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UPS Capital is announcing the acquisition of Parcel Pro. Parcel Pro was formed to meet the insured shipping needs of the jewelry and wristwatch industry. UPS Capital is a branch of UPS which specializes in financing and insurance and is in a unique position to help protect companies from and leverage cash in their supply chains. In the last decade the demand for luxury items has increased and the value has gone up as well. Formerly, business shipping insurance has been limited to $50,000 in the US and $500 internationally. Companies have had to divide their shipments in order to get increased coverage, more >>
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Web design has traditionally been an expensive affair. In building a website, a designer works hand-in-hand with front-end and back-end developers. Some teams have included more, but this was the basic minimum required for a website that isn't too shabby. As a result, designers often have to contend with cuts in their share from projects, in order to gain a competitive advantage in offering their services. Design has often been associated with a labor-intensive process that ends up in ripped out strands of hair and lots of caffeine. Web design does not necessarily have to be a complex process that involves such an enormous more >>
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Let's face it. Sometimes you, as the hiring manager, may not make the wisest decisions when it comes to hiring. Whether your employee is condescending, argumentative, slow, not a culture fit, confrontational, or simply isn't able to adequately execute the job, you may have to make a rather difficult decision of letting them go. First, don't feel so bad – this is a common occurrence at any growing company. Just as you need to hire, you may need to fire. Pat yourself on the back for being able to recognize the need to effectuate some organizational change. How to Handle Firing Someone Make more >>
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Aside from their health and environmental benefits, bikes are probably best known for being cost-effective methods of transportation. But that doesn't mean that all bike owners are looking to cut transportation costs. In fact, a new group is now making an impact on the biking industry – the super rich. E-bikes are battery powered bicycles that have become popular in several European countries. They sell for up to 40,000 euros ($45,000). And they don't even require users to pedal. So riders can even go up and down hills without really breaking a sweat. Startups in Europe have taken the idea and run with more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
When supporting a crowdfunding campaign, many have lingering doubts that their money is being used wisely. It seems far too easy for a person to create a campaign on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and use that money on things other than the project. That's exactly what happened in Lee Moyer and Keith Baker's Kickstarter campaign, which was supposedly supporting the creation of their board game The Doom That Came to Atlantic City. The campaign raised $122,874, and offered backers rewards like copies of the game or specially designed pewter game figurines. With 1,245 backers who mostly pledged $75 or more, it is no wonder more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Microsoft is taking another step in making its software cross-platform. The company recently announced the official launch of Office for Android phone. The suite of Office apps for Android was previously released for Android tablets but starting Wednesday, June 24, Android phone users can download Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for free in the Google Play store. Here's a video overview: The official launch of these Office for Android phone apps comes five weeks after Microsoft announced the preview of Office for Android. According to Microsoft, the apps were tested on more than 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries to get more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Students learn in a variety of different ways. For some people, the traditional books and lectures just aren't enough. But creative visuals, like the ones offered by SketchyLaw can help. SketchyLaw is a new business, an offshoot of SketchyMedical, that offers visuals to help law students study for the Bar exam and other law school classes. Learn more about the interesting philosophy behind SketchyLaw in this week's Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Sells a visual online curriculum for law students. The company uses visual mnemonics to teach different legal concepts, much like its partner company, SketchyMedical, does for med students. SketchyLaw's co-founder Kipp more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
The monthly review meeting is absolutely essential to real business planning. The real value of business planning is the decisions it causes, and the management that results; and for that you need not just a plan but a regular monthly review to track results and revise as necessary. And the toughest part of the review... [Click the title above to read more and comment] more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: BP Plans
Tumblr is one of the most enjoyable and interactive blogging platforms out today. Easy to use, it's very attractive to many small businesses that want to get a good-looking blog up and running quickly. As time passes however, it becomes apparent that Tumblr is not nearly as robust and flexible as other blogging platforms. That's when it's time to make a change by moving from Tumblr to WordPress, a blogging platform that offers functionality and myriad features with thousands of plugins and themes. While moving to WordPress will provide many benefits, there are few tasks more dreaded than moving a website. Getting you more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
When you're the fastest gun in the West, everyone wants to take a shot at you. And when you're a company the size of Facebook, you're like that gunfighter … always defending your title, or in this case, your brand. At least, that's according to the Wall Street Journal, which says the social media titan has filed more than 100 oppositions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against companies that Facebook says have names that are too much like Facebook. It's part of a larger trend, the Journal says, of larger companies bringing claims against start-ups to block them from using similar-sounding more >>
Wed, Jun 24, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends