Competition between two big service providers can actually benefit customers. In this case, that includes small businesses in need of inexpensive communications.
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.
AT&T has combined forces with DirecTV. The deal between the companies should allow businesses more access to high-speed data and television options.Sep 1, 2015 344 Shares
Another round of funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration aims to help small businesses increase their ability to export their goods or services. The funding through the SBA's STEP program is part of a larger initiative to increase U.S. exports.Aug 30, 2015 374 Shares
The spice company McCormick has agreed to acquire the company responsible for creating Stubb's barbecue sauces. Though these companies are now well-known brands in most of the U.S., each started from humble small business beginnings.Aug 25, 2015 298 Shares
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.Aug 23, 2015 314 Shares
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?Aug 14, 2015 324 Shares
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.Aug 12, 2015 613 Shares
Discover has partnered with Creditcall Corporation, of the U.K. The deal is designed to get Discover card and Diners Club card accepted at more businesses worldwide.Aug 4, 2015 357 Shares
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.Aug 4, 2015 232 Shares
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.Jul 30, 2015 223 Shares
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.Jul 27, 2015 226 Shares
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.Jul 23, 2015 346 Shares