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It's the 50th anniversary of Small Business Week.

50th Anniversary of Small Business Week!

It's the 50th anniversary of Small Business Week. For any small business owner, every week is small business week, but this week, it’s official for everyone to recognize.

The first National Small Business Week was held in 1963 under the order of President John F. Kennedy, and has since become an annual event. This year marks it’s 50th anniversary. Many things have changed since the first Small Business Week, but one thing that definitely hasn’t changed, is America’s entrepreneurial spirit. Small businesses continue to play an important role in our economy and communities.

Following in President Kennedy’s footsteps, Obama has continue the America tradition to honor the drive and success of small business owners, by declaring June 17-21 to be this year’s National Small Business Week. Small businesses are critical to growing our economy, so this year, the SBA (Small Business Administration) is hosting event across the nation to provide small business owners with more tools, tips and resources to help them be even more successful.

There will be workshops, hands-on assistance, matchmaking and mentoring for small business owners in the following cities:

  • June 17   –   Seattle, Washington
  • June 18   –   Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
  • June 19   –   St. Louis, Missouri
  • June 20   –  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • June 21    –  Washington, D.C.

If you don’t live in any of the cities listed, you can attend the events via live stream at www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.

The final event held in Washington, D.C. will honoring outstanding entrepreneurs from every stats and will announce the 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year. The winners will be representing a very diverse group of small businesses, ranging from health care providers, organic vegetable farms, helicopter pilot training schools to technological start-ups.

Americans have always, and will continue to pursue the dream of owning and running their own small business. It’s so great that during National Small Business Week everyone has a chance to recognize the critical role of small business to our economy and nation.

 

 

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Should You Turn Your Mobile Device into a Cash Register

Did you know that 180 million Americans carry credit cards, and that is the most popular form of payment. It’s also been found that customers spend more when paying with card over cash. This info shows that it’s absolutely crucial for small businesses to accept credit cards, and if your small business isn’t accepting credit card payments, then you’re potentially missing out on a lot of sales and revenue.

If you don’t have a cash register that can accept credit card payments, and you’re worried it may be too expensive, PowerSites is here to present an alternative option–turning your mobile phone into a cash register that accepts credit card payments.

Smart Devices as Credit Card Terminals

SquareWhen businesses choose to accept credit cards, they expand their potential customer/client base dramatically. This is the number one reason so many businesses choose to accept credit cards.

Merchant service businesses are businesses that process credit cards for merchants. Companies that specialize in using smart devices such as smart phones and tablets usually provide a card-reading device at no charge that simply plugs into the businesses smart device, like the Square Reader.

In addition, when companies use landlines to process credit card payments there is normally a monthly fee, a fixed transaction fee, and another fee that can be as high as four percent of the total transaction. However, where smart devices used for credit card processing there is only a single fee that is less than three percent of the total transaction.

Businesses That Can Benefit From Smart Device Credit Card Acceptance

In the United States, businesses that are attracted to smart device credit card acceptance are primarily businesses that deliver to or work at customer’s residence or business. These businesses can be quite varied ranging from a butcher who delivers meets to your home to an electrical contractor that installs electrical fixtures. Other great candidates for using smart device credit card acceptance are repair people. Merchants that attend trade shows, county fairs, and street festivals or farmers markets to sell their products find that using smart device to accept credit cards is an affordable way to expand their customer base.

Anyone that works on the go and accepts payments for services or goods would be ideal candidates for turning their mobile devices into cash registers.

Smart Device Credit Card Acceptance Technology

Mobile credit card acceptance technology is in its infancy. A merchant services company gives a small reading device; frequently called a “dongle”, that easily plugs into a smart device. Once the card is swiped, the merchant services provider who receives the information over a mobile phone carrier’s network or the Internet, then processes it. Once the card is approved for, the transaction customers use a stylus or their finger to sign on a touchscreen. In addition to processing the card merchant services company also provides reports such as gross sales and best-selling products. It also benefits the customer and reduces the waste of paper with features like being able to email a receipt, instead of printing one out.

Tax Time Survival: The IRS Small Business Center has all the resources you need.

