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  • In today’s often volatile climate, philanthropy remains a top priority for small business owners. Natural disasters ranging from Hurricane Harvey to the Northern California wildfires have made charity a topic that is all too real for business owners looking for ways to show their support. Moreover, the majority of today’s customers care deeply about social causes, encouraging many business owners to seek ways of incorporating giving into their business models. So how can your small business make a big impact with a limited budget? Here are a few ways to get started. Identify and focus on what is personally meaningful Giving for the sake of giving is of limited value. When you contribute to a cause you truly care about,

  • Like many creatives, Dryrun co-founder Blaine Bertsch found staying on top of finances challenging in his first business, a creative agency launched in 1999. The ongoing hunt for the next deal – followed by big bills and big invoices – made addressing cash flow issues and building a solid sales pipeline crucial to keeping the business flush with work and growing. The idea for Dryrun – flexible, forward-looking cash flow software – sprang from that experience and his desire to tackle the problem. The goal was to create a flexible tool that business owners with little financial background could use weekly or twice weekly to drive their business forward. He wanted to build real-time, forward-looking cash flow and sales models to

  • Software engineers Paul Grey and Ashley Schroder, creators of the A2X app for Amazon sellers and their accountants, know the Amazon marketplaces inside and out from first-hand experience – and all of the problems and challenges that can exist. The two first started working together more than a decade ago at Peace Software, then New Zealand’s largest software developer. Paul was chief technology officer and Ashley was nominated as “developer of the year” by his peers. With the rise of Amazon marketplaces, the two began working together to sell internationally with Amazon and FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). “When it comes to selling on Amazon, we’ve felt the pain. As software engineers, we’re the right people to solve some of those

  • Seven years ago, shopVOX co-founders Rao Meka and Ravi Duvvuri started out aiming to provide an online proofing tool for the graphics industry. But, then it morphed into so much more. Today, ShopVOX is a comprehensive, easy-to-use cloud-based software tool that provides custom fabrication businesses with a simple solution for getting things done. It empowers custom shops to manage just about everything you can think of – sales leads, quotes, inventory, production, invoices, staff, customers, vendors and much more. It integrates with email on the front end and QuickBooks® on the back end for accounting, and does everything in between, the co-founders say. With more than 3,000 customers worldwide, ShopVOX enables a quick and error-free experience for makers of all

  • Intuit® is taking the next step in making the QuickBooks® platform the smarter way to do business by signing an agreement to acquire TSheets, a leading platform that small and medium businesses, self-employed professionals, and accountants use to automate time tracking and scheduling for them and their workers. Intuit QuickBooks leverages the world’s largest small business and self-employed ecosystem to simplify and automate key business tasks, such as payroll, invoicing and payments. With more than 12,000 customers already using and loving QuickBooks and TSheets side-by-side today, bringing them together for millions of small businesses will make manual time tracking a thing of the past. Businesses will have a single, seamless solution to track time, streamline invoicing and simplify paying their workers

  • With eight businesses backed so far, Backed by QuickBooks® is on a roll! Here’s a look at two more of our awesome Backed by QuickBooks recipients: Tiny Acre Farms – Des Moines, IA Stacy Moeller is a florist who left her corporate job and started Tiny Acre Farms about a year ago. Since then, she has grown and sold local, sustainable cut flowers online and at nearby farmers markets. Stacy recently noticed the growing popularity of food trucks in Des Moines, and was inspired to combine her love of flowers and food trucks to create The Flower Box, Des Moines’ first ever mobile flower truck. Stacy started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to re-outfit her truck and, thanks to a

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