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  20.            <title>5 Small Business Trends to Leverage in 2020</title>
  21.            <description>If you have a small business, it is essential to keep up with the latest trends in technology, marketing, customer service and other areas that affect your business. Each business is unique, so every trend doesn&apos;t necessarily impact you equally. However, all major trends do influence your customers&apos; expectations, so it is good to be up to date.&lt;br /&gt;
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  23. Here are some of the most significant trends I&apos;m currently seeing that will impact small businesses in 2020 and beyond. &lt;br /&gt;
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  31.            <title>Cybersecurity for small business</title>
  32.            <description>While cyberattacks facing large corporations and government entities may dominate headlines, small businesses are victim to the majority of cybersecurity breaches. In fact, nearly half of small businesses in the United States suffered a cyberattack in 2017, according to a recent study.&lt;br /&gt;
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  34. Cybersecurity attacks are constantly evolving to accommodate the latest technologies. Small businesses contend with several existing and emerging internet-related threats, including malware, ransomware, phishing and botnet infections.&lt;br /&gt;
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  42.            <title>Get Motivated Going Into the New Year With These Top Small Business Stories</title>
  43.            <description>The first weekly roundup of 2020 starts with some motivational quotes to get you up and running for the new year.&lt;br /&gt;
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  45. Once you are all pumped up, an article about the economy should also get you excited. The report says all 50 states have improved their GDP since the 2016 election. And if the rally of the stock market on January 2, 2020 is an indicator of things to come you can expect even better numbers.&lt;br /&gt;
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  47. The optimism for the coming year is also being shared by business leaders. Over two thirds or 76% of them say they see similar or more profits in 2020. The data comes as part of a survey that polled 940 business owners in this article.&lt;br /&gt;
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  55.            <title>The Power That Small Businesses Wield</title>
  56.            <description>Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and account for 99.7% of all employers.&lt;br /&gt;
  57. Small businesses work with large enterprises as vendors, customers, competitors or partners.&lt;br /&gt;
  58. Large businesses can learn from small business ingenuity, innovation, agile management, customer service, workplace culture and diversity. &lt;br /&gt;
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  66.            <title>10 Resolutions and Improvements for Your Small Business to Consider in 2020</title>
  67.            <description>The start of a new year provides the perfect opportunity for business owners to set new goals and find unique ways to improve their operations. There are plenty of different options for your 2020 resolutions, from shoring up your finances to organizing your online presence. Here are some suggestions and tips from members of the online small business community.&lt;br /&gt;
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  69. Grow Your Savings with Money New Mindset&lt;br /&gt;
  70. If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to save more money for your business, you may need to shift your mindset. So how can you look at things a bit differently in the new year? Jamie T. Wiseman of Miss Millennia Magazine explores a handful of mindset shifts in this post.&lt;br /&gt;
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  78.            <title>2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses</title>
  79.            <description>As of Jan. 1, there are higher minimum wages in a quarter of the states, and new federal overtime rules. The IRS has new W-4 forms owners will need to get used to. Plastic bags are on their way out at stores and other businesses in a growing number of places around the country. And California has new laws on freelancers and consumer privacy that can affect out-of-state companies.&lt;br /&gt;
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  81. A look at a handful of the 2020 changes in federal, state and local laws and regulations:&lt;br /&gt;
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  89.            <title>Small business pay checks are growing at a fast pace as job gains slow</title>
  90.            <description>Small business pay checks are growing at a fast pace as job gains slow&lt;br /&gt;
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  98.            <title>2020s new taxes, regulations to clobber small businesses</title>
  99.            <description>Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own states.&lt;br /&gt;
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  101. As of Jan. 1, there are higher minimum wages in a quarter of the states and new federal overtime rules. The IRS has new W-4 forms owners will need to get used to. Plastic bags are on their way out at stores and other businesses in a growing number of places around the country. And California has new laws on freelancers and consumer privacy that can affect out-of-state companies.&lt;br /&gt;
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  109.            <title>Company Emerges to Help Small Businesses Compete with Amazons Same-Day Delivery—But With Green Cred</title>
  110.            <description>As companies like Amazon, Walmart, and Target begin to dazzle us with the growing possibility of same-day delivery, it’s becoming harder for small businesses to compete in ways that provide the same speedy delivery without relying on high-emission forms of commercial storage or transportation options like renting space in large warehouses and air delivery.&lt;br /&gt;
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  112. That is all now changing thanks to an organization called Ohi—a US-based warehousing and delivery service that allows small businesses to offer speedy, sustainable delivery options.&lt;br /&gt;
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  120.            <title>These Shark Tank entrepreneurs turned a class project into a profitable small business</title>
  121.            <description>The loyalty to the series clearly inspired a smart pitch, because it didn&apos;t take long for the Sharks to warm up to the idea. Plus, offering cold beers in customized Kanga coolers didn&apos;t hurt.&lt;br /&gt;
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  129.            <title>10 Tips for Making Major Changes in Your Small Business</title>
  130.            <description>If you run a small business for a long time, you will probably need to navigate through a lot of major changes. Members of the online small business community are very familiar with these shifts. From getting started to deciding when to retire, here are some valuable insights for making big changes in your business.&lt;br /&gt;
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  138.            <title>Small Businesses Must Take Advantage of the Democratization of Data</title>
  139.            <description>Learn how the easy availability of big data can help SMBs compete with big businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
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  141. - Data is now easier to collect and cheaper to host, making it accessible to nearly every business.&lt;br /&gt;
  142. - The availability of data helps small businesses compete against big corporations, but they may still struggle to use that data in practical ways.&lt;br /&gt;
  143. - Three ways small businesses can use big data to grow include checking on credit data about your business, monitoring supply chain data, and keeping an eye on artificial intelligence and automation innovations.&lt;br /&gt;
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  151.            <title>16 Creative Ways to Get Press Coverage for Your Small Business</title>
  152.            <description>In other words, press coverage is priceless, but where do you start? To find out more, we asked 16 marketing experts and entrepreneurs to share interesting and cost-effective ways to get media coverage.&lt;br /&gt;
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  160.            <title>If You Say Yes to Any of These 6 Questions, Your Emotional Intelligence May Be Higher Than Most People</title>
  161.            <description>The World Economic Forum recently uncovered something that would not have registered on the radar screen of most HR leaders even ten years ago.&lt;br /&gt;
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  163. One of the top 10 job skills required for workers to thrive--a skill projected to trend in the year 2022--is emotional intelligence. &lt;br /&gt;
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  165. Emotional intelligence (EQ) has embedded itself in the business lexicon as a force to be reckoned with; it is by far one of the most desired qualities for personal and professional development. &lt;br /&gt;
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  167. Managers are hiring workers with more right-brained skills like EQ because they know these people contribute to the workplace on a relational and interpersonal level that is unmatched.&lt;br /&gt;
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  175.            <title>Cyberattacks now cost small companies $200,000 on average, putting many out of business</title>
  176.            <description>- Forty-three percent of cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, but only 14% are prepared to defend themselves, according to Accenture.&lt;br /&gt;
  177. - These incidents now cost small businesses $200,000 on average, reveals insurance carrier Hiscox, with 60% of them going out of business within six months of being victimized.&lt;br /&gt;
  178. - More than half of all small businesses suffered a breach within the last year.&lt;br /&gt;
  179. - Today it’s critical for small businesses to adopt strategies for fighting cyberthreats.&lt;br /&gt;
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  187.            <title>Keep These 4 Things in Mind Before Selling Your Small Business</title>
  188.            <description>Selling a small business for the maximum value to the right purchasers on the right terms can be a tremendous challenge, even for experienced business owners. Buying and selling an existing company is a complex process, but one that should be demystified. At its most basic level, the process is straightforward, just like the purchase of a single item. The small-business owner sells the object (in this case, their own business) to a potential buyer for an agreed-upon price and mutually acceptable terms. Yet, as always, the devil is in the details -- in this case how the deal is structured.&lt;br /&gt;
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  196.            <title>A New Small Business Tech Ecosystem is Emerging</title>
  197.            <description>Embedded Financial Services is the Future&lt;br /&gt;
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  199. Another group of companies to watch are those that focus on one particular vertical. They can build out capabilities unique to a particular industry and while they will not have broad data sets they can go very deep within a vertical. Shopify is a good example of this as they become the go to platform for ecommerce companies. They have functionality they call Shopify Manage which is billed as &lt;i&gt;the mission control for your business, wherever you go&lt;/i&gt; available on desktop or mobile. They also have Shopify Capital for lending and Shopify Payments.&lt;br /&gt;
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  208.            <title>This Design Platform Is Great for Small Businesses</title>
  209.            <description>Graphic design is an essential aspect of any marketing campaign or emerging business. You can&apos;t brand a business without design tools. When you are starting a business, contracting designers for a website, marketing materials, flyers, a logo, and countless other business expenses can add up fast. At some point, you have to be willing to take on some of the creative challenges yourself. &lt;br /&gt;
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  217.            <title>How to Attract, Hire, and Retain Unicorn-Level Talent</title>
  218.            <description>How do you hire, onboard, and retain a great team?&lt;br /&gt;
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  220. You start by viewing your company through the EQ lens to discover your organizational obstacles―the elephants standing in the way of your company&apos;s success.&lt;br /&gt;
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  222. Attend this webinar, How to Attract, Hire, and Retain Unicorn-Level Talent, as headhunter and executive coach Caroline Stokes delivers a blend of recruiting and emotional intelligence strategies essential to helping you identify and tackle your elephants and acquire and retain key hires―those unicorns―that will help your company stand out, stay resilient, and drive growth.&lt;br /&gt;
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  230.            <title>A New Tool Aimed At Small Business Allows For Real-Time Analytics</title>
  231.            <description>A new free analytics tool introduced on Sept. 10 by the Atlanta-based lending platform Kabbage analyzes the live data of more than 200,000 companies in an effort to give small business owners a way to assess how their businesses are performing in real time. It’s daring to meet the demands of the ever-changing world of small business.&lt;br /&gt;
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  239.            <title>Can Too Much Cybersecurity Be Bad for Your Small Business?</title>
  240.            <description>If you run a small business, security is probably near the top of your priority list—and if it’s not, it should be. Businesses are the most common targets for cyberattacks, and the consequences of having data stolen can be huge ever since the passage, implementation, and consequences of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in Europe.&lt;br /&gt;
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  248.            <title>The 100 Women Building Americas Most Innovative and Ambitious Businesses</title>
  249.            <description>The entrepreneurs on Inc.s second annual Female Founders 100 list have transformed every major industry in America. Meet the boundless dreamers making the biggest difference in 2019.&lt;br /&gt;
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  257.            <title>Collecting on Your Invoices Does Not Need to Be a Nightmare: 3 Tips for Getting Paid</title>
  258.            <description>Eleni Gianopulos spent more than 15 years selling her handmade sugar cookies to a famous gourmet grocery chain. Then Dean &amp; DeLuca stopped paying its bills. By January 2018, Gianopulos, founder and owner of New York City-based bakery Elenis Cookies, realized that she might never be paid for $86,000 worth of 2017 custom holiday orders. &lt;br /&gt;
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  266.            <title>How Googles Youngest-Ever Hire Launched an AI Company Backed by Mark Cuban</title>
  267.            <description>The daughter of two entrepreneurs who immigrated to the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution, Falon Fatemi became known as Google&apos;s youngest-ever hire at the age of 19. After leaving Google, she founded her own AI company, Node — and secured famed investor Mark Cuban as a backer. Node aims to use deep learning to analyze relationships between people and companies, then pinpoint how clients can leverage those relationships into sales, marketing and recruiting opportunities. In this episode of How Success Happens, Fatemi spoke with Entrepreneur about landing a job in big tech, AI and data policies and how to give a top-quality pitch. &lt;br /&gt;
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  275.            <title>Why Todays Best Business Leaders Look to Stoicism</title>
  276.            <description>Ask entrepreneurs to name their biggest challenge, and you’ll hear plenty of answers: decision-making, prioritizing, staying positive, maintaining momentum. The list goes on. As you may already know, starting and running a business is not for the faint of heart. Now ask those same entrepreneurs whether they have a framework for managing these challenges, and they might have a tougher time answering.&lt;br /&gt;
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  278. But what if I told you that there is a school of philosophy dating back to ancient Greece that can help you handle all of these obstacles on a daily basis and, as a bonus, may even enrich your quality of life? &lt;br /&gt;
  279. &lt;br /&gt;
  280. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  283.            <pubDate>Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:46:59 -0400</pubDate>
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  286.            <title>3 Ways a Small Business Can Meet Its Holiday Help Needs</title>
  287.            <description>A lack of available workers will make the holiday season a challenge for companies of all sizes. Some of the bigger retailers have already begun ramping up their seasonal hiring efforts. That puts more pressure on small business owners to figure out how to meet their holiday season employee needs sooner rather than later.&lt;br /&gt;
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  292.            <pubDate>Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:45:07 -0400</pubDate>
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  295.            <title>3 Purpose-Driven Ways to Increase Your Companys Productivity</title>
  296.            <description>Adaptability, hustle and momentum are everything, especially in todays competitive, ever-changing technological environment. If only your employees would spend fewer hours on social media and more time perfecting their individual crafts, your business would easily outpace less efficient competitors, allowing you to live the entrepreneurial dream you’ve always wanted. &lt;br /&gt;
  297. &lt;br /&gt;
  298. But how can you instill a greater sense of urgency without making everyone miserable at work? &lt;br /&gt;
  299. &lt;br /&gt;
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  303.            <pubDate>Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:43:30 -0400</pubDate>
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  306.            <title>How to Create an Amazing Company Culture</title>
  307.            <description>By now, you have probably heard of 23andMe, the biotech juggernaut that is revolutionized the DNA-testing industry. Though the company has its fair share of critics, one thing is for sure: 23andMe has experienced tremendous growth, claiming more than 10 million worldwide customers as of this writing.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;A lesser-known fact is how much its employees love working there. In fact, it was named among Glassdoors Best Places to Work for 2019. &lt;br /&gt;
  308. &lt;br /&gt;
  309. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  312.            <pubDate>Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:41:43 -0400</pubDate>
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  315.            <title>Tips for Starting a Small Business</title>
  316.            <description>As is common in many aspects of life, there are lessons we learn that we wish we’d known sooner. When it comes to being a small business owner there are insights you can only gain from gathering years of experience. That is why it’s important to surround yourself with people that know things you don’t.&lt;br /&gt;
  317. &lt;br /&gt;
  318. Here are a few tips from successful small business owners.&lt;br /&gt;
  319. &lt;br /&gt;
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  323.            <pubDate>Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:40:34 -0400</pubDate>
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  326.            <title>50 Motivational Quotes From Inspiring Women Leaders</title>
  327.            <description>The climb to the top can be tough going for anyone. But as women, there are particular hurdles that can make the journey upward toward positions of power and influence -- in myriad spheres -- especially challenging. &lt;br /&gt;
  328. &lt;br /&gt;
  329. Here, in 50 inspiring quotes, businesswomen, role models, activists, entertainers, authors and politicians share their thoughts on leadership and success -- and what exactly those words mean to them. &lt;br /&gt;
  330. &lt;br /&gt;
  331. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  334.            <pubDate>Wed, 9 Oct 2019 16:39:07 -0400</pubDate>
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  337.            <title>3 Small Business Mistakes to Avoid</title>
  338.            <description>To say the United States has many small businesses would be an understatement — according to JP Morgan Chase &amp; Co., more than 99% of Americas businesses are included in this category. Collectively, they contribute $5.9 trillion dollars to the economy every year.&lt;br /&gt;
  339. &lt;br /&gt;
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  343.            <pubDate>Mon, 7 Oct 2019 16:35:20 -0400</pubDate>
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  346.            <title>A Guide to Small Business Retirement Plans</title>
  347.            <description>Running a small business or being self-employed can offer flexibility, freedom and control over your earning potential. While the perks are plentiful, there’s one thing thats usually missing when you own a small business: an employer-sponsored retirement plan.&lt;br /&gt;
  348. &lt;br /&gt;
  349. Self-employed people do not have 401(k)s, and small business owners tend not offer them, citing the time and cost to set up and administer them. The good news is there are several other retirement plan options available to small business owners. If you have yet to begin saving for retirement as an entrepreneur, here is how you can change that.&lt;br /&gt;
  350. &lt;br /&gt;
  351. Small Business Retirement Plan Basics&lt;br /&gt;
  352. &lt;br /&gt;
  353. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  356.            <pubDate>Fri, 4 Oct 2019 16:32:43 -0400</pubDate>
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  359.            <title>How These Female Founders Are Using Instagram to Mentor the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs</title>
  360.            <description>High-profile entrepreneurs like Stitch Fixs Katrina Lake and The Riveter&apos;s Amy Stern Nelson are using Stories to answer questions about everything from managing cash flow to storing breast milk during business trips.&lt;br /&gt;
  361. &lt;br /&gt;
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  365.            <pubDate>Wed, 2 Oct 2019 16:31:10 -0400</pubDate>
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  368.            <title>10 Powerful Women in Tech Share Their Best Advice for Managing a Team</title>
  369.            <description>How does a leader manage to harness the talents of a group without letting things descend into chaos? How does a leader give firm direction without stifling creativity and individuality?&lt;br /&gt;
  370. &lt;br /&gt;
  371. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  374.            <pubDate>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:28:36 -0400</pubDate>
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  377.            <title>How Accessibility Can Make (or Break) Your Small-Business Website</title>
  378.            <description>Web accessibility may not be the first thing you think of when designing a website for your small business, but in the long run, few things could prove more important. Just like how a brick-and-mortar store must comply with ADA guidelines to ensure that all individuals can access their facilities regardless of whether they have a disability, business owners, as well as web design and digital agencies, must also ensure that those with disabilities have equal access to web content. Failure to make web accessibility a priority when designing your website could have significant long-term consequences.&lt;br /&gt;
  379. &lt;br /&gt;
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  383.            <pubDate>Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:26:31 -0400</pubDate>
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  386.            <title>Amazon: Small Business Friend or Foe?</title>
  387.            <description>Since its inception in 1994, has grown from a small online bookseller to an online retail juggernaut. In the second quarter of 2019, Amazon facilitated $63.4 billion in sales of everything from telescopes to toothpaste. It’s a ubiquitous part of the American business landscape, and that can either work for or against a small business owner.&lt;br /&gt;
  388. &lt;br /&gt;
  389. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  392.            <pubDate>Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:25:32 -0400</pubDate>
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  395.            <title>Small Business Cyber Security Concerns Persist</title>
  396.            <description>Online security was a big topic in the past week.&lt;br /&gt;
  397. &lt;br /&gt;
  398. Of course, news broke mid-week about the big Capital One data breach. And we talked about how you can deal with that as a small business owner and entrepreneur. There’s a good chance your data was compromised in the attack in some way so be sure to do a little digging to find out how you should respond but not overreact.&lt;br /&gt;
  399. &lt;br /&gt;
  400. And that brings us to another bit of news we learned this week, and that’s how small business owners feel about their own cyber security.&lt;br /&gt;
  401. &lt;br /&gt;
  402. In the 2019 SMB Cyberthreat Study from Keeper Security, we learned that nearly 2/3 of small business owners do not feel threatened by a cyber attack. However, that same survey found that 2/3 of small business owners have been victims of a cyber attack in some way.&lt;br /&gt;
  403. &lt;br /&gt;
  404. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  407.            <pubDate>Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:34:03 -0400</pubDate>
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  410.            <title>Facebook Just Revealed It Is Doing the 1 Thing a Brand Should Absolutely Never Do</title>
  411.            <description>One thing brands should never do.&lt;br /&gt;
  412. &lt;br /&gt;
  413. But it leads to something no brand should ever do: You should never assume that your customers feel the same way about your brand that you do. Your brand is how other people feel about your company, not how you feel about it.&lt;br /&gt;
  414. &lt;br /&gt;
  415. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  418.            <pubDate>Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:30:05 -0400</pubDate>
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  421.            <title>11 Networking Tips When You Are Crunched for Time</title>
  422.            <description>Regardless of your industry, if you want to thrive, then you need to network. Although you already know the catch: How can an entrepreneur or founder possibly fit networking into their already hectic schedules? Here are 11 tips to resolve the networking issue when you&apos;re crunched for time.&lt;br /&gt;
  423. &lt;br /&gt;
  424. &lt;b&gt;1. Make networking a habit.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  425. &lt;br /&gt;
  426. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  429.            <pubDate>Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:28:07 -0400</pubDate>
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  432.            <title>7 Powerful Cash Flow Management Technologies to Keep Your Business Humming</title>
  433.            <description>Several customers owe you money, but you have no idea when those payments will arrive. Meanwhile, your vendors and contractors are contacting you daily to pay your own invoices. For small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs), this is an all-too-common cash-flow conundrum.&lt;br /&gt;
  434. &lt;br /&gt;
  435. A recent Kabbage survey of 500 successful entrepreneurs showed cash-flow issues are front of mind for SMB owners. Of the respondents surveyed, 63 percent said they are regularly stressed or have anxiety due to cash-flow concerns. Yet, respondents have run successful companies for an average of 10.5 years.&lt;br /&gt;
  436. &lt;br /&gt;
  437. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  440.            <pubDate>Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:26:06 -0400</pubDate>
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  443.            <title>A Harvard Study Found That 27 Top-Performing CEOs Use These 6 Strategies to Manage Their Time</title>
  444.            <description>Time is said to be spent or invested. But without time management, it can also be squandered.&lt;br /&gt;
  445. &lt;br /&gt;
  446. Is your to-do list constantly growing? Do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day to meet your family, work and social obligations? &lt;br /&gt;
  447. &lt;br /&gt;
  448. For a business leader, time management is especially problematic given their magnitude of responsibilities and limited hours in the day. Lost time is not only never found again, but not managing it strategically harms the executive&apos;s well-being, effectiveness and organizational performance.&lt;br /&gt;
  449. &lt;br /&gt;
  450. My team and I had the opportunity to lead coaching sessions for executives of public and private companies worth billions. And one thing is clear-- how you manage your time leads to success or failure.&lt;br /&gt;
  451. &lt;br /&gt;
  452. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  455.            <pubDate>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:17:40 -0400</pubDate>
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  458.            <title>SBA raises revenue limits for small business certifications</title>
  459.            <description>Effective Aug. 19, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is raising its monetary-based small business size standards for inflation by an average of 8.4%, an adjustment that the administration expects will allow 90,000 additional companies to participate in its loan and contracting programs. The SBA said that this increase could result in $750 million more total contracts awarded to small businesses and as much as $65 million more in small business loans.&lt;br /&gt;
  460. &lt;br /&gt;
  461. In order to be considered a small business under current SBA guidelines, most general, heavy and civil construction companies cannot have more than $36.5 million of average annual sales receipts.&lt;br /&gt;
  462. &lt;br /&gt;
  463. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  466.            <pubDate>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:15:29 -0400</pubDate>
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  469.            <title>7 Signs It is Time to Quit Your Business</title>
  470.            <description>If time is the only resource that we cannot acquire, then spending your days trying to run a business you no longer love -- or that does not serve your needs -- is one of the biggest ways to squander our lives. With that in mind, here are the seven signals and truths that indicate it might be time for you to find something else to do with your precious life span:&lt;br /&gt;
  471. &lt;br /&gt;
  472. &lt;b&gt;1. Your dreams have stopped.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  473. Remember back when you were so excited about your business? You went to bed thinking about it. Brainstorms popped into your head at the dinner table. You told everyone who would hold still to listen. Maybe you dreamed you would take over or revolutionize your industry or imagined the lifestyle this little baby company of yours would grow up to afford you. If now it is&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;just about making it through the day -- or even more stressful, making it through payroll -- it could be time to consider doing something else.&lt;br /&gt;
  474. &lt;br /&gt;
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  478.            <pubDate>Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:13:33 -0400</pubDate>
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  481.            <title>Small Business 401(k)s: How to Take Advantage of the New DOL Rule</title>
  482.            <description>If you own or are employed by a small business—and are among the approximately 38 million people in the U.S. with no access to a retirement plan at work—you may be interested in a new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule set to take effect Sept. 30, 2019. &lt;br /&gt;
  483. &lt;br /&gt;
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  487.            <pubDate>Fri, 9 Aug 2019 13:12:04 -0400</pubDate>
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  490.            <title>How to Optimize Your Small Business Website For Voice Search</title>
  491.            <description>If you want to ensure new customers are able to find your business, then you need to know how to optimize your business for voice search, which is becoming one of the most popular ways of searching.&lt;br /&gt;
  492. &lt;br /&gt;
  493. Voice search is not quite taking over the search world yet—but it is getting closer. Last year, more than half (58%) of consumers used voice search to find local business information, according to BrightLocal’s Voice Search for Local Business Study 2018. Almost half (46%) of voice search users searched for a local business daily; 28% used voice search to search for a local business about once a week.&lt;br /&gt;
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  498.            <pubDate>Wed, 7 Aug 2019 13:10:54 -0400</pubDate>
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  501.            <title>The Connection Between Goals and Self-Confidence</title>
  502.            <description>One of the main conclusions Brian Tracy has come to from his years of study is that self-confidence is key to what you can accomplish. &lt;br /&gt;
  503. &lt;br /&gt;
  504. If you have a good amount of self-confidence you will be more likely to try more things. If you are constantly trying more things, that means you&apos;re likelier to accomplish more things, since success is often just a measurement of odds. &lt;br /&gt;
  505. &lt;br /&gt;
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  509.            <pubDate>Mon, 5 Aug 2019 13:06:35 -0400</pubDate>
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  512.            <title>6 Simple Steps for Getting Things Done at Your Small Business</title>
  513.            <description>
  514.                <![CDATA[Your 6-Step Guide to Successful Project Management<br />
  515. <br />
  516. <b>1. Define your goal and get buy-in from all project team members.</b><br />
  517. <br />
  518. As you do this, you will want to determine each team member’s role and responsibilities. In this step, also consider how the project will affect your company and how you’ll measure the projects impact.<br />
  519. <br />
  520. <b>2. Determine the project deliverables.</b><br />
  521. <br />
  522. What key tasks do team members need to accomplish to move the project along the path to completion? You will also need to identify which deliverables depend on other deliverables, so you can establish a timeline that puts tasks in a logical order.<br />
  523. <br />
  524. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
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  528.            <pubDate>Fri, 5 Jul 2019 16:10:36 -0400</pubDate>
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  531.            <title>How to Protect Your Small Business from Malware</title>
  532.            <description>When running a small business, there are a lot of things to focus on. Making sales, finding new customers and motivating your employees are among them; however, keeping your business secure from cyberattacks might take precedent over of all of them.&lt;br /&gt;
  533. &lt;br /&gt;
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  537.            <pubDate>Wed, 3 Jul 2019 16:05:59 -0400</pubDate>
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  540.            <title>Seven Ways To Save Time With Small Business Automation</title>
  541.            <description>Running a small business may not seem too challenging from a distance. After all, it is a small business, so how much operational and management work could there be? But since I started my own agency, I’ve realized that running a small business or firm is not as easy as it looks.&lt;br /&gt;
  542. &lt;br /&gt;
  543. The good news is that there are plenty of best practices small businesses can follow to save time and manage their tasks more efficiently with the help of automation. &lt;br /&gt;
  544. &lt;br /&gt;
  545. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  548.            <pubDate>Mon, 1 Jul 2019 16:03:52 -0400</pubDate>
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  551.            <title>What is a Micro Influencer and How Can They Benefit Your Small Business?</title>
  552.            <description>Micro influencers are social media personalities with anywhere from 2,000-50,000 followers. The numbers vary depending on the source, but their importance is universal. They are a great cost efficient way to provide targeted advertising for small businesses with limited budgets&lt;br /&gt;
  553. &lt;br /&gt;
  554. Here is what you need to know about how these people can benefit your small business.&lt;br /&gt;
  555. &lt;br /&gt;
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  559.            <pubDate>Fri, 28 Jun 2019 16:01:34 -0400</pubDate>
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  562.            <title>More Than 150,000 U.S. Small-Business Websites Could Be Infected With Malware at Any Given Moment</title>
  563.            <description>Small-business owners were victims in 43 percent of data breaches tracked between Nov. 1, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2018, according to a 2019 Verizon report. The report tracked security incidents across all industries, but the most vulnerable sectors this year were retail, accommodation and healthcare.&lt;br /&gt;
  564. &lt;br /&gt;
  565. What does the issue look like on a national scale? If we take the sample size of infected sites SiteLock said they found in 2018 -- approximately 47,244 out of 6,056,969 checked -- and apply that percentage to the country’s estimated 30.2 million small-businesses websites, minus the estimated 36 percent that do not have one, then we can loosely estimate the amount of infected small-business websites to be around 150,757.&lt;br /&gt;
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  570.            <pubDate>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 15:58:57 -0400</pubDate>
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  573.            <title>A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Implications for Small Businesses</title>
  574.            <description>Secure-computing engineers generally view these schemes as sound in theory and productive to deploy. But in practice, it can be dangerous to rely on a sole element to act as the check on the whole system. Undermining that safeguard—which has proven possible in many companies implementations—strips a device of critical protections. Worse still, manipulating the enclave can make it appear that everything is fine, even when it&apos;s very much not.&lt;br /&gt;
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  579.            <pubDate>Wed, 24 Jul 2019 14:03:06 -0400</pubDate>
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  582.            <title>13 Must-Have Words to Include In Your Resume</title>
  583.            <description>Diction or word choice is important when it comes to drafting your resume, not just to ensure that your resume is reviewed positively by software, but also because you want to wow recruiters with your skills, competencies and relevant credentials.&lt;br /&gt;
  584. &lt;br /&gt;
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  588.            <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:49:35 -0400</pubDate>
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  591.            <title>A Study of 3,526 Companies Shows 1 Decision Makes Startups More Successful. Most Founders Do the Opposite</title>
  592.            <description>Surprising new research from NYU and the Wharton School shows that entrepreneurs who start a business on their own are likelier to succeed than those who do so with one or more partners.&lt;br /&gt;
  593. &lt;br /&gt;
  594. That&apos;s pretty much the opposite of what most aspiring founders would guess. After all, you can&apos;t be good at everything. You might be a marketing expert but not know how to manage cash flow. Or you might good at building great products but bad at setting prices for them. So you team up with someone who&apos;s strong in the areas where you&apos;re weak, and you start the business together.&lt;br /&gt;
  595. &lt;br /&gt;
  596. This reasoning seems logical, and it is how most people--even experts--see entrepreneurship. In fact, it is such an ingrained belief that VCs and other investors routinely choose to fund companies founded by teams rather than those with a solo founder. &lt;br /&gt;
  597. &lt;br /&gt;
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  601.            <pubDate>Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:47:13 -0400</pubDate>
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  604.            <title>12 Small Business Podcasts That Will Help You Sell More</title>
  605.            <description>Running a business is often about setting goals and putting in the long hours and hard work to achieve them. Regardless of what type of business you run, it’s likely that &lt;i&gt;selling more&lt;/i&gt; has a frequent, if not long-term, place on your to-do list. It’s a goal that requires staying up to date on new techniques, honing strategies, and being in touch with the latest industry news.&lt;br /&gt;
  606. &lt;br /&gt;
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  610.            <pubDate>Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:43:20 -0400</pubDate>
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  613.            <title>How to Improve Your Small Business Cybersecurity in an Hour</title>
  614.            <description>Statistics show that cybersecurity is a legitimate threat to small businesses, but small businesses don&apos;t always act on that knowledge. According to the 2018 Small Business Cybersecurity Report, 47% of small businesses experienced an attack in the past 12 months. Cybersecurity is a serious concern, yet the report shows only 52% of businesses have a cybersecurity strategy.&lt;br /&gt;
  615. &lt;br /&gt;
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  619.            <pubDate>Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:41:56 -0400</pubDate>
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  622.            <title>8 things you should know before starting a small business</title>
  623.            <description>There are dozens of small things to keep in mind before calling yourself an entrepreneur: Have you found a good accountant? What&apos;s your niche? Who are you bringing onto your project?&lt;br /&gt;
  624. &lt;br /&gt;
  625. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  628.            <pubDate>Fri, 12 Jul 2019 13:40:14 -0400</pubDate>
