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  • I believe the single most common question I get when I answer the phones at lunchtime at our SBDC has to do with structure (DBA or corporation), to which I say, 'Depends on circumstances. Contact one of the SBDC centers nationwide.' The second most common query involves someone who wants to be a...
    April 27, 2010 - 0 comments
  • Every spring I judge intercollegiate MBA-level business plan contests at the University of Oregon, Rice, and the University of Texas, and participate in the Willamette Angel Conference as an investor. That means I read hundreds of business plans and listen to several dozen business pitches. And I...
    April 26, 2010 - 3 comments
  • Last month I blogged here about how being socially responsible can help you market your business more effectively. Social responsibility is all about being part of a community, whether tha;s the global community, an online community, your local community or all three. Closely related to socially...
    April 20, 2010 - 5 comments
  • In recent months as w;ve met with current and potential small business owners we have been directing them to shift their thinking, in regards to their business planning, to a deeper, more deliberate, more strategic level. The larger a business is the less effective budget-oriented and forecast-...
    April 19, 2010 - 0 comments
  • If your business is recovering or expanding and you need to hire new people or re-hire former employees, budget for the true cost of each additional employee. Wages are;t your only cost. There are various payroll taxes, employee benefits, and hidden costs that can jack up the cost for adding a...
    April 15, 2010 - 0 comments
  • Making the decision to franchise your business should not be taken lightly. Not only will you be investing a sizeable amount of money, but you'll have to provide a blueprint of how your business runs to your franchisees. That's going to take a bit of time. I'm sure that you're...
    April 13, 2010 - 4 comments
  • Sometimes it is hard to tell how your social media activity stacks up. Are you more active -- or less active -- than your peers? Is your target audience likely to be using certain social media over other social media -- say LinkedIn versus video? Are you taking the right steps to build your...
    April 08, 2010 - 16 comments
  • If yo;re interested in selling your services and products to the government, the single most targeted event you can attend is the GSA Training Conference...
    April 01, 2010 - 0 comments
  • Got a great business idea, but no money to get it off the ground? You are;t alone. With the increase in the number of new business start-ups, more and more people are searching for ways to finance their business enterprises. Because traditional bank loans are nearly impossible to obtain in this...
    March 30, 2010 - 0 comments
  • Most of us plan all the time. Not just the whole big plan for our business, called;the business plan- as in capital letters, scary, THE BUSINESS PLAN; but also, all the time, the pieces of business that make it work. We plan the product launch, the trade show, the marketing programs, sales events,...
    March 24, 2010 - 3 comments

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