small businesses – Abc Directory http://abcdirectory.org/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 00:30:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://abcdirectory.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-26T213455.069-150x150.png small businesses – Abc Directory http://abcdirectory.org/ 32 32 5 Best Online Resources Entrepreneurs Can Use to Build Business Credit https://abcdirectory.org/5-best-online-resources-entrepreneurs-can-use-to-build-business-credit/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 00:41:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/5-best-online-resources-entrepreneurs-can-use-to-build-business-credit/ The author is a freelance journalist and public relations specialist for Google News. He can be reached at contact@sitetrail.com. — Ed. Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy, accounting for 46.8% of its economic activity. the US Small Business Administration showed in their report that 32.5 million small businesses in the United States […]]]>

The author is a freelance journalist and public relations specialist for Google News. He can be reached at contact@sitetrail.com. — Ed.

Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy, accounting for 46.8% of its economic activity. the US Small Business Administration showed in their report that 32.5 million small businesses in the United States employ 46.8% of the workforce. Regardless of industry, Bureau of Labor Statistics findings show that two-thirds of them survive to two years and only one-third survive past ten years.

Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for failure for 82% of businesses is cash flow problems. Credit scores are essential for a business seeking financing and play an important role in the approval of credit applications.

The sooner you can build trade credit for your business, the sooner you can get a loan from lenders and establish cash flow.

Online resources to help build business credit

There are several steps to establishing business credit. To learn how to create business credit using all the invaluable online resources at your disposal.

1. Name your business

Your business name is vital to your creditors and the credit bureaus. Choosing an appropriate business name will make it easier to market and gain recognition from your customers. You will also use the name to register your legal entity and apply for an EIN and bank account.

Choosing a business name is much easier when you use a name generator. You can do a business name search online to make sure it is unique and not being used by any other business.

Once you have decided on your business name, do an online domain name availability check.

2. Form a legal entity

Corporations are more likely to get a loan from a bank because the business assets are protected. Whether you choose to form an LLC or a corporation, your business will benefit from limited liability protection that protects the lender’s risk against any default or lawsuit it may face.

Several online resources make setting up an LLC easy and affordable. There are only six steps to registering your business with the state. An LLC formation service can also help you file your legal business entity online.


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3. EIN and your business bank account

Your Employer Identification Number or EIN is essential to your credit score. Your business EIN is equivalent to a social security number and appears on all credit profiles. Lenders use your EIN to check your creditworthiness. You also need the number to apply for a business bank account and credit card.

You can get an EIN online from the IRS website, but you must first set up your business before applying.

Once you have received the EIN, obtain a business bank account and a business credit card. Credit bureaus still check credit eligibility through banks, and some credit cards report to them. Online banking helps you make sure you don’t miss a payment and maintain your good credit rating.

4. Create a business website

Your company’s website is one of the places lenders will visit when you apply for a line of credit. They are interested in seeing what your business does, its location, and your customer profile.

Therefore, a good website will definitely give your business more credibility. Building a professional, easy-to-navigate website doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Online website builders like GoDaddy and HostGator make it easier for you to create a scalable website that can grow with your business.

5. Net-30 Accounts Payable and How They Relate to Business Credit Bureaus

Net 30 vendor accounts allow you to make purchases on credit for your business. They’re easy to set up and order online, giving you more time to grow your business. They have a payment term of 30 days from the invoice date and they report your payments to the business credit bureaus. As long as you pay before or on the due date, you are helping to build business credit

Once your business pays them regularly, you can even apply for higher lines of credit. The more Net-30 providers your business has, the better, as they report to credit reporting agencies such as Dun & Bradstreet, Equifax Small Business, Creditsafe and SBFE.

Final take

Online resources are everywhere today, helping you ensure your business success and build your business credit. TRUiC offers several online resources to help you every step of the way. Don’t forget that keeping track of your credit scores is also essential, so make sure you know your credit history by pulling online business credit reports from the credit bureaus every six months.

