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  • Your business may not be small just because you think it is. The government actually has a say in it.Small business size standards, established by the SBA, define the maximum size that a company (along with its affiliates) can be to qualify as a small business. These standards are used to help...
    Contracting - October 20, 2014 - 4 comments
  • Internships represent a burgeoning market. According to Internships.com, 67 percent of 2013 graduates completed at least one internship during college, and a separate study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that approximately 90 percent of student interns said they...
    Managing a Business - October 15, 2014 - 9 comments
  • Across the country, manufacturing and production is returning to the U.S. And it’s a trend that’s likely to continue thanks to lower energy costs, higher U.S. worker productivity, increasing labor costs overseas and, of course, the logistical advantages of U.S.-based production.This is...
    Managing a Business - October 06, 2014 - 11 comments
  • The holidays creep up on us fast, and it seems like each year the big retailers start their holiday sales sooner and sooner. Last year, for example, retail giants Walmart and Target both began their holiday deals well before Thanksgiving, with campaign planning no doubt starting several months...
    Managing a Business - October 01, 2014 - 4 comments
  • What’s your small business brand identity?Sure, you’ve got a logo, a website, business cards, signage and perhaps even a storefront – but your brand is so much more than the “look” of your business. While all these can help you project a carefully crafted image to your...
    Managing a Business - September 29, 2014 - 7 comments
  • Running a business is a fulfilling endeavor, but it often leaves very little room for self-development and on-the-job training.In fact, finding the time to develop and hone your business skills is probably not top of your list of priorities, but it should be.One of the best, and simplest, pieces of...
    Starting a Business - September 24, 2014 - 29 comments
  • Despite recent budget cuts, the U.S. federal marketplace remains a lucrative opportunity for small businesses. The federal government typically spends approximately $500 billion in contracts every year and the law requires that 23 percent of these dollars be awarded to small businesses.But doing...
    Contracting - September 22, 2014 - 13 comments
  • Over 50 and thinking of starting your own business? Looking for real-world, actionable information to start your own business? Entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of new business owners. Perhaps you are looking to turn a hobby into a business and finally have the...
    Starting a Business - September 25, 2013 - 25 comments
  • If you’re a growing small business and need help, there are a number of non-employee options available to help you staff your business (explained here), but if you do choose to move forward with part- or full-time employees, what should you pay them? The general rule of thumb is to pay a...
    Managing a Business - September 23, 2013 - 11 comments
  • More than 250,000 service members transition each year from the military to civilian life. These men and women are proven leaders and they have the skills and experience needed to be outstanding business leaders. And the figures prove it – one in seven veterans are self-employed or small...
    Starting a Business - September 18, 2013 - 10 comments

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