13 Key Questions to Answer before Selecting a Small Business Location The Importance of  Selecting the proper Small Business Location One of the biggest headaches a small business entrepreneur faces is selecting the proper small business location in Wilmington, NC or surrounding areas. Choosing a suitable location for your small business is positioning your business for success. Not merely does a good location reduces small business expenses but could prove crucial to generate sales. The saying goes, “location, location, location” and it does not help to sell that right product/service at the wrong location. It is necessary that you as small business owner dedicate theRead More →

The 15 Funding Options for Small Businesses in Wilmington NC Do you know what funding options are available to you as small business owner in Wilmington, NC? Fortunately, North Carolina small businesses have multiple funding sources for startup, sustaining operations, and for business growth. However, getting funding remains yet one of the biggest challenges that a small business entrepreneur faces when starting a new business. The best fundraising option(s) for your small business depends on several factors such as your business needs, industry, amount needed, timing, business health and/or personal creditworthiness. A combination of different funding sources during startup and as your small business grows,Read More →

13 Good Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs a Website Serious to Stay in Business – Have a Professional Website! “If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business.” — Bill Gates Do you want to be taken seriously as a small business owner? Nothing says professional small business more, than having a professionally designed responsive website for your company. A website is key to small business success for the reasons summarized below. In this digital age it should be one of the first items your small business acquires, even before you open for business. According to Deloitte,Read More →

Why You Need A Digital Presence for Your Small Business in 2021 The Impact of COVID-19 on the Digital Landscape In 2021, more than ever, small business success will hinge on having an effective digital strategy and presence. Within the current Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) environment, as people quarantine in their homes, they are spending more time online than ever. COVID-19 fuels substantial changes in the digital landscape as small business owners scramble to adapt to the “new normal” of doing business. Within pre-COVID-19, a strong online presence was always a major plus, but now for many small businesses, it is a dire necessity. Governmental COVID-19Read More →

What is Your Digital Presence and Digital Initiatives? What is the Digital Presence of Your Small Business? Your “digital presence” refers to the space that you own and how you and your small business appear to other people online. Think about your digital presence as everything you do online on behalf of your small business. Your digital strategy is simply your plan of action designed to achieve your business goals by implementing digital initiatives. It is important to note that your digital presence includes the content on the web you control (e.g. social media profiles and websites). Yet, it also includes content online that isRead More →

As Simple as That – CDFI’s As A Financing Source for Your Small Business By J Deaver Huey Lewis – American Rock Band based in San Francisco As Simple as That – CDFI’s Your path to business ownership! I grew up in the 80’s. During that one calendar decade I obtained my first Drivers License, got my first job, graduated high school, graduated college, moved out of the mom and dad house, got my first real job, and got married. So much change in just one decade. We had GREAT music in the 80’s. Huey Lewis and the News was a popular San Francisco basedRead More →

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) versus Search Engine Marketing (SEM) No Consensus on if SEM includes SEO Research by Small Business Success (SBS) indicates that there isn’t any consensus that Search Engine Marketing (SEM) includes Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There is no point in debating this since hundreds of articles/blog posts cannot agree that SEO is part of SEM. To make it easy for small business owners, when on the SBS website, SEM means paid and SEO means organic or “free”. Consequently, SEM does not include SEO. If you are really interested read “Does SEM = SEO + CPC Still Add Up?” and “SEM vs. SEORead More →

What is SEO?  The Difference Between On- and Off-page SEO? What is SEO and How does it help Small Businesses? SEO is an acronym that stands for Search Engine Optimization. Search Engine Optimization is a part of your small business’s digital marketing strategy to be successful online. SEO focuses on improving your website’s ranking within the search results pages (SERPS). By increasing your ranking (position) in the search engines the chance of driving more quantity and quality visitors/traffic to your website improves. To achieve this, search engine optimization involves a set of tactics and techniques that optimize your website and make it easy for searchRead More →

“A website without SEO is like a car with no gas.” – Paul Cookson When did SEO Begin and Is SEO Relevant to Small Businesses in 2020? When did SEO Begin and Who Invented SEO? It is important to look at the history of search engines to understand when did SEO begin. In 1990 the first search engine (Archie) was invented by McGillan University student Alan Emtage. Thereafter, Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Stanford University developed the search engine Backrub in 1997. Backrub was the first search engine that analyzed and ranked websites based on content relevancy, how many times a searchRead More →

Common Internet And Web Terms Defined For Small Businesses The small business glossary includes many common internet and web terms that small business owners may come across. Learn more about the Internet and Web by visiting our blogposts “What Small Business Owners Need to Know About the Internet?” – click here and “Simplified Explanation of How the Internet Works – click here. These blog posts are also use the common internet and web terms defined below. Some of the most important Internet related terms are: Domain Name: A domain name is a name that you select to identify your website. Each domain name is uniqueRead More →