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The right way to value a small business (Part 1)

By Cliff Ennico “I have a corporation which I own 50/50 with my sister. “We get along great, but our accountant is putting pressure on us to put together a shareholders’ agreement so we know what to do if one of us dies, becomes disabled, or gets divorced. Our business is a high technology startup, […]

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4 little-known strategies for creating powerful marketing blog topics

Coming up with marketing blog topics – ideas for your blog to market your business – week in and week out is difficult, to say the least. Quick tip: Have Evernote or a similar app always nearby so when that killer blog topic idea strikes you from out of the blue, you can immediately capture […]

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Lessons from my dads

By Dan Coughlin Dads have been on my mind lately. My father, Eugene Coughlin, passed away on March 18, 2009. I called him Dad. My father-in-law, Arnold Bizer, passed away on March 28, 2017. I called him Pa. For the first time, I do not have a father figure in my life. However, those two […]

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An eclectic guide to the best productivity apps 2017

I’m taking a broad view of productivity as I run down what I believe are the best productivity apps you need to be running in 2017, and you’ll see what I mean by “taking a broad view” as I detail the first app on my list. I’m also going to touch on apps and services […]

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Lose the customer’s confidence and you’ll lose the customer

By Shep Hyken My wife and I were on the phone with our bank. They take care of our checking accounts and credit cards for our entire family, and we were having a problem transferring money from one account to another. The frustration began with 15 minutes of hold time. Once the customer service representative […]

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Strategies to survive the tidal wave of retail closures

Have there been times in your life when you’ve looked back at some mistakes you’ve made and said to yourself, “I should have seen the handwriting on the wall”? For retailers today, the “handwriting” is appearing in business news headlines like: These major retailers are closing more than 3,000 stores this year, Clark.com Stores are […]

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How to start a small business…without ruining your person credit!

By Beth Kotz One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when getting started is not fully separating their business and personal expenses. Choosing to put business purchases on your personal credit card, or going over your business budget and using personal funds to escape debt, are dangerous habits that put your personal credit score at […]

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The Essentials: What is SEO content?

To start answering the question, “What is SEO content?” we need to begin with the most basic and simple answer – anything that can go on a web page – and then start unpacking that answer. Think of what you have seen on the thousands of web pages you’ve viewed over the years. Your list […]

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Personal branding and social media: The potent one-two punch

A smart personal branding and social media program make it easy for people to find your needle in the haystack – whether that “needle” is you personally or your business. There has been a growing trend in recent years to associate business owners – their personal brands – with the companies they run. This is true […]

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Abandon ‘Employee of the Month’ Citations

By Jeff Davidson You often see “employee of the month” plaques in hotels and other service-oriented businesses, but such systems actually work to the detriment of the business. For one, employees who win are not likely to feel as motivated in subsequent months. They might already know that nobody wins twice in the same year […]

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