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Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding: the new social media path to becoming a successful start-up while using (OPM) other people’s money. It’s been called the fastest and easiest way to raise money. But what is it and how exactly does it worth? Dave Lavinsky, co-founder of Growthink, explains the phenomenon and why it can work for you.

The Tables Turn: Susan’s In The Hot Seat for National Women’s History Month

It’s Women’s History Month!! March is the month we celebrate the history, fortitude, tenacity, spirit and essence of women. Nowhere are these more traits more evident than in women entrepreneurs. And on today’s show, I have the great pleasure of introducing and speaking with a role model of mine, New York Times Bestselling Author, entrepreneur, journalist, award-winning media personality, and fundamentally, one of the nicest, most professional, women I have the pleasure to know, Susan Solovic! We’re going to talk about her road to success, and get tips on the best map to use to get to ours.

Millionaire Entrepreneur Shares Sage Advice

Lisa Nichols transformed her life from struggling single mom to a motivational millionaire entrepreneur. She has now dedicated her life to teaching others how to do the same. Although the numbers are more promising than 25 years ago, women’s numbers in entrepreneurship lag behind men’s. African American, women-owned businesses lag even further behind. Lisa is now taking her company public. How did she do it? More importantly, what can lessons can you take from her story and apply them to your professional and personal life to gain success? Lisa joins us a bit later in the show.

Pain at the Pump! What it Means to Small Business

The pain at the pump is getting unbearable. Gas prices have jumped at least 11% so far this year, and grocery prices have risen 5%. Main Street is feeling the price pinch, and pressure is on business owners to either absorb the additional cost, or pass it along. Labor costs will continue to rise, and lay-offs may be soon to follow. The impact on the economy as a whole will be felt world-wide. Tobin Smith, Founder & CEO of the NBT EQUITY GROUP, a contributing market analyst for FOX News Channel and is a regular panelist on "Bulls & Bears," will join the program to explain situation and the ramifications.

National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month! Susan talks about the latest in the world of small business, and offers some tips and insights for women small business owners.

Plus, if your employee has a head cold, what would you rather—have them do, suck it up and put in a day’s work? Or stay home and take a sick day? Would you pay them for this time off?

Paid sick time is once again the topic of debate brewing among small business owners across the country. Connecticut became the first state to require paid sick leave this past January, however, businesses with less than 50 employees are exempt from the law. Additionally, Seattle will require firms with between five and 49 employees accrue at least five paid sick days each year, beginning in September.

Learn How Visual Images in Your Marketing Could Increase Biz!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s it worth to consumers? Visual imagery influences how we feel, what we do, and what we buy. Attention-grabbing visuals are the ones that garner the most attention and get the most sales. Visual Marketing: 99 Proven Ways for Small Businesses to Market with Images and Design by Anita Campbell and David Langton features 99 case studies and examples for businesses to strengthen their brand and attract customers in a compelling way. Anita joins the program to help us get on the inside track.

Small Biz Healthcare Tax Credits — Not Working

The President’s budget includes a proposal to expand and simplify the current small business health care tax credit provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  During debate over PPACA, the Administration claimed 4 million small businesses would be helped by the tax credit. The reality is that only 360,000 are expected to have accessed the credit this past year.  SBE Council repeatedly communicated to the White and Congress that the tax credit was far too complex, undersized and restrictive to be helpful to small businesses. 2011

Corporate Tax Reform — How it Affects Small Businesses

The Obama Administration’s proposal to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and eliminate deductions for certain industries is not receiving rave reviews. The International Franchise Association, IFA, says this may negatively impact the more than 80 percent of franchise business owners who are pass-through entities such as S-corporations or LLCs and file their business income on their personal income tax return. Jay Perron, Vice President Government Affairs and Public Policy at the IFA breaks down the numbers for us.

Pinterest: Is it Right For Your Small Biz?

The Washington Post called it “digital crack for women”. It’s hard to stop, and many addicts don’t want to. ‘Pinning’ has become a habit for tons of internet users and Pinterest is now the fastest growing web site ever, with over 10 million people visiting it each month. One of the key reasons Pinterest is so successful is its ease of use. But is it right for you and your business? Steve King of Emergent Research and Small Biz Labs will explain the phenomenon that could become an important part of your marketing plan.