3 Things I Learned Last Week 4.12.15

1. Make Sure Your Site is Mobile-Friendly
You’ve worked hard to earn your Google website ranking, right? Did you know that beginning April 21, Google is introducing a new algorithm that will penalize websites that aren’t optimized for mobile. With the growing number of searches now being performed on a mobile device, this change could have a major impact on your business if your site isn’t mobile-friendly.

Plug your URL into this link to see if your site is mobile friendly.

2. Tools & Tips
At last week’s Bootcamp for Small Businesses, sponsored by bizhive.com, Sprint and Thinking Bigger Business Media, attendees learned about several tools for reaching customers more effectively, increasing productivity, and marketing their businesses. You can access many of these tools and tips – everything from correcting a bad Yelp! review to apps for increasing productivity – at sprint.bizhive.com.

3. Getting to the Heart of Success
Many Kansas Citians have enjoyed the culinary creations of food celebrity Lidia Bostianich by dining at her award-winning restaurant in the Crossroads. You may also have seen her television show, tried a recipe in one of her best-selling cookbooks, or experienced a meal at one of her New York restaurants. But did you know that before she married and decided to join her husband in the restaurant business she was studying science?

Tune in for my full interview with Lidia, an Italian immigrant who was motivated by the American Dream of success from a very young age. She and her husband started with a 9-table restaurant in New York, with two children, and an extended family that provided support. As she points out in the interview, success is not a solitary journey!

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About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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