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5 Big Mobile Trends to Watch — Plus 2 You Can Ignore

More small businesses are picking up mobile technology than ever. By the end of 2012, nearly half of companies with fewer than 500 employees will use a smartphone, notebook, or …


Stay on Schedule with These 7 Mobile Calendar Apps

Some professionals still swear by paper organizers, but lately more of us are turning to smartphones to serve as digital personal assistants — in which case, a calendar app is …

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5 E-Commerce Trends to Watch — and 1 You Can Ignore

Online retail sales topped $200 billion in 2011, and most industry forecasts point higher. Market-watcher Forrester Research, for one, predicts that e-commerce will account for 9 percent of overall retail sales …

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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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Using ‘Getting Things Done’ to Make Your Business More Efficient

Looking to give your small business — and yourself — a productivity makeover? You may want to consider using David Allen’s Getting Things Done, a popular time- and task-management system. …

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Business

No one likes to waste time, and for small-business owners, wasted time almost always means wasted money. Consider these sobering statistics compiled by the International Association of Business Organizing: The …

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Tech Review: Microsoft Office Web Apps

Standard productivity suites such as OpenOffice and Microsoft Office are tops when it comes to sheer file-editing power, but they don’t offer much in terms of connected flexibility. If you …


7 Mobile Apps for Getting Your Message Across

You don’t need a bulky laptop to give a presentation any more. Thanks to a bevy of smartphone apps now on the market, you can give a presentation right through …

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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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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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