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Apple Via del Corso Opens Thursday, May 27, in Rome

Apple Via del Corso Opens Thursday, May 27, in Rome

Breaking News, Business, Technology
New central location in the heart of Rome will welcome customers to the historic Palazzo Marignoli.Apple Via del Corso is the newest retail store, centrally located in the heart of Rome. ROME Apple today previewed Apple Via del Corso, the newest retail location nestled in one of Rome’s most vibrant areas. As the 17th store to open in Italy, Apple Via del Corso will serve as an all-new, centrally located space for Apple team members to provide best-in-class service and support to the local community. The store preserves the grand Palazzo Marignoli, paying homage to Rome’s rich history of art and culture, and making it one of Apple’s most significant restoration projects.From left to right: Once inside, visitors will find original detailing of locally sourced Carrara marble, including a...
App Store Stopped More Than $1.5 Billion in Potentially Fraudulent Transactions in 2020

App Store Stopped More Than $1.5 Billion in Potentially Fraudulent Transactions in 2020

Business, Technology
  Apple helps keep the App Store a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps by detecting and taking action against fraudulent developers and users.Threats have been present since the first day the App Store launched on iPhone, and they’ve increased in both scale and sophistication in the years since. Apple has likewise scaled its efforts to meet those threats, taking relentless steps forward to combat these risks to users and developers alike.It takes significant resources behind the scenes to ensure these bad actors can’t exploit users’ most sensitive information, from location to payment details. While it’s impossible to catch every act of fraud or ill intent before it happens, thanks to Apple’s industry-leading anti-fraud efforts, security experts agree the App Store is th...
Scott Beechuk of Norwest Venture Partners:  Lots of Optimization Left in the Digital Buying Experience

Scott Beechuk of Norwest Venture Partners: Lots of Optimization Left in the Digital Buying Experience

Business
With the pandemic impacting so many aspects of our daily lives – both personally and professionally – I was curious to find out how it is affecting how things in the venture capital space.  And last week I had the opportunity to speak with Scott Beechuk, Partner at Norwest Venture Partners.  Norwest is a leading venture and growth equity investment firm managing more than $9.5 billion in capital, and Scott focuses on early- to late-stage investment opportunities in enterprise SaaS with a focus on companies building business applications taking advantage of human-assisted AI, advanced behavioral analytics, client-agnostic platforms, and industry-specific solutions.Scott shared how his experience as an entrepreneur and later at Salesforce as SVP in product management has helped shape his...
Thumbtack and Neighborly Partner to Help Local Small Businesses

Thumbtack and Neighborly Partner to Help Local Small Businesses

Business
Thumbtack marketplace has joined forces with Neighborly, a franchisor of home service brands to connect customers to more than 3,700 franchises in the US. The partnership is expected to help grow the vital home service businesses across the country.Through the partnership, Neighborly’s community of home service professionals will combine with Thumbtack’s digital-native customer base. This will help bring more business to local communities thus boosting local economies. As a result, business opportunities will open up to small business owners within Neighborly. Everything from plumbing to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), to painting and home inspections, will benefit. Thumbtack and Neighborly Partnership Home services on Thumbtack have seen growth during COVID-19, and ...
Get Help Managing the Pandemic at Upcoming Linkup Conference

Get Help Managing the Pandemic at Upcoming Linkup Conference

Business
As businesses deal with the struggles brought on by the pandemic, they need to build new business relationships, exchange ideas, shop from new vendors and learn from leading industry experts.The LinkUpConferenceShow, which will be held on December 8, 2020, online, will bring experts from financial technology and telecommunications. And the audience is going to be made up of presidents/founders, C-Level Executives, vice presidents/EVPs/SVPs, directors/managers, partners, and influencers.The event is going to provide curated networking opportunities with six hours of engagement with 100-plus contacts in a single day. And all this going to take place with unconventional performances with compelling and informative discussions.Click on the red button and register now.Register Now...
Adam Blitzer of Salesforce: We probably crammed five years’ worth of digital acceleration into the past five months

Adam Blitzer of Salesforce: We probably crammed five years’ worth of digital acceleration into the past five months

Business
Late last month Salesforce introduced Digital 360, combining their Marketing, Commerce, and Experience Clouds with some new components to help companies accelerate their digital transformation efforts with respect to customer engagement.  And earlier this week I had the pleasure of having a LinkedIn Live conversation with Adam Blitzer, EVP & GM, Digital for Salesforce, to talk about how the coronavirus is affecting digital transformation efforts and causing foundational changes to companies that will need to engage customers and prospects long after the pandemic is over. Interview with Adam Blitzer of Salesforce Below is an edited transcript of a portion of our conversation.  To hear the full conversation click on the embedded SoundCloud player. smallbiztrends · Adam Blitzer of Sales...
In the News: Local HVAC Business Adapts, Wins During Pandemic

In the News: Local HVAC Business Adapts, Wins During Pandemic

Business
It’s hard to find a business that wasn’t affected by shutdown orders in their state. Aside from restaurants and pubs, the home service industry was particularly hit hard.But that doesn’t mean that these companies had to just stop doing business. And this week, we found one local home service business that accepted the challenge posed by the COVID pandemic and appears to be winning.GEM Plumbing & Heating is an HVAC company whose business model revolves around its technicians going into homes on service calls. Since its abilities were limited, though, the company found another way to do business and it may actually lead to considerably more business in the future.The company adopted the HomeX app and created a tele-service arm for their business. Using the app, the company was ab...
Demand for Pandemic-Proof Businesses – Buyer Confidence at Record High

Demand for Pandemic-Proof Businesses – Buyer Confidence at Record High

Business
New data from BizBuySell’s confidence survey on small businesses indicates demand for pandemic-proof businesses is on the rise. According to the survey, buyer confidence has reached a new record high of 60 compared to 53 a year ago.The survey polled over 2,300 small business owners of which 57% believe they can buy a business for a better value than last year. This is a dramatic turn as only 17% believed the same when asked last year. The sentiment is reflected in data from businesses for sale transactions as opportunity seekers and business owners are well-positioned to profit or forced to exit. Small Business Buyer Confidence at Record High The 3rd quarter 2020 survey compiled statistics from business-for-sale transactions in which it shows a steady upward trend in sales since the pa...
In the News – National Small Business Week Just Days Away

In the News – National Small Business Week Just Days Away

Business, Learning
At long last, it’s nearly National Small Business Week.After getting delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, National Small Business Week presented by the US Small Business Administration will happen between Sept. 22-24 this year. And like so many highly anticipated and exciting conferences and events for small businesses in 2020, NSBW will be an all-virtual event.But that only gives you a better chance to participate and share in the fun. That includes attending several virtual events hosted by the SBA. And you still have time to register. Check out our report on these events and find out how to sign up: It’s Time to Register for National Small Business Week Virtual Events.And for the rest of the week in small business news, check out our weekly roundup below. Small Busi...
VizyPay Says It’s Addressing a Major Pain Point for Small Business Merchants

VizyPay Says It’s Addressing a Major Pain Point for Small Business Merchants

Business
VizPay, a payment processing company that develops systems for small businesses, has launched VizyPOS. The all-in-one payment processing app enables merchants to manage all sales aspects within their business. VizyPOS Promises Less Pain from Payment System The app addresses major industry pain points for small businesses, including the lack of data analytics and split tender options for cash discounts. VizyPOS is available for PAX point of sales systems. Eliminating Costly Hardware and Software Subscriptions Having to purchase costly POS stations which require monthly software subscriptions can be crippling for small businesses. Such mounting fees can take a major toll on merchants, especially in these difficult times when many small merchants are being forced to make cuts to expenses....