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Latest news and trends in the small business economy

Anthony Soohoo

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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Reach Green Consumers through an Online Marketplace

Gaining traction in a recovering economy presents a challenge for even the greenest of small businesses. Your company may already demonstrate leadership in social and environmental sustainability through responsible operations. …

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The Intuit Small Business Revenue Index: A New Gauge of U.S. Small Business Health

We’ve been working on the development of a new monthly measure of small business revenue for some time now, and today we are excited to share the inaugural Intuit Small …

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How to Use Evernote for Your Small Business

Technology should simplify your life, yet the sheer number of online and mobile tools out there can make running a business seem more complicated than ever. For starters, how the …

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Capture Every Word With These 5 Voice Memo Apps

If you’re into clichés, then you know a picture is worth a thousand words. If you listen to business owners, you know that your voice does a better job of …

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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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How the Spring Thaw Affects Spending and Small Businesses [INFOGRAPHIC]

An unseasonably warm spring is showing signs of increased spending. As the temperatures started warming up, retail foot traffic increased by five percent compared to last year, with every U.S. …

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Tech Review: HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus Multifunction Inkjet Printer

An impressive piece of hardware recently found its way into our eager hands: the HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus multifunction inkjet printer. Unfortunately for HP, we had just finished our …

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6 Mobile Apps for Managing Faxes on the Road

Admit it: As much as your business relies on email for communications with customers and business partners, you probably need to send or receive a fax document at least once …

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about New FTC Privacy Rules

Ever since the White House released its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights [PDF] in February, the issue has been drawing high-profile attention. Most recently, the Federal Trade Commission published a …

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5 Big Social Media Trends to Watch — and 2 You Can Ignore

The talking heads agree: Businesses large and small can benefit from using social media. Sounds easy, right? But there are so many sites and options, and social-networking trends seem to …

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5 Handwriting Apps for Taking Notes on Your Tablet or Smartphone

The funny thing about Evernote and other so-called note-taking apps: Most don’t support note-taking of the actual handwritten variety. That’s a shame, because discreetly jotting down shorthand during a critical …

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3 creative camps for small business owners

3 Creative Camps for Small-Business Owners

To spark creativity, you might need to sign up for camp. Yeah, camp! Creative camp is a grown-ups gathering modeled after kids’ summer camp, where hands-on arts and innovative thinking …

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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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5 Ways Bacon Is Sizzling for Creative Entrepreneurs

Reading the nutrition facts for bacon should be enough to make health-conscious Americans avoid it forever. Yet people can’t seem to keep their mouths off the fatty and salty pork product. …

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