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Building Great Customer Experiences

Date: September 19, 2011

Read this 4-part blog series about creating outstanding customer experiences from first contact to after-sale follow-up.

Disaster Recovery Help from the SBA

Date: September 13, 2011

If your region hasn’t been hit by a natural disaster this year, then you’re one of the lucky ones. From earthquakes, to fires, to hurricanes, to torrential rains to droughts it seems like the U.S. is currently bearing the brunt of Mother Nature.

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Are You On Vacation?

Date: September 13, 2011

Today is Labor Day, which officially (or maybe unofficially) marks the end of the summer.  Are you taking a vacation day today?  Have you taken a vacation yet this year…or even a day off?  If you’re like many small business owners, the answer…

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Creating a Privacy Policy

Date: September 13, 2011

Online privacy is currently a hot topic—especially with social media sites like Facebook collecting large amounts of data about members, and far-reaching web companies like Google bridging the gap between personal services (like Gmail) and advertis…

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Social Media Lectures

Date: September 13, 2011

Many small businesses are currently using social media as part of their sales and marketing campaigns. For some it’s nothing more than a Facebook Places page. For others, it’s a comprehensive suite of social media tools including Facebook, your o…

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Help For Your Website Product Pages

Date: August 18, 2011

If you use your website to sell products, you know how critical it is that your product pages are not only informative, but also persuasive enough to turn a browser into a buyer. Studies show that only 3% of online shoppers convert to buyers, so you…

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A Little Small Business Music

Date: August 18, 2011

With summertime finally here, and heat waves rampant throughout large parts of the U.S., it can be hard to stay motivated and attentive inside an office when you really want to {insert favorite outdoor activity here}. A great way to keep your team, a…

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How to Decide Between Flying and Driving for Your Next Business Trip

Date: August 18, 2011

Many small business owners are all too familiar with the hassles (and sometimes joys) of business travel. A key decision these days, especially with both rising gas prices and rising airline ticket costs, are whether to fly or drive to out-of town bu…

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Consider This Small Business Network

Date: August 18, 2011

There is no such thing as a free lunch, so sometimes in order to get access to information that can help you manage and grow your business you need to wade through a sales pitch.

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Fast, Free File Sharing

Date: August 18, 2011

If you were a satisfied user of drop.io before Facebook bought then shuttered it, or if you’ve never heard of it but would like a fast easy way to share files of any size for free, you’ll love the new free ge.tt sharing service.

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Competitive Universe Analysis

Date: August 13, 2011

A Competitive Universe Analysis is a quick visualization of where your business sits in the total consumer marketplace. It uses a bulls-eye diagram, with your company at the center, to identify your first, second, third and fourth level competitors.

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Tax Trouble? Tax Questions? Free IRS Workshops Coming To a Town Near You.

Date: July 28, 2011

The IRS runs small business workshops in all 50 states. These workshops are designed to help you understand the Federal Tax system and how it applies to you and your business. Presenters are IRS partners who are Federal Tax specialists. Topics range…

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Gmail Tips and Tricks

Date: July 28, 2011

If you’re reading this as a Google Gadget, chances are you’re using Gmail. If you’re not, then here are a few features that may make you want to get a free Gmail account. Unlimited Unique Email Addresses Once you’ve registered for a free Gmai…

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Small Business Radio

Date: July 28, 2011

The Small Business Authority Hour is a new radio program (started in February, 2011) on 77 WABC Radio, out of NYC. The show airs at 4PM Eastern Time on the first Saturday of each month.

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Small Business Events, Conferences and Webinars this Quarter

Date: July 27, 2011

The Small Business Trends website has posted a great list of conferences, events and webinars taking place this quarter (January-March 2010). Whether you’re thinking about starting a small business, or need help with marketing, managing or growing…

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Add Your Business to Online Maps

Date: July 27, 2011

If you want your customers to find you, make sure your business shows up when they are searching online maps. Use the following links to include information about your business--such as your hours, your website, and a brief description of the product…

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Do Not Do This: Common Small Business Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Date: July 27, 2011

Everyone makes mistakes, and they are often a valuable learning tool. However, it’s even better to learn from someone else’s mistakes instead of your own. The following resources provide valuable insights from those who have been there.

