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The Rise Of Small Companies Gaining A Worldwide Reach

One in four of the 5 million active advertisers on Facebook has run a campaign targeting people in another country. The number, provided exclusively to me and, is a sign of the way that technology enables smaller businesses to operate internationally.

Elizabeth MacBride from Forbes
What's Hurting Your Business's Chances At Financing, And What You Can Do About It

You’ve approached your lender and submitted a loan application only to find out you’ve been denied. This is, unfortunately, a common reality for manysmall business owners. In contrast to how they handle applications for a personal loan or credit card, lenders are much pickier when it comes to
approving financing for small businesses.

While some issues are easier to fix than others, there are still remedies for virtually any issue the lender may have raised. Here’s advice on solving some of the most common.

Robert Harrow from Forbes
5 Areas of Your Treasury Operation That Might Benefit from Improvement

Achieve greater operational efficiency through evaluating five areas of your treasury operations.

Achieve greater operational efficiency through evaluating five areas of your treasury operations.
How to Improve Your Sales Team's Performance

Helpful tips for digital marketing your small business.

by Peter Helmer from Business2Community
The Future of Work is Today. Are You Ready?

Look out! In workplaces across the globe, conventional wisdom is being thrown out the window. Everything around us seems to be in flux — from how we conduct ourselves to how we manage others. In my work with business leaders and teams around the world, I see too many companies missing out — still operating according to 20th century mindsets, practices and technologies. I also see the careers of too many gifted individuals needlessly stalled and ended, because of ignorance or fearful resistance. It doesn't have to be this way. The drivers of change in the workplace are hiding in plain sight. In researching our new book The Future-Proof Workplace, Dr. Linda Sharkey and I identified six factors of change that are transforming the workplace landscape.

By Morag Barrett from CIO
How Family Businesses Can Find Their Competitive Edge In The Digital Age

Being a “family business” has typically been good for business and for the bottom line. Though times have changed and modern families come in many different forms, the appeal of “family owned” with customers across generations remains strong. However, what worked in the past to grow a business won’t always work in the future, or even in the present.

How Location Data Can Transform Your Business

That expectation comes from powerful, but sometimes incorrect or incomplete, assumptions about the world around us. Increasingly, the use of location data is challenging some of these assumptions and transforming our communities and businesses.

By Gladys Kong from CIO
Why It's So Hard to Fill Sales Jobs

The difficulties businesses face in filling sales jobs.

By Brandon Klein from Fast Company
3 Ways to Gauge Employee Engagement and Satisfaction

Performance reviews and employee satisfaction surveys aren't always the best way to get honest feedback from employees. And as a result, more companies are moving to establish a feedback culture, which relies on fostering an open culture through communication and frequent check-ins with employees.

Small Business Owners May See A Credit Score Boost

Do you monitor your credit scores and reports? If you do, and you have a judgment or tax lien on your credit reports, you may be in for a welcome surprise. After July 1, 2017, many of those items won’t appear on credit reports. For some, this change could result in a credit score boost. And business owners are more likely to be impacted, according to data from Nav.

Gerri Detweiler from Forbes
21 Ideas for Social Media Content for Your Small Business

Social media is certainly popular. And it makes sense a lot of small businesses use it. It’s largely free, for starters. And it’s not too tough to learn, especially if you’ve been practicing with it for personal use.


But are small businesses getting good results from all this social media work?

Brian Sutter - Forbes
3 "Simple" Business Decisions That Impact The Future Of Your Employee's Work

Engaging and retaining employees is key to a successful business.

by Shelly Dutton from Business2Community
How Paying Small Businesses Faster Can Boost Jobs

When big companies delay payments, small businesses can get squeezed. There are benefits to reversing that trend.

Jean-Noel Barrot from Fast Company
Five Ways to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Succession Strategy

It would make little sense for an organization to develop a succession management program without a defined plan for evaluating its effectiveness. But how can organizations evaluate their succession management program? The five guidelines below provide organizations with a proven method to determine whether or not their succession management program is, in fact, working, as well as a case study of the results.

By Brent Holland from Business2Community
The 4 Keys To Boosting Your Customer Retention

Attracting a new customer costs your business six to seven times more than retaining an existing one. You need to do what you can to continuously earn your customers’ loyalty—never underestimate the value of retention. Here are four keys to achieving the level of customer retention you need to boost your top line.

Megan Totka from Forbes
4 Ways Technology Has Changed Recruitment -- For Better (And Worse)

From professional networking sites and job boards to online applicant systems, technology has revolutionized recruitment, profoundly changing how employers and recruiters find potential candidates. For example, applicant tracking systems and new AI software can help HR departments manage the massive influx of resumes they receive daily, says Michael Fauscette, chief research officer at G2 Crowd, a business software review platform. But, while technology can offer easy solutions, it often has a way of creating new problems in the process.

