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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Lessons In Leadership

    Like it or not, you're a leader. Not because you are "The boss", but, more importantly, because you have committed yourself to creating a company and realizing your vision. Leadership means more than managing; it means communicating, inspiring, empowering, and nurturing those who are in fact delivering your mission. For...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    The Secret To Great Macro Management

    Every small business leader faces the challenge of building and managing a team. Finding the right folks is half the battle. After you find them, it is your responsibility to manage the team. Great management happens on both a "Micro" level and a "Macro" level. Micro-management - not the notoriously...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Management Tips From Holly Landau: Pt 3

    There are usually three main reasons why you have to let someone go: poor employee performance, gross misconduct (stealing, workplace violence, etc.), or you're dissolving their position. Often, business owners are reluctant to deal directly with the issue of firing someone, but there are some specific steps you can take...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Ridgely Evers On Small Vs. Big Business Leadership: Pt 3

    Anyone who's using their financials to drive their business is doing the equivalent of driving their car in the rearview mirror. It's never a happy outcome. You should check your financials often, just as you do the rearview mirror. But the important stuff is happening elsewhere. Your customers, your people,...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Why Investments In High Growth Companies Are Getting Smaller

    Since the Great Recession began, venture capitalists and angel groups have been making smaller investments in their portfolio companies. From 2007 through the first quarter of 2010, the size of the average (mean) investment round fell by 31 percent, and the size of the typical (median) investment round declined by...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    What You Need To Know About Small Business Tax Provisions Expiring In 2011

    Small business owners could be in for what's effectively a wave of new taxes next year. The taxes affect investors, small business owners and individuals. Here's a look at some of the changes: Personal income tax rates will increase. The top income tax rate (the rate at which two-thirds of...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    How To Fire A Bad Customer

    Firing a customer may seem like a daunting proposition in this economy. But, sometimes, it has to be done. "A single bad customer can practically destroy a business," says Ken Gaebler, a small-business expert and head of Gaebler Ventures in Chicago. According to Gaebler, the wrong customer can lead to...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    10 Things You Can Do To Keep A Customer Today

    Where are you spending more time; getting new customers or growing and expanding your relationship with the customers you already have? If you're like most companies, you're probably spending more time and money looking for and wooing new customers than finding new opportunities within the customers you already have. When...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    5 Tips For Pulling Off A Pop-Up Shop

    To pop-up or not to pop-up: this is a good question to consider if you're thinking of starting a business, and want to test the waters before making a full commitment. It's not easy to start a business that generates long-term interest beyond the initial concept. Opting to launch a...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    The How, When And Why Of Extending Trade Credit

    Trade credit is the largest form of short term business financing. In a sense, it's peer to peer lending - businesses helping each other. Of course, it's not all altruistic, without trade credit, many of your customers wouldn't be able to buy from you. Yet, as in banking, not all...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Using Loss Leaders In Your Pricing Strategy

    Common sense tells business owners that the way to make money is to sell products for more than it costs to make them. But like any rule, there are exceptions. Loss leader pricing is one of them. This strategy prices a specific product at an extremely attractive price, one that...

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Business Answers: Startup Sales & Stolen Marketing Material

    Colleen DeBaise, small business editor at The Wall Street Journal and author of the book "The Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook," and Amilya Antonetti, CEO of AMA Enterprises and author of the book "The Recipe," answer viewer questions about increasing sales at a startup and how to handle...

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Top Five: Conversion Franchises

    If you're a business owner looking for more support, you might want to try a franchise conversion. That's when an existing business partners with a larger brand. This webcast shows five popular conversion franchises courtesy of Entrepreneur.com.

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Learning From The Pros: Steven Tanger

    The name "Tanger" has become synonymous with outlet shopping since the company opened its first center in 1981. CEO Steven Tanger has kept his family's entrepreneurial spirit alive and well almost 30 years later. This paper explores some of his advice for keeping your business thriving.

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    American Business: Retail On The Road

    Two California-based designers are taking their products on the road this summer, mixing cosmos and custom-made clothes. They're bringing their creations to their customers with a series of trunk shows to make sure their new line is a huge success.

