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Latest news and trends in the small business economy

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6 Must-Attend Conferences for Small-Business Owners

It’s easy to get caught up in running your business and miss out on networking and training events. But you need to seize at least a few of these opportunities …

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Smartphone Apps That Make Business Travel Easier

Smartphone app developers can’t improve the hours that cost-conscious entrepreneurs spend packed into economy class on commercial airplanes. But they’ve been working overtime to make the rest of your business trip a …

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Why Good Experience Design Is Great for Business

The makers of Roku, a popular device that streams video from the internet to a TV, put just one word on the front of its user guide: “Hi!” The idea …

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Should I Move My Small Business to the Cloud?

Few things tie up a small-business owner’s time and money as much as technology does. The computers, software apps, networks, and other devices that your business relies on are often …

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Be Ready When a Crisis Occurs

A crisis by its very nature is unexpected. An employee may suffer a serious workplace accident or a catastrophic illness. A business scandal could flare up out of nowhere. A …

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8 Essential Apps for Small Businesses

It’s a good problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless: With so many (think hundreds of thousands) mobile apps available, separating the useful from the useless can be a …

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5 E-signature Apps to Consider for Your Business

Does paperwork make you cringe? Do your shoulders sag when you have to print, sign, scan, and email back a contract? Using electronic signatures can save you time, ink, and paper whenever …

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How to Help Your Child Start a Small Business

Perhaps you’ve heard of Tony Hsieh? He’s the founder of Zappos.com, an online retailer that sells more than $1 billion in shoes a year. It isn’t Hsieh’s first venture. His …

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How to Protect Your Small Business From a Cyber Attack

Forbes recently alerted entrepreneurs to data showing a record number of cyber attacks on small businesses. The 2012 report by Verizon reveals that 71 percent of the 855 data breaches …

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About Google’s Hummingbird Update

When word spreads that Google has changed its revered-and-feared search algorithm, you can bank on a big reaction. Google, an essential driver of web traffic for many small businesses, continues …

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How to Fire a New Hire Who Just Isn’t Working Out

On her list of “5 Scary Small-Business Mistakes,” Suzanne Lucas — who calls herself the Evil HR Lady — cautions entrepreneurs not to make false assumptions about their employees. “Plenty of …

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Entrepreneurship Is Icing on the Cake for This Retiree

Just because frosting isn’t “good for you,” doesn’t mean it should be full of chemicals and hydrogenated oils. Or at least that was Gerhard Keuck’s thinking. Upon retiring from his …

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In the Trenches: Managing My Email

At Cranky Concierge, we help clients by whatever means of communication — phone calls, text messages, tweets, emails — is necessary. Email is our main method of talking with people, …

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Growing Beyond Borders: 6 Tips for Expanding Your Business’ Global Footprint

Small businesses make up the largest group of exporters in the United States, but they have a lot of room to expand. Ninety-three percent of the companies that sold goods …

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Inbox Zero: Improve Productivity by Emptying Out Email

As you read this, there’s an 80 percent chance that your email inbox contains between 72 and 21,000 messages, according to Dave Troy, CEO of software maker 410 Labs. Dealing …

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