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Industry Spotlight: Candy Manufacturers

Posted February 13, 2020 by Laura Stidham

The sweet smell of love is in the air…oh wait, no…that’s candy that I smell! The nation’s 1,700 candy manufacturers combine chocolate, sugar, and other raw ingredients to produce every imaginable variety of confection and chocolate-based product. And Valentine’s Day is one of their prime opportunities to shine.

Industry Spotlight: Jewelry Stores

Posted December 12, 2019 by Bill Walker

December is the month when the nation’s 15,200 jewelry stores really shine! Indeed, winter holiday shoppers can make or break a jewelry store, which has highly seasonal sales in December and around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Yet in recent years, jewelry stores have lost market share to a variety of channels, including...

Adding Industry Knowledge into Your Contact Strategy

Posted September 26, 2019 by Vertical IQ

When it comes to gaining trust with small to mid-sized business (SMB) owners, absence definitely does not make the heart grow fonder. In fact, it’s much more likely that if you’re out of sight, you’re also out of mind. Not a good situation if you want business owners to come to you when they have a need for your services.

Upgrade Your Prospect Presentations with These 3 Tips

Posted September 19, 2019 by Vertical IQ

You’re pulling together a presentation for a new small to mid-size business (SMB) prospect. You have checked it again and again to be sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed. Your high school English teacher would be so proud! But perfect grammar likely won’t be enough to convince a prospect that you are the right fit for...

Which Industries Should I Target?

Posted September 12, 2019 by Bobby Martin

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was developed as the standard for use by the U.S. federal government’s statistical agencies, replacing the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system in 1997. Industry-specific NAICS codes are assigned to each business in the country, classifying them for the collection...

4 Ways to Help SMBs Manage Cash Flow

Posted September 06, 2019 by Vertical IQ

You may have heard the platitude, “Cash is the most important, yet least productive, asset a business has.” It is a bit cliché, but it is also true. Properly balancing the so-called “big three” of cash management—accounts receivable, accounts payable, and inventory—is crucial to the financial success of any business. 

The 3 Local Economic Indicators Every SMB Advisor Should Know

Posted August 29, 2019 by Vertical IQ

The economy is a hot topic lately, with pundits arguing over whether we are or aren’t heading into a recession. Whether you think an inverted yield curve is a recession bellwether or not, there’s no debate that there’s a lot to be learned by looking at economic numbers. But practically speaking, most small business success is...

2 Simple Ways to Wow Prospects at a Networking Event

Posted August 22, 2019 by viqadmin

Speaking with people you don’t know at a networking event can be a tricky proposition. Having a valuable conversation with a prospective client means making sure it is about them, not you. To do that, you need to be both inquisitive and insightful. Knowing something about a lot of different topics gives you a leg up. And that’s where...

Industry Spotlight: Hotels & Motels

Posted June 20, 2019 by Vertical IQ

It’s summertime, and the 41,000 hotels and motels in the U.S. are rolling out the red carpet to vacationers as well as business travelers.

Industry Focus: A Clean Perspective on Janitorial Services Companies

Posted April 25, 2019 by Vertical IQ

It’s spring cleaning time! And the nation’s 53,000 janitorial service providers are here to help. These crucial companies clean building interiors, windows, and the interiors of transportation equipment, such as aircrafts.