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5 Small-Business Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

After watching Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life again this year, we realized that there are a few things all small-business owners can learn from the holiday classic. George Bailey’s …

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Ramon Alvarez Takes On Detroit with Electric Vehicles

Fascinated with cars all his life, Ramon Alvarez is finally realizing one of his longtime dreams: bringing affordable electric vehicles to the masses. “My conviction and my passion … fuel …


7 Digital Signing Apps for Contracts and Other Agreements

Leaving a paper trail is so 20th century. Using an electronic John Hancock to sign digital documents can save you time, money, and the environment. Digital signatures got their legitimate …


What Every Small-Business Owner Should Do Before the Year Ends

Although your mood of late may be moving from motivated to merry, there is much that you — and every small-business owner — should do before the year ends to …


How to Get a Seat on a Board of Directors

You barely have time to run your own company, let alone someone else’s. Why would you want to serve on a board of directors? For starters, supporting another business owner …

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12 Tips for Starting a Business for Less Than $1,000

Starting a business requires a ton of money, right? Sometimes it does. If, say, opening the next McDonald’s in town is your heart’s desire, you’re going to have to downsize …

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Should You Use Ready-Made Legal Documents for Your Small Business?

Why pay through the nose for something that you can get for little or no cost? With attorney’s fees averaging more than $200 an hour [PDF] in some states, many …


Protecting Your Small Business’s Intellectual Property Internationally

As the economy becomes increasingly global, protecting your company’s intellectual property from theft is becoming increasingly important. Small-business owners often think it’s only the Big Boys who have to worry …

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4 Areas Where Your Business May Be Leaking Cash

As a small-business owner, you probably have a good idea of what your company’s month-to-month expenses are. But have you taken the time to evaluate exactly where your cash is …

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5 Ways “Lean” Operations Can Save You Money

Few businesses are more efficient than the makers of automobiles. In the late 1980s, an MIT research team coined the phrase “lean manufacturing” to describe Toyota’s streamlined operations. Today, “lean” …

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8 Small Business Tax-Saving Tips for 2012

As we near the end of a tumultuous 12 months with a tug-of-war on tax reform in Congress, many small-business owners are probably wondering what they need to know about their 2012 …


Business Documents: What to Keep and What to Toss

Thanks to digital technology, record retention is easier and cheaper than ever before. Nevertheless, a lot of business still gets done using old-fashioned paper, and it is essential that you …

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American Restoration’s Rick Dale Fixes Stuff, Makes Money

Rick Dale is restoring America, one vintage item at a time. The 53-year-old entrepreneur has established a reputation as a master craftsman who can turn a rusty 1950s soda machine …

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Entrepreneur Cleans Up in a Dirty Business

When Eliza Kendall was a child, people often asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She gave lots of replies over the years, but never once …

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5 Businesses You Can Start With Little or No Money

Even for the most passionate entrepreneurs, finding startup capital can be a huge issue to overcome. Businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, and manufacturing plants often require too much money …

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