Better Late than Never: B2B Marketplace Tapping into the Socialization of Payments

When it comes to Internet banking and conducting transactions online, consumers have been leading the march forward. This trend around the socialization of payments has not yet been fully embraced in the business-to-business (B2B) world. However, recent innovations in payment networks are enticing B2B buyers and suppliers to connect more efficiently and in ways that are mutually beneficial.

Why Your Small Business Needs a Mobile App

Smartphones have already revolutionized the way brands can market to consumers through branded apps that connect businesses to their customers 24/7. Brands are already using apps successfully to connect with their customers. While this was once something only the big businesses with even bigger budgets could afford in the past, these days, you need an app to be relevant. In 2017, even more businesses will start to embrace mobile technologies - specifically native apps for iOS and Android. The increasing quality of emerging DIY app builders means it's cheaper and easier than ever to make your own app.

By Jessica Naziri from CIO
How Acquisitions Affect Customer Experience And Branding

Company acquisitions and mergers are nearly a daily occurrence. While they are common strategies, when it comes to the actual integration process and consideration of what it will do in terms of the outward facing aspects of the business become anything but common.

By Steve Olenski from Forbes
Why Building Candidate Personas Helps You Hire the Right Talent

If you're trying to improve your ability to attract top talent without sacrificing your commitment to diversity and inclusion, consider using a "candidate persona" strategy. The concept is similar to creating "buyer personas" in marketing, says Maren Hogan, CEO of Red Branch Media, in a session at SourceCon, last week in Anaheim, Calif. "A candidate persona is a fictionalized representation of your ideal hire for a specific role. This should mostly be based on data, but it also requires a bit of intuition and even some guesswork. Think about who you are looking for; who is this person? What do they do with their days? What are their primary concerns, inside and outside of work? What hobbies and activities are important to them? What's keeping them up at night?" Hogan says.

By Sharon Florentine from CIO
You Can't Make Good Business Decisions With Bad Data: Do You Know The 3 Rs Of Financial Reporting?

As much as we would like to think that great entrepreneurs have some kind of special gift, the best among us simply know how to create and use meaningful financial reporting, and use it to make decisions that improve our businesses. With a good eye on the numbers and some careful analysis, any business owner can see what is going right and what is going wrong.

David Worrell from Forbes
How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Can Beat the Likes of Amazon

One of the massive advantages online companies have is the capability to fully analyze shoppers and then apply what is learned to increase sales. There is a high need for analytics applied to brick-and-mortar stores so they can better understand buyer behavior and then adjust real-time to increase per-square-foot sales performance.

By Rob Enderle from CIO
Key Qualities Employers Look For In Their Most Valued Employees

In today’s competitive job market, hiring talent is important. But hiring the right talent is perhaps the most important thing a business owner can do. It’s not enough that employees have the skills necessary to do the job, they must have a work ethic that adds value to the team.

Ian Altman from Forbes
Top Ten States For Small Business Loans And How You Can Get Them

Securing a business loan is perhaps one of the most stressful moments of time for entrepreneurs throughout America, regardless of the region. However, a recent study conducted by has identified New Jersey as the top state for loan approval rates, according to a new study of more than 50,000 loan applications nationwide over the last 12 months.

Rohit Arora from Forbes
Why Innovative Companies Invest in Customer Success

Customer success is becoming a standard part of business as innovation leads the economy. The only tricky part is finding the right combination of people and technologies for you.

By Mark Silver from Business2Community
21 Ways To Boost Your Business Bank Account

When cash is tight and bills need to be paid, your first instinct may be to try to get a small business loan of some kind — any kind. But depending on the type of small business financing you’re seeking, you may need strong personal or business credit scores, or sufficient revenues or cash flow.  Without them a loan may be out of reach.

What else can you do? Here are some alternative strategies for improving cash flow quickly and getting more money into your bank account.

Gerri Detweiler from Forbes
Improved Cash Flow: A Hidden Source of Self-Financing

This article shows how implementing an effective cash management program allows treasurers to manage their working capital more effectively, optimizing cash flow and uncovering a hidden source of capital.

from Fifth Third Bank
Is Your Cash Working as Hard as You Do? Taking a Holistic Look at Your Financial Supply Chain

Fostering strong partnerships is crucial to the success of most businesses. And one of the most important relationships needing attention is with suppliers. This is why many companies are putting a greater focus on managing relationships with key suppliers, including the payment flows associated with these partnerships. These relations are at the heart of a healthy financial supply chain and are every bit as important as the supply chain itself.

Online Reputation Management: How to Attract New Customers to Your Business

In today’s plugged-in, tech-savvy culture, managing your online reputation will almost certainly be an essential component of your small business strategy. Here are a few simple, impactful steps you can take to improve your online reputation in the short and long-term.