Tax Time Survival: IRS Small Business Tax Center is a Convenient Tool for Tax Management

Tax Time Survival: The IRS Small Business Center has all the resources you need.Small business owners have enough to remember without trying to keep critical tax dates top of mind, so the IRS thoughtfully publishes a small business tax calendar with all the important dates marked. This versatile tool is available in English and Spanish, and it comes in multiple formats so you can select the one that works best for you. In this installment of the Tax Time Survival Series by PowerSites, you’ll find information about useful resources for tax management offered in the IRS Small Business Tax Center.

The IRS Tax Calendar

The continuously updated calendar is available online, which is helpful if you’re on the road or you use multiple devices, or you can download it as a desktop application. For the lucky people who request a copy before they run out, there is a hard copy version that is available on a first-come, first served basis. If you use Microsoft Outlook, the ultimate convenience is the version that plugs into your Outlook calendar and automatically adds reminders of important dates.

The tax calendar has filters that let you see specific deadlines that matter to you based on whether you make deposits monthly or bi-weekly, or whether you want to see just excise taxes on vehicles or equipment. You can see the important dates for the current year, or a prior or future year to make reporting and planning simple, and you can print the calendar if you like to work with hard copy. The online version has extensive help in case you are stuck. All of the electronic versions of the calendar automatically update with new information as regulations change.

Along with the calendar, the IRS offers other resources to help you prepare and get through tax season.

IRS Small Business Tax Center Resources

  • One resource is an on demand self-paced virtual workshop covering important tax regulations that affect small businesses. This workshop will help you to understand your tax obligations so you can avoid fines and penalties. Knowing what the regulations are helps you to understand the reminders on your calendar. The virtual workshop is free and can prove very valuable, so you might want to take the time to go through it even if you have access to professional financial management.
  • The IRS also has a video portal with easy to understand short videos to help answer tax questions for small businesses. This site includes webinars, audio conferences and other presentations on many topics specifically geared to individuals or small businesses. The search capability helps you find the answer to exactly the question you need answered, but even if you don’t have a specific question these videos are valuable and informative about business issues and tax laws.
  • Another important, and useful resource is the IRS Small Business Tax Center. It includes links to easy-to-understand explanations about tax regulations as well as all necessary tax forms. It also includes useful information on determining whether a person is an employee or a contractor, links to employer identification number requests, health care information, tips for setting up a retirement plan and helpful articles on starting, running or closing a business and the tax ramifications of each. In addition, the IRS also publishes a free newsletter, and you can subscribe from a link right on the Small Business Tax Center page.

Whether you’re a free-lancer or you have employees working for your company, the IRS Small Business Tax Calendar and other IRS tools offer important information and reminders so you never miss a date, and can survive tax season without getting too overwhelmed.

Small Business Owners on a Budget

Tax Time Survival: Finding the Right CPA for Your Small Business

While some business owners prefer to take on the daunting task of filing their own taxes, some small business owners will find that they need the services of a certified public accountant (CPA). Small businesses may only call upon a CPA to prepare their taxes, but a CPA can do much more, by reducing your risk of financial errors and help your company build its value and your wealth. To aid in your search of finding the right CPA for your small business, PowerSites has put together an outline of things to do to find a CPA that’s a perfect match to the needs of your business.

What Your Business Needs

Tax Tips: How to find the Right CPA for Your Small Business NeedsSome businesses seek out experienced financial advisors that will review their business books every month while other businesses only need an accountant to complete year-end financials and tax returns. Just like doctors, certified public accountants also specialize in specific areas. Some specialize in specific industries, while others may specialize based on business size. You also have to consider whether you want your bookkeeping done in-house, or remotely. There are other variables to consider as well, such as whether or not you want your accounting firm to also provide consulting services. It’s a good idea for you to create a list of what you seek in an accounting firm, so that when you begin screening candidate accounting firms you can just check off each item on your list that matches. This will help you keep track of what you liked about each accounting firm, and help you to make a knowledgeable decision at the end of your interviews.

Ask for Referrals

To make your search easier, ask professional associates that you know and trust if they can recommend an accounting firm to you. It is likely that they will have someone to recommend. Sure, you can do an Internet search, but personal recommendations are usually a more reliable method of inviting a firm to sit down for and tell you why you should give them your business.