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Expanding Sex Education: Resources to Keep Learning https://abcdirectory.org/expanding-sex-education-resources-to-keep-learning/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 22:29:23 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/expanding-sex-education-resources-to-keep-learning/ Some students come to UBC feeling comfortable discussing everything from consent to contraception. However, abstinence education and misrepresentations of sexuality in the media leave others uncertain or misinformed when they start college. For Janice Suhardja, a second-year sociology student from Indonesia, conversations about sex at school and at home were “very conservative”. “It was definitely […]]]>

Some students come to UBC feeling comfortable discussing everything from consent to contraception. However, abstinence education and misrepresentations of sexuality in the media leave others uncertain or misinformed when they start college.

For Janice Suhardja, a second-year sociology student from Indonesia, conversations about sex at school and at home were “very conservative”.

“It was definitely things like, ‘Sex is a gift from God, only to be done in the context of a marriage between a man and a woman’ and all that,” Suhardja said. “We weren’t even talking about birth control.”

The internet can connect people to resources about sexuality, especially for queer, trans, and people with disabilities, but reliable information can be hard to find.

“I started teaching myself about queer sex ed online,” said sophomore arts student Ash Muller. He quoted the webcomic Oh joy, sex toy by sex educator and artist Erika Moen as a valuable resource for learning more about topics such as kinks, healthy communication, and gender-affirming sexual experiences.

“It’s frustrating – like where was all this stuff when I first learned about sex?” Muller said.

Although vast, the internet can also be a deceiving resource. When it comes to the more complicated aspects of sex – such as mature communication, issues, or healing from trauma – it can be helpful to interact with trusted experts and community members.

Learning about sexual well-being, health and pleasure is an ongoing process that feels different for everyone. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources readily available to people of all experience levels.

Resources in Vancouver

COVID-19 has suspended many in-person spaces for community learning and support. Still, bookstores, sex toy stores, and virtual support groups are great places to explore what you love.

Little Sister’s and The Art of Loving are small businesses that focus on diverse sex positivity education. Little Sister’s is a “bookstore and art store” offering a wide selection of gay-friendly books, as well as a wide selection of sex toys for all gender identities and orientations.

The Art of Loving sells a variety of toys and erotica. Its staff are trained in sex positivity and can offer informed recommendations to first-timers. Prior to COVID-19, the store held educational seminars on topics ranging from kissing to anal. Although workshops are suspended, the website includes product reviews and expert advice.

Nonprofit Qmunity hosts a variety of support groups, including spaces for queer, trans, autistic, asexual, and non-monogamous people to discuss their experiences, as well as an IBPOC-only group.

BC residents can also ask questions about sexual health and wellbeing anonymously through the Sex Sense Line: a “free, pro-choice, HIV-positive and confidential” service staffed by experts.

Vancouver also has an active kink community for those interested in learning about the safe exploration of non-normative sexual interests and lifestyles.

TheSpace2 is a teaching studio and community center for shibari or kinkabu, also known as the art of rope bondage. It is led by co-instructors Georg Barkas and Addie. Although TheSpace2’s physical location has been closed since March 2020, they continue to host tutorials and demos on their website and run a monthly Queer book club.

“You learn to apply the ropes, but also to interact with each other before, during [and] after a rope scene,” Barkas said. “Rope bondage in a much broader context than some people might expect. We practice rope bondage from a meditative point of view, also of course from a sexual point of view, and especially from a gender point of view [empowerment] perspective.”

To combat the exploitative dynamics that can emerge in BDSM communities, Barkas and Addie said they strive to center anti-racist, feminist, and anti-oppression values ​​in their classes and in the culture they create. This includes asking for pronouns, creating a culture of consent, and not making assumptions about people’s backgrounds or preferred roles in rope bondage.

Resources at UBC

The AMS Sexual Assault Support Center (SASC) is a resource, education, counseling and support center for UBC students who have experienced (or are invested in learning about) gender-based and sexualized violence . UBC’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) also conducts trainings on media literacy, consent culture, survivor support and more.

Students can also find contraceptives and safer-sex supplies outside of the Life Building Wellness Center. There is also a store that sells lubricants, condoms, pregnancy tests and more at cost price.

It is also essential to eliminate the stigma surrounding STIs and to get tested regularly. UBC’s Student Health Service offers free and confidential testing, and there are other testing sites in the Vancouver area.

For those who have space in their schedule, courses focused on sexuality can inspire UBC students to question their assumptions about society and themselves.

