Startup Digest

Small Business

February 25, 2017

Welcome to this week’s Startup Digest! Let’s get into it:

Post #1: Our first article is from Fit Small Business and focuses on debt consolidation loans. If you’re unfamiliar with this subject, debt consolidation loans can lower your interest rates, reduce monthly payments, and allow you to borrow additional funds. Check out the article and find out when is the best time to apply for a loan.

Post #2: Our next post is from Bluehost and is 6 low-cost ways to increase traffic to your website. From evergreen content to press releases, these 6 options will help to drive traffice to your site. Read the post to learn more.

Post #3: Next up is an expert roundup from 9 sales professionals. This roundup discusses top CRM features. If you’re in the market for a new CRM or just want to learn more, check out what these experts have to say.

Post #4: Here’s another expert roundup brought to you by Sweet Tooth Rewards. These 20 experts are anticipating what’s next in the world of eCommerce. There are a lot of big names in this post, so take a look and see what they had to say.

Post #5: Next up is a survey! Apparently America wants Oprah in the White House. What do you think of this? Share your thoughts with us and be sure to share the survey and find out what your colleague thinks.

Post #6: Our final post is on cash flow. More importantly, what is cash flow. If you need to brush up on this topic or want to learn more, check out this post from Informi. They even include an interactive tutorial.

You’ll find some incredible sites to bookmark on this list. Thanks for taking the time to read our Startup Digest. Happy reading (and bookmarking). See you next week!

Small Business Startup Digest is curated by:
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Small Business Debt Consolidation Loan: When Should You Consolidate Business Debt?

Jeff White - Fit Small Business

Small business debt consolidation loans can lower your interest rates, reduce your monthly payments, and even allow you to borrow additional funds if they’re needed. Knowing when it’s the right time to consolidate business debt depends on the terms of your existing debt, your business’s current finances, and your personal credit. Applying for your business debt consolidation loan at the right time will increase your chances of getting approved for a great loan.

6 Low-Cost Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Website


One of the easiest ways to attract new business is getting more visitors to your website. Increasing traffic to your website can be the most cost-effective way to increase your sales, which means you need a solid strategy for growing your online audience.

In that spirit, I wanted to explain some of the best ways to drive traffic to your website. For those of you who’ve been in business for a while, you may know several of these options, but even experienced online entrepreneurs can learn how to optimize these promotional techniques.

We’re going to break your options down into two categories — free and paid — and give you some of the pros and cons of each.

Top CRM Features: 9 Sales Professionals Have Their Say

Kathryn Beeson - DiscoverCRM

When selecting new software, the most useful sources of CRM information are sometimes the most underused by software selection teams. 

These fountains of CRM knowledge often have experience using several software systems, and will be able to tell you exactly how well those fancy feature sets you saw at demo translate into real life. 

We're talking, of course, about real-life, hardworking sales and marketing managers. That's why we went out and found some, and asked them what they really liked about their sales tools, and how business has improved as a result. 

20 Experts Predict the Future of eCommerce

Kirsten Burkard - Sweet Tooth Rewards

When you look back on the past couple of years, it’s easy to see how far ecommerce has come in a relatively short period of time. Advanced technologies, changing customer behaviors, and increased mobile activity are only three of the factors that have contributed to the growth of the ecom market, with over $101 billion of sales being made last year on mobile and desktop devices.

Clearly ecommerce is showing no signs of slowing down as more and more merchants are moving online and focusing on building omnichannel experiences for their customers. But what does that mean for the future of ecommerce? What will the ecommerce look like at the end of 2017, and more importantly what should businesses be doing to stay ahead of the competition?

America Wants Oprah In The White House

Dave DeVille - Z100

Is Oprah the next POTUS? Maybe she could be. After all, she would definitely have some supporters. A poll from Fit Small Business asked 500 people their opinion of six different entrepreneurs and 28% of those polled want Oprah in the White House. 

Strangely enough, Ms. O was also the most disliked of the group, which also included Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos. 

When broken down by gender, Zuckerberg is most liked by the ladies while Cuban is the gentlemen's favorite. The survey also found that people either don't know, or don't like, Amazon bigwig Bezos. Check out the most and least likable entrepreneurs below and the rest of the survey results HERE.

What is Cash Flow?


Maintaining a good cash flow is essential to every business – by not having cash on hand will make it hard to buy materials, settle bills and pay salaries. This article will give you an overview of cash flow, how to maintain a good cash position and where to invest surplus cash.

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