The 5 Most Common Frustrations of an Entrepreneur

Small business survey results to help with informed business decisions

by Martin Zwilling from Forbes
8 Steps Small Businesses can Achieve Payables Optimization Success

As treasury organizations look to drive greater efficiency and cost savings through the optimization of their payables function, it’s important to take advantage of industry best practices.

Can a Commercial Card Program Bring Greater Savings and Efficiency to Your Payables Process?

There are several ways in which a Commercial Card Program can improve the payables process.

By Brandon Klein from Fast Company
Workforce Trends and Their Impact on Businesses

For any company, there are a variety of factors affecting the bottom line—sales, inflation, the political climate, the economy, and even the availability of great workers. For all leaders, it’s important to recognize what’s happening in the culture at large and how it influences the microcosm of your organization.

Three Reasons Why Bank Lending to Small Businesses Has Reached Post-Recession Highs

Do you monitor your credit scores and reports? If you do, and you have a judgment or tax lien on your credit reports, you may be in for a welcome surprise. After July 1, 2017, many of those items won’t appear on credit reports. For some, this change could result in a credit score boost. And business owners are more likely to be impacted, according to data from Nav.

Rohit Arora from Forbes
How Your Business Can Take Advantage of Rising Interest Rates

Take the following steps to leverage rising interest rates for your business.

The First Four Things You Must Know Before Buying A Franchise

The franchise universe is broad and diverse, with arguably thousands of options, which is both good and bad news – so many choices begets lots of intimidation. But fortunately, the fundamentals you apply to conduct franchise acquisition research, regardless of the one you choose, are basically the same.

Emerging Payment Tech Levels the Field for Small Businesses

The internet plus the necessary tools to enable sales, advertising, marketing and delivery of a product are essentially a few phone calls or button clicks away, and anyone with the right concept, team and resources can access them.The views expressed by the author are not necessarily those of Fifth Third Bank and are solely the opinions of the author. This article is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute the rendering of legal, accounting, or other professional services by Fifth Third Bank or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, and are provided without any warranty whatsoever. Deposit and credit products provided by Fifth Third Bank.

The Steady March to Digitization: How Small Businesses are Achieving Payables Optimization

Small businesses are under constant pressure to squeeze every last drop of efficiency out of their payables function in order to free up vital working capital.

If You Want To Win In Retail, Out-Human The Competition

When it comes to retail marketing, standing out among the crowd doesn’t necessarily require the most advanced marketing technology. Rather, it requires the ability to transcend the white noise in order to develop deeper relationships with customers.

Tina Mulqueen from Forbes
How Employee Burnout Became an Epidemic and What It Might Take to Fix It

According to new research by Kronos and Future Workplace, burnout really is getting even worse and more widespread, and so are the consequences of it. This time around, there are some surprising reasons why—and a few steps employers can take right away to turn things around.

By Lydia Dishman from Fast Company
6 Things Faster Payments Will Usher In

Faster payments are on the way and that’s good news for businesses and consumers alike. While the benefits of faster payments will be numerous, here are six top things small businesses can look forward to with the improvement of the settlement process.

from Fifth Third Bank
As CEO, You're The Futurist Of Your Business

As the CEO, you’re the futurist of your business, and the product of a futurist’s work is foresight.

Professional futurists are neither inspired by God, clairvoyant, nor have ESP. But they do look at the world differently than the average person. They typically see things before others do, largely because their focus is influenced by multiple factors.

Jim Blasingame from Forbes
Mid-Year Check-In: Is Your Business on Track?

As a small business owner, the daily operations of your company can often demand all of your work days—and then some. Yet, pausing to do a mid-year check-in may be one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your business is on track.

Don't Make Financial Supply Chain Management an Afterthought

There are several steps you can take to ensure you are managing your financial supply chain effectively.

from Fifth Third Bank
Taxes That Doom Entrepreneurs: How To Avoid Painful Expenses At The End Of The Year

Taxes are complicated – unfortunately. Fortunately, Americans are blessed with the opportunity to plan their affairs to take advantage of tax deductions, credits and incentives in their businesses and personal lives. The nightmare is figuring out how to take advantage of the system. The first thing entrepreneurs need to figure out is what taxes do you owe

Cameron Keng from Forbes
Four Ways Small Businesses Can Maximize the Financial Supply Chain

Small businesses understand the importance of managing their physical supply chains, including the sourcing and tracking of raw materials and parts, and shipping finished goods to customers.

Making the Most of Operating Cash in a Tepid Interest Rate Environment

If watercoolers were still the rage, today’s big watercooler topic at many small businesses would be speculation about what will happen with interest rates in the U.S. After years of historically low interest rates, the Federal Reserve recently raised rates for the first time in nearly a decade.

