en March 2009: What kind of topics would you like to see discussed in this Community? <p>Please visit: <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'></a></p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:23:55 +0000 StuartR 66851 at MOVED: THe Future of Bio FUels This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:44:15 +0000 seeker2012 156761 at June 2011: How Does Your Business Prepare for Natural Disasters? <p>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 some cases, saving your company. As hurricane season begins, disaster preparedness is critical.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Tell us: </strong></p> <ul> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>If you have experienced a disaster, what steps did you take to recover?</strong></li> <li style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Do you have advice for small businesses trying to put together an emergency plan?</strong></li> </ul> <p>Learn more about SBA&rsquo;s disaster relief efforts <a href="">here</a>, and tell us what you think!</p> Idea Exchange Mon, 06 Jun 2011 22:23:20 +0000 Stephen Morris 101111 at October 2010: Experience with independent contractors compared to employees <p>Many small business owners debate between hiring independent contractors or<br /> employees. The IRS and labor laws classify the two differently creating<br /> benefits and risks of either. and have information on those<br /> differences. </p> <ul> <li><span style='line-height: 18px;'><a rel='nofollow' href='' target='_self'>Hiring Independent Contractors</a></span></li> <li><span style='line-height: 18px;'><a rel='nofollow' href=',,id=99921,00.html?cm_sp=ExternalLink-_-Federal-_-Treasury' target='_self'>Independent Contractor or Employee?</a></span></li> </ul> <p> <br /> However, are there difference in regards to <em>loyalty, performance, and<br /> managerial effort</em>? Share with us <strong>your experience with independent<br /> contractors compared to your employees</strong>.</p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:23:54 +0000 JimD 66841 at July 2010: How do you use traditional and new media marketing together? <p>How can traditional marketing techniques be changed to accommodate the rise of new media marketing, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, online coupons, and email campaigns? Traditional marketing and new media marketing can be integrated to cross promote your business and hit different potential customers.</p> <p>For those who have utilized the synergies of traditional and new media marketing, please share with us what you have done and what has worked. If you have;t integrated the two yet, participate with your ideas and thoughts.</p> <p>Tell u- <strong>How do you use traditional and new media marketing together?</strong> </p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:23:51 +0000 JimD 66811 at August 2009: What is the one thing you wish you knew BEFORE you started your business? <p>Please visit: <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'></a></p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:23:58 +0000 StuartR 66881 at November 2009: Showcase Your State or Local Government Website <p>Please visit: <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'></a></p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:24:00 +0000 StuartR 66911 at August 2011: Where do you Get Sound Business Advice? <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>When you&rsquo;re starting, running or growing a small business, sound advice can be incredibly valuable for you and your business. Simply sharing &nbsp;your ideas or plans with a mentor, a fellow business owner, or a helpful resource can guide you along the path for success. If your business has benefited from someone who&rsquo;s been there, we want to hear from you! Tell us:</p> <p>-Have you had a mentor? If so, what has your experience been?</p> <p>-Do you use a publication or online source to get tips on running your business?</p> <p>-How do you determine good advice from bad?</p> <p>Today, we&rsquo;re launching the <a href="">SBA 100</a>, a collection of 100 small businesses that have each created at least 100 jobs with SBA assistance. For each business, having a resource there to help and getting sound advice was crucial to growth. <strong>Now, we want to hear your story.</strong></p> <p>Learn more about the SBA 100 at <a href=""></a></p> Idea Exchange Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:55:03 +0000 nicoj 103511 at May 2012: Tell Us How the Web Has Impacted Your Travel or Tourism Business <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The U.S. travel and tourism industry is expanding and changing.</p> <p>In 2010, American and international travelers contributed $526 billion to the U.S. economy through business and leisure trips, according to the U.S. Travel Association.&nbsp; In fact, the same organization estimates that 1 out of every 9 U.S. jobs depends on travel &ndash; and that over 99% of travel and tourism businesses employ less than 500 workers.</p> <p>Are you a small business working in travel or tourism?