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.



SuccessLab Founder Builds Community on Collaboration

Beth Cochran is a successful startup owner but says she felt like she was operating in a silo. That's when she decided to start SuccessLab, which she compares to a support group for other entrepreneurs in an interview with Small Business Trends.



Sprint Announces Retail Agreement With Dixons Carphone

Long distance carrier Sprint is taking the next step toward transforming more of its business to retail. The company has announced a partnership with Dixons Car Group, partially responsibly for Best Buy's Best Buy Mobile expansion in recent years.



Santander and Monitise Team Up to Invest in Fintech Startups

Financial technology or fintech businesses may be major players in the near future, not just as tools for consumers but also has partners for other startups and small businesses. How could technology redefine the way your business handles its finances?



WordStream and Constant Contact Announce Partnership

Two major players in digital marketing could change things for your business completely. Read more about the new partnership between WordStream and Constant Contact and learn what it could mean to you.



Amazon Unveils Alexa Fund: $100 Million for Voice Tech Innovation

This new fund is named for Alexa, the cloud based digital assistant featured in Amazon Echo among other products. If your business is working on innovation along similar lines, consider learning more. The potential opportunity may be worth exploring.



Survey Finds 5 Entrepreneur Attributes are Shared Qualities

Do successful entrepreneurs and small business owners share any characteristics? A survey by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management says there are. Here's a look at five so-called entrepreneur attributes.



UPS Capital Partners with Kabbage Inc.

UPS has partnered with Kabbage Inc. to allow its customers the ability to access more capital through Kabbage's automated process.


Business Travel

Savvy Tips for Smart Business Travel

From technological needs to cost considerations and beyond, there are so many details to consider when traveling -- and even more, it seems, when traveling for business. This list of savvy tips will see that you're ready for your next big trip.