New Survey Shows Small Business Philanthropy on the Rise

Posted on Friday, December 18, 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.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From 'Star Wars'

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015

The Force Awakens has at least one serial entrepreneur thinking about his own start in business and how effortlessly the iconic series imparts entrepreneurial lessons.

Alignable, The New Social Network For Small Businesses

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Alignable wants to become the social network for small businesses. While Facebook and Twitter may be the best for business-to-customer relations, Alignable is positioning itself as the social network of choice for business-to-business relationships. Small businesses have lots of reasons to talk to one another, from sharing information on local regulations to planning cross promotional events.

5 Key Connections That Drive Small Business Success

Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2015

There are five business relationships every entrepreneur should establish and nurture for building reputation, spreading business awareness, and getting more customers. By forging these key connections, businesses owners will gain access to additional knowledge and resources that will move their businesses forward.

New Social Net Alignable Connects Small Biz

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

While LinkedIn has more or less cornered the professional social networking market, new entrants are targeting niche sectors of the business world. One Boston-based startup, Alignable, launched a social network in January 2014 to connect small businesses that can cooperate with each other due to physical proximity.


Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Alignable, the networking company that uses digital platforms to connect small businesses to one another, has raised $8 million, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday (Sept. 21).

The business, which offers up technology that allows businesses to spread the news about promotions or other special events using social media, grabbed the funding through Mayfield Fund, a venture capital firm that is located in Silicon Valley.

This morning small business social network Alignable announced second round funding of $8 million. This brings the company’s total funding to $12 million. Alignable characterizes itself as the “fastest growing local business network.”

In the era of Facebook, Yelp, and LinkedIn, Eric Groves says it’s surprising that many small business owners still attend monthly networking breakfasts, hoping to make connections and get referrals that will build their businesses. His startup, Alignable, has just raised $8 million in new funding to continue its efforts to bring that person-to-person referral process online, and also help small business owners share advice with one another.

With more than 1.4 billion people using Facebook and more than 380 million people on LinkedIn, does the world need another social network?

Eric Groves and Venkat Krishnamurthy think that it does. They are  building Alignable Inc., whose network uses the digital world to connect small businesses in the physical world, and they have raised $8 million in funding to spur what has so far been rapid growth.

Alignable Announces $8 Million in Funding Led By Mayfield

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2015

WALTHAM, Mass., September 21, 2015—Alignable, the social network for small business owners, today announced it has closed a funding round of $8 million led by new investor Mayfield (Menlo Park, California).   The financing also included participation by the company’s existing investors Saturn Partners, NextView Ventures, and Lead Edge Capital.

By Eric Groves via AllBusiness

What’s the biggest complaint small business owners have about their websites? “Not being found on search engines.” According to Alignable’s latest Small Business Insights Poll, nearly half of the over 250 small business owners owners surveyed picked that as their top pain point.

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WALTHAM, MA, July 27, 2015–  Alignable, The Small Business Owner Network, released its latest quarterly review of Major Small Business Brands.   Brands are rated using the Net Promoter Score™ and ranked based on the likelihood the brand would be recommended by one small business owner to another.

3 Tips for More Word-of-Mouth Referrals

Posted on Saturday, June 6, 2015

By Eric Groves via AllBusiness

Getting more referrals starts with a solid understanding of how word-of-mouth (“WoM”) referrals happen. In short, someone unrelated to your business puts his or her reputation on the line for your business. It’s incredible when it happens, and small businesses rated these referrals as the most desired source of new business.

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Turning the tables on Yelp

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

By Eric Groves via

In the spirit of National Small Business Week, we turned the tables and gave small business owners the opportunity to rate one of the most powerful forces in the industry today—ratings and reviews giant Yelp. Over 450 small business owners on Alignable, the small business network, took the opportunity to give Yelp a Net Promoter Score. The result? A negative 49, or--in Yelp parlance--1 and ¼ stars.

Survey: Small Business Still not Sold on Apple Pay

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015

By Eric Groves via Street Fight

There's no shortage of hype around mobile payments. Since the release if Apple Pay, pundits have claimed that your smartphone will soon replace your wallet. But a revet survey of small business owners suggests that it may be some time before credit cards are threatened.

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