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  • Real estate and property maintenance is big business in government. According to government market intelligence firm FedSources, in Government Fiscal Year (GFY) 2011 the federal government plans to spend about $33 billion on;real property and improvement-. Tha-s more than the government plans to...
    September 28, 2010 - 2 comments
  • It seems like the basic sales forecast is one of the hardest pieces of business planning for most people to deal with. I think if we dug deep enough w;d discover ther-s a fear of forecasting at the bottom of the problem. And -m hoping I can help with that by offering these five tips. 1. W'...
    September 20, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Yo;ve probably seen white papers touted on websites, promoted in e-mail newsletters or offered by companies you do business with. Should you jump on the white paper bandwagon--could your business benefit from creating its own white paper? First, le-s take a closer look at what a white paper is....
    September 16, 2010 - 23 comments
  • For small businesses (typically under 100 employees and less than $5 million in annual sales), basic insurance coverage is in the form of a business owne;s policy, referred to in the insurance industry as a BOP. It provides property protection for your business equipment and premises in the case of...
    September 14, 2010 - 1 comments
  • At our SBDC in Columbus, Ohio we occasionally run a contest called,;Pitch It-. I-s an elevator pitch contest that gives budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to practice their pitch delivery in front of an audience and panel of business development judges. Everyone who hits our stage is excited to...
    September 09, 2010 - 0 comments
  • A common question among small businesses with limited budgets (that means most of us, right?) is where to allocate your online marketing budget. SEO? Social media? Blogging? Today there are so many choices it can be confusing. A recently-released report by Hubspot* may offer some guidance....
    September 07, 2010 - 1 comments
  • I;s true; the business model of franchising is one of the best business models ever developed. I-s a brilliant idea, and if i-s done well, it can create lots of success, for both franchisee and franchisor. However, we do't live in a perfect world. The US franchise industry is highly regulated,...
    September 02, 2010 - 1 comments
  • The U.S. federal government mapped out a $5+ trillion budget for the Government Fiscal Year (GFY) 2010. Yes - more than $5 trillion. That number includes all government spending, from military salaries to grants to servicing our national debt. Of that $5 trillion, $756 billion was contractor...
    August 31, 2010 - 0 comments
  • New technologies are being developed daily, and a lot of them can be used for business. The franchise business is a model that's built on efficiency, and it only makes sense that some of the new technology that's being developed would have several uses for both franchisees, and franchisors. Some...
    August 26, 2010 - 0 comments
  • A recent study by the SBA found that when unemployment is high, the number of sole proprietorships goes up. Some people who are laid off from their jobs decide to start small businesses. If you find yourself in such circumstances -- out of a job and thinking about starting a business --...
    August 26, 2010 - 12 comments

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