Five Things To Know This Week:
1) 14 Best Google Chrome Extensions
2) Celebrating October Holidays
3) Free Tools to Take the Pain Out of Meetings
4) How to Keep Your Gen Z Workers Happy
5) Resource of the Week: Verizon Business Digital Ready
Hello, Readers of the Small Business Edge Newsletter,
One of my favorite quotes I often share with new business owners is: “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Browne Jr.
So…put on your running shoes, tie the laces, and chase that dream of yours! And make sure you enjoy the journey too.
Brian Moran, CEO
Small Business Edge
Brian Moran & Associates
14 Best Google Chrome Extensions
Google’s Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, with a 65.5% market share. But for many users, their favorite aspect of using Chrome is the numerous and helpful extensions available.
But with so many choices, finding the best extensions that fit your needs, are reliable, and won’t vanish in a few months can be challenging. Thankfully MUO has picked the 14 best Chrome extensions made by Google, so you know they’ll be around.
I was familiar with some of these but discovered a few new ones I’ve already added to my computer.
Learn more about the best Chrome extensions made by Google.
Celebrating October Holidays
When people think of holidays in October, Halloween is likely the one that first leaps into your mind. For example, did you know that October 5th is National Apple Betty Day? Or that October 21st is National Loud Shirt Day?
Holidays like these, as obscure as they sound, can be good fodder for promotions in your physical workspace, online business, or email marketing.
For example, if you sell clothes, it makes sense to promote loud shirts on October 21st. If you’re not a retailer, you can still have fun with it. Have a loud shirt contest at the office, and let your team choose the winner/s. Restaurant owners could promote a loud shirt night as well.
Constant Contact has more email promotion ideas for October. Take a look.
Read more about promoting your business in October (and for the rest of the year).
Free Tools to Take the Pain Out of Meetings
Whether you run a virtual small business or are back in the office, meetings are a regular part of your schedule. And as we approach the end of the year, you’re likely to have even more meetings as you deal with next year’s budgets, holiday marketing, employee reviews, and more.
So having a reliable meeting scheduling tool is a must. Again, how do you make the right choice? Fast Company comes to the rescue, sharing four “under-the-radar” tools. And the best news? They’re all free.
Read more about the top free meeting scheduling tools.
How to Keep Your Gen Z Workers Happy
Generation Z workers want their employers to stand for something. And they won’t hesitate to look for a new job if you don’t.
JobSage surveyed thousands of young American full-time workers and discovered:
- 64% believe it’s important for employers to take a stand on social issues.
- Despite that, 46% report that their employers have not taken a stand on those issues.
- Racism, mental health, and gender inequality are the top issues employees want their companies to address.
- 27% would take a pay cut to work at a company that supported social issues they considered important.
Read more about the issues Gen Z workers expect you to take a stand on and how to do it.
Resource of the Week: Verizon Business Digital Ready
Verizon Business Digital Ready is a brand new online curriculum for small business owners. It includes learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking, and access to grant opportunities. The program is part of Verizon’s goal to help one million small businesses thrive in the digital economy.
The program offers $10,000 grant opportunities to small business owners! To be eligible to apply, users must complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events between 7/1/22 and 11/14/22 and apply by 11/14/22.
Get more information on the program and grant opportunities.