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Join host Gene Marks for Season 3 and hear timely insights on marketplace conditions, proposed legislation, innovations, research, and success strategies from industry leaders, lawmakers, experts, and icons to help you propel your business forward and THRIVE.

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    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Join host Gene Marks for Season 3 and hear timely insights on marketplace conditions, proposed legislation, innovations, research, and success strategies from industry leaders, lawmakers, experts, and icons to help you propel your business forward and THRIVE.

    Don’t Let Rising Utility Prices Be a Shock to Your Business. Here’s 5 Tips to Stay Energy Efficient

    Don’t Let Rising Utility Prices Be a Shock to Your Business. Here’s 5 Tips to Stay Energy Efficient

    With the U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasting a 16 percent increase in energy costs in 2023 – higher for some regions such as New York state that could see a 124% increase – businesses should control what they can. Gene Marks offers a handful of tips, some as simple as changing light bulbs, to help businesses prepare. Listen to the podcast.

    DISCLAIMER:
    The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

    • 6 min
    Startups Are Booming – Here’s Why

    Startups Are Booming – Here’s Why

    Despite the Great Resignation, startup businesses are booming. Why is this? Stephanie Gorski, Strategy Managing Director/Partner at Accenture has some thoughts. Listen in as she talks with host Gene Marks about the recent study from Accenture, the changing business owner demographic, and more.

    Topics Include:

    00:20 – An introduction to Stephanie Gorski
    01:37 – Small businesses are not enterprise businesses
    05:28 – Accenture’s study on startups
    07:54 – How startups came to be during COVID
    10:33 – Giving your employees the opportunity to pursue passions
    13:35 – Would COVID have had the same impact 10 years ago
    15:07 – What factors hold people back from starting up businesses          
    17:18 – The unglamorous side of starting up a business
    18:27 – How this data will be helpful to businesses
    20:08 – The changing demographic of new business owners
    22:34 – Stephanie Gorski’s passion

    Thinking about starting a business? Learn what you need to know before you do at www.paychex.com/articles/startup/things-to-know-starting-business.

    Use this start-up guide to play your new business. www.paychex.com/secure/whitepapers/plan-your-business.

    DISCLAIMER:
    The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

    • 25 min
    Technology, Data, Communication, and Forecasting: Tips to Counter Inflation

    Technology, Data, Communication, and Forecasting: Tips to Counter Inflation

    After a survey revealed that 54 percent of small businesses expect their revenue to increase in 2023 despite inflation, host Gene Marks takes a look at ways to accomplish this. He offers several tips on using a Customer Relationship Management system, communicating with customers, and focusing on forecasting. Listen to the podcast.

    DISCLAIMER:
    The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

    • 8 min
    Changing Workplace Trends According to Microsoft

    Changing Workplace Trends According to Microsoft

    What is on the minds of small business owners? That is what Microsoft went out to find in their Small Business State of Mind study. On this episode of THRIVE, a Paychex Business Podcast, host Gene Marks is talking with Travis Walter, Microsoft Stores Vice President of Retail. Hear what he had to say about what this study found, including the impact of Generation Z, navigating inflation issues, why cybersecurity should be at the top of your mind, and more.  

     Topics Include:

    00:29 – Introduction to Travis Walter
    01:56 – The Small Business State of Mind report
    02:17 – The emphasis on Gen Z
    04:47 – Biggest threats to small businesses
    07:33 – Navigating inflation issues
    09:25 – The importance of using the services you have
    12:47 – Cybersecurity risk for small businesses
    14:41 – The new startup trend
    18:11 – The most popular Microsoft products

    Have a guest or topic you’d like to suggest for the show? Submit your ideas here.


    DISCLAIMER:
    The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.



     



     

    • 20 min
    California’s Fast-Food Law Could Change Wages, Safety Standards, and How Other States Regulate Businesses

    California’s Fast-Food Law Could Change Wages, Safety Standards, and How Other States Regulate Businesses

    California could be trendsetting or setting up businesses for more challenges with the signing of a law that regulates the fast-food industry. A council would have the power to increase the minimum wage and change safety standards. It gives employees a seat at the table. It gives all businesses something to consider. In this week’s episode, Gene Marks discusses the pros and cons. Listen to the podcast.

    DISCLAIMER:
    The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

    • 7 min
    How eBay is Creating Communities for Buyers and Sellers

    How eBay is Creating Communities for Buyers and Sellers

    Starting, building, and growing a business can be very exciting and rewarding, it can also be very isolating. That’s why it’s so important to connect with your customers and other business owners to create communities to learn, share, and build relationships. On this episode of THRIVE, a Paychex Business Podcast, Gene Marks is talking with Rebecca Michals, Director of Community Engagement at eBay about the importance of community involvement. Whether you’re an eBay seller or just a business leader, you’ll want to hear what Rebecca had to say about the importance of sharing your passions with others, using fellow business owners as a support system, communicating with customers, and more.

    Topics Include:

    00:37 – Rebecca Michals and her position at eBay
    03:32 – How eBay sellers can connect with each other
    04:19 – Forum moderation
    05:24 – Why sellers participate in the eBay community
    07:26 – Opportunities for sellers to connect face-to-face
    09:23 – Content and training through eBay Academy
    12:03 – Using email to provide information and content
    13:25 – Building a community with your customers
    17:48 – How eBay is helping sellers have access to capital

    Creating a community can help you connect to your buyers, find out other ways to build customer relationships at www.paychex.com/articles/management/microbusinesses-build-customer-relationships.

    DISCLAIMER:
    The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

    • 21 min

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Great podcast to help my business!

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