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Small Business Tax Update

Date: July 27, 2011

Filing taxes for your small business is getting more complicated every day. With new rules being implemented all the time, even the most scrupulous business owner can end up making costly mistakes. While there is no substitute for professional tax he…

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Small Business Loan Report

Date: July 27, 2011

We’ve all heard that the government is making it a priority to increase small business lending by providing incentives to banks to make small business loans. But, is it working? Some say no.

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How Not To Get Sued

Date: July 18, 2011

With all the things small business owners have to juggle, defending themselves in a lawsuit is definitely an unwelcome addition to the mix. The best defense is definitely a good offense—avoiding situations that can spark litigation.

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What Is Your Small Business Psychographic Profile?

Date: July 18, 2011

Psychographics attempts to profile a target audience based on attitudes, impressions, goals and lifestyles. Unlike demographic profiling, which classifies a target audience based on tangible attributes such as age, geographic location, gender, ethnic…

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Free Small Business Forms, Contracts and Financial Templates

Date: July 18, 2011

Why start from scratch when creating business forms, contracts and financial spreadsheets? The Business Owners Toolkit provides a large selection of templates that you can use for free—when you complete a simple free registration.

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Help Other Small Business Owners Learn from Your Mistakes

Date: July 18, 2011

The United States Center for Entrepreneurship, a for-profit education company, is compiling a Lessons Learned list for small businesses. They’re asking small business owners to submit one or two examples of their most memorable mistakes, how they o…

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101 Small Business Tips from the Experts

Date: July 18, 2011

The folks at American Express OPEN Forum asked 50 top small business bloggers to provide tips, insights and advice to small business owners.

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Free 3-D Modeling Tool

Date: July 18, 2011

Whether you want to model a new product concept, add dimension to your presentations and marketing materials, or simply create a plan to re-arrange your office, the free Google Sketch-up program will fit the bill.

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Home Office Tax Deduction Calculator

Date: July 18, 2011

Do you work from home? Whether you have a home-based business or just have a dedicated office in your house, you may be able to take a tax deduction for it.

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Create a Video for Your Website For Free!

Date: July 18, 2011

Use the animoto tool to turn still pictures into a cool video. You upload your pictures, choose display order and pictures to emphasize, and then pick a music clip.

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Tool for Testing Pricing Scenarios

Date: July 18, 2011

The recently launched Information Week Analytics site provides a wealth of information that can help you make IT and other technology decisions for your business.

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Expert IT Advice and Technology Decision Making Tools

Date: July 18, 2011

The recently launched Information Week Analytics site provides a wealth of information that can help you make IT and other technology decisions for your business.

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Experts Thoughts on Business Ethics

Date: July 18, 2011

Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for the world’s best business schools, has just launched The Center for Ethical Business Leadership.

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A Helpful Guide to Risk Assessment & Management

Date: July 18, 2011

The continued success and survival of your small business depends on many factors, some within your control and some beyond it. How you recognize and manage risk is one key factor you can control, even though the risks themselves contain elements tha…

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Do Business with the U.S. Government

Date: July 18, 2011

Due to the tough economic times your traditional customers may be cutting back, but there is one potential customer that is primed for a buying spree—the United States Government.

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An Easy Way to Find Free Software that Meets Your Exact Needs

Date: July 18, 2011

Sure free software lists and directories are good places to find useful applications, but finding exactly what you need often entails inexact searches and long browsing.

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Find Out How Optimistic Small Business Owners Are About the Future

Date: July 18, 2011

Each month the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) Research Foundation polls its small business members to generate the Small Business Economic Trends report.

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Fun with Charts & Graphs

Date: July 18, 2011

With widgenie you can create charts and graphs that can be easily published in your presentations, on your website, your blog, social networking sites, or even as an iGoogle widget.

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Get the Small Business 411

Date: July 18, 2011

The NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) Research Foundation routinely surveys small businesses as part of producing their ongoing National Small Business Poll publication.

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Best Free Software of 2009

Date: July 18, 2011

If you’re looking for some free software to add to your library, this list from PC Magazine is a good place to start. With software categories ranging from office applications, graphics, finance, audio and video to name just a few, you’re sure to…

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