Smart Hustle Recap: Join the Small Business Revolution, Reach Your Customers & More

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Smart Hustle Recap: Join the Small Business Revolution, Reach Your Customers & MoreSmall businesses today are supported more than ever before. From small biz-focused government grants and programs to events (such as the upcoming Small Business Saturday) that encourage people to shop small, it’s good to know that today’s small business owners have many cheerleaders in their corner. In today’s Smart Hustle Recap, we tell you about one initiative you may not know about: the Small Business Revolution, created by Deluxe and featuring Deluxe Corporation’s Amanda Brinkman and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec. Curious? Check out the article below, along with two other informative Ramon Ray interview articles that we couldn’t wait to share with you.

Be Part of a Small Business Revolution!

Small Business Revolution was a project started by Deluxe in 2015, aimed at showcasing the stories of 100 exceptional small businesses. The event was held again in 2016 and became even bigger, with a competition where one town would win a $500,000 main street makeover. Wabash, Indiana was crowned the winner, and now Deluxe is sharing a special eight-episode series about the town’s revival! This is certainly an inspirational story, but you will also be happy to know that nominations are now open for the NEXT $500,000 small town, small business boost! Find out more by checking out this article.

Click to read $500,000, 100 Stories, and a Small Business Revolution in Small Town America

It’s Time to Reach More Customers

“The companies that are winning are the companies that know their customers.” That’s a quote from Jamie Domenici, the VP of Product and SMB Marketing at Salesforce. Recently, Ramon Ray interviewed Jamie, who had great advice for small businesses that want to reach more customers. According to Jamie, the three pillars of sales and marketing are Find, Win, and Keep, and you can learn more about that by checking out this article.

Click to read Find, Win, and Keep Customers: 3 Pillars of Sales and Marketing Success

Advice for Startup Software Developers

With apps escalating in popularity, software startups seem to be popping up all over the place. There is fierce competition and only the strongest will survive. Want to make sure your small business is one of them? In this article, Ramon Ray interviews Vinay Pai, the VP of Intuit Developer Relations who shares tips for how to build an ecosystem.

Click to read How to Build a Community of Software Developers: Intuit Exec Shares Success Tips

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Jennifer Peaslee has a Masters in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently working as a freelance writer, editor, blogger and researcher.