Best States by Business Credit Score

2018 Business Credit Snapshot by State

For a small business owner, a state with a high business credit score is a good indicator of how easy it is to get funding, hire workers, and get through periods of low cash flow because of the available credit.

The second annual Business Credit Snapshot by State from Nav gives small business owners this important data to help make important decisions about how to operate and perhaps even where to locate your small business.

2018 Business Credit Snapshot by State

In looking at the credit health of America’s small businesses, the Nav Business Credit Snapshot by State lets entrepreneurs know which states are performing well. If a business owner is looking to expand or move, the data can be one more factor in making an informed decision. And this includes considering last year’s results.

Using the Experian Intelliscore Plus scale of 0 to 100, Hawaii had the best score with 54.6. Rounding out the top five states are Washington with 52.6, Illinois with 50.0, Oregon with 49.7 and West Virginia with 49.4.

States with the lowest credit rating included Alaska at 38.7, Kansas at 39.7, Indiana at 40.0, Maine at 40.7 and Rhode Island at 41.3.

The report notes there is only a 16 point difference between the top and bottom spots. This is because there is a narrow range of business credit from 0

6 Metrics You Can Track to Get More Sales While Spending Less

The 6 Key Sales Metrics Every Business Should Be Tracking
Metrics, tracking, analytics … these are terms and practices business professionals are probably all too familiar with — and for good reason! By measuring key sales metrics, business owners can more reliably predict sales performance and can keep sales-related costs in check.

Sales, leads and profit margins are tracked by nearly every business owner, but lesser-used metrics can potentially be just as important.

Key Sales Metrics

This article bypass some of the more common sales metrics in favor of six less commonly used — but just as valuable — calculations.

1. Customer Acquisition Cost

This is a metric that’s often neglected, despite the fact that it gives business owners deep insight into how much of their budget to allocate to lead generation and sales. Think about it. If you know exactly how much you need to spend in order to make a sale (and you stick to this amount), you never have to worry whether you’re overspending when it comes to lead-acquisition and sales.

Tracking your CAC will also help you accurately calculate the resulting return on

GlobalShipped Helps Your Ecommerce Business Fulfill Orders in More than 120 Countries

GlobalShipped App for Shopify Handles International Shipping Needs of Small Business

A new Shopify app called GlobalShipped allows US-based ecommerce merchants using the Shopify platform to fulfill orders  internationally from their stores. The app was developed by USendHome and makes satisfying customers in many different companies a bit easier.

GlobalShipped App for Shopify

With GlobalShipped, you no longer have to say “US buyers only” for the products you sell on your Shopify store. By simplifying the shipping process, the app has opened more markets to small businesses in the US. These small businesses can now easily ship to  more than 120 countries using the app.

If your small business has an ecommerce platform, you already know customers from around the world can purchase your products. But shipping continues to be more labor-intensive than it has to be for international customers, which is one of the reasons many sites decline from shipping internationally.

How Does it Work?

The solution USendHome provides through its GlobalShipped app is basically a package forwarding service. The app is made available to shipping process merchants for free. The customer pays for the service they select to get their packages shipped outside the U.S.

When a customer is ready to check out, they are given the package forwardi

Webinar Set for May Will Teach Small Businesses to Cope with Greatest Security Threats

Security, whether it is in the physical or digital world, is a big issue for businesses of all sizes.  With data breaches costing companies millions in the digital world, and inventory shrinkage and theft causing similar headaches for stores, an upcoming Brivo/Small Business Trends webinar seeks to educate on the subject.

The webinar happens May 16, 2018, at 2  p.m. ET with Anita Campbell, founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, Nicki Saffell, Senior Security Consultant at Brivo, and Sara Polon, owner of Soupergirl, a DC area small business.

These thought leaders will discuss data breaches, inventory shrinkage and theft along with ways to combat them.

You can get more details from the featured Events Section and sign up for the webinar while you are at it.

If you happen to have your own webinar or another event, contest, or award listing, you can post it by visiting the Small Business Events Calendar.

Featured Events, Contests and Awards

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10 Tips to Help Beginners Get their Small Businesses Off the Ground

The early days of starting a small business can be very exciting… but also a bit daunting. When you’re a beginner trying to get your first entrepreneurial venture off the ground, it can help to have some expert perspective in your corner. Here are some tips and insights from members of the online small business community specifically geared toward beginners and new businesses.

Boost Your Business KnowledgeWith Free Online Courses

Getting a top notch business education doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, there are plenty of free resources out there to help you get off on the right foot. Susan Solovic lists some helpful business courses which also happen to be free in a recent post.

Move From Business Analyst to Business Architect

Creating a business takes plenty of planning and analyzing. However, at some point you need to start actually building and putting processes into place. In a recent Process Street post, Benjamin Brandall details how you can go from being a business analyst to a business architect.

Know These Name Restrictions Before Registering Your Business

Choosing a name can be one of the most important factors in building your brand earl



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