This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: March 16

Stocks in this article: EBAY

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- What's happening in small business today?

1. One private practice is promoting vasectomy services with free pizza. Marketing products and services with ties to March Madness isn't just for food and bars -- one Massachusetts private practice is promoting its vasectomy services with a free pizza afterward, according to the Cape Cod Times .

Urology Associates of Cape Cod practice administrator Evan Cohen sees this time of year as perfect timing. Men need a few days to recover from a vasectomy, and what better way than by eating pizza and watching basketball? The practice also launched a zippy commercial to promote the deal.

"It does actually come with one topping. Maybe you can put some meatballs on it," Cohen joked to the media outlet.

Oh my.

2. Cash mobs are descending on mom-and-pop retailers. USA Today reports that organized groups of do-gooders, or so-called cash mobs, are going on shopping sprees at small businesses across the country.

The cash mobs are hitting stores from San Diego to Buffalo, N.Y., and celebrating their community missions at a local bar afterward. The groups use social media to organize and get details on when and where the next event takes place, from farmers markets to toy retailers to hardware stores, the article says. Cash mob members spend between $10 and $20 each per store.

"We did the equivalent of a Christmas shopping day in 45 minutes," John Reburn, owner of Appalachia Press in Roanoke, Va., who was hit by a cash mob this week.

3. PayPal introduces a tool for small business. Calling it "the future of small business," eBay's (EBAY) PayPal has introduced PayPal Here, a mobile payments solution for small business.

Businesses will be able to accept any form of payment with the payment solution whether by swiping a card or taking pictures to scan and process cards and checks, allowing merchants to invoice directly from the mobile app, the company says.

The first question that comes to mind, of course, is how this offering is any different from what other companies, such as Intuit (INTU), are already doing?

Well, here's PayPal's answer: "The key differentiator is that it comes from PayPal, a trusted brand in the online payments industry with more than 100 million customers around the globe and years of proven payment innovation, driving growth for millions of businesses globally."

"PayPal Here comes with our world-class fraud management capabilities and our 24/7 live customer support. In addition to accepting more payment methods, PayPal Here offers a simple flat rate of 2.7% for card swipes and PayPal payments. Merchants are also given a business debit card for quick access to their funds and 1% cash back on eligible purchases -- which means if you use the debit card, your fees are actually just 1.7%!"

-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

To contact Laurie Kulikowski, send an email to:

To follow Laurie Kulikowski on Twitter, go to:!/LKulikowski

>To submit a news tip, email:


Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Disclosure: TheStreet's editorial policy prohibits staff editors, reporters and analysts from holding positions in any individual stocks.

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,053.71 +23.50 0.13%
S&P 500 2,088.77 +6.89 0.33%
NASDAQ 4,806.8590 +33.3870 0.70%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs