Square Launches New Retail POS

More Features for Power Users For the first time, Square has launched a point-of-sale system designed specifically for retailers, whether you have one store or several. While stores have always been able to use a Square reader and its basic mobile app, the new Square for Retail (squareup.com/pos/retail) has more robust retail-specific features: better barcodeMore »

Need a Microloan?

Alternatives to traditional lenders Online lenders like Kabbage and OnDeck have been grabbing the headlines these days, but nonprofit lenders are another option for small businesses—and they have more than just money to offer, according to a report from NerdWallet, which has compiled a list of 13 nonprofit lending sources. These microlenders, often offering amountsMore »

Ads Coming to Google Maps

New visibility for local retailers possible Google is introducing new Maps ads to help local businesses drive more traffic to their brick-and-mortar businesses. With one billion (and counting) downloads of the Google Maps app and nearly a third of all mobile searches being related to location, this has the potential to connect storeowners with evenMore »

Do Refer-A-Friend Programs Work?

It’s all about inspiring the promise of social gain. When stores offer incentives to their customers—discounts, gift vouchers, loyalty points, entry in a prize draw and so on—to refer the store to friends and family, how successful are these promotions? That depends, says referral marketing company Mention Me, which has created more than 100 referralMore »