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    How To Use Your IRA To Fund Your Business

    If you own a business or are thinking of starting one, raising capital continues to be key challenge. Lending requirements remain stringent, home equity is no longer a quick source of cash and equity investors continue to be very selective. At the same time, the Investment Company Institute, the national...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    What Increased Use Of Drag Along Rights Means For Entrepreneurs

    Investors use drag along rights to force entrepreneurs to take acquisition offers that are unfavorable to the entrepreneurs. There's a lesson for entrepreneurs: The disappearance of the initial public offering market doesn't just affect how they exit from the companies they start, or even the valuations of their companies at...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Innovation! Don't Stress Me But Tell Me What Kind You Need!

    Everyone needs and craves innovation, yet the more we chase it, the more elusive discovering the next "It" or "Thing" seems to be. Most of us have cut all the costs we can and are already working harder than ever. In this stagnant, doubtful economy, innovation seems be the best...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Crowding Out Bad Debt

    The only thing worse than having no customers is having bozos who don't pay their bills. As a small business owner, you can't afford to work with companies that string you along for payment. Short of "payment in advance" terms, the only way to protect yourself from slow paying leeches...

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Entrepreneurial Expertise: Hiring Tips

    Bob Prosen, President and CEO of The Prosen Center for Business Advancement and author of "Kiss Theory Good Bye: Five Proven Ways to Get Extraordinary Results in Any Company" provides tips on how to hire the best people for your business.

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Reaching For The Skies

    If you decide to tackle an engineering challenge or to venture into the scientific unknown as an entrepreneur, you're embarking on a real adventure - difficult, fascinating, often risky. Sometimes you and your team might feel quite alone, while at others you might choose to partner with friends or even...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Management Tips From Holly Landau: Pt 2

    In these economically challenging times, employee engagement is absolutely critical to your company's success. You manage things like your budget, your time, and your inventory. You lead people. Leaders influence, inspire and motivate others toward success. There are many styles of leadership but the common goal is always the same....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Ridgely Evers On Small Vs. Big Business Leadership: Pt 2

    A small business is a lot like a racing shell. You've got the eight oarsmen, and if they're not all pulling on their own oar the way they're supposed to be, the boat won't make much progress: a single individual can have a hugely disruptive effect on the performance of...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    The Antidote For Commoditization

    Industrial products had a bit different problem, since many of the suppliers and the customers were somewhat more interdependent. Still, some very large companies with big global purchasing power are known for their tough, competitive purchasing style. As industrial customers consolidated and grew into "Mega-customers" they also grew a "Get...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Marketing Secrets From The World's Smallest Jewelry Store

    If you have ever driven in Philadelphia during rush hour, you might have noticed a rather curious billboard that is black with no images or color. Instead in a slightly weird font is the URL to a single website: I Hate Steven Singer dot com. While driving by the billboard,...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    5 Ways To Create Fresh Content For Your Blog

    One of the toughest parts of running a blog is coming up with fresh content. The writing part can be hard enough, and when you're stuck with writer's block, coming up with one more idea feels impossible. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can pull out when you're tapped...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Can Immigration Reform Help Power Entrepreneurial Innovation?

    In the battle to increase entrepreneurial innovation, one key weapon just might be immigration reform. Some contend that highly skilled immigrants are key drivers of entrepreneurship and innovation in the U.S. - and have the potential to drive even more growth if barriers to their immigration. To attract innovative immigrants...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Tax Issues With The IRS?5 Outcomes To Expect

    Dealing with the IRS is rarely something a small business owner looks forward to. Whether it's a notice requiring a tax audit or another specific tax issue, the uncertainty of the outcome often makes the process scary. There are certain outcomes you can expect from the IRS though, and being...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    How To Figure Out If You Should Franchise Your Business

    If you're interested in jumpstarting business growth, one approach is to franchise your company. By creating a system through which franchisees pay you startup fees of $25,000 to $50,000 and yearly royalties ranging from 2 to 8 percent of sales, you can get fast access to a potentially sizable new...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Top 6 Tips For International Business Success

    Before you even think about taking your business global, examine your domestic operation. Are you doing the best you can do? If the answer is a resounding "Yes!" then you're ready for my top six tips for international business success. Hold up a mirror to your successful domestic business. More...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Noncompete Clauses For Business Owners

    If you were to sell your business, it's likely that the buyer would ask you to agree to a noncompete clause in the sales contract. Where a noncompete clause in an employee's contract prevents that employee with taking a similar job with a competing business, a noncompete clause for a...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Simple Linking Strategies For Better SEO

    Your Website already oozes keywords and key phrases, right? And it's also a pretty safe bet that you have some dandy links coming into your site. After all, you know that the holy grail of SEO is content-rich, keyword-heavy posts and quality incoming links. Don't miss the opportunity to use...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Is The Nonprofit Boom Right For Your Business?

