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How to Use Instagram to Get Your Small Biz in the Picture

Since we’ve known for ages that a picture is worth a thousand words, it shouldn’t be any surprise that a picture beats out 140 characters. However, that’s not the only lesson we learned recently when Instagram users officially passed Twitter users on smartphones. A funny thing happened on Instagram’s way to smartphone supremacy over Twitter—business [...]

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Bartering: Fair Trades or Passing Fancy?

Bartering is as old as commerce itself and today a variety of developments have brought renewed interest to this traditional practice.  Challenging economic conditions combined with the ease of Internet-based exchanges have made bartering an attractive way of acquiring products and services, especially for newer small businesses. In its most simple form, a new health [...]

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Six Critical Elements Every Partnership Agreement Needs.

So you want to go into business with someone.  Good for you.  Maybe your potential partner is a family member, long-time friend, investor or business associate.  Whatever the relationship, the start of a partnership is much like the beginning of a romantic relationship.  The parties are euphoric and it may seem as though nothing could [...]

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6 Ways Small Business Can Control Healthcare Costs by Getting Healthy

Healthcare costs are a major issue for small business owners.  Information from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that approximately 88 percent of small businesses will see their insurance costs go up as a result of the ACA. One way to hold healthcare costs down, regardless what happens on the national stage, is to focus [...]

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Treat Yourself on Tax Day

Running a small business is tough.  Adding the stress of filing taxes is even that much more challenging.  So why not treat yourself to something special today — on the house.  That’s right.  Many businesses are offering tax day freebies.  Here are just a few I found. *  Hard Rock Cafe.  If you don’t mind [...]

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Should You Sue Over a Bad Online Review?

One of the things you have to love about the Internet is that it’s creating new issues for us to sue each other over!  A snarled web of legal entanglements is being spun around Yelp right now. One of the issues that is being litigated concerns phony reviews. After a lawyer took Yelp to small [...]

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Is a Tele-Commuting Employee Right for Your Small Business?

Q.  I’m thinking of hiring an employee, but the person I have in mind only wants to work from home.  I’m not real comfortable with that.  How will I know she’s really working? THE Small Business Expert:  When I work from home, I get an incredible amount done. Because there isn’t anyone to interrupt me [...]

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What Would Your Small Business Legacy Be?

Recently a beloved restaurant in my neighborhood closed its doors after serving the community of St. Louis for 53 years.  It was owned by two brothers who immigrated to the U.S. from Greece.  After working at several restaurants, the two seized the opportunity to buy a neighborhood diner and soon the Majestic Restaurant was serving [...]

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Uh-oh! Are You Ready For a Jury Duty Summons?

It’s not everyday that we run headlong into the Bill of Rights when we’re just going about the normal duties of running a business. But for many small business owners, that’s exactly what happens when they receive the dreaded jury duty summons in the mail.  And that’s exactly what I had to face this week. [...]

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5 Tips for Practicing the Art of the Deal

Small business owners are cutting deals all the time. Often they are so minor that they receive little attention. Occasionally they are critical to the future success of the business. Those negotiations have the potential to be much more difficult for both parties and they are also usually negotiations where both sides will continue to [...]

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