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  631.            <title>Still Living Paycheck to Paycheck Despite Having a Successful Business?</title>
  632.            <description>Many small business owners show skill earning money. But still fall short when it comes to managing it. Sure, they may have built a successful company. But too many still live paycheck to paycheck.&lt;br /&gt;
  633. &lt;br /&gt;
  634. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  637.            <pubDate>Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:37:58 -0400</pubDate>
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  640.            <title>How To Start Your Small Business On The Right Financial Foot</title>
  641.            <description>Every year, more than 400,000 entrepreneurs launch small businesses in the United States, many driven by the desire for ownership and independence. Local mom-and-pop shops, online services, food trucks — the skys the limit.&lt;br /&gt;
  642. &lt;br /&gt;
  643. But taking on a new business is a lot of work and risk. According to the Small Business Association, over 20% of new small businesses fail during the first year of operation.&lt;br /&gt;
  644. &lt;br /&gt;
  645. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  648.            <pubDate>Mon, 8 Jul 2019 13:35:56 -0400</pubDate>
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  651.            <title>Secrets of Building a Small Business Website Revealed</title>
  652.            <description>About one third of small business owners still do not have a website. Some might not want to invest in the cost. Others might think they can get by with just a Facebook page or Google My Business Profile. And a few may even feel like a website is not relevant for their business if they do not sell anything online.&lt;br /&gt;
  653. &lt;br /&gt;
  654. But a website can benefit nearly any small business. Even if you do not sell products or services online, it can help to direct people to your location, get your business in front of more potential customers through search and provide some credibility for your brand.&lt;br /&gt;
  655. &lt;br /&gt;
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  659.            <pubDate>Fri, 5 Jul 2019 13:34:39 -0400</pubDate>
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  662.            <title>6 Things to Know Before You Start a Small Business</title>
  663.            <description>Many people dream of owning a small business. Owning a company is ideal for people who are naturally creative, are visionaries, and want freedom from the daily toil of a corporate job. However, launching a small business is not solely about having enough capital or a great idea. A would-be entrepreneur should also have the courage to take risks, a great imagination to be innovative, and the self-discipline to sustain the work needed to attain set goals. Here are some important considerations to think about before launching a small business.&lt;br /&gt;
  664. &lt;br /&gt;
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  668.            <pubDate>Wed, 3 Jul 2019 13:33:01 -0400</pubDate>
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  671.            <title>10 Key Steps To Building A Great Small Business Website</title>
  672.            <description>Whether you are a freelance photographer, own a hardware store, or have another type of small business, a great website is essential for your companys success. As a webmaster who has worked on building or marketing over 100 small business websites, I know what it takes to create great and engaging business websites.&lt;br /&gt;
  673. &lt;br /&gt;
  674. If you are looking to build a new startup website or make your current site more effective, here are 10 key steps to getting started and helping your small business website compete effectively in the online marketplace.&lt;br /&gt;
  675. &lt;br /&gt;
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  679.            <pubDate>Mon, 1 Jul 2019 13:30:27 -0400</pubDate>
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  682.            <title>5 Reasons Your Small Business Needs Insurance</title>
  683.            <description>Being a small business owner puts you in control of your destiny, but there are major costs that go along with being the boss. With licences, office rent, and staff payroll to deal with already, some aspiring entrepreneurs shrug off the idea of purchasing business insurance in the start-up phase. &lt;br /&gt;
  684. &lt;br /&gt;
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  688.            <pubDate>Fri, 28 Jun 2019 13:26:36 -0400</pubDate>
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  691.            <title>How to Escape From the Prison of Negative Thinking</title>
  692.            <description>If you want to change your circumstances, you need to change the way you think. You have to stop believing that you are stuck in your situation and passively accepting that you’re incapable of doing anything about it.&lt;br /&gt;
  693. &lt;br /&gt;
  694. Many people allow themselves to be caged by their fear and anxiety. For these people, an inner critic always seems to be whispering in their ears, keeping them from succeeding. The truth is, negative thinking will shackle you to a life that’s both mediocre and unfulfilling. If you want to stretch yourself to your fullest potential, you need to escape your self-imposed prison of negative thinking.&lt;br /&gt;
  695. &lt;br /&gt;
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  699.            <pubDate>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:25:39 -0400</pubDate>
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  702.            <title>How to Make Your Small Business Website Really, Really Effective</title>
  703.            <description>Most small business owners today know that they need a website. But what many fail to realize is that their websites need to be more effective.&lt;br /&gt;
  704. &lt;br /&gt;
  705. A website is meant to attract consumers to your business. But what do those consumers do once they land on your website? Maybe they give you a call or pop into your bricks-and-mortar location some time. And, sure, that’s all fine and dandy. But even better than that, your website itself can actually generate leads and sales for you with just a few simple tweaks.&lt;br /&gt;
  706. &lt;br /&gt;
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  710.            <pubDate>Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:22:33 -0400</pubDate>
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  713.            <title>Is The Small-Business Mindset Holding Back Your Marketing?</title>
  714.            <description>I started my first business out of my university dorm room, and like most startup business owners, I had to be resourceful and use whatever tools I could afford. Thus, I taught myself how to use Photoshop and I designed my own business cards, my own logo and all of my own marketing materials — and they looked bad. Unfortunately, friends, family and everyone who I marketed my startup entertainment business to knew that my branding materials looked bad — except for me.&lt;br /&gt;
  715. &lt;br /&gt;
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  719.            <pubDate>Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:19:41 -0400</pubDate>
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  722.            <title>3 Ways Your Small Business Can Reach New Customers</title>
  723.            <description>Grow or die.&lt;br /&gt;
  724. &lt;br /&gt;
  725. It sounds like the title of a rap song, but its actually the business idea that if your company does not grow, it is probably not going to make it. The reality is that you don&apos;t need to get bigger. What you need is a stream of customers to replace the ones that move, buy from you a little less, or have other life circumstances that change the level of business they do with you.&lt;br /&gt;
  726. &lt;br /&gt;
  727. Yes, it is nice to add business and grow.&lt;br /&gt;
  728. &lt;br /&gt;
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  732.            <pubDate>Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:16:29 -0400</pubDate>
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  735.            <title>Should Your Small Business Consider a Coworking Space?</title>
  736.            <description>As your small business grows, it will eventually become too big to run out of your home. With steady clients coming in or an expanding workforce of people you have hired, you probably don&apos;t want to keep conducting business in your basement or at your kitchen table.&lt;br /&gt;
  737. &lt;br /&gt;
  738. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  741.            <pubDate>Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:15:56 -0400</pubDate>
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  744.            <title>Google Spent 2 Years Researching What Makes a Great Remote Team. It Came Up With These 3 Things</title>
  745.            <description>There can come days, however, when it all feels the same and very old.&lt;br /&gt;
  746. &lt;br /&gt;
  747. That is when we steel ourselves and insist on being creative.&lt;br /&gt;
  748. &lt;br /&gt;
  749. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  752.            <pubDate>Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:13:04 -0400</pubDate>
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  755.            <title>Small Business Guide to Chatbots &amp; Facebook Messenger Marketing</title>
  756.            <description>
  757.                <![CDATA[Chatbots are all the business buzz – and for good reason.<br />
  758. <br />
  759. They give customers of any-size business critical answers to pressing questions quickly.<br />
  760. <br />
  761. They can:<br />
  762. <br />
  763. Boost your average order value.<br />
  764. Accelerate the buyers’ journey.<br />
  765. Reduce your customer service costs.<br />
  766. <br />
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  768.            </description>
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  771.            <pubDate>Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:41:14 -0400</pubDate>
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  774.            <title>59% of Small Businesses Use Video for Advertising, Survey Finds</title>
  775.            <description>A new report finds that a good number of small businesses (29%) are spending somewhere in the sweet spot of&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;($750-$2499) monthly to get the data needed for good online advertising results.&lt;br /&gt;
  776. &lt;br /&gt;
  777. WordStreams Online Advertising Landscape in 2019 report also found that only 10% of the respondents had a monthly advertising budget less than the low end plateau for effectiveness of $750 monthly. &lt;br /&gt;
  778. &lt;br /&gt;
  779. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  782.            <pubDate>Fri, 7 Jun 2019 12:35:57 -0400</pubDate>
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  785.            <title>5 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Borrow Now</title>
  786.            <description>People have a lot of opinions when it comes to debt and borrowing. At one extreme, some believe that all debt should be avoided and there’s no room for argument on the subject. Others perhaps borrow a little too freely, taking out new financing with little thought about whether doing so will be a benefit or a hindrance in the long term.&lt;br /&gt;
  787. &lt;br /&gt;
  788. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  791.            <pubDate>Wed, 5 Jun 2019 12:34:27 -0400</pubDate>
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  794.            <title>Cyber Attacks Cost Small Businesses $53,987 on Average, Survey Claims</title>
  795.            <description>Cybersecurity remains one of the most challenging issues for small business owners. And the problem leads small business owners to seek out managed service providers to present them with solutions.&lt;br /&gt;
  796. &lt;br /&gt;
  797. But a new report from Continuum says the state of cybersecurity among small businesses in 2019 still needs to improve. The data suggests great opportunities for service providers who offer cyber security as part of their package.&lt;br /&gt;
  798. &lt;br /&gt;
  799. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  802.            <pubDate>Mon, 3 Jun 2019 12:33:13 -0400</pubDate>
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  805.            <title>How a small budget and small business can be planned?</title>
  806.            <description>It is hard to start a profitable business in a competitive landscape. No doubt, business starts with a primary goal of making profits. Getting these profits from the phase of no client to multiple clients is a period of learning, falling, getting through and finally managing to sustain.&lt;br /&gt;
  807. &lt;br /&gt;
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  811.            <pubDate>Fri, 31 May 2019 19:06:05 -0400</pubDate>
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  814.            <title>Five Pro Small Business SEO Tips from a CEO</title>
  815.            <description>Ranking a business website higher enhances its chances of gaining a lead that could ultimately turn into a new business sale. To rank, a website higher needs quite a few steps and does not happen overnight. Let’s figure out the five most common and impactful professional SEO tips that a CEO insists upon.&lt;br /&gt;
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  820.            <pubDate>Wed, 29 May 2019 19:03:32 -0400</pubDate>
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  823.            <title>Take Advantage of Excel Templates for Business, See These 15 Areas They Could Help</title>
  824.            <description>Spreadsheets have long been an important tool for businesses. You can use them for just about anything. This includes budgeting and planning out important marketing campaigns.&lt;br /&gt;
  825. &lt;br /&gt;
  826. No tool seems more synonymous with spreadsheets than Excel. Microsofts tool allows you to easily fill in spaces and create tables. But it also takes advantage of some more advanced features. However, starting from scratch will not give you a productive business.&lt;br /&gt;
  827. &lt;br /&gt;
  828. You may want to take advantage of all that Excel has to offer. But maybe you don’t know exactly how to get started. So templates become a great option. Check out some sources for Excel business templates that can help you in 15 different areas of business operations.&lt;br /&gt;
  829. &lt;br /&gt;
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  833.            <pubDate>Mon, 27 May 2019 18:59:57 -0400</pubDate>
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  836.            <title>How Many Credit Cards Should A Small Business Owner Utilize?</title>
  837.            <description>As any entrepreneur will tell you, owning a business comes with a lot of demands, pressure and hard work, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Thanks to an impactful conversation with an old friend and fellow business owner several years ago, I realized that I was wasting a lot of money by just having one credit card to pay business expenses.&lt;br /&gt;
  838. &lt;br /&gt;
  839. Multiple credit cards can provide big bonuses.&lt;br /&gt;
  840. &lt;br /&gt;
  841. Credit card companies are fighting a turf war, and they all have enticing offers to get us to sign up with them. My rationale is, why be exclusive to one bank? Why choose only one credit card? Why not enjoy the benefits from multiple banks?&lt;br /&gt;
  842. &lt;br /&gt;
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  846.            <pubDate>Fri, 24 May 2019 18:56:33 -0400</pubDate>
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  849.            <title>Why you should hire your kids for your small business</title>
  850.            <description>Owners of small businesses should consider hiring their children.&lt;br /&gt;
  851. &lt;br /&gt;
  852. A young person whos claimed as a dependent on their parents return can still have $12,000 of wages in 2019 and pay no income tax. The Standard Deduction offsets the wages.&lt;br /&gt;
  853. &lt;br /&gt;
  854. The parents probably provided more than 50 percent of the basic support of the child (housing, food, clothing, medical and transportation expenses). The parents can still claim the exemption for the child, but dependent exemptions are no longer done (allowed). If the child is younger than age 17, the parents do get a Child Tax Credit of $2,000. That credit directly offsets income tax of the parents.&lt;br /&gt;
  855. &lt;br /&gt;
  856. If the business is a sole owner business, a single member LLC or a partnership owned only by the childs parents, there are no payroll taxes for the child or the employer to pay on the wages.&lt;br /&gt;
  857. &lt;br /&gt;
  858. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  861.            <pubDate>Wed, 22 May 2019 18:53:34 -0400</pubDate>
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  864.            <title>How to stay sane as a small business owner</title>
  865.            <description>As a (new) small business owner myself, I am very much talking from experience with these &lt;i&gt;stay sane&lt;/i&gt; tips. You will find that you can never prevent work from piling up but you can lay down some strategies that will help you manage the work.&lt;br /&gt;
  866. &lt;br /&gt;
  867. You need to consider your own state of mind and do what is best for you. Whatever your goal is in a business, your dream will eventually turn into an illusion when you become overwhelmed. There are a few secrets to staying sane by breaking up stress. Here are a few tips to get you started.&lt;br /&gt;
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  872.            <pubDate>Mon, 20 May 2019 15:33:11 -0400</pubDate>
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  875.            <title>6 ways a PEO can help small business owners</title>
  876.            <description>Owning and operating a small business is challenging in today’s market. And common issues that small business leaders often must handle on their own are the countless HR tasks and responsibilities that take a significant amount of time and energy to properly manage.&lt;br /&gt;
  877. &lt;br /&gt;
  878. The frustration and stress involved with modern HR has resulted in an increase in the use of outsourcing solutions. But one in particular can prove to be valuable to small employers: professional employer organizations (PEO).&lt;br /&gt;
  879. &lt;br /&gt;
  880. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  883.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 May 2019 21:30:30 -0400</pubDate>
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  886.            <title>Small Business Is Suffering A Squeeze</title>
  887.            <description>A &lt;i&gt;Small Business&lt;/i&gt; can be identified as a being a privately-owned corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor that have fewer staff and less annual revenue than a regular-sized corporation. The European Union (EU) defines a small business as one with under 50 employees.&lt;br /&gt;
  888. &lt;br /&gt;
  889. Small business or as they are sometimes known, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute 47% of revenue to the U.K. economy. They have a key role in boosting productivity but need support to expand activities and increase their economic impact.&lt;br /&gt;
  890. &lt;br /&gt;
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  894.            <pubDate>Wed, 15 May 2019 21:28:38 -0400</pubDate>
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  897.            <title>10 Tips to Help You Create a Smart Business</title>
  898.            <description>Smart companies are not just those that have intelligent leaders. They also have systems, tools and proper planning in place that allow every department or function to run together seamlessly. To become a smart company, you need to integrate smart ideas into every facet of your business. Here are some tips from members of the online small business community.&lt;br /&gt;
  899. &lt;br /&gt;
  900. Manage Your Website Effectively&lt;br /&gt;
  901. Your website is one of the most important tools your small business has. To manage it effectively, you need access to the right tools. In this WP Buffs post, Brenda Barron provides a full explanation and walk-through of GoDaddy Pro, so you can see if it may be helpful for your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  902. &lt;br /&gt;
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  906.            <pubDate>Mon, 13 May 2019 11:05:41 -0400</pubDate>
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  909.            <title>15 Expert Tips for Scaling Your Small Business</title>
  910.            <description>SBDC Centers offer free consulting and free or low-cost training. (Find yours here.) Their results speak for themselves: SBDC clients grow sales by an average 18.1%, which is 4.3 times the national average. March 20th is SBDC Day, and to celebrate, we assembled some tips from their experts.&lt;br /&gt;
  911. &lt;br /&gt;
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  915.            <pubDate>Fri, 10 May 2019 11:04:23 -0400</pubDate>
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  918.            <title>6 Steps Small Businesses Can Improve Cyber Security</title>
  919.            <description>Small businesses can be more vulnerable to cyberattacks than larger companies because they often do not have sophisticated and comprehensive systems to protect themselves from hackers, viruses, malware and whats called ransomware. And owners who are focused on customers and employees may not ensure that their defenses are up to date.&lt;br /&gt;
  920. &lt;br /&gt;
  921. But there are things small businesses can do to improve cybersecurity.&lt;br /&gt;
  922. &lt;br /&gt;
  923. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  926.            <pubDate>Wed, 8 May 2019 11:02:20 -0400</pubDate>
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  929.            <title>50 Best Places to Start a Business</title>
  930.            <description>Whether you are an entrepreneur plotting to launch a startup or a CEO strategizing where to put another office, knowing where the next hot city is would be a game changer. Should you expand to Raleigh? Would you attract better talent in Austin or Atlanta? With the new Surge Cities Index, Inc. and innovation policy company Startup Genome crunched the data to score and rank the top 50 metro areas in the U.S. on seven key indicators--from early-stage funding metrics to job creation. Finally, here’s the smartest way to answer the age-old question: Where should you go next?&lt;br /&gt;
  931. &lt;br /&gt;
  932. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  935.            <pubDate>Mon, 6 May 2019 10:58:40 -0400</pubDate>
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  938.            <title>25 Best Habits to Have in Life</title>
  939.            <description>We are creatures of habit. Everything we think, say and do is a result of deep-seated habits etched into our minds through years and years of repitious behavior. Those very same habits either help to propel us forward or to hinder our progress in life. In fact, the state and quality of our lives right now is a direct reflection of our daily habits. &lt;br /&gt;
  940. &lt;br /&gt;
  941. Habits are an undeniably powerful part of life.&lt;br /&gt;
  942. &lt;br /&gt;
  943. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  944.            <link></link>
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  946.            <pubDate>Fri, 3 May 2019 10:56:49 -0400</pubDate>
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  949.            <title>4 reasons you should work for a small business</title>
  950.            <description>Big companies often have big perks. That is especially true in the technology Opens a New Window.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;space, where free meals, gyms, and even day care are quite common. Even more traditional large companies that do not offer those kinds of benefits still have things that smaller businesses Opens a New Window. do not -- there are more opportunities for advancement, more training opportunities, and maybe even the option of transferring to another location.&lt;br /&gt;
  951. &lt;br /&gt;
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  955.            <pubDate>Wed, 1 May 2019 10:55:16 -0400</pubDate>
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  958.            <title>39% of Small Business Hires This Year Will Be Sales and Marketing Staff</title>
  959.            <description>The latest report from Clutch says 39% of small businesses will add sales and marketing employees.&lt;br /&gt;
  960. &lt;br /&gt;
  961. This data point underscores the importance of sales and marketing in today’s digital commerce. You must optimize websites, social media channels and eCommerce sites to make it happen. And you need sales and marketing employees to do&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;the heavy lifting.&lt;br /&gt;
  962. &lt;br /&gt;
  963. Some small businesses have already created a digital presence. And the job of sales and marketing generally goes to in-house staff. This job often goes to employees with the necessary skill sets or to someone learning on the job. But remember how important these positions figure in the company’s growth.&lt;br /&gt;
  964. &lt;br /&gt;
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  968.            <pubDate>Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:53:28 -0400</pubDate>
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  971.            <title>25 Payment Tools for Small Businesses, Freelancers and Startups</title>
  972.            <description>Billing your customers is, of course, vital -- but even more critical is getting paid for those bills. Thanks to the ongoing evolution in the payments industry, there are more payment tools and platforms to choose from to help find the perfect option for your business based on how many payments you receive, the type of business you have and your budget. &lt;br /&gt;
  973. &lt;br /&gt;
  974. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  977.            <pubDate>Fri, 26 Apr 2019 10:44:59 -0400</pubDate>
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  980.            <title>These Are the 10 Best TED Talks of the Year, According to the Guy Who Runs TED</title>
  981.            <description>Ever wonder how people get chosen to speak at TED? Well, it is curator Chris Andersons job to weed through the thousands upon thousands of possibilities and choose who will appear on the events prestigious main stage. Clearly, the guy is amazing at separating the wheat from the intellectual chaff.&lt;br /&gt;
  982. &lt;br /&gt;
  983. Which is why TED fans (or anyone looking to make themselves smarter and more aware in easily digestible 20-minute chunks) should pay attention to Andersons picks for the 10 best TED talks of 2018. Touching on topics ranging from astronomy to social justice to artificial intelligence, they are guaranteed to change how you think about the world.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;
  984. &lt;br /&gt;
  985. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  988.            <pubDate>Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:41:17 -0400</pubDate>
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  991.            <title>4 Lucrative Careers You Can Move Into Without Getting Another Degree</title>
  992.            <description>Switching careers can feel intimidating, but you have got to make some moves if you’re spinning your wheels at your current job. Tech industry jobs are hot right now, and you can make great money once you’ve got the know-how to compete with other tech candidates. Here’s a breakdown of the fields with the best opportunities.&lt;br /&gt;
  993. &lt;br /&gt;
  994. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  997.            <pubDate>Mon, 22 Apr 2019 13:52:09 -0400</pubDate>
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  1000.            <title>Which Small Business Retirement Plan Is Best?</title>
  1001.            <description>What is the best retirement plan for a self-employed person? Which is the best retirement plan for a small business owner? More importantly, which is the right retirement plan for you – as a business owner and / or a self-employed individual? Choosing the best retirement plan for you and your personal financial goals will depend on a few factors. Those include how much you can save into a retirement plan, whether or not you have employees and when you are setting up the retirement plan. Is it during the tax year or when filing taxes? To name a few.&lt;br /&gt;
  1002. &lt;br /&gt;
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  1006.            <pubDate>Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:39:23 -0500</pubDate>
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  1009.            <title>15 Examples of Great Integrated Marketing Campaigns</title>
  1010.            <description>Here are 15 examples of great integrated marketing campaigns that work by combining content, digital and website marketing, with traditional marketing methods like PR.&lt;br /&gt;
  1011. &lt;br /&gt;
  1012. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1013.            <link></link>
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  1015.            <pubDate>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:37:41 -0500</pubDate>
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  1018.            <title>Three Small Business Trends That Many Businesses Just Do Not Need</title>
  1019.            <description>Here are three popular things that are actually not mandatory for all small businesses:&lt;br /&gt;
  1020. &lt;br /&gt;
  1021. &lt;b&gt;1. Aggressive Marketing&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  1022. &lt;br /&gt;
  1023. It is easy to go overboard with marketing. With so many tools available, your gut instinct is to try anything with the slightest potential. Even if you stand to lose money, you want the assurance of knowing you are doing everything you can to gain the interest of your target audience. And it is difficult to ignore a marketing tool that has worked marvelously for other small businesses. If they had to do it all over again, these businesses would likely spend 10% of their time developing their products or services and 90% marketing them.&lt;br /&gt;
  1024. &lt;br /&gt;
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  1028.            <pubDate>Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:35:47 -0500</pubDate>
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  1031.            <title>This Is What Separates Those Who Dream of Becoming Entrepreneurs From Those Who Actually Take the Leap, According to MIT Research</title>
  1032.            <description>So what sets those who actually take the plunge from those who only dream? What pushes a keen hobbyist or excellent amateur into actually becoming a business owner? A recent study of more than 400,000 people out of MIT came to decisive answer, and it is not the one you are probably expecting.&lt;br /&gt;
  1033. &lt;br /&gt;
  1034. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1037.            <pubDate>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:32:49 -0500</pubDate>
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  1040.            <title>9 Tips for Starting a Business in a Crowded Digital Marketplace</title>
  1041.            <description>Many successful entrepreneurs were inspired to start their businesses after noticing a hole in the marketplace that needed to be filled, whether it was Bill Gates creating an operating system for home computers, Pierre Omidyar starting an online auction site, or Elon Musk building a reliable electric car.&lt;br /&gt;
  1042. &lt;br /&gt;
  1043. But what happens when you want to jump feet first into a marketplace thats already crowded? We spoke to the entrepreneurs behind a wide-ranging group of successful companies in some of the most competitive digital spaces -- from butchers to home brands to eco-friendly cleaning products -- to get their insights into what makes a business that lasts.&lt;br /&gt;
  1044. &lt;br /&gt;
  1045. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1048.            <pubDate>Wed, 10 Apr 2019 09:30:41 -0500</pubDate>
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  1051.            <title>Need a Business Idea? Here Are 55</title>
  1052.            <description>Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting their own business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. Those leaving one career often think about their second or third career move being one they can run out of their own home. The good news: Starting a home-based business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard, as are a plethora of other low-cost ideas.&lt;br /&gt;
  1053. &lt;br /&gt;
  1054. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1055.            <link></link>
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  1057.            <pubDate>Mon, 8 Apr 2019 09:28:22 -0500</pubDate>
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  1060.            <title>7 Reasons To Start Your Own Company in Your 20s</title>
  1061.            <description>Now, I do not want to burst any happy bubbles for those of you who are already treading the traditional pathway, but that traditional narrative no longer makes much sense, because over the past two decades, big corporations, big academia, and big corporatist government have rigged the business world so that the longer you wait to start your own company, the less likely you are to be successful. &lt;br /&gt;
  1062. &lt;br /&gt;
  1063. Because of this, young entrepreneurs (Mil&lt;br /&gt;
  1064. &lt;br /&gt;
  1065. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1068.            <pubDate>Sat, 6 Apr 2019 09:25:51 -0500</pubDate>
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  1071.            <title>The top 10 tax changes affecting small business owners</title>
  1072.            <description>The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included a bevy of changes that will affect the 2018 federal income tax returns of many small and medium-sized businesses and their owners. As tax return time approaches, here are the 10 changes that are most likely to affect your business or you as an owner.&lt;br /&gt;
  1073. &lt;br /&gt;
  1074. &lt;b&gt;1. New flat 21% tax rate for corporations&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  1075. Before the TCJA, C corporations paid graduated federal income tax rates of 15%, 25%, 34%, and 35%. Personal service corporations (PSCs) paid a flat 35% rate. For tax years beginning in 2018 and beyond, the TCJA establishes a flat 21% corporate rate, and that beneficial rate applies to PSCs too. So the tax cost of doing business as a profitable C corporation is greatly reduced, and this favorable development will show up on 2018 corporate returns. Enjoy.&lt;br /&gt;
  1076. &lt;br /&gt;
  1077. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1078.            <link></link>
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  1080.            <pubDate>Thu, 4 Apr 2019 09:24:16 -0500</pubDate>
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  1083.            <title>How to Write a Tagline for Your Business</title>
  1084.            <description>When done correctly, a tagline can become synonymous with a brand. A good tagline should communicate your companys message quickly and effectively, helping your target customers understand how you can help them in a way that’s easy to remember.&lt;br /&gt;
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  1086. Since it is something that will likely appear in all of your companys marketing materials and may stick with you for years, your team should put a lot of care and consideration into crafting your tagline.&lt;br /&gt;
  1087. &lt;br /&gt;
  1088. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1089.            <link></link>
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  1091.            <pubDate>Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:10:15 -0500</pubDate>
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  1094.            <title>Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide</title>
  1095.            <description>A business plan is a written description of your business future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you have written a plan, or at least the germ of one.&lt;br /&gt;
  1096. &lt;br /&gt;
  1097. Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. &lt;br /&gt;
  1098. &lt;br /&gt;
  1099. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1102.            <pubDate>Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:06:26 -0500</pubDate>
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  1105.            <title>Is Your Small Business Achieving Profitable Growth?</title>
  1106.            <description>Very few entrepreneurs have an accounting or finance background. Here are four tips to ensure your small business is achieving profitable growth.&lt;br /&gt;
  1107. &lt;br /&gt;
  1108. Most small business owners start their own business because they have a passion for something, a new idea, want to be their own boss or are seeking more financial stability and/or earning potential. However, very few entrepreneurs have an accounting or finance background.&lt;br /&gt;
  1109. &lt;br /&gt;
  1110. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1113.            <pubDate>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 09:03:05 -0500</pubDate>
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  1116.            <title>Three Small Business Trends That Many Businesses Just Do Not Need</title>
  1117.            <description>The standards for small business success have unquestionably gone up. Todays small businesses must do a lot more to stay competitive than their predecessors. Myriad businesses, however, take this notion a bit too far. Once they discover yet another resource or strategy with the potential to elevate their success, they jump all over it. This is partially due to the many online articles urging business leaders to devote more effort to virtually every element of their businesses. &lt;br /&gt;
  1118. &lt;br /&gt;
  1119. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1120.            <link></link>
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  1122.            <pubDate>Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:58:32 -0500</pubDate>
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  1125.            <title>4 Reasons Not to Grow Your Small Business</title>
  1126.            <description>Many small businesses start out with a single location or product offering and grow over time. Expanding your business is a good way to increase your long-term profitability and reach a wider audience.&lt;br /&gt;
  1127. &lt;br /&gt;
  1128. But while growing your venture might be something you&apos;d like to do eventually, now might not be the ideal time to dive in. Here are four reasons you might choose not to grow your business, and instead stick with the status quo.&lt;br /&gt;
  1129. &lt;br /&gt;
  1130. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1131.            <link></link>
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  1133.            <pubDate>Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:11:58 -0500</pubDate>
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  1136.            <title>7 tips to make your small business an Instagram star</title>
  1137.            <description>
  1138.                <![CDATA[Get out your pink paint. Or your coral, or yellow or teal. By the time you finish reading this column, you’re going to be painting one wall of your small business a color that will <i>pop</i> on Instagram.<br />
  1139. <br />
  1140. Why? Because Instagram is today’s powerhouse social media site for consumer businesses. And if you give customers an inviting way to post to Instagram, they'll advertise your business for free.<br />
  1141. <br />
  1142. A few years ago, if you wanted to reach retail consumers, the social media site of choice was Facebook. While it may still work for reaching certain demographics, many consumers – especially female Millennials – love Instagram. <br />
  1143. <br />
  1144. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a><br />]]>
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  1146.            <link></link>
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  1148.            <pubDate>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:09:09 -0500</pubDate>
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  1151.            <title>41% of New Hires Found their Positions at an Online Jobs Board</title>
  1152.            <description>A new report is saying that almost half of people recently hired (41%) used an online job board to find work and 61% flagged automatic job alerts as helpful. What is more, a full 14% found their present job using social media. The findings from How Do People Find Jobs? published by the B2B research firm, Clutch, highlights how today’s candidates are connecting with small businesses and vice versa.&lt;br /&gt;
  1153. &lt;br /&gt;
  1154. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1155.            <link></link>
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  1157.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:07:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  1160.            <title>CEO Insights: 5 Essential Bits of Advice for Every Entrepreneur</title>
  1161.            <description>How did life lead you to entrepreneurship?&lt;br /&gt;
  1162. &lt;br /&gt;
  1163. I have been in the technology industry for 25 years. I am a business-facing technologist, which basically means I have a background in finance and business. However, I stumbled into being a software engineer early on in my career. This resulted in a passion for data and solution creativity.After hitting the 20-year mark of working for enterprise-size organizations, I decided I needed a change. I experienced some life-threatening health challenges--all while taking care of my two sons with their own unique needs. A culmination of it all really made me stop and reflect on what I really wanted to do on a daily basis and the people I do it with.&lt;br /&gt;
  1164. &lt;br /&gt;
  1165. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1166.            <link></link>
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  1168.            <pubDate>Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:03:36 -0500</pubDate>
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  1171.            <title>Use This 5-Step Process to Set and Achieve Your Sales Goals</title>
  1172.            <description>Step 1: Set meaningful goals.&lt;br /&gt;
  1173. People do nott achieve goals unless the goals are meaningful to them. Sure, every seller has a quota for this year, but so what? If you want to maximize your motivation to achieve the goals, you must know why achieving it is important to you. To do that, go beyond your one-year quota-focused goal.&lt;br /&gt;
  1174. &lt;br /&gt;
  1175. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1178.            <pubDate>Wed, 13 Mar 2019 09:02:35 -0500</pubDate>
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  1181.            <title>How to Successfully Shake Up Your Small Business</title>
  1182.            <description>Are you making big changes to your small business?&lt;br /&gt;
  1183. &lt;br /&gt;
  1184. Whether you&apos;re entering a new market, eliminating services that your clients love but no longer work for you, or changing the structure of your business entirely, follow these three tips to shake up your small business without losing revenue or hurting your reputation.&lt;br /&gt;
