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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    The Inside View From Entrepreneur Bootcamp

    Astia is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to helping women to become better entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth, innovative businesses. Doing It Right is only the first stage of the life-long, Astia membership. The program is intended to enlighten entrepreneurs as to how the investment community thinks and the fundamental...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    3 Tricks To Get Your Employees Excited To Support Your Cause

    An old saying goes, "Persuasion is better than force." For those of in the business world, and especially those responsible for getting team members on board with an idea, that's an important concept to remember. But the act of persuading a group of people is not always clear-cut. Once you...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Small But Mighty: A Strong Brand Can Stretch Your Marketing Dollars

    Investing in a strong brand allows you to charge more for your products or services. Just look at brands like Rolex, Ritz-Carlton, and Mercedes-Benz. But as a small business owner, how can you build a strong brand on a tiny budget, and is it possible to command a premium like...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Your 2011 Lead Generation Strategy Outline

    Lead generation is the number one item on every small business marketing plan. What strategies and tactics will you use to attract customers? Many small business owners and CEOs say they can't get enough good leads. Really, they just aren't capturing the leads that are all around them. Your business...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    5 Ways To Keep Your Legal Costs Under Control

    One-fourth of small business owners think legal issues pose the biggest risk to their companies, according to a new survey by Rocket Lawyer. In today's litigious society, that's not surprising. But despite these worries, entrepreneurs aren't seeking legal counsel as often as they should. The reason? More than half of...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Will The Holiday Shopping Season Be A Boom For Small Businesses?

    Heading into the holiday season, small businesses aren't particularly optimistic about the outlook for the U.S. consumer. Their biggest worry isn't taxes or insurance costs, but poor sales, according to a report from the New America Foundation. Taxes may make up 21 percent of small business worries, but weak sales...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Creating Business Contracts That Won't Get You Sued

    For most small business owners, contracts are a necessary evil. You need to have something to protect you, but getting contracts written requires legal expertise and can get expensive. Many small business owners try to rely on templates, but even a template can't cover all the contingencies that different companies...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    5 Ways To Lure Local Shoppers

    Ask not what your customers can do for you, but what you can do for your customers. Yes, consumers in large metro areas have all heard they should shop local, and they're beginning to understand that they can vote with their dollars to keep independent merchants afloat. A Yelp poll...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Cultivating David Vs. Goliath

    It's a business development strategy known as "Economic Gardening." Economic Gardening, the act of supporting and cultivating local growth companies, as opposed to the more traditional economic hunting practice of recruiting large employers, was pioneered in the City of Littleton, Colorado by Chris Gibbons as a reaction to the relocation...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Why Local Sourcing Is A Winner For Food Service Companies

    With Small Business Saturday only a few days away, it's important to remember that business owners - not just consumers - can also support local, small businesses. One sector where supporting local businesses has tremendous financial advantages is the food service business. The $580 billion restaurant industry is realizing that...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Plan Now For Your 2011 Retirement Plan

    While 2010 isn't over yet, it's not too early to think about setting up a qualified retirement plan for 2011. Getting an early start is especially important if you have employees. This will give you time to select the plan that best meets your business and retirement-plan goals. It will...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Buying And Trading Locally: Where Does Your Dollar Go?

    If $100 is spent at the local auto parts shop, that $100 has a much greater chance of staying within the community. Instead of leaving the community in the form of franchise fees, the money stays in town and goes for advertising on the local radio station, helping to keep...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Why Chemistry Is More Important Than Talent

    Some business owners will tell you that hiring talented people is the key to success. As sports teams frequently prove, though, even the most talented employees can ruin an organization if they aren't able to work well with others. Behavior like that is not just counter productive; it saps the...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Cannibalize Yourself Before Someone Else Does

    When someone proposes a new product that is similar to an older one ("Old reliable"), the question is always asked: "How much will this cannibalize 'Old reliable'?" Someone makes an estimate, and then the games begin. You see, the wrong question was asked. It should have been, "Who will cannibalize...

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  • Webcasts // Nov 2010

    Learning From The Pros: Jerry Greenfield

    Can you imagine a world without Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey or Coffee Heath Bar Crunch? Thirty years after opening its first ice cream shop, Ben & Jerry's has built a reputation as a fun-loving, socially responsible and creative company. Jerry Greenfield tells about learning from failure, giving things away and...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Urban Beekeeper Economics: Can You Beat The Stock Market With A Rooftop Swarm?