“When I studied the sociology of the family last year, there were conversations about sexual orientation, same-sex families and same-sex couples,” Suhardja said. “It was very open and encouraging.” ❦

This article is part of Privacy, The UbyssianThe sex number of 2022. You can learn more here.

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Directory of Women-Owned Businesses Hosting a Month-Long Contest – Cache Valley Daily https://abcdirectory.org/directory-of-women-owned-businesses-hosting-a-month-long-contest-cache-valley-daily/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/directory-of-women-owned-businesses-hosting-a-month-long-contest-cache-valley-daily/ SALT LAKE CITY – A directory of women-owned businesses is looking to expand its current database and give money to those who help do just that. The Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) has announced it is awarding five $1,000 grants to women-owned and operated small businesses that have helped grow Utah’s Women-Owned Business Directory […]]]>
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SALT LAKE CITY – A directory of women-owned businesses is looking to expand its current database and give money to those who help do just that. The Women’s Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) has announced it is awarding five $1,000 grants to women-owned and operated small businesses that have helped grow Utah’s Women-Owned Business Directory over the course of of the month of February. A grant will be awarded, in particular, to a company in northern Utah.

According to WBCUtah, the grant money was provided by the Nasdaq Foundation to benefit women who will invest their money where it will be most useful in their businesses.

“A grant is a great way to accelerate the growth and use of the Utah Women’s Business Directory,” said Ann Marie Wallace, state director of the Women’s Business Center of Utah, in a statement. “Not only will our communities have a more comprehensive database to search and find women-owned products and services, but it will also become easier to intentionally support women-led businesses.

“Everyone can search the vast directory for their next meal, gift, service or supplier. And, as a bonus, five female owners will receive cash to invest in their business however they choose.

The Utah Women-Owned Business Directory is a free searchable database of Utah businesses owned and operated by women. Currently, 32 women-owned businesses are listed in Cache County, four in Box Elder County, and none in Rich County in the directory. The organization hopes to grow the directory to 5,000 listings by early May.

WBCUtah will randomly select four eligible applications as grant recipients, each from one of four different Utah regions – North, South, East, and Wasatch Front – and one additional application statewide, for a total of five grants.

To participate in the grant program, a business must be owned by a woman (or someone who identifies as a woman) and do the following by February 28:

  1. Get Listed in Utah’s Free Woman-Owned Business Directory

  2. Enter the WBCUtah Grant Competition

  3. For bonus entries, like the WBCUtah Facebook page, comment and share on the directory and give away social media giveaways.

Winners will be contacted by email and will have 10 days to claim their prize. All winners will be announced on March 4.

WBCUtah is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help women in Utah build confidence, create opportunity, and experience success as business owners. The organization is funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.





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Angkor Resources extends community development to indigenous communities in Cambodia https://abcdirectory.org/angkor-resources-extends-community-development-to-indigenous-communities-in-cambodia/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 13:59:36 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/angkor-resources-extends-community-development-to-indigenous-communities-in-cambodia/ GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – TheNewswire – January 27, 2022 – Angkor Resources Corp. (TSXV: ANK) (OTC:ANKOF) (“Angkor” or “the Company”) reports that it has advanced the agreement with the Jarai indigenous communities by adding a latrine and water filter project, requested by and for the communities on the Andong Meas license. As part of the […]]]>

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – TheNewswire – January 27, 2022 – Angkor Resources Corp. (TSXV: ANK) (OTC:ANKOF) (“Angkor” or “the Company”) reports that it has advanced the agreement with the Jarai indigenous communities by adding a latrine and water filter project, requested by and for the communities on the Andong Meas license.

As part of the agreement, residents of Jarai learn skills, receive training and education, and are hired as part of the exploration team in exploration activities. In addition, Angkor collaborates with communities to hear their needs and propose solutions with stakeholders.

Community projects continue to be undertaken with Angkor and the indigenous communities collectively through the Andong Meas License. Previously, Angkor participated in the administration building of the community and the company was recently asked to participate in sanitation and drinking water initiatives. A joint effort by families to build their own latrines and install water filters for drinking water is currently underway.

