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The Small Biz Ahead podcast is a weekly podcast that answers small business owner's most common questions. Hosted by Elizabeth Larkin and small business owner and expert Gene Marks, this weekly podcast will help you to run your business more efficiently. Topics include cash flow management, managing employees, customer service and retention, productivity, and generating new leads for your small business.
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Over the past few years, there has been a significant shift in the way that small business owners approach the mental health of their employees. Rather than avoiding the subject altogether, they now realize how integral their staff’s well-being is to the overall success of their business. So, what can you do to promote better mental health at your workplace? In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks, along with Shift Collab co-founder, Jordan Axani, discuss how small business owners can implement their own mental health initiatives and help their employees access the resources and treatment they need. Continue reading Mental Health in the Workplace at .
With thousands of businesses vying to receive financial aid during this pandemic, it can be very easy for small business owners to feel like they’ve gotten lost in the shuffle. However, all that is about to change because the government will be releasing another round of PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) that specifically targets smaller struggling businesses. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks along with Lendio CEO, Brock Blake, discuss the details of the upcoming PPP as well as several new grants and loans that are exclusively reserved for small business owners. Continue reading What the Next Round of PPP Could Mean for Your Business at .
Have you been keeping up with all the changes to the COVID relief bill? If not, your business could be missing out on the opportunity to not only save, but also generate some much needed capital. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks discuss how small business owners can take advantage of these new loan and tax policies and use the additional revenue for growth. Executive Summary 0:15—Today’s Topic: How Can My Small Business Benefit from the Recent Policy Changes in Federal COVID Relief Funding? Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Relief Bill at .
Are you having a difficult time securing a loan for your small business? Then, perhaps it’s time to think beyond traditional banks and explore marketplace lending. With marketplace lending, business owners who normally don’t qualify for loans can connect with thousands of potential investors simply by applying to an online platform. In this episode, Gene Marks and Lendio CEO, Brock Blake, discuss how small business owners can utilize marketplace lending to find their ideal loan product or program. Continue reading Is Marketplace Lending Right for Your Small Business? at .
As a response to the continuing economic hardships caused by COVID-19, the government has agreed to release a second round of PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) to help aid struggling small businesses. However, that’s not all. Thanks to recent updates in the original guidelines, businesses who were previously excluded or could not complete the application process will now have an easier time accessing financial assistance. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks highlight several important details that small business owners need to be aware of with this upcoming round of PPP. Continue reading Paycheck Protection Program Round Two: See How Your Business Could Benefit at .
As we stretch into the eighth month of this global health crisis, more and more small business owners are beginning to question whether they have the necessary skills or resources to offset the devastating effects of this pandemic. With so many new and unexpected challenges, how are they expected to survive? Fortunately for business owners, seeking assistance is easier than ever. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks along with SBPACE founders, Julie Traxler and Corey Harris, discuss how small business owners can find the professional support they need during COVID-19. Continue reading Where Can I Get Professional Help for My Small Business? at .
With countless schools and universities conducting their classes virtually, it was only a matter of time before other fields began embracing the idea of online education. So, what should an independent teacher do to build their own educational business online? In this episode, Jon Aidukonis, Gene Marks, and special guest Dylan Murphy share the strategies that enabled him to successfully launch and market his virtual music academy. Executive Summary 0:37—Today’s Topic: How Do I Start an Educational Business Online? Continue reading How to Build Your Own Educational Business Online at .
To say that COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on the small business community would be a serious understatement. All around the world, countless businesses are struggling to maintain their operations due to this pandemic. But, while there’s no way to escape the consequences of this devastating health crisis, there are several steps you can take to keep your small business up and running during these difficult times. In this episode, Gene Marks and special guest Anita Comisky share several strategies that helped protect her business from the negative effects of COVID-19. Continue reading What Can You Do to Help Your Small Business Survive COVID-19? at .
If COVID-19 has taught us anything as small business owners, it’s that it pays to be prepared. Whether it’s through financial reserves or emergency resources, having a safety net for your business allows you to be ready for whatever economic downturns may come your way. In this episode, Gene Marks and his special guest Mindy Yanish share several precautionary measures that helped sustain her business throughout this pandemic. Executive Summary 0:34—Today’s Topic: Which Precautionary Measures Will Best Serve My Small Business Right Now? Continue reading Which Precautionary Measures Will Best Serve Your Small Business Right Now? at .
Over the past year, there’s been a lot of debate regardingboth the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Most of this uncertainty has been due to the ever-changing data surrounding this fatal disease. Still, as difficult as it might be to keep up with the latest CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) findings, small business owners must stay informed if they want to ensure the safety of both their staff and their customers. Continue reading Stay Informed About COVID Procedures with Epidemiologist Dr. Trivedi at .
