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15 Must-Reads Small Business Owners Can Choose from This Summer

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Small Business Summer Reading List: 15 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Pick Up

Summer is often a time of rest and relaxation, with plenty of time to sit out by the pool or on the beach with a good book. It’s no surprise that entrepreneurs fill up their summer reading list with books that will help them run their business better. There are the business classics like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Good to Great, but sometimes business owners can find valuable lessons in an unexpected read. We asked 15 members of Young Entrepreneur Council the following question:

“What’s one book from your summer reading list that may have insights for small business owners for an unexpected reason? “

Small Business Summer Reading List

Here’s what YEC community members had to say:

1. Quiet by Susan Cain

“I’ve been reading Quiet by Susan Cain and it’s all about introverts in a world that celebrates extroversion. As a leader, there are a lot of cues to take to better craft experiences and environments for both.” ~ Darrah Brusteindarrah.co

2. Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters

“I would recommend this book for growing businesses with a founder that makes too many changes too often (like me). It’s all about clarifying the roles of a visionary and an integrator in a business and learning when the founders need to let go for better execution.” ~ Sunny DesaiDesai Hotel Group

3. The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

“Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor, but he was also a Stoic philosopher. His Meditations aren’t a thrill-a-minute read, but they are full of insights that can be useful to entrepreneurs and managers. In stressful times, I often think of this quote: “When anything tempts you to feel bitter: don’t think, ‘This is misfortune,’ but ‘To bear this well is good fortune.’” ” ~ Vik PatelFuture Hosting

4. The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers by Alex Banayan

“Alex Banayan just released The Third Door, a book that took him seven years to write. I love it because it uncovers scrappy ways of getting to the likes of Bill Gates and Maya Angelou, how each of these “mega successful” people have all consistently found not the front door or the back door, but some “third” side door to bust into an industry or career.” ~ Beck BambergerBAM Communications

5. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog is a memoir by the creator of Nike. It made me realize that even the biggest companies of our time have gone through the same challenges most entrepreneurs face during their formative years.” ~ Syed BalkhiWPBeginner

6. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

“I love how this book outlines ways to make the most of your time, whether it’s during office hours, with friends or with family. Small business owners are notorious for burning the midnight oil trying perfect their businesses, and this book is an inspirational reminder that busyness isn’t the answer, and perfection isn’t attainable. It offers practical and implementable tips to be more present.” ~ Leila LewisBe Inspired PR

7. They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib

“This collection of personal essays illustrates how empathy works. If small business owners set out to solve problems and be a force of change, empathy is the muscle that needs the most exercise. These essays ask the reader to consider what makes the world around us meaningful, using music as its guiding lens. What if we used a similar principle when deciding how we fit into our customers’ lives?” ~ Sean HarperKin Insurance

8. Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

“This is a book by Buddhist Master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and it completely changed my approach to both life and work. The focus is on understanding that every experience is a perception of the mind, and that how we feel is based on how we choose to interpret situations. The more positive we are, the happier we become. This has helped keep me happy, which in turn, makes me more productive.” ~ Marcela De VivoBrilliance

9. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Aloneby Brené Brown

“I was inspired by this book’s message of becoming a true individual. More and more people are associating with people who already share their tastes and ideologies, and we see people with different opinions as “other.” She suggests disagreeing with the parts of your “tribe” that you disagree with and being true to yourself, even if it means having to walk alone and brave the wilderness.” ~ Alex FedorovFresh Tilled Soil, LLC

10. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

“Former head negotiator of the FBI Chris Voss’s book “Never Split the Difference” is a great book to read for anyone wanting to learn how to build their negotiation skills. There’s some atypical advice in there that works such as, “the fastest way to getting to yes is by getting to no.” ” ~ Kenny NguyenBig Fish Presentations

11. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Switch shares simple but powerful insights into why it is so hard for people to change their behavior. By sharing takeaways from anecdotes and scientific studies, small business owners can use the shortcuts presented in the book to implement personal change, as well as organizational change.” ~ Stephen BeachCraft Impact Marketing

12. The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) by Gretchen Rubin

“This book reveals that people fit into one of the following four tendencies: Questioner, Upholder, Rebel and Obliger. It helps you not only figure out yourself, it also provides insights to others and how they think and what motivates them. This makes it easier for you to work with them and find the best ways to communicate with them based on those qualities.” ~ Vladimir GendelmanCompany Folders, Inc

13. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou is about the collapse and scandal surrounding the biotech company Theranos. It’s an entertaining read, but it’s also important for anyone in business to read as a cautionary tale on what happens when people abandon ethics and run their business in a very secretive way. It’s a good primer on what not to do.” ~ Kalin KassabovProTexting

14. The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton

“You wouldn’t think this book would give insight to small business owners, but it does. One part talks about Nietzsche, who proposed that we should see ourselves as gardeners in our life and in leadership. A freshly planted garden doesn’t seem like much, but a gardener knows the potential of it and works to cultivate it into something beautiful. The same can be said for starting a small business.” ~ Brian David CraneCaller Smart Inc.

15. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“I’ve read this book many times, and I plan on rereading it this summer. I love this book, especially for small business owners, because it reminds us never to lose hope. If we work diligently toward a goal, and we believe that we can achieve it, we will get there eventually.” ~ Zachary BurkesPredictable Profits

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Bulgaria Pays Fine to Lift Weightlifting Doping Ban

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Bulgaria’s weightlifting federation said on Friday that it had paid a USD 250,000 (EUR 214,000) fine to lift a doping ban on its team competing internationally. The ban was imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in mid-2015 after Bulgaria’s entire team of eleven athletes tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid that stimulates increased muscle tissue.

Bulgaria’s federation said at the time that it was not aware that the long-banned substance was part of a food additive used by its athletes for recovery. It also launched a court battle at the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in a bid to overturn the ban from the 2016 Rio Olympics and lower the 500,000-dollar fine initially imposed by the IWF.

Settling the fine allows Bulgaria to send 21 athletes to the European Youth Weightlifting Championships in Milan, Italy, from July 22-28, the federation said, adding that the fine was paid thanks to sponsorship contracts and donations.

Bulgaria has been a world power in weightlifting since Communist times but the sport worldwide has also been notorious for its doping scandals. The country pulled its whole team from the 1988 Seoul Olympics and was expelled from the 2000 Sydney Games after its medal winners failed doping tests.

Bulgaria also saw all its athletes banned ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which also forced it to withdraw.

 

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First Crypto ATM Machines to be Launched in Bulgaria

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

We dream of the day when crypto ATM machines are more common in our high streets than badly tuned guitars held by crusty buskers. When we think of the cutting-edge crypto industry, Bulgaria is hardly a place that jumps out from the crowd, however, they are about to launch their first ever crypto ATMs in news released this week.

Bulgaria will be the next nation to have two-way crypto ATM machines. A local Bulgarian crypto exchange, DG Cash, announced the news on social media this week that they are launching the new machine on Monday in one of Sofia’s most popular shopping centers,

Inaugural crypto ATM machines

We might not naturally see Bulgaria as a shining beacon of crypto evolution, but that is exactly what is happening, and kudos to them. The launch on Monday will see the new ATM offer options in bitcoin, litecoin and a few other of the most popular altcoins.

The news has been popular in many quarters citing that it is a natural progression that crypto ATM machines are now becoming something we are seeing more of. With so many people now buying into crypto, which is just the beginning, it only makes sense to give crypto users an alternative to access their crypto in the easiest possibles ways.

Via the news ATMs, customers will be able to buy a variety of cryptos with cash that will include bitcoin, ethereum, bitcoin cash, monero, litecoin, and the Bulgarian Lev. Bulgarian crypto ATM users will be issues anonymous NFC cards as crypto wallets.

ATMs in line with regulations

People close to DG Cash have mentioned that the exchange did encounter a variety of hurdles in their pursuit to launch these crypto ATM machines, but apparently they “prefer not to speak about it” and that “it’s in the past now and we look to move forward.”

