Author Archives: Ramon Ray

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Indra Nooyi Steps Down from Pepsi – What Can Small Business Owners Learn from Her?

Running a company is no easy task. Imagine being in charge of a massive global corporation, then, doing it for over a decade. Anyone who has led a company has wisdom to share, especially Indra Nooyi, who is stepping down from her position as the CEO of PepsiCo. Whether you are a CEO of a […]

How General Liability Insurance Adds Value to Your Organization

Businesses thrive when they have certain tools at their disposal that promise to elevate them further and ultimately add more value. It’s also considered the litmus test of any new invention. If it can add value, it’ll be a resounding success, if it cannot, it’ll fail miserably. Insurance is a lot similar to that. While […]

Microsoft Surface Go: Is It A Fit For Your Business?

With a starting price of $399, the Microsoft Surface Go represents the most affordable personal computer available in the popular Surface family of tablets. At a price that is nearly half of what the cheapest Surface tablet alternative cost, Microsoft has created an affordable computing option for small businesses that operate on tight budgets. Access […]

Using AI to Improve Your Sales – Chrous.AI founder talks with Ramon Ray

Analyzing data received through communication, whether with customers or investors, is key to the growth of your small business. Many companies have adapted CRM(customer relationship management) which uses data analysis about customers’ history with a company to improve business relationships with customers. One vital part of CRM is taking notes when placing calls with clients. […]

Facebook Invests in Educating Underserved Businesses About Digital Marketing in Partnership with National Urban League

One of the biggest road blocks to growing one’s business is often education. If you don’t know how to market, sell, hire and manage your finances, it’s pretty tough to run a business. Black and Latino businesses, who make up many in these underserved communities, often have it just a bit tougher than other ethnicities, […]

Zoho One Gets Smarter. Features To Power Growing Businesses. New Event Manage Solution Launches.

Zoho is one of the leading companies enabling the success of small business. With an executive team keenly focused on serving the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs and consultants Zoho has launched a new solution focused on event management and an upgrade to Zoho One. Zoho One is now “smarter” bringing it’s growing list […]

No Cheap Brands, 7 Eleven Small Business Owners Push Back. Lesson About Brand Power

The NY Times reports that 7 Eleven franchisees, independent business operators, small businesses are pushing back against the 7 Eleven HQ or franchisor in a few areas. I’ll address one area. Often when you walk into a local convenience store you see two main brands – the store brand and the name brand you know. […]

Facebook and Twitter Shares Plunge Confirming That Email Marketing, List Building and More Are So Important

Facebook and Twitter shares are down. Use email marketing, create a good blog and have an awesome website. Ramon Ray says build your customer and prospect lists. Don’t just use social media alone to do your marketing. Social media is awesome, I use it all the time, however, you must touch your customers everywhere they […]

How Updating Training Protocol can Lead to Increased Employee Engagement

In any business, the success of employees drives the success of the company. So, what do you do when the way you’re training your team isn’t sticking? The typical employee dedicates more than 40 hours in training each year; however, they only retain 10 percent of the information given.  It could be our shrinking attention […]

International Expansion the Right Way

Starting a business in one’s own country can be a daunting task. It often involves piles of paperwork and navigating hundreds of unfamiliar processes to get the permits you need. Once your business is established and running successfully, though, your eyes may look to other horizons—AKA new markets. These markets provide an opportunity to reach […]