Getting the Most out of Today’s Low Interest Rate Environment
How Combining SEO and Web Design Can Boost Your Marketing Efforts

When a business kicks off a new website, careful consideration usually goes into its design. But all of that hard work is wasted if customers never see a business’s website in the first place. Search engine optimization (SEO) has long been the foundation of every business’s content marketing strategy. With the right text on a page, it features prominently in search results, beating out competitors for customer attention. But good SEO design starts with the layout of a website and grows.

By Dan Steiner from CIO
What's New In Cash Flow Technology?

Cash flow technology can help businesses safeguard themselves against fraud.

from Fifth Third Bank
5 Payment Trends to Look For in 2016

Few would argue that greater treasury efficiency and lower costs is a bad thing. And that is why the continuing migration from paper to electronic payment processes is inevitable. In the coming year, these B2B trends are apparent.

CFOs: You Don't Need All The Answers, Just The Right Questions

CFOs linking their strategy to sales will ensure company growth.

by Jeff Thomson from Forbes
Fast and Furious: Keeping Up with the Rapid Changes Across the B2B Payments Landscape

The demise of paper checks in the business-to-business (B2B) space has been anything but rapid, but that has not slowed the change on the payments landscape. For treasury and finance professionals, the high cost of check transactions has provided ample motivation to embrace electronification and automation of payments whenever possible.

6 Key Steps to Influencing Effective Knowledge Transfer in Your Business

Transferring business operational knowledge to multiple employees avoids problems if a key employee should leave.

Banking Industry Leads the Charge for Faster Payments

Everyone agrees faster payments are a good idea for businesses of every size, but making it happen takes a well-coordinated effort on the part of the banking and payments industry. To make faster payments a reality, three initiatives have been undertaken.

from Fifth Third Bank
Why Every Business Owner Should Do a Year-End Review

From finalizing sales contracts to preparing for tax season to managing employee holiday vacations, small-to-mid-size business owners might be tempted to tell themselves they’re simply too busy to set aside time for an end-of-year review.

If you find yourself among that number, it’s completely understandable—but you should nevertheless reconsider: Much like your own annual physical, an end-of-year review can be an essential, forward-thinking component of establishing and maintaining a healthy, flourishing business.

The Secret Keeping Some Rural Businesses Alive

Small-business succession is an increasingly important topic in rural America, where entrepreneurs now in their 60s and 70s often have a rough time finding people to buy and take over their mom-and-pops. Fortunately, a growing ecology of organizations and businesses are matching rural entrepreneurs nearing retirement with younger people yearning to run businesses. Public university extension services, economic development agencies, bankers, business brokers and succession consultants, among others, offer matchmaking services and intelligence.

Even the Decade of A.I. Requires Great People

I’ve written multiple blog posts about artificial intelligence (A.I.) and other emerging technologies. A.I. is certainly a disruptive technology on the road ahead, but there is one thing that all industries require, no matter how advanced their technology, and that’s great people. High performers, A players, next-generation leaders — call them what you will, but if you don’t have a method to build and retain a pipeline of talent, you put your company at risk of extinction.

By Greg Simpson from CIO
How to Choose a Marketable (and Searchable) Domain Name

Choosing a domain name for your company, a marketing campaign or a specific product isn’t always an easy process. There’s a lot to consider and you have to make sure you’re taking every important aspect into account. Ultimately, you want to end up with a domain name that’s marketable and SEO-friendly.

By Larry Alton from CIO
5 Steps for Creating the Perfect Team

So, how do we assemble the perfect team? You may be surprised to learn that the answer lies in uncovering and understanding the data of each individual. Easily the best tactic to assembling better teams is understanding all aspects of who your teammates are, so without judgment or pretense, you can begin helping them—and they, you.

By Brandon Klein from Fast Company
Ignoring 83% Of Payroll Tax Mismatches, IRS Leaves $7 Billion Uncollected...Until Now

The IRS is well-known for information matching. Take IRS Form 1099. It is common knowledge that if you fail to account for income reported on a Form 1099-MISC, you will receive an IRS notice asking why, or even proposing a tax bill. You might reasonably assume that employment taxes would be even more cross-checked. The purpose of the IRS-CAWR Program is to ensure that employers report the proper amount of employment taxes and Federal income tax withholding on their employment tax returns.

However, it appears not to be working so well. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently evaluated whether the IRS-CAWR Program’s document matching process accurately identifies and selects the most productive cases.

3 Steps to Better Cash Flow and Healthier Finances

One of the biggest challenges for very small businesses is cash flow. You can’t always control when clients pay you, especially if you are serving very large organizations. Even if you make a six-figure income or above, there may be times during the year when you’re short of cash for this reason.

There is really only one way to address cash-flow crunches, and it’s planning so you can prevent them in advance.

