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It’s time to toss away your ‘could haves’ and ‘should haves’

The third Saturday of July – it’s July 16 in 2016 – is Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day, a special day created by Martha J. Ross-Rodgers. Since so many of you are small business owners, this may seem like a foreign concept. After all, you have struck out on your own […]

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9 Small Business Gmail Plugins to Boost Your Productivity, Bottom Line

I’ve heard the rumors that email is becoming obsolete, but I don’t see it happening soon, so we still need things like the 9 small business Gmail plugins listed here to help keep you organized and productive. And hey, although I’m billing these as great small business Gmail plugins, several of them will be very useful […]

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Small Business Marketing Lessons Taken from The Kickstarter World

Important small business marketing thoughts occurred to me recently when I was listening to an interview with Zach Smith, the founder of Funded.today, a company that has proved very successful at helping projects get funded on Kickstarter. We’ve all been getting schooled in crowdfunding in recent years. It’s a new way to get a company […]

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How To Do Free Surveys to Take the Pulse of Customers, Employees

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” – Stevie Wonder I’d like to tweak that just a little bit and say, “If you don’t ask, you’ll never know,” and that gets at the heart of many problems small business owners have: lack of information. The more you know about your customers, the better you’re able […]

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This Week in Small Business: 5 tasty marketing lessons from a vegan meat company!

I don’t know what this means, but you’ll find two oxymorons (friendly fraud and vegan meat) among this week’s collection of curated content. On top of that, there is great leadership, marketing, and startup advice. Marketing and sales Believe it or not, you can learn some marketing lessons – five to be exact – from […]

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There is only one first place finisher in the customer service race: How to make it you

When it comes to anything involving speed and measuring who is the fastest, nobody remembers who took second place. For example, Jesse Owens’ win in the 200-meter dash at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin will always be remembered. We’re still making movies about it. But who remembers Matthew Robinson who took second place […]

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Be afraid. Be very afraid: The perils of a poor web presence

Climb into your time machine for a moment and set it for 1965. Ready? Push the big red button. Okay, you’re in 1965. Walk into the first small business you see and ask if they have a phone. Go into the next small business and ask the same question. Once you’re convinced that every small […]

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16-Point Checklist for Creating the Perfect Blog

Measure twice, cut once. That guidance works in blogging and article writing just as well as it works in carpentry. Below is a 16-point checklist against which you should “measure” every piece of content you publish online. (And honestly, most of the points apply to print pieces as well.) Study the list, print it out, […]

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This Week in Small Business: Expert roundups, Shark Tank inspiration and more…

You get to mind meld the brains of a lot of the most successful people in business this week, including one article that features the advice of 110 top bloggers. Leadership, management and productivity Ideas usually aren’t the problem; execution is: How to Execute Ideas as a Small Business. More than a fourth of all […]

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Brexit and the Clash Between Globalism and Small Business

Although the British vote to exit the European Union was fairly close, it must be viewed as an event that reflects major undercurrents sweeping through Western nations. Two very powerful factors weighed against Brexit. First, people are very averse to change. They would rather stick with the misery they know than misery they don’t know. […]

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