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4 Ways to Care for Customers This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a major spending holiday, second only to Christmas. In fact, consumers are expected to spend an average of $131 a person this year, with 51 percent of shoppers …


Why Small Businesses Should Care About Safer Internet Day

February 11 is Safer Internet Day. As the name suggests, its purpose is to “celebrate positive practices in digital media and technology and [to] grow public awareness that a safer, …

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Winter Weather Tips for Business Travelers

Whether it’s a full-on Polar Vortex or a brief freezing-rain shower, winter weather can interfere with business travel. You can’t fight Mother Nature, but you can employ some strategies to …

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How to Increase Your Powers of Persuasion

A successful small-business owner must be adept at persuading others. Whether it’s asking employees to do a better job, negotiating a more cost-effective arrangement with vendors, or convincing prospective customers …

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4 Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2014

Thinking of migrating to the cloud in 2014? Many small-business owners are realizing the value of handling essential processes, such as storing data and maintaining the necessary hardware to do …

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How to Protect Your Customer Data From Theft

The recent Target data breach gave U.S. businesses of all sizes reason to think seriously about how well they’re protecting customer information. Any mishandling or theft of client records could …

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5 Bad Business Habits to Break in 2014

Yes, mistakes are inevitable, and they can work to your benefit if you learn from them. But committing the same error repeatedly, to the point that it becomes a bad …


A New Leader Emerges for the SBA

President Barack Obama has tapped a banker from Los Angeles as his next choice to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. His nominee is Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder and chairwoman of …

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Should You Finally Ditch Your Fax Machine and Go Digital?

Fax machines have been on technology’s endangered species list for at least a decade. But faxing paper documents is far from a dying business practice. Statistics suggest that more than 17 million …

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Food Trucks Help Mortgage Banker Reinvent Himself as Restaurateur

“I love the food truck, the concept of street food,” says Akash Kapoor, CEO and co-founder, with his wife, Rana, of Curry Up Now food trucks and restaurants in the …

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Robert Goetz on Small-Business Trends to Watch in 2014

As the new year begins, small-business owners need to look at the big picture. While many business owners are concerned with making the monthly payroll, other issues — such as …

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Still Using Windows XP? It’s Time to Upgrade Your Operating System

Are you still using the Windows XP operating system to run your office PCs? Although the Microsoft OS dates back to 2001, it’s still widely used: According to NetMarketShare’s December …

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“Zentrepreneur” John Murphy on Running a Peaceful, Meaningful Business

“Not every entrepreneur is making good change, and not every entrepreneur is at peace — balanced, so to speak — and living in the now,” says John Murphy, a self-proclaimed …

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Is Your Product in Danger of Becoming Obsolete?

“People don’t want gadgets anymore. They want services that improve over time.” —Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Once upon a time, building a quality product and offering it …


Be a More Productive Risk-Taker in 2014

For most small-business owners, there’s a big difference between taking calculated risks and behaving recklessly. Doing nothing qualifies as reckless behavior, because maintaining the status quo in an ever-changing marketplace …

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