Elaine Pofeldt from Forbes
Onboarding Suppliers for more Efficient Small Business Payables Processes

An important first step in any payables optimization effort is the onboarding of suppliers, who will be asked to accept more efficient electronic payments in the form of a card payables online solution.

A Win-win Approach for Buyers and Suppliers
When To Open A Second Location To Grow Your Small Business

Many business owners question whether it’s time to open another location, wondering if they’re creating new opportunities or spreading themselves too thin. While you can never know for certain before taking the leap, these entrepreneurs found that certain conditions were signs that the timing could be right.

5 Digital Marketing Rules Every Small Business Needs to Know

Helpful tips for digital marketing your small business.

Helpful tips for digital marketing your small business.
Give Your Working Capital Plan an Annual Physical: How Treasury Can Sustain Cash Flow Improvements

The dynamic nature of business necessitates conducting periodic "health checks" in order to evaluate the vital signs of your treasury organization. Learn best practices for conducting a yearly checkup of your working capital management plan.

from Fifth Third Bank
Faster Payments, Bigger Business Payoff

Faster payments hold tremendous promise for corporates. By reducing the length of time required to recognize a receivable, businesses will be able increase the flow of commerce, while at the same time making it easier to manage vital working capital

from Fifth Third Bank
Employee Retention 101: How to Keep a Talented Team Intact

The core of all business success is employee talent. Without a talented team, you may work long and hard but never accomplish much of anything.

by Bruce Kasanoff from Forbes
Growth Stories: Don't Let Your Strength Become Your Weakness

Sometimes there is an obvious path to growth, but it may be a trap. Follow that path and your strength may become your weakness. Growing value, and not focusing on price and volume will help prevent you from becoming a commodity. For this to happen, you will need to be more transformative in your approach. I talk to Rocky Romanella, former President of Retail Services at UPS, about one such transition.

Alastair Dryburgh from Forbes
Cryptocurrency Basics for Business

Curious about digital currency and how it affects your business? Learn the basics.

Amazon Has at Least One Fed Official Rethinking Inflation Theory

When online retail giant Inc. announced that it would purchase Whole Foods Market Inc., a plunge in retail and grocery stocks reinforced the disinflationary tone set by three straight months of disappointing data on consumer prices. It’s an example of the technological forces that are increasing competition and further limiting companies’ ability to pass on higher wage costs to’re seeking, you may need strong personal or business credit scores, or sufficient revenues or cash flow.  

Matthew Boesler from Bloomberg
How To Build A Business That Can Run Without You

When it comes to retail marketing, standing out among the crowd doesn’t necessarily require the most advanced marketing technology. Rather, it requires the ability to transcend the white noise in order to develop deeper relationships with customers.

Richard Fertig from Forbes
Maximizing Small Business Payment Efficiencies to Improve Working Capital Management

As uncertainty around interest rates raises concerns for small businesses, the importance of maximizing payment efficiencies with the goal of improving working capital management has become more critical than ever.

Outsourcing Versus Insourcing: A New Perspective

Imagine you are building your company and humming along when someone in your back office quits. Before you instantly rehire, you might want to rethink the insource versus outsource question from a new perspective.

The Power of Planning: Make 2018 the Best Year for Your Small Business

“If you don’t know where you’re going,” Yogi Berra famously quipped, “you’ll end up someplace else.”

For business owners preparing for the upcoming year, the American baseball legend’s witticism likely rings especially true: Nailing down smart, realistic short- and long-term objectives is an essential component of building and evolving a successful business—but sometimes it is easier said than done.

How To Structure And Finance Your Partnership Buyout

Business partnership buyouts can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, a business partner is no longer aligned with the vision of the company. More commonly, a business partner is looking to retire or move onto a new venture. Whatever the scenario, it is important to cover your bases to ensure that the buyout is favorable for all business partners and the viability of the company. Once the terms are defined, you will be able to make an informed decision on how to best finance the buyout.

Protect Yourself Against Malware
What Employee Engagement Means And Why It Matters

Employee engagement is key for successful small businesses.

by Nicole Alvino - May 13, 2015 - Business2Community
Combating Business E-Mail Compromises
Current Risks, Best Practices
Intellectual Property 101: What Your Business Needs To Know About Trademark Law

Although many of the common examples you hear about are large corporate brands, understanding trademark protection is just as important for startups, independent creators, and small businesses. So what do trademarks do?

Art Neill from Forbes
Three Ways to Keep Your Small Business Running After A Natural Disaster

No one can predict a natural disaster, but there are precautions you can take. Here are three things your business can take care of now to prepare for a natural disaster and get back up and running quickly.