  1185. &lt;br /&gt;
  1186. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1187.            <link></link>
  1188.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2101</guid>
  1189.            <pubDate>Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:59:18 -0500</pubDate>
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  1192.            <title>5 Tips to Create a Retirement Plan for Entrepreneurs</title>
  1193.            <description>Most working class Americans are employed by companies that either require or offer retirement savings options in the form of a 401(k), 403b), or pension plan. Because these contributions are automatically deducted from the employee’s paycheck, saving for retirement tends to be a rather painless process. Over time, the cumulative effect of regular monthly contributions leads to a nice sized nest egg that can be used in the retirement years.&lt;br /&gt;
  1194. &lt;br /&gt;
  1195. But for entrepreneurs, the story is a little different. With no steady paycheck or employer-sponsored plans, many of these hardworking individuals forgo retirement contributions.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;And though it may not seem like a big deal in the early years, this misstep can prove to be dangerous and irresponsible as entrepreneurs age.&lt;br /&gt;
  1196. &lt;br /&gt;
  1197. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1198.            <link></link>
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  1200.            <pubDate>Fri, 8 Mar 2019 09:57:54 -0500</pubDate>
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  1203.            <title>Types of Crowdfunding for your Small Business</title>
  1204.            <description>Crowdfunding has become a viable form for funding a venture, project, cause, event and much more. For small businesses looking to bypass traditional sources of financing such as bank loans, angel investing or venture capital, it is now a great option.&lt;br /&gt;
  1205. &lt;br /&gt;
  1206. If you have been thinking about starting a campaign, it is important to note there are different types of crowdfunding. And this does not mean the platform or portal such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others.&lt;br /&gt;
  1207. &lt;br /&gt;
  1208. The confusion stems from clumping crowdfunding under one umbrella, when in reality there are different types or models. Depending on your project, choosing the right model for your small business is critically important to ensure the success of your campaign.&lt;br /&gt;
  1209. &lt;br /&gt;
  1210. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1211.            <link></link>
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  1213.            <pubDate>Wed, 6 Mar 2019 09:56:21 -0500</pubDate>
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  1216.            <title>17 Powerfully Inspiring (and Funny) Quotes for Every Leader</title>
  1217.            <description>Being a leader can be a difficult, and sometimes thankless, job. You work long hours, make tough decisions, and try your best to make your employees and your customers happy. But things don&apos;t always work out the way you hope.&lt;br /&gt;
  1218. &lt;br /&gt;
  1219. Every leader can use a bit of inspiration and humor every once in a while. Adding some fun to your day can make it all come together and, at the same time, perhaps even put a smile on your face.&lt;br /&gt;
  1220. &lt;br /&gt;
  1221. The next time you feel down, here are 17 funny leadership quotes to perk you up.&lt;br /&gt;
  1222. &lt;br /&gt;
  1223. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1224.            <link></link>
  1225.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2098</guid>
  1226.            <pubDate>Mon, 4 Mar 2019 09:54:39 -0500</pubDate>
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  1229.            <title>How to Beat Procrastination As You Grow Your Business</title>
  1230.            <description>Procrastination is an odd compulsion. Everyone has experienced it, but the underlying reasons can be tough to pin down.&lt;br /&gt;
  1231. &lt;br /&gt;
  1232. After all, procrastination delays the very activities that bring people closer to their goals -- whether that is building a thriving business or stronger triceps. So why do not humans just sprint toward that brighter, fitter future?&lt;br /&gt;
  1233. &lt;br /&gt;
  1234. The science.&lt;br /&gt;
  1235. Scientific studies of procrastination have spiked over the past 20 years. Researchers once considered the issue a basic time-management problem, but they now view it as a complex and highly individual phenomena.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;
  1236. &lt;br /&gt;
  1237. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1238.            <link></link>
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  1240.            <pubDate>Fri, 1 Mar 2019 09:53:01 -0500</pubDate>
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  1243.            <title>10 Small Steps You Can Take to Make a Big Impact on Your Business in 2019</title>
  1244.            <description>Not every step you take to move your business forward will be a big one. But sometimes, even small steps can make a large impact on your future. Here are some recent tips and insights from members of the online small business community about big and small steps you can take to really make an impact on your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1245. &lt;br /&gt;
  1246. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1247.            <link></link>
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  1249.            <pubDate>Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:51:19 -0500</pubDate>
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  1252.            <title>Air Force to Host First Small Business Pitch Day with $40 Million Up For Grabs</title>
  1253.            <description>Like departments and agencies throughout government, the Air Force is tuning its acquisition methods to get closer the speed of technology, and will be holding its first live pitch day in March, with an available funding pool of $40 million.&lt;br /&gt;
  1254. &lt;br /&gt;
  1255. The Air Forces Small Business Innovation Research program has issued a call to start-ups and small businesses—those with fewer than 500 employees—to offer pitches on innovative technologies for secure communications, down-range battlefield operations and digital technologies.&lt;br /&gt;
  1256. &lt;br /&gt;
  1257. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1258.            <link></link>
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  1260.            <pubDate>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:50:29 -0500</pubDate>
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  1263.            <title>Why Small Business Owners Need To Disconnect</title>
  1264.            <description>I am pleased to bring you my top five tricks for disconnecting – and at least temporarily escaping the job stress.&lt;br /&gt;
  1265. &lt;br /&gt;
  1266. 1. Make the business case.&lt;br /&gt;
  1267. &lt;br /&gt;
  1268. Taking time to recharge is not just good for your mental and physical health -- it is the smart thing to do for your business. Studies have shown that increased stress leads to reduced productivity, while decreased stress levels lead to increased productivity.&lt;br /&gt;
  1269. &lt;br /&gt;
  1270. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1271.            <link></link>
  1272.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2094</guid>
  1273.            <pubDate>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:48:33 -0500</pubDate>
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  1276.            <title>Small-business Retirement Plan Limits Increased in 2019.</title>
  1277.            <description>The benefit of working for a large company is gaining access to an employer-sponsored 401(k) – a critical tool that helps millions of workers save for retirement.&lt;br /&gt;
  1278. &lt;br /&gt;
  1279. But if you are a small-business owner, you should know that you have several tax-advantaged savings plans at your disposal that allow you to sock away substantial funds for your golden years.&lt;br /&gt;
  1280. &lt;br /&gt;
  1281. Better yet, the annual contribution limits for all of these plans increased in 2019, so now&apos;s a better time than ever to start funding one.&lt;br /&gt;
  1282. &lt;br /&gt;
  1283. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1284.            <link></link>
  1285.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2093</guid>
  1286.            <pubDate>Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:43:02 -0500</pubDate>
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  1289.            <title>How to Overcome these 4 Small Business Hurdles this Year</title>
  1290.            <description>&lt;br /&gt;
  1291. The beginning of the year is a great time to make resolutions for your small business. Whether you’re launching a new product or implementing a new technology, you are setting goals and working hard to achieve them. The New Year could also be the perfect time to fix internal issues that are holding you back from success. Below is a list of common business hurdles that arise in small business and how you can overcome them.&lt;br /&gt;
  1292. &lt;br /&gt;
  1293. Hurdle #1: Trying to do everything yourself&lt;br /&gt;
  1294. &lt;br /&gt;
  1295. There are a lot of tedious tasks involved in keeping a small business running smoothly – like running payroll, approving time off requests, and so on.&lt;br /&gt;
  1296. &lt;br /&gt;
  1297. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1298.            <link></link>
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  1300.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:31:18 -0500</pubDate>
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  1303.            <title>How to Get Your Small Business Out of Debt in 2019</title>
  1304.            <description>
  1305.                <![CDATA[Rising interest rates and high levels of corporate debt have lots of investors concerned. Should small businesses be worried?<br />
  1306. <br />
  1307. The majority of small businesses (in most industries) are able to pay their bills on time. According to Experian/Moodys Analytics Main Street Report, overall delinquencies for businesses with fewer than 100 employees were slightly down in the third quarter of 2018. Credit utilization rates were also down slightly.<br />
  1308. <br />
  1309. At the same time, that same research has found that rates for delinquencies of 31 to 90 days rose slightly. While it is not yet a cause for concern, the report points out that <i>the period of consistent declines in delinquency rates for small businesses may be near its end.</i><br />
  1310. <i></i><br />
  1311. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  1312.            </description>
  1313.            <link></link>
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  1315.            <pubDate>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:29:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  1318.            <title>3 Huge Mistakes That Can Sink a Small Business</title>
  1319.            <description>Owning or running a small business comes with a special set of challenges that larger companies do not face. Major national brands have a lot of advantages, with the biggest one being that a single misstep probably won&apos;t derail a business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1320. &lt;br /&gt;
  1321. That is not always true for owners of small businesses, where the distance between success and failure can be precarious. Sometimes seemingly small decisions can send a smaller company on a course that can&apos;t be corrected.&lt;br /&gt;
  1322. &lt;br /&gt;
  1323. In some cases, however, it is possible to plan ahead to avoid certain pitfalls. &lt;br /&gt;
  1324. &lt;br /&gt;
  1325. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1326.            <link></link>
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  1328.            <pubDate>Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:27:54 -0500</pubDate>
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  1331.            <title>The Top Five Small Business Trends To Monitor In 2019</title>
  1332.            <description>As we welcome 2019, attention is shifting to what’s on the horizon for small businesses in the year ahead. The reality is that the nature of work is evolving. During my more than 25-year career, I have held a number of leadership positions. Early in my time in the health insurance industry, compensation reigned supreme among my employees, while health and wellness were perceived as a &lt;i&gt;nice-to-have&lt;/i&gt; benefit.&lt;br /&gt;
  1333. &lt;br /&gt;
  1334. Now, workplace norms are beginning to align more with employee wants and needs and new rules about conducting business are being established — particularly when it comes to employee health and wellness. I believe this shift, which I have witnessed within my own team, will continue to dominate work environments across the nation in the new year.&lt;br /&gt;
  1335. &lt;br /&gt;
  1336. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1337.            <link></link>
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  1339.            <pubDate>Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:24:42 -0500</pubDate>
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  1342.            <title>9 social media tips to boost small business brands</title>
  1343.            <description>Establishing a strong social media presence can mean big business for your small business. But if you don’t have dedicated resources to devote to it, or you don’t have much time to spare, you might find it tough to gain traction. Use these nine social media tips to boost business and grow your brand.&lt;br /&gt;
  1344. &lt;br /&gt;
  1345. Set Clear Goals&lt;br /&gt;
  1346. &lt;br /&gt;
  1347. No matter how eager you are to start using social media for your business, take the time to set clear goals before you begin. Try setting SMART goals — specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely — to guide your social media strategy.&lt;br /&gt;
  1348. &lt;br /&gt;
  1349. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1350.            <link></link>
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  1352.            <pubDate>Fri, 8 Feb 2019 09:19:41 -0500</pubDate>
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  1355.            <title>5 Business Trends That Will Continue to Rise in 2019</title>
  1356.            <description>On one hand, year-on-year improvements are what makes companies great; on the other, firms can’t control many of the factors that dictate whether, say, revenue rises or not.&lt;br /&gt;
  1357. &lt;br /&gt;
  1358. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1359.            <link></link>
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  1361.            <pubDate>Wed, 6 Feb 2019 09:18:10 -0500</pubDate>
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  1364.            <title>7 Proven Small Things That Can Deliver Big Results in 2019 for Small Businesses</title>
  1365.            <description>When Mandy Bass speaks to business leaders and professionals who want to improve sales, productivity, teamwork, customer satisfaction and profitability she consistently finds that they are working way too hard to achieve the results they seek. With that in mind, for the New Year she has compiled a list of seven small or low-cost things that could get small business owners, solopreneurs and sales professionals big results in 2019.&lt;br /&gt;
  1366. &lt;br /&gt;
  1367. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1368.            <link></link>
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  1370.            <pubDate>Mon, 4 Feb 2019 01:16:45 -0500</pubDate>
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  1373.            <title>More Than 50 Percent of Record-Setting Amazon Holiday Sales Made By SMBs</title>
  1374.            <description>The 2018 holiday season is in the books, and small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) sold big on Amazon. In fact, SMBs had their best holiday shopping season ever.&lt;br /&gt;
  1375. &lt;br /&gt;
  1376. The e-tail giant itself had a record-setting holiday season as well: More items were ordered worldwide on Amazon than ever before.&lt;br /&gt;
  1377. &lt;br /&gt;
  1378. But it was not just corporations like LEGO that benefitted from all this shopping. More than 50 percent of all items sold came from small and medium-sized businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  1379. &lt;br /&gt;
  1380. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1381.            <link></link>
  1382.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2085</guid>
  1383.            <pubDate>Fri, 1 Feb 2019 09:14:43 -0500</pubDate>
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  1386.            <title>The Surprising Challenge Small Business Owners Are Facing Today</title>
  1387.            <description>A healthy economy means many small businesses are thriving -- but they&apos;re also having a hard time hanging onto employees. A good 24% of small businesses lost at least one employee in 2018, while 11% of small businesses lost 10% of their workforce, according to Bank of America. Not only that, but 58% of businesses had trouble finding qualified candidates for open roles, and 25% said it took more time to fill open positions in 2018 than it did in 2017.&lt;br /&gt;
  1388. &lt;br /&gt;
  1389. And there lies the problem with a strong job market: When employment is plentiful, workers have more options to choose from, so getting them to join or stay with your team becomes more challenging for companies across the board, but particularly for small businesses with limited resources. &lt;br /&gt;
  1390. &lt;br /&gt;
  1391. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1392.            <link></link>
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  1394.            <pubDate>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:13:14 -0500</pubDate>
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  1397.            <title>Top 30 2018 Facebook Trends for Small Business</title>
  1398.            <description>
  1399.                <![CDATA[Here are the statistics and headlines that you should be aware of.<br />
  1400. <br />
  1401. Facebook Popularity<br />
  1402. Facebook has more than 2.2 billion active members around the world.<br />
  1403. More than 1.6 billion people around the world have used Facebook to connect with a small business.<br />
  1404. More than 80 million businesses use Facebook to connect with customers.<br />
  1405. But it’s not all about growth. 42 percent of U.S. adults have taken a break from Facebook for a few weeks or more.<br />
  1406. 44 percent of younger users have deleted the Facebook app from their phones in the past year.<br />
  1407. But only 12 percent of older users have done so.<br />
  1408. <br />
  1409. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  1410.            </description>
  1411.            <link></link>
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  1413.            <pubDate>Mon, 28 Jan 2019 18:10:09 -0500</pubDate>
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  1416.            <title>For Most Small Businesses, 2018 Was a Good Year</title>
  1417.            <description>While December has been a lousy month for the stock market, 2018 has generally been a good year for small-business owners. Over half (55%) of owners or decision makers at small businesses in the United States said that their business is better off today than it was a year ago, according to a new survey from Fundera.&lt;br /&gt;
  1418. &lt;br /&gt;
  1419. Another 33% said their business has remained steady, leaving only 12% that saw their fortunes decline in 2018. Those are very strong and encouraging numbers, but that does not mean it should be assumed the good times will continue to roll.&lt;br /&gt;
  1420. &lt;br /&gt;
  1421. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1422.            <link></link>
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  1424.            <pubDate>Fri, 25 Jan 2019 09:09:37 -0500</pubDate>
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  1427.            <title>3 Lessons Learned from Helping a Small Business Invest</title>
  1428.            <description>As a Texas real estate broker, one of the things I do at my company, Goodwin Commercial, is educate our clients on the commercial investment process. We offer a step-by-step process evaluation to protect our clients when making the decision to go from leasing to purchasing a property for their business. That process often includes making recommendations about how they might leverage a good situation or opportunity into a great one, often via strategic financing and purchasing decisions. In this case, the couple initially tried to go the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) route but were turned down by the first national bank they approached. They were definitely discouraged!&lt;br /&gt;
  1429. &lt;br /&gt;
  1430. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1431.            <link></link>
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  1433.            <pubDate>Wed, 23 Jan 2019 09:05:59 -0500</pubDate>
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  1436.            <title>Top 5 Small Business Marketing Automation Trends of 2019</title>
  1437.            <description>2019 Marketing Automation Trends&lt;br /&gt;
  1438. &lt;br /&gt;
  1439. If you want to use marketing automation to help your business succeed in 2019, your approach to automation will predetermine much of your success. To start out strong, consider bringing the following marketing automation trends into your strategy for the year ahead:&lt;br /&gt;
  1440. &lt;br /&gt;
  1441. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1442.            <link></link>
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  1444.            <pubDate>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:58:03 -0500</pubDate>
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  1447.            <title>4 Workplace Trends Every Small Business Should Know About for 2019</title>
  1448.            <description>Many of us are wondering, for example, how the U.S. economy will impact business. Will hiring finally ease up? How will younger generations change our workforce?&lt;br /&gt;
  1449. &lt;br /&gt;
  1450. Without a crystal ball, it&apos;s tough to answer every question. But, given trends we saw this year, it is possible to make a few educated predictions about what small businesses should prepare for as 2019 approaches. Here are my top four predictions:&lt;br /&gt;
  1451. &lt;br /&gt;
  1452. 2019 is the beginning of the Gen Z takeover.&lt;br /&gt;
  1453. &lt;br /&gt;
  1454. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1455.            <link></link>
  1456.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2079</guid>
  1457.            <pubDate>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:54:51 -0500</pubDate>
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  1460.            <title>Four Small Business New Year&apos;s Resolutions For Success In 2019</title>
  1461.            <description>The end of the calendar year is a natural time to reassess how your business did in the previous 12 months and then devise a plan for improving. By almost every measure, 2018 was a good year for the economy. Small business optimism is high, holiday sales were the strongest in years, unemployment is low, and consumer confidence hit an 18-year high in September before tempering a bit in November.&lt;br /&gt;
  1462. &lt;br /&gt;
  1463. It would be hard to duplicate the atmosphere that prevailed in 2018. The impact of President Trump’s tax cuts will lessen, interest rates have risen again, and the Dow Jones dropped from 25,862.43 on December 3 to 21,792.20 on Christmas Eve, a sign that the economy may be slowing.&lt;br /&gt;
  1464. &lt;br /&gt;
  1465. Small business owners need to take all of these factors into account.&lt;br /&gt;
  1466. &lt;br /&gt;
  1467. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1468.            <link></link>
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  1470.            <pubDate>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:52:26 -0500</pubDate>
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  1473.            <title>How to Handle Late Paying Clients with Ease Using These Tips</title>
  1474.            <description>The holidays puts everyone in a celebratory mood — or almost everyone. For small business owners, the celebration may be tempered by stress over unpaid invoices. My business is lucky: Lots of our clients are scrambling to issue payments before year-end to finish off their fiscal years. But for other small businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs in the B2B world, getting paid this time of year is an ongoing struggle.&lt;br /&gt;
  1475. &lt;br /&gt;
  1476. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1477.            <link></link>
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  1479.            <pubDate>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:50:01 -0500</pubDate>
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  1482.            <title>Americas Love Affair With Small Business Rekindled</title>
  1483.            <description>Bloom Brewery is the kind of Main Street business that shut its doors a generation ago when shopping malls lured customers to their mega-buildings with well-lit parking lots, extended hours and everything imaginable under one roof.&lt;br /&gt;
  1484. &lt;br /&gt;
  1485. The brewery, which offers 24 artisanal beers on tap, sits near the Great Allegheny Passage, a 335-mile bike trail that has connected Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh since 2013. And with it, a new kind of customer is being drawn through its doors, seeking comfort and community instead of big-box discount deals.&lt;br /&gt;
  1486. &lt;br /&gt;
  1487. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1488.            <link></link>
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  1490.            <pubDate>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 09:47:38 -0500</pubDate>
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  1493.            <title>5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Start Preparing For Retirement</title>
  1494.            <description>Small business owners are often so involved with the day-to-day operations of their business, many feel they don’t have the time to look down the road and plan for retirement.&lt;br /&gt;
  1495. &lt;br /&gt;
  1496. And as a result, some entrepreneurs may never be ready to retire. According to a survey by Manta, one-third of business owners don’t have any retirement plan, and 75% of respondents to a BMO Wealth survey said they had “$100,000 or less” saved for retirement.&lt;br /&gt;
  1497. &lt;br /&gt;
  1498. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1499.            <link></link>
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  1501.            <pubDate>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:42:17 -0500</pubDate>
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  1504.            <title>How Much Does Building a Website Cost?</title>
  1505.            <description>Estimating the cost to build a website is like asking how much it costs to construct a building. The obvious answer is, &lt;i&gt;It depends on what you want to do with the building.&lt;/i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  1506. &lt;br /&gt;
  1507. For small businesses, the answer depends on the main purpose of your website: Is your website solely for marketing purposes? Or do you plan to sell goods and services on it? While one site can certainly do both, its main purpose should guide your selection as to which hosting platform and design software are best suited for your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1508. &lt;br /&gt;
  1509. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1510.            <link></link>
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  1512.            <pubDate>Sun, 27 Jan 2019 09:40:40 -0500</pubDate>
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  1515.            <title>15 Examples of Augmented Reality to Inspire Small Business Owners</title>
  1516.            <description>Incorporating augmented reality (AR), whereby an interactive experience of a real-world environment is created by computer-generated perceptual information, into business operations, marketing and functions, is not confined to big businesses with big budgets to play around with.&lt;br /&gt;
  1517. &lt;br /&gt;
  1518. On the contrary, many small businesses are jumping on the burgeoning AR bandwagon, as a means of attracting new customers, retaining existing ones, and ultimately becoming more competitive and profitable.&lt;br /&gt;
  1519. &lt;br /&gt;
  1520. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1521.            <link></link>
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  1523.            <pubDate>Sun, 6 Jan 2019 09:38:53 -0500</pubDate>
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  1526.            <title>Top Small Business Manufacturing Trends in 2018</title>
  1527.            <description>
  1528.                <![CDATA[The global manufacturing market has experienced a myriad of changes in recent years. Particularly in the U.S., automation, offshoring and technology have made a major impact on manufacturing businesses of all sizes.<br />
  1529. <br />
  1530. Manufacturing Trends<br />
  1531. Here are some facts and statistics that illustrate these prominent industry trends.<br />
  1532. <br />
  1533. Manufacturing Market Size<br />
  1534. The median annual revenue for manufacturing companies is between $50 and $100 million per year.<br />
  1535. About 7 percent of manufacturing companies have annual revenues under $1 million.<br />
  1536. In the U.S., manufacturing makes up 12 percent of the national output.<br />
  1537. <br />
  1538. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  1539.            </description>
  1540.            <link></link>
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  1542.            <pubDate>Fri, 4 Jan 2019 09:38:02 -0500</pubDate>
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  1545.            <title>Innovation is Hot, Hot, Hot! Expect More of It in the Small Business Sector in 2019.</title>
  1546.            <description>This past year, 2018, has been a very good one for innovation. We&apos;ve seen the blockchain boom, the increase in low-code and no-code app development, the start of the rollout of 5G technology and AI and AR: All came into their own with countless programs and applications for both business and consumer life.&lt;br /&gt;
  1547. &lt;br /&gt;
  1548. On the coattails of such a year, I believe that 2019 has the opportunity to show even more promise. Here are the trends I predict we will see in small businesses and across the industry as a whole:&lt;br /&gt;
  1549. &lt;br /&gt;
  1550. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1551.            <link></link>
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  1553.            <pubDate>Wed, 2 Jan 2019 09:35:14 -0500</pubDate>
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  1556.            <title>How to Boost Post-Holiday Sales</title>
  1557.            <description>For businesses large and small, the annual holiday season really is the &lt;i&gt;most wonderful time of the year, &lt;/i&gt;to quote the classic tune. Customers looking to spread a little cheer among their loved ones come out in droves to get the newest toys, try out the latest services and end the year spending more money than they did the previous year.&lt;br /&gt;
  1558. &lt;br /&gt;
  1559. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1560.            <link></link>
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  1562.            <pubDate>Wed, 2 Jan 2019 09:33:08 -0500</pubDate>
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  1565.            <title>The Biggest Reason Why the U.S. Needs Small Businesses to Thrive Has Nothing to Do With Taxes or the Economy</title>
  1566.            <description>Despite recent stock market turmoil, everywhere you looked this year someone was heralding the strength of the economy, which grew at 3.5 percent in the third quarter. However, not all economic growth favors small businesses, and some even detracts from it. The Inc. Entrepreneurship Index, which measures the quarterly health of the U.S. startup economy, currently sits at 83 out of 100 for the third quarter of 2018. This is down two points from the second quarter and a full nine points from the first quarter of 2017, when our Index peaked. Our indicator sees one factor in particular still dragging like an anchor on the startup economy: job growth.&lt;br /&gt;
  1567. &lt;br /&gt;
  1568. Even though overall economic conditions have been largely favorable, small businesses have hit a growth ceiling as larger companies--bolstered by generally strong market conditions, favorable tax policies, support from local governments, and easing federal regulations--have been gobbling up talent. This is why, for the past year, the Index has shown a startup economy that is strong but slowing. &lt;br /&gt;
  1569. &lt;br /&gt;
  1570. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1571.            <link></link>
  1572.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2068</guid>
  1573.            <pubDate>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 09:28:15 -0500</pubDate>
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  1576.            <title>The Clock Is Ticking: Small Business Tax Strategies to Do This Year</title>
  1577.            <description>Tax season can be stressful for anyone, but given a number of changes made in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), as well as ongoing legislative changes, the 2018 tax year stands to be especially difficult for small business owners to navigate. However, by making a few smart moves now and being mindful of strategies that will allow you to to capitalize on existing tax benefits, you can close out the year with the peace of mind that you made the best tax moves for your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1578. &lt;br /&gt;
  1579. In order to set yourself and your business up for success, know the current tax law and take advantage of what changes are coming and going.&lt;br /&gt;
  1580. &lt;br /&gt;
  1581. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1582.            <link></link>
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  1584.            <pubDate>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:27:35 -0500</pubDate>
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  1587.            <title>Small Businesses Lose $80K on Average to Cybercrime Annually, Better Business Bureau Says</title>
  1588.            <description>The growth of cybercrime will cost the global economy more than $2 trillion by 2019, according to the Better Business Bureau’s 2017 State of Cybersecurity Among Small Businesses in North America report.&lt;br /&gt;
  1589. &lt;br /&gt;
  1590. Cost of a Cyber Attack&lt;br /&gt;
  1591. When it comes to small businesses, the report said the overall annual loss was estimated at almost $80K or $79,841 on average. And as more small businesses become equal parts digital and brick-and-mortar, securing both aspects of their company is more important than ever.&lt;br /&gt;
  1592. The risks small business owners face in the digital world has increased their awareness of the dangers of this ecosystem. A survey conducted by GetApp in 2017 revealed security concerns ranked second as the challenges small businesses were facing.&lt;br /&gt;
  1593. &lt;br /&gt;
  1594. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1595.            <link></link>
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  1597.            <pubDate>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 17:25:11 -0500</pubDate>
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  1600.            <title>Small business holiday marketing tips for 2018</title>
  1601.            <description>The holiday season is already in full swing. And, I believe, you would have already pushed all the right buttons, at all fronts, be it your website pages, social media pages, marketing emailers and all, before things might get too hot to handle for you.&lt;br /&gt;
  1602. &lt;br /&gt;
  1603. However, a checklist will always come handy, I believe. It will not only keep you on your toes but will remind you of the pending activities that might need your attention, now or later on.&lt;br /&gt;
  1604. &lt;br /&gt;
  1605. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1606.            <link></link>
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  1608.            <pubDate>Mon, 26 Nov 2018 09:33:39 -0400</pubDate>
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  1611.            <title>4 Reasons To Support Small Companies On Small Business Saturday® And Beyond</title>
  1612.            <description>Whether you are a small business owner, a consumer, or the CEO of a big corporation, you likely know that small companies are a pretty big part of the economy. This year, show your support for small enterprises by participating in Small Business Saturday® (SBS).&lt;br /&gt;
  1613. &lt;br /&gt;
  1614. My accounting and payroll software company, Patriot Software, is an advocate of Small Business Saturday. And personally, I am a major supporter of small businesses. I know how much time, dedication, money, and hard work entrepreneurs pour into their small companies.&lt;br /&gt;
  1615. &lt;br /&gt;
  1616. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1617.            <link></link>
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  1619.            <pubDate>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:28:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  1622.            <title>Small Business Profile: DejaVu Designs</title>
  1623.            <description>&lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Custom handmade surf tumbled sea glass and tumbled stone designs, jewelry, hair clips and ornaments.&lt;/a&gt; #seaglass #tumbledstones #jewelry #handmade #homemade #dejavudesigns #smallbusiness #smallbiz #stonejewelry #seaglassjewelry &lt;br /&gt;
  1624. &lt;br /&gt;</description>
  1625.            <link></link>
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  1627.            <pubDate>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 09:24:36 -0400</pubDate>
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  1630.            <title>10 Wealth Management Tips For Small Business Owners</title>
  1631.            <description>As a small business owner, it can be a point of pride to watch your dreams translate into equitable profits. However, the road to success has many potholes to avoid and expressways to take — if you recognize them in time.&lt;br /&gt;
  1632. &lt;br /&gt;
  1633. With the vast array of personal finance knowledge out there, it can be tricky to figure out which advice is the best fit for small business owners. Ten members of Forbes Finance Council weighed in with their own personal wealth management tips to help you keep your personal and professional finances in good shape.&lt;br /&gt;
  1634. &lt;br /&gt;
  1635. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1638.            <pubDate>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:23:08 -0400</pubDate>
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  1641.            <title>4 Ways Small Businesses Can Internally Prepare for Holiday Shopper</title>
  1642.            <description>Savvy small businesses are already looking ahead to the holiday shopping season, including Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Here are four things you can do to prepare your business for the holidays.&lt;br /&gt;
  1643. &lt;br /&gt;
  1644. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1647.            <pubDate>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:20:17 -0400</pubDate>
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  1650.            <title>Struggling to Get Motivated? Don&apos;t Ask for Advice--Give It</title>
  1651.            <description>There&apos;s a lot of advice out there for the lazy and unmotivated: Take baby steps! Set a timer! Enlist an accountability partner! But what if the best way to tackle lack of motivation is not to give any sort of advice at all, but to ask for it instead?&lt;br /&gt;
  1652. &lt;br /&gt;
  1653. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1656.            <pubDate>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:19:19 -0400</pubDate>
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  1659.            <title>Social Media Mistakes All Small Business Owners Should Avoid</title>
  1660.            <description>Social media is a crucial component of any small business&apos; marketing efforts. When done well, a strong social strategy helps you connect directly with your customers, and can even create some free publicity along the way.&lt;br /&gt;
  1661. &lt;br /&gt;
  1662. For all of social media&apos;s advantages, there are pitfalls as well. The internet can look like a cavalier place when it comes to copyright rules, but there are plenty of no-nos that you need to follow if you want to stay out of legal trouble.&lt;br /&gt;
  1663. &lt;br /&gt;
  1664. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1665.            <link></link>
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  1667.            <pubDate>Fri, 9 Nov 2018 16:18:11 -0400</pubDate>
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  1670.            <title>Seven Accounting Staples To Analyze As A Small-Business Leader</title>
  1671.            <description>Your role as CEO, president or founder is critical to your small and growing company — you need to focus on products, customers and strategies. One of the last things you want to do is babysit your bookkeeper. Yet I can think of dozens of horror stories born of a lack of accounting oversight in the early stages of startup growth.&lt;br /&gt;
  1672. &lt;br /&gt;
  1673. What should you track? Here are seven items I have found are key to request from your bookkeeper and how to review them. Asking for these items is good accounting hygiene: It informs your bookkeeper that you are inspecting their work and allows you to quickly identify and minimize potential problems. And, in my experience, it should not take you more than an hour a month.&lt;br /&gt;
  1674. &lt;br /&gt;
  1675. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1676.            <link></link>
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  1678.            <pubDate>Wed, 7 Nov 2018 16:16:04 -0400</pubDate>
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  1681.            <title>This Is What a Great Book Does to Your Brain</title>
  1682.            <description>Books can make us smarter, more informed, even more intellectually humble. But one of the most powerful benefits of regular reading is greater empathy. Through words you are transported to another&apos;s perspective. You look through their eyes. You understand their pain and their joy.&lt;br /&gt;
  1683. &lt;br /&gt;
  1684. That can relieve loneliness and make life a whole lot more pleasant, but it&apos;s also good for business. Understanding customers and collaborators helps you get more done and be more creative.&lt;br /&gt;
  1685. &lt;br /&gt;
  1686. So how exactly do books accomplish this magic trick? On Lit Hub recently Tufts University professor of child development and reading expert Maryanne Wolf explained the fascinating neuroscience of exactly what immersion in a good book does to your brain.&lt;br /&gt;
  1687. &lt;br /&gt;
  1688. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1689.            <link></link>
