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Manta: 50% SMB owners won't vacation this summer

While CEOs, Presidents and Managers in most US businesses are making final plans for a summer vacation, small business owners aren't. According to a new Manta survey about half of SMB owners won't take a summer vacation in 2012. Why? Because there is more to do.

by Kristina Knight

About 60% of survey respondents report they're working more in 2012 than they did in 2011, a sign of economic recovery. Those are vacationing this year, saying they're still reporting in via mobile device to ensure the company remains on-track.

"The current economic conditions are putting a strain on all businesses, particularly SMBs, that often times need to do more with less," said Pamela Springer, CEO of Manta. "Manta is committed to helping small business owners thrive, especially in difficult times, by giving them the resources they need to connect with customers and prospects, and grow their business in creative and cost effective ways. For example, with Manta's Mobile app, users can access information on 24 million businesses and can easily add contact information to their mobile device so they can reach out to anyone in Manta's vast community, even when they are on the go."

Mobile is the method more SMBs are choosing to stay in contact while away from the office. Manta's research shows:

• 7 in 10 will 'check in' via mobile from vacation
• 60% say mobile allows them to 'enjoy the vacation more'
• 7 in 10 check in via mobile even while in the office, at the computer
• 57% of SMB owners say they continue to contact customers via phone or in person
• 53% check in with vendors/partners via phone or in person

Tags: Manta, mobile trends, small business, SMB trends

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