Search Extensively

Certainly, a referral from someone you know will carry a lot of weight— but if you do not interview several accounting firms, you have not done your due diligence. The greatest accountant on earth does you no good unless you and the CPA can communicate. During your search, ascertain the candidate firm’s billing practices. If they charge you for five-minute phone conversation, you may not make that call and a poor decision might result. Ask the company how many small businesses like yours are clients and then ask for names to call as references.

Check References

No matter how you find the accounting firm you want to hire always check the references you have been given. Ask your peers how much they value the advice given to them by the CPA, how good is the firm about returning phone calls. Ask them to brief you on the firm/CPA’s weaknesses as well as strengths.

Check the AICPA Website

If you’re looking for a CPA with a specialized skill-set and credentials, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants allows you to search a database of CPA’s, so you can find one with the required skills that you’re looking for.

What social media means for small business

By Jason Feller, PowerSites Content & Community Manager

Social Media: Online communities where users engage with one another and their favorite brands in an interactive format.

Competing with the big boys as a small business isn’t easy. The major brands have inherent advantages that can be very difficult to overcome.

Thanks to social media, however, small businesses can turn the tables and capitalize on their strengths.

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Let social media serve as your megaphone.

Two of the most significant ways in which small businesses have an edge are in customer loyalty and word-of-mouth advertising.

Social media allows small businesses the opportunity to build on both.

In his blog post Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media, Francisco Rosales adroitly points out “Brands are far from becoming human and getting the user engaged for real. … They will take advantage of your special deal or rant about bad experiences but that’s it. When it comes to small business, it’s easy for an individual to become the voice of the company, a personal brand that builds trust around a product or service with a human touch.”

That distinction is critical. Small businesses have thrived for generations because of their ability to create personal relationships with their customers. This leads to customer loyalty and prevents those customers from taking their business elsewhere.

The same concept applies with social media. The major brand might have five million fans/followers, but those five million could be less valuable than the 500 a small business has, because the small businesses’ community is likely to be much more engaged.

Another key to remember is that building customer loyalty is a long-term strategy. Print ads in the PennySaver are still probably your best bet for having an immediate impact.

As Mark Schaefer explains in his article, How does a small business move into social media marketing?, “For many small companies, the result from social media marketing is more like the long-term benefits of networking at a chamber of commerce meeting. … short-term benefits are certainly possible — but in general, aim for long-term benefits such as increasing customer loyalty.”

When it comes to word-of-mouth advertising, social media has immense potential. It’s much more common for people to tell their friends about some new burger joint they just discovered than it is for them to talk to their friends about some major brand.

The beauty of this is that it doesn’t even require you to do any work, but having a great product. Your product will spread through social media organically. And by paying attention to when your product is mentioned on social media in a positive (or negative) light, you can respond directly to your customers and help spread the word even more.

Powersite of the Week: Mike’s Pizza!

Every week here on the PowerSites Blog we will be featuring a business that is currently using our service and show you a few of the advantages to putting yourself on the Web with a PowerSite. Today we want to talk about Powersite of the Week: Big Mike’s Pizza in Largo, FL!

Big Mike’s has been in the pizza business for over 15 years. Their menu items include pizza, calzones, salads, wings, as well as hot and cold subs and mouth watering burgers to sink your teeth into. They always use the highest quality and freshest ingredients to prepare their food; their dough and bread are made fresh daily and the marinara sauce is made from scratch.  Big Mike’s is so much more than a pizzeria!

Mike’s also offers live entertainment, bike night, parties, college sports, UFC pay-per-view and full bar!

Big Mike’s PowerSite offers a number of great coupons for those with savings on their mind, click here! . In the photo section, you can take a look at some of the delicious food and good times that can be had at Mike’s place.

We’re very proud to have Big Mike’s as a member of the PowerSite family! Every small business needs a presence on the Internet. PowerSites was created for your small business- we will bring you customers and allow you to focus on exceeding their expectations!

Click below to check out the PowerSite for Big Mike’s Pizza!

http://bigmikespizzeria.com/

Powersite of the Week: Mike’s Pizza!

Every week here on the PowerSites Blog we will be featuring a business that is currently using our service and show you a few of the advantages to putting yourself on the Web with a PowerSite. Today we want to talk about Powersite of the Week: Big Mike’s Pizza in Largo, FL!

Big Mike’s has been in the pizza business for over 15 years. Their menu items include pizza, calzones, salads, wings, as well as hot and cold subs and mouth watering burgers to sink your teeth into. They always use the highest quality and freshest ingredients to prepare their food; their dough and bread are made fresh daily and the marinara sauce is made from scratch.  Big Mike’s is so much more than a pizzeria!

Mike’s also offers live entertainment, bike night, parties, college sports, UFC pay-per-view and full bar!

Big Mike’s PowerSite offers a number of great coupons for those with savings on their mind, click here! . In the photo section, you can take a look at some of the delicious food and good times that can be had at Mike’s place.

We’re very proud to have Big Mike’s as a member of the PowerSite family! Every small business needs a presence on the Internet. PowerSites was created for your small business- we will bring you customers and allow you to focus on exceeding their expectations!

Click below to check out the PowerSite for Big Mike’s Pizza!

Aladdin Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurant
1328 S. Magnolia
Anaheim
CA 92804

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Phone: (714) 821-9900

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Small Business Saturday: Nov. 27!

As we all know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days in America. Large retail chains and mega-large e-commerce sites seem to be the main focus every year. This year, a movement has begun asking, “What about a day meant to benefit the Small Businesses that play such a vital role in our economy?” And people are answering!

Small Business Saturday, which is being held on Nov. 27, is a national movement to encourage shoppers to make a commitment to go out on that Saturday after Thanksgiving and support local business.  According to the official Small Business Saturday web page, it is, “A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love. The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home. The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.”

You can see more and join the movement by logging on to Facebook and going to the official Small Business Saturday Facebook Page.

To see Small Business facts, advocates for the day and much more, go the official website at http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/

The Power of Social Media For Small Business

You may ask yourself from time to time: Why does my business need a Facebook page or a Twitter account? How can that help me? The answer is simple: Using Social Media to help your business to grow is no longer encouraged; it’s expected.

Social Media has become a buzz phrase in the business world for quite a while now, and for good reason. Twitter and Facebook are revolutionizing the way in which businesses function on the Internet. These sites put a face and a name to the customer as well as the business. Social Media platforms are exactly what they sound like they should be; They are places where people can interact with one another without being in the same room…and the same goes for businesses. If you can  define the correct voice for your company on Social Media outlets, you can give people incentive to use your services when they need them.

Think of it in this scenario: Your washer and dryer stop working and you need to get w0rking ones asap. You know two people in your neighborhood that are selling their washing machines and they are both the exact same brand and model. One of the people always says hello to you in the grocery when you pass them and the other just looks down and acts as though they don’t see you. If you are going to be forced to purchase one of the washing machines from person 1 or person 2, which person would you go to? Probably the really nice person, we believe.

Creating a friendly atmosphere online  is just as important as making your brick and mortar store look presentable and friendly. When people are put into a situation where they have to choose a business for their needs, the company that has the very friendly and open Facebook page that allows comments and reviews will usually stick out in there mind. It’s free advertising and you need to take advantage of it.

Next week, we will discuss the multiple ways that you can utilize Social Media outlets for your business. In the mean time, start yourself a Facebook account if you haven’t already. It just takes an email address and a password. You’ll need to do this before you can begin creating a page for your business.

You’ll thank us later.

Welcome to PowerSites!

Welcome to the Powersites.net blog, we have a lot of great content to share with you! We will be sharing success stories from businesses using Powersites as well as news, tips and trends in the small business marketplace.  We will do our best to keep you in the loop so you don’t get left behind.  We want to become a source of help and inspiration for anyone who is trying to take the huge step into building their own business.

Here is a bit about Powersites.net:

PowerSites® is an all inclusive, affordable website solution that will improve the online exposure of your small business. Our mission is to bring buyers and sellers together online!

We will create a professionally designed website for your business, increase your online exposure (SEO) and provide you a dedicated call source tracking number for your business, along with so much more. Most competing offers lure you with discounted websites and business listings but those offers are always priced higher when you compare all the services offered.

PowerSites was created for your small business- we will bring you customers and allow you to focus on exceeding their expectations!

This blog is meant to help our customers and anyone else who is trying to run their own business in this very competitive marketplace. We are here to help the small business owner, so check back often to stay in the loop on the news that might help you take your business to the next level.