  1690.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2057</guid>
  1691.            <pubDate>Mon, 5 Nov 2018 16:12:33 -0400</pubDate>
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  1694.            <title>3 Steps to Recharge Yourself and Your Business</title>
  1695.            <description>Running a business often means you have your hands in every aspect of the company. You are managing day-to-day tasks and making crucial business decisions all at the same time. It&apos;s no wonder small-business owners can often lose sight of the forest for the trees and get mired in the task of simply getting through each day.&lt;br /&gt;
  1696. &lt;br /&gt;
  1697. Taking a step back gives you a tremendous amount of insight that not only reenergizes you to keep going, but can lead to crucial business decisions that transform and grow your business. Finding a way to build that inspiration into your life is not just a luxury—it is a necessity if you want to maintain a thriving business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1698. &lt;br /&gt;
  1699. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1700.            <link></link>
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  1702.            <pubDate>Fri, 2 Nov 2018 09:09:07 -0400</pubDate>
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  1705.            <title>8 Time-Management Hacks to Optimize Your Life In and Outside Work</title>
  1706.            <description>To really manage and maximize your time — to squeeze every opportunity out of it — you have to appreciate how much you have. Take control of your time, and don’t allow others to. Get family, friends, colleagues, and employees to agree on the most important priorities. Otherwise, they will pull you in multiple directions. When I do this, I&apos;m able to control my time better.&lt;br /&gt;
  1707. &lt;br /&gt;
  1708. I typically wake up before the sun and stay busy all day. Time is either invested or wasted, so I do not like white space on my calendar. I make time for myself, my family and my business, to do things like writing my goals, working out, taking a walk with my kids, and leading calls and meetings. &lt;br /&gt;
  1709. &lt;br /&gt;
  1710. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1713.            <pubDate>Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:08:12 -0400</pubDate>
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  1716.            <title>5 Critical SEO Considerations When Optimizing News Websites</title>
  1717.            <description>A few rules of SEO, like publishing great content and providing a good user experience, are universal.&lt;br /&gt;
  1718. &lt;br /&gt;
  1719. But not all websites thrive by using the exact same set of SEO guidelines.&lt;br /&gt;
  1720. &lt;br /&gt;
  1721. News websites, in particular, place greater emphasis on certain elements than other types of sites.&lt;br /&gt;
  1722. &lt;br /&gt;
  1723. Here are five best practices you should keep in mind to optimize your news site for search.&lt;br /&gt;
  1724. &lt;br /&gt;
  1725. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1726.            <link></link>
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  1728.            <pubDate>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:59:58 -0400</pubDate>
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  1731.            <title>SEO Basics for Newbies</title>
  1732.            <description>In the modern business world, companies make use of SEO basics to secure a digital footprint. SEO is everywhere. What is more, the Internet is constantly changing. In order for businesses to keep up with demand, they have to cater to an audience that lives and breathes the Internet.&lt;br /&gt;
  1733. &lt;br /&gt;
  1734. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1737.            <pubDate>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:59:13 -0400</pubDate>
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  1740.            <title>Over half of consumers want businesses to text them back</title>
  1741.            <description>It is easy to see why text messaging is the most-used data service across the world. We send and receive five times as many texts compared with the number of phone calls each day, according to mobile intelligence firm Informate.&lt;br /&gt;
  1742. &lt;br /&gt;
  1743. A huge 90 percent of the time, a text is read within the first three minutes of receiving. Customers who receive texts from businesses tend to have a 40 percent higher conversion rate than those who do not. Small businesses could benefit from this consumer behaviour.&lt;br /&gt;
  1744. &lt;br /&gt;
  1745. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1748.            <pubDate>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:53:16 -0400</pubDate>
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  1751.            <title>To Create Truly Compelling Content Marketing, Make It a Team Activity</title>
  1752.            <description>These days, content marketing is considered a crucial aspect of any company&apos;s advertising efforts. Yet, for a new startup with a limited budget, trying to find a way to craft compelling blogs, social media posts or infographics can seem overwhelming.&lt;br /&gt;
  1753. &lt;br /&gt;
  1754. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1757.            <pubDate>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:33:21 -0400</pubDate>
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  1760.            <title>Want to Become a Self-Made Millionaire? Do This for 30 Minutes Every Day</title>
  1761.            <description>Entrepreneurs start their own businesses or side hustles--which you can do in just a few hours--for a variety of reasons. Some want to be their own boss. Others want to make their living by doing something they love. Others seek the opportunity to make a bigger difference in the lives of others.&lt;br /&gt;
  1762. &lt;br /&gt;
  1763. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1764.            <link></link>
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  1766.            <pubDate>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 09:30:30 -0400</pubDate>
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  1769.            <title>The Most Innovative Companies of the 2018 Inc. 5000</title>
  1770.            <description>There are a lot of ways to build fast-growth companies. Just consider this year&apos;s Inc. 5000 list. The annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America includes everything from canned wine producers and freight movers to kayak makers and truck bumper manufacturers.&lt;br /&gt;
  1771. &lt;br /&gt;
  1772. The six companies below, though, take the cake when it comes to innovative business models. Whether it&apos;s reinventing hospital garb or hosting mind-blowing vacations, these startups all have one thing in common: They have tapped into something their customers really&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;wanted. &lt;br /&gt;
  1773. &lt;br /&gt;
  1774. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1775.            <link></link>
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  1777.            <pubDate>Mon, 8 Oct 2018 09:29:07 -0400</pubDate>
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  1780.            <title>How to Create a User-Intent SEO Strategy</title>
  1781.            <description>Behind every Google search, there is an intention. People are looking for something in particular when they are searching the web -- the answers to their problems, information about the services available to them or sources for the product they want. If you want your business to be discovered by users on the web, your content needs to be optimized for user intent.&lt;br /&gt;
  1782. &lt;br /&gt;
  1783. Since Google can recognize user intent, it displays pages in search results that are most relevant to what the user is looking for. Because of this, understanding user intent and creating content with the user&apos;s intent in mind is essential to improving the relevance of your website pages and improving SEO.&lt;br /&gt;
  1784. &lt;br /&gt;
  1785. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1788.            <pubDate>Fri, 5 Oct 2018 09:26:50 -0400</pubDate>
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  1791.            <title>9 Reasons CEOs Should Hire Introverts, Not Extroverts</title>
  1792.            <description>
  1793.                <![CDATA[Well, it turns out that, according to decades of academic research, introverts are more likely than extroverts to have those characteristics:<br />
  1794. <br />
  1795. <b>1. Introverts are generally more creative.</b><br />
  1796. Introverts are famously more creative than extroverts. According to the journal Perceptual and Motor Skills, <i>Creativity is a problem-solving response by intelligent, very active, highly emotional, and extremely introverted persons.</i><br />
  1797. <br />
  1798. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  1799.            </description>
  1800.            <link></link>
  1801.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2047</guid>
  1802.            <pubDate>Wed, 3 Oct 2018 09:25:06 -0400</pubDate>
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  1805.            <title>5 Tips to Consider When Designing (or Redesigning) Your Organizational Structure</title>
  1806.            <description>It is not a one-time undertaking but an ongoing process that must be revisited throughout the life of any business. In fact, nearly half of all CEOs launch a company reorganization during their first two years on the job.&lt;br /&gt;
  1807. &lt;br /&gt;
  1808. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1809.            <link></link>
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  1811.            <pubDate>Mon, 1 Oct 2018 09:21:21 -0400</pubDate>
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  1814.            <title>How to Deliver Bad News When It&apos;s Not Your Fault</title>
  1815.            <description>Have you ever shared bad news with coworkers, employees or partners? As much as we don&apos;t want to shoot the messenger, sometimes we associate negative feelings with the person who tells us bad news.&lt;br /&gt;
  1816. &lt;br /&gt;
  1817. Work is hard enough as is. You do not need a negative halo effect associated with you, especially if a situation was out of your control. For example, maybe you and a partner organization submitted a proposal and were waiting to hear back from a Fortune 1000 client. The client tells you that another company out-bid you with a lower quote.&lt;br /&gt;
  1818. &lt;br /&gt;
  1819. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1822.            <pubDate>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:19:20 -0400</pubDate>
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  1825.            <title>Organize Your Small-Business Finances With These 7 Steps</title>
  1826.            <description>Going into business for yourself is a big deal. There is always a long to-do list and you will find yourself wearing many different hats from time to time. Your business is more of a hobby if you are not making money. Properly managing and organizing your small-business finances can contribute to the success of your business and make sure you’re hitting your profit goals. Like personal finance, there are plenty of ways to organize your small-business finances depending on what your goals are.&lt;br /&gt;
  1827. &lt;br /&gt;
  1828. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1831.            <pubDate>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 01:16:44 -0400</pubDate>
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  1834.            <title>Tax And Regulatory Cuts Solve A Long-Running Problem For Small Business</title>
  1835.            <description>Then, as the recovery progressed, taxes and regulations reemerged.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; But over the last year, those two concerns have been displaced by the availability of qualified labor.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;Finding qualified employees is always a concern in a growing economy and has certainly grown in importance in this expansion, even more prominent than in 2000, when the ratio of employment to the population hit a record high.&lt;br /&gt;
  1836. &lt;br /&gt;
  1837. Assisting its rise to number one has been the decline in the concerns about taxes and the cost of regulatory compliance.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;The sharp decline in concerns about taxes and regulatory compliance are most likely due to the policies of this administration.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;Record levels of proposed regulations peaked in the last two years of the last administration but dropped to practically nothing early in this term.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;Since then, many existing regulations and rules have been eliminated or scaled back.&lt;br /&gt;
  1838. &lt;br /&gt;
  1839. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1840.            <link></link>
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  1842.            <pubDate>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 10:15:03 -0400</pubDate>
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  1845.            <title>Amazon Makes a Move Into Small Business</title>
  1846.            <description>The company has launched a new store focused on smaller U.S. companies.&lt;br /&gt;
  1847. &lt;br /&gt;
  1848. For many businesses, Amazon operates as both a competitor and a partner. The online giant offers a platform for companies to sell their goods while it also competes with the same companies it works with.&lt;br /&gt;
  1849. &lt;br /&gt;
  1850. Now, the digital retailer has launched Amazon Storefronts, a new store that exclusively sells products from small and medium-sized businesses from the United States. It offers more than 1 million products curated by Amazon from 20,000 small and mid-sized businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  1851. &lt;br /&gt;
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  1855.            <pubDate>Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:52:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  1858.            <title>Nine Simple Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back</title>
  1859.            <description>It is often assumed that giving back is something that only big corporations can do. After all, larger businesses often have more profits and can easily give away money to notable causes. But it doesn&apos;t mean that smaller businesses can&apos;t do the same. Often times, small businesses can also have a significant impact on organizations that can use their help.&lt;br /&gt;
  1860. &lt;br /&gt;
  1861. We asked members of the Forbes Business Development Council for ideas on how small businesses can give back to their communities. &lt;br /&gt;
  1862. &lt;br /&gt;
  1863. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1866.            <pubDate>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:11:44 -0400</pubDate>
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  1869.            <title>A basic SEO audit for small businesses</title>
  1870.            <description>Most small businesses can perform a simple audit and improve their SEO considerably without involving an agency. Ten steps you can take to get started.&lt;br /&gt;
  1871. &lt;br /&gt;
  1872. I am a big fan of getting the basics precisely dialed in for small business search engine optimization (SEO). Ensuring you lay a solid SEO foundation will typically deliver around 80 percent of the results, for only 20 percent of the effort, for small local businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  1873. &lt;br /&gt;
  1874. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1875.            <link></link>
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  1877.            <pubDate>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:09:51 -0400</pubDate>
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  1880.            <title>5 things to remember when growing your small business</title>
  1881.            <description>Small business optimism is at a record high. In this year’s Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, business owners consistently reported positive attitudes about their current situation and their future.&lt;br /&gt;
  1882. &lt;br /&gt;
  1883. Part of that optimism is due to the high availability of financing and access to credit that many small businesses need in order to grow. Indeed, many small business owners are taking the opportunity to use these and other cash flow management tools to expand their business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1884. &lt;br /&gt;
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  1888.            <pubDate>Fri, 7 Sep 2018 18:58:32 -0400</pubDate>
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  1891.            <title>Social Media and Government: What Are the New Rules of Engagement?</title>
  1892.            <description>Social media, email, text messaging and other communication technologies are transforming government into a more efficient, effective and dynamic process. Whether it’s an elected official using Twitter to address constituents or a city using a Facebook page to make public announcements, government entities and elected officials are becoming more accessible and connected to constituents. And therein lie today’s nuanced First Amendment related challenges&lt;br /&gt;
  1893. &lt;br /&gt;
  1894. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1895.            <link></link>
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  1897.            <pubDate>Wed, 5 Sep 2018 01:56:32 -0400</pubDate>
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  1900.            <title>Seven Reasons Your Small Business Is Not Generating Sales</title>
  1901.            <description>Here are seven reasons why your business is not generating sales:&lt;br /&gt;
  1902. &lt;br /&gt;
  1903. 1. You are marketing, not selling.&lt;br /&gt;
  1904. &lt;br /&gt;
  1905. Reaching out to a networking contact is a sales call when that contact has expressed a need and interest for what you are selling, and you actually discuss your offer, your pricing, next steps and or other ways to move forward. If your networking meeting is to introduce what you offer or to reconnect in general, that is a marketing call. Many small business owners are busy on social media, tweaking their website, writing blogs, and catching up over coffee – all of which is great for marketing and may lead to sales eventually -- but these activities are not directly generating sales.&lt;br /&gt;
  1906. &lt;br /&gt;
  1907. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1908.            <link></link>
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  1910.            <pubDate>Mon, 3 Sep 2018 14:36:16 -0400</pubDate>
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  1913.            <title>Secrets to Getting More Traffic for Your Small Business Website Revealed</title>
  1914.            <description>How to Get Traffic to Your Website&lt;br /&gt;
  1915. &lt;br /&gt;
  1916. In building this strategy, it can help to get input from the experts who have been there before. Here are some tips and tricks ranging from content creation to SEO to social media from digital marketing experts around the web.&lt;br /&gt;
  1917. &lt;br /&gt;
  1918. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1919.            <link></link>
  1920.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2036</guid>
  1921.            <pubDate>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:34:49 -0400</pubDate>
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  1924.            <title>A Small-Business Guide to Instagram Stories</title>
  1925.            <description>Instagram is a great source to build your brand’s identity, engage new followers and expand your reach. However, if you’re simply posting images to your business Instagram page, you’re missing out on a major opportunity on the platform: Instagram Stories. With Stories, you can show a behind-the-scenes look at your brand while developing its personality and building authentic relationships with your followers.&lt;br /&gt;
  1926. &lt;br /&gt;
  1927. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1928.            <link></link>
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  1930.            <pubDate>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:33:12 -0400</pubDate>
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  1933.            <title>Google Spent a Decade Researching What Makes a Great Boss. They Came Up With These 10 Things</title>
  1934.            <description>Those are the types of questions Google set out to answer. In 2008, they began research into what makes a good manager, code-named Project Oxygen. They originally identified eight behaviors that were common among their highest performing managers, and began training all managers to develop those behaviors. Over time, Google saw a marked improvement in key metrics such as employee turnover, satisfaction, and performance.&lt;br /&gt;
  1935. &lt;br /&gt;
  1936. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1937.            <link></link>
  1938.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2034</guid>
  1939.            <pubDate>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:31:02 -0400</pubDate>
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  1942.            <title>Looking for Tips and Resources for Small Business Success?</title>
  1943.            <description>Business owners need to constantly learn in order to be successful. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned entrepreneur, resources like business experts, books, tools and exercises can help you shape your strategies and cultivate sustained success. Here are some suggestions from members of the online small business community for resources and tips that can help you build a successful business and life.&lt;br /&gt;
  1944. &lt;br /&gt;
  1945. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1948.            <pubDate>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:29:11 -0400</pubDate>
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  1951.            <title>How to Escape the Tyranny of the To-Do List</title>
  1952.            <description>Overwhelmed leaders cringe at multiplying demands, such as identifying and recruiting talent, envisioning the next iteration of their product, or developing their public-speaking skills. &lt;i&gt;There are only 24 hours in a day, &lt;/i&gt;they plead.&lt;br /&gt;
  1953. &lt;br /&gt;
  1954. True. But there are 168 hours in a week, 730 hours in a month, and 8,760 hours in a year. View time in that way and many of the larger-picture, often open-ended tasks that are crowded out by in-the-moment demands appear more feasible.&lt;br /&gt;
  1955. &lt;br /&gt;
  1956. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  1958.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2032</guid>
  1959.            <pubDate>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:27:39 -0400</pubDate>
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  1962.            <title>#MeToo Means You Too Need Small Business Coverage</title>
  1963.            <description>The #MeToo movement is making a major impact across industries, small businesses included. From reviewing internal policies to getting the right kind of insurance, these steps can help small business owners protect their companies and employees.&lt;br /&gt;
  1964. &lt;br /&gt;
  1965. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1966.            <link></link>
  1967.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2031</guid>
  1968.            <pubDate>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:25:24 -0400</pubDate>
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  1971.            <title>4 Ways a Small Business Can Give Back</title>
  1972.            <description>As a small business owner or manager, sometimes the sheer volume of things that need to be done makes it hard to remember to think about others. It&apos;s important, however, to give back to your community. In fact, if you own a small business that draws on local customers, it&apos;s important to do things that strengthen your bonds with your community.&lt;br /&gt;
  1973. &lt;br /&gt;
  1974. Not all of these apply to every type of small business. A retail store can do things that a small service-based business can not, but at least one of these should apply to your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  1975. &lt;br /&gt;
  1976. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1977.            <link></link>
  1978.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2030</guid>
  1979.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:23:45 -0400</pubDate>
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  1982.            <title>The Keys to Building an Influential Personal Brand</title>
  1983.            <description>There is something incredibly important in life that I do not hear enough people talking about. It is called your personal brand and it goes far beyond your career.&lt;br /&gt;
  1984. &lt;br /&gt;
  1985. I started learning about personal branding over 10 years ago when I got into the entrepreneurial world. I noticed a big difference between some peoples brands and others. So I started taking notes.&lt;br /&gt;
  1986. &lt;br /&gt;
  1987. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1988.            <link></link>
  1989.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2029</guid>
  1990.            <pubDate>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:21:41 -0400</pubDate>
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  1993.            <title>How to Launch Your First Email Marketing Campaign and Get the Results You Want</title>
  1994.            <description>Email is not going anywhere. There are 3.7 billion global email users, and that number is expected to grow to 4.1 billion by 2021. What is more, this communication channel is supremely popular: People check their emails multiple times a day, and when you&apos;re trying to market your company, you can get your name into thousands of inboxes just by launching an email marketing campaign.&lt;br /&gt;
  1995. &lt;br /&gt;
  1996. The cost? Email marketing is also super-affordable, which makes it great for small businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  1997. &lt;br /&gt;
  1998. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  1999.            <link></link>
  2000.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2028</guid>
  2001.            <pubDate>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:17:02 -0400</pubDate>
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  2004.            <title>Small Businesses Share Their Best Marketing Moves</title>
  2005.            <description>Every business has to find the right marketing tools to engage its desired audience, and there doesn’t appear to be one magic widget that works for every company every time.&lt;br /&gt;
  2006. &lt;br /&gt;
  2007. Some find amazing results with social media, SEO and influencer strategies, often combined with compelling online content, some with old-fashioned direct mail, as in messages on paper delivered by a human postal carrier.&lt;br /&gt;
  2008. &lt;br /&gt;
  2009. Several small businesses recently shared their best marketing moves, which cover a broad range of approaches and media. Here are a few of their ideas in this first in a series of articles on the topic.&lt;br /&gt;
  2010. &lt;br /&gt;
  2011. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2012.            <link></link>
  2013.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2027</guid>
  2014.            <pubDate>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:15:30 -0400</pubDate>
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  2017.            <title>11 secrets of small business success</title>
  2018.            <description>No. 1: First, have a pretty good idea of what you are getting into before you start. Running a company is not a 9-to-5 occupation. And much, if not most, of running a business has little to do with the quality of the product or service you sell. You have to work long, hard and smart. And learn new things. Fifty percent of new businesses close (not fail) during the first five years, often because their owners didn’t realize how much time, expense and uncertainty would be involved.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;
  2019. &lt;br /&gt;
  2020. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2021.            <link></link>
  2022.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2026</guid>
  2023.            <pubDate>Wed, 8 Aug 2018 09:10:55 -0400</pubDate>
  2024.        </item>
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  2026.            <title>Amazon Report Cites More Than 1 Million Small Business Sellers On Platform</title>
  2027.            <description>Amazon is often blamed for the demise of the Mom and Pop store and other local and cultural icons of Main Street USA. There may be some truth to this, but it is also just as important to say that the company has helped many small and midsize businesses to grow and thrive.&lt;br /&gt;
  2028. &lt;br /&gt;
  2029. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2030.            <link></link>
  2031.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2025</guid>
  2032.            <pubDate>Mon, 6 Aug 2018 09:09:42 -0400</pubDate>
  2033.        </item>
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  2035.            <title>Elon Musks Erratic Twitter Behavior Teaches 3 Brutal Leadership Lessons--And What Not to Do</title>
  2036.            <description>If you do not have something nice to say, don&apos;t say anything at all.&lt;br /&gt;
  2037. &lt;br /&gt;
  2038. Remember this one, from, like, kindergarten? Apologies are one thing, but better to just avoid the whole thing altogether. Note: this is not the same thing as ignoring criticism. There are constructive ways of responding, though, that will not send your companys stocks plummeting. &lt;br /&gt;
  2039. &lt;br /&gt;
  2040. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2041.            <link></link>
  2042.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2024</guid>
  2043.            <pubDate>Fri, 3 Aug 2018 09:06:09 -0400</pubDate>
  2044.        </item>
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  2046.            <title>Smart, sensitive policies can help small businesses avoid a #MeToo moment</title>
  2047.            <description>Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. Kevin Spacey.&lt;br /&gt;
  2048. &lt;br /&gt;
  2049. No, there apparently is no shortage of accused sexual predators roaming Hollywood. And, while there are have been stories galore over the years about the creeps and their casting couches, it wasn’t until the #MeToo movement that women really were able to get the word out about the seriousness of the issue and, if not put an end to it, at least shine a light on it.&lt;br /&gt;
  2050. &lt;br /&gt;
  2051. And that begs the question: Will there be a #MeToo moment for small business?&lt;br /&gt;
  2052. &lt;br /&gt;
  2053. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2054.            <link></link>
  2055.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2023</guid>
  2056.            <pubDate>Wed, 1 Aug 2018 09:03:33 -0400</pubDate>
  2057.        </item>
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  2059.            <title>Google Has A Secret Way To Protect You From Hackers...</title>
  2060.            <description>Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?&lt;br /&gt;
  2061. &lt;br /&gt;
  2062. 1 — Googles secret to protect its employees from hacking is physical keys.&lt;br /&gt;
  2063. &lt;br /&gt;
  2064. Google has announced a robust solution for phishing cyberattacks against its employees. The company says the adoption of physical Security Keys has stopped the attacks. Security Keys are small USB stick devices made by companies like YubiKey that function similar to two-factor authentication (2FA) methods its employees may already be using.&lt;br /&gt;
  2065. &lt;br /&gt;
  2066. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2067.            <link></link>
  2068.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2022</guid>
  2069.            <pubDate>Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:02:17 -0400</pubDate>
  2070.        </item>
  2071.        <item>
  2072.            <title>3 Tech Tools That Can Have a Big Impact on Your Small Business</title>
  2073.            <description>Technology has started to feel like a four-letter word these days—especially in the business world. Stand by the water cooler and you might hear chatter among employees about what programs, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, will mean for the future of jobs.&lt;br /&gt;
  2074. &lt;br /&gt;
  2075. As this technology comes to life, many people fear for their professional future. They worry that robots will soon sit at their desks while they’re out on the street struggling to find work.&lt;br /&gt;
  2076. &lt;br /&gt;
  2077. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2078.            <link></link>
  2079.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2021</guid>
  2080.            <pubDate>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:34:57 -0400</pubDate>
  2081.        </item>
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  2083.            <title>Is Email marketing good for small businesses in 2018?</title>
  2084.            <description>Marketing has evolved significantly in last few years. Now is the era of demand-driven social marketing which makes email marketing a core part of successful small business marketing strategies. Technological advancements have given marketers no shortage of channels to leverage. Email marketing can be a powerful way for small business to market their brand and their website. It provides them with the flexibility to reach current customers, find new leads, and convert those leads into customers without making a big hole in their pocket. Email marketing can help small business to reach their subscribers and prospects as quickly as possible.&lt;br /&gt;
  2085. &lt;br /&gt;
  2086. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2087.            <link></link>
  2088.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2020</guid>
  2089.            <pubDate>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 09:33:58 -0400</pubDate>
  2090.        </item>
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  2092.            <title>5 Email Marketing Tips to Grow Your Small Business</title>
  2093.            <description>Are you looking for ways to use email marketing to grow your business? Then you will want to take a look at these five email marketing tips to help boost your sales.&lt;br /&gt;
  2094. &lt;br /&gt;
  2095. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2096.            <link></link>
  2097.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2019</guid>
  2098.            <pubDate>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:29:49 -0400</pubDate>
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  2101.            <title>How To Ensure Your Small Business Is Not A Failure Statistic This Year</title>
  2102.            <description>While two-thirds of Americans dream of opening their own small business, recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that approximately 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, and about 50% of small businesses fail in their fifth year.&lt;br /&gt;
  2103. &lt;br /&gt;
  2104. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2105.            <link></link>
  2106.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2018</guid>
  2107.            <pubDate>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:26:04 -0400</pubDate>
  2108.        </item>
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  2110.            <title>Small-Business Owners Name The Best Tools And Resources They Have Invested In</title>
  2111.            <description>Making the right investment in your small business can mean the difference between growth and stagnation. What that right investment is – marketing, training, technology, labor, personal development – will vary from business to business and owner to owner, depending on a variety of factors.&lt;br /&gt;
  2112. &lt;br /&gt;
  2113. Several entrepreneurs recently shared their best business investment from the past year, or top planned investment for this year.&lt;br /&gt;
  2114. &lt;br /&gt;
  2115. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2116.            <link></link>
  2117.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2017</guid>
  2118.            <pubDate>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:24:28 -0400</pubDate>
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  2121.            <title>The 5 Most Important Negotiation Skills You Must Master</title>
  2122.            <description>Intimidated by negotiations? Focus on these five simple negotiation skills first and get much better.&lt;br /&gt;
  2123. &lt;br /&gt;
  2124. Think of all the times in your business week you negotiate:&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;with new hires and existing employees; with sales prospects and long-term clients; with vendors and suppliers. If you&apos;re a business owner or leader, you need to know how to negotiate. This is non-negotiable.&lt;br /&gt;
  2125. &lt;br /&gt;
  2126. Here are the five most important negotiation skills you should focus on first. Each of these skills has proved to be worth millions to my clients and to me over the past 25 years. This all recently came to a head when I had 35 of my top business coaching clients join me for a day-and-a-half program on negotiation in my hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. These were 35 of the most successful entrepreneurs and business owners in the United States.&lt;br /&gt;
  2127. &lt;br /&gt;
  2128. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2129.            <link></link>
  2130.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2016</guid>
  2131.            <pubDate>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:23:27 -0400</pubDate>
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  2134.            <title>The Dos And Don&apos;ts Of Growing Your Small Business</title>
  2135.            <description>Growing your business is an exciting task. It means customers are receiving your business well and you are bringing in a profit.&lt;br /&gt;
  2136. &lt;br /&gt;
  2137. But, growing your business can be intimidating. Many things have the potential to go wrong. That’s why you need a plan. When you know what to do and what to avoid, you can avoid stumbling.&lt;br /&gt;
  2138. &lt;br /&gt;
  2139. Use the following seven dos and do nots to successfully grow your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  2140. &lt;br /&gt;
  2141. &lt;br /&gt;
  2142. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2143.            <link></link>
  2144.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2015</guid>
  2145.            <pubDate>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:22:04 -0400</pubDate>
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  2148.            <title>The Never-Ending Struggle to Sustain a Small Business</title>
  2149.            <description>Delissa Reynolds, an actress, ran a popular local bar for years, until the neighborhood changed.&lt;br /&gt;
  2150. &lt;br /&gt;
  2151. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2152.            <link></link>
  2153.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2014</guid>
  2154.            <pubDate>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:19:56 -0400</pubDate>
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  2157.            <title>The Retirement Income Source 42% of Small-Business Owners Are Relying On -- and Why It is a Mistake</title>
  2158.            <description>For most of us, that means establishing a nest egg in the form of an IRA, 401(k), or both. But a large number of small-business owners have a different sort of backup plan for covering the bills in retirement: their businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  2159. &lt;br /&gt;
  2160. An estimated 42% of small-business owners say that their businesses will serve as their personal pensions, so to speak, according to data from New York Life. But that&apos;s a dangerous proposition in several regards.&lt;br /&gt;
  2161. &lt;br /&gt;
  2162. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2163.            <link></link>
  2164.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2013</guid>
  2165.            <pubDate>Mon, 9 Jul 2018 09:18:35 -0400</pubDate>
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  2168.            <title>The internet sales tax is going to pummel small businesses</title>
  2169.            <description>On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and precedent by allowing states to levy sales taxes on internet purchases. Like many things in life, the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision is a mixed bag. On the whole it was probably the right call, cleaning up an enormously incoherent and unfair tax regime that&apos;s only gotten worse as online retail has expanded.&lt;br /&gt;
  2170. &lt;br /&gt;
  2171. But it will also hit many small businesses hard.&lt;br /&gt;
  2172. &lt;br /&gt;
  2173. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2174.            <link></link>
  2175.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2012</guid>
  2176.            <pubDate>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:47:47 -0400</pubDate>
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  2179.            <title>5 Ways to Improve Your To-Do Lists</title>
  2180.            <description>To-do lists should be an invaluable part of any small business owner&apos;s day-to-day productivity strategy. They do not just help you monitor your tasks, they help keep you motivated and on track. And they seem self-explanatory: Write down a task. Then do it. But, a to-do list can too easily take a wrong turn and become exhaustive and exhausting. Here are five quick tips to help you get the most from your to-do lists.&lt;br /&gt;
  2181. &lt;br /&gt;
  2182. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2183.            <link></link>
  2184.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2011</guid>
  2185.            <pubDate>Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:46:02 -0400</pubDate>
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  2187.        <item>
  2188.            <title>Start a Small Business by Monetizing Something You Are Already Doing</title>
  2189.            <description>This transformation from hobby to business creates entrepreneurial avenues for people who might not otherwise have chosen this path. There are several types of activities that can be successfully monetized.&lt;br /&gt;
  2190. &lt;br /&gt;
  2191. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2192.            <link></link>
  2193.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2010</guid>
  2194.            <pubDate>Mon, 2 Jul 2018 09:44:36 -0400</pubDate>
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  2197.            <title>The 7 Deadly Sins of Small Business Marketing</title>
  2198.            <description>Everybody makes mistakes, but some mistakes are worse than others. Some mistakes are almost deadly—to your marketing, at least.&lt;br /&gt;
  2199. &lt;br /&gt;
  2200. The following seven mistakes are dire enough to make your marketing fail. But the good news is once you know how to spot them and avoid them, your marketing has a dramatically better chance of success.&lt;br /&gt;
  2201. &lt;br /&gt;
