January 9, 2019

Small-business owners’ confidence in the U.S. economy fell for the fourth consecutive month and their outlook on business conditions fell to the lowest level since late 2016, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. (Wall Street Journal)



On Monday, Google announced that its Assistant is expected to hit the mark of 1 billion devices this month. That number includes smart speakers, smart displays, phones, headphonesand more. Google Assistant’s army of gadgets has also spread itself across the globe. Devices are available in 80 countries and 30 languages. (CNET)



One of the biggest problems SMBs encounter when attempting to compete online is finding a way to cut through all of the noise. One of the best ways to do so is to identify a niche market that they can cater to, which will help to narrow their marketing efforts and enhance results.(Customer Think)



Can SMBs “guide” their customers intro writing better, more effective reviews on your behalf? Andrew McDermott suggests that outstanding reviews follow a formula, and that clients can be trained by businesses that ask better questions.  (LSA Insider)



The current government shutdown does more than simply disappoint those who want to visit the country’s museums, national parks, and zoos.Here are three consequences of the government shutdown that are hurting small business owners. (Forbes)



If Continental gets its way, autonomous robot dogs are going to be delivering your packages. At the Consumer Electronics Show today, Continental unveiled its Black Mirror-esque vision for how driverless vehicles can autonomously deploy bots to facilitate last-mile deliveries. (TechCrunch)