This Week in Small Business: Pistol-packin’ Nana, Small Biz Grant Guide, and more…

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You know it’s been a good week for small business articles when one features a 65-year-old handgun and Taser packin‘ grandmother who runs a bail bond business from her home office!

Leadership, management and productivity

Consumer goods entrepreneur and startups specialist Toby Nwazor outlines five ways small business owners sabotage themselves without knowing it.

If you’re skeptical about hackers and cyber criminals targeting small businesses, you need to hear what Eric Ringleberg has to say.

Is your pricing on target? This article discusses pricing that “makes customers buy.”

Twitter has introduced a “customer feedback tool” for small businesses. This could be what many small business owners are looking for.

Do you have the five traits necessary to be head of customer experience?

Marketing and sales

Many content marketers don’t have a strategy. This Copyblogger article fixes that. And for another view on the topic, look over Neil Patel’s six steps for making your first content marketing plan.

Visual learners will appreciate this infographic that details how small business owners can benefit from marketing automation.

Things are changing fast…sometimes it seems too fast. Here’s how to keep up with digital marketing trends.

Master these five things content writers should know about SEO.

Running a one-person social media marketing campaign? Here are strategies to help you scale up.

In your passion to appeal to Millennials, are you ignoring Generation X in your marketing? Don’t – they have more buying power!

Is geofencing in your local sales and marketing strategy? It should be.

Entrepreneurship, startups and innovation

Looking for a grant to help get your business going? This guide should give you some direction.

Mom power! Check out how these eight “mompreneurs” were successful without sacrificing their families.

This fintech startup, Honest Dollar, had to figure out a way to pull “gig economy” workers into its system to be successful.

Behave! Among the tools of the trade for this 65-year-old grandmother are a handgun and Taser. She runs a bail bond business.

Politics, government and the economy

Probably a good idea: The NFIB urged House leadership to fast-track a bill blocking the Executive Branch from finalizing costly business regulations after Election Day.