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Businesses up technology spending plans: CDW survey

Corporate information technology decision makers were gaining confidence heading into the new year, thanks to rising growth expectations among small and medium size businesses, according to one indicator. The latest CDW IT Monitor, a bimonthly indicator tracking the direction and momentum of the U.S. IT marketplace, shows the first increase in six consecutive readings, rising to […]

`Small Business Saturday’ concept takes hold

American Express reports that its campaign to boost sales at small retailers on Saturday, Nov. 27, was effective largely because other groups embraced it. According to the company:   Forty-one elected officials, including Illinois Gov. Quinn, declared the Saturday after Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday.” Throughout the nation, 130 small business groups and public and private […]

Mcommerce sites add gift centers: Chicago report

  Mobile commerce sites are getting more sophisticated with 42 percent offering a gift center for mobile devices, according to Chicago-based e-tailing group’s third-quarter mobile mystery shopping report. That’s up from 30 percent of merchants who offered gift centers a year ago. That means many mobile sites now allow users to shop by criteria, such […]

Survey says: Marketers plan to push more activities online

Watch for marketers to  continue to boost their online marketing activities, while downplaying traditional advertising and tradeshows. That’s according to an online survey by Naperville-based FusionB2B, which found two-thirds of respondents planning to increase their marketing activities in the future. Internet marketing and social media received the largest vote of confidence, with 97 percent of […]

Commissions, overtime pay up as sales improve: Administaff data

Improved sales are starting to ripple through small businesses, pushing up overtime pay, commissions and bonus compensation, according to compensation data from Adminstaff’s base of 5,700 small and midsize companies. Average compensation paid by small companies in the third quarter was up 3.2 percent from the year-ago period, Administaff reported, while bonuses were up 14.9 […]

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