In groups of five, families can ask for help to build outdoor latrines. Angkor helps with porcelain toilets, PVC piping and metal roofing and each family completes their own design, materials, labor and size of latrine. Four Jarai villages applied to participate in the program. Each group of five families in each community completes their latrines before the community identifies the next five families to participate, forming support teams within each village. The selection of participating families is left entirely to Aboriginal groups.


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Families will use brick for the base, then choose to use wood, metal, concrete block or brick for the side walls. As the majority of houses consist of one open room, latrines improve sanitation and increase privacy. Illnesses and illnesses are greatly reduced for families who have access to latrines and clean drinking water.


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Angkor is also helping to develop small businesses in rural villages, including making concrete rings for things like septic tanks for latrines or culverts for roads. Training for business development in Indigenous communities is welcome and pays big dividends in community relations.

Angkor provides water filters to village schools in the area where the company works so that students and staff have access to safe drinking water. The filters will remove ecoli and coliforms at levels as high as 2000ppm down to a safe level of <5ppm. Each family that completes their latrine receives a family water filter as part of the project.


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The ceramic filters are manufactured and tested in Cambodia by Resource Development International (RDI), just outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. The filters are portable, efficient and use local clay and rice husk materials with a silver nitrate coating inside the ceramic bowl.

Angkor works with local and international NGOs where they wish to be involved but do not have staff on the ground to facilitate projects, especially in remote areas. Collaborating with multiple organizations using best practices maximizes benefits.


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Indigenous families and many remote villages in Cambodia see disputes over land titles and tenure security as the highest priority issue. Members continue to have a strong need for improvement in four main areas:

D Weeks, CEO and former Vice President of Social Development, comments: “These programs are essential in laying the foundations for improved health and well-being, but just as importantly, they reflect how Angkor has chosen to do business. It’s an essential part of making communities healthier, people happier, and ultimately projects successful. »


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Angkor’s social programs over the past 12 years have focused on community development in these four areas and have been designed based on each community’s needs assessment. About 45% of Cambodia’s 200,000 Indigenous Peoples (IPs) live in Ratanakiri Province, where Angkor has hosted the majority of its projects. IPs represent approximately 1.3% of the total population of the Kingdom.

ABOUT ANGKOR RESOURCES CORP.

Angkor Resources Corp. is a public company, listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, and is one of the leading resource optimizers in Cambodia with several licenses in the NE quadrant of the country. In 2020, the company received approval and entered into negotiations on the terms of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSC) for Block VIII, a 7,300 square kilometer oil and gas license in Cambodia.

CONTACT:

Delayne Weeks, CEO

Phone: +1 (780) 831-8722

Email: da@angkorgold.ca

Website: http://www.angkorresources.ca or follow us on Twitter @AngkorResources

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release..

Certain information contained in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve important known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond the Company’s control, including, but not limited to, the potential for gold and/or other minerals at any of the properties of the Company, the prospective nature of any claim including the Business ownership interests, impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, dependence on regulatory approvals, uncertainty of sample results, timing and results ohf future exploration and availability of funding. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of this information, while believed to be reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements.

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TechTown Marketplace offers a new online business directory https://abcdirectory.org/techtown-marketplace-offers-a-new-online-business-directory/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/techtown-marketplace-offers-a-new-online-business-directory/ Robin Wilson has a new brand of hypoallergenic textiles On January 2, Macy’s will launch the Clean Design Home x Martex collection in stores, making history as Robin Wilson, author, designer and creative director of the Robin Wilson Home brand represents the world’s first licensed hypoallergenic textile brand founded by a black american female. Featuring […]]]>

Robin Wilson has a new brand of hypoallergenic textiles

On January 2, Macy’s will launch the Clean Design Home x Martex collection in stores, making history as Robin Wilson, author, designer and creative director of the Robin Wilson Home brand represents the world’s first licensed hypoallergenic textile brand founded by a black american female. Featuring an assortment of textiles focused on controlling asthma and allergy triggers – like dust mites, pet dander, pollen – the range includes pillows, sheet sets, duvets, bathrobes, anti-allergenic towels and utility options for protection of mattresses and pillows. The minimalist palette includes white, gray, light blue, ivory and blush. After launch, WestPoint Home plans to distribute the collection through its website, as well as select department and specialty stores, beginning in the spring. Prices range from $15 to $275. The online preview starts on Sunday. For more information, visit cleandesignhome.com.

