All posts by: Cici Anderson

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Human resource management can be daunting for small businesses. The Ascent goes through six tips to help your small business get started with human resource management. We all know what the Human Resources (HR) department is, but do we know what it actually does? Or more to the point, what it should be doing? Small […]

As small businesses battle rising costs of fuel, goods, and labor, maintaining profitability can be an ongoing challenging. Inflation is at its highest in 40 years, with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at 8.5% in July. Moreover, food prices have surged 13.1% over last year, leading consumers to cut back their spending on many non-essentials. […]

Whether you’re looking into buying a business, considering selling your business or looking to describe the value of your business to venture capitalists, knowing how to accurately value your business is a crucial piece of running the company. But untangling the various tangible and intangible pieces of your business and knowing how to accurately compute […]

States and municipalities often write their own laws that expand upon federal regulations or a lack thereof. Which ones affect your business? States and municipalities often write laws that expand on federal regulations or a lack thereof. These laws may affect how your business operates. In 2022, local business regulations related to vaccine mandates and […]

Did you know that according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 99.9% of all businesses in America are considered small businesses and employ 41.7% of the global workforce? That number is very high, which is safe to say that several people likely reading this currently own or want to start small businesses. The impact of […]

In a prior article, I wrote about the appeal of counting the Federal Government as a customer, because of the size of the government’s budget, as well as its creditworthiness. In that article, I discussed Federal Acquisition Regulations and contract types. Building upon that base, this article begins a discussion of accounting for government contracts […]

Cybersecurity threats are a ticking timebomb for many companies, and yet small businesses don’t see it as a main budget priority, an exclusive report has revealed. With cyberattacks on the rise and the average cost of an attack in the millions, safeguarding against issues such as data breaches and ransomware should be a number […]

The Internet allows businesses of all sizes and from any location to reach new and larger markets and provides opportunities to work more efficiently by using computer-based tools. Whether a company is thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity should be a part of the plan. Read more…

Guava, a banking and networking platform targeting Black entrepreneurs, announced today the closing of a $2.4 million pre-seed round led by Heron Rock. Founded last year by Kelly Ifill, the company aims to narrow the racial wealth gap by providing financial services to Black small businesses and creators. The digital banking platform — set to […]

In today’s world, social media has become the new social proof. And social media marketing has become an indispensable tool for leveraging products and services. Besides running ad campaigns through social media more companies are looking to influencers to connect brands with customers. Customers today are ever more looking towards influencers to get insights into […]