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Dallas Small Business News: This Month's Top Stories from DFW (April)

February and March were interesting months for Dallas small business news. Here is a roundup of some of the top stories, as well as tips and perspectives that can be helpful and informative for small businesses across DFW.

News and Trends

DALLAS COMPANY TO PROVIDE TECH FOR SXSW'S FIRST 360 VIDEO EXPERIENCE 

Dallas Business Journal reported that 900lbs of Creative is partnering with the Austin-based South by Southwest (SXSW) festival to record 360-degree virtual reality video, which will be pushed out across SXSW’s social media channels throughout the festival. The efforts of the Dallas-based innovation lab and creative marketing studio will enable SXSW’s first 360-degree virtual reality experience, a technology that has gained steam over the last year. The videos will capture SXSW’s full array of events, from the red carpet to concerts and keynote speakers. Read More

Music Audience Exchange (MAX) Closes $6 Million Funding

A big month for Dallas-based small businesses connected to the music industry as Music Audience Exchange (MAX) today announced that it has secured $6 million in funding. MAX weaves together 2.4 million artists—from mainstream stars to developing talent—across 765 genres and 200 consumer attributes to find brand-artist matches. The platform then distributes brand-infused content where consumers engage with music. Read More

Meet the woman who's guiding Dallas' West End into the tech frontier

The Dallas Innovation Alliance is bringing free public Wi-Fi, energy-efficient streetlights, and sensors that measure air pollution and detect noise to Dallas’ historic West End. This is part of a “smart cities” initiative using technology and big data to boost safety and overall quality of life. This first phase was unveiled at the beginning of the month and is sure to have a positive impact on the small businesses in that area. Read More.

 


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4 ways to prepare for the new workplace

This article on 4 Ways to Prepare for the New Workplace looks at how best to take advantage of a remote workforce, more effective meetings, email management, and the future of team communications and productivity among others. Read More

The Do's and Don’ts of Offering Free WiFi for Customers

Studies show that almost 62 percent of customers spent more time in establishments once those establishments added free WiFi, and about 50 percent of surveyed establishments said that customers spent more money once free WiFi was introduced. The Do’s and Don’ts of Offering Free Wifi for Customers discusses the benefits of offering free WiFi for customers and how to make the right choices when setting up your wireless network. Read More

How to help yourself and your employees achieve financial success

Opening the books to employees is the focus of this tip;  doing this helps employees understand the business better, have a stronger stake, and learn how to be personally fiscally responsible. The article’s author, the owner of Chicago’s Nick’s Pizza and Pub, discusses the comfort level and importance of having these regular financial meetings with employees and how it helps his business and his employees. Read More

The State of Small Business IT: How Does Your Dallas Business Compare?

How does your business compare when it comes to small business IT? This article, The State of Small Business IT: How Does Your Dallas Business Compare?, takes a look at the state of small business IT and various statistics that can help small business in Dallas compare themselves to others. Read More

Small Business Events

The Lead Generation Seminar—30 Ways to Grow Your Lists should be on the calendar of every Dallas small business for April 2017. The seminar covers strategies on how to grow your lead lists and best practices on engagement and list maintenance. The seminar takes place on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Legacy Texas Bank Business Center, 5400 Independence Pkwy, Ste. 200, Plano, TX 75023. Read More

The Small Business & Vendor Expo is coming to Dallas Executive Airport on March 30, 2017. The expo provides small businesses with the latest information via panel discussion with experts across numerous general business industries. The event is expected to draw some 9,000 businesses; it will feature a Panel Discussion, a Vendor Expo, and breakfast, as well as numerous workshops including a special feature called “Ask the Experts” and more.

In addition to numerous workshops and valuable insights, small businesses will have the opportunity to network and gain exposure across the DFW area. The event is sponsored by The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and Texas Capital Bank. Read More

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Shayne Reich is the President of Willow Bend Systems.

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