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  • Making the right hiring decisions for your company is critical to your business success. But getting it right isn’t easy. We all know the negative consequences of making the wrong hire – it can lower your team’s morale, hinder productivity, and even impact customer relations. But...
    December 07, 2011 - 5 comments
  • Although tax season is still a few weeks away, now is the time to take advantage of a basket of tax opportunities that can help your small business reduce its tax liability and save money come April 2012.   Read on for seven tips that can help you maximize your deductions and claim the...
    December 05, 2011 - 10 comments
  • Here on SBA.gov we have amassed a catalog of blogs that offer a variety of proven techniques that small business owners can use to plan, execute and nurture their marketing efforts. We’ve touched on how to plan and budget your marketing activities, as well as how to craft a brand message...
    December 01, 2011 - 14 comments
  • Navigating business law and regulations can be a minefield for small business owners, soaking up their time, money and valuable resources. In fact, according to the SBA Office of Advocacy, small firms (fewer than 20 employees) spend substantially more per employee to comply with federal regulations...
    November 30, 2011 - 2 comments
  • If you operate a Facebook fan page, then you’ll have noticed a plethora of changes in recent months. While many of these changes are cosmetic, some are not, and they could have a big impact on your social media success. One of the most notable changes you may have noticed is to the dynamics...
    November 29, 2011 - 5 comments
  • According to The Senior Source, in 2005, 15 percent of working people expect to start their own businesses when they retire.  However, given the continued impact of the economic crisis on 401(k) plans and a growing desire to stay career-active into retirement, this statistic seems very likely...
    November 28, 2011 - 6 comments
  • Businesses lose employees all the time, but if another firm has ever targeted or hired your employees then you have suffered from employee poaching or “employee raiding.” Employee poaching is a fact of life for small business owners, particularly in high growth, specialized, and...
    November 23, 2011 - 1 comments
  • How much does it cost to start your own business? Of course, the answer depends on your business model and your chosen industry. However, a useful estimate based on a 2009 study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation  puts the average cost of starting a new business from scratch at...
    November 21, 2011 - 10 comments
  • Holiday sales for the 2011 season are unfortunately forecasted to be “average.” That’s the word from the National Retail Federation (NRF), which anticipates only a 2.8% increase, a number far lower than last year’s 5.2% increase. That being said, the retail industry is in a...
    November 17, 2011 - 7 comments
  • If your small business uses both employees and independent contractors you may think there are few differences between them – they do the same work, have similar goals and you pay them both for their contributions. But regardless of whether you see any day-to-day differences, the IRS does....
    November 16, 2011 - 2 comments

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