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  • Do you operate a seasonal business? If your revenue peaks and declines depending on the time of year, or you only operate your business during a certain season—then you can be considered a seasonal a business owner. If this is you, then you know that monitoring and managing your cash flow...
    October 11, 2011 - 8 comments
  • Are you active on Twitter? Looking for more ways to improve the effectiveness of your Tweets? Getting the most out of our Tweets can really improve your brand exposure, drive traffic to your website, and show that you are active and engaged with your customers and prospects. But to do this you...
    October 06, 2011 - 18 comments
  • By Cecelia TaylorUncovering the truth behind  the free money mythIt is not uncommon for potential business owners to call or visit the SBA asking for grants or free money to start their businesses. In many cases, you have likely read or heard the “free money myth” and how...
    October 05, 2011 - 14 comments
  • This article is part two in a two-part series in which Susan Wilson, director of the Office of Intellectual Property Rights of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration shares tips and tools for protecting and enforcing your intellectual property rights in...
    October 05, 2011 - 25 comments
  • One of the most misunderstood (and vilified) elements in applying for a loan, any loan, are those pesky fees that seem to pop up all over the place and may add up to a significant amount.If you’re anything like me, they make me cringe, roll my eyes and blow out steam, as I see them as just a...
    October 04, 2011 - 6 comments
  • Looking for a private equity firm or venture capitalist to fund and assist your business growth? Not sure where to start? If you’re a small business owner looking for an investor, here are five tips for finding and attracting the right investors.   1. Understand the Difference...
    October 03, 2011 - 9 comments
  • Did you know that an astonishing 52 percent of small businesses are home-based? That’s according to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy.Running a home-based business must have numerous advantages for many business models, and for businesses of different ages.  For example, during the...
    September 29, 2011 - 18 comments
  • Taking your small business global can be exciting. But before you venture into international trade, do you know how to protect your intellectual property rights? For example, how do you protect and enforce your trademark, copyrights, and patents overseas? What about piracy? Where can you find help...
    September 28, 2011 - 1 comments
  • Do you know which tax year is right for your business? Should you report your income and expenses on a calendar year or a fiscal year? One of the biggest mistakes small business owners make during the start-up phase is overlooking and/or misunderstanding their tax obligations. Knowing which tax...
    September 26, 2011 - 2 comments
  • Written by Caron BeesleyOf all small business growth strategies in the U.S., franchises are probably one of the most successful distribution systems ever devised. If you are on the cusp of growth, franchising your small business may well be worth a look.But how do you know if franchising your...
    September 26, 2011 - 21 comments

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