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  • If you think it’s hard to do business forecasts – and lots of people do – what I can tell you is that it’s a whole easier to forecast than it is to run a business without any forecasts. So, with that in mind, here are five things that every manager should know about...
    January 26, 2012
  • Will your startup ambitions become a reality in 2012? In a recent study, 70% of Americans indicated they want to start their own business, but many never take the leap because of lack of knowledge, direction and fear of failure. Let’s face it, starting a business can be intimidating, and...
    January 24, 2012
  •  Wouldn’t it be great to be known as an expert in your industry? One of those sources who customers, reporters and other business owners turn to for help and advice? Well, if you’ve been running your business for any length of time, the good news is you already are an expert in...
    January 19, 2012
  • Information returns are tax-reporting forms required to be submitted to the IRS. In turn, the IRS uses the information to cross-check reporting by taxpayers. According to the IRS’ annual enforcement report, information returns greatly increase the compliance rate; taxpayers generally report...
    January 17, 2012
  • In recent weeks, I’ve met with a couple of small business clients seeking to establish social media marketing strategies. On each occasion, we sat down and I asked them questions about their business and their primary customer. While they could have talked for hours about their product, its...
    January 12, 2012
  • One of the laments of small business owners and entrepreneurs trying to build their online presence is:  “We have a blog (or website) but it hardly get any visitors.  How do we get traffic?” The typical responses are to “create good content.”  Yes, you...
    January 10, 2012
  • I’m deeply entrenched in the franchise industry. Like most industries, we have our own collection of buzzwords or jargon. There are words and phrases we use on a daily basis. But you don’t. For example, industry insiders don’t say, “Franchise Disclosure Document*”...
    January 05, 2012
  • My company has a pet-friendly office environment. My little four-legged angel, Maxwell, is our Chairman of the Bone. He’s a 14-pound Shih Tzu who regularly comes to the office with me with an ample supply of toys and treats. However, one of Maxwell’s favorite things to do is chase his...
    January 03, 2012
  • I’ve done a series of business planning tutorials that are available as online video tutorials on business planning here on a different part of this community.sba.gov site.  The goal is to help real people with real business planning. That’s not just for the relatively few who have...
    December 30, 2011
  • Why do credit ratings play such an essential role in our everyday lives? Credit ratings are essential because they indicate how likely an individual, a business, a city, a county, a state, or even a country is able to repay a debt. Each one of these entities has a credit rating and depending on...
    December 27, 2011

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