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FedEx grant contest could put $25,000 in your small biz bank account

Could you use $25,000 in cash and $7,500 in credit for FedEx Office print and business services? (Okay, dumb question, I know.) That’s the grand prize in FedEx’s fifth annual Small Business Grant Contest. If you want to enter, you have until March 29, 2017 to get your application in. Head over to the company’s […]

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Plug your small business into these free digital learning resources

February 23 is Digital Learning Day, and what better day to introduce your team to some amazing free resources that can help build a better business? Not only will your team build better personal and professional skills, you will enjoy increased loyalty and dedication to your business by demonstrating your commitment to your employees’ growth. […]

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Can you leverage any of these fast-growing freelance specialties for small business success?

Upwork just published its list of the 20 fastest growing freelance categories or skills. Demand for each of these – via its system – has increased more than 100 percent over the last year. Some of these don’t concern the average small business owner (they can be very technical), but several of them do. Looking […]

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How to be an expert niche market finder

I love the advice referred to in the classic KISS acronym – Keep it Simple, Stupid! Simplicity is one of the most appealing attributes of designing a business that provides a product or service to a niche market. The “niche” does a lot of the “defining” for you. If you’ll allow me a quick analogy, […]

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Wanted: Women with great business ideas

The Small Business Administration’s 2017 InnovateHER competition is underway with entries being accepted through May 12, 2017. There’s $70,000 in prize money on the line along with other awards and the competition culminates with national winners being named on July 27, 2017. The hard work starts earlier, however. Winners from regional InnovateHER events can go […]

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This week in small business: Is it video, video, video for content marketing today?

Do I need to start publishing a video version of this compilation? With all the attention this week’s articles give to video marketing, it seems I might need to go that route. Leadership, management, and productivity This is just cool: RUKI’s product planner. Enter details about what you want to manufacture and it gives you […]

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Do my small business owner self-examination so you can get well soon!

The cost of an office visit to a doctor is high enough, but here’s something that can be even more expensive: Living with a digitally unhealthy small business and not realizing it. That’s why I’ve taken information from a recent Web.com report on small business digital trends and turned it into a self-examination quiz. Take […]

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3 social media marketing goals for your small business

Two guys are out hiking through the Badlands in South Dakota. One grabs a stone from the trail, turns quickly, randomly hurls the stone as far as he can into the distance, and proudly pronounces, “Got it!” The pair share a little laugh and move on. Here’s the lesson: If you’re aiming at nothing, you’re […]

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8 small business hacks for growth and productivity

I view small business hacks as falling into two categories: strategies and habits. And, whether it’s a strategy or a habit, I think that what makes a hack a hack is the ease at which it can be implemented. Following through on a small business hack is more about taking Nike’s advice of “Just do […]

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‘Unexpected’ advice you can use to get the winning edge

A friend remembers working at home on his computer one day casually looking out his front window when he saw an elderly woman walking down the sidewalk, past his house, completely naked from head to toe. He called 911 and it turned out that his wasn’t the first call reporting the woman. That was 20 years […]

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