Getting email is something many of us take for granted. But sending it? At scale? It's a challenging landscape, and few have the insight into it like Alignable co-founder and CEO, Eric Groves. Eric...

MarketingProfs shared the infographic from our Q4 2015 SMB Trust Index, where small businesses and small business owners weigh in on which brands they use and trust the most … and least. Which...

Main Street speaks out: Top candidate for small biz

Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016

The nation's 28 million small businesses represent 54 percent of all U.S. sales and have provided 55 percent of all jobs since the 1970s, according to the Small Business Administration. That's a...

Aabaco Small Business (formerly Yahoo! Small Business) recently shared their insights on Alignable's recent data around small business owners and their opinions on current political issues and the...

SMB Trust Index Ranks Tech Providers—Good, Bad, and Ugly

Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pedro Hernandez at Small Business Computing sat down with Alignable co-founder and CEO, Eric Groves, to talk about what businesses and brands are used - and trusted - among small business...

A new survey reveals the political views of small businesses

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gene Marks, writer over at The Washington Post, recently included Alignable in his daily roundup of the news that's most important to small businesses and small business owners. Read more here.

Noupe shared Alignable's Q4 2015 SMB Trust Index on their site recently. One key insight worth sharing: "Interestingly enough, WordPress has been ranked above the likes of Google, Shopify and...

Website Magazine ran with Alignable's recent data around small business owners and their opinions on current political issues and the presidential candidates. "From health care costs to taxes,...

Rieva Lesonsky at SmallBiz Daily featured Alignable's Q4 2015 SMB Trust Index in their daily roundup of the news that's important to small and independent business owners. Rieva offers up these and...

The New York, San Francisco, and Greenboro/Winston-Salem Triad bureaus of Business Journal/Business Times recently shared their insights about Alignable's Q4 2015 SMB Trust Index. The opine on the...

Streetfight recently covered our recent Q4 2015 SMB Trust Index, and shares their insights here. Community reviews matter for small business owners. For instance, if you run a salon and you're...

Can Chambers of Commerce Stay Relevant for Small Business?

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Alignable's CEO Eric Groves shares a point of view on the evolving role of Chambers of Commerce over on

For years, chambers of commerce have proven valuable for small businesses across the nation. They act as a collective lobbying voice for businesses, while enabling small business communities to seek and share advice, join events and network with peers.

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was founded more than one hundred years ago, long before the Internet and social networks changed the face of small business.

Today, one might question the necessity of the chambers, especially those that have not stayed relevant by adequately using the Internet or available social technologies.

Small Business Philanthropy on The Rise

Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Alignable co-Founder and CEO, Eric Groves, recently posted on Philanthropy Journal News about what non-profits can learn from how small businesses are giving back.

"The bigger a donor’s bank account, the bigger their donation – right? This is perhaps true on an absolute basis, but, it turns out there’s a lot more to charitable giving than that. Recent data collected by Alignable shows small and medium businesses and their owners give more charitably on a percentage basis than their corporate counterparts. With small businesses making up about 50 percent of the nation’s GDP, it’s important to shine the light on these overlooked entrepreneurs who understand the importance of giving back."  

The post continues with a link to the survey data, as well as the five specific tips a non-profit can keep in mind.

Alignable co-founder and CEO Eric Groves weighed in on a topic that's top of mind for small and independent business owners: employee health care. Donna Fulscaldo at U.S. News and World Report...

New Survey Shows Small Business Philanthropy on the Rise

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

47% of SMBs Plan to Give More to Charity This Year; 90% of Donations Support Local Causes

A new study from Alignable, the social network for small businesses, reveals that small business owners are projecting to donate more to charity this year than years prior. The survey of U.S. small business owners shows that 47 percent plan to give more this year than they did last year, and 49 percent plan to donate the same amount.

In total, 95 percent of small business owners plan to make charitable donations this year. The majority (81 percent) plans to give donations in the form of cash, while 75 percent will give goods or services, and 67 percent plan to give their personal time.

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