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Finance Friday Round Up! 11/22/13

There were some ups and downs in business finance this week. Quickbooks announced growth in their integration means, while businesses spent more time tracking ROI. On the flip side SMBs will be cutting back on holiday bonuses and parties this year due to anticipated slow sales, and hiring seems to have flatlined.

Trends and Growth

Quickbooks Integrates American Express, Square and Others
Increased integration means it will continue to be easier to use other important small business tools in conjunction with QuickBooks for running a small business. And the company says it plans to keep adding development partners whose tools work to enhance the service QuickBooks provides. (via smallbiztrends.com)

5 Small Business Financing Options for Startup Entrepreneurs
Successful business owners all have one thing in common. They take action. They execute. Mistakes and failures come with the territory, so learn your options, move forward, and accept that there will be lessons to learn along your road to success. Figure out which small business financing option is best for you and your dream. (via smallbiztrends.com)

10 Questions to Ask When Measuring Your Social Media ROI
If you think tracking your company’s social media return on investment (ROI) is a waste of time, think again. When tracked and tweaked properly, social media can give your startup the marketing muscle it needs to keep up with — and maybe even eclipse — large competitors, says Nichole Kelly, chief executive of Social Media Explorer and author of How to Measure Social Media: A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing and Assessing Social Media ROI (Que Publishing, 2012). (via smallbiztrends.com)

Crowdfunding 2.0: A new era for start-up finance
The change will democratize start-up and small-business financing, and it will create an equal-opportunity playing field where entrepreneurs can test and validate their concepts. (via cnbc.com)

Economy

Survey: Small Businesses Down on Minimum Wage, Gov’t
According to the Q4 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, optimism among U.S. business owners was more or less unchanged from the third quarter, dropping just one point to a reading of 24. While most small business owners say they’ve recovered from the partial shutdown, the government remains a top concern for many moving into the fourth quarter. (via smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com)

Survey: Small Business Owners Cautious of Going Overboard on Holiday Gifts
Small business owners don’t want to be Scrooge, but a pessimistic outlook this holiday season means many are cutting back on gifts, parties and bonuses. (smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com)

Events

Small Business Saturday Shines at Bookstores
Thanksgiving weekend traditions: eating turkey on Thursday, checking bargains on Friday, shopping at local small businesses on Saturday. Yes, in just four short years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become ingrained in American life as the day to show support of, and shop at, local, independently owned businesses — Small Business Saturday. (via usatoday.com)

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