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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

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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6 Mobile Apps for Organizing Paper and Digital Business Cards

Are business cards dead? Smartphones, social networks, and internet-driven telephone systems are driving more people to manage their professional and personal contacts digitally. In fact, market research firm IBISWorld recently …

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Eco-Business Owner Jeremy Litchfield Turns Trash into Treasure

Five years ago, a personal experience inspired Jeremy Litchfield to launch his own line of high-performance athletic gear. The avid runner had worn a new running shirt for the first …

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4 Hot Topics in Small-Business News (Plus 2 Poised to Join Their Ranks)

What’s the best way to sort through news and information to find the stories that are relevant to your small business? Let someone else do it for you. The Intuit …

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Going Green: Small Steps Can Lead to Big Changes

“Going green” as a small business can involve projects that require a major capital investment, such as installing solar panels or a new roof. However, although large-scale undertakings will undoubtedly …

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What Obama’s “Startup America” Means for Your Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tax cuts, immigrant visas, and business funding are just some of the topics being addressed by the Startup America Legislative Agenda, which President Obama proposed to Congress at the beginning …

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Intuit Gallery Walk Brings out Good Times and Great Innovations

With the spotlight shining on innovation, Intuit on Thursday hosted its fifth Gallery Walk in New York City, providing a sneak peek at forthcoming products and ongoing projects, all of …

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Tech Review: Lexmark OfficeEdge Pro5500 Multifunction Inkjet Printer

If you expect to command $400 for an inkjet printer, then you’d better deliver the goods — and Lexmark does with its top-of-the-line OfficeEdge Pro5500. The Pro5500 performs like a laser …

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