Small Business in the News: December 25-30, 2016

We know there is too much to keep up with when you’re a busy entrepreneur, so we compile small business news highlights each week for you to read only what matters most. Here is a summary of the top stories for December 25-30, 2016.

Yelp Representative Offers Tips to Business Owners

Darnell Holloway, the Director of Business Outreach for Yelp, offered some advice to small business owners about handling reviews on the popular review platform. Holloway suggests companies reply to all reviews within 24 hours, focus on delivering excellent customer service, and not to encourage or request reviews, among others. Read more…

New Act Will Stop Companies From Silencing Complaints

The Consumer Review Fairness Act will prevent businesses from taking legal action against customers for poor reviews. The law was created to protect consumers from lawsuits by companies for writing truthful, honest reviews about the company, product or services. The act is not yet signed into law, but has passed both the U.S. House and Senate. Read more…

Obamacare Repeal Could Help Small Businesses

Part of the 21st Century Cures Act will expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) by small businesses. Industry experts consider this a win for small businesses that were harmed by Obamacare. The advantage of HRA’s is that they allow employers to give money directly employees to then use towards medical costs. Read more…

List of Can’t-Miss Conferences is Released

The list of conferences small business owners can’t miss for the New Year has just been released. The seven conferences include CEO  Space, Secret Knock, The NextGen Summit, Forbes 30 Under 30, The Gathering of Games,  Small Giants, and No Longer Virtual. The list was created based on networking opportunities, educational benefits, and innovative ideas. Read more…

Bizfi Hits New Milestone for Small Business Financing

Bizfi, a fintech company for small business loans, announced it surpasse$2 billion in financing through growth and working capital. The company has financed over 35,000 small businesses in the U.S.  using more than 45 different lending partners. Read more…

 

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