Are you the owner of a food manufacturing business that is struggling due to COVID-19? While this global health crisis has certainly transformed the food industry, these changes don’t necessarily have to impact your small business in a negative way. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks, along with SNACKLINS® founder, Samy Kobrosly, discuss how business owners can actually capitalize on the recent developments in both the food manufacturing and distribution industries. Executive Summary 0:39—Today’s Topic: What is The Future of Food Manufacturing and Distribution? Continue reading How to Guide Your Food Manufacturing Business Through COVID-19 at .
For the millions of small businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19, preparing for this year’s taxes might seem like the last thing on their minds. Yet, as difficult as it might be to examine your finances right now, taking the time to explore all your options with an accountant can ultimately save you a lot of money in the long run. In today’s episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks discuss several policies that can help you defer and lower your business taxes for 2020. Continue reading Tips to Help Lower Your Business Taxes in 2020 at .
When times get challenging, nothing will serve you better as a small business owner than tapping into your creativity. From operational issues to financial struggles, all it takes is a little innovation to help you find an appropriate solution. In this episode, Gene Marks along with special guest, Luciana Gomez discuss the creative strategies that not only enabled her to keep her business running, but also allowed her to retain all her current employees. Executive Summary 0:47—Today’s Topic: How Can I Become More Creative with My Small Business during COVID-19? Continue reading How Can I Become More Creative with My Small Business during COVID-19? at .
For many small businesses that operate on a B2B (business-to-business) model, the process of transitioning to the virtual marketplace can pose a unique set of challenges. Unlike their B2C (business-to-consumer) counterparts who can successfully market themselves to a broader audience, owners of a B2B business not only have to target a specific client base, but they also have to stand out from their competition. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks along with special guest, John Davis, offer advice on how to distinguish yourself as a B2B-oriented small business online. Continue reading How to Successfully Distinguish Your B2B Small Business at .
Are you a small business owner who wants to move their operations online? While adapting your business to the e-commerce marketplace seems fairly straightforward, there’s more to running a successful virtual storefront than simply setting up a website. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks discuss the most important factors you need to consider when transitioning your small business to an online sales environment. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Executive Summary 0:30—Today’s Topic: Should I Move My Small Business Online? Continue reading How to Move Your Small Business Online at .
Does your small business have a marketing or traffic funnel that it’s struggling to manage? Then, perhaps, it’s time to invest in some form of automation technology. From generating leads to addressing inquiries, modern chatbots have evolved to the point that they are now capable of handling a variety of different customer interactions. In this episode, Gene Marks and Jon Aidunkonis, along with special guest Arvell Craig, discuss how small business owners can use all this new chatbot technology to their advantage. Continue reading Can My Small Business Benefit from Chatbot Technology? at .
As many restaurants and offices prepare to reopen their doors, it can be very tempting to simply resume “business as usual.” However, while the number of COVID-19 cases are certainly in decline, this health threat is still far from over and business owners need to continue enforcing the proper safety protocols if they want to protect their employees and customers. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks along with special guest and epidemiologist, Dr. Continue reading Reopening Your Small Business: Advice From Epidemiologist Dr. Kavita Trivedi at .
Do you currently use LinkedIn as a part of your business’s social media strategy? If not, then you are missing a vital piece of your arsenal. From its group pages to its online business profiles, LinkedIn provides you with a variety of tools that will enable you to build a following andconnect with other like-minded professionals in your industry. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks along with special guest Jon Lombardo discuss how small business owners can fully utilize all the tools that LinkedIn has to offer. Continue reading LinkedIn Strategies for Small Business Owners at .
For many new business owners, the process of advertising on social media can seem deceptively simple. Just post some shots of your products and you’re done! Unfortunately, there’s more to advertising on social media than uploading a couple of photos. The content you post on your business’s social media accounts should not only promote your products, but also reflect the story and values behind your brand. So, how do you create effective Instagram and Facebook posts? Continue reading How Do I Use Instagram and Facebook to Build My Business? at .
Over the past few years, Twitter has been unfairly portrayed as an antagonistic platform, filled with virtual trolls just waiting to start an argument. However, despite its reputation, Twitter can actually provide small business owners with a safe space to grow and cultivate their professional network. You simply need to implement the right strategies. In this episode, Jon Aidukonis and Gene Marks along with special guest, Samantha Kelly, discuss how small business owners can foster their professional connections on Twitter, while also avoiding any unnecessary conflicts. Continue reading How Do I Cultivate My Professional Network on Twitter? at .
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