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Are You Guilty of Sterotyping in Your Small Business?

When you think of diversity in the workplace you typically think of race and gender, but in reality workplace diversity is actually much broader.  Consider your co-workers they differ in a variety of ways such as age, marital status and family responsibilities.  All of these differences can lead to stereotyping which may result in workplace [...]

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Direct Mail Marketing: Is It Dead?

The other day I got a big envelope in the mail. I knew it was a direct mail marketing piece of some kind. Although I usually toss these immediately, I opened this one up. Inside was a sample of a 39-cent pen with my company’s name imprinted on the side. It’s not exactly the way [...]

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Employers Beware of Cyber-Bullies in the Workplace

The increased use of social media platforms may be affecting your company’s morale. A recent study from AVG Technologies finds the mis-use of social media infiltrating the workplace with negative effects. Over half of those employees surveyed believe their company is responsible for online behavior of co-workers, but 25 percent say they aren’t protected from cyber-bullying within existing company policies.

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How to Cash In on a ‘World’ of Opportunities

Consider these developments: Africa will be transformed economically over the next 10 years. By 2016, China will be the world’s largest economy. Dubai International just passed Heathrow as the world’s business airport for international travel. Do these facts help put the future of commerce in perspective? If economic opportunity is knocking at a door for [...]

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Wonder Why So Many Women Are Smiling? They Are Entrepreneurs.

Okay, I know this is going to put legions of self-help authors who target the female audience out of business, but there is one simple key to happiness: be a successful women entrepreneur. Babson College and Baruch College just issued their  2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) US Report, which makes it abundantly clear that established [...]

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Small Business Loans Changing in Big Ways

A recent headline said, “Small Business Lending Reaching ‘New Normal.’” The story outlined how the Pepperdine Private Capital Access Index for small businesses rose to 27.7 from 27.1 in February. It gives us a measure of demand for and ease in getting financing, including loans. Further, 44 percent of the small businesses surveyed last month [...]

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THE Small Business Expert’s 4 Step Process for Hiring The Right Employee

Hiring employees is one of the most difficult and expensive aspects of building a business.  Therefore, I’ve created a four step process to help you make sure your investing in the right talent from the beginning. The first step in this process is to Identify Your Needs. Examine what’s happening in your business right now. [...]

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Is Innovation Dead? Hardly.

I’m willing to go out on a limb and make a prediction today that I pledge to stand by: Tomorrow’s prognosticators will be just as wrong as today’s prognosticators. With apologies to Nostradamus adherents, if history has taught us anything, it’s that those who attempt to predict the future always get it wrong. I bring [...]

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Business Travel is Up: 7 Tips to Hold Costs Down

Clean and safe.  That used to be my only criteria for booking business travel.  Because business travel can be a significant hit to a small business budget, I,  like many entrepreneurs, was willing to make compromises in order to hold the cost down.  So as long as I felt safe and my room was clean, [...]

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People Can Make or Break Your Small Business: Place Your Trust Wisely.

People can make or break your business. This includes everyone from your professional advisers, suppliers, customers and clients to your employees, business partners, and even your friends and family. Making wrong decisions about any of the people with whom you deal can significantly hurt your business and impede—even destroy—everything you are trying to achieve. When [...]

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