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The Hiring Process: Jennifer McClure on How to Read Resumes

The days of hanging a Help Wanted sign in the store window are disappearing. Job seekers and employers are turning to more modern methods, from LinkedIn to social networks, to …

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Why the Cloud Makes Sense for Small Business

“Your customers demand that you be in the cloud,” says Doug Sleeter, a nationally recognized expert in accounting-software consulting. “The latest innovations in cloud, mobile, and connected solutions are changing everything …

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Spark & Hustle’s Tory Johnson on Her Entrepreneurial Success

Tory Johnson’s career trajectory should provide ample inspiration for anyone with an entrepreneurial dream. After being fired unexpectedly from a steady job 14 years ago, Johnson had next-to-nothing going for …

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Adam Brownlee on Catching Warren Buffett’s Eye

For many small-business owners, Warren Buffett is a role model for turning an entrepreneurial dream into a wildly successful career. The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, whose net worth …

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Digital Media Visionary Says ‘Blindness’ Is Key to Success

Anthony Soohoo has the type of resume most entrepreneurs dream of possessing. The UC Davis grad and Harvard MBA rose to prominence in the digital media industry by first cutting …

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Why 3 Serial Entrepreneurs Help Other Small-Business Owners

Susan Zimmerman operates a retail store on Cape Cod and a small tech-consulting business in Wellesley, Mass. Lori Richardson does sales consulting from her Boston office and started a successful …

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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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