SMBs

Small-to-medium businesses are driving innovation and rewriting tech buying rules.

  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Finding Money Online

    If you're like most small business owners, when it comes to raising money for your company, you need all the help you can get. For that reason, you might consider checking out some websites aimed at making it easier to find investors or get a loan. Of course, these sites...

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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 // 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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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Subscription Software: A Good Financial Choice

    Subscription software offers some cost-saving opportunities for the typical small business. Where more traditional software limits the number of computers it can be used on - requiring a separate license for your home computer and for your office computer - many subscription software options simply require that you have enough...

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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

    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

    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 // Apr 2010

    5 Creative Ways To Cut Your Office Space Costs

    If, like many small business owners, you want to cut costs, one prime place to look is your office space. That typically can come to as much as 5 percent of total revenues for many small companies, according to the author. It's also an area where it's easy to find...

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  • Webcasts // Jul 2010

    Better Your Business: Rod Kurtz And Bob Prosen

    Rod Kurtz, Executive Editor of AOL Small Business, and Bob Prosen, President and CEO of The Prosen Center For Business Advancement and author of "Kiss Theory Goodbye: Five Proven Ways to Get Extraordinary Results in Any Company," provide tips on how one can better the business.

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Overcome Start-Up Fears

    Here's a question to consider if one is contemplating starting a business. What would be worse: never leaping into an idea one is passionate about because one is afraid to fail, or leaping into that idea with all one is got, yet still possibly having to face failure? Most entrepreneurs...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Brochure: Find, reach and collaborate with IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions

    Enterprises have found that they can drive faster, better decisions and cut costs with a unified communications (UC) infrastructure. IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC2) solutions take UC to the next level by simplifying the™ user experience, driving adoption and delivering the return on investment promised by unified communications.

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    New Tech Initiatives Promise To Boost Small-Business Competitiveness

    Small businesses on both the low- and high-tech ends of the spectrum stand to gain from two new technology-related initiatives on Capitol Hill. Spurred by recommendations from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) March 2010 report, "Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan," both proposals seek to enable small companies to compete...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    5 Simple Ways Your Small Business Can Go Paperless

    Despite living in the age of e-mail, wireless networks, smartphones, and tablets, many small businesses are still beholden to paper. There are a variety of reasons for this. Often, it's the other businesses or government agencies that you interface with that demand paper forms or faxes. Sometimes, it's just that...

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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

    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 // Jun 2010

    Ridgely Evers On Small Vs. Big Business Leadership: Pt 1

    Successful leaders work backward. Don't start from where you are and go forward, because there are an infinite number of directions you can take. Instead, work backward from where you want to get - your vision for your business. That will help you choose which road you take. To be...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Go Global: Selling In China Is All The Rage

    To keep the global small business innovative, one constantly track what the global giants are doing internationally. Where are they investing? Why? After all, they have more dollars to spend than one does and as they enter China, for example, in droves, there has to be a good reason for...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    4 Tips To Spark Innovation In Your Small Business

    Small businesses are the major driver in both job growth and innovation in the United States. But when you are actually running a small business, finding the time to foster innovation can be overwhelmed by cash, economic, resource and time constraints. It is not only important that your employees highlight...

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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 // May 2010

    3 Ways To Solve The Feedback Conundrum

    The only way we can develop our potential is through experience. But experience is worthless if we are unable to learn from it. How does one learn from experience? Feedback. Herein lies the problem: we all know that feedback exchange is a critical part of professional development, but we seldom...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    The Small Business Benefits Package

    As a small business owner, winning over and keeping the best employees can be difficult. The right benefits package can make a world of difference: You can improve employee morale, make it easier for your employees to come in to work every day and make your business run a little...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    5 Things To Know Before You Trademark

    It seems like almost anything can be trademarked these days. The name of a product, a catch phrase, and your own name, if it's beguiling, for that matter. All is for sale and fair game for the bidding. Businesses have been known do whatever it takes to protect their brand,...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Best Practices For Managing Your Independent Contractors

    If you're like many small business owners, you hire at least a few independent contractors, instead of regular employees. And, why not? With independent contractors, you don't have to take care of payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, and a host of other taxes and benefits. So, you not only save a...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    5 Famous Innovation Oversights - And What We Can Learn From Them