  2202. So keep reading, apply what you learn here, and carry on. You’ve got a business to promote&lt;br /&gt;
  2203. &lt;br /&gt;
  2204. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2205.            <link></link>
  2206.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2009</guid>
  2207.            <pubDate>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:40:35 -0400</pubDate>
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  2210.            <title>Supreme Court decision to allow more online sales tax worries small business groups</title>
  2211.            <description>Small business advocates largely grumbled after the nation&apos;s highest court overturned a decades-old decision on online sales tax.&lt;br /&gt;
  2212. &lt;br /&gt;
  2213. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states now have the power to force online retailers to collect sales tax in states where they do not have a physical presence, reversing a ruling from 1992 in a 5-4 decision. The move also revives a 2016 South Dakota law that required large, out-of-state e-commerce companies to collect sales tax, one that big e-commerce players fought. Some online retailers, such as, currently collect state sales tax on products they directly sell but do not collect taxes from many of the independent sellers on the site.&lt;br /&gt;
  2214. &lt;br /&gt;
  2215. The decision removes the sales-tax savings that consumers could reap by making purchases online instead of buying from local brick-and-mortar shops. Although the move does help to level the playing field for physical small businesses, it also places new burdens on small online retailers.&lt;br /&gt;
  2216. &lt;br /&gt;
  2217. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2218.            <link></link>
  2219.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2008</guid>
  2220.            <pubDate>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:38:43 -0400</pubDate>
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  2223.            <title>Why Your Employees Will Love the 90-10 Rule--and So Will You</title>
  2224.            <description>Leaders of movements--entrepreneurial businesses included--incite followers to believe in a vision, in one another, and in themselves. To amass the power of many, they address the needs and dreams of individuals.&lt;br /&gt;
  2225. &lt;br /&gt;
  2226. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2227.            <link></link>
  2228.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2007</guid>
  2229.            <pubDate>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:35:18 -0400</pubDate>
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  2232.            <title>Supreme Courts internet sales tax ruling may be a nightmare for small businesses</title>
  2233.            <description>In the wake of yesterdays Supreme Court ruling, e-commerce companies are understandably both concerned and uncertain of their future. The 5-4 verdict overruled a 1992 precedent set by the case Quill v. North Dakota that only addressed mail-order businesses at the time, but it became a powerful legal bedrock for the e-commerce industry. It let companies without a robust physical infrastructure thrive during and after the dot-com boom by exempting purchases from sales tax, so long as the seller did not have a physical operation in the state where the customer resided. Now, following the court’s decision, states can start charging sales tax on internet purchases even when a retailer has no physical presence in that state.&lt;br /&gt;
  2234. &lt;br /&gt;
  2235. A number of retailers, from Amazon to Etsy to, may be impacted. It is not necessarily because those corporations have been skirting sales tax collection, but some enable thousands of third-party sellers to do so, largely thanks to Quill v. North Dakota. In fact, Amazon, which last year started collecting sales tax in all 45 states that require it by law, may have a substantial amount of work to do to help its Amazon Marketplace sellers stay compliant. &lt;br /&gt;
  2236. &lt;br /&gt;
  2237. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2238.            <link></link>
  2239.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2006</guid>
  2240.            <pubDate>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 08:33:09 -0400</pubDate>
  2241.        </item>
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  2243.            <title>What is PCI Compliance and Why MUST Small Business Owners Be Concerned?</title>
  2244.            <description>The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards, designed to ensure businesses which accept and process credit and debit card information, do so in a safe and secure environment.&lt;br /&gt;
  2245. &lt;br /&gt;
  2246. No matter what industry you operate in or what size business you have, if you accept card payments and process, transmit and store cardholder data, you must host your data securely with a hosting provider that is PCI compliant.&lt;br /&gt;
  2247. &lt;br /&gt;
  2248. The PCI security Standards Council was formed in 2006 by the five major credit card brands — American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Japanese Credit Bureau (JCB) and Discover. While each credit card brand has its own compliance programs, the PCI standards are the foundation for all of them.&lt;br /&gt;
  2249. &lt;br /&gt;
  2250. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2251.            <link></link>
  2252.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2005</guid>
  2253.            <pubDate>Fri, 8 Jun 2018 09:20:28 -0400</pubDate>
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  2255.        <item>
  2256.            <title>More U.S. businesses are becoming worker co-ops: Here is why</title>
  2257.            <description>According to the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI), a nonprofit that supports the development of worker co-ops, employee-owned small businesses see an average of 4% to 5% higher productivity levels and more stability and potential for growth. In contrast to traditional businesses, worker co-ops see much lower rates of employee turnover and business closure. &lt;br /&gt;
  2258. &lt;br /&gt;
  2259. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2260.            <link></link>
  2261.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2004</guid>
  2262.            <pubDate>Wed, 6 Jun 2018 09:18:51 -0400</pubDate>
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  2265.            <title>8 Money Management Tips For Small Business Owners</title>
  2266.            <description>Recently, American Management Services started working with the owner of a restaurant chain, made up of six locations spread across the Northeast. Since the first day they opened their doors, they approached paying vendors with a sense of loyalty by cutting checks the day the invoice was received. While being loved by their vendors, our client was receiving no discounts, and put themselves financially at risk by not safe-guarding their cash!&lt;br /&gt;
  2267. &lt;br /&gt;
  2268. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2269.            <link></link>
  2270.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2003</guid>
  2271.            <pubDate>Mon, 4 Jun 2018 09:17:10 -0400</pubDate>
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  2274.            <title>15 Reasons You Should Start Your Own Small Business Today</title>
  2275.            <description>Want to get really, really rich? Starting your own business is the best way. Want your upside to be unlimited? Starting your own business is the best way. Want to be free to chart your own course, to make your own decisions, to make your own mistakes -- to let the sky be the limit not just financially but also, and more important, personally?&lt;br /&gt;
  2276. &lt;br /&gt;
  2277. Starting your own business is the best way.&lt;br /&gt;
  2278. &lt;br /&gt;
  2279. Still not convinced? Here are 15 more reasons why you should start your own small business today:&lt;br /&gt;
  2280. &lt;br /&gt;
  2281. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2282.            <link></link>
  2283.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2002</guid>
  2284.            <pubDate>Fri, 1 Jun 2018 09:15:46 -0400</pubDate>
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  2287.            <title>How small businesses can navigate rising interest rates</title>
  2288.            <description>The Federal Reserve says that the economy is doing well, so it has raised its key rates recently and is expected to do so again in the near future. The strong economy is great for most businesses, but higher rates will likely increase what it costs for them to borrow.&lt;br /&gt;
  2289. &lt;br /&gt;
  2290. So what&apos;s a small business owner to do? Understand how the system operates and consider the ways they can manage.&lt;br /&gt;
  2291. &lt;br /&gt;
  2292. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2293.            <link></link>
  2294.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2001</guid>
  2295.            <pubDate>Wed, 30 May 2018 09:12:46 -0400</pubDate>
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  2298.            <title>Is Amazon good or bad for small business?</title>
  2299.            <description>This week is Small Business Week, and on Thursday Amazon released its first Small Business Impact Report. Its position? Amazon has been good for small businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  2300. &lt;br /&gt;
  2301. &lt;a href=&quot;;utm_term=.90f76c4298f0&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2302.            <link></link>
  2303.            <guid isPermaLink="false">2000</guid>
  2304.            <pubDate>Mon, 28 May 2018 09:10:08 -0400</pubDate>
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  2307.            <title>More Than Half of Small Businesses Foresee Revenue Growth in 2018</title>
  2308.            <description>Optimism appears to be rising among small business owners (SBOs): 53% of the SBOs who participated in TD Banks 2018 Small Business Survey said they expect their revenues will grow in 2018. That is an improvement over the 46% of respondents who said the same in 2017.&lt;br /&gt;
  2309. &lt;br /&gt;
  2310. In addition, the number of small businesses -- defined for purposes of the survey as those with $5 million or less in annual revenues -- that plan to hire this year more than doubled. In 2017, only 9% of respondents said they expected to add staff. This year, 22% said they intend to.&lt;br /&gt;
  2311. &lt;br /&gt;
  2312. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2313.            <link></link>
  2314.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1999</guid>
  2315.            <pubDate>Fri, 25 May 2018 09:08:41 -0400</pubDate>
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  2318.            <title>May Is For Small Business, Moms, Amazon And Mobile</title>
  2319.            <description>The month of May begins with a focus on the importance of Small Business followed by the love for Mom. The charts and analysis that follow are from Prospers monthly survey of over 7,500 Americans.&lt;br /&gt;
  2320. &lt;br /&gt;
  2321. We asked Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Coresight Research, to provide commentary on the data from the most important deciders for the economy… the consumers themselves.&lt;br /&gt;
  2322. &lt;br /&gt;
  2323. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2324.            <link></link>
  2325.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1998</guid>
  2326.            <pubDate>Wed, 23 May 2018 09:03:28 -0400</pubDate>
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  2329.            <title>The U. S. Department of Energy Announces $34 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants</title>
  2330.            <description>U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry today announced that the Department of Energy will award 219 grants totaling $34 million to 183 small businesses in 41 states.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, todays selections are for Phase I research and development.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;
  2331. &lt;br /&gt;
  2332. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2333.            <link></link>
  2334.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1997</guid>
  2335.            <pubDate>Mon, 21 May 2018 17:02:34 -0400</pubDate>
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  2338.            <title>8 Ways Leaders Waste Valuable Time and Energy</title>
  2339.            <description>Time is a valuable, nonrenewable resource that is distributed equally to each of us. We all get the same 1,440 minutes every day. Are you using your time successfully, or are you wasting your time and draining your energy?&lt;br /&gt;
  2340. &lt;br /&gt;
  2341. In coaching top leaders around the world, I have discovered some patterns in how people waste their time and energy. Here are eight of the most common:&lt;br /&gt;
  2342. &lt;br /&gt;
  2343. 1. Being distracted. &lt;br /&gt;
  2344. Leaders who have a lot to do are easily distracted. No one can stay on task 100 percent of the time, but distraction can pose a serious obstacle to getting things done. It eats away at your time and causes unnecessary stress. Limit distraction by being mindful of how you organize your time and work environment and by preparing yourself to accomplish what needs doing. Develop habits and strategies to minimize your access to distraction, keep your focus on the task at hand, and improve your overall ability to concentrate.&lt;br /&gt;
  2345. &lt;br /&gt;
  2346. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2347.            <link></link>
  2348.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1996</guid>
  2349.            <pubDate>Fri, 18 May 2018 09:10:47 -0400</pubDate>
  2350.        </item>
  2351.        <item>
  2352.            <title>5 Highly Effective Negotiation Tactics Anyone Can Use</title>
  2353.            <description>
  2354.                <![CDATA[Want to be a better negotiator? Here are some simple tips.<br />
  2355. <br />
  2356. 1. Listen more than you talk.<br />
  2357. It is easy to go into a negotiation focused only on what you'll say, especially when you are nervous.<br />
  2358. <br />
  2359. The goal of a negotiation is not just to get what you want, but also to help the other side get what they want. (Otherwise, how will you ever strike a deal?) To do that, you need to actually know what the other side wants -- which means you have to listen.<br />
  2360. <br />
  2361. Finding common ground means knowing common ground exists. <br />
  2362. <br />
  2363. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  2364.            </description>
  2365.            <link></link>
  2366.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1995</guid>
  2367.            <pubDate>Wed, 16 May 2018 09:08:11 -0400</pubDate>
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  2370.            <title>Stop Propping Up Small Business</title>
  2371.            <description>In our age of political polarization, the right, left and center agree on one thing: Big business is wicked, and small business is noble. &lt;br /&gt;
  2372. &lt;br /&gt;
  2373. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2374.            <link></link>
  2375.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1994</guid>
  2376.            <pubDate>Mon, 14 May 2018 09:06:53 -0400</pubDate>
  2377.        </item>
  2378.        <item>
  2379.            <title>Digital Marketing For Small Companies Becomes Big Business</title>
  2380.            <description>Digital marketing for small shops like local bakeries, grocers and regional accountants is growing into big business.&lt;br /&gt;
  2381. &lt;br /&gt;
  2382. Those small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMB) are increasingly turning to growing outside firms to handle their digital outreach, according to industry sources. Among their goals is to become more social media-savvy: for instance, drawing a Facebook user on their phone clicking on a business page into a local shop.&lt;br /&gt;
  2383. &lt;br /&gt;
  2384. Several digital marketing startups focused on smaller companies are looking to capitalize on the opportunity, and they are hungry for venture capital to fund their efforts.&lt;br /&gt;
  2385. &lt;br /&gt;
  2386. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2387.            <link></link>
  2388.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1993</guid>
  2389.            <pubDate>Fri, 11 May 2018 09:05:41 -0400</pubDate>
  2390.        </item>
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  2392.            <title>A Small-Business Guide to Facebook Insights</title>
  2393.            <description>Facebook is more than just status updates and photo albums -- it&apos;s a major marketing tool for businesses. However, if you don&apos;t know how to use it properly and take advantage of all it has to offer, you might as well not use it at all.&lt;br /&gt;
  2394. &lt;br /&gt;
  2395. From engaging customers to entertaining them, Facebook Insights provides some of the best tips and tools for boosting your business. To start, Facebook Insights will tell you information about your customer base, such as the type of people who follow you, where they are located, how old they are and more. Another important area that Facebook Insights covers is your competition. Using the tool, you can track their posts and engagement in order to get ideas for your own business.&lt;br /&gt;
  2396. &lt;br /&gt;
  2397. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2398.            <link></link>
  2399.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1992</guid>
  2400.            <pubDate>Wed, 9 May 2018 09:04:25 -0400</pubDate>
  2401.        </item>
  2402.        <item>
  2403.            <title>Want to Be a Great Leader? Become a Great Identifier</title>
  2404.            <description>Once upon a time I was a member of the most productive crew in the department, which meant we were considered to be the best crew, because numbers were everything. But we didn&apos;t need a Jobs or Bezos or Sandberg or (pick your personal epitome of effective leadership) to get us there.&lt;br /&gt;
  2405. &lt;br /&gt;
  2406. Steve was our Bobby Hurley (yep, old school college basketball reference): Always pushing, always encouraging, always making assists. Lee was solid: Never made mistakes, helped out the entry level workers, quick to make repairs and get running again. Jeff was our glue, coaxing surprising up-time out of the least reliable machines on the line while also serving as our quality conscience. Doug was easily rattled but his nervous energy helped him catch up when he got behind, and also to help keep the end of line workers straight. &lt;br /&gt;
  2407. &lt;br /&gt;
  2408. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2409.            <link></link>
  2410.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1991</guid>
  2411.            <pubDate>Mon, 7 May 2018 09:02:49 -0400</pubDate>
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  2414.            <title>Identifying What to Watch: 14 Key Performance Indicators That Matter</title>
  2415.            <description>As a CEO, it is your responsibility to pay attention to every detail of the business. From employee satisfaction to growth indicators, you need to be on top of how your company is performing at every turn. While there is an extensive range of KPIs available to you, knowing where to focus your attention when it comes to evaluating your business can make you more effective and make the best use of your time. &lt;br /&gt;
  2416. &lt;br /&gt;
  2417. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2418.            <link></link>
  2419.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1990</guid>
  2420.            <pubDate>Fri, 4 May 2018 09:01:26 -0400</pubDate>
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  2423.            <title>Here is how small businesses can benefit from online marketplaces</title>
  2424.            <description>The majority of small business owners agree that online marketplaces have positively impacted their sales, according to a poll by Manta.&lt;br /&gt;
  2425. &lt;br /&gt;
  2426. Nearly 70% of small business owners polled stated that marketplaces like Amazon and eBay have helped them increase sales, while about 30% believe they have had a negative impact. Most small businesses (81%) believe that online sales are critical to their companys success, but most rely on their own websites as an e-commerce channel. Sixty-six percent of small businesses sell products through their own websites, 24% sell on Amazon, and 22% sell on eBay.&lt;br /&gt;
  2427. &lt;br /&gt;
  2428. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2429.            <link></link>
  2430.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1989</guid>
  2431.            <pubDate>Wed, 2 May 2018 09:52:56 -0400</pubDate>
  2432.        </item>
  2433.        <item>
  2434.            <title>Employees Are 32 Percent Less Likely to Quit if They Get This 1 Thing From Their Boss</title>
  2435.            <description>There are a lot of reasons to hate a job: annoying co-workers; bad working conditions; long hours for too little pay; the stress level; and more.&lt;br /&gt;
  2436. &lt;br /&gt;
  2437. But one of the worst things -- arguably the worst -- is having a bad boss.&lt;br /&gt;
  2438. &lt;br /&gt;
  2439. When you don&apos;t feel seen, appreciated, or listened to by your direct manager, it can have a dramatic impact on not only your work performance, but also your sense of self-esteem. Over time, you can begin to feel anxious, worthless, and demoralized.&lt;br /&gt;
  2440. &lt;br /&gt;
  2441. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2442.            <link></link>
  2443.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1988</guid>
  2444.            <pubDate>Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2445.        </item>
  2446.        <item>
  2447.            <title>5 Reasons Social Responsibility Is a Step in the Right Direction for Small Business</title>
  2448.            <description>The business terrain is one that changes much faster than most -- basically because the way business is done evolves based on cultural changes, changes in technology and even generational changes. It is safe to say that at all times, at least one of these things is changing.&lt;br /&gt;
  2449. &lt;br /&gt;
  2450. We are in the era of giving back and social impact. Businesses should face this, and stop using the fact that they are not yet &lt;i&gt;big businesses&lt;/i&gt; as an excuse for boycotting charitable involvements or social responsibility. Businesses that do this are missing out on the great benefits hidden on the other side of socially responsible companies.&lt;br /&gt;
  2451. &lt;br /&gt;
  2452. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2453.            <link></link>
  2454.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1987</guid>
  2455.            <pubDate>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2456.        </item>
  2457.        <item>
  2458.            <title>How These Four Startups Hacked Raising Money--and How You Can Too</title>
  2459.            <description>Want to turn every customer or friend into a potential backer of your business? Since regulations changed in 2016, small businesses have been able to raise money from non-accredited individual investors. While equity crowdfunding, as it is now known, can be complicated and expensive, it&apos;s also been lucrative for some businesses that have taken the plunge.&lt;br /&gt;
  2460. &lt;br /&gt;
  2461. Over the past several months, Inc. followed four founders and CEOs who raised money from big groups of people. What they learned: There&apos;s no one right way to crowdfund. You can do this sort of fundraising on your own, or you can rely on third parties; three of the following startups paid a commission to use a new Indiegogo platform, which handled their technical and marketing and investor-relations headaches. You do not even have to stick to selling traditional shares of your business. Indiegogo lets the companies that use its equity platform sell debt or preferred stock or other securities instead. (Several of these companies also thanked their investors by giving them sample products, T-shirts, or other types of the rewards that crowdfunding first became known for.)&lt;br /&gt;
  2462. &lt;br /&gt;
  2463. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2464.            <link></link>
  2465.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1986</guid>
  2466.            <pubDate>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2467.        </item>
  2468.        <item>
  2469.            <title>How to Make Your Company Look Like a $100 Million Brand</title>
  2470.            <description>Intrepid entrepreneurs find a way to make their own success before they have the money. One way they do this is by acting as if they already have it, or the success that comes with it. While this idea sounds like &lt;i&gt;fake it till you make it,&lt;/i&gt; it is actually rooted in fundamental concepts about consumption, perception, and scaling.&lt;br /&gt;
  2471. &lt;br /&gt;
  2472. Here are some ways you can appear stronger, more successful and better funded than you might actually be.&lt;br /&gt;
  2473. &lt;br /&gt;
  2474. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2475.            <link></link>
  2476.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1985</guid>
  2477.            <pubDate>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:00:23 -0400</pubDate>
  2478.        </item>
  2479.        <item>
  2480.            <title>It is Going to Get Easier to Make Money the Next 5 to 10 Years, and It is Because of These 5 Technologies</title>
  2481.            <description>As an entrepreneur and an angel investor, I get really excited about the future of personal finance.&lt;br /&gt;
  2482. &lt;br /&gt;
  2483. As new technologies develop, from cryptocurrencies to virtual wallets, I see advantages for businesses. I also see opportunities for everyday Americans and our families to make--and keep--more of our own money.&lt;br /&gt;
  2484. &lt;br /&gt;
  2485. In meetings with financial technology startups, I am seeing so many incredible new developments on the horizon. Any innovation that improves how we live, shop, and pay sets off alarm bells--of the good kind--in my friendly neighborhood Certified Financial Planner brain.&lt;br /&gt;
  2486. &lt;br /&gt;
  2487. Here is a sneak peek of why I think the next five to 10 years are going to make making money easier for all of us. It is thanks to these five emerging technologies:&lt;br /&gt;
  2488. &lt;br /&gt;
  2489. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2490.            <link></link>
  2491.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1984</guid>
  2492.            <pubDate>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:00:21 -0400</pubDate>
  2493.        </item>
  2494.        <item>
  2495.            <title>These 5 Barriers Prevent You From Being a Better Leader</title>
  2496.            <description>I spend a lot of time asking employees about how leaders can be more effective communicators. Just yesterday, in fact, I moderated a focus group with employees at a fast-growing consumer products company.&lt;br /&gt;
  2497. &lt;br /&gt;
  2498. The people in the group provided the same feedback I hear time and time again: Leaders are pretty good at sharing information, but they are lousy listeners.&lt;br /&gt;
  2499. &lt;br /&gt;
  2500. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2501.            <link></link>
  2502.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1983</guid>
  2503.            <pubDate>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:11 -0400</pubDate>
  2504.        </item>
  2505.        <item>
  2506.            <title>Do Not Ask for a Raise If You Fall Into 1 of These 3 Categories</title>
  2507.            <description>Below I have outlined three circumstances that should give you pause about the timing of asking for a raise:&lt;br /&gt;
  2508. &lt;br /&gt;
  2509. 1.You have been out of school for less than a year.&lt;br /&gt;
  2510. 2.Your job has not changed at all.&lt;br /&gt;
  2511. 3.You have not made your company any more money.&lt;br /&gt;
  2512. &lt;br /&gt;
  2513. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2514.            <link></link>
  2515.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1982</guid>
  2516.            <pubDate>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2517.        </item>
  2518.        <item>
  2519.            <title>Salesforce small business tools get major refresh</title>
  2520.            <description>Salesforce may derive a grand majority of its revenue from large customers employing 1,000 or more people. But it reached out this week to the smallest of small businesses -- 20 employees or less -- with the release of Salesforce Essentials.&lt;br /&gt;
  2521. &lt;br /&gt;
  2522. The new suite of Salesforce small business cloud tools, which manage both sales and customer service/support, will replace current offerings and SalesforceIQ. The company will retire those in 2020.&lt;br /&gt;
  2523. &lt;br /&gt;
  2524. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2525.            <link></link>
  2526.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1981</guid>
  2527.            <pubDate>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2528.        </item>
  2529.        <item>
  2530.            <title>Why Walking Away from Shark Tank Can Make Sense</title>
  2531.            <description>Landing a coveted spot on Shark Tank is an entrepreneurs dream. They get the opportunity to pitch their business on national television in front of millions of viewers and several rich and prominent investors.&lt;br /&gt;
  2532. &lt;br /&gt;
  2533. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2534.            <link></link>
  2535.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1980</guid>
  2536.            <pubDate>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:42:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2537.        </item>
  2538.        <item>
  2539.            <title>10 Places to Get Payroll Services and More for Your Small Business</title>
  2540.            <description>If your small business has a team of employees, then you need a payroll service to manage all of those payments and details. A good small business payroll service should automatically calculate how much pay each employee earns during every pay period, then process those payments and calculate taxes and reports to help you keep your financial records in order.&lt;br /&gt;
  2541. &lt;br /&gt;
  2542. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2543.            <link></link>
  2544.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1979</guid>
  2545.            <pubDate>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 17:40:57 -0400</pubDate>
  2546.        </item>
  2547.        <item>
  2548.            <title>When Big And Small Business Pay It Forward, Communities Thrive</title>
  2549.            <description>Koch wanted to give back in the most meaningful and valuable way he and his team could. Ten years ago, the company started the Sam Adams Brewing the American Dream (BTAD) program to mentor and provide funding to food, beverage and hospitality startups. Many of these companies are founded by African American women, including Jessica Spalding of Harlem Chocolate Factory.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;During the past 20 years, African-American women’s rate of starting businesses was 605% versus 44% for all businesses, according to The 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses* commissioned by American Express. &lt;br /&gt;
  2550. &lt;br /&gt;
  2551. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2552.            <link></link>
  2553.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1978</guid>
  2554.            <pubDate>Mon, 9 Apr 2018 09:00:09 -0400</pubDate>
  2555.        </item>
  2556.        <item>
  2557.            <title>Tax Reform Provides Boost To Small Business Retirement Plans</title>
  2558.            <description>The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was signed into law by President Trump near the end of 2017 and it mostly took effect in 2018. While the TCJA impacts almost every single individual taxpayer to some degree, the changes also significantly impact corporations and small businesses. In some areas, the impact was purposeful and directed. However, in other ways, the TCJA will have both positive and negative secondary effects. One area that could see a secondary or unintended boost due to a new tax deduction (IRC § 199A) for pass through businesses is retirement plans with small business employers.&lt;br /&gt;
  2559. &lt;br /&gt;
  2560. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2561.            <link></link>
  2562.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1977</guid>
  2563.            <pubDate>Fri, 6 Apr 2018 09:38:02 -0400</pubDate>
  2564.        </item>
  2565.        <item>
  2566.            <title>10 Pro Techniques to Improve Your Business Blogging</title>
  2567.            <description>Use a Content Scorecard to Publish Better Blog Posts&lt;br /&gt;
  2568. When it comes to creating blog content for your business, quality is just as important as quantity, if not more so. To make sure all of your posts are up to professional standards, use the content scorecard included in this Social Media Examiner post by Garrett Moon.&lt;br /&gt;
  2569. &lt;br /&gt;
  2570. Choose the Right Keywords for Your Blog Niche&lt;br /&gt;
  2571. If you want readers to be able to organically find our blog content, you need to include some relevant keywords. Choosing those keywords can be a challenge, so check out the recent Abtech Blog post by Abasifreke Etop for some useful tips.&lt;br /&gt;
  2572. &lt;br /&gt;
  2573. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2574.            <link></link>
  2575.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1976</guid>
  2576.            <pubDate>Wed, 4 Apr 2018 09:00:01 -0400</pubDate>
  2577.        </item>
  2578.        <item>
  2579.            <title>She Was Told No 100 Times. Now This 30-Year-Old Female Founder Runs a $1 Billion Business.</title>
  2580.            <description>So much of success is knowing when to stay the course, even when you’re met with rejection after rejection.&lt;br /&gt;
  2581. &lt;br /&gt;
  2582. 30-year-old Melanie Perkins has been launching creative businesses since she was a teenager. Her first venture, designing and selling handmade scarves to sell in her hometown of Perth, Australia, was launched when she was just 14.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;
  2583. &lt;br /&gt;
  2584. At the age of 22, Perkins founded her next company, an online system for schools to design their yearbooks called Fusion Books. Today, Fusion Books is the largest yearbook publisher in Australia and has a presence in France and New Zealand.&lt;br /&gt;
  2585. &lt;br /&gt;
  2586. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2587.            <link></link>
  2588.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1975</guid>
  2589.            <pubDate>Mon, 2 Apr 2018 09:00:10 -0400</pubDate>
  2590.        </item>
  2591.        <item>
  2592.            <title>The Seven Factors Lenders Use To Measure Small Business Credit</title>
  2593.            <description>Why does qualifying for a small business loan have to be such a mystery?&lt;br /&gt;
  2594. &lt;br /&gt;
  2595. According to a CB Insights study, cash flow issues are the second most common reason startups fail, accounting for 29% of failures. In many cases, access to capital would make a big difference. Yet the loan application process is notoriously opaque for small business owners. Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows the average small business owner spent 26 hours searching and applying for credit, contacted three financial institutions and submitted three credit applications. Despite this time-consuming work, only half of small-business applicants end up being approved for the loan amount they applied for.&lt;br /&gt;
  2596. &lt;br /&gt;
  2597. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2598.            <link></link>
  2599.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1974</guid>
  2600.            <pubDate>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:00:47 -0400</pubDate>
  2601.        </item>
  2602.        <item>
  2603.            <title>Feeling Stuck? Here Are 34 Quotes on Creativity from the Worlds Most Inspirational Leaders.</title>
  2604.            <description>Every successful leader or entrepreneur has used creativity to help them get to where they are today. In fact, creativity is a core component to anyones success. Take a look at J.K. Rowling -- using creativity and imagination, she created a successful franchise full of witches and wizards. Or how about Steve Jobs? Without creatively thinking about the simplest, sleekest way to create products for consumers, Apple would have never been born.&lt;br /&gt;
  2605. &lt;br /&gt;
  2606. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2607.            <link></link>
  2608.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1973</guid>
  2609.            <pubDate>Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:17:29 -0400</pubDate>
  2610.        </item>
  2611.        <item>
  2612.            <title>6 Businesses That Need to Be Launched Right Now</title>
  2613.            <description>Entrepreneurs always need more -- more help, more time, more insight. So we asked: What is the one product you wish someone would create to help your business? Now maybe someone (you?) will make it. &lt;br /&gt;
  2614. &lt;br /&gt;
  2615. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2616.            <link></link>
  2617.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1972</guid>
  2618.            <pubDate>Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2619.        </item>
  2620.        <item>
  2621.            <title>Survey: 64% of Small Business Owners Believe Trumps Policies Have Helped Their Business</title>
  2622.            <description>A majority of small business owners, 63.8 percent, believe that President Trump&apos;s policies have helped their business, according to a survey from the Job Creators Network.&lt;br /&gt;
  2623. &lt;br /&gt;
  2624. More business owners—57.5 percent—believe Republicans do a better job of managing economic issues than do Democrats (14 percent). The survey finds the support is likely due to Trump&apos;s ability to roll back regulations and red tape on businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  2625. &lt;br /&gt;
  2626. A majority of businesses also support the tax reform package that was signed into law and believe media coverage of the proposal was biased.&lt;br /&gt;
  2627. &lt;br /&gt;
  2628. Sixty-eight percent of small businesses view the legislation favorably or somewhat favorably. Fifty-eight percent said the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit their business.&lt;br /&gt;
  2629. &lt;br /&gt;
  2630. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2631.            <link></link>
  2632.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1971</guid>
  2633.            <pubDate>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2634.        </item>
  2635.        <item>
  2636.            <title>Eight Small Business Technology Trends to Watch in 2018</title>
  2637.            <description>New-generation information technology continues to offer more efficiencies for small and midsize businesses, and for those ready to take a leap and invest in these fast new tools and services, 2018 promises to be a good year.&lt;br /&gt;
  2638. &lt;br /&gt;
  2639. So what exactly are the top technology trends for small businesses? Well, basically anything that a large enterprise needs and uses, midrange-size companies also can put to work. This is not a trickle-down-type process; the midrange enterprise market is the largest in the world, and tech companies continue to come out with new and improved products designed specifically for them.&lt;br /&gt;
  2640. &lt;br /&gt;
  2641. &lt;br /&gt;
  2642. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2643.            <link></link>
  2644.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1970</guid>
  2645.            <pubDate>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2646.        </item>
  2647.        <item>
  2648.            <title>What Are the Elements of a Business Contract?</title>
  2649.            <description>As a small business owner or self-employed individual, you may need to enter into a business contract. A business contract is a legal agreement between you and another party, and may be used in situations where services are rendered for a fee or specific duties are required to be performed. To be legally valid, a contract must contain several key elements.&lt;br /&gt;
  2650. &lt;br /&gt;
  2651. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2652.            <link></link>
  2653.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1969</guid>
  2654.            <pubDate>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  2655.        </item>
  2656.        <item>
  2657.            <title>Five Small Business Marketing Trends to Jump On This Year</title>
  2658.            <description>Enhance The Customer Experience&lt;br /&gt;
  2659. &lt;br /&gt;
  2660. The term user experience or UX is often used in the context of web design, with the idea that features must be designed with the end user in mind. Customer experience or CX includes UX but also encompasses every touchpoint that customers have with your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  2661. &lt;br /&gt;
  2662. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2663.            <link></link>
  2664.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1968</guid>
  2665.            <pubDate>Mon, 5 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  2666.        </item>
  2667.        <item>
  2668.            <title>Nearly One in Seven Small Business Owners Not Confident About Retirement</title>
  2669.            <description>Sixty-nine percent of small business owners have zero to little confidence they will be able to retire comfortably, Paychex found in a survey.&lt;br /&gt;
  2670. &lt;br /&gt;
  2671. Thirty percent said they were somewhat confident, 21% said they were not at all confident, and 18% fall between somewhat confident and not at all confidentȒadding up to a total of 69%. Only 20% said they were very confident they will have enough money to retire comfortably.&lt;br /&gt;
  2672. &lt;br /&gt;
  2673. Asked what could help improve their situation, 68% said being able to save more. Other ways they would like to receive financial help were assistance in converting a portfolio balance into monthly income, cited by 10%; guidance on investments and the appropriate savings rate, also cited by 10%; and retirement tools to cover a wide range of expenses, including health care, cited by 8%. Fifteen percent said that nothing would help them feel more confident about retirement.&lt;br /&gt;
  2674. &lt;br /&gt;
  2675. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2676.            <link></link>
  2677.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1867</guid>
  2678.            <pubDate>Fri, 2 Mar 2018 09:57:42 -0500</pubDate>
  2679.        </item>
  2680.        <item>
  2681.            <title>Seven rules for small-business growth</title>
  2682.            <description>Like many entrepreneurs, in the beginning of my own business I did not really plan for growth. Instead, I responded to opportunities as they came. In fact, I first went in to business by literally bumping into an opportunity. One day, while walking my dog, I met a man who needed a business plan. He was my first client.&lt;br /&gt;
  2683. &lt;br /&gt;
  2684. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2685.            <link></link>
