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  • Partnerships fail for many reasons. Misalignment of personality is possibly the first reason that springs to mind, but according to Michigan law firm Family & Aging Law Center , the two most common reasons that business partnerships fail is 1) failure to make an adequate plan, and 2) more...
    September 16, 2013
  • “When you – as a small business – export, you strengthen our economy back here at home and help create real jobs for real people.” –Cory Simkek, Director, USEAC (Dept. of Commerce) St. Louis, MOThis year, small businesses across the country were celebrated during the...
    August 14, 2013
  • Do you know what your legal obligations are to provide maternity leave to your employees? There are laws that dictate what maternity leave benefits you should be providing to your employees. However, they don’t apply to all business owners.For example, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (...
    July 31, 2013
  • Managing employees can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are new to it. Many small business owners started their businesses because they wanted to be their own boss, but what happens when it comes time to hire employees – what kind of leader will you be, how will you juggle your...
    July 24, 2013
  • Social media may have the lowest cost of entry of any marketing tool, but is not actually that easy to do well. In fact, a report by eMarketer found that small businesses are struggling to adopt social media, with only 24 percent of small firms having integrated social media in a structured...
    July 15, 2013
  • Father’s Day is right around the corner, providing another opportunity for small businesses to reach out to customers with an incentive to visit their stores, restaurants or websites and make a purchase. Who’s your target market? Wives, moms, children and even grandparents are all...
    June 06, 2013
  • Do you use endorsements or testimonials from customers in your marketing or advertising? Many business owners do. The power of referrals and quotes from customers can mean the difference between success and failure. However, you need to be aware of truth-in-advertising and endorsement laws....
    June 05, 2013
  • Looking for ideas to incorporate the summer season into your marketing plans this year? Whether it’s a busy or quiet time for your business, here are some things you can do to take advantage of the summer months! Take Your Business Into the Fresh Air Don’t wait for your customers to...
    May 23, 2013
  • Is your small business looking to hire an intern this summer? You’re not alone! According to a December 2012 survey by Internships.com, 53 percent of the 300 companies surveyed plan to hire more interns in 2013 than they did in 2012.In fact, internships are becoming increasingly important to...
    May 15, 2013
  • Considering upgrading your business’ point of sale system (POS) to one that runs on a mobile device or tablet?Mobile payment platforms that turn your tablet into a credit card processing device have become increasingly popular with small businesses, thanks to offerings from companies like...
    May 13, 2013

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