Brock Blake from Forbes
Check Fraud Still No. 1 Payment-Fraud Risk - Here's How to Protect Your Business

Everyone is talking about cybersecurity risks, but check fraud remains the top form of payment fraud experienced by companies. According to the Association for Financial Professionals’ 2016 Payments Fraud and Control Survey1, 71% of companies that experienced attempted or actual payments fraud last year were victims of check fraud.

Current Check Fraud Threats to Be Aware of - and Strategies for Responding

As a group, fraudsters can never be accused of failing to innovate. That’s a big reason why check fraud — despite being one of the oldest forms of payment fraud — remains a serious risk to companies.

One Time Passcode Provides Another Layer of Protection against Cyber Fraud

Every day, fraudsters around the world target companies like yours, using the Internet in various ingenious ways, aiming to hijack your financial transactions and empty your bank accounts. Cyber crime is organized, growing and responsible for millions of dollars in business losses. So how do you protect your company?

Chip Cards Projected to Shift Fraud Risk to Card-Not-Present Transactions

As card fraud becomes harder to commit at the point of sale due to the protection that the more secure EMV technology affords against card counterfeiting, some analysts are forecasting an increase in card fraud related to online and telephone purchases —so-called card-not-present transactions.

Keeping a Watchful Eye on the Payment Fraud Landscape: The Never Ending Battle to Protect Corporate Assets

Staying one step ahead of fraudsters is the goal of the payments industry, but this is no easy task. As fast as new payment methods are introduced, new criminal schemes are quick to follow. Understanding your vulnerabilities and fraud risks is crucial in order to develop effective strategies to address this pervasive and persistent problem.

Establishing a Fraud Policy and Oversight Program

Setting up a fraud policy and oversight program is an important step in curbing fraud activity at your company.

Email Account Compromise Scams Target Customer Transactions

Imagine this scenario: You work at a title company and an individual who is buying a home calls frantically about the funds he transferred for the purchase. You have no record of receiving those funds.

Best Practices in Fraud Prevention

Explore how you can help protect your organization from fraud by implementing these best practices.

Companies Are Tracking Employees to Nab Traitors

Companies are tracking and analyzing employee behavior to protect sensitive company data.

from Bloomburg
Preparing for the Unexpected: Is Your Business Ready to Weather a Natural Disaster?

Now is the time to ensure your business continuity plan is current, comprehensive and clearly actionable.

Hurricanes Are Just One Kind Of Disaster

In the coming months, businesses in the affected areas will struggle to recover, but this will be a more difficult process for some than for others. As an investor, I know that even the best business plan can fail to account for every potential negative occurrence. A seemingly one-time natural disaster, like Harvey or Irma, makes that point all too clearly but companies can also be affected by other unforeseen disasters that have nothing to do with weather. 

George Schultze from Forbes
Small Business Owners: From Victims of Fraud to Victors Over Cyberattacks

Small business owners operate in an online world of opportunities — and threats. Those dangers are the effect of fraudsters, thieves, hackers and bots with a singular mission: To deceive customers, thereby depriving a company of a sale, while reaping the rewards of their own game of misdirection and corruption.

By Andre Bourque from CIO
Personal Wealth Planning for Business Owners

Business owners can tend to be financially vulnerable as they age. According to an SBA study, business owners are less likely to establish a diversified retirement portfolio than other people since they tend to reinvest cash into their companies, rather than put it aside for retirement.

Using an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to Exit Your Business

Planning the best exit strategy for your business? Here's how to keep you business locally rooted and your employees.

How to Build Your Future Family Office

A “family office” is a private wealth management advisory firm that manages a comprehensive array of outsourced solutions for everything from insurance policies, legacy planning, tax services, investing, charitable giving, lifestyle management, all-around concierge services and more. Consider the modern family office to be wealth management one-stop-shopping for high net worth individuals and companies.

3 Tips to Save Money Without Hurting the Company

There are many ways a company can save money without hurting the bottom line and its employees. Some methods might require you to be a little creative, while other ideas are reasonably straightforward. Either way, the end goal is to save the company as much money as possible.

Find and Harness Your Small Business Competitive Edge

Many small business owners know there's something special about their business -- an untapped target market or product, or reducing costs and increasing capital in a unique way. By focusing on business operations, you can differentiate your business from the inside out. It can lower production costs, shorten time to market and improve your cash holdings. 

3 Traps for Family Business Owners To Avoid

Family business owners face a special set of challenges. They have to consider not only their own interests but also those of any family members who are involved. To keep your family business in the family, you need to have a plan that's well communicated not just to your family members but also to anyone else who works for you.

Transitioning Your Family Business to the Next Generation

If you are a business owner hoping to pass your company on to the next generation, a few key considerations can help you successfully navigate the transition while maintaining family harmony.

The 4 D's Every Business Owner Needs to Plan For

While business owners are often successful at developing a long-range plan for profitability and growth, there are unfortunately some big issues many entrepreneurs forget to address: divorce, departure, disability and death.

