AI Comes to Google Sheets, New Slack Apps Unveiled

AI Comes to Google Sheets, New Slack Apps Unveiled

This week, Google announced the availability of new AI tools for Google Sheets to help business users with automation and decision making. Another popular business tool, Slack, also announced a new feature this week, albeit a more seasonal one. The Secret Santa app is the highlight of a new holiday package of apps integrated on Slack. But, for small businesses, it is even tougher than for larger firms finding loans. Employment Small Business in the South Lead the Nation in Job Growth, Index Says Small businesses in the South led the nation in job growth lats month. Marketing Tips Google Assistant Now Connects Local Service Businesses with Voice Searches Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) just announced it is making its Assistant more helpful by recommending nearby service professionals, such as electricians, plumbers, housecleaners and others. If holiday sales start before Thanksgiving and extend almost a week after Cyber Monday, what’s the point in even having a Cyber Monday? A specially-curated list of products from Amazon Handmade artisans is available through Prime Now in time for the holiday season. In his case, the change initially came in his personal life. Google’s New Datally App Tells Business Owners How to Save on Data Usage Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) just built an app called Datally so you can better manage and track the data on your mobile device.

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Artificial intelligence is starting to make a major impact on business tools. This week, Google announced the availability of new AI tools for Google Sheets to help business users with automation and decision making.

Another popular business tool, Slack, also announced a new feature this week, albeit a more seasonal one. The platform’s new package of holiday apps includes on that can help your team organize a Secret Santa draw.These headlines and more are included below in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup.

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Small Business Operations

Google Bringing AI to G Suite Sheets

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) just announced the availability of new tools for Sheets, the company’s online spreadsheet application, to help businesses use insights from their data for better decision making. Google is going to be using its artificial intelligence and machine learning for this toolset to automate different functions.

New Slack App Will Transform Secret Santa in Your Workplace

The days of switching names and rigging the office Secret Santa draw are coming to an end thanks to a new app on Slack. The Secret Santa app is the highlight of a new holiday package of apps integrated on Slack. The collaboration platform used by thousands of small businesses today just launched the new section in its app shop last week.

Small Independent Trucking Businesses Especially Worry About New Government ELD Mandate

A new mandate is set to take effect for trucking companies this month, requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) in every vehicle. And some truckers and business owners aren’t happy about the change, some even organizing ELD protests across the country. The concern seems especially of concern to small trucking firms because of the cost of compliance.

Xero +C Automates Expense Reporting for the Self Employed

With the introduction of Xero +C, Xero (NZE: XRO) is going to make it possible for self-employed clients to automate their Schedule C report. If there ever was a timely product, Xero +C is it, because freelancers now make up more than 33 percent of the entire U.S. workforce.

#MetLifeSmallBiz Twitter Chat Breaks the Internet with Discussion on Business Culture

From shared values to the flexibility your employees crave and a rockin’ benefits package — there are many aspects to attracting great talent. But keeping that talent is also a challenge, what with bigger enterprises often swooping in to recruit your best and brightest. Maybe that’s why our latest MetLife Twitter Chat “Build Culture, Win Talent: Driving Small Business Success” Nov.

12 Guests Who Seem to Show Up At Every Holiday Office Party (INFOGRAPHIC)

‘Tis the season to be jolly — or not so jolly as the case may be if you’re stuck next to the notorious office joker at the Holiday staff party! If you’ve worked in an office, you’ll almost certainly be able to relate to the different personalities mapped out on GetVoip’s infographic, the colleagues who can make for uncomfortable moments at any office party.

Finance

First Data Acquires BluePay to Bolster Integrated Payment Solutions for Businesses

Global payment technology solutions company First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) recently announced it had completed the acquisition of BluePay Holdings, Inc., a provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants in the U.S. and Canada.

4 in 5 Microbusinesses Use the Owner’s Personal Funding to Grow

Securing a business loan is often a challenge for many businesses. But, for small businesses, it is even tougher than for larger firms finding loans.

Employment

Small Business in the South Lead the Nation in Job Growth, Index Says

Small businesses in the South led the nation in job growth lats month. But that may be one of the only pieces of good news from a recent employment index. Job growth overall among America’s small businesses is continuing a downward trend.

7 Common Traits of the Best Small Businesses to Work For

Glassdoor just released its annual list of the

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