JoAnn McFarland


JoAnn McFarland

JoAnn McFarland is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers breaking news such as new product announcements, government policy, acquisitions and other industry developments.

JoAnn was born and raised in Hermiston OR where she currently resides with her husband, Jerry, and youngest son Darrell and his family. Graduating from Hermiston High School, JoAnn went on to Blue Mountain Community College and attained a certificate for Licensed Practical Nurse and an Associate degree in General Studies. She later obtained her Associates in the Science of Nursing from a self-study program at Regents College (now Excalibur) NY State University.

JoAnn enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing the piano and reading. She sings on her church’s worship team and has written a novel, The Ancients, a medical mystery with a supernatural theme, available on Amazon. JoAnn is currently working on her next book which will feature experiences in nursing homes that will act as a guide book regarding placing your loved one in nursing homes.



Renewable Energy Group Acquires Imperial Renewables

Renewable Energy Group has agreed to purchase all the bio-diesel production abilities of Imperium Renewables. The $15 million acquisition could serve as a watershed moment for smaller ag businesses looking to monetize their waste as byproducts.



Verizon’s New Optical Technology Passes Test

Verizon brings a new service that will connect business users and others at higher speeds than currently available -- including to home businesses. What will the new fiber-to-the-premises service mean for your operation?



GoDaddy and Kiva Come Together in Philanthropy

GoDaddy and Kiva have entered into a philanthropic partnership that will give each GoDaddy employee $25 to donate to a Kiva small business. The mission is to fund low-income entrepreneurs.



UPS to Acquire Coyote Logistics

UPS has completed a $1.8 billion purchase of Coyote Logistics, a subcontractor for the company that has software that should enable UPS to be more timely with its deliveries.



Amazon Web Services Announces Availability of Amazon Aurora to All Customers

Amazon, the online shopping giant, is making its MySQL-compatible database engine called Amazon Aurora, available to other businesses in a few select regions. Amazon Aurora provides functionality compatible with more expensive commercial database technology, but at more affordable price.



Verizon and Vice Media Inc. Announce a New Content Partnership

A deal between Verizon and independent digital content network Vice Media Inc. demonstrates the growing importance of the mobile video market. The telecom and the digital content producer have signed an agreement to provide material for Verizon's upcoming mobile video platform.



PayPal Spinoff from eBay is Now Complete

The spinoff of PayPal from eBay as an independent company is now complete. Both companies have been important to small businesses in the past. Here's more about how the spinoff affects each.