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  • What do successful companies like Symantec, Qualcomm and ViaSat have in common? They’ve all used the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop their technology-driven businesses. Qualcomm, for example, used SBIR grants during its initial years, eventually growing to employ...
    September 14, 2011 - 18 comments
  • Despite the current state of the economy, not all industries are struggling. In fact, some industries are experiencing significant growth - the alternative healthcare business is one of them. From chiropractors to naturopaths and acupuncturists, alternative treatments are gaining wider acceptance...
    September 14, 2011 - 3 comments
  • Are you a small business owner interested in becoming certified in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development program?If your answer is “yes” to the following questions, then you may be eligible for the program.  Ask yourself:Am I a small...
    September 13, 2011 - 10 comments
  • By Dennis Byrne Years ago I left my job with a major energy company that had reorganized. Like some of my colleagues who were also searching for opportunity in equally green or greener pastures I looked into owning my own small business. Unlike my Mom, who owned two successful small businesses for...
    September 13, 2011 - 11 comments
  • If you are looking to get more from your business space, boost employee morale, and save money – then flexible working environments might be worth a look.What are flexible working environments? Unfortunately in the work space, the term “flexible” can invoke negative connotations...
    September 12, 2011 - 5 comments
  • Few things in life are as exhilarating as starting a business, particularly if you are a young entrepreneur with an exciting business concept and the world at your feet! Many factors go into making a business a success, but one of the most challenging areas, particularly for young entrepreneurs is...
    September 08, 2011 - 12 comments
  • Don’t you just hate it when you walk into a store or business and the first person you come across is unwelcoming, disengaged, or neutral at best? It immediately sends the message that the employee is not happy, that this might not be a great place to work, and, by extension, is it really the...
    September 08, 2011 - 36 comments
  • Being active on public social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter in addition to your own business blog, is almost an essential part of any business marketing toolkit. These tools can have enormous benefits, but they also have their dangers. For example, some businesses jump on...
    September 07, 2011 - 8 comments
  • Have you ever considered lowering your prices in order to increase sales or remain competitive? In the current economy it’s a question faced by more and more business owners looking to attract new customers and keep existing customers coming back. The trouble is that the answer isn’t...
    September 01, 2011 - 60 comments
  • While starting and growing a business can be challenging, one area in which the market is currently working in the business owners’ favor is in the glut of available commercial real estate.If your business is new or simply in need of more space, the abundance of choice and favorable market...
    August 31, 2011 - 19 comments

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