    The commercial U.S. honey industry grosses approximately $332 million per year. An additional $260 million worth is imported. The majority of U.S. honey production is based in the South and produced via a migratory system: Hundreds of hives are trucked around the country, following massive blooms on commercial farms. One...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Taking Your Invoicing And Accounts Receivable Management Online

    A long-standing cash flow dilemma is finding the right balance between getting fast receipt of customer payments and minimizing fees and discounts associated with collecting those payments as quickly as possible. Finding payment methods that fit the needs of your business and offering the options that are right for your...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Protect Your Workers, Control Your Expenses

    As small business owners, one always under pressure to do more with less. In this difficult economic environment, careful review of your workers compensation program may reveal opportunities to reduce expenses, while offering better protection to your employees. Workers' compensation insurance protects employees against the risk of sustaining a job-related...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    8 Ways Small Businesses Help Communities

    The holidays are right around the corner and everyone is the mood to shop. "A small business is part of the heartbeat of the larger community," said Ellen Thrasher, associate administrator for the Department of Entrepreneurship at the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Small Business Administration. Money spent at local, small businesses...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Intrapreneurs: Building For The Future

    These days, many millions of people proudly claim the title "Entrepreneur." On the other hand, a title that hasn't gotten nearly the amount of attention it deserves is entrepreneur's little brother, "Intrapreneur": "an employee who is given freedom and financial support to create new products, services and systems, who does...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    5 Ways To Get Your Fans Cheering About Your Holiday Marketing

    As a small business owner, if you are planning to send a generic, pre-printed holiday card with your business name imprinted on the inside, don't bother. So many business owners have gone about this ritual each year with as much gusto as getting the oil changed in their car. If...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Paying Your Employees To Volunteer Can Reap Big Rewards

    Today, businesses are no longer fundamentally attractive to this new breed of potential employees for writing checks to charities or for sponsoring tables at benefits. Now, companies must not only talk the talk, but they must let their employees walk the walk as well - paying staff their normal wages...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    How To Use Collateral Marketing

    The concept of collateral marketing - using brochures and other printed materials that you can leave with a client - can be an effective part of a company's sales cycle. It's just a matter of choosing the right pieces. It's easy to lump collateral marketing and advertising together - you...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    3 Keys To Knowing Your Business

    What is your business? It seems like a simple question, yet so many cannot accurately describe their business. Perhaps the simplest way to think of it is: If you can't tell it, you can't sell it. Global Trends in Miami and M3 finalist, helps international designers infiltrate their brands into...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    From A Snapple Marketing Veteran: How To Tap The Power Of Packaging

    What makes shoppers pick one product over another when they're staring at shelves full of choices in a store? Assuming they don't have exclusive loyalty to one brand or that one doesn't have a big price advantage, the packaging often plays a huge role. As you know if you sell...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Build Your Email List Value Today

    It's amazing how few people consider their email database to be their most important business asset. Though businesses come and go, if you treat your customers and peers and colleagues and competitors and friends as an important relationship, you always have something. When money comes and goes, it's the relationships...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    The Right Way To Delegate Your Next Big Project

    Delegating is a task that even well-seasoned managers sometimes struggle with. It can be a challenge all the way around, as letting go of the reins and finding the right person to hand them over to isn't an easy thing to do. As an entrepreneur, you most likely have big...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Small Business Saturday Campaign Embraced By New England Shopkeepers

    Independent retailers in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are embracing the upcoming Small Business Saturday initiative since it fits well with the region's strong "Shop local" spirit. Additionally, American Express recently launched the new marketing program to encourage Americans to shop at small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 27. "It's nice...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Why You Should Treat Your Employees Like Children

    How can U.S. businesses become more innovative? Encouraging your employees to be more creative is a great starting point. Kim analyzed the results of a creativity measure called the Torrance test for on nearly 300,000 American adults and children and found that Americans' creativity has declined drastically in recent decades....

