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  • Searching for advice from experts across the Web would seem to be a starting point, except that can often mean running into not only plenty of hype but plenty of contradictions as well.Such as:It's all about transparency and openness! The old barriers between professional and private really...
    February 12, 2010
  • Author Laura Fitton describes an experience typical to many new users of social media:'To be candid, Twitter sounds idiotic at first,' she says in this interview. 'It's true. But it's also true it's changed my life and career a bazillion ways. I've gone from homebound...
    February 12, 2010
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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