Bundled, a women-owned small business based in Commerce Township, is teaming up with 50 other small business owners and sellers across the state of Michigan to send gifts for any occasion.

Bundled can send gifts for all occasions

For curated product selections, Bundled, a women-owned small business based in Commerce Township, is teaming up with 50 other small business owners and sellers across the state to send gifts for any occasion. The company also hires people with disabilities from Services to Enhance Potential (STEP) who are an essential part of its warehouse operations. In addition to pre-made gift sets, customers can create their own set with a la carte items that fit their needs and budget. Go to bundledmi.com.

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Prevent kitchen fires

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holiday season, which is why it’s important to know what you can do to prevent a fire. The Home Depot offers simple party safety tips:

► Clean your oven, toaster oven, stove and other appliances, removing any crumbs or grease residue.

► Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher behind you while cooking so you don’t have to touch the flames if you need to.

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West Volusia NAACP and DeLand Pride Launch Black Business Directory https://abcdirectory.org/west-volusia-naacp-and-deland-pride-launch-black-business-directory/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/west-volusia-naacp-and-deland-pride-launch-black-business-directory/ DELAND — The West Volusia Chapter of the NAACP and DeLand Pride have come together to create a directory of black businesses. The goal is to raise awareness of black businesses on the west side of the county, as well as to dispel historical racial and other divisions. “Last year when George Floyd was murdered, […]]]>

DELAND — The West Volusia Chapter of the NAACP and DeLand Pride have come together to create a directory of black businesses.

The goal is to raise awareness of black businesses on the west side of the county, as well as to dispel historical racial and other divisions.

“Last year when George Floyd was murdered, I represented DeLand Pride with the Orlando Alliance. The director of this site, Jennifer Foster, made a major effort to try to fight racism,” said Desiree Sylvester, member of DeLand Pride who champions the cause of the LGBTQ community.

“As a result of this, I was put in contact with the Central Florida Foundation which distributed micro-grants. I had a discussion with people in the community about black people not feeling comfortable going downtown (to DeLand). We want to make sure everyone feels welcome.

Volusia County Council Member and DeLand Realtor Barbara Girtman.

Sylvester said many people were ready to come together to work on a solution that would make everyone feel part of the community. Among these steps was the creation of a directory of black businesses.

“It was Barbara Girtman (Councillor for Volusia County) who said we should work on trying to get white people to spend on black businesses,” Sylvester said. “We met with community leaders and decided that a directory of black businesses would be the best solution.”

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Launch of BusinessBM.com.au business directory: Blue Mountains | Blue Mountains Gazette https://abcdirectory.org/launch-of-businessbm-com-au-business-directory-blue-mountains-blue-mountains-gazette/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/launch-of-businessbm-com-au-business-directory-blue-mountains-blue-mountains-gazette/ A new free Blue Mountains business directory, funded by bushfire resilience grants, will feature more than 5,500 businesses in the region. The BusinessBM.com.au business directory was created as part of the more than $600,000 bushfire grants funded by the Blue Mountains Business Community Resilience Project, which focuses on the creation of resilient business communities in […]]]>

A new free Blue Mountains business directory, funded by bushfire resilience grants, will feature more than 5,500 businesses in the region.

The BusinessBM.com.au business directory was created as part of the more than $600,000 bushfire grants funded by the Blue Mountains Business Community Resilience Project, which focuses on the creation of resilient business communities in the 26 mountain towns.

Excited about a new business directory: Meagan Witton of Faulconbridge runs Miss Figgy Grazing Boards, a catering business that supports local farmers, bakers, butchers, cheese makers and vendors with her bespoke grazing boards.

The project is a collaboration between corporate2community (C2C), a leader in disaster resilience of business communities, and BusinessBM, the new business network in the region.

BusinessBM director and spokesperson Lawrence Atkinson said the directory would help businesses connect with each other and improve their visibility and accessibility to new residents looking for key services.

“This project is essentially about keeping Blue Mountains businesses going,” Atkinson said.

“We want to build a strong and resilient local economy, and the best way to do that is to come together as a business community. By working with each other, we can thrive not only as individual businesses, but also as a regional community. “

Faulconbridge owner Meagan Witton jumped at the chance to sign up for the new directory.

