A survey by Constant Contact found that 95% do some form of marketing themselves yet only 46% consider themselves “marketing savvy.”Only 9% said they were “extremely marketing savvy.” (LSA Insider)

“Boutique” co-working spaces are finding a niche nurturing small businesses. One owner said members feel a sense of belonging in a distinctively local building and benefited from regular contact with business leaders in the community. (New York Times)

First Data’s pending $22 Billion all-stock sale to Fiserv is being positioned as “SMB payment enablers + big bank payment accounts.” Peter Krasilovsky writes that it’s more complex than that, but First Data’s swing to a new era of SaaS marketing and logistics services played a key role in the sale. (Local Onliner)

Count Amazon among the former e-commerce pure-plays that are finding brick and mortar to be crucial to their marketing and sales.  The opportunity for small- and medium-sized businesses in Amazon’s stores is “immense,” according to Ryan Berger, Senior Partner at influencer marketing platform HYPR. (Retail Dive)

According to a new survey, access to finance is an essential component for small businesses to grow across borders,with one-fifth of all small businesses surveyed (global SMBs with fewer than 250 employees) agreeing that access to finance will be a significant barrier to growth for three years. (PYMNTS)

A scam SMB marketer, Supreme Marketing Group (d/b/a Small Business Solutions), is being put out of business following a lawsuit by Google claiming the firm falsely told local businesses in sales calls that it was affiliated with the search giant. (Search Engine Land)

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