Lisa Hephner

Winning Strategies for Small Business Funding: Five Contests You Can Enter Now

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Raising money to grow your small business is hard. Winning money to grow your small business isn’t much easier, but it can be more fun. It gives you the opportunity to engage with your customers and with your fellow small business owners to promote your business and your local neighborhood.

Don’t let modesty prevent you from nominating yourself for any small business award, or from asking your customers for a nomination or a vote. However slim you think your chances are, they are guaranteed to be zero if you don’t enter the field.

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Jessie Van Gundel

3 Ways to get and Keep More Customers

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As your business grows, you may find that it becomes harder and harder to be as proactive about your business’ growth as you’d like. Keeping up with the day-to-day and managing the curveballs you encounter on a regular basis often distract and take time away from the long-term strategy of running your business. This is a common theme among small business owners and a pretty normal feeling for a business that’s growing, but now is the time to take a step back and figure out how to manage your growth in a way that will let you control and steer the direction of where your company is going.

For most service-based businesses, the customer relationship is one of the most important components of your success. Knowing that, it’s time to take a look at your customer base from a strategic standpoint, and use that information to inform how you will grow your customer base in the future.

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Lisa Hephner

What Responding To Spam Can Teach About Optimizing Small Business Sales

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Have you ever gotten an email from an African Prince offering you millions of dollars in exchange for paying a small fee to facilitate the release of funds frozen in a foreign bank account? It’s the classic 529 scam which most people just laugh at and delete, if the email even makes it past their spam filter. But what happens if you actually respond?

Read on to find out. It will not only make you laugh hysterically, it will provide an instructive example of when it makes good business sense to give up on a prospective sale.

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Julie Mague

Two Ways to Grow Your Business With a Payment Integration Partner

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Whether you’re looking for a payment integration solution with a secure API, to expand your product offering without development, or you’re in need of a private label solution to reach more customers, finding the right partner program is crucial to the success of adding additional capability to your portfolio.

When deciding how to expand your business, you’ll want to start by evaluating your solution by five main criteria:

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Lisa Hephner

Taking Control of Your Small Business Credit Scores

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Small business credit scores can influence far more than simply business loans; they directly affect a small business’ ability to obtain, or to obtain optimal rates on, credit cards, bank lines of credit, payment processing merchant accounts, insurance, or even a lease on office space.

While it may seem that there isn’t much you can do about your small business credit score—after all, business credit scores are not regulated as personal scores are, and there is no rule or regulation requiring that you even be notified if you are denied business credit as a result of a business credit score, report, or other information provided by a business credit bureau—that is not necessarily the case.

Here’s what you need to know to take control of your small business credit scores:

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PaySimple

Everything You Need to Know About Credit Card Processing Holds

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Credit card processing holds happen for a number of reasons and can definitely be a nuisance when you are trying to run your business. Learning more about payment holds can help you prevent some holds and quickly prepare information to release a hold in the future.

Let’s start with the basics, there are two types of credit card processing holds, underwriting holds and risk holds.

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Lisa Hephner

A Small Business Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you small business owners out there– you work hard every day to make your small business a success, and you deserve some love! Hopefully you have someone to give you cards, candy, caring, and all the sweetness you can handle, as that’s a bit too much to ask from a blog post. But, this week I’ll try to provide the next best thing: A heart shaped box chocked full of sweet small business offers and freebies.

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PaySimple

6 Billing Tips to Get You Paid Faster

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If you are like many small business owners, cash flow is one of your primary concerns. But for many small business owners, it doesn’t feel simple when their customers aren’t paying in a timely manner and frequently falling way past due.

To help you get paid faster, these advanced tips will stop payment delays, give your customers a better payments experience, and help your bills float to the top of the pile when you customer’s money is scarce.

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Lisa Hephner

A Fast, Easy, and Safe Way to Get, Share, and Update Freeware

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One of the ongoing missions for this Tip of the Week series is to provide information about free or low-cost software that can help your small business improve productivity. This week’s tip lets you in on a tool that can help you get that free Windows software quickly and safely, with a single download. It can even enable you to update your freeware in the future, so that you are always running the latest available version—which is particularly important if updates are required to patch security holes.

So, what is this wonder tool called and where can you get it?

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