“We launched our Miss Figgy Grazing Boards business last October when the last batch of lockdowns was completed,” Ms Witton said. “We’ve been creating pasture boards for our friends and family for a few years. It was really a side hobby, and last year we decided to dive in and start our business. It just took off. “

Ms Witton said the directory would be popular with other business owners and operators who have struggled after the fires and during the pandemic.

“A local business directory makes it much easier for us to reach potential new customers and also connect with local suppliers,” she said.

Corporate2community director Renae Hanvin said the directory is part of a series of grantmaking initiatives that underpin the project’s goal of building disaster preparedness and resilience in the Blue Mountains.

“We know that local businesses are the backbone of regional communities, and when they start working together and sharing knowledge, powerful change happens and everyone in the community benefits,” said Ms. Hanvin. .

In addition to the directory, the BusinessBM.com.au website has links and resources for mountain businesses covering resilience, mental health and wellbeing, and networking. It will help business owners establish their own local networks.

Meanwhile, the state’s leading business organisation, Business NSW, believes a new hardship panel set by the NSW Government to consider financial support for small businesses will be adopted by businesses across the state. The panel will consider on a case-by-case basis which companies are not eligible for any of the hardship packages currently on offer.

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Shop 1-in-5 relaunches small business directory to showcase values-based businesses https://abcdirectory.org/shop-1-in-5-relaunches-small-business-directory-to-showcase-values-based-businesses/ Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/shop-1-in-5-relaunches-small-business-directory-to-showcase-values-based-businesses/ Shop 1-in-5, a movement to support small businesses toward potential and essential growth, has relaunched its online shopping directory for small businesses with value-based customizations. The relaunch comes with just 100 shopping days before Christmas. The relaunch of the online shopping directory was announced by the founders of Shop 1-in-5, alongside Jacqueline Snyder and Minna […]]]>

Shop 1-in-5, a movement to support small businesses toward potential and essential growth, has relaunched its online shopping directory for small businesses with value-based customizations.

The relaunch comes with just 100 shopping days before Christmas. The relaunch of the online shopping directory was announced by the founders of Shop 1-in-5, alongside Jacqueline Snyder and Minna Khounlo-Sithep, the duo behind The Product Boss, advice providers services to product entrepreneurs.

Recognizing the importance of supporting small retail businesses and online stores, Snyder and Khounlo-Sithep co-founded the Shop-1-in-5 Pledge. The Pledge is a personal commitment to make one in five purchases from a small business, whether online or in-store.



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With the relaunch of the initiative, Shop 1-in-5 now offers values-based shopping categories designed to make every purchase a more conscious decision. These categories include black or minority owned, ethnically produced, made in the USA, veteran owned, with a charitable component, among others.

Designed to make shopping easier than ever this holiday season, the site is easy to navigate, with categories for men, women, home and other specific product types.

Provide support to minority-run small businesses

Minority-run small businesses have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. Research shows that businesses owned by people of color have been the hardest hit by the global health crisis.

It is therefore vital that small businesses run by minority groups have the right resources, help and support as we emerge from the pandemic and head into the holiday season.

That’s where Shop 1-to-5’s commitment to supporting small businesses comes in by understanding the impact consumer referrals have on small businesses. The commitment, coupled with the creation of the Small Business Shopping Directory, which was developed to meet the needs of customers who want to support small businesses but don’t know how to find them, could prove invaluable in helping these businesses get through with success these test times.

Shopping to change lives

Jacqueline Snyder and Minna Khounlo-Sithep explained the philosophy behind how the site is designed to help small businesses as the holiday season approaches.

“”Purchases have the ability to change lives by consciously directing money to those who need it most. This site is a one-stop destination to discover, support and shop small businesses for holiday gifts and everyday purchases, supporting some of these hardest hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” they said.

Jacqueline Snyder and Minna Khounlo-Sithep founded the Shop 1-to-5 Pledge in fall 2020 to respond to consumer demand to support small businesses but were unsure how to locate them.

Research shows that between February and April 2020, 22% of small businesses in the United States closed. Through the Pledge and the shopping destination, The Product Boss aims to give many struggling small businesses the help they need to thrive this holiday season.