&nbsp; Tell us:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How has your industry changed and expanded in the last few years through technology and the</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; internet?</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How have you adapted and taken advantage of new ways to book and plan trips online for clients?</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How do you use the web and social media to market your travel products?</p> <p>Tell us by commenting below on the SBA community!</p> <p>For tips on starting a travel or tourism business, check out <a href="" title="SBA Community Blog">this SBA blog</a>.</p> Idea Exchange Tue, 01 May 2012 14:05:01 +0000 nicoj 141761 at July 2011: How Does Your Business use Social Media to Market Products and Engage Customers? <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Social media is becoming a popular and indispensible tool for today&rsquo;s small businesses. Through websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, business owners can promote products, communicate new information, and engage customers in a new, easily accessible way. &nbsp;However, using social media effectively to grow your business can be tricky, requiring strategy, research and planning.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Tell us:</span></span></p> <ul> <li><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">Which social media websites have you had the most success with?</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">How do you use social media to engage and communicate with your customers?</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:12px;">How do you integrate social media with other online mediums you may offer, like your website or blog?</span></span></li> </ul> Idea Exchange Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:32:09 +0000 nicoj 102121 at April 2010: What's one step you've taken to reduce your business' carbon footprint? <p> Please visit: </p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:24:05 +0000 StuartR 66961 at MOVED: Which is the easiest State to start a small business? This post has been moved to “Starting & Registering a Business [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:42:55 +0000 rentalleaseagreement 159891 at May 2011: What's your advice for young entrepreneurs? <p>Getting started as an entrepreneur can be an exciting, and at times scary, thought for young people. What&rsquo;s your advice to young entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting their first business? What&rsquo;s the one thing you wish someone would have told you?</p> <p><strong>UPDATED</strong>: Young entrepreneurs, tell us...</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px;">What specific content or features can SBA add to its online community or website to help young entrepreneurs start and manage a small business?</span></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Idea Exchange Mon, 02 May 2011 21:37:24 +0000 Stephen Morris 99921 at November 2010: How do you balance big picture ideas with small picture accomplishable tasks? <p>Most aspiring entrepreneurs have heard some version of Walt Disne;s famous quote,-If you can dream it, you can do it- Once the idea starts materializing, it can be hard for entrepreneurs to balance those ideas with day-to-day accomplishable tasks. Successful entrepreneurs need to manage both the&#39;big pictur&#39; and the&#39;small picture&#39;</p> <p>Tell u&#39; <strong>As an entrepreneur, how do you balance&#39;big pictur&#39; ideas with&#39;small picture accomplishable tasks?</strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:24:06 +0000 JimD 66971 at June 2010: What is one action all businesses should take to prepare for a disaster or emergency? <p>An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Getting back to business after a disaster depends on preparedness planning done today. Do;t put it on the backburner - protect your business and create your disaster plan now. </p> <p> Share with us what you have learned about disaster preparedness and planning. Even if you have-t given it much thought before, please feel free to participate.</p> <p> Tell u-<strong>What is one action all businesses should take to prepare for a natural disaster or emergency?</strong></p> Idea Exchange Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:23:50 +0000 ChristineL 66801 at MOVED: Keith Gilabert, "#1 Lesson Every Business Owner Can't Ignore." This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:22:25 +0000 keithgilabert 159881 at MOVED: Carbon Fiber / Composites Business This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Mon, 23 Apr 2012 02:51:22 +0000 DMetzler 141601 at MOVED: Mobile Detail company This post has been moved to “Starting & Registering a Business [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:49:34 +0000 joshuahp18 155951 at MOVED: No-cost resource exchange <div class="moved-placeholder">This post has been moved to &ldquo;<a href="/community/discussion-boards/no-cost-resource-exchange" title="Marketing &amp; Advertising">Marketing &amp; Advertising</a>&rdquo;.