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The Paychex Business Series Podcast with Gene Marks - Coronavirus

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Season 2 | Episode 11
Noah Breslow
About Noah Breslow

Noah Breslow joined OnDeck, a global online small business lending company, in 2007 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. By leveraging technology to streamline and simplify time-consuming, paper-based small business lending processes, Noah and OnDeck have put over $2 billion into the hands of business owners since 2007.

COVID-19 | Podcasts 23:08 min listen

When it comes to applying for loans, small businesses have a unique set of challenges – they are not as big as many large companies, many times they are looking to borrow smaller amounts of money, and they often need to obtain their loan fast. For these reasons and more, applying for loans in a traditional manner may not be feasible. Listen in as Gene Marks talks with Noah Breslow, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors at OnDeck – an online lender company focused on small business customers. Hear what he has to say about the challenges of loans for small businesses, the service OnDeck provides, the online lending experience, bridge loans, and more.

For more information about small business loans, read our article, “Securing Financing for Your Small Business.”

Looking for how to get back to business during COVID-19? Download our whitepaper, “Peer Insights to Help SMBs Get Back to Business.”

Season 2 | Episode 10
Meredith Schmidt
About Meredith Schmidt

Meredith Schmidt is the Executive Vice President and GM of Salesforce Essentials and SMB at Salesforce. Meredith is responsible for creating products that help small businesses take advantage of the Salesforce platform in order to grow their business.

COVID-19 | Podcasts 26:45 min listen

In the wake of COVID-19, many small business owners are looking for ways to connect and maintain their customer relationships. One option for them to consider is investing in a customer relationship management (CRM) software. In this episode, host Gene Marks is talking with Executive Vice President, General Manager of Salesforce Essentials and SMB at Salesforce, Meredith Schmidt, about why CRM software is a smart move for small businesses, the importance of taking full advantage of the software capabilities, where she sees Salesforce going in the future, and more.

For more ideas on how to connect with customers, read our article, “How Microbusinesses Can Build Customer Relationships.”

Looking for how to get back to business during COVID-19? Download our whitepaper, “Peer Insights to Help SMBs Get Back to Business.”

Season 2 | Episode 9
Rich Rao
About Rich Rao

Rich Rao leads the Small Business Group for Facebook as the Vice President of Small Business. Prior to Facebook, Rich spent a decade helping businesses drive innovation by adopting and leveraging cloud computing technologies at Google.

COVID-19 | Podcasts 27:09 min listen

Once solely used to connect with friends, the social media platform, Facebook, has become a staple for many businesses – more so now during the COVID-19 era. Rich Rao, Vice President of Small Business at Facebook, shares how small businesses are using the platform as a tool for marketing, to facilitate store traffic, to communicate with their customers, and to complete transactions, all in one space. Listen in as he talks with host Gene Marks about how Facebook has evolved to meet the needs of small business owners. Hear about the increasing trend of joining the eCommerce space, what features Facebook provides small business owners, where he sees the future of his group going in order to help companies be successful, and more.

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Season 2 | Episode 8
Chris Mittelstaedt
About Chris Mittelstaedt

Chris Mittelstaedt is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Banana of The FruitGuys, and widely considered an innovator in the fruit-to-office concept, having built his company into the nation’s leading provider of wellness in the workplace solutions. The FruitGuys serves millions, and helps businesses keep their employees happy and healthy.

COVID-19 | Podcasts 19:44 min listen

With the onset of COVID-19, many businesses moved their workforce from the office to a work from home setting. For Chris Mittelstaedt, CEO and Founder of The FruitGuys – a company that delivers fresh fruit to businesses around the United States – that meant reimagining his business in order to navigate the changing workplace landscape. In this episode, Chris talks with host Gene Marks about how his company is navigating these uncertain times, how they reimagined and innovated their business model over the past six months to keep business going, what they are doing to help support small farmers and help feed the hungry, and where he sees supply chain and farming going in the future.

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