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WhatsApp begins testing an in-app local business directory https://abcdirectory.org/whatsapp-begins-testing-an-in-app-local-business-directory/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/whatsapp-begins-testing-an-in-app-local-business-directory/ WhatsApp is piloting a new feature that lists local small businesses in a searchable directory for users looking for local businesses and services. In a Tweet last week, WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart announcement that the company is piloting a new business directory feature that allows users to find local stores and services on the app. […]]]>

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature that lists local small businesses in a searchable directory for users looking for local businesses and services.

In a Tweet last week, WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart announcement that the company is piloting a new business directory feature that allows users to find local stores and services on the app. The pilot program is expected to begin experimental launch in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The announcement posts screenshots of the upcoming directory, which show how WhatsApp will sort ” Shops nearby “ by category. As mentioned in a recent Reuters report, the company will list thousands of businesses in the Brazilian capital – the first time WhatsApp has offered users a way to search for local businesses in its app.

In recent years, the Facebook-owned messaging service has seen significant growth in the popularity of its business account service, with WhatsApp Business accounts reaching 175 million daily users globally last year.

Since launching the standalone app in 2018, the messaging company has increasingly refined the experience, expanding support for product catalogs, shopping carts, and even in-app payments in select countries.

However, the growth of the service has also led to the controversial and much-criticised update to the privacy policy earlier this year, where the updates were interpreted as pulling information from peer-to-peer discussions on the app, by opposition to conversations with companies.

It is probably in the light of these events that Cathcart States in the announcement that WhatsApp does not record users’ location or the businesses they browse when using the new directory feature.

The pilot program is currently limited to the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil – although the company says India and Indonesia could be the next potential candidates for future expansion of the feature.

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]]> WhatsApp test in the business directory of the application https://abcdirectory.org/whatsapp-test-in-the-business-directory-of-the-application/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://abcdirectory.org/whatsapp-test-in-the-business-directory-of-the-application/ Facebook’s messaging service, WhatsApp, on Wednesday launched a new feature to search for businesses in its app for the first time, according to a Reuters report. The test in São Paulo, Brazil, which allows WhatsApp users to find stores and services through an in-app directory, is Facebook’s latest feature to bolster e-commerce on its services. […]]]>

Facebook’s messaging service, WhatsApp, on Wednesday launched a new feature to search for businesses in its app for the first time, according to a Reuters report.

The test in São Paulo, Brazil, which allows WhatsApp users to find stores and services through an in-app directory, is Facebook’s latest feature to bolster e-commerce on its services.

“This could be… the main way people start a commerce process in WhatsApp,” Matt Idema, vice president of business messaging at Facebook, said in an interview this week.

WhatsApp, unlike Facebook and Instagram, does not serve ads in its app. Idema said companies used to promote their WhatsApp numbers on packaging or websites or use Facebook ads to get users to chat on WhatsApp.

The messaging service is increasingly wooing business users, with a specialized application for small businesses and an API, or type of software interface, for larger companies to connect their systems, generating revenue.

As online retail continued to boom during the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook pushed in-app shopping features to all of its apps. In June, Zuckerberg announced that Facebook’s Shops feature would be extended to WhatsApp in several countries. In recent years, WhatsApp has also launched shopping tools such as product catalogs and shopping carts. Read more

WhatsApp said the new test would include thousands of businesses in categories such as food, retail and local services in certain neighborhoods in São Paulo. Idema said India and Indonesia are good next candidates to expand the feature.

The company, which faced backlash from users amid confusion over privacy updates and was fined by Ireland’s data protection regulator for breaching privacy, said said it would not know or store the location of people’s search or results through the new directory feature.

Idema has not ruled out the possibility that WhatsApp may introduce in-app advertisements in the future.

“There’s definitely a lane on ads, which is Facebook’s core business model, which I think in the long run, in one form or another, will be part of WhatsApp’s business model,” he said. he declares. According to WhatsApp, around one million advertisers currently use Facebook and Instagram’s “click to WhatsApp” ads to direct users to the messaging app.

Idema said WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19 billion in a landmark deal in 2014 but has been slow to monetize its features, was also keen on non-advertising models such as creating software to help businesses manage their services on Facebook apps.

(Reuters)


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