  2686.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1966</guid>
  2687.            <pubDate>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:56:54 -0500</pubDate>
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  2690.            <title>10 Tax-Savings Hacks That Small Business Owners Often Miss</title>
  2691.            <description>Being a small business owner is expensive as it is -- every penny counts when entrepreneurs are living on razor-thin margins and fighting for market share. But owning and operating a small business is even more expensive when you pay more taxes than you owe.&lt;br /&gt;
  2692. &lt;br /&gt;
  2693. In a survey personal finance expert Garrett Gunderson conducted of his small business-owner clients and wrote about for Forbes, approximately 93 percent of them had overpaid over the past dozen years. Now, nobody expects owners to be tax professionals -- you do have businesses to run, after all -- but it&apos;s important to know where you can save money in order to invest that money back into your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  2694. &lt;br /&gt;
  2695. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2698.            <pubDate>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:09:31 -0500</pubDate>
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  2701.            <title>10 Helpful Insights to Help You Make Use of Video and Better Communicate with Customers</title>
  2702.            <description>Video is a medium that gives your small business lots of different options for communicating and sharing information with customers. But it can be sort of overwhelming for some small businesses. Arielle Kimbarovsky of CrowdSpring offers some suggestions for businesses looking to make the most of video in a recent post.&lt;br /&gt;
  2703. &lt;br /&gt;
  2704. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2707.            <pubDate>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:00:08 -0500</pubDate>
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  2710.            <title>12 Must-Have SaaS Tools For Small Businesses</title>
  2711.            <description>In fact, some business leaders get so overwhelmed by the din of competing voices from service providers, they sit on the sidelines and fail to take advantage of some productivity and profitability enhancing systems.&lt;br /&gt;
  2712. &lt;br /&gt;
  2713. I want to point out several good apps and SaaS tools, but before I get into specifics, I want to create a simple framework in which you should evaluate these tools. Further, keep in mind that one of the biggest advantages these tools give you is the ability to successfully manage virtual teams. However, you will find almost all of them appropriate for local use as well.&lt;br /&gt;
  2714. &lt;br /&gt;
  2715. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2718.            <pubDate>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:44 -0500</pubDate>
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  2721.            <title>Look out for the rise of the robots</title>
  2722.            <description>Continuing with our annual look at the top trends in small business, this week we get to the Top 5. Apparently, the only thing constant is change.&lt;br /&gt;
  2723. &lt;br /&gt;
  2724. 5. You will get hacked. In fact, you probably were in the past year, right? The Equifax hack alone exposed the private data of almost 150 million people. Or how about Yahoo? Last year the company divulged that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked a couple of years ago. Other notable breaches this past year include:&lt;br /&gt;
  2725. &lt;br /&gt;
  2726. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2729.            <pubDate>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:45:02 -0500</pubDate>
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  2732.            <title>7 Ingredients of Small Business Success Online</title>
  2733.            <description>Building a small business online is scary. Big businesses can easily outspend you with PPC, SEO, SMM and inbound marketing campaigns.&lt;br /&gt;
  2734. &lt;br /&gt;
  2735. However, smart startup founders grimly pass around business battles on the blogosphere, charging low prices for quality product, reversing their vision, failing to voice their opinion on their podcasts, showing contempt for our product, and disrespect for our craft.&lt;br /&gt;
  2736. &lt;br /&gt;
  2737. And yet, look around at the World Wide Web jungle. It&apos;s watered by the services offered by small businesses. The technology to produce product and convert customers exists because we create codes, design services, and write web pages, blog posts, and marketing materials that generate leads and close sales. And every 350-pound gorilla company uses our products or services to thrive.&lt;br /&gt;
  2738. &lt;br /&gt;
  2739. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2742.            <pubDate>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:43:08 -0500</pubDate>
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  2745.            <title>Small Business Marketing 101</title>
  2746.            <description>Branding, services, promotions, products, pricing, prints, blogs, advertising, research and social media -- all of this is marketing. With all the marketing options out there, it can be difficult for small businesses to know what to do. Marketing is a concentrated effort to do push your brand across a variety of platforms and hope that enough makes it through to your customer. Customers need to hear your message several times, so brand, brand, brand! Here are some simple steps to help you market your small business:&lt;br /&gt;
  2747. &lt;br /&gt;
  2748. 1. Get organized. Getting an organized plan is the first step in any marketing effort. Make one. Start with brainstorming, create themes and transfer action items to a calendar or to-do list. &lt;br /&gt;
  2749. &lt;br /&gt;
  2750. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2753.            <pubDate>Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:47 -0500</pubDate>
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  2756.            <title>Tax law makes small businesses rethink ideas</title>
  2757.            <description>Although there are still many unknowns about the tax law that took effect Jan. 1, some small business owners have already figured out that they stand to gain from some of its changes and are changing their plans to maximize their benefits. Some believe they will get a break on income taxes for sole proprietorships, partners and what are called S corporations. Those who buy new computers, vehicles or other equipment can take a bigger deduction.&lt;br /&gt;
  2758. &lt;br /&gt;
  2759. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2762.            <pubDate>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:09:14 -0500</pubDate>
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  2765.            <title>7 small business resolutions for 2018</title>
  2766.            <description>Personal resolutions can be tough to keep — lose those pounds or quit smoking — but those of the small business variety can be a whole lot easier and bring you greater satisfaction and success by year’s end.&lt;br /&gt;
  2767. &lt;br /&gt;
  2768. Seven resolutions to help you succeed in 2018:&lt;br /&gt;
  2769. &lt;br /&gt;
  2770. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2771.            <link></link>
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  2773.            <pubDate>Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:00:26 -0500</pubDate>
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  2776.            <title>5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Spend Their Tax Savings</title>
  2777.            <description>The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, and it is being put into action starting with the 2018 tax year.&lt;br /&gt;
  2778. &lt;br /&gt;
  2779. On the personal side, the final bill cuts income tax rates in almost every tax bracket, doubles the standard deduction, eliminates personal exemptions, doubles the child tax credit, expands medical expense deductions, repeals the Obamacare tax and doubles the estate tax exemption.&lt;br /&gt;
  2780. &lt;br /&gt;
  2781. On the business side of things, the tax bill lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent -- which is the lowest rate since 1939. For pass-through businesses -- which many small businesses are -- the standard deduction gets boosted to 20 percent. &lt;br /&gt;
  2782. &lt;br /&gt;
  2783. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2784.            <link></link>
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  2786.            <pubDate>Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:00:56 -0500</pubDate>
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  2789.            <title>Amazon Officially Eliminates Cashiers...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week</title>
  2790.            <description>Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?&lt;br /&gt;
  2791. &lt;br /&gt;
  2792. 1 — Amazon Go cashier-less convenience store opens to the public in Seattle.&lt;br /&gt;
  2793. &lt;br /&gt;
  2794. This week in Seattle, Amazon opened its cashier-less convenience store to the general public. At Amazon Go, customers scan their smartphone on the way in and are then tracked with cameras and other sensors as they browse. &lt;br /&gt;
  2795. &lt;br /&gt;
  2796. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2797.            <link></link>
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  2799.            <pubDate>Mon, 5 Feb 2018 09:00:32 -0500</pubDate>
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  2802.            <title>4 High-Tech Industries (and a Really Low-Tech One) That Are Booming With No End In Sight</title>
  2803.            <description>The beginning of the new year is when the worlds top investors make their predictions of industries to keep an eye on. Innovative technologies and ways of doing business are creating growth in certain industries. For those looking for something new to invest time or money in, take a look at these five industries that experts predict to have an increase in growth in 2018.&lt;br /&gt;
  2804. &lt;br /&gt;
  2805. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2806.            <link></link>
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  2808.            <pubDate>Fri, 2 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  2811.            <title>4 Steps for Small Businesses to Achieve Gender-Neutral Salaries</title>
  2812.            <description>Numbers do not lie, and the statistics are in -- there is a gender gap in salaries. There are varying statistics with different percentages, but the discrepancy is out there. Data from PayScale shows the difference in parity between controlled and uncontrolled pay gaps. The World Economic Forum shows gender gaps is a problem on a global level. But, how do employers structure and communicate salaries without any inequality? &lt;br /&gt;
  2813. &lt;br /&gt;
  2814. After leading a small business human resources and operations department for 13 years, I know the answer is simple: Keep your policy simple and communicate it well.&lt;br /&gt;
  2815. &lt;br /&gt;
  2816. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2817.            <link></link>
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  2819.            <pubDate>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  2822.            <title>5 Brutal Lessons About Entrepreneurship I Learned in My First Year as a Startup Founder</title>
  2823.            <description>Twelve months later we have a full-time team and a company successful beyond our wildest dreams. Digital Press, named during one of our many coffee-on-an-apartment-balcony conversations, has been our attempt to empower the world&apos;s smartest people to share what they know. We work with carefully selected CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and venture capitalists (primarily at businesses doing $10M to $300M in revenue) to share their hard-earned insight with the internet. None of the atrocious writing most PR firms peddle as acumen. None of the ad-speak or jargon nobody finds helpful. Just the hard lessons learned and the personal stories of how these successful people learned them.&lt;br /&gt;
  2824. &lt;br /&gt;
  2825. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2826.            <link></link>
  2827.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1953</guid>
  2828.            <pubDate>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:00:31 -0500</pubDate>
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  2831.            <title>What It Takes To Be A Small Business Owner</title>
  2832.            <description>The freedom to chase your entrepreneurial dream is one of the great foundations of America. Owning a business is a freedom the U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics records 29.6 million Americans pursue today, supporting local communities with products and services while contributing millions of dollars and jobs to the American economy.&lt;br /&gt;
  2833. &lt;br /&gt;
  2834. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2835.            <link></link>
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  2837.            <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:51:01 -0500</pubDate>
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  2840.            <title>How to Start a Sustainable Small Business</title>
  2841.            <description>Roughly 60 percent of millennials want to increase sustainability efforts in business. Millennials make up the largest group of consumers besides baby boomers, and 72 percent are willing to pay more for products from businesses committed to sustainability.&lt;br /&gt;
  2842. &lt;br /&gt;
  2843. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2844.            <link></link>
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  2846.            <pubDate>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:50:04 -0500</pubDate>
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  2849.            <title>To Be Successful, Stop Making Excuses and Face Your Fears</title>
  2850.            <description>Do you constantly find yourself making excuses? Do you try to ignore the toxic work environment you’re in? Are you in denial about your exercise and health regimen? Whatever it might be, if you want to be successful, you have to identify these things and face challenges head-on.&lt;br /&gt;
  2851. &lt;br /&gt;
  2852. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2853.            <link></link>
  2854.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1950</guid>
  2855.            <pubDate>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:48:19 -0500</pubDate>
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  2858.            <title>The Top Recurring Billing and Payment Tools for Small Business</title>
  2859.            <description>Here’s a list of the top recurring billing and payments tools to transition the process from the ledger to the internet.&lt;br /&gt;
  2860. &lt;br /&gt;
  2861. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2862.            <link></link>
  2863.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1949</guid>
  2864.            <pubDate>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:46:34 -0500</pubDate>
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  2867.            <title>Paychex sees small business job growth slowing, but wages rising</title>
  2868.            <description>Minimum wage increases in states across the country are helping drive up wages, although the rate of job growth at small businesses has slowed down, according to payroll giant Paychex.&lt;br /&gt;
  2869. &lt;br /&gt;
  2870. The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch, which Paychex compiles with the research firm IHS Markit, ended the year with a decline in small business job growth, but with wages higher compared to the previous year. The Small Business Jobs Index slipped to 99.70 in December, down 0.16 percent for the month and 0.78 percent for the year. &lt;br /&gt;
  2871. &lt;br /&gt;
  2872. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2873.            <link></link>
  2874.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1948</guid>
  2875.            <pubDate>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:42:27 -0500</pubDate>
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  2878.            <title>5 Reasons Brick-and-Mortars Will Always Succeed</title>
  2879.            <description>Technology has made it so you can start a new business without even paying for a lease. Simply using your laptop and smartphone, you can create an ecommerce site and have customers buying items from you with minimal expense.&lt;br /&gt;
  2880. &lt;br /&gt;
  2881. But technology solutions are not always as helpful and convenient as they’re cracked up to be. A brick-and-mortar store is still a huge plus for many types of businesses, especially if you sell products that people want to try out.&lt;br /&gt;
  2882. &lt;br /&gt;
  2883. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2884.            <link></link>
  2885.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1947</guid>
  2886.            <pubDate>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:41:24 -0500</pubDate>
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  2889.            <title>What Is Going to Happen in 2018</title>
  2890.            <description>This is a post that I am struggling to write. I really have no idea what is going to happen in 2018.&lt;br /&gt;
  2891. &lt;br /&gt;
  2892. Will the crypto markets continue in their bull cycle? I have no clue.&lt;br /&gt;
  2893. &lt;br /&gt;
  2894. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2895.            <link></link>
  2896.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1946</guid>
  2897.            <pubDate>Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:39:46 -0500</pubDate>
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  2900.            <title>The Small Business Guide To Instagram Growth</title>
  2901.            <description>In recent years Instagram has risen to become one of the social media giants, with over 800 million monthly active users, it can be a fantastic tool for businesses and brands. Not only is it a great platform to showcase what you have to offer, it’s also a great place to make connections, get involved in influencer marketing and reach new clients and customers. So how can you use the platform to make money? Here are some Instagram tips for small business owners.&lt;br /&gt;
  2902. &lt;br /&gt;
  2903. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2904.            <link></link>
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  2906.            <pubDate>Fri, 5 Jan 2018 16:37:18 -0500</pubDate>
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  2909.            <title>An Almost Guaranteed Way to Achieve Every Goal You Set This Year</title>
  2910.            <description>New Years resolutions: We love to make them. And, statistics show, we almost never keep them. (Eighty percent of people who make New Year&apos;s resolutions abandon them by the second week of February.)&lt;br /&gt;
  2911. &lt;br /&gt;
  2912. Of course you could try using silence to accomplish a goal. Or you could try to sneak up on big goals. Those strategies help, but they are far from foolproof.&lt;br /&gt;
  2913. &lt;br /&gt;
  2914. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2915.            <link></link>
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  2917.            <pubDate>Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:36:34 -0500</pubDate>
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  2920.            <title>4 Simple Ways to Grow Your Brand on Instagram</title>
  2921.            <description>Having a smart mobile marketing strategy is an important part of building your personal brand online. Leveraging your social networks to their fullest potential is also important for visibility.&lt;br /&gt;
  2922. &lt;br /&gt;
  2923. Instagram is one of the most widely used networks today that can help build a larger audience and following online, making it a must-engage tool for brands. Posting relevant images, ads and videos that your audience will love is just one part of the success formula.&lt;br /&gt;
  2924. &lt;br /&gt;
  2925. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2926.            <link></link>
  2927.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1943</guid>
  2928.            <pubDate>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  2931.            <title>These 5 Strategies Will Keep Your Employees Energized</title>
  2932.            <description>The worlds top companies are starting to manage employee energy like a strategic asset. They know that ever-increasingly pace of change requires more and more human energy. Any entrepreneur will tell you that it take a tonne of energy to grow a business. The key is to manage it; sometimes you have to exert energy, other times you need to conserve it to go the distance, and after a sprint you need to replenish it.&lt;br /&gt;
  2933. &lt;br /&gt;
  2934. A group of senior executives from companies like Facebook, Alibaba, IBM and Johnson &amp; Johnson got together to come up with strategies to better manage collective human energy in their companies. Here are their top five hacks to maximise human energy:&lt;br /&gt;
  2935. &lt;br /&gt;
  2936. &lt;br /&gt;
  2937. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
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  2940.            <pubDate>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  2943.            <title>Amazon takeover of Whole Foods may be good for small businesses in natural food industry</title>
  2944.            <description>For entrepreneurs in the natural food and products industry like Constantine, Whole Foods has served as a launchpad of sorts for companies looking to get on mainstream store shelves. Companies and local farmers often would get into one or two locations and grow from there if their products took off. Like the big supermarkets and food manufacturers who are nervous about Amazon&apos;s size and power, many small suppliers can see benefits of the combination, but are also concerned what it could mean for them. &lt;br /&gt;
  2945. &lt;br /&gt;
  2946. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2947.            <link></link>
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  2949.            <pubDate>Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  2952.            <title>4 Things Smart People Do When They Are Tasked With a New Project (Other Than Panic)</title>
  2953.            <description>Recently, I was asked to take over an existing project. And, like most people, my first inclination was to feel completely intimidated and overwhelmed.&lt;br /&gt;
  2954. &lt;br /&gt;
  2955. This assignment -- along with its longstanding processes and its related team members -- was all brand new to me. And, if that wasn&apos;t enough to have me breathing into a paper bag, managing this project also required me to branch out and exercise some skills that I had previously left untapped.&lt;br /&gt;
  2956. &lt;br /&gt;
  2957. My chest gets tight at the very thought. Can you relate? Being asked to take on a new work endeavor is a great thing (hey, you must be doing something right!). But, it can also plant plenty of seeds of self-doubt.&lt;br /&gt;
  2958. &lt;br /&gt;
  2959. Fortunately, this recent experience opened my eyes to some better, more productive things you can do when you&apos;re tasked with a new project -- aside from just panicking.&lt;br /&gt;
  2960. &lt;br /&gt;
  2961. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2962.            <link></link>
  2963.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1940</guid>
  2964.            <pubDate>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:02 -0400</pubDate>
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  2967.            <title>How Clever Retargeting Persuades Customers Who Looked But Did not Buy</title>
  2968.            <description>Did you know that nearly 96 percent of your first-time visitors are not ready to purchase from your website right away? That means in most cases, in order to make a sale, you need to encourage your visitors to return more often to your site.&lt;br /&gt;
  2969. &lt;br /&gt;
  2970. Retargeting is the best way to target your first-time visitors on different marketing channels and encourage them to return to your site. Since retargeting helps you to target your existing prospects, it will likely boost more engagement than untargeted ads, making your entire campaign cheaper and cost-effective.&lt;br /&gt;
  2971. &lt;br /&gt;
  2972. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  2973.            <link></link>
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  2975.            <pubDate>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  2978.            <title>21 High-Paying Jobs of the Future</title>
  2979.            <description>
  2980.                <![CDATA[When looking for one of the best jobs of the future, two considerations will be crucial: what jobs are well-paying, and what jobs will expand dramatically in the next decade?<br />
  2981. <br />
  2982. Jobs in healthcare and tech tend to tick both boxes.<br />
  2983. <br />
  2984. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its biennial projections for job growth across hundreds of occupations between 2016 and 2026.<br />
  2985. <br />
  2986. We took those projections and combined them with BLS estimates of the 2016 median annual earnings of those jobs -- using the geometric mean of the two numbers -- to come up with a ranking of the best jobs of the next decade.<br />
  2987. <br />
  2988. To focus on good, high-paying jobs, we restricted our list to those with salaries higher than the 2016 median annual wage of $37,040.<br />
  2989. <br />
  2990. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  2991.            </description>
  2992.            <link></link>
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  2994.            <pubDate>Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  2997.            <title>Amazon Business Prime Shipping Changes the Game for Small Business Procurement</title>
  2998.            <description>Amazon Business Prime Shipping is a paid annual membership program, which enables registered multi-user business customers to take advantage of unlimited fast and free shipping. The program is currently available for Amazon Business customers in the United States and Germany.&lt;br /&gt;
  2999. Small businesses are often faced with the challenge of sharing passwords for authorizing procurement and shipping tasks. With Business Prime Shipping everyone in a business account automatically gets Business Prime Shipping.&lt;br /&gt;
  3000. &lt;br /&gt;
  3001. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3002.            <link></link>
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  3004.            <pubDate>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:26 -0400</pubDate>
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  3007.            <title>How To Get Your Small Business Noticed Online</title>
  3008.            <description>While there are hundreds of thousands of brands competing online, there are a few e-commerce sites, like Amazon, that top the rest. Amazon is the big box store of years past. At one time, consumers would shop at several small businesses to get what they need, but later, larger stores like Walmart popped up, serving as one-stop shops for every consumer need.&lt;br /&gt;
  3009. &lt;br /&gt;
  3010. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3011.            <link></link>
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  3013.            <pubDate>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3016.            <title>Holiday Marketing Guide for Small Businesses</title>
  3017.            <description>We have officially entered the holiday season! October through January is filled with holidays from Halloween to New Years. As a small business, you can take advantage of this joyful time by taking your marketing efforts to the next level. There are many different ways a small business can celebrate (and profit from) the holidays, so let’s jump right into to our extensive guide.&lt;br /&gt;
  3018. &lt;br /&gt;
  3019. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3020.            <link></link>
  3021.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1935</guid>
  3022.            <pubDate>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00:27 -0400</pubDate>
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  3025.            <title>Small Businesses: How to Network Like a Pro</title>
  3026.            <description>Networking skills: sometimes it feels like you either have them or you do not. Putting yourself out there at social gatherings comes so naturally to a lot of folks, while others struggle when forced to strike up conversations with strangers.&lt;br /&gt;
  3027. &lt;br /&gt;
  3028. Networking can be especially overwhelming for small business teams, who usually do not have a safety net of colleagues at networking events — or a big company name in their back pockets. Yet networking has clear benefits that can help your company and career. Not only does it expand your network of contacts, it introduces you to new opportunities, advice and opinions. Put in a little practice, and networking makes you more visible and even helps boost your self confidence.&lt;br /&gt;
  3029. &lt;br /&gt;
  3030. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3031.            <link></link>
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  3033.            <pubDate>Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3036.            <title>Square Expands Lending To Reach Small Business</title>
  3037.            <description>Last summer, Square began offering loans to non-Square merchants with the help of a restaurant software partner called Upserve. Now, the payments and financial services company has created a formal partnership program with the long-term goal of reaching millions more.&lt;br /&gt;
  3038. Square Capital is launching the partnership platform with BigCommerce, an e-commerce software company that is letting Square make loan offers to its tens of thousands of small business clients.&lt;br /&gt;
  3039. &lt;br /&gt;
  3040. Square is also extending loan offers to restaurants that work with its own delivery service, Caviar, but which do not already process payments through Square.&lt;br /&gt;
  3041. &lt;br /&gt;
  3042. Taken together, these new partnerships give Jack Dorseys company a way to jumpstart further expansion of its lending program, which has already extended $1.8 billion in funds to more than 140,000 businesses since its launch three-plus years ago.&lt;br /&gt;
  3043. &lt;br /&gt;
  3044. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3045.            <link></link>
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  3047.            <pubDate>Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3049.        <item>
  3050.            <title>The State Of Small Business Marketing</title>
  3051.            <description>Marketing is a moving target these days. Technologies evolve and customer behavior seems to change almost every day.&lt;br /&gt;
  3052. &lt;br /&gt;
  3053. Small businesses tend to be a little slow with marketing developments. Some are cutting-edge, of course – but most wait until theres proof a tactic works.&lt;br /&gt;
  3054. &lt;br /&gt;
  3055. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3056.            <link></link>
  3057.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1932</guid>
  3058.            <pubDate>Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3059.        </item>
  3060.        <item>
  3061.            <title>Startup Slump</title>
  3062.            <description>Economists say big businesses like Amazon, Google, and Facebook are hurting entrepreneurship and creating a startup slump in America, according to a report in The New York Times.&lt;br /&gt;
  3063. &lt;br /&gt;
  3064. In 2015, some 414,000 new businesses were created, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. While that&apos;s a slight increase from the previous year, it&apos;s still far less than the 558,000 companies formed in 2006, the year before the recession hit.&lt;br /&gt;
  3065. &lt;br /&gt;
  3066. The cause of that downturn may be that big businesses are eliminating their competition.&lt;br /&gt;
  3067. &lt;br /&gt;
  3068. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3069.            <link></link>
  3070.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1931</guid>
  3071.            <pubDate>Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3072.        </item>
  3073.        <item>
  3074.            <title>5 Affordable Franchises You Can Start for Less Than $10,000</title>
  3075.            <description>Everyone says that starting a business is expensive and risky, but it doesn&apos;t have to be. One approach, which some consider safer, is owning a franchise. It has a proven business model, a brand built in and corporate support. And not every franchise will cost you millions. In fact, you can start some franchises for less than five figures -- and not just random, bargain-bin franchises, but companies that made our 2017 Franchise 500 List.&lt;br /&gt;
  3076. &lt;br /&gt;
  3077. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3078.            <link></link>
  3079.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1930</guid>
  3080.            <pubDate>Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3081.        </item>
  3082.        <item>
  3083.            <title>How AI Tech Is Changing Small Business Marketing And Customer Service</title>
  3084.            <description>Whether you realize it or not, artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Companies large and small are embracing the opportunity to achieve more and set bigger goals by using AI. Solid proof of this embrace can be seen in CRM giant Salesforce, which embeds AI into its leading CRM platform. Driven by the idea of democratizing AI so companies of all sizes can deliver smarter, more personalized, and predictive customer experiences, Salesforce created Einstein, your personal AI data scientist to guide you through your day.&lt;br /&gt;
  3085. &lt;br /&gt;
  3086. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3087.            <link></link>
  3088.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1929</guid>
  3089.            <pubDate>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3090.        </item>
  3091.        <item>
  3092.            <title>Learn About Social Media Algorithms, Augmented Reality and More Changing Business Trends</title>
  3093.            <description>The tools, platforms and methods you use to grow your business are constantly changing. So you need to keep up with all the latest updates and trends. Members of the online small business community have some great insights about these changing tools and trends, ranging from social media algorithms to augmented reality. Read on for some helpful tips.&lt;br /&gt;
  3094. &lt;br /&gt;
  3095. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3096.            <link></link>
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  3098.            <pubDate>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 21:09:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3101.            <title>The A-Z of Popular Business Startups: A State by State Guide (Infographic)</title>
  3102.            <description>So many small businesses start as a dream. But what types of businesses are entrepreneurs currently dreaming about starting? Online equipment marketplace Bid on Equipment recently created an infographic showing the types of businesses that are most popular with prospective entrepreneurs and current business owners. Here’s a rundown of the findings.&lt;br /&gt;
  3103. &lt;br /&gt;
  3104. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3105.            <link></link>
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  3107.            <pubDate>Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:00:37 -0400</pubDate>
  3108.        </item>
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  3110.            <title>4 Budgeting Tips For Small Business Owners</title>
  3111.            <description>Every business needs well managed capital to scale. If you’re able to budget properly, then there will always be enough capital for you to grow your business. Every business operates differently which means there is no universal formula to creating a viable budget for your company. &lt;br /&gt;
  3112. &lt;br /&gt;
  3113. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3114.            <link></link>
  3115.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1926</guid>
  3116.            <pubDate>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3117.        </item>
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  3119.            <title>The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries</title>
  3120.            <description>Thinking about launching a new business? Here is where to look to for high profit margins.&lt;br /&gt;
  3121. &lt;br /&gt;
  3122. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3123.            <link></link>
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  3125.            <pubDate>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:05 -0400</pubDate>
  3126.        </item>
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  3128.            <title>11 Cyber Security Questions Every Small Business Should Ask</title>
  3129.            <description>The big question therefore is: are you prepared for a cyber attack? Small business credit provider Headway Capital, has compiled data to help you check yourself.&lt;br /&gt;
  3130. &lt;br /&gt;
  3131. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3132.            <link></link>
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  3134.            <pubDate>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3135.        </item>
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  3137.            <title>10 Ways to Break Your Small Business Out of a Rut</title>
  3138.            <description>When your small business gets stuck in a rut, you need to find a quick way to snap out of it. This can mean finding a new source of inspiration, following some new trends or even kickstarting your marketing efforts. For more on breaking your small business out of a rut, check out these tips from members of the online small business community.&lt;br /&gt;
  3139. &lt;br /&gt;
  3140. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3141.            <link></link>
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  3143.            <pubDate>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:28 -0400</pubDate>
  3144.        </item>
  3145.        <item>
  3146.            <title>18 Secrets From CEOs Whose Companies Will Not Stop Growing</title>
  3147.            <description>On the lists 10th anniversary, we asked the founders of 25 of the 142 remarkable companies that have earned a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 list 10 times or more to reveal how they have sustained and managed hypergrowth. What follows is a sampling of their sage advice&lt;br /&gt;
  3148. &lt;br /&gt;
  3149. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3150.            <link></link>
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  3152.            <pubDate>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3155.            <title>14 Startup Tips From Small Business Pros</title>
  3156.            <description>Experts from the nations 63 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are more than happy to share their advice for starting and growing a business successfully. They work with entrepreneurs every day, providing free and low-cost consulting. Collectively, SBDCs help a new business launch every 31 minutes, and provide more than 1.3 million hours of consulting services to entrepreneurs annually.&lt;br /&gt;
  3157. &lt;br /&gt;
  3158. To get you started, we’ve asked some of these advisors to share their best tips for new businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  3159. &lt;br /&gt;
  3160. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3161.            <link></link>
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  3163.            <pubDate>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3164.        </item>
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  3166.            <title>13 Places to Find Small-Business Grants for 2017 and 2018</title>
  3167.            <description>There are sources for women or minority entrepreneurs and virtually anyone else.&lt;br /&gt;
  3168. &lt;br /&gt;
  3169. The money may not be enough to keep you afloat for several years, but it can make a big difference. Here are 13 places to find small-business grants. And although there is no way to know if LendingTree will repeat its $50,000 small-business grant competition, it still has information on applying for grants and what grant issuers are looking for.&lt;br /&gt;
  3170. &lt;br /&gt;
  3171. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3172.            <link></link>
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  3174.            <pubDate>Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3175.        </item>
  3176.        <item>
  3177.            <title>50 Small Business Ideas for the Homebody</title>
  3178.            <description>Want to start a business from the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of business opportunities out there for homebodies. So if you are looking for a way to make some money without having to be away from home most days, here are 50 ideas.&lt;br /&gt;
  3179. &lt;br /&gt;
  3180. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3181.            <link></link>
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  3183.            <pubDate>Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3184.        </item>
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  3186.            <title>Meet The Future Of Small-Business Health Insurance: Self Funding</title>
  3187.            <description>A few months before most of the Affordable Care Act provisions that restructured health insurance markets took effect, a broker described the great lengths to which he thought many small businesses might go in order to keep their relatively low insurance premiums. He anticipated that these small companies would start to pay employee health care costs out of their own treasuries — what&apos;s called, in the industry, self-funded insurance.&lt;br /&gt;
  3188. &lt;br /&gt;
  3189. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3190.            <link></link>
  3191.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1918</guid>
  3192.            <pubDate>Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3194.        <item>
  3195.            <title>10 Tips for Building a Customer Focused Business</title>
  3196.            <description>For tips on keeping your business customer focused and more, check out this recent content from members of the online small business community.&lt;br /&gt;
  3197. &lt;br /&gt;
  3198. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3199.            <link></link>
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  3201.            <pubDate>Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  3204.            <title>3 Things Smart Employers Look for in a Resume</title>
  3205.            <description>For the same reasons a resume is never enough to get you the job you really want, no one hires a new employee based on their resume alone. Qualifications, education, experience, it all matters, but most hiring managers quickly scan and sort resumes before moving on to the next step in the hiring process.&lt;br /&gt;
