A Message From Our CEO
Welcome to the Small Business Initiative! We are incredibly excited to have you here.
At 1871, we believe that technology can help strengthen and grow small businesses, but you should not have to be a tech whiz to take advantage of its capabilities. That is why we created the Small Business Initiative, a free resource for you, the small business owner who is looking to explore how you can best leverage tech to support and grow your business.
Before you jump in, I would like to take a moment to highlight what you will find within the Small Business Initiative. Below, you will find a resource guide with articles and videos chosen to help you navigate the wide variety of options you have for getting your business online, managing sales, and connecting with customers. New content will be added to this guide regularly and, as such, we hope you revisit it to check up on tips and trends.
Additionally, we know that running your own business can sometimes feel like living on an island. That is why we created a mentoring program where you can connect one-on-one with entrepreneurs and experts in fields like strategy, marketing, and e-commerce to bounce around ideas, get advice, and talk through ways to take your business to the next level.
We hope that exploring the guides, tutorials, and resources below, leaves you inspired.”
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Surviving and Thriving: Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery
When revenues dried up, these two business owners got busy discovering and filling out applications for financial support.
As customers and business owners, we’ve all been migrating in stages to the digital marketplace. With the coronavirus pandemic, that trend has only accelerated, and has forced us to adopt integrated digital tools and services in order to survive.
Maximizing Meal Kits For Takeout
Explore your options for off-premise revenue and decide what is the best fit for your restaurant. Source: Gordon Food Service
How To Serve Alcohol For Pickup And Delivery
Things you need to know about adding alcohol to your to-go menu as well as tips and tricks for maximizing your revenue. Source: Gordon Food Service
How To Turn Your Restaurant Into A Corner Store
Open up a new stream of revenue by offering groceries and other items to customers. Source: Gordon Food Service
5 Technology Tips To Keep Online Orders Flowing
Fortunately, there are ways to transition online that can protect you from some of the worst online ordering side-effects: The 30%+ Grubhub fees, the clutter of tablets in your kitchen, this risk of missing customer orders. This article details 5 things you need to do now to stay in the game and make your online transition painless and profitable. Source: Science
6 ways to master mobile site design
Mobile shopping is exploding; increase your conversion rates and ensure growth by embracing mobile site design. These six best practices will help. Source: Salesforce