</div> Idea Exchange Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:20:32 +0000 mbkimberley 155941 at MOVED: Team Building. This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Tue, 19 Jun 2012 03:19:51 +0000 Zeadon 155931 at September 2011: VIDEO Contest - Where will your next customer come from? <p>For September&#39;s Idea Exchange, we&#39;re drawing your attention to the ongoing SBA Export Video Contest. If you&#39;re eligible and submit a video, you could win a cash prize and a trip to Las Vegas!</p> <p>American small businesses looking to expand are going global. There are a number of advantages to exporting: reaching new customers, increasing sales and profits, and becoming less dependent on domestic demand, to name several. In fact, over two-thirds of the world&rsquo;s purchasing power is based outside the U.S., where the vast majority of consumers reside. The U.S. government stands ready to help your small business get started in exporting, with an array of programs, tools and resources.</p> <p><strong>We want to hear your exporting story in a short, original video submitted to YouTube. &nbsp;U.S. small businesses that have completed a successful exporting transaction are eligible.* To enter, submit your video&nbsp;<a class="ext" href="/leaving-sba-dot-gov?url=">here</a><a class="ext" href="/leaving-sba-dot-gov?url=">.</a></strong></p> <p>The contest is presented in partnership with Visa, the National Export Initiative, and <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>*Read the full <a href="">Contest Rules and Eligibility Requirements</a></p> Idea Exchange Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:30:52 +0000 Stephen Morris 104661 at MOVED: Non Profit This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:20:09 +0000 cpadilla 154071 at MOVED: What does everyone do for a mid-day pick-me-up? This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Thu, 31 May 2012 06:57:04 +0000 Elite Sport Supplements 153391 at MOVED: going back to school This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Tue, 12 Jun 2012 03:38:43 +0000 franb27 152161 at MOVED: What is Small Business Management? This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:05:21 +0000 movemasters 152151 at MOVED: Green Businesses This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Sat, 09 Jun 2012 11:33:12 +0000 Hawk666 151811 at June 2012: What’s the Most Important Part of a Small Business Emergency Preparedness Plan? <p>When emergencies strike, having a plan in place can mean staying in business or reopening quickly.&nbsp; Overall, the American Red Cross estimates that 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster &ndash; so planning and preparation can be vital for the successful recovery of your business and community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 180px; height: 167px; float: right;" />This month, we&rsquo;re asking our online community members about their best practices and recommendations when creating and maintaining an emergency preparedness plan.&nbsp; Specifically:</p> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>What is the most important part of an effective disaster recovery plan?&nbsp;Is it an insurance policy?&nbsp; Communication and coordination?&nbsp; Having your IT assets secure in the cloud?</strong></span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>For business owners recovering from an emergency or natural disaster, what are the keys to reopening?&nbsp;</strong></span></li> </ul> <p>SBA and a variety of federal partners, including FEMA, can help you prepare for the worst and reopen quickly.&nbsp; SBA provides <a href="" title=" Disaster Assistance">preparation resources</a> and <a href="">disaster assistance loans</a> to homeowners and businesses.&nbsp; In fact, after Hurricane Irene SBA helped over 1,400 businesses recover by delivering low-interest loans.&nbsp; <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a> also feature trusted and helpful emergency planning guides for your business.</p> <p>Join the discussion and share your tips in a comment below &ndash; and stay tuned for more hurricane planning resources throughout the month of June at <a href=""></a>.</p> Idea Exchange Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:54:03 +0000 nicoj 149981 at MOVED: Business and Residential Loan Originator/Credit Couselor This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Sun, 20 May 2012 14:45:13 +0000 iforme 146911 at MOVED: E-commerce Research Paper: Studying the impact of social media and blogging on Google Ranking! <div class="moved-placeholder">This post has been moved to &ldquo;<a href="/community/discussion-boards/e-commerce-research-paper-studying-impact-social-media-and-blogging-goog" title="Marketing &amp; Advertising">Marketing &amp; Advertising</a>&rdquo;.</div> Idea Exchange Wed, 09 May 2012 14:22:52 +0000 osnynightclub 145251 at MOVED: Keith Gilabert, "The fastest growing franchise with the lowest start- up costs." This post has been moved to “Other Business Issues [1]”. [1] Idea Exchange Tue, 08 May 2012 04:20:49 +0000 keithgilabert 144591 at