Over the last ten years, small businesses have contributed 55 percent of the total number of jobs created in the United States.  Technology plays an essential role in helping these small businesses grow and succeed.  Tech provides tools, resources, and solutions that help small business owners and entrepreneurs reach customers efficiently, find talent, and improve customer service.  See how in this week’s Tech At Work.

How Tech is Helping Small Businesses Grow

Comcast is awarding 500 small business owners and entrepreneurs grants to help them with marketing costs, consulting services, and improved technology.

eBay’s annual Up & Running Grants Program awarded $500,000 to 50 small businesses across the U.S.

Etsy highlighted that, of its seven million sellers, 80 percent are women and 82 percent are businesses of one.

Block’s Square released new features that help small business retailers run their companies more efficiently.

Zoom shared tips to help small businesses use its platform to reach new customers, expand teams, and communicate more effectively.

Google highlighted how small businesses are using technology, including artificial intelligence, to grow their companies.

Grubhub highlighted how its platform connects independent restaurants with new customers.

Visa relaunched its SavingsEdge program, which helps small businesses grow by providing them with savings, tools, and resources.

Verizon provided tips to help small business owners reduce financial stress, keep pace with artificial intelligence, and embrace the future of work.

Intuit recognized the impact small businesses have on the communities they serve and provided them with the support needed to drive their continued success.

Mastercard offered small business owners advice on how to embrace technology to grow and succeed.

Amazon shared how small and medium-sized businesses utilize its platforms to grow and thrive.

Dell hosted a virtual event that provided information on how small businesses and startups can use technology to gain a competitive advantage.


New in Tech

Shipt Continues Efforts to Reduce Food Insecurity and Increase Access to Nutritious Foods

Shipt now accepts SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) payments for its marketplace orders.  This will increase access to healthy and affordable foods in almost 74 percent of America’s food deserts and to over 86 million Americans living in communities where more than one in ten households receive SNAP EBT benefits.


Before You Start the Weekend

Madrona’s managing director interviewed Rover’s co-founder and CEO to discuss the company’s founding and insights on small business expansion and growth.