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.


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New Survey Shows Small Business Philanthropy on the Rise

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015

NEW SURVEY SHOWS SMALL BUSINESS PHILANTHROPY ON THE RISE
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.


THE NEW LINKEDIN? ALIGNABLE SECURES $8M TO CONNECT SMBS

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.

Read the full story on AllBusiness


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.

Read the full story on AllBusiness


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