    Can you see it? Right now, big things are changing in the landscape of the business world. Both large businesses and small businesses are changing their entire business structure and marketing efforts around one simple idea: They're becoming nonprofits. Instead of seeking to maximize profits for the owners, these new...

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  • Webcasts // Jul 2010

    Top Five: Managing Difficult Times

    Guiding your company through tricky economic times is a necessity for survival. This webcast provides five tips for managing your business in a downturn.

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  • Webcasts // Jul 2010

    Business Answers: Interest Rates & Growing Your Personal Brand

    Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media, and Rod Kurtz, executive editor of AOL Small Business, answer viewer questions about how much interest an entrepreneur should expect to pay on a loan from family or friends and the best way for growing a personal brand in an already crowded market.

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  • Webcasts // Jul 2010

    Small Biz Survival: Entrepreneurial Advice

    Want to know how other entrepreneurs are making their companies grow? This webcast provides some advice from small business owners just like you!

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Entrepreneurs Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Of Failure

    There is no better way to learn how to succeed in business than to learn from mistakes - yours or someone else's. One of the reasons Virgin's enterprises have been successful over the years is that they empower the staff to make mistakes - and then learn from them. Since...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    How To Put The Life Back Into Your Company

    After the past two years of the recession - watching expenses like a hawk and keeping a close eye on receivables - it wouldn't be surprising if you ended up with a bunker mentality. Maybe you don't embrace new opportunities with the same enthusiasm any more. The business just doesn't...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Tax Breaks For Booming Businesses

    Despite continued concerns of many struggling businesses, there are other businesses that are thriving today. If your business is booming, take advantage of tax rules to make sure that Uncle Sam doesn't earn more than you do from your efforts. Now is a great time to buy new items -...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The 5 Secrets Of Cash Flow Forecasting

    While forecasting cash flow may sound like a smart idea every business should implement, you might be surprised how many don't. Most businesses have no formal cash flow forecasting process in place to plan for and manage the short-term excesses and shortages (also known as peaks and valleys) of cash...

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Better Your Business: Rieva Lesonsky & Rod Kurtz

    Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media, and Rod Kurtz, Executive Editor of AOL Small Business, provide some tips to help you better your business.

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  • Webcasts // Jul 2010

    Small Business Rules: The Trims Unlimited Rule

    Be prepared to be lucky - The Trims Unlimited Rule. In 1985 Susan Roth took over her mother's personal shopping business and turned it into Trims Unlimited, a corporate gift supplier for everything from International conferences to White House dinners. From the perfect gift bag, to a Lifetime Achievement award,...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Newsmakers: Tax Cuts & Small Business Lending

    Small business owners continue to look to Washington for some type of relief in this challenging economy. President Obama says he opposes extending tax cuts, but he's asking Republicans and Democrats to work together to pass his small business lending legislation. Todd McCracken, president of the National Small Business Association,...

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Where's The Money?: Think Local

    Finding new ways to get money for your business can be difficult, but a solution may be closer than you think. Farnoosh Torabi, small business expert for Credit.com and author of the book "Psych Yourself Rich," tells you how you can apply for funding in your own community.

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  • Webcasts // Aug 2010

    Small Business Rules: The Greenleaf Rule

    Don't lay off - lay on. - The Greenleaf Rule. Greenleaf Book Group is a publishing company for the not-so-little guy. Founder Clint Greenleaf competes with "Big bucks" publishers by choosing quality over quantity. Clint's Company charts a middle road between print on demand and traditional publishing. His editor's are...

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  • Webcasts // Sep 2010

    Small Business Rules: The Jack And Adam's Bicycles Rule

    Jack and Adam's Bicycles is one of the fastest-growing companies in the country, no small feat for a bike shop. Owner Jack Murray has created this thriving business via harnessing his love for triathlons. He is one of the biggest triathlon promoters in Texas, hosting several triathlons a year that...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    People Power - The Real Engine Of Any Business

    Good people are crucial to business success. Finding them, managing them, inspiring them and then holding onto them are among the most important challenges a good business leader faces. How you deal with these matters often determines the long-term success and growth of your business. Your people need to be...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    The New American Middle Class - Fueled By Innovation

