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Report: 60% of Amazon Sales Come From Independent Sellers

The Internet's everything store Amazon has released a new report highlighting the impact that small businesses and independent sellers on the site had in 2022. From the report: According to Amazon's latest Small Business Empowerment Report, 60% of the site's sales come from independent businesses. Amazon notes that "most" of these independent sellers are small to medium-sized businesses, but did not offer a special breakdown. In any case, the site...
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Arc Browser Review: Can it Help Boost Your Productivity?

For years, I've been using Google Chrome — not because I really love it but because that's what seems to work well enough for me. To be fair, Chrome does have a number of features I've come to appreciate and even downright rely on. Despite this, when I heard about a new browser called Arc from the appropriately named company The Browser Company, I was intrigued. Now, having tried the...

FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...
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Barclays Reveals Winners of Third "Small Business Big Wins"

Earlier this year, Barclays announced that it was launching its third annual "Small Business Big Wins" promotion — which was also set to be its largest yet. After the bank selected 10 finalists, the public had the chance to vote for the business they thought should take the top prize. Now, just in time for National Small Business Week, Barclays has revealed the slate of winners. With the results of...
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Square Launches Tap to Pay on Android for Small Businesses

For years, Square has been synonymous with their mobile card readers that allowed small businesses to turn their cell phones into point-of-sale registers. Now, the company is introducing a new feature that will make it even easier for entrepreneurs to accept payments on the go. As of this week, Square's Tap to Pay feature is now available for Android users, allowing them to securely accept contactless payments on their device...
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Hello Alice Introduces Small Business Health Score Tool

A FinTech that helps small business access capital is introducing a new tool. This week, Hello Alice announced the debut of the Business Health Score. Available to Hello Alice platform users, this new score is the first product to come from the Equitable Access Program, which finds the brand partnering with Global Entrepreneurship Network, as well as Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Mastercard, and the Kauffman Foundation. Hello Alice's Business Health Score...
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Amex, Main Street America Announce $2.3 Million in Grants

As small business owners across the country continue to face a number of economic and other challenges American Express and Main Street America are teaming up to offer some relief. This week, the latest edition of “Backing Small Businesses” grant program was announced, with more than $2.3 million available to small business recipients. Eligible business owners can now apply for a chance to received a $5,000 grant. These funds can...
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Robinhood Introduces National Freelancer Day and Contest

The well-known (albeit controversial) investment app Robinhood has introduced a new holiday. Last week, the FinTech announced National Freelancer Day. Although the United Kingdom has established a similar celebration for June 16th, Robinhood has designated March 10th for the United States's honoring of freelance workers. Although the first annual holiday itself has now passed, a contest accompanying the celebration is still accepting applications. This contest will see 500 freelancers being...
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A Guide to Building Credit and Increasing Your Credit Scores

When it comes to credit, there’s some good news. The average credit score in the United States has been steadily rising in recent years, coming in at 715 in 2023. That may be because, today, consumers not only have more ways to access their credit reports and scores than ever before but also because there are an increasing number of options that Americans have for building credit in the first...

2024 SoFi Checking and Savings Review

Ever since I started taking an interest in the FinTech sector, one company whose name I’ve seen pop up over and over again is SoFi. Lately it seems as though that theme has been sent into overdrive as the company has not only become a household name thanks to its stadium naming rights deal but also because of the company’s continued product expansions. The most interesting development in my mind...
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Brim Financial Raises $85 Million as It Eyes Global Expansion

Toronto-based FinTech infrastructure startup Brim Financial has announced a new funding round. About the round: Brim has revealed an $85 million round. The Series C was led by EDC Investments while new investor Vistara Growth and returning investors White Owl Group, Epic Ventures, and Zions Bank also participated. To date, the company has now raised $110 million including a Series B in 2021. According to Brim, the latest funding will...
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Chase Reveals Q2 2024 Freedom 5%(+) Bonus Categories

Chase has announced its bonus category picks for the second quarter of 2024 — including some interesting twists. About the categories: As April approaches, Chase has revealed what categories Freedom and Freedom Flex cardholders can earn bonuses on. From April 1st through June 30th, customers can earn 5% (or more) in three categories: Amazon.com, Hotels, and Restaurants. Similar to how Chase embraced a "New Year, New Me" theme last quarter,...

FedEx Announces Winners of 11th Annual 2023 Small Business Grant Contest

Nearly three months after the entry period ended, FedEx has announced the winners of its 11th annual Small Business Grant Content. This year's event saw more than $300,000 in funds going to a variety of small businesses across the nation. Last month, the company revealed 100 finalists, with that list now being narrowed down to just 10 winners. This year's grand prize winners included KindVR, The Cupcake Collection, Up In...