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Paying It Forward: Fishbowl CEO David Williams on Mentoring

Running a small business often requires shifting your competitive spirit into overdrive. But there can be equal value in stopping for a moment to offer advice and guidance to your …

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Intuit to Acquire Demandforce

Expanding its effort to help small businesses succeed, Intuit today announced its intention to acquire Demandforce, a provider of software as a service (SaaS) solutions that help local businesses engage, …

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Should You Hire a Celebrity to Endorse Your Business?

Business owners know the limitless value of positive word of mouth. But is it worth paying a celebrity to generate that buzz? Endorsement deals cost money — sometimes millions of …

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Indie Connect’s Vinny Ribas on the Value of Free Space

Most business owners rent more space than they can realistically occupy, leaving plenty of vacant space around the office. Renting your facility’s unused space to others for meetings and classes …

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How Crafters Helped Intuit Create a Cool Mobile App

“We wanted to build something that really helped microbusinesses get organized,” explains Intuit engineer Brian Tran, “something that would weave together all aspects of their business in one easy app.” …

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Small-Business Owners Share the Best Advice They Ever Received

A trusted mentor who can guide you toward opportunity — and away from costly mistakes — is a valuable asset to any small-business owner. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently …

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Ric Dragon on Running an Effective Google AdWords Campaign

Thinking about starting a pay-per-click Google AdWords campaign? Make sure that you have a solid plan before you invest a single dollar into your marketing initiatives, advises Ric Dragon, CEO …

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How to Avoid Being Your Company’s Biggest Problem

Ever get the feeling your workers would rather be doing anything other than working? Do you have unusually high turnover? If the answer to either question is yes, it could …

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Why It’s Bad Idea to Check a Job Applicant’s Facebook Profile

The online era arms small-business owners with myriad tools and information for finding and hiring employees. It can be tempting to scope out a potential employee’s social profiles, too. Yet …

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Should Your Small Business Buy Pay-Per-Click Advertising?

Roughly 2 million small businesses spent a combined $7.2 billion on Google AdWords in 2011, the online marketing firm WordStream reports. Was it worth it? That depends on the business, …

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Lucky Ant’s Jonathan Moyal on Crowdfunding for Small Businesses

For several years, independent artists, writers, and musicians have used crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to raise capital for upcoming projects. Now, Jonathan Moyal’s startup, Lucky Ant, is …

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Pierre-Louis Giacotto on Bringing the Radisson Blu Brand to America

Introducing Americans to a brand from another country is no easy task. Even if consumers are vaguely familiar with its name, tweaking and lots of explanation — whether through a …

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U.S. Presidents and Small Business: A Mixed Record of Success

The importance of small businesses to the nation’s economic recovery has been the focus of serious debate in the 2012 presidential race, which made us wonder: How many U.S. presidents …

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Stephen Denny on Squashing Giants in the Business World

Although Stephen Denny helped shape big brands like Sony, OnStar, and Iomega, the marketing guru also champions small businesses. In his first book, Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the …

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4 Small-Business Lessons from ‘Moneyball’

The award-winning 2011 film Moneyball — a potential Oscar nominee for best picture — isn’t just an entertaining flick. It can also offer insight into how to run a business. …

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