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    The Psychology Behind Making Sales And Setting Price Points

    Setting price points and making sales involves a delicate balance between offering value (i.e., what the customer demands) and making profits (i.e., what you need). Here are a few techniques that create value for your customers while keeping your profit margins reasonable. In some cases you can even get your...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    November 27th Is Small Business Saturday

    While small businesses are critical to the nation's economy, their importance to local communities extends even further. For every $100 spent in locally-owned independent stores, approximately $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. So take a moment and think about the small businesses you visit most...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Change Doesn't Have To Be Difficult? If You Know How

    Knowing what to do and being motivated to do it do not change behavior (even though most people think it is supposed to) because behavior is driven by beliefs about people, life and themselves. If you want to change behavior, change the beliefs that drive any given behavior - such...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    5 Tips For Making The Most Of Google Places

    Google's revamped local search, now called Google Place Search, could be a boon to small businesses. It's up to you to make the most of it. "If you're a business that does not manage its profiles, local listings and city listings, you are missing tremendous opportunities - and challenges," says...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    3 Marketing Pet Peeves

    Spam used to refer exclusively to unsolicited email, and mostly to shady characters like phishers and people like "Robert benjamen from the Ivory Coast [sic]" who has a $10.5 million cocoa fortune to share with me if I forward my bank account number. But more troublesome of late is the...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    How To Improve Cash Flow And Add Bottom-Line Value

    By charging purchases, you can hold off on payment and hold on to cash about 25 days longer than with cash or check. Plus, if you time your purchases at the beginning of the billing cycle, you could get nearly two months of time between purchase and payment. Let's say...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Managing The Business Of Change

    Restructuring is a difficult process, right? It can be. Even if you've done everything right, sometimes you have to take your company in a new direction because circumstances and opportunities have changed. Companies aren't future-proof - no company lasts forever. If you're going to lead your company through a restructuring,...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    7 Steps To Creating A Sure-Fire Marketing System

    While this may be hard for some business owners to come grips with - leaning instead towards the "Marketing is a strange form of creative voodoo thinking" - marketing is not only a system, it may be the most important system in any business. To understand how to approach marketing...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    The Secrets To Funding Your Restaurant

    To an aspiring restaurateur, the challenges of funding a business can seem overwhelming. Young restaurants have a notoriously high failure rate, and no investor wants to put money against the odds. But for every thriving restaurant out there, there was a moment when the forces behind it struggled for funding....

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Innovation Is No Accident

    People love the idea of 'Accidental innovation'. The term 'Accidental innovation' is often used to describe the invention of things like penicillin, microwave ovens, Nutrasweet and vulcanized rubber. The stories behind these accidental innovations are intoxicating because they make it seem like innovation can come from anywhere - in an...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Reinventing The Small Culture Business: An Interview With 'Electric Literature'

    In the summer of 2009, Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum published the first volume of their literary journal, Electric Literature. You may have heard that 2009 was not an auspicious one for publishers - let alone folks trying to launch new literary titles. However, by offering more than the paperback...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Have You Befriended These 8 Enemies Of Small Business Success?

    This paper explains about 8 enemies of small business success. Later: It never comes. Ever. Your ego just convinces you that it does; Maybe: This word is a total lie; Passion: No, this isn't all you need. Passion (only) works to the extent that it's supported by purpose; Patience: As...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Why 'Charlotte's Web' Suddenly Matters To Marketing

    In an online world where everyone and anyone is able to produce content cheaply and efficiently, you had better be sure that your own stuff is up to snuff. Otherwise, you - and your company - will be easily ignored. In other words, when you are trying to engage your...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    13 Ways To Network Beyond Facebook And LinkedIn

    Building branded profiles, engaging prospects and connecting with potential employees and strategic partners are all powerful ways to tap into Facebook and LinkedIn. But, for the typical small business, there may actually be some equally important social networks you may not be so familiar with. The big networks get all...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Businesses Turn To Mom Blogs To Market Their Wares

    Bigger brands often see the value of engaging bloggers. But for many small businesses working with bloggers is new and unknown. Yet it can be an effective marketing tool. Some cry that blogging is dead, but it's far from it. While women use social media, it's more for building relationships...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Twitter Scammers Lure Wannabe Entrepreneurs Into "Evil"

    Usually they're newbies on Twitter - sometimes with dreams of becoming self-employed Internet entrepreneurs. Those with no experience in online businesses may think it's easy to make money through online activity. But just like with any business - online or off - the reality is never as easy as it...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    From Center Of Your Universe, To Satellite Outposts

    In the past five years, the trend in online marketing has shifted rather dramatically. there's a shift in WHERE your business needs to have a presence online. It used to be that you could focus your efforts on having a website, perhaps with a blog that you'd bolted on to...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Do Perfect Franchises Exist?