  3206. &lt;br /&gt;
  3207. So how can you get better at reviewing resumes to identify the candidates you want to interview? The following is from Simon Wistow, the co-founder and VP of Product Strategy at Fastly, who looks for three key things on every resume.&lt;br /&gt;
  3208. &lt;br /&gt;
  3209. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3210.            <link></link>
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  3212.            <pubDate>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3213.        </item>
  3214.        <item>
  3215.            <title>To Be Successful, Be Patient With Your Imperfections</title>
  3216.            <description>Even though I’m learning and growing daily, life is still challenging. The more I learn, grow and become better, new challenges present themselves to me.&lt;br /&gt;
  3217. &lt;br /&gt;
  3218. I am learning, over and over again, that being challenged, making mistakes and not knowing what I am doing is part of life. And there is nothing wrong with that.&lt;br /&gt;
  3219. &lt;br /&gt;
  3220. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;To Be Successful, Be Patient With Your Imperfections&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3221.            <link></link>
  3222.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1915</guid>
  3223.            <pubDate>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:53:49 -0400</pubDate>
  3224.        </item>
  3225.        <item>
  3226.            <title>3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Making IoT More User-Friendly</title>
  3227.            <description>The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly evolving technology sector. As the popularity of connected devices increases with consumers, the number of entrants into the market grows. But rapid growth and iteration have had some unintended consequences in the IoT space, especially when it comes to usability.&lt;br /&gt;
  3228. &lt;br /&gt;
  3229. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;IoT More Friendly&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3230.            <link></link>
  3231.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1914</guid>
  3232.            <pubDate>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:51:54 -0400</pubDate>
  3233.        </item>
  3234.        <item>
  3235.            <title>Outstanding Leaders Exhibit More Than Just Emotional Intelligence--They Have These 7 Traits, According to Neuroscience</title>
  3236.            <description>The topic of emotional intelligence (EQ) continues to dominate leadership conversations. Rightly so. However, in a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that highlighted research by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis (experts on the topic), EQ is only the beginning.&lt;br /&gt;
  3237. &lt;br /&gt;
  3238. Whereas EQ has an emphasis on individual psychology, there is a more relationship-based version called social intelligence. Social Intelligence, as defined by Goleman and Boyatizis, is a set of interpersonal competencies built on specific neural circuits and responses that inspire others to be effective. In other words, based on neuroscience and biology, there are certain leadership behaviors that elicit positive emotional responses in your team members.&lt;br /&gt;
  3239. &lt;br /&gt;
  3240. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3241.            <link></link>
  3242.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1913</guid>
  3243.            <pubDate>Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:49:46 -0400</pubDate>
  3244.        </item>
  3245.        <item>
  3246.            <title>Small Business Hiring Rises</title>
  3247.            <description>U.S. small businesses added more workers in July and plan to ramp up hiring in coming months. That is according to the National Federation of Independent Business monthly employment survey, due out later today.&lt;br /&gt;
  3248. &lt;br /&gt;
  3249. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Small Business Hiring Rises&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3250.            <link></link>
  3251.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1912</guid>
  3252.            <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:48:03 -0400</pubDate>
  3253.        </item>
  3254.        <item>
  3255.            <title>Build a Following for Your Business with Facebook Watch</title>
  3256.            <description>A Look at Facebook Watch&lt;br /&gt;
  3257. &lt;br /&gt;
  3258. The Facebook Watch platform, which will be accessible on mobile, desktop and in Facebooks TV apps, will focus on shows that have episodes that fit into a theme or storyline. And users can follow their favorites so that they never miss episodes. There will also be features to help users discover new shows that fit with their interests or that their friends are talking about.&lt;br /&gt;
  3259. &lt;br /&gt;
  3260. To start, Facebook Watch will only be available to a limited number of publishers while Facebook grows the platform. But the company plans to roll it out slowly to more users in the coming weeks.&lt;br /&gt;
  3261. &lt;br /&gt;
  3262. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Build a Following for Your Business with Facebook Watch&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3263.            <link></link>
  3264.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1911</guid>
  3265.            <pubDate>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:46:17 -0400</pubDate>
  3266.        </item>
  3267.        <item>
  3268.            <title>How Small-Business Owners Should Be Using IoT</title>
  3269.            <description>By 2020, there will be more than 24 billion connected devices. This wave of connections is already impacting the way we live and work. Of course, for small-business owners, life and work are usually intertwined: Running a business is a 24/7 job.&lt;br /&gt;
  3270. &lt;br /&gt;
  3271. Thankfully, the internet of things (IoT) can actually help small-business owners streamline their processes and work more efficiently. Think of those 24 billion devices and services as an opportunity to work smarter, not harder!&lt;br /&gt;
  3272. &lt;br /&gt;
  3273. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;How Small-Business Owners Should Be Using IoT&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3274.            <link></link>
  3275.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1910</guid>
  3276.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:44:05 -0400</pubDate>
  3277.        </item>
  3278.        <item>
  3279.            <title>Small Business Confidence Bounces Back</title>
  3280.            <description>After five straight months of declining or flat readings in small business optimism, Julys update from the NFIB showed a big turnaround. With economists expecting the headline index to come in at a level of 103.5, the actual reading came in at 105.2. This puts the index back within a point of its cycle high and indicates that despite a lack of progress in DC, small business owners are seeing improved conditions on the ground.&lt;br /&gt;
  3281. &lt;br /&gt;
  3282. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Small Business Confidence Bounces Back&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3283.            <link></link>
  3284.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1908</guid>
  3285.            <pubDate>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:38:17 -0400</pubDate>
  3286.        </item>
  3287.        <item>
  3288.            <title>How to choose a retirement plan for your small business</title>
  3289.            <description>Have you procrastinated about setting up a tax-advantaged retirement plan for your small business? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Even so, this is not a good situation. You are paying extra income taxes every year that you could easily avoid. However, you still have time to set things right and line yourself up for major tax savings for this year and beyond. This column explains the basics about your tax-smart retirement plan options.&lt;br /&gt;
  3290. &lt;br /&gt;
  3291. When you cut through all the technical details, you’ll discover that tax-advantaged retirement plans come in two basic varieties:&lt;br /&gt;
  3292. &lt;br /&gt;
  3293. Defined-contribution plans, which come in several different flavors.&lt;br /&gt;
  3294. Defined benefit pension plans.&lt;br /&gt;
  3295. &lt;br /&gt;
  3296. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;How to choose a retirement plan for your small business&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3297.            <link></link>
  3298.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1907</guid>
  3299.            <pubDate>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:36:46 -0400</pubDate>
  3300.        </item>
  3301.        <item>
  3302.            <title>Small Business Today: What Is in a name?</title>
  3303.            <description>It is common knowledge around the Friedman household that when Emily was born, if she had been a boy instead of a girl, her name would have been Ted. Katie was also going to be named Ted and so was Jenni. When a boy was born to us in 1994, just a few short weeks after we moved to Ankeny, to no one’s surprise, we named him Ted.&lt;br /&gt;
  3304. &lt;br /&gt;
  3305. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Small Business Today: What Is in a name?&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3306.            <link></link>
  3307.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1906</guid>
  3308.            <pubDate>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:35:07 -0400</pubDate>
  3309.        </item>
  3310.        <item>
  3311.            <title>Never Forget</title>
  3312.            <description>&lt;img alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  3313. #neverforget - September 11th</description>
  3314.            <link></link>
  3315.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1909</guid>
  3316.            <pubDate>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:40:02 -0400</pubDate>
  3317.        </item>
  3318.        <item>
  3319.            <title>6 Things Your Small Business Needs to Spend More Money On</title>
  3320.            <description>Businesses are incredibly difficult ventures to start. More than half of all businesses fail within five years of starting, according to statistics gathered in 2016. While this is far better than the traditional belief that half fail within a single year of starting, it is still clearly a challenge to start and continue running a small business.&lt;br /&gt;
  3321. &lt;br /&gt;
  3322. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;6 Things Your Small Business Needs to Spend More Money On&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3323.            <link></link>
  3324.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1905</guid>
  3325.            <pubDate>Sat, 9 Sep 2017 13:28:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3326.        </item>
  3327.        <item>
  3328.            <title>A Small Business Guide To Selling On Amazon: Be Ready To Compete On Price</title>
  3329.            <description>Amazon can truly be called a retail innovator, and since its inception as an online bookseller in the 1990s, it has forever changed the way consumers shop for products. Amazons reach is staggering -- nearly 50% of internet users in the US live in a household with a Prime membership and receives more than 2 billion visitors every single month.&lt;br /&gt;
  3330. &lt;br /&gt;
  3331. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;A Small Business Guide To Selling On Amazon: Be Ready To Compete On Price&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3332.            <link></link>
  3333.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1904</guid>
  3334.            <pubDate>Thu, 7 Sep 2017 13:26:03 -0400</pubDate>
  3335.        </item>
  3336.        <item>
  3337.            <title>Three Key Success Metrics Every Small Business Owner Should Focus On</title>
  3338.            <description>Your small business is up and running, and you have a product or service that you are excited about. How do you boost your chances of building a venture that will last for the long term? A government statistic shows roughly 40% of Australian businesses fail within the first four years.&lt;br /&gt;
  3339. &lt;br /&gt;
  3340. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Three Key Success Metrics Every Small Business Owner Should Focus On&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3341.            <link></link>
  3342.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1903</guid>
  3343.            <pubDate>Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:17:53 -0400</pubDate>
  3344.        </item>
  3345.        <item>
  3346.            <title>Fake News Hurts Small Business</title>
  3347.            <description>Here is a fact: fake news is everywhere.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;There is not a reputable news source out there distributing information with an objective, unbiased voice. It just does not exist anymore.&lt;br /&gt;
  3348. &lt;br /&gt;
  3349. Where are the Cronkites, the Huntleys, the Brinkleys? In this frayed political climate, fake news seems to be at the very top of every discussion; it’s almost inescapable&lt;br /&gt;
  3350. &lt;br /&gt;
  3351. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Fake News Hurts Small Business&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3352.            <link></link>
  3353.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1902</guid>
  3354.            <pubDate>Sun, 3 Sep 2017 13:11:34 -0400</pubDate>
  3355.        </item>
  3356.        <item>
  3357.            <title>Hot Take: Why Are Small Business Owners So Happy?</title>
  3358.            <description>In other words, small business optimism is mostly a false front, not anything real about how he is expected to affect the economy. There was sort of a pent-up demand to rebound from the unwarranted fall in optimism during 2015, and when you combine that with a lot of support for Trump, you get a spike in reported optimism. &lt;br /&gt;
  3359. &lt;br /&gt;
  3360. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Why Are Small Business Owners So Happy?&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3361.            <link></link>
  3362.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1901</guid>
  3363.            <pubDate>Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:09:08 -0400</pubDate>
  3364.        </item>
  3365.        <item>
  3366.            <title>10 Classic Small Business Social Media Mistakes</title>
  3367.            <description>The try-out period for social media is long past. Even tiny businesses – even many who don’t even have their own websites – know they need to be on social.&lt;br /&gt;
  3368. &lt;br /&gt;
  3369. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;10 Classic Small Business Social Media Mistakes&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3370.            <link></link>
  3371.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1900</guid>
  3372.            <pubDate>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:07:46 -0400</pubDate>
  3373.        </item>
  3374.        <item>
  3375.            <title>How to plan an exit strategy for your small business</title>
  3376.            <description>However, a business exit strategy not only means having a plan for the unexpected - including financial hardship, injury, disability and even death - it also means having a plan for the succession or transfer of ownership of your business when it comes time to hang up your hat and retire.&lt;br /&gt;
  3377. &lt;br /&gt;
  3378. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;How to plan an exit strategy for your small business&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3379.            <link></link>
  3380.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1899</guid>
  3381.            <pubDate>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3382.        </item>
  3383.        <item>
  3384.            <title>How to Link From Your Content to Build Leads and Connections</title>
  3385.            <description>Whenever we create digital content, we reference other web pages, either for further reading or to give a credit. In most cases, we link out in order to create better content and provide the reader with more information on the subject.&lt;br /&gt;
  3386. &lt;br /&gt;
  3387. But did you know that links can provide further value for your business? If you approach it strategically, linking out can actually bring leads and business contacts. &lt;br /&gt;
  3388. &lt;br /&gt;
  3389. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;How to Link From Your Content to Build Leads and Connections&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3390.            <link></link>
  3391.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1898</guid>
  3392.            <pubDate>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:04:28 -0400</pubDate>
  3393.        </item>
  3394.        <item>
  3395.            <title>34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful</title>
  3396.            <description>&lt;b&gt;1. Wasting five minutes.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  3397. When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.&lt;br /&gt;
  3398. &lt;br /&gt;
  3399. By lazing for five five-minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That&apos;s 9,125 minutes per year (25 X 365). Sadly, my guess is we&apos;re wasting far more time than that.&lt;br /&gt;
  3400. &lt;br /&gt;
  3401. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3402.            <link></link>
  3403.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1897</guid>
  3404.            <pubDate>Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:53:27 -0400</pubDate>
  3405.        </item>
  3406.        <item>
  3407.            <title>A Startling Small Business Statistic</title>
  3408.            <description>Google reports that 60% of small businesses globally don&apos;t have a website yet.</description>
  3409.            <link></link>
  3410.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1896</guid>
  3411.            <pubDate>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:14 -0400</pubDate>
  3412.        </item>
  3413.        <item>
  3414.            <title>Amazons Tepid Response to Counterfeiters Frustrates Sellers</title>
  3415.            <description>On Tuesday, independent tech publisher No Starch Press found out that Amazon was selling counterfeit copies of Python for Kids, one of its popular programming books. A concerned customer alerted Bill Pollock, the founder and publisher of No Starch. He immediately knew what he was up against, because Pollock has dealt with this problem before.&lt;br /&gt;
  3416. &lt;br /&gt;
  3417. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3418.            <link></link>
  3419.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1895</guid>
  3420.            <pubDate>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3421.        </item>
  3422.        <item>
  3423.            <title>How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Paper</title>
  3424.            <description>Chances are, your business goes through a fair amount of paper. Even if you have tried to go paperless or cut back on printing hard copies of documents, you likely have some paper products that need to be disposed of.&lt;br /&gt;
  3425. &lt;br /&gt;
  3426. But instead of just throwing away all of that paper, your business can recycle it. Recycling paper comes with many potential benefits and is relatively easy. Here are some tips for recycling paper in your small business.&lt;br /&gt;
  3427. &lt;br /&gt;
  3428. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3429.            <link></link>
  3430.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1894</guid>
  3431.            <pubDate>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3432.        </item>
  3433.        <item>
  3434.            <title>Digital Marketing Strategies Small Businesses Should Adopt</title>
  3435.            <description>Digital marketing is a very broad term that includes website design, social media, online advertising, email advertising, SEO and more. This can be extremely confusing to the local business owner simply looking to attract more eyeballs on their site. They are typically too busy running operations to investigate which digital marketing strategies work best for their business.&lt;br /&gt;
  3436. &lt;br /&gt;
  3437. In an effort to help local business owners such as restauranteurs, dentists, doctors, lawyers and any other service provider, I have put together the digital marketing strategies that all local businesses should adopt in 2017.&lt;br /&gt;
  3438. &lt;br /&gt;
  3439. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3440.            <link></link>
  3441.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1893</guid>
  3442.            <pubDate>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3443.        </item>
  3444.        <item>
  3445.            <title>Top Cities for Millennials Looking for Small Business Jobs</title>
  3446.            <description>
  3447.                <![CDATA[It is generally assumed that millennials are seeking jobs in coastal cities — New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles.<br />
  3448. <br />
  3449. But new data from shows that millennials looking to work for small businesses are actually narrowing their searches toward inland cities.<br />
  3450. <br />
  3451. <b>Cities Where Millennials Want to Work for Small Businesses</b><br />
  3452. In fact, when identifying metro areas where millennials are most often looking for work at small businesses. Oklahoma City topped the job board’s list, not L.A. or New York.<br />
  3453. <br />
  3454. This is the latest crop of data looking at generational trends among job seekers.<br />
  3455. <br />
  3456. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  3457.            </description>
  3458.            <link></link>
  3459.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1892</guid>
  3460.            <pubDate>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3461.        </item>
  3462.        <item>
  3463.            <title>4 Small Business Trends That Are Steadily on The Rise</title>
  3464.            <description>A social media presence is considered a necessity and not a luxury.&lt;br /&gt;
  3465. &lt;br /&gt;
  3466. Having a presence on social media has become an absolute must for almost all business ventures.&lt;br /&gt;
  3467. &lt;br /&gt;
  3468. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3469.            <link></link>
  3470.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1891</guid>
  3471.            <pubDate>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3472.        </item>
  3473.        <item>
  3474.            <title>How Small Business Owners Can Avoid Sears Fatal Mistake</title>
  3475.            <description>Sears built its business dominating catalog sales, fulfilling the pre-smartphone on-demand demands of its clientele. This revolution in direct-to-consumer sales created loyal customers, a nationwide network of stores and decades of profit. Times became more challenging for Sears following the rise in popularity of Walmart, which offered similar goods for cheaper prices, and Amazon, which led the charge on ecommerce, and has spent billions of dollars on capitalizing on fast delivery.&lt;br /&gt;
  3476. &lt;br /&gt;
  3477. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3478.            <link></link>
  3479.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1890</guid>
  3480.            <pubDate>Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:00:30 -0400</pubDate>
  3481.        </item>
  3482.        <item>
  3483.            <title>How to make your small business ready for a potential cyber attack</title>
  3484.            <description>In a technology climate riddled with ransomware and other threats, there’s no room for complacency.&lt;br /&gt;
  3485. &lt;br /&gt;
  3486. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3487.            <link></link>
  3488.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1889</guid>
  3489.            <pubDate>Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:00:16 -0400</pubDate>
  3490.        </item>
  3491.        <item>
  3492.            <title>How to Create Your Small Business Retirement Succession Plan</title>
  3493.            <description>When it comes to retirement and succession planning, a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey suggests that business owners are not necessarily as prepared as they ought to be. Seventy percent of business owners surveyed say they do not have a formal written plan in place outlining what they will do with their business if they decide to retire or can no longer continue working.&lt;br /&gt;
  3494. &lt;br /&gt;
  3495. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3496.            <link></link>
  3497.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1888</guid>
  3498.            <pubDate>Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:00:05 -0400</pubDate>
  3499.        </item>
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  3501.            <title>Why Brick-and-Mortar Retail Technology Is One of the Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2017</title>
  3502.            <description>Tech startups can help optimize retailers&apos; in-store operations and customer experiences, enabling them to keep up with competition from e-commerce companies. This category includes hardware and software such as sensors that track foot traffic, interactive tablets that boost customer engagement, and mobile point-of-sale applications.&lt;br /&gt;
  3503. &lt;br /&gt;
  3504. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3505.            <link></link>
  3506.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1887</guid>
  3507.            <pubDate>Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3508.        </item>
  3509.        <item>
  3510.            <title>6 Tools You Need to Make 2017 Your Most Profitable Year Ever</title>
  3511.            <description>Getting there starts with breaking down profit into its components and using six tools to move those pieces in the right direction.&lt;br /&gt;
  3512. &lt;br /&gt;
  3513. Profit is revenue minus costs. But to boost profit, it helps to break it down further into gross profit -- price times quantity minus variable costs (e.g., costs that increase with each unit of product you sell) -- minus fixed costs (e.g., salaries, benefits, rent, and utilities).&lt;br /&gt;
  3514. &lt;br /&gt;
  3515. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3516.            <link></link>
  3517.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1886</guid>
  3518.            <pubDate>Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3519.        </item>
  3520.        <item>
  3521.            <title>4 Ways Small Businesses Can Compete Against the Major Competitors</title>
  3522.            <description>Moving into a new city or job can be daunting, the hassle of finding accommodation, the stress of moving personal items and most especially the people or city accepting someone new might not be pleasing.&lt;br /&gt;
  3523. &lt;br /&gt;
  3524. The same applies to small businesses that are launching into an industry ridden with bigger competitors. For an SMB, finding a niche can be time-consuming but rewarding on the long-term.&lt;br /&gt;
  3525. &lt;br /&gt;
  3526. In the article below, I will be sharing 4 effective marketing strategies for SMBs against bigger competitors.&lt;br /&gt;
  3527. &lt;br /&gt;
  3528. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3529.            <link></link>
  3530.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1885</guid>
  3531.            <pubDate>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:05 -0500</pubDate>
  3532.        </item>
  3533.        <item>
  3534.            <title>The 5 Things No One Ever Tells You About Starting a Business</title>
  3535.            <description>Entrepreneurship is experiencing a romantic renaissance of sorts, a startup spring if you will. Everyone wants to hang a shingle on the back of their budding unicorn. It is culture and it is growth and it is hustle. Starting a business today seems to look really good on a t-shirt. &lt;br /&gt;
  3536. &lt;br /&gt;
  3537. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3538.            <link></link>
  3539.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1884</guid>
  3540.            <pubDate>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:45 -0500</pubDate>
  3541.        </item>
  3542.        <item>
  3543.            <title>3 Reasons Why Small Businesses Crash and Burn Online</title>
  3544.            <description>The internet is the perfect forum for small businesses to compete with big brands. Audience reach, social sharing and unlimited sales and marketing opportunities have leveled the playing field between big and small companies. Still, a surprising percentage of small businesses have remained on the sidelines. Either they do not have an online marketing strategy, or the one they are using is inadequate, and therefore unsuccessful. So why are some smaller companies not taking full advantage of this potent and indispensable marketing tool?&lt;br /&gt;
  3545. &lt;br /&gt;
  3546. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3547.            <link></link>
  3548.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1883</guid>
  3549.            <pubDate>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:38:32 -0500</pubDate>
  3550.        </item>
  3551.        <item>
  3552.            <title>How to Avoid Double Taxation with an S Corporation</title>
  3553.            <description>Paying taxes is unavoidable, yet that does not mean you need to pay more than necessary. You can make smart decisions to minimize your tax burden, without running afoul of the IRS.&lt;br /&gt;
  3554. &lt;br /&gt;
  3555. For small businesses and entrepreneurs, business structure impacts how you pay taxes, and potentially how much you pay as well. The biggest difference is whether the business is its own entity responsible for paying taxes or whether the business’ profits are passed along to the owners’ individual taxes.&lt;br /&gt;
  3556. &lt;br /&gt;
  3557. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3558.            <link></link>
  3559.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1882</guid>
  3560.            <pubDate>Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:37:06 -0500</pubDate>
  3561.        </item>
  3562.        <item>
  3563.            <title>6 Ways to Think Outside the Box When Marketing Your Small Business</title>
  3564.            <description>Sometimes budget limits small businesses from executing their marketing ideas, but not every successful strategy requires a lot of money. Here are six outside the box ways to market your small business that are both inexpensive and effective.&lt;br /&gt;
  3565. &lt;br /&gt;
  3566. 1. Get personal.&lt;br /&gt;
  3567. &lt;br /&gt;
  3568. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3569.            <link></link>
  3570.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1881</guid>
  3571.            <pubDate>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:24:13 -0500</pubDate>
  3572.        </item>
  3573.        <item>
  3574.            <title>Watch Out For Fake Fonts! And Other Small Business Tech News This Week</title>
  3575.            <description>Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?&lt;br /&gt;
  3576. &lt;br /&gt;
  3577. 1 – A new form of ransomware centers on a fake font update.&lt;br /&gt;
  3578. &lt;br /&gt;
  3579. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3580.            <link></link>
  3581.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1880</guid>
  3582.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:18:02 -0500</pubDate>
  3583.        </item>
  3584.        <item>
  3585.            <title>Elon Musks Surprising Strategy for Thinking About Everything</title>
  3586.            <description>
  3587.                <![CDATA[Elon uses the <i>Richard Feynman</i> technique from what I have read about his approach, mixed with <i>first principles.</i><br />
  3588. <br />
  3589. ... which is, basically, in simple terms: do not try to remember, but try to understand; when you understand, you will remember automatically.<br />
  3590. <br />
  3591. Sounds simple? But yet, so many people do not do it like that. They try to cram loads of info and facts into their brains, especially students, with the result of forgetting a lot of it.<br />
  3592. <br />
  3593. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  3594.            </description>
  3595.            <link></link>
  3596.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1879</guid>
  3597.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3598.        </item>
  3599.        <item>
  3600.            <title>How Business Intelligence Is Being Disrupted for the Better</title>
  3601.            <description>More targeted marketing was one of the biggest contributions enterprises welcomed when big data first hit. Big data allowed brands to create elaborate, yet personalized campaigns that evolved to become increasingly effective as salesmen and marketers learned how to actually use all of the data they now had access to. But now, big data has become so broad and complex it has outgrown its ability to provide tangible results without the translation of an IT department.&lt;br /&gt;
  3602. &lt;br /&gt;
  3603. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3604.            <link></link>
  3605.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1878</guid>
  3606.            <pubDate>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:13:57 -0500</pubDate>
  3607.        </item>
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  3609.            <title>The Mindset Shifts You Need to Meet Any Goal</title>
  3610.            <description>Optimism is powerful -- but so is preparation. In a live chat, Todd Herman explained that too much positivity can actually derail your goals. To that end, he shared three essential questions everyone should ask themselves to stay truly grounded. &lt;br /&gt;
  3611. &lt;br /&gt;
  3612. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3613.            <link></link>
  3614.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1877</guid>
  3615.            <pubDate>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:09:57 -0500</pubDate>
  3616.        </item>
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  3618.            <title>Want to Have More Creative Breakthroughs? Redesign Your Day According to This Step-by-Step Guide</title>
  3619.            <description>You stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours, waiting for your brain to come up with a brilliant idea, and it never comes. There has to be a better way to brainstorm, right?&lt;br /&gt;
  3620. &lt;br /&gt;
  3621. There is--and it might be as simple as doing the laundry.&lt;br /&gt;
  3622. &lt;br /&gt;
  3623. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3624.            <link></link>
  3625.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1876</guid>
  3626.            <pubDate>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:09:23 -0500</pubDate>
  3627.        </item>
  3628.        <item>
  3629.            <title>10 Lies People Believe About Success</title>
  3630.            <description>To understand the truth, we must first understand the lies that make it difficult to grasp.&lt;br /&gt;
  3631. &lt;br /&gt;
  3632. 1. Success means the same thing to everyone.&lt;br /&gt;
  3633. &lt;br /&gt;
  3634. It does not.&lt;br /&gt;
  3635. &lt;br /&gt;
  3636. Some people value success in pure cash. Some people value it in the freedom that cash buys. Some people see success in how many lives they impact for the better. And some people judge success by how well they perform any given task at any given moment.&lt;br /&gt;
  3637. &lt;br /&gt;
  3638. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3639.            <link></link>
  3640.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1875</guid>
  3641.            <pubDate>Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3644.            <title>What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Wegmans</title>
  3645.            <description>Atop many business award programs sits privately-held and family-run Wegmans grocery stores, from No. 4 on FORBES list of Americas Best Employers. Based in Rochester, NY, the supermarket has an ardent fan base – including Alec Baldwins mother, who refused to move to California and give up her access to the grocery store – and legions of die-hard shoppers.&lt;br /&gt;
  3646. &lt;br /&gt;
  3647. And who can blame them? Clean stores, huge inventories, reasonable prices and a seeming dedication to making life easier for its customers, Wegmans offers many lessons small businesses can learn from and apply.&lt;br /&gt;
  3648. &lt;br /&gt;
  3649. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3650.            <link></link>
  3651.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1874</guid>
  3652.            <pubDate>Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:18:11 -0500</pubDate>
  3653.        </item>
  3654.        <item>
  3655.            <title>4 Social Media Resolutions for Small Businesses</title>
  3656.            <description>As 2017 unfolds, small businesses should take a look at what did not work in 2016 and find ways to improve in the upcoming year. While you work to control spending and shed some of the holiday pounds, don’t forget about making social media resolutions for your business.&lt;br /&gt;
  3657. &lt;br /&gt;
  3658. Social media in 2017 will really be a defining factor in successful marketing strategies and strong businesses. In 2016, social media boomed for businesses. It was part of marketing strategies in previous years, but new advertising updates for social platforms and business-friendly changes made it easier than ever for organizations to make connections and offer valuable customer service.&lt;br /&gt;
  3659. &lt;br /&gt;
  3660. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3661.            <link></link>
  3662.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1873</guid>
  3663.            <pubDate>Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3664.        </item>
  3665.        <item>
  3666.            <title>What Small Businesses Need to Do to Win in Online Retail</title>
  3667.            <description>Companies that can figure out how to take advantage of new technologies for digital retail will outsmart and outpace competitors.&lt;br /&gt;
  3668. &lt;br /&gt;
  3669. Any company of any size -- whether it is one employee working out of her basement or a multi-national company balancing millions in revenue -- must consider how digitization is affecting business as we know it.&lt;br /&gt;
  3670. &lt;br /&gt;
  3671. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3672.            <link></link>
  3673.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1872</guid>
  3674.            <pubDate>Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:09:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3675.        </item>
  3676.        <item>
  3677.            <title>4 Trends in Website Design That Small Businesses Need to Know</title>
  3678.            <description>Small businesses are an integral part of our economy. Every business aims to solve a problem and create value in doing so. This is particularly true of small businesses. They provide a service or product that meets local needs and can fulfill requirements for larger businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  3679. &lt;br /&gt;
  3680. The benefits of small businesses are numerous, but often they can have difficulty creating, sharing, and establishing their message. Entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers watch their budgets carefully, and expenses outside of delivering the product are kept to a minimum. That means marketing budgets get shaved first.&lt;br /&gt;
  3681. &lt;br /&gt;
  3682. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3683.            <link></link>
  3684.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1871</guid>
  3685.            <pubDate>Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3686.        </item>
  3687.        <item>
  3688.            <title>Small Business: How do you become a Social Media Maven?</title>
  3689.            <description>How do you stay on top of the latest trends in your field?&lt;br /&gt;
  3690. &lt;br /&gt;
  3691. &lt;i&gt;I read a lot of blogs. I stay on top of Google Webmaster Central Blog, Search Engine Land and Moz Blog are ones that I read. I network with colleagues in the field to see what they’re doing, what they’re hearing and learn from them. There are a few SEO and social media marketing meet-ups in town that I attend.&lt;/i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  3692. &lt;i&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  3693. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3694.            <link></link>
  3695.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1870</guid>
  3696.            <pubDate>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3697.        </item>
  3698.        <item>
  3699.            <title>Will Trumps Tax Plan Benefit Small Businesses?</title>
  3700.            <description>Steven Mnuchin, Trumps candidate to run the Treasury Department, has stated that comprehensive tax reform will be an immediate priority of Trumps administration, and that his focus as Treasury Secretary will be stimulating economic growth and creating jobs through tax reform.&lt;br /&gt;
  3701. &lt;br /&gt;
  3702. But how will this affect small businesses and their owners?&lt;br /&gt;
  3703. &lt;br /&gt;
  3704. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3705.            <link></link>
  3706.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1869</guid>
  3707.            <pubDate>Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3708.        </item>
  3709.        <item>
  3710.            <title>Macro Economics and Small Businesses</title>
  3711.            <description>Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – in Internet terms that’s about 10 years ago – a small business owner did not have to worry too much about macro-economics. Well, that was a nice trip down Memory Lane.&lt;br /&gt;
  3712. &lt;br /&gt;
  3713. Today, Main Street business owners have to operate every day in their micro-economy, while keeping an eye on what is happening at the macro level. Alas, macro-economics is not easy to get your head around when your highest priority on Monday morning is to cover payroll on Friday.&lt;br /&gt;
  3714. &lt;br /&gt;
  3715. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3716.            <link></link>
  3717.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1868</guid>
  3718.            <pubDate>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3719.        </item>
  3720.        <item>
  3721.            <title>Why I Look for Longevity on Résumes</title>
  3722.            <description>More and more hiring managers no longer view longevity on a résumé as a positive attribute. Some believe it indicates the employee lacks diverse work experience; others that the employee is complacent, or is afraid of change. This could very well be the case, but to me (and I may be coming from an old school of thought), stability on a résumé is something that hiring managers should still value. It can demonstrate loyalty, dependability, expertise and commitment.&lt;br /&gt;