Relatively speaking, Bulgaria is not the largest country in the European Union, with approximately 7-million inhabitants, but it surprised the crypto community when it was revealed that the nation had the second largest bitcoin stash in the world earlier this year.

The move to install the ATMs is being seen as a great chance to get more Bulgarians involved in crypto and blockchain. The nation is obviously already well versed on the industry with many users coming from all walks of life from different backgrounds to make up the Bulgarian crypto-sphere.

DG Cash has been doing very well itself with a trading volume of 2.45 million Euros since the end of 2017. Word is around the campfire that DG Cash has already purchased its second crypto ATM machine, but this one will be installed in Malta, where DG also operates. In fact, it will also be the first ever ATM machine of its kind to be launched in Malta, so let’s look forward to that.

I have a dream where crypto ATM machines are more common than US congressman gaffs, and as we see in Bulgaria, it is getting much nearer than we think.

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Up to 60 Irish Holidaymakers Left Stranded in Bulgaria after Travel Agents’ Failure

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

THE COMMISSION FOR Aviation Regulation (CAR) has withdrawn the licence for a number of travel agents under the same company leaving dozens of Irish people stranded on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast.

It is understood that roughly 60 Irish customers due to leave Bourgas Airport have been left stranded as a result of the problems.

“At the moment, some customers are waiting for return flights to Dublin,” the CAR said.

The problems emerged when charter aircraft company Cello refused to fly, saying it had not been paid. A replacement flight has been arranged to bring customers home, after travellers leaving Dublin were unable to fly yesterday.

 

The CAR has terminated the licences for Fanfare, Buzz Travel and Irish Film Tours today for failing to fulfil its obligations to customers, as parent company Sindaco has got into difficulty.

All affected customers are being contacted, and other affected customers will be contacted about how to return home.

A number of them will be protected under the consumer protection scheme.

The CAR said: “You are covered by the consumer protection scheme if you purchased a package from Sindaco Limited (trading as Fanfare, Irish Film Tours and Buzz Travel) and this package includes travel that commences in Ireland. You are also covered if you bought travel (alone) commencing in Ireland.”

It is believed that this could spell problems for more than the roughly 60 Irish customers left stranded right now, as another flight for holidaymakers who booked with the same agents is due to fly next week.

Source: The Journal

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The Cheapest Spot for Families this Summer

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

The cheapest place for British families to go on holiday in Europe has been revealed, thanks to new research.

Turkey comes top of the list for places for bargain-hunting Brits, with the sea-side resort of Marmaris coming in at 36 percent cheaper than last summer.

Thanks to the pounds growth against the lira, savvy holiday makers can bag a bucket and spade for 82p at the Turkish resort, as well as a banana boat ride for ?6.53, a tasty magnum ice cream for 73p and an inflatable lilo for ?1.45. 

The second cheapest location on the list was Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, where prices are down 6.4% year on year.

Spain’s Costa del Sol was in third place despite a 5% price rise, followed by the Greek islands of Crete (down 1.1%) and Corfu (down 24.2%).

The most expensive destination in the report was Sorrento, Italy, where the same basket of goods is almost three times more expensive than in Marmaris.

Post Office Travel Money compared the price of a basket of beach shopping in 15 popular European holiday destinations, researchers found that prices have fallen in Turkey, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, the Balearic islands, the south of France and Italy.

A drop in local prices ad a small rise in the value of sterling against the euro and other European currencies accounts for the increased spending power of UK holidaymakers. 

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said there are ‘big variations in costs between the European resorts’.

He went on: ‘It really will pay dividends to do some homework to get a realistic view of the holiday cash you will need for meals, drinks and other tourist staples.

‘If you haven’t already booked and are looking for a late deal, the low resort prices in Turkey and Bulgaria make these countries great bets for wallet-watchers.

‘In the eurozone, Spain is still great value and the low prices we found in Corfu make Greece a good tip too.’

