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Should Your Small Business be Online or Brick-and-Mortar?

Starting a new business is always terrifying. Will you have enough capital? Have you done enough marketing? How do you even go about hiring the right employees? The devil is in the details when it comes to launching a fledgling company whether you’re planning an online venture or a retail store. So, how do you know which type of business is right for your idea? There are advantages to being totally-digital and of course, benefits to having a physical location but if you can’t afford to launch both at once, here are some things to consider…

Bizshark Scholarship Contest Deadline Approaching!

There are only a few weeks left to apply for the inaugural Bizshark Startup Scholarship! You could win $1,000 to help you with college expenses – from books to tuition – just for giving us your story. As you know, Bizshark’s big on business. We love nurturing the startup community and we’re always supportive of ambitious students working to further their education. The Bizshark Startup Scholarship is an annual essay competition and this year you’ve got the opportunity to be our first winner.

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6 Fitness Brands Using Social the Smart Way

There aren’t many pursuits out there that inspire more engagement, good or bad, on social than fitness. Whether it’s workout pics, #gymselfies, or even calorie counts, people love to talk about fitness and everything surrounding it online. The social community has sparked a new wave of community among fitness brands and it’s really, really fun to watch. Some fitness fanatics are doing it better than others, though. Here are 6 brands using social the smart way to inspire, agitate, and create conversation around being fit.

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7 Adventure Travel Companies Using Social Media Right

Adventure travel is a relatively new niche in the tourism industry and it’s not all that strictly defined. “Adventure” means different things to different people whether it’s rappelling down a sheer cliff face or simply traveling to a previously-unexplored country. A few brands are taking advantage of the endless opportunities provided by social media within the adventure travel industry and are continuously finding new ways to inspire and engage customers. Here’s a look at seven travel companies who have the social media thing down…

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7 Small Food Businesses Making Waves on Social Media

Specialty food businesses are not a fad - they're the next big thing and growing! From specialty pickle producers to crème brulee food trucks, successful food entrepreneurs know grassroots support is one of the most effective ways to build business. Growing a loyal customer base with social media is providing a smarter, more affordable, easier-to-access way to reach customers than ever before. Here are seven enterprising businesses in the food industry that's at the top of their game, making a lot of ruckus online, and blazing the new normal on the social media front.

Bizshark Search Available Through Spokeo

Spokeo users with an existing subscription will now see a “business search” tab appear upon searching a name in the Spokeo database. Clicking on one of the results will lead users here to the Bizshark website to complete the search.

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Which “Shark” Matches Your Business Style Best?

The cultural juggernaut Shark Tank (on ABC) has taught us everything about the ultimate business pitch, from having your numbers ready, to pricing a fair valuation… well, that and that Daymond John really, REALLY likes pinstripes. Most importantly, the show highlights the importance of picking the best partners for your small business. Networking connections are what make the Shark Tank world go ‘round and more than 5 million people are tuning in each week to find out who can take home a big catch and who’s all chum. Metaphorically, of course.

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Bridging the Gap Between Social Stats and Hard Data

You’ve heard time and again that landing the job is about who you know, but it’s equally true that landing a sale is about what you know. In today’s hyper-competitive sales atmosphere, particularly within the business-to-business vertical, having the edge on your competition may simply mean being better informed.

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Introducing the Bizshark Blog

With more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, we launched Bizshark back in February aiming to level the business playing field for all entrepreneurs. As we continue on this journey to level the sales playing field for businesses of all sizes, we hope you enjoy our various offerings. We look forward to your feedback and commentary and will continue to strive to provide the best in business contact research and cut out the bull.

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