Latest news and trends in the small business economy


4 Free Ways to Store Your Data in the Cloud

If your small business isn’t in the cloud, it probably should be. The cloud not only protects your data against unexpected computer failures and stolen devices, but also allows you …

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5 Small-Business Tips for Taking on 2013

Have you mapped out a strategy for your business in 2013? If not, take a cue from Larah Ritchie: Turn the task into a party. Ritchie (pictured), a business adviser …

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5 Customer Service Apps for Mobile Phones and Tablets

Customers have always sought timely responses to their questions and concerns, but the rise of social media and digital technologies has led many to expect an immediate reply. As a …

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Colleges Begin to Focus on Creating Entrepreneurs

America’s universities are filled with the business leaders of tomorrow. In the past, these future executives typically obtained a degree and then headed out into the world to begin a …

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5 Tips for Military Veterans Starting a Business

About 200,000 U.S. military personnel return to civilian life each year. Rather than retire or take corporate jobs, some of them would like to start small businesses. You see, a …

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4 Ways a “Buddha Mentality” Can Build Your Business

Regardless of your religious affiliation or spiritual beliefs, there are benefits to bringing a kind of Zen to the way you approach business. Here are four ways to integrate a …

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5 Ways to Prevent Smartphone “Showrooming”

Smartphones and price-comparison apps have given rise to “showrooming,” whereby shoppers browse products in a retail store, check prices via web-enabled mobile device, and then leave empty-handed to buy the …


4 Mobile Apps for Better Brainstorming

Innovate or perish. In any fast-changing industry, idea generation isn’t a luxury; it’s a survival skill. Done right, brainstorming sessions help get concepts flowing and bring team members together for …

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14 Small-Business Ideas for the Sports Fan

Many successful small businesses start out as hobbies or recreational activities. Sports fans in particular can find ample ways to turn their passions into profitable ventures. Here are 14 sports-related …

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Put the Heart Back into Your Business

Too many business owners lose sight of their original vision and the reasons they went into business, says Rasheed Ogunlaru (pictured), a U.K.-based business coach and author of the new …

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5 Mobile Technology Trends to Watch

Smartphones are an almost ubiquitous, indispensable tool for small-business owners: Some 85 percent of you now use one to make decisions, run your operations, or conduct business on-the-go, according to …

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8 Startup Ideas for Baby Boomers

Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those between the ages of 20 and 34, according to a study conducted by …

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Fact Sheet: Understanding Intellectual Property

Did you know that your brand has monetary value? Beyond the actual company, Coca-Cola as a brand is worth nearly $72 billion. Names, secret formulas, and inventions are all examples …

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Common Bond Shared by Small-Business Owners? How To Manage Growth

Managing cash flow. Keeping the lights on during a natural disaster. Maintaining the right level of staffing. Finding the right business partners. On the surface level, these seem like very …

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5 Reasons Windows 8 Works for Small Business

You can hardly turn on your TV these days without seeing a commercial for Microsoft’s latest operating system. But for all its fancy features, Windows 8 is being criticized for …

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