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  •  By David HallEverybody knows that to start or grow any business you need money, greenbacks, dough, moolah – whatever you want to call it – be it cold, hard cash or intangible yet equally effective credit.What’s not always clear, however, is where to get it, and that’s...
    July 18, 2011 - 7 comments
  •  Despite the exponential growth of social media as a tool for staying in touch with your customers, permission-based marketing tools such as e-newsletters are still a critical part of any business owner’s marketing toolkit and a vital way for getting new content in front of your audience...
    July 14, 2011 - 15 comments
  • Are you a woman-owned business looking to get a slice of the more than $400 billion dollar federal contracting pie? If so, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has great news for you! In Fiscal Year 2010, the federal government awarded more than $17.46 billion dollars in contracts to women-...
    July 08, 2011 - 1 comments
  • Written by Caron Beesley Despite the fact that we live in a budget-conscious, coupon-clipping, recession-bruised culture, customer experience still counts for a lot. A good customer experience resonates with our challenges and needs, makes us feel warm and fuzzy, and ultimately, it generates...
    July 07, 2011 - 12 comments
  •  By Dennis ByrneWe work in them or we work near them. We live in them or we live near them. They are underserved communities – places where times are tough, jobs are few, and many small businesses struggle.Underserved communities were hit disproportionately hard by this recession and...
    July 06, 2011 - 5 comments
  •  Getting back to business after a disaster depends on how prepared you are today. As a small business owner, you invest your time, money and effort to make a venture successful. Having an emergency plan in place before a disaster strikes can mean staying in business after a disaster, and in...
    July 06, 2011 - 31 comments
  • By Cecelia TaylorDo you want to be your own boss, but are you not willing to take on the risk of starting your own business from scratch? Then franchising can be a great alternative if you are an entrepreneur with limited business experience or resources, and you want to have some guidance in the...
    July 05, 2011 - 4 comments
  • Is your business using social media to get the word out? How engaged are you with your social media following? Is your following growing?  Being “social” on Twitter or Facebook isn’t simply a matter of following basic Twitter etiquette and thanking folks for retweets. ...
    June 30, 2011 - 7 comments
  •  By David HallA big part of the American Dream is the possibility of owning and running your business. That, of course, takes money, which begs the question how to finance your dream.There’s a widespread misconception, fueled by (sometimes unscrupulous) late-night infomercials, that...
    June 29, 2011 - 11 comments
  •  By Tiffani S. ClementsIf you are thinking about starting a small business, you may be wondering what the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) considers to be a small business. To determine whether your business qualifies as small, you must be able to answer “yes” to these...
    June 28, 2011 - 2 comments

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