    Is the franchise you are thinking of buying perfect for you? Will it meet your criteria? Have you defined your criteria? Your criteria should include things like investment comfort level, hours and days of the week required, growth opportunity, and an exit strategy that will let you enjoy the fruits...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    You Aren't Crazy, You're Just An Entrepreneur

    You aren't crazy - there are good reasons why starting a business feels hard. Like any big change in life like getting married or having a baby, entrepreneurship has its ups and downs. Once you get over the initial rush of your launch, certain that everything is going to go...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Three Tips For Working With Asset-Based Lenders

    With bank loans harder to come by, more small companies are turning to asset-based lending. When credit was flowing more freely, many small businesses gravitated away from collateralized loans. It's easy to see why. Few people want to pledge their assets. And the fees are pretty high. But times change....

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    To Payroll Or Not- Hiring Contract Vs. Salary Employees

    You have some projects coming down the pipe that you need additional staff for. What do you do: offer your potential new team player an independent contract or full-time salary position? Generally speaking, you will pay more in hourly wages for a contractor than for a salaried employee. However, you...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Core Competencies And Saving Money

    What's the core competency of your business? What do you do that sets you apart from your competitors? Perhaps it's customer service. Maybe it's an excellent product. It might be your personal involvement in the community. Whatever it is, don't sacrifice that competency in order to grow. Instead, focus on...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    When And How To Offer Discounts For Early Payment

    Offering discounts for cash, upfront and early payment can be an integral part of a comprehensive business management strategy, not just the domain of the accounts receivable department. Bring up cash-flow discussions early, align your business processes with the customer's payment methods, and be mindful of customer's preferences without sacrificing...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Reality TV For SMBs

    Just as reality TV wants as many eyeballs watching as possible, a company wants a surplus of clients. Through a series of experimental executive and managerial training sessions, a company's confidence level and openness to different approaches helps them relate to customers as collaborators. Those reality TV techniques also leave...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    The Key To Small Business Success

    For most entrepreneurs, the single biggest business challenge is not finding a promising opportunity to go after. It is eliminating the dozens of promising opportunities you could go after and keeping your focus on just one or two. Why? Because competition is fierce. The only chance you have of beating...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Can Social Networking Really Save A Small Business Money?

    If you want to actually make social networking cost effective for your small brick-and-mortar business, this paper shows several ways to do it. First of all, don't duplicate effort. Many businesspeople feel like they need to be on several platforms at once - and that takes a lot of time....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    What Is Scenario Planning And Is It Useful For Small Businesses?

    Scenario planning is a forecasting tool that helps managers and organizations better understand the trends driving the future competitive environment. The first step in scenario planning is developing scenarios. These are not predictions. Instead, they are plausible and often provocative stories about how a series of trends could come together,...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Five Ways To Get Paid By Small Business Customers

    When it comes to getting paid, all customers are not created equal. It pays to focus on the high risk customers in your credit policies and in your collections process. That includes when you have small businesses as customers. Many B2B small businesses count other small businesses as their customers....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    How To Set Priorities

    A small company simply doesn't have the resources to compete with bigger, richer companies if it's trying to be all things to all people. While trying to do one thing extremely well, however, you still need to figure out how to set priorities and allocate your company's limited resources. If...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    How To Find And Hire A Virtual Assistant For Your Small Business

    Good tasks to outsource to a VA are ones where the procedure is relatively simple, there aren't a lot of decision points (if any) in the workflow, and is a repetitive process. Before looking for a VA, spend a week or two writing down all the tasks you may want...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Military Veterans Make Good Business Folk

    Small businesses looking to hire don't have to look only to Harvard and Yale graduates. Ranks of military alumni with real world work experience on top of college degrees can also run a company smoothly and strategically - particularly during these stressful times. These guys understand the art of getting...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    When And How To Fire People

    No matter how carefully you check references and how thoroughly you interview, you're still going to hire people who are a bad fit for your team or just can't or don't get the job done to your standards. If you allow these folks to stick around, you'll be taking a...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Credit Lines - A Great Financing Tool If You Can Get It

    A bank line of credit can be hard to come by these days, especially for small companies. So what's it take to get one? Stellar credit and cash flow that can more than cover the fixed charges despite the downturn. That's a tall order for most small businesses in the...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Health Care's Drain On Cash Flow

    It's no secret that health insurance is a huge burden on companies' balance sheets. When General Motors revealed in 2005 that it would take its largest quarterly hit in a decade due to a $1.1 billion write-off of health care costs, the investor world woke up to the fact that...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Can You Run A B2B Franchise From Your Mobile Phone?

