Author Archives: Ramon Ray

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Ooma Announces DP1 Wireless Deskphone with Call Conferencing and 2-Line Controls for Small Businesses

Have you ever wondered if office phones could get any better?  If they could be made so users are not stuck at their desks with limited range? Ooma decided that office phones can still be improved and they did it with the affordable, high-tech DP1. In exciting news for small businesses, Ooma announced that they […]

5 Tips for Instagram Advertising for Small Businesses

Why Instagram? Instagram is not only one of the most popular social media apps, it’s the second most popular app for younger demographics, just after YouTube. Advertisers with money to spend on digital advertising can almost always find their target audience on Instagram. According to a recent survey we conducted of over 200 small to […]

Are Business Plans Necessary to Start a Business?

Have you ever been told that you must have a business plan to start a business? This is one of the most common pieces of advice that entrepreneurs hear; but, whether the advice is necessary is up for some debate. There are some instances when a business plan is a must-have and there are some […]

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. […]