12 Ways Being Organized Helps Your Business

If it’s unorganized, your company is bound to have troubles. In fact, there are many ways being organized helps your business.

How to Protect Your Assets—and Your Business—From Liability

More than 100 million lawsuits are filed in U.S. state courts annually—and for a small business owner, it only takes one suit directed your way to put all your hard work, aspirations, and assets at risk.  

A Practical Guide to Preparing Your Retail Business for the Holiday Season

For retail businesses, the holidays are no joke. The season can represent as much as 30% of annual sales, the National Retail Federation reports, and about 40% of consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween even comes around. What’s the rush?

Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

Whether you are a sole proprietor or a business with a number of employees, there are a number of small business retirement plan options to choose from—each with their own pros and cons.

By Roger Wohlner
How the Sales Tax Decision Will Affect Your Business

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that states can begin collecting sales tax on all online purchases has the potential to curtail the competitive advantage that e-commerce businesses enjoy.

Ownership, Taxes and Liability: Setting up Your New Business Structure

Your business structure determines how your company will be taxed, the amount of paperwork you’ll be required to complete, and whether your personal property is considered separate or conflated with your business property. It can also affect your ability to raise capital.

How to Leverage Your Business Loan for Growth

While bootstrapping, crowdfunding and VC funding tend to get all the press, the truth is that standard bank loans continue to quietly and effectively help untold numbers of businesses establish a foothold, expand their reach, and shorten the path to achieving short- and long-term goals.

Business Banking: When It's Secure, Your Business is Safer

In a world that’s moving to internet and mobile banking, same-day automated clearing house (ACH) payments and faster payments processing, businesses increasingly are at risk of financial fraud -- especially small business.

What is succession planning? A key talent strategy for business

Succession planning is a talent management process that builds a pool of trained workers who are ready to fill key roles when leaders and other key employees step down. 

3 Important Ways to Optimize Online and Mobile Checkout

Checkout is when a sale could either be closed or lost depending on whether the experience has been designed to meet your shoppers’ needs. So e-commerce businesses would do well to develop an optimization and personalization strategy.

Reduce Customer Effort, Increase Loyalty: A Recipe for Growth

 In today’s world of subscription-based business models and limited trial periods, many brands risk losing a large swath of customers after a certain time frame has passed. No brand is immune from customer churn, either.

Is Now the Time to Restructure Your Business?

On August 16, the Federal Register published the IRS's draft regulations to clarify the new law that provides a 20 percent deduction on pass-through business income. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, this law will be in effect for tax years 2018 through 2025.

Get Started On Your 2019 Business Plan

Look ahead and determine what you want to accomplish for 2019.

Start Your Own Business Worksheet

In need of a loan to help you launch your own business? The Small Business Association’s (SBA) loan program can be a great low-cost solution. This worksheet will help you figure out eligibility rules, how to prepare—and what to expect.

How to Create a Compelling Business Plan

A business plan is more than simply a tool for securing the funding you need. It’s a statement of purpose. And if built with care, a business plan can ultimately be your roadmap for growth and evolution.

Dominique Moceanu's Impact on the World: from Athlete to Teacher to Business Owner

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, Dominique Moceanu is driven to have an impact for individuals and teams. And her new gym – Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center in Medina, Ohio – is the next step on that journey.

Start from the Finish Line: Plotting Your Exit

Company founders and owners who want to enjoy a smooth transition out of the business down the road need to prioritize exit planning today.

Exiting Your Business: Crafting Your Strategy

For most business owners, their business is their single largest asset. But when it comes time to put down the torch and exit the business, many don’t have an exit strategy. 

What Type of Loan Should Your Small Business Apply For?

Looking to optimally manage your business’ growth? The Small Business Administration makes available a wide range of options to qualifying businesses, creating more powerful opportunities for expansion.

3 Tech Strategies for Improving Your Business

Today's enterprises, whether small or global, require technology to stay ahead of the pack and CEOs who know what tools they need can boost their company's competitive advantage.

The Family Business Keys to Success

While there’s no such thing as a completely failproof business plan, here’s what many successful family-owned and -run businesses have in common.

Renewable Energy Options for Small Businesses

While there are plenty of good reasons to focus on energy efficiency, pursuing renewable energy as a small business might feel overwhelming. However, moving forward with environmentally friendly energy usage doesn’t have to be difficult.

How to Guard Your Retirement Savings

The retirement assets of business owners can be just as vulnerable to lawsuits as your other assets. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your retirement nest egg.

8 Ways Small Businesses Shape Communities

Small businesses play a leading role in the growth, economic development and personality of their surrounding communities. Besides being a major source of revenue for local governments, they’re a significant contributor to regional employment markets, values and politics.