    Wouldn't it be fantastic if you could run your entire franchise operation from a Mobile phone? All franchise systems revolve around sales. Your customers or clients are either coming into your place of business to purchase your products or services, or you are out and about locating customers or clients...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Whole Lotta Connecting Goin? On With Social Media

    Social networks and blogs are the 4th most popular online activities online, including beating personal email. It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million listeners. Terrestrial TV took 13 years to reach 50 million users. The internet took four years to reach 50 million people... In less than nine...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    5 Actions For Double-Digit Business Growth

    This nasty economy is no excuse to settle for status quo or to not push hard for double-digit (10 percent or more) business growth. This article gives you five action items to get you out of your "Hold steady" mode and into high, predictable growth gear with your business. So...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Will Health Care Reform Crush Local Franchise Owners?

    A local franchise owner is someone who has taken a financial risk, and put his or her own money on the line, {Along with a bank's money} for a shot at the "American Dream." These courageous folks have decided to try to take control of their own futures, as opposed...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Just Blogging Isn't Enough - You Have To Blog with Purpose

    Want more traffic? Want more attention? The world isn't interested in blah, or boring, or ordinary. If you're blogging for business, you need to be cutting edge, current, and sometimes even controversial. Niche blogging is at its peak. Truth is, if you sell cashmere sweaters, you need to get in...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Scalable Benefits For Growing Businesses

    "When you talk about saving one and a half cents on every dollar, it becomes almost irresponsible not to take advantage of that offer. Every little bit counts, and as your business grows, those dollars really add up. And in these times, nothing is more useful than cash." Put as...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    How To Tell If You're Getting The Best Bang For Your Marketing Buck

    Pretty much every small business needs to invest in marketing. But in this economy, when budgets are tight and spending is scrutinized, it's often tempting to gut the marketing budget. After all, marketing spend is hard to track, and the return on investment vague and far off. Desperate times call...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Cash For Clunker Businesses

    Like cars, many small businesses out there are clunkers - cash guzzling, severely damaged by the recession. Now, the government is looking to bail out these business owners, as it did for car owners. If you have a venture that's a bit of a stinker, you might benefit from the...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    How To Use Vendor-Managed Inventory Programs

    A well-run Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI) program could allow your business to speed up its cash flow by more closely matching your cash outlay for inventory with your cash inflows from sales and other income-generating activities. By tapping into the expertise of your vendors, your business may be able to: minimize...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    When To Outsource For Your Small Business

    As a crucial growth step in any business - and in varying degrees throughout the business development process - outsourcing becomes a necessity. The big bucks are made not on one person's efforts alone, but the efforts of many. This paper looks at the inherent characteristics of outsourcing, hiring employees...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Ten Ways To Easily Reduce Small Business Energy Bills

    Like clockwork, utility bills drop unwanted news on your desk on a monthly basis. Communications bills, supply bills, and energy bills all amount to a big chunk out of the bottom line of your business - and a smart businessman will look for effective ways to trim away some of...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    How Strong Is Your Business? Can You Pass The 3 To 6 Test?

    The "3 to 6 test" is simple. Set aside 3-to-6 months' fixed costs as a cash cushion for your business. The "3 to 6 test" is a rule of thumb. If you have that amount set aside, it can liberate you as the business owner. It can be the catalyst...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Harnessing The New Age Of Customer Frugality

    Many businesses have been bitten by this so-called "Paradox of thrift." frugality might be a great idea for the individual, but for the businesses that rely on the spending of that customer, it can really ding the bottom line. There are a lot of tried-and-true responses to this. Offer big...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Checks And (Watch Those) Balances

    "From raising start-up funds to running a business, the internet has changed the rules for entrepreneurs," "Now, a click of a mouse gives you instant access to numerous funding options". Funding is just the first step. A start-up must focus on containing operating costs. A better scenario for a startup...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    3 Ways To Manage Balance Sheet Changes

    Small businesses are staring down a future that looks little like the past, with high employee health care and benefits costs, decreased cash flow and increased monthly expenses threatening business as usual. Many small businesses may not make it. The truth is, recession is a natural part of the business...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Trends: Skill Seekers

    As consumers seek more from their purchase experiences, it's worth investigating how to expand your offering with classes and expert knowledge. Acquiring new skills that contribute to personal development is gaining momentum. In contrast to the economic focus of the 1980s and 1990s, consumers now aspire to be enlightened and...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Is Advertising Dead?

    The key starting point is great content. When you have great content, you're more likely to attract audiences, and audiences are what advertisers are looking for. Even if the audience is not huge, an advertising model can still be successful because advertisers need to reach and engage niche audiences, so...

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