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This Week in Small Business: Floyd Mayweather, Ben and Jerry, and Net Neutrality

It looks like we have a neutral net now – whether it’s good or bad, time will tell – but both sides are presented below. I hope it makes us more productive, but in any case, this weeks’ edition includes a lot of productivity tips you can use right now. Leadership, Management and Productivity I […]

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How to Manage Your Business and Personal Credit Ratings

The boom in fundraising platforms such as Kickstarter and all the sites that connect startups with venture capitalists is giving entrepreneurs far more options than they had just a few years ago. However, borrowing money is still the way most small businesses get off the ground and about half the money borrowed is obtained in […]

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A Purposeful Customer Experience Shouldn’t Happen By Accident

The customer experience shouldn’t happen by accident. It should be planned and thought out well in advance of the success you hope to have with your customers. I recently had a conversation with someone who helped focus my long term strategic plans. We talked about the success I had in the past and what I […]

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Can You Learn How to Sell – Or Do You Need Innate Ability?

I want to get you thinking today, so here’s my question: If research showed that sales was 100% a learned skill, how would that impact your perception of your own success – or lack of it – today? I know that sounds strange to ask, but bear with me. If it was true, how would […]

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6 Tips To Get the Greatest Return From Your Conference Investment

I’ve been gearing up to attend a conference and if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been to your share of conferences throughout the years. They can be great events that contribute to your long-term success or they can be a short-term waste of money. Here are some suggestions to make sure that the money […]

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Can Your Business Be Franchised?

“My family and I run a very successful pub business in a Midwestern college town. We have a huge following, and a unique and distinctive railroad-themed image. A number of people have approached us wanting to license our business concept. I’ve done some reading and it seems to do this we will have to be regulated […]

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Make Your Home Office a Launch Pad to Success

The boom in freelancers, virtual assistants, micro-and-mom-preneurs, fully online businesses and other new strategies for working and being a small business owner has cause an equally large boom in home offices. However, the fact is that in many cases people back into these businesses and careers and their home office ends up reflecting a certain […]

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Regain control a Little at a Time

When you don’t feel in control of your time, everything in your business might seem as if it’s running together into one big blur. Examining the key compartments of your day is an easy way to regain control. It is important that you don’t attempt to tackle all arenas of your business and your life […]

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Online Referrals: Will Facebook’s Small Business Snub Be a Game Changer?

The currents that carry website visitors around the Internet are always ebbing and flowing. If you watch them over time you’ll observe some big changes. For as long as most of us can remember, the major current carrying referral visitors has been organic searches, mostly via Google, however that changed in the final quarter of […]

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Mothers of Invention: Finding Inspiration in Brilliant, Creative Women

Solomon, who is credited with being the wisest man ever, wrote this in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes: “There is nothing new under the sun.” That may be poetically true, but it’s patently false – and I’m using the word “patent” here in the literal sense of issuing patents. New ones are being granted every […]

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