How Do Buyers Determine How Much Your Company Is Worth?

For entrepreneurs and business owners beginning to think about an exit, it’s essential to take an objective look at your company’s potential valuation and understand the factors that impact that figure.

Business Insurance Must Haves: Don’t Be Caught Off Guard

From extreme weather to cybercrime, business of all kinds and sizes have plenty to worry about above and beyond the day-to-day operations that are often top of mind. 

Three Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Sold My Business

What should I know before I sell my business? That question, more than any other, is asked by clients and prospects. 

How to Enable Your Business to Survive an Economic Storm

Surviving tough times takes an indomitable spirit, but more importantly it takes skills, perseverance and passion for long-term goals. How, then, can you recession-proof your business?

The Top 6 Steps of Strategic Planning

A business plan is more of an external document to use with third parties like venture capitalists or banks. Building an internal, long-term strategic plan for the business that is going to guide management with its decision-making is different.

How Small Businesses Shape Communities

Small businesses are the backbone of communities, making vital contributions to local job markets, economies and neighborhoods. 

What You Need to Know About Business Credit

More than half of small businesses use credit cards on a regular basis—but is that resource being leveraged as effectively and powerfully as it could be?

Six Best Practices for Small Businesses to Give Charitably

Small businesses should not forgo their opportunity to be charitable just because they’re small. In fact, donating to a worthy cause can actually help your business.

Considering Crowdfunding for Business? Saving or Investing May Be Better

It's no surprise then that many entrepreneurs consider crowdfunding for business. However, this might not be your best option.

Identify Work Safety Hazards and Reduce Risk

Employers have a duty to assess workplace safety hazards and reduce potential risks. Here's how you can identify and prepare your workplace and employees.    

Cyber Security for Small Businesses

Protect your business information from online hackers, viruses, and scams with these popular small business cyber security tips from Fifth Third Bank.    

Making Human Resources a Productivity Center

Did you know Human Resources can help drive revenue and efficiency for your business? Here's how to improve HR productivity and boost employee efficiency.    

Tips for Documenting and Communicating Performance Problems

Knowing how to properly communicate and document employee performance can impact workplace productivity. Learn more with these helpful tips for employers.    

How to Tap the Shared Economy with Your Auto Business

As the shared economy grows, auto industry trends are developing. Here's how auto businesses can tap into the shared economy with Fifth Third Bank.

How to Tap the Shared Economy with Your Retail Business

Tapping into the shared economy is beneficial for retail business. From monitoring expenses to targeting new markets, learn more with Fifth Third Bank.

How to Tap the Shared Economy with Your Auto Business

As the shared economy grows, auto industry trends are developing. Here's how auto businesses can tap into the shared economy with Fifth Third Bank.

Staying Disciplined in an Era of Alternative Lending

Non-traditional lending practices have taken off during recent financial trends. Learn more about alternative lending and supportive facts with Fifth Third.

How Different Insurance Impacts Small Business Owners

Insurance is an essential part of running a small business, and there are many factors to consider when choosing a business insurance plan. Learn more.

How AI Can Reduce Financial Fraud in Your Business

How can artificial intelligence help your business? From tracking finances to billing, read how AI can reduce financial fraud in business with Fifth Third.    

Succession Plans: What Small Businesses Can Learn from Large Brands

Small businesses can learn a lot when developing a succession plan by taking a look at large brand succession plans. Read more with Fifth Third Bank.

What to Do If You've Been Denied for an SBA Loan

Have you been denied an SBA loan and aren't sure what steps to take next? Learn what SBA loans are, how to get one, and potential reasons for denial.

5 Ways Fintech Benefits Small Businesses

Fintech trends are starting to target small business to help with everyday operation. Here are 5 ways fintech technology can help grow small businesses.

Selling Your Business: Keeping It in the Family

Selling your business to a family member? Here's how serve your financial interests while helping the next generation and the business itself. Read more.

How to Tap the Shared Economy with Your Tech Business

Is there a place for your growing tech business in the shared economy? Learn more about shared economy trends and how tech brands can be involved.

Understanding the High Cost of a Data Breach

Is your company prepared for an unforeseen data breach? Learn about data security and how to reduce the risk for stolen identity, data, and more.

Strategies for Managing Business Cash Flow

Set your business up for financial success by following these cash flow management strategies. Here's how to plan, organize, and negotiate cash flow terms.    

Cash Flow vs. Profitability: Which Matters More?

What's the difference between cash flow and profitability in business? Learn how these business terms impact efficiency, business operation, and more.

Understanding Interest Rate Risk for Small Business

When you take out a business loan, it's important to understand how interest rate risk is involved. Learn what factors go into interest rates for business.    

The Advisors You Need for a Business Transition

Thinking of selling your business? Connecting with the following types of advisors will help smooth your business acquisition or selling process.