    In the never-ending quest for innovation, companies of all sizes focus their combined knowledge and experience on generating big ideas that could translate into competitive advantage. Unfortunately, bright ideas have a tendency to blind us from reality. While enterprising companies introduce an impressive and steady flow of new products and...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    How To Make Your Small Business Geolocation-Ready

    Small businesses stand to increase their local audience and further their market reach through geolocation platforms, which attach real-world locations to mobile phones. Here are a few ways companies can become part of the location tagging world of social media. Late last year, Twitter launched geolocation for tweets. The microblogging...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    How Health Care Reform Will Impact Your Small Business

    The new health insurance reform legislation signed into law this week adds both new requirements and new perks for small businesses. Sorting out one from the other is proving a little difficult for business owners. In many cases, the implications of the law will take some time to understand, especially...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    9 Traits Of A Great Small Business

    What constitutes a great small business? All know what a good small business looks like - it makes a tidy profit, is run efficiently, and grows slowly but surely, right? You might quibble around the edges of that definition, but that is the essence of it. The best small businesses...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Defense 101: How To Avoid Getting Blindsided By Corporate Fraud

    The last thing a small business needs now is fraud. Moderately-sized companies are already struggling enough in the fragile economy. Getting ripped off can be a crippling blow. True, the time and funds it takes to prevent fraud can seem intimidating. But taking basic precautions and making a small investment...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    5 Collaborative Apps For Streamlining Communication

    Nobody can make their ideas a reality on their own - teams, collaborators, and opinion-givers are a powerful part of the execution process. Here, we run down the tools that Behance is currently using to streamline communication as we work collaboratively: A Behance Team favorite, Yammer has become our go-to...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    The Quick Guide To Handling A PR Crisis

    Crises happen. A product is recalled, services are suspended, a private email goes public, an unexpected change hits top management - all these scenarios can destroy the smallest and the biggest of companies. So how do you deal when your company is suddenly faced with a potentially disastrous crisis? There...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    How To Battle Business Burnout

    Even in the healthiest economy, small-business owners get burned out. But, in these difficult times, some small-company experts see a virtual epidemic of the condition. "The recession, the weak recovery, they've increased the pressures on everybody," says the author. "I see signs of burnout all over the place." But burnout...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Become The Apple Computer Of Your Industry

    Let's face it, there is a heck of a lot of competition out there, and it descends upon one from all sides: Down the road, across the country, globally, and online. So if you want to get ahead, one vital thing you must do is STAND OUT from the crowd....

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    The Transition Curve

    This paper is about the emotional intricacies of being a CEO or entrepreneur and the emotional roller coaster you'll ride, or are already riding. Marc Andreesen, co-founder of Netscape, once wrote: "First and foremost, a startup puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced. You flip...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Transitioning From A Big Business To A Not So Small Business

    Big company CEOs are trained to delegate. Small company CEO's are hands-on. For many former corporate executives, working at a small company is daunting. "The single most challenging thing for people running a small business is that there are always 1,000 things you could be doing every day, but you...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    6 Hot Growth Industries For Small Business: Growth Versus Taxes

    The Obama administration is pushing for changes in many industries ranging from banking to health care to energy. How will these efforts affect small business? If you're trying to figure out where to expand your business or get ideas for a new business to start, a recent article from SmartMoney...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    How Not To Run Your Family Business

    Family businesses are a staple of our economy, so they're with us to stay. We need them to be successful, especially now, when economic growth is critical. What is a "family business"? A one-owner company where non-owner family members hold positions in the business. For instance, a woman who employs...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    The Industries You Should Start A Business In Right Now

    In the wake of the financial crisis the concept of free enterprise and competition has been radically changed. Like it or not, the government is playing a greater role in more industries in order to keep trade ongoing and juice demand that might otherwise be anemic. While some might argue...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    When Opportunity Knocks, Think Twice

    As your business succeeds, you will think of more ideas and find more opportunities to pursue them. Additional revenues, relationships and a broader customer base will open more doors. You will want to offer more products and features. You will want to capitalize on the opportunity before you. But should...

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