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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Study Shows That Small Businesses Are Making Bold Moves to Stay Relevant (Episode 209)

On this morning’s Business Beat, Jeff shares findings from a recent Borrell Associates study, indicating that small businesses are making bold moves to stay relevant and capture market share. One third of local advertisers said they plan to spend more on local advertising in 2021, and 70% will add more types of media that are new and different methods in their marketing mix. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to hear more results...

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Former NFL Player Rick Elmore on What Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Professional Sports

Success is not something that is delivered on your doorstep; it’s something you have to constantly chase after. In an oversaturated market, crowded with bright ideas and aspiring entrepreneurs, it can be difficult for a new business to break through and reach a dedicated customer base. Today, it takes more than an interesting product to make it big. Entrepreneurs need to strategize like athletes and have a game plan to...

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5 Profitable Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Today

Are you looking for a way to bring in extra income with a side hustle? If so, you’re in luck. There are countless opportunities for those who are ambitious enough to take on one or more gig roles. The thing is, the sheer number of possibilities can make it hard to determine which side hustle is right for you. Today, our goal is to show you several side hustles that are easy to start and maintain, even if you’re working full time....

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Here’s Why a Solid Business Plan is Your Best Safety Net as an Entrepreneur

The pandemic’s effect on business has been staggering: In 2020, 163,000 businesses closed on Yelp during the first six months of the pandemic alone. On the flip side, many more businesses made it through, and a lot of those actually thrived. To be successful last year (and to continue that success into 2021 and beyond) meant knowing how to pivot, be creative and find ways to stay relevant. The foundation that gave so many business...

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3 Fintech Founders Share How They Are Closing the Racial and Gender Wealth Gaps

The racial and gender wealth gaps remain a major source of inequity in the United States. Three entrepreneurs in the finance technology space are choosing different paths to solve these issues by using digital tools and data to improve financial inclusivity. Learn how each are creatively fighting to close gaps from helping underrepresented job candidates navigate salary negotiations with data, to democratizing the traditional world of...

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Impact on Brands Taking Positions on Social Issues (Episode 206)

On this morning’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses results from a recent Piplsay study on the impact of brand activism and social issues. Of those consumers surveyed, 22 percent report that brand actions have impacted both their buying behavior and brand impression. Tune in to the Business Beat to learn more about taking a stand on social issues and how your business can influence real change: “The good news for many entrepreneurs...

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15 Grant Programs for Minority and Women Business Owners

Grant programs offering free money are hard to come by, which is why many entrepreneurs frequently end up applying for small business loans or try crowdfunding to start or expand their companies. However, many organizations have recently created grants in an effort to assist companies that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Some of the grants are earmarked for businesses in certain industries, others for entrepreneurs in...

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PetPlate Founder Discusses Navigating the Messy Middle in Business

Building and scaling a business isn’t easy, and reality quickly settles in after the initial excitement of launching your product or new business venture. Navigating this next phase of the entrepreneurial journey is difficult and creates more questions than answers. I believe author Scott Belsky summarized it best by calling this part of the journey the “messy middle.” Belsky accurately describes the messy middle as the hardest...

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Coffee Consumption is Booming During the Pandemic (Episode 204)

The pandemic has changed consumer habits in a number of ways, including what we drink and even how much. According to the Spring 2021 National Coffee Data Trends (NCDT) survey conducted by Dig Research, COVID-19 drove record coffee consumption at home. Grab a hot cup of coffee and listen to this morning’s WJR Business Beat to learn more: Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat....