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Banks Shutter 1,700 Branches in Fastest Decline on Record

Published Monday, February 5, 2018

“Bank of America’s adjusted earnings in 2017 matched its highest annual profit ever. The bank closed or sold more than 1,500 branches since 2009, including the vast majority of its rural branches. The closures have helped the bank save on occupancy and employee costs, bringing down overall expenses. The lower expense levels have bolstered bank profit. Some closures involve banks leaving rural areas because branches there aren’t profitable enough, according to the Journal analysis. Since mid-2012, PNC has cut its branches in rural areas and small towns by nearly one-third. SunTrust has cut its rural branches almost by half.”



North Carolina Struggles to Draw Businesses to Countryside

Published Monday, January 22, 2018
In North Carolina, the economic challenges are geographic: The state can readily lure business to its fast-growing cities but struggles to sell its vast rural territory. The issue was underscored this month when Raleigh made the shortlist of sites for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, but the state lost out to Alabama on a $1.6 billion more»

What Are Top Performing Customer Service Companies Doing?

Published Sunday, March 27, 2016

How well does your company’s customer service measure up? Salesforce.com recently released a survey.


Square Sees 49 Percent Revenue Boost, Quarterly Report Says

Published Sunday, March 27, 2016

Payment processing company Square, which allows merchants to easily accept credit cards through a simple card reader, has reported (PDF) major revenue growth in its fourth-quarter earnings.


6 Ways Nature Helps You Get More Out of Your Employees

Published Friday, March 25, 2016

If your employees are bored, stressed out or burned out, could a touch of nature in the office be the answer?...


4 Startups Revolutionizing Small Business HR Plus One To Watch for Accounting

Published Thursday, March 24, 2016

Is your small business still manually onboarding employees? Are you concerned about...


Tweet Binder Adds Instagram Insights, Social Media Advertising Soars

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Digital marketing campaigns have become effective means of allowing small businesses to get in front of a bigger audience than ever before.


Small Retailers Get Good News as Online Art Sales Double, Per Hiscox Report

Published Sunday, March 20, 2016

The fine art industry is undergoing some major changes, which could be good news for small or independent art sellers. One of the major changes in the industry is the increase in online art sales.