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  • If you’re a small business owner interested in exporting – or are already navigating the international arena – you know there’s a lot to get organized. The resources available from Export.gov can help you with all the stages, from training and market research to information...
    March 10, 2014
  • Have you celebrated your small business’ accomplishments lately? In a few weeks, we’ll be tuning in to watch the Oscars – the Academy Awards – an occasion that acknowledges the finest achievements in the film industry in the last year. If you haven’t had the chance to...
    February 19, 2014
  • Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we know that businesses large and small incorporate this holiday of love into sales and marketing efforts with the hope that customers will spread a little more love their way. But another great way to acknowledge this amorous day is to spread a little love...
    February 10, 2014
  • Does your small business maintain a Facebook page? Are you thinking about venturing into social media with a presence on this ever-growing social network? Mari Smith, often referred to as “The Queen of Facebook,” offers some insight to help you use it most effectively.Understand the...
    January 23, 2014
  • If the new year could mean new hires for your small business, there’s a lot to think about. Here’s some insight to consider from experts interviewed for SBA’s Learning Center Series, “Strategies for Growth.” They’ve shared some lessons they’ve learned that...
    January 02, 2014
  • Getting sued by current or former employees happens more often than you might think. In fact, the number of lawsuits filed regarding wage-and-hour laws alone in 2011 went up 32 percent from just three years prior. Don’t be too busy to check in and ensure you aren’t breaking laws or...
    December 18, 2013
  • Most small businesses make charitable donations. In fact, surveys have shown that about 75 percent of small business owners donate some portion of their profits — about 6 percent on average — to charitable organizations each year.As we’re in the midst of the holiday season (and...
    December 16, 2013
  • Are you moving to a new state and wondering how to re-establish your business there? Wondering how to make a seamless transition for your sole proprietorship, LLC or corporation in a new location? Here’s some essential information about relocating your business.Sole ProprietorshipsIt’s...
    October 31, 2013
  • The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the time is now to make sure you get the most of your marketing efforts to help secure sales success in the coming months. Here are a few budget-friendly ideas to help get you started.Social Media ContestsIf your small business has a social media...
    October 23, 2013
  • If you’re a growing small business and need help, there are a number of non-employee options available to help you staff your business (explained here), but if you do choose to move forward with part- or full-time employees, what should you pay them?The general rule of thumb is to pay a...
    September 23, 2013

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