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Be Heard by DC: Join Our Tweet Chat Thursday

I love it when things can do double duty and that’s what I have for you today. Here’s the deal: Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and I are doing a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 9 at #smallbizhillupdate and I urge you to participate for two […]

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The ‘Shark Tank’ Judges Are Asking These Questions – So Should You

  By Brian Hamilton Shark Tank can be a tough show to watch if you’re an entrepreneur. I often find it difficult to enjoy, since I empathize so much with the people coming on the show to pitch their businesses. I get nervous for these contestants because, like most entrepreneurs, I’ve been in similar situations. Believe me, business […]

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Small Business Apps Set to Double; Is a DIY App in Your Future?

The Starbucks mobile app is one of the biggest success stories in the app world. It has been a huge hit with the Frappuccino® crowd because it improves the customer experience two ways: It simplifies payment, and It rewards loyal customers. Enhancing customer service is the primary reason small businesses are planning to launch their […]

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Report from the 2015 eBay Radio Party and Conference

By Cliff Ennico Last week over 200 top-level eBay sellers attended the 12th annual eBay Radio Party and Conference in Las Vegas. This event, sponsored by the eBay Radio podcast (www.voicemarketingradio.com), has become the must-attend national “meetup” for people who sell on eBay. I always look forward to this event each year (my talk this year […]

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Learn From How the Top Brands Use Social Media

For the last eight years Tenet Partners has published its list of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Brands.” The variety of brands on this list is always remarkable and there are certainly a wide range of industries represented. For example, within the top 10 you have a soft drink maker (Coca-Cola at number one), a […]

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One Business Owner Shares Lessons Learned From the Great Recession

A prolific marathon runner, Kevin O’Grady has run over 100,000 miles in his lifetime.  So it comes as no surprise that he is the founder of FrontRunner, a retailer of running and walking shoes located in Columbus, Ohio.  With two locations and a team of 30 employees, FrontRunner strives to provide excellence in the shoe […]

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This Week in Small Business: Text and Email Marketing Showdown, Why You Need a Vacation, and more

Among this week’s curated articles, it’s great to see someone size up email and text marketing and see which one would emerge the victor in a cage fight. But maybe my favorite article of the week is the one that tells me exactly why I need to go on a vacation this summer. That’s advice I’m […]

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Drop in Labor Participation Signals Weak Economy

For immediate release ST. LOUIS, MO – “Some will trumpet the June drop of two-tenths of one percent in the unemployment rate as great news, but in fact it just masks the truth of what is happening in the US economy: The administration is breaking the back of the job creators,” said Susan Solovic, THE […]

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Five summertime IT security tips for small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs)

By Jim Flynne The warm summer months have finally arrived. And if your small business is like many others, you might be noticing that things are slowing down – at least a little bit – as employees, suppliers, customers and other contacts take off on vacation. The summer slowdown presents the perfect opportunity to reassess […]

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When a drop in unemployment is bad news

Some will trumpet today’s announcement of a two-tenths of one percent drop in the June unemployment rate as great news, but in fact it just masks the truth of what is happening in the US economy: The administration is breaking the back of the job creators. Once again we’ve seen an unemployment rate drop due […]

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