. Follow a Schedule A lot of businesses tend to post whenever they have something to say, but this isn’t the best way to go about handling social media. Instead, you want to follow a set schedule. Not only does this make it easier for you to plan content, but you will also be able to post at the right times for your audience to increase visibility. Conduct some analytics to determine when … Read More

5 Proven Ways to Help Your Business Grow

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In today’s world of business, you have to keep growing your company if you want to survive on the market. Rookie entrepreneurs enter the market with goals such as rapidly growing their business and getting their brand recognized as soon as possible. However, overnight success is something you can hardly achieve. Instead, what you need to do is invest time and money in business growth strategies that have already proven to be effective. That said, we’ve come up with a list of 5 ways you can help your business grow that are guaranteed to do the trick. Make sure you check them out. Hire the right people No matter how good you are at what you do, you’ll never be able to run your business entirely on your own. So, if you want to grow your business, you’ll have to surround yourself with a team you trust and enjoy working … Read More

14 Winning Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

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If you’re a small business, you can’t afford not to be on social media. A few years back, sure, maybe it wasn’t crucial, but in 2017, it’s an absolute necessity. It is downright expected that your business will have a social media presence, for everything from daily specials to hours of operation and customer reviews. Read on, and see if your small business can benefit from our favorite social media tips for small businesses just like yours. Having a Profile Isn’t Enough Not having a social media profile looks a little weird. It looks outdated, and sends the impression that your business isn’t playing the same game as the rest of us. But worse than an absent profile is a vacant one — those look downright shady. Make sure your profile is an active social media presence. Start Strong, Right Out of the Gate When you create a new social … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

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Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.

So Many Resources To Find New Hires

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Work for Warriors is a state and federally-funded, free, direct placement program within California. The intent of the initiative is aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among California Service Members in the Guard and Reserve by directly placing them into gainful fulltime employment. WFW is open to all currently serving National Guard and DoD Reserve personnel, Post 9/11 Veterans, as well as Spouses and Gold Star Families. If you’re outside of California, check out the U.S. Department of Labor’s site for hiring qualified Vets. They provide employers with assistance in finding qualified transitioning service members and veterans in your area, and also check out Swords to Ploughshares’ successful employment programs with a reputation of producing qualified veteran talent in all job sectors. Defy Ventures operate as a free search firm placing veterans in companies. They’ll take the job description, screen the candidates, and present them to you, the business owner. … Read More

Small Business Resources Roundup

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Each month, we bring you the latest roundup of resources for small business owners bootstrapping their businesses and creating quality jobs in their communities. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @PCVtweets. Every Monday we post a new collection of new must-read small business resources, articles, and news. Are there any specific areas your business needs advice in? Let us know, and we’ll search for what you need to add to our monthly roundup.