Tour operator Thomas Cook reported in April that the number of UK visitors to Turkey this summer is surging, with package holiday bookings up 84% year on year after security concerns eased.

The growth is driven by families, who make up 61% of bookings to the country.

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Hundreds of Miles between them but Shropshire and Bulgaria are Closer than you Think

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Dobromira Bachvarova, 15, and Simona Kancheva, 15, who moved from Bulgaria to Oswestry, are students at the town’s Marches School and are part of the schools apprenticeship programme.

They are spending one day a week at the Oswestry Museum where they have completed an exhibition, looking at the differences and similarities between the two countries.

Mark Hignett, from the museum, said: “The first thing they noticed was the price of chocolate. One particular bar that can be bought for ?1 here in Oswestry apparently costs ?6 in Bulgaria!”

But he said there were also many similarities.

“They have looked at social life, school uniforms, food and festivals.”

Mr Hignett said that a few weeks ago there was a Bulgarian festival in Cae Glas Park.

“There is a large Bulgarian community in the Oswestry area. We hope that they will come in and see the display and, in doing so, will learn more about Oswestry.”

 

As well as Dobromira and Simona, the museum recently welcomed four students from the Marches for a week of work experience.

“Rather than find jobs for them to do we ask them to research a project of their choice for the museum. We like them to take ownership of their work experience week. One looked at women in World War One and the others at Oswestry’s medical institutions.

Article by Sue Austin 

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The Ministry of Tourism Expects a 5% Increase in Foreign Tourists

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

We expect this summer to have growth o about 5% compared to last year’s visits in June-September and foreign tourists to more than 5.5 million. In the summer of 2017 total foreign tourists reached 5.3 million, and then recorded an increase of 5.7%. If our forecasts come true, this will be the third consecutive year of growth and will include us in one of the most sustainable summer tourism destinations.

This was announced by Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova after the meeting of the National Tourism Council in the resort. “St. St. Konstantin and Elena “, the press office of the Ministry of Tourism informs.

The minister also announced that she intends to introduce order in the tourist associations, by removing those who have not submitted a declaration describing the type of the organization, the object of activity and its members. The Minister informed that the main focus of the Annual National Tourism Promotion Program 2019 will be the development of marketing and communication campaigns related to key target markets. Among them are Germany, Russia, Great Britain, Poland, Greece, Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Austria, France, China, the United States, Japan, South Korea, India and the Middle East.

The National Advertising Program is approved a year earlier, before the start of its implementation, the minister explained. And she explained that this is done in order to achieve a sustainable development of the sector, which is also evidenced by statistics on tourist visits. With concrete steps, we are moving towards achieving the main goal of the Ministry of Tourism, namely the transformation of Bulgaria into a year-round tourist destination, she added.

In connection with the control of the resorts, Minister Angelkova was categorical that during the whole summer season will be extremely strong. In response to a journalistic question about the illegal institutions in Shkorpilovtsi, she explained that the Ministry had sent a letter to the Mayor of Dolni Chiflik to issue an order for the removal of illegal sites. “The Ministry of Tourism has no authority to remove facilities that operate illegally. We send letters to the competent authorities, in this case the mayor who must issue such an order. We are going to find out what is happening with them through the Mayor of Dolni Chiflik, “said Minister Angelkova. And he added that for the last three years, the number of unprotected beaches has been reduced from 136 in 2015 to 86, plus the three beaches for green tourism.

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Tornado Injured 17 People in the State of Iowa

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

CBC – A flurry of tornadoes that formed unexpectedly swept through central Iowa Thursday, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

Residents — and even weather forecasters — were taken by surprise Thursday as the tornadoes hit Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. Ten people were injured in Marshalltown and seven at a factory near Pella, but no deaths were reported.

Alex Krull, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, said forecasting models produced Thursday morning showed only a slight chance of strong thunderstorms later in the day.

“This morning, it didn’t look like tornadic supercells were possible,” Krull said. “If anything, we were expecting we could get some large hail, if strong storms developed.”

