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  • It’s probably a good idea for most business owners to focus on the core of their business, such as selling fishing lures or designing websites, and use experts to help them in financial matters. According to the IRS, more than 80% of small businesses use accountants to prepare their returns,...
    February 04, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Economic infrastructure. Do you know what it is? We don't spend very much time talking about it, although there are communities around the web that devote their entire intellectual capital to looking at it and figuring it out — largely because building economic infrastructures needs to...
    February 02, 2010 - 0 comments
  • As a member of the Ohio SBDC team, I don’t work in a silo. I work with an amazing team of people who are true experts in their fields and have an undying passion to help others achieve their business goals. So sometimes I think it’s good to share the wealth; to share the thoughts and...
    January 28, 2010 - 0 comments
  • I’m going to start off this post saying something that may make you want to click away. I’d like to ask you to fight that instinct. Stick with me, and I’ll explain why. Here goes: “Small Business Set-Asides”. Are you still with me? So often, when someone...
    January 19, 2010 - 4 comments
  • Are you artful in the kitchen? Have your friends praised your delectable tasty treats? Perhaps you’ve been encouraged to turn your culinary skills into a business of your own. Before you start dreaming about becoming the next Mrs. Field’s, make sure you have the right recipe for...
    January 13, 2010 - 0 comments
  • Don’t dismiss business planning just because you don’t need to show a document to anybody. One of the best fringe benefits of a good business planning process is the teamwork and collaboration it can generate. 1. The magic of metrics Never underestimate the power of metrics: it's...
    January 11, 2010 - 1 comments
  • The Web has found its killer-app, and it is social media. No question about it. In the decade of the 'aughts,' business learned that their customers are using the Internet in a way that puts sharing and socializing front and center, instead of what many thought the whole point would be:...
    January 07, 2010 - 5 comments
  • Small and medium-sized businesses want and need to deal with governments at all levels. Thanks to a listserv I monitor, I came across these sources of state and local government information.USA.gov. Look on the right side of the home page for a link to Government Agencies *The State and Local...
    January 05, 2010 - 2 comments
  • Want to give your company a higher profile online? If starting your own blog seems like too big of a commitment for your business, don't worry. You don't have to start your own blog to get publicity-you just have to get mentioned in someone else's blog. Before you begin your quest to get blogged...
    December 30, 2009 - 18 comments
  • You may have incorporated your business or formed a limited liability company (LLCs) with the idea of obtaining liability protection for your personal assets. Think you’re protected? Think again. You may not have the protection you expect. Here are three traps that can put your personal...
    December 29, 2009 - 6 comments

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