    Marketing was via word of mouth. At first news traveled at the speed of a horse. Later, small towns grew into small cities. Small cities grew into larger ones. The neighborhoods of many of these cities are still lined with shop after shop, serving their own neighborhood needs. Large stores...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Fantastic Writing Is Essential For Business

    People tend to underestimate the power of good writing. For business owners, it's easy to think, "I can't afford to hire a writer," or "I have so-and-so who has a marketing degree. They should be able to write." That is not necessarily true. With social media now at the forefront,...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    2 Ways The Election Will Affect Small Business

    Economic issues are dominating the debate during this year's midterm election season. The deficit is resonating like never before. The size of government - something that people always complains about but do nothing to fix - has inspired a new breed of candidates who seem set on cutting government programs....

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Get Your Innovation Groove Back: Tips From Thomas Edison

    Assess and maintain the current network. Go look at the Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Surprised by the number of people in the networks? If one is like Edison, one is not. Edison would list his contacts in a special notebook. The intent was "To plan for regularly touching base...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Women In Leadership: Building Legacies

    Women entrepreneurs (just by their sheer existence) are powerful role models. It's hard to believe that it wasn't until 1974 that a woman could even get a loan in her own name to start a business. And 35 years later, 40 percent of the nation's businesses are owned by women....

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Taking A Job To Support Your Business

    In these tough times, many small business owners have to work somewhere else to support their venture. In most cases, they use similar skills to generate additional income. For instance, Cori Giacomazzi, owner of Wandering Wardrobe, a tiny vintage shop in Skagway, Alaska works part-time as the costume curator for...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Pay Your Employees When Your Startup Is Just Getting Started

    Call it the Catch-22 of startup life. You need talented employees to help grow your business. But without enough cash flow, you can't get the money to pay them. "It's the dilemma every early-stage company faces," says Rosalind Resnick, CEO of Axxess Business Consulting in New York. Certainly, you might...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    3 Questions You Must Ask Before Investing In New Equipment

    Evaluating the purchase of new equipment can be a complicated process. There are many stakeholders to consider, vendors are aggressively bombarding you with information and you have limited time to make a decision. It is easy to miss some key questions during the evaluation process which can prove costly later...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Boost Your Chances Of Getting Approved For A Bank Loan

    Despite recent moves by the Obama administration to loosen bank lending to small businesses, it still can be tricky to get a loan. But, it's not impossible, especially for firms with a healthy balance sheet. "If the owner has a strong credit history, the company has been in business for...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Don't Let Your Cash Flow Go Down The Drain

    Having more cash coming in is obviously good, but what's perhaps not so obvious is that money owed to you - which is nice to have on the books - isn't as nice to have as money in the bank. If you can find way to start it coming in...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Renegotiate Your Office Lease

    To search for lease rates and terms in your area for your office class, use a resource like LoopNet, the largest online commercial real estate listing service. LoopNet has information on over 6.7 billion square feet of properties currently up for lease across the country. Additionally, many local business newspapers...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Make A Difference? For Free

    Giving small businesses collective purchasing power and resources - this is the goal behind David Beam's company, Insulate America. Insulate American has only seven full-time employees, but represents over 6,000 independent residential and commercial insulation contractors and employees in more than 270 locations. David started the company in 1999 when,...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    The Value Of A Business

    Placing a value on your business is rarely a simple matter. If you've poured time and sweat into building up your company, your view of the value will reflect the effort you've put in. But an independent appraisal can offer a very different number than what you might come up...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Think Like A Bootstrapper

    It may be the high-growth, venture-funded companies that get a lot of press, but the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of businesses are started for under $10,000, usually provided by the entrepreneur's friends and family, credit cards, or their own pocket. While it's true that bootstrapped...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Get Others To Sell For You With Affiliate Marketing

    Finding good sales people can be tough, especially for small business owners. But with a little work, you can have people clamoring to help you sell your products as your affiliates. Affiliate marketing relies on the idea that, for a percentage of the sales price, many people will be happy...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Do Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread?

