ReachLocal: One Stop Digital Shop for Local Small Business

September 18th, 2014

This video interview was originally posted on SMB Group Spotlight.  Laurie: Hi, this is Laurie McCabe here with SMB Group’s SMB Spotlight. Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Sharon Rowlands, the relatively new CEO of ReachLocal.  Sharon was … Continue reading

Worms and Trojans and Snorts—Oh My! Perspectives on Dell’s 1-5-10 Security Discussion

August 1st, 2014

Last week, I had the opportunity to join Dell’s 1-5-10 security panel discussion. This was the first in a series of small group events hosted by Dell to consider security trends and implications over the next one, five and ten … Continue reading

How The Cloud Can Help SMBs: A Conversation

June 30th, 2014

Last week, I had the opportunity to be a panelist on IBM’s first virtual influencer event on Spreecast, (a great new platform that connects you with people through video conversation) about how the cloud can help small and medium businesses (SMBs) to build their businesses … Continue reading

Five Things SAP Needs To Do To Make “Simple” Real

June 17th, 2014

There’s probably nothing harder for a business to accomplish than these two things: 1) make the complex simple; and 2) change market perceptions. But, at SAP’s recent SAPPHIRE NOW 2014 user event, SAP CEO Bill McDermott and other SAP executives … Continue reading

Why Vendor Definitions of SMB Size Matter

May 5th, 2014

The SMB “market” actually represents a very diverse, fragmented collection of businesses—from solopreneurs running home-based lifestyle businesses, to mom-and-pop shops, to fast-growth startups, to midmarket firms who’ve been in business 30-plus years—as well many more permutations and combinations. While all sorts … Continue reading

Six Inspirations for Small Businesses From ICON14

April 28th, 2014

Entrepreneurs have always been a rare breed. And, as the U.S. employment rate has improved, the overall rate of business creation has fallen from 0.30 percent in 2012 to 0.28 percent in 2013, according to the annual Kaufman Index of … Continue reading

VerticalResponse: Taking the Guesswork Out of Email Marketing and Social Media for Small Businesses

April 14th, 2014

Laurie: Hi, this is Laurie McCabe from the SMB Group, and today I’m talking to Janine Popick, CEO at VerticalResponse. VerticalResponse helps small businesses grow with email and social marketing tools, and recently Vertical Response introduced a new version of … Continue reading

SAP’s Big Bet on SMBs—With a Fast Growth, Millenial Twist

March 21st, 2014

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet with Kevin Gilroy, SAP’s Senior VP and GM for Global Small and Midsize Enterprise Segment & Indirect Channels to hear about SAP’s plans to go big in the small and medium … Continue reading

SMB Technology: Mind, Matter, Money–and the Cloud

March 17th, 2014

SMB Group recently wrapped up our 2014 Small and Medium Business Routes to Market Study, in which we looked how U.S. SMB (small businesses are defined as those with 1-99 employees, medium businesses as those with 100-999 employees) technology adoption and … Continue reading

Cloud Is The New Normal for SMBs—But Integration Isn’t

March 7th, 2014

SMB Group recently wrapped up our “2014 Small and Medium Business Routes to Market Study,” in which we looked how U.S. SMB technology adoption and the buying cycle in ten key solution areas, as shown below. Business Application Solutions IT … Continue reading