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EU Nations Help Sweden as Wildfires Rage Above Arctic Circle

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden is fighting its most serious wildfires in decades — including blazes above the Arctic Circle — prompting the government to seek help from the military, hundreds of volunteers and other European nations.

As of Friday, over 50 blazes were torching forests, mostly in central and western Sweden but also in the north, above the Arctic Circle, and on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland.

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far but large evacuations have taken place and thousands of people have been warned to remain inside with the windows shut to avoid breathing the smoky air. Finland and Norway have also reported wildfires in the past few days.

Some 500 voluntary soldiers from the Swedish military have been dispatched to help with Black Hawk helicopters in the central region of Alvdalen.

In some areas emergency rescue services have called for all able-bodied men to help out putting the wildfires that have raged this week.

“This is a serious situation and the risk for forest fires is extremely high in the whole country,” said Jakob Wernerman, operative head of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency that is coordinating firefighting efforts.

The fires have come as Europe’s Nordic region has experienced an intense heat wave in the past week. Temperatures have reached over 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) throughout Finland, Norway and Sweden. The weather also has been dry with no substantial rain for weeks — making the region’s brush and forests highly flammable.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Friday that his government is working “every minute” to get necessary resources to the hundreds of firefighters and emergency workers.

Sweden has received assistance — including water-bombing planes, helicopters and staff — from Italy, France and Norway. Denmark, Germany and Lithuania have also pledged to help.

France on Thursday delivered two Canadair CL-415 water-bombing planes, which can carry 6,000 liters (1,585 gallons) of water at a time. Italy dispatched similar planes to Sweden earlier this week.

Swedish media have shown dramatic footage of blazing forests, helicopters dropping water and firefighters trying to put out flames.

The Aftonbladet tabloid has run a special section titled “Sweden is burning!” that just covers news on the blazes. In an interview, water-carrying helicopter pilot Bjorn Franzen noted the difficulty of the mission.

“We fly mostly in low altitude. It’s often difficult to see anything from the smoke,” he told Aftonbladet. “It can be extremely difficult to see where our input is needed. Sometimes the wind changes direction and then we need to resort to different tactics.”

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This Week in Small Business, Amazon Prime Day was Big for Online Sellers Despite Glitches

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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As the numbers continue to roll in from Amazon Prime Day 2018, it’s clear that this is becoming one of the busiest days for small businesses across America all calendar year.

Amazon Prime Day Sales

Amazon says just on the first day this year that small and mid-size businesses rang up more than $1 billion in transactions on this self-branded mid-summer shopping holiday. Wow! That’s an incredible number being reported by Amazon.

So, it’s no wonder that I wanted to top this edition of This Week in Small Business with this news. On the show, we take a look at the top stories of the week that appear on Small Business Trends and jump in a little deeper on the content.

So how fitting is that my guest this week on the show is my co-host for another show specifically about Amazon, John Lawson.

“I think what most people don’t know yet is that half of all sales come from small and medium-sized businesses,” John says. “To see those numbers, it’s great for the economy and great for small business.”

Check out our whole discussion on Prime Day 2018 and find out what John bought earlier this week to take advantage of the discounts.

To round out our discussion on the show this week, John and I talked about the impact video is having on social media posts. And we also talked about the balance of mixing personal and business brands, per the advice given by the Young Entrepreneur Council this week.

Be sure to watch the show above and check out the rest of the week in small business news in the roundup below. Don’t forget to subscribe to future editions of This Week in Small Business by subscribing to the Small Business Trends YouTube channel.

Economy

Halfway Through 2018 Small Business Optimism Remains at Record Levels, NFIB Reports

Positive attitudes among small business owners have hit historic highs, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) reports in its June 2018 small business optimism index. The optimism is being driven by robust sales figures and profit margins. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index June 2018 According to the NFIB, the index for June was the sixth highest ever at 107.2.

Local Marketing

67% of Smartphone Users Prefer Google Maps, Will They Find Your Business There?