    Seed and startup stage companies have never been a favorite of investors for one obvious reason: They're risky. While the failure rate is nowhere near the mythical "9 out of 10 don't last a year" - it's closer to 6 out of 10 - the fact is that companies that...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Factors To Consider In Your Pricing Strategy

    How did you decide how much to charge for your product or service? Did you base it on the competition? Some margin above your cost? Or did you throw a few numbers in a hat and pick one? A crystal ball, perhaps? The price of your product is more than...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Why You Should Raise Your Prices

    The quickest, easiest way to increase your income is to raise your prices. If you're worried about losing customers, do the math. You'll be surprised at how many you can lose and still make more money. Price wars, discounting, and other price-based competition may make you busier, but as the...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    What To Know When Considering A Microfinance Loan

    Thanks to tighter credit standards and stricter regulatory scrutiny, many small businesses have found it difficult - or impossible - to get a bank loan. A federal proposal to launch a $30 billion fund aimed at boosting lending could help. But, in the meantime, a growing number of companies that...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    An Introduction To Venture Capital

    Venture capital - capital investments made by either private investors or investment firms - focus on giving new businesses the money they need to grow rapidly. Of course, venture capitalists expect a profit from their investments; they look carefully for companies with a potential for major growth so that they...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Solve The Mystery Of Staffing Your Accounting Department

    You are either spending too much or too little time and money to get what you need (and should expect) from your accounting and finance department. Most startup, entrepreneurial, and growing businesses struggle to solve the mystery of how to properly and effectively structure their accounting and finance department to...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Finding Money For A Startup

    You don't need a lot of money to start a company, sometimes none at all. But when you do need money to start a business, where should you look? Venture capital, private investors, or a bank? Maybe none of the above. Why aren't VCs involved in more startups? Because they're...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    How To Choose the Right Bank For Your Small Business

    Every business should have a supportive and reliable bank that sufficiently fits its business needs. For some, that will simply require a business checking account. For others, it may mean seeking out something a bit more complex, like a line of credit. With the advent of new technologies, small business...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    How Much For Health Care?

    How much? is a question that often comes to mind when considering healthcare. If you've ever sourced medical insurance coverage and especially if you've opted for a high-deductible plan, then you may have discovered that there's often not a quick, simple answer to this question. Navigating the healthcare system takes...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Insurance Overview For Small Business Owners

    How much? is a question that often comes to mind when considering healthcare. If you've ever sourced medical insurance coverage and especially if you've opted for a high-deductible plan, then you may have discovered that there's often not a quick, simple answer to this question. Navigating the healthcare system takes...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Are You Paying Too Much For Business Insurance?

    One of the most critical business topics is probably one of the least discussed - and that's insurance. As a small business owner, you want to preserve your investment in your company, but also ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. The challenge thus becomes maximizing the protection while minimizing...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Protecting Your Business Against A Disaster? Easier Than You Think!

    The following are tips to get you started in crafting your own disaster preparedness plan: Start by identifying the critical assets of your business. For a restaurant, for example, it is location. So a civil emergency that would impede pedestrian access would cause your business to lose revenues. For an...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    8 Things To Consider When Choosing A Credit Card For Your Business

    Every small business needs a credit card. But with ever-changing interest rates and new program options, making sure your business does business with the right credit card can be a confusing decision. If bringing in those rewards is your goal, a credit card does it quicker than a debit card....

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    The Real ROI Of Social Media

    It's the question that businesses have been asking ever since the first person suggested that maybe we could actually do some business in all this new "Social" media: "What's the ROI?" It's not a bad question. Surely, if you're going to spend money on something in your business, it should...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Squeeze More Cash Out Of Your Business

    When times are tough, finding ways to squeeze cash out of your business may mean the difference between survival and failure. When the economy is slow, finding new ways to make money isn't easy but it's not impossible. Consider, for example, sales-based incentives, or develop referral relationships with related businesses,...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    How A Long-Term View Can Help Your Cash Flow

    The author suggests not to make decisions based on short-term gains; look beyond the value of individual transactions to the long-term relationship. "If you focus on the lifetime value of the customer, you'll be more willing to write off a small loss, knowing you'll win more in the end". Focus...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Applying The 80/20 Rule To Your Employees

    What is the 80/20 rule? The 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle, simply means that roughly 80 percent of the effects of anything you might be doing come from 20 percent of the causes. For example, 80 percent of your sales are likely generated by about 20 percent...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Costs Of Adding E-Commerce To Brick-And-Mortar Retailing

    Great scalability and customer reach at a relatively low cost (compared to traditional, brick-and-mortar stores) are the promises of ecommerce retailing. Day-to-day expenses are generally lower as a percentage of the opportunity for customer reach. If you're running a traditional retail store, you may be able to avoid certain expenses...

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