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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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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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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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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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This Week in Small Business: Rev Up Your Brainpower

Marketing Last week we learned why your landing pages should be naked and your prefrontal cortex should be pampered…and much more. Social media Jason Meyers, Founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, explains the difference between community management and social media marketing and why it’s so important. Sometimes good examples are better than detailed instructions. That’s the […]

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How To Not Become a Labor Department Enforcement Target

Over the last couple of years the Department of Labor has become fairly aggressive in its enforcement of wage and hours laws. It has been targeting industries suspected of being the most egregious offenders and it is going at enforcement in such a public way as to create a “ripple effect” that will motivate other […]

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5-Member Board Set to Change Fundamental Franchise Law

Because Congress and the President have had a legislative death grip on one another for as long as most people are able to remember, one might think that little is being done in Washington D.C. One would be wrong. Even though the passage of significant legislation seems like a pipe dream to folks on both […]

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How to Protect Your Valuable Social Media Contact Information

Who gets your social media contacts when you die? I ask the question partially in jest, but a very close variation to that query has become an important issue in law: Who gets the professional social media contacts when one of your employees leaves? The specific issue here deals with LinkedIn accounts. See if any […]

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