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Opportunities Abound for Businesses Targeting Women Home Buyers

Most Americans would rather pay a mortgage than pay rent—that’s one of the findings in the latest Homebuyer Insights Report from Bank of America. Owning a home makes people happy; in fact, 93% of people say they’re happier because they purchased a home, while most (83%) of the homeowners attribute their joy to an improved …

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The Year Ahead for Small Business, Part 2: More Expert Predictions on New Trends and Opportunities We’ll See This Year

Last week we took a look at what several business experts, entrepreneurs, and business thought leaders predicted was going to unfold for small business owners in 2020. Now, in part 2, I want to share additional predictions about advertising, marketing, workplace issues, retail, and more. If you missed part 1, be sure to read The Year …

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Building Community Is the Key to Retail Success: Interview with Entrepreneur Nichole MacDonald

By Felena Hanson Launching a new direct-to-consumer handbag line is more than a long shot in an extremely crowded marketplace, never mind attempting to change how people shop online. But Nichole MacDonald, founder of The Sash Bag and online sales channel Lash.Live, has done both. Get inside the mind of this San Diego-based creative business genius …

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If Physical Retail Stores Want to Stick Around, They’ll Still Have to Go Digital

By Michael Schnapf It’s no secret that the foundation has been crumbling out from beneath traditional retailers. According to statistics published by Coresight Research, a whopping 5,864 stores shuttered their doors in 2018; by spring of 2019, number of closures for 2019 had already exceeded the total number of store closings of the preceding year. …

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

By Marie Rosecrans Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the shopping “holidays.” But I always make it a point to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Falling just two days after Thanksgiving, it reminds consumers to support the small companies around their neighborhoods, cities, and states. …

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Open NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show

In a press release issued today, the National Retail Federation (NRF) announced that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote at the federation’s 109th annual convention. Microsoft has supported the NRF’s annual convention for over 20 years, leveraging their IoT, cloud, data, AI, modern workplace and mixed reality solutions to help …

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