A new survey has revealed Google Maps is the clear leader when it comes to navigation apps. In fact, more than two thirds or 67% percent of respondents say they use it more frequently then other options. The report says Google Maps is 6 times more popular than the next most used navigation app, Waze. Also owned by Google, the app has an adoption rate of only 12% among respondents.

Product Lists

Best Carry On Luggage for Business Travel

If you travel for business, then a good carry on bag is a must. Currently, you’re allowed to carry bags measuring up to 9 inches deep, 14 inches wide and 22 inches high onto commercial flights with most U.S. airlines. Best Carry on Luggage for Business Travel There are plenty of different styles, brands and special features to choose from.

Sales

Nimble Today Page Puts All Your Small Business Info in One Place

Most small business owners rely on tech tools to help become more organized, efficient, productive and successful. But often tools touted as “saviors” for small businesses are merely smaller, less useful versions of enterprise-level solutions. Nimble Today Page That’s what makes Nimble, a social sales and marketing CRM expressly designed for small businesses, so useful.

Small Business Loans

Small Business Loan Approvals Continue to Rise, Says New Biz2Credit Report

According to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, the loan approval percentage across all categories of lenders is rising. For banks and institutional lenders, the month of June has delivered new highs. This is great news for small businesses who are looking for capital to expand their operations.

Small Business Operations

Small Business Users Have Until September 1 to Switch to Skype 8.25

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) just announced it is replacing the classic desktop Skype (7.0) with a host of new features which resemble the mobile version. With Skype 8.25, Microsoft says it has improved the usability and performance to help users stay connected. The move to 8.25 comes a little over a year after Microsoft made Skype Preview available on Windows 10 with version 8.0.

New Verizon Work Mobile App Aims to Keep Your Team Connected

Staying connected is critically important for any business operating in today’s mobile environment. The new Verizon Connect Work Mobile app allows field service workers to stay connected even when they are offline.

FreshBooks Adds New Team Tracking Features

Teams can now work from anywhere and tools which simplify the collaborative process are becoming an important asset for businesses. FreshBooks just announced a new team tracking feature to simplify how they can collaborate.

Social Media

YouTube Copyright Match Tool Finds Duplicates of Your Small Business Videos

It takes a lot of effort to create the videos you post on YouTube. The Copyright Match tool YouTube just announced looks to protect this content by helping creators find duplicates of their videos online. According to YouTube, Copyright Match was created to find re-uploads on other channels.

Startup

10 Ways Your Small Business Can Save Money When Gas Prices Are High

Gas prices have hit a four-year high in the U.S. Fueled by increasingly expensive oil, the cost of gasoline has been steadily increasing in recent years. In May 2018, the price of premium gasoline averaged 50 cents higher than regular gasoline in 2017. Rising gas prices can have a negative impact on small businesses that rely on vehicles to conduct business operations.

Technology Trends

New Dell Workstation Addresses Small Business Need for Increased Computing Capabilities

As more small businesses demand increased computing capability, manufacturers are making workstation computers available at more affordable prices. The new entry-level Dell Precision models — including what Dell (NYSE: DVMT) is calling the world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation — are the latest examples.

New Lenovo ThinkStation Provides Budget Friendly Computing Power for Small Businesses

As small businesses continue to increase their digital presence and capability, the computers they use have to handle the ever-growing workload. The new ThinkStation P330 family of entry-level workstations Lenovo just released look to do that at price points small businesses can afford.

New MacBook Pro May Be Perfect for Small Businesses Seeking Speed and High Functionality

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) just announced the availability of the new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro line of laptops. And if you are in the market for a powerful laptop for your small business, make sure you at least take a look at them (even if you are not a Mac person). The specs and the price will definitely get your attention, so it is fair to say this is not for everyone.

How to Prevent Your Business Website from Being Flagged by Google Chrome

Starting this month, visitors to your small business website might see a notification near your address that says your site isn’t secure. Google Chrome is behind the move that’s flagging the HTTP format in your URL in favor of the more secure HTTPS version.

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