  3723. &lt;br /&gt;
  3724. More specifically, here is how I evaluate longevity in a potential employee, in an attempt to see if it should be embraced, rather than dismissed.&lt;br /&gt;
  3725. &lt;br /&gt;
  3726. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3727.            <link></link>
  3728.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1867</guid>
  3729.            <pubDate>Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3730.        </item>
  3731.        <item>
  3732.            <title>The 5 Pitfalls Of Naming Your Small Business</title>
  3733.            <description>
  3734.                <![CDATA[Everyone told us that the name <i>Worstofall Design </i>would not work. <i>You can not use negativity in your branding, </i>they said.<br />
  3735. <br />
  3736. We decided to go with our gut and ignore the <i>rules.</i><br />
  3737. <br />
  3738. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  3739.            </description>
  3740.            <link></link>
  3741.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1866</guid>
  3742.            <pubDate>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3743.        </item>
  3744.        <item>
  3745.            <title>7 Power Habits of Great Leaders and Business Icons</title>
  3746.            <description>Our never-ending quest towards self-improvement is a long journey of small steps. Small habits we repeat day after day, week after week, year after year. Small habits that have turned us into who we are today can also determine who we will become in the future. Below are 7 Power Habits of some of the greatest human beings to ever live.&lt;br /&gt;
  3747. &lt;br /&gt;
  3748. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3749.            <link></link>
  3750.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1865</guid>
  3751.            <pubDate>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3752.        </item>
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  3754.            <title>Top 10 Things that Keep Small Business Owners Up at Night</title>
  3755.            <description>When it comes to buying and selling, small business owners are pretty good at that – every company is founded, and has been built to do those things. But operating a small business in the 21st century has become more complicated than ever before, which is why people who know small business know the best way to find out what’s really going on is to ask the owner what keeps them up at night.&lt;br /&gt;
  3756. &lt;br /&gt;
  3757. One organization that knows how to ask small businesses the right questions is the National Federation of Independent Business.&lt;br /&gt;
  3758. &lt;br /&gt;
  3759. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3760.            <link></link>
  3761.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1864</guid>
  3762.            <pubDate>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3763.        </item>
  3764.        <item>
  3765.            <title>7 Tips for Building the Small Business of Your Dreams</title>
  3766.            <description>Being a business owner is a dream of many; but a reality of only a few. Especially when it comes to actually making it in the small business space. It requires persistence, preparation and dedication.&lt;br /&gt;
  3767. &lt;br /&gt;
  3768. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3769.            <link></link>
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  3771.            <pubDate>Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3774.            <title>5 ways Trump can help small-business owners</title>
  3775.            <description>Optimism among small-business owners has soared as entrepreneurs hope that President-elect Donald Trump will enact policies aimed at helping them.&lt;br /&gt;
  3776. &lt;br /&gt;
  3777. Trump has promised to ease regulation. While some on Main Street cheer the goal, changing anything substantial about regulation is easier said than done.&lt;br /&gt;
  3778. &lt;br /&gt;
  3779. But there are other ways that a Trump administration can make life easier for small businesses. Consider this five-step plan his first 100 days agenda for Main Street.&lt;br /&gt;
  3780. &lt;br /&gt;
  3781. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3782.            <link></link>
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  3784.            <pubDate>Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3787.            <title>Top 10 Tax Deductions for Small Businesses</title>
  3788.            <description>These Deductions Can Really Help Your Bottom Line&lt;br /&gt;
  3789. When you deliver your files, receipts and spreadsheets this year, make sure to schedule some time with your accountant to discuss tax deductions that could save your business vitally important revenue. You may be aware of many of them already, but here’s a refresher course just in case.&lt;br /&gt;
  3790. &lt;br /&gt;
  3791. For example, you probably know that while your salary is a non-deductible draw in many cases, you can deduct the salaries and wages you pay your employees. And speaking of wages, you can also deduct the fees you pay to professional service providers such as accountants, lawyers and perhaps even your tax preparer. Yay!&lt;br /&gt;
  3792. &lt;br /&gt;
  3793. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3794.            <link></link>
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  3796.            <pubDate>Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3799.            <title>How Donald Trump stands to impact the economy and small businesses</title>
  3800.            <description>Joe Spencer has seen plenty of booms and busts in his hometown of Detroit over the years running his small business, Louisiana Creole Gumbo since 1983. He watched as the auto industry imploded and housing collapsed, and he grit his teeth through the subsequent recession.&lt;br /&gt;
  3801. &lt;br /&gt;
  3802. But these days, things are looking up for his resilient restaurant, famous for its gumbo served five ways. It hit $1.2 million in sales last year, leading him to open a second location.&lt;br /&gt;
  3803. &lt;br /&gt;
  3804. Now one thing is on his mind: How Donald Trump stands to impact the economy, and what might that mean for endeavors like his around the country.&lt;br /&gt;
  3805. &lt;br /&gt;
  3806. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3807.            <link></link>
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  3809.            <pubDate>Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3812.            <title>How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks</title>
  3813.            <description>Small business owners might assume that their small size makes them immune to cyber threats. Cyber criminals, in other words, only go after the big, flashy opportunities, like the major cyber attack on Target in 2013, which compromised roughly 40 million credit and debit card accounts.&lt;br /&gt;
  3814. &lt;br /&gt;
  3815. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3816.            <link></link>
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  3818.            <pubDate>Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3821.            <title>Top 10 Things That Keep Small Business Owners Up At Night</title>
  3822.            <description>When it comes to buying and selling, small business owners are pretty good at that – every company is founded, and has been built to do those things. But operating a small business in the 21st century has become more complicated than ever before, which is why people who know small business know the best way to find out what is really going on is to ask the owner what keeps them up at night.&lt;br /&gt;
  3823. &lt;br /&gt;
  3824. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3825.            <link></link>
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  3827.            <pubDate>Fri, 3 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3830.            <title>6 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Success When Starting a Business</title>
  3831.            <description>Are you starting a business for the first time? It can be challenging to step out of your comfort zone and go head to head with competitors, manage customer orders and deliver a desirable product. Putting in the right amount of market research goes without saying. But how do you increase your chances of success when starting a business? Check out these 6 ways here.&lt;br /&gt;
  3832. &lt;br /&gt;
  3833. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</description>
  3834.            <link></link>
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  3836.            <pubDate>Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3839.            <title>Here is How Businesses Use Technology to Boost Productivity</title>
  3840.            <description>Interconnectivity is at the core of our digital universe, and with tech advancements, staying on top of trends is critical to career success. With 86 percent of U.S. adults1 18-29 owning a smartphone, most students, recent grads and longtime employees are seasoned in adopting new technologies.&lt;br /&gt;
  3841. &lt;br /&gt;
  3842. Preparing for the future of automation and digital security can help jobseekers adapt to the future of tech. As you consider your career goals in todays digital world, there are four things to ask yourself.&lt;br /&gt;
  3843. &lt;br /&gt;
  3844. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3845.            <link></link>
  3846.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1856</guid>
  3847.            <pubDate>Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3848.        </item>
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  3850.            <title>Why You Need to Redo Your Employee Handbook</title>
  3851.            <description>In the wake of new rules and new attitudes, HR departments changed the talk about equality in pay, hiring, promotions and retention.&lt;br /&gt;
  3852. &lt;br /&gt;
  3853. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3854.            <link></link>
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  3856.            <pubDate>Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3857.        </item>
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  3859.            <title>10 Must-Read Business Books for 2017</title>
  3860.            <description>Asking for that promotion or finally starting your own business is easier with an inspiring read in your back pocket. Plan to pick up one of these books in 2017 to boost your creativity, or learn leadership lessons from the best.&lt;br /&gt;
  3861. &lt;br /&gt;
  3862. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3863.            <link></link>
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  3865.            <pubDate>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3868.            <title>10 Small Business Website Errors That Drive Customers Away</title>
  3869.            <description>Visitors seldom leave a small business website with a neutral impression. For most prospects, your small business is an unknown quantity, so their first impression of your company will either make them more comfortable doing business with you or less comfortable. For this reason, you want their first experience with your website to inspire them to contact you—not your competitor.&lt;br /&gt;
  3870. &lt;br /&gt;
  3871. These are the 10 biggest website problems that can drive potential new business away:&lt;br /&gt;
  3872. &lt;br /&gt;
  3873. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3874.            <link></link>
  3875.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1853</guid>
  3876.            <pubDate>Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3877.        </item>
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  3879.            <title>Small Business Security Priorities for 2017</title>
  3880.            <description>A New Year has arrived, along with some big security challenges.&lt;br /&gt;
  3881. &lt;br /&gt;
  3882. In 2017 the expected proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices across all types of environments will make it tough to ignore the security ramifications. The continued popularity of the cloud will continue to attract the attention of cyberattackers and ransomware authors will keep the IT security industry on its toes.&lt;br /&gt;
  3883. &lt;br /&gt;
  3884. Here are some of the small business security trends to follow going into a brand-new year.&lt;br /&gt;
  3885. &lt;br /&gt;
  3886. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3887.            <link></link>
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  3889.            <pubDate>Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3890.        </item>
  3891.        <item>
  3892.            <title>3 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Profit Margins</title>
  3893.            <description>As a small business, you are uniquely positioned to be able to compete for above average margins, and this should be your focus.&lt;br /&gt;
  3894. &lt;br /&gt;
  3895. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3896.            <link></link>
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  3898.            <pubDate>Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3901.            <title>Can Your Small Business Benefit From Pinterest?</title>
  3902.            <description>How Can Small Business Owners Build their Online Presence Using Pinterest?&lt;br /&gt;
  3903. &lt;br /&gt;
  3904. Pinterest is not just an image sharing site. Small businesses can take advantage of the platform to market their goods and services to over 100 million online visitors. Here is how.&lt;br /&gt;
  3905. &lt;br /&gt;
  3906. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3907.            <link></link>
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  3909.            <pubDate>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3912.            <title>4 Quick End of Year Legal Tips for Small Businesses</title>
  3913.            <description>To make lives easier, Moore offers the following legal tips to help small and medium-sized business owners.&lt;br /&gt;
  3914. &lt;br /&gt;
  3915. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3916.            <link></link>
  3917.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1849</guid>
  3918.            <pubDate>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:01 -0500</pubDate>
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  3921.            <title>Small Businesses Win Some Regulatory Relief</title>
  3922.            <description>Christmas has come and gone, but anybody struggling to keep a small business afloat or pondering an entrepreneurial venture might be digging under the desiccated blue spruce (take it out, already) for a missed present or two. The good news is that, as tough as politicians make it to launch your own firm, they&apos;ve recently gifted us with a bit of relief from their depredations—and more may be on the way.&lt;br /&gt;
  3923. &lt;br /&gt;
  3924. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3925.            <link></link>
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  3927.            <pubDate>Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  3928.        </item>
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  3930.            <title>The Inspiring Way This Small Business Owner Handled Social Media Backlash</title>
  3931.            <description>The founder of a multiracial beauty company shares how she coped after her “personal and professional victory” angered many fans.&lt;br /&gt;
  3932. &lt;br /&gt;
  3933. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3934.            <link></link>
  3935.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1847</guid>
  3936.            <pubDate>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3939.            <title>Sales, Profitability Are Up For Small Businesses As 2016 Ends</title>
  3940.            <description>U.S. small businesses are wrapping up 2016 with stronger sales and improved profitability.&lt;br /&gt;
  3941. &lt;br /&gt;
  3942. Businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenues have experienced, on average, 7.3 percent annual sales growth during 2016, according to a financial statement analysis by Sageworks, a financial information company. That represents the fifth consecutive year that sales have grown more than 7 percent.&lt;br /&gt;
  3943. &lt;br /&gt;
  3944. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3945.            <link></link>
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  3947.            <pubDate>Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:59:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3950.            <title>Small businesses optimistic about 2017</title>
  3951.            <description>Donald Trumps election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.&lt;br /&gt;
  3952. &lt;br /&gt;
  3953. Dean Bingham says he is cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election — people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it’s time to get them serviced.&lt;br /&gt;
  3954. &lt;br /&gt;
  3955. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3956.            <link></link>
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  3958.            <pubDate>Sun, 8 Jan 2017 01:59:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3961.            <title>6 key resolutions for your small business</title>
  3962.            <description>If you are like most Americans, you’re probably making up a list of new year’s resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, be nicer to your in-laws. While those resolutions may be long forgotten by February, I have got a list of resolutions you will want to keep to help you succeed in your small business in 2017.&lt;br /&gt;
  3963. &lt;br /&gt;
  3964. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3965.            <link></link>
  3966.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1844</guid>
  3967.            <pubDate>Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  3970.            <title>Here Are the Top Entrepreneurship Trends for 2017</title>
  3971.            <description>With this tumultuous year behind us, I am fixing my mind on what&apos;s to come in 2017. Change is the only constant in life, and with a new administration about to take over--I am truly optimistic about next year since entrepreneurs seem to be looking forward to the potential changes that this new year might bring.&lt;br /&gt;
  3972. &lt;br /&gt;
  3973. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3974.            <link></link>
  3975.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1843</guid>
  3976.            <pubDate>Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:00:24 -0500</pubDate>
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  3979.            <title>7 Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn From Tech Startups</title>
  3980.            <description>Starting a small business in the United States has never been easier and, in fact, small businesses make up the backbone of the American economy. 9 out of every 10 employees works for one of the 28 million small businesses across the country. Each month, a half million new businesses enter the market, of which about 70% will last at least two years and one-third will last longer than 15 years.&lt;br /&gt;
  3981. &lt;br /&gt;
  3982. But what does it mean to be a small business? &lt;br /&gt;
  3983. &lt;br /&gt;
  3984. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3985.            <link></link>
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  3987.            <pubDate>Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  3988.        </item>
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  3990.            <title>68 Percent of Millennial Small Business Owners Rely on Social Media for Brand Promotion</title>
  3991.            <description>Millennial business owners depend on social media for brand promotion more than any other medium.&lt;br /&gt;
  3992. &lt;br /&gt;
  3993. Shocked, right? OK, probably not. But just how much Millennial business owners are using this relatively new media — or how much they don’t use traditional media — may come as a surprise.&lt;br /&gt;
  3994. &lt;br /&gt;
  3995. New data (PDF) from Magisto shows that 68 percent of Millennial small business owners and entrepreneurs depend on social media channels for developing awareness of their own brands.&lt;br /&gt;
  3996. &lt;br /&gt;
  3997. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  3998.            <link></link>
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  4000.            <pubDate>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:00:36 -0400</pubDate>
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  4003.            <title>How to Build Up Your Small Business on Social Media</title>
  4004.            <description>If you have a small business, you know you want to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to increase sales. Kim Garst has made her living telling businesses how they should use social media to their advantage.&lt;br /&gt;
  4005. &lt;br /&gt;
  4006. The one thing all business owners say to her is that they want to use social media to make money. This is possible Garst says, but you have to first build a brand.&lt;br /&gt;
  4007. &lt;br /&gt;
  4008. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4009.            <link></link>
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  4011.            <pubDate>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4014.            <title>10 Ways to Keep Your Small Business Moving Forward</title>
  4015.            <description>When you run a business, it’s important to always keep an eye on the future if you want your business to grow and improve. Members of our small business community understand what it takes to keep businesses moving forward. Here are some of their top tips.&lt;br /&gt;
  4016. &lt;br /&gt;
  4017. Make Sure Your Small Business is Prepared for the Holidays&lt;br /&gt;
  4018. &lt;br /&gt;
  4019. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4020.            <link></link>
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  4022.            <pubDate>Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4025.            <title>6 Proven Ways Content Marketing Benefits your Small Business</title>
  4026.            <description>For small and local businesses, it can be hard to stand out against larger nationwide brands. However, content marketing can help your small business attract attention, and for relevant niches in your industry, too.&lt;br /&gt;
  4027. &lt;br /&gt;
  4028. Content marketing is a marketing approach that involves creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to your prospective audience in the hopes of driving a consumer action, and it has numerous benefits for small businesses. It can give you the opportunity to not only expand your company, but also to build your reputation and establish a place as a trusted leader in the industry.&lt;br /&gt;
  4029. &lt;br /&gt;
  4030. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4031.            <link></link>
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  4033.            <pubDate>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:08 -0400</pubDate>
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  4036.            <title>The Small Business Guide to Virtual Assistants Both Human and Digital</title>
  4037.            <description>Why Your Business Needs Virtual Assistants&lt;br /&gt;
  4038. &lt;br /&gt;
  4039. If you are looking to de-clutter your business life so you can focus on serving your clients and customers, then virtual assistants are the perfect solution. They excel at the everyday tasks that keep your business up and running and can also handle the more complex tasks that you’re ready to hand off to someone else.&lt;br /&gt;
  4040. &lt;br /&gt;
  4041. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4042.            <link></link>
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  4044.            <pubDate>Wed, 9 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4047.            <title>How To Deal With Stress: Tips For Small Business Owners</title>
  4048.            <description>Despite the potential for physical, emotional, and mental stress, you can learn to lead a sustainable and healthy lifestyle as an entrepreneur.&lt;br /&gt;
  4049. &lt;br /&gt;
  4050. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4051.            <link></link>
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  4053.            <pubDate>Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4056.            <title>16 Powerful Body Language Tips to Instantly Exude Confidence</title>
  4057.            <description>Look the part You may be trembling inside, but you want to appear strong and in control. How can you communicate confidence that you may or may not be feeling? Try following these simple tips.&lt;br /&gt;
  4058. &lt;br /&gt;
  4059. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4060.            <link></link>
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  4062.            <pubDate>Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4065.            <title>The 5 biggest mistakes small business owners make according to Shark Tank stars</title>
  4066.            <description>Small business owners have a problem with thinking big.&lt;br /&gt;
  4067. &lt;br /&gt;
  4068. Thinking big doesn&apos;t mean getting a big head.&lt;br /&gt;
  4069. &lt;br /&gt;
  4070. Small business owners mistake successful crowdfunding campaigns with success.&lt;br /&gt;
  4071. &lt;br /&gt;
  4072. &lt;a href=&quot;;IR=T&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4073.            <link></link>
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  4075.            <pubDate>Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4078.            <title>50 Business Ideas for Teens</title>
  4079.            <description>You do not have to be an adult to start your own business. In fact, there are many different business opportunities that teens can use to get their entrepreneurial journeys started. Here are 50 business opportunities for teens.&lt;br /&gt;
  4080. &lt;br /&gt;
  4081. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;50 Business Ideas for Teens&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4082.            <link></link>
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  4084.            <pubDate>Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4086.        <item>
  4087.            <title>Tips to Identify Your Customers</title>
  4088.            <description>It is common knowledge that &lt;i&gt;targeting&lt;/i&gt; customers will result in a higher sales conversion than non-targeted, random traffic that just happens upon your website. In order to effectively target your customers, you need to know who and where they are. Customers come in all shapes and sizes, so how do you discern which customers are the best to target?&lt;br /&gt;
  4089. &lt;br /&gt;
  4090. The following are tips to identify your best customers...&lt;br /&gt;
  4091. &lt;br /&gt;
  4092. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Tips to Identify Your Customers&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4093.            <link></link>
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  4095.            <pubDate>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:59:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4097.        <item>
  4098.            <title>Yahoo Hacked: What It Means for Small Business</title>
  4099.            <description>Yahoo has confirmed that it was the target of what may be the largest cyberattack of all time. The breach took place back in 2014 and compromised the data of an unprecedented 500 million users.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; - See more at:;br /&gt;
  4100. &lt;br /&gt;
  4101. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4102.            <link></link>
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  4104.            <pubDate>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4107.            <title>50 small business ideas you can start on your own</title>
  4108.            <description>If you want to start a small business but you do not have large cash flow, there are still many great opportunities available.&lt;br /&gt;
  4109. &lt;br /&gt;
  4110. These jobs can be side businesses to start, but they may eventually replace your entire income.&lt;br /&gt;
  4111. &lt;br /&gt;
  4112. A small business on the side was once a novel idea, but it has become more mainstream with the help of the internet and social media.&lt;br /&gt;
  4113. &lt;br /&gt;
  4114. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that freelancers and self-employed individuals may make up 20% of the workforce by 2020. The Small Business Association estimated in February 2015 that there are about 28,443,856 small businesses in America. Nearly 23 million of those businesses are single worker operations.&lt;br /&gt;
  4115. &lt;br /&gt;
  4116. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4117.            <link></link>
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  4119.            <pubDate>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:06:37 -0400</pubDate>
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  4122.            <title>Most Small Businesses Are Barely Saving Any Money, New Study Show</title>
  4123.            <description>As Federal Reserve officials gathered to issue their monthly assessment of the world&apos;s largest economy, a new study lays bare the extent to which many small firms are pressed for cash.&lt;br /&gt;
  4124. &lt;br /&gt;
  4125. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4126.            <link></link>
  4127.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1829</guid>
  4128.            <pubDate>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4130.        <item>
  4131.            <title>How Creativity Can Drive Productivity in Your Small Business</title>
  4132.            <description>As a general rule, true creativity is lauded across the globe. From the iconic Burning Man Festival, which is held annually in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, to ever-diversifying International Women’s Day, there are recurring events that celebrate the innate abilities and the creative potential that exists within us all.&lt;br /&gt;
  4133. &lt;br /&gt;
  4134. Conversely, creativity is typically viewed as an inherently disruptive force in the world of business and commerce. After all, the boldness and distracting nature of innovative thinking is often considered to be detrimental to the basic mechanics of business management, while the endless pursuit of productivity often forces entrepreneurs to eschew creativity in favour of something more reliable.&lt;br /&gt;
  4135. &lt;br /&gt;
  4136. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4137.            <link></link>
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  4139.            <pubDate>Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4142.            <title>Businesses Going Green</title>
  4143.            <description>A business that makes the decision to be environmentally-conscious will often promote goodwill among potential customers, while making the world a better place for future generations. Many businesses hesitate to adopt green practices because they fear it will hurt their bottom line and negatively impact profits. But many eco-conscious businesses discover that they can actually save money and bring in new customers who specifically patronize companies that actively make an effort to be environmentally friendly. Many customers may even be willing to pay a bit more for a product or service from a company that is green.&lt;br /&gt;
  4144. &lt;br /&gt;
  4145. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Businesses Going Green&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4146.            <link></link>
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  4148.            <pubDate>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:47:17 -0400</pubDate>
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  4151.            <title>This Experts Controversial Tips For Making a Great First Impression May Shock You</title>
  4152.            <description>Perhaps it is time to embrace some new first principles.&lt;br /&gt;
  4153. &lt;br /&gt;
  4154. Making a first impression is not easy. People are just so sensitive these days. Sensitive about themselves, that is.&lt;br /&gt;
  4155. &lt;br /&gt;
  4156. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4157.            <link></link>
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  4159.            <pubDate>Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:44:50 -0400</pubDate>
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  4162.            <title>Why the Golden Rule Must Be Practiced in Business</title>
  4163.            <description>One of the most valuable possessions that you have is your reputation -- and it is important to guard it at all costs. Profits can be lost and regained, but rebuilding a damaged reputation -- that is far more difficult.&lt;br /&gt;
  4164. &lt;br /&gt;
  4165. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4166.            <link></link>
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  4168.            <pubDate>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:42:47 -0400</pubDate>
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  4171.            <title>10 Overlooked Elements of Running a Successful Business</title>
  4172.            <description>Running a business is complicated, which means there are some factors or tasks that tend to get overlooked. From basic concepts to more involved processes, members of our small business community have plenty of tips for dealing with those sometimes overlooked business tasks. See the full list of tips below.&lt;br /&gt;
  4173. &lt;br /&gt;
  4174. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4175.            <link></link>
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  4177.            <pubDate>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:41:03 -0400</pubDate>
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  4179.        <item>
  4180.            <title>Small businesses put out of business by Internet crooks</title>
  4181.            <description>Do you own a small business? If so, you are a favorite target of the Internet bad guys. More and more, they are moving away from well-prepared big businesses and stealing from small businesses, who are often unable to cope with even the most basic cyberattacks. Answer the following questions and then think carefully about what the answers mean for you.&lt;br /&gt;
  4182. &lt;br /&gt;
  4183. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4184.            <link></link>
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  4186.            <pubDate>Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:00:22 -0400</pubDate>
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  4189.            <title>8 Secrets of Great Communicators</title>
  4190.            <description>Great communication skills are a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Here are eight proven strategies that will improve yours today.&lt;br /&gt;
  4191. &lt;br /&gt;
  4192. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4193.            <link></link>
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  4195.            <pubDate>Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:59:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4198.            <title>The Advent of Access: How Smart Phones Have Changed the World</title>
  4199.            <description>With the ongoing move of smart phones towards near-ubiquity, much of society has come to take these do-all devices for granted. In overcoming the novelty of smart phones, many of us have lost our one-time sense of awe at this technology, and have ceased marveling at the effect it has had on the world around us. However, it is undeniable that smart phones have exerted a huge and multi-faceted impact on society, and continue to do so to this day.&lt;br /&gt;
  4200. &lt;br /&gt;
  4201. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;The Advent of Access: How Smart Phones Have Changed the World&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4202.            <link></link>
  4203.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1821</guid>
  4204.            <pubDate>Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4207.            <title>Innovative Ways to Market</title>
  4208.            <description>Marketing is a three-syllable word that seems so simple, yet encompasses so much. Marketing is a multi-faceted approach to promoting a product or service. Both traditional and unconventional marketing methods have a place in the small business world. Marketing helps small businesses focus on building their brand and identity.&lt;br /&gt;
  4209. &lt;br /&gt;
  4210. There are few limitations to marketing options, and the opportunities listed here are just a few that will generally result in a decent ROI (Return On Investment) for most small businesses. That said, do not be afraid to be creative -- no one knows or understands a small business like its owner, so think outside of the box and don&apos;t be afraid to experiment.&lt;br /&gt;
  4211. &lt;br /&gt;
  4212. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;Innovative Ways to Market&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4213.            <link></link>
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  4215.            <pubDate>Sun, 2 Oct 2016 09:00:46 -0400</pubDate>
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  4218.            <title>IoT for Small Business: Effects, Opportunities &amp; Platforms</title>
  4219.            <description>Business Insiders premium research service, expects that there will be more than 24 billion connected devices on Earth by 2020 — approximately four devices for every human being on the planet.&lt;br /&gt;
  4220. &lt;br /&gt;
  4221. And as the IoT expands, it will have a particularly profound effect on businesses, especially small businesses. Several IoT business opportunities will be created in the coming years as we head into an increasingly connected world.&lt;br /&gt;
  4222. &lt;br /&gt;
  4223. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4224.            <link></link>
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  4226.            <pubDate>Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:22:50 -0400</pubDate>
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  4229.            <title>How Being a Millionaire Affects Your Happiness</title>
  4230.            <description>Tai Lopez was born and raised on the wrong side of the tracks but he made choices early on in his adult life to move to the other side.&lt;br /&gt;
  4231. &lt;br /&gt;
  4232. Today he lives in a massive Beverly Hills mansion, shares his tips for creating wealth and fulfillment on his super popular social media channels and rubs shoulders with the most successful people in the world.&lt;br /&gt;
  4233. &lt;br /&gt;
  4234. So how did this all happen?&lt;br /&gt;
  4235. &lt;br /&gt;
  4236. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4237.            <link></link>
  4238.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1818</guid>
  4239.            <pubDate>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:20:51 -0400</pubDate>
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  4242.            <title>Top 10 Tips for Data Theft Prevention</title>
  4243.            <description>
  4244.                <![CDATA[Is your business protected from a data breach? The largest data theft in history:<br />
  4245. <br />
  4246. 1.2 billion internet user names and passwords compromised<br />
  4247. 420,000 websites impacted<br />
  4248. Well-known national brands and small companies affected.<br />
  4249. Here are ten things you can do to protect your business.<br />
  4250. <br />
  4251. 1. Secure sensitive customer, employee or patient data.<br />
  4252. <br />
  4253. Store paper files and removable storage devices (such as thumb drives and CDs) containing sensitive information in a locked drawer, cabinet, safe or other secure container when not in use.<br />
  4254. Restrict access to sensitive data to those who have a need to know. Give employees access to only the information they need to do their jobs - whether it's online or in paper form.<br />
  4255. <br />
  4256. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  4257.            </description>
  4258.            <link></link>
  4259.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1817</guid>
  4260.            <pubDate>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:19:41 -0400</pubDate>
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  4263.            <title>3 Steps To Creating A Killer Small Business Content Marketing Strategy</title>
  4264.            <description>Small businesses generally face harsher circumstances when it comes to planning and launching a marketing campaign. They have less revenue and capital, which means they’re more limited in the strategies they can pursue. They have fewer resources, which means their teams are smaller and less experienced. And they generally have less data and first-hand experience with which to strategize in the first place.&lt;br /&gt;
  4265. &lt;br /&gt;
  4266. One of the best marketing strategies for small businesses is content marketing, due to its approachability and affordability, but creating a content marketing strategy can still be an intensive and intimidating process.&lt;br /&gt;
  4267. &lt;br /&gt;
  4268. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4269.            <link></link>
  4270.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1816</guid>
  4271.            <pubDate>Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:17:51 -0400</pubDate>
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  4274.            <title>5 Brexit Tips for Small Business</title>
  4275.            <description>How to Cope with Brexit&lt;br /&gt;
  4276. For small businesses owners, especially ecommerce merchants already selling (or thinking about selling) to UK consumers, the anxiety lies with unknown costs: what happens when Brexit takes effect? What new regulations or tariffs will be imposed on trade? How will that affect landed costs (taxes + import tariffs + shipping charges) to UK consumers? Will that change a seller&apos;s supply chain, and if so, how?&lt;br /&gt;
  4277. &lt;br /&gt;
  4278. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4279.            <link></link>
  4280.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1815</guid>
  4281.            <pubDate>Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:16:36 -0400</pubDate>
  4282.        </item>
  4283.        <item>
  4284.            <title>6 SEO Advantages Small Businesses Have Over Major Firms</title>
  4285.            <description>When small business owners think about getting involved in SEO, they often become intimidated (or frustrated). They see massive corporations and large businesses dominating the search engine world, and it is no secret why they are able to. They have access to tens of thousands of dollars (or more) to spend on online marketing, a highly talented full-time staff to oversee campaign management, and perhaps most importantly, they have been around for years, so they have had time to cement their authority in their respective niches.&lt;br /&gt;
  4286. &lt;br /&gt;
  4287. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4288.            <link></link>
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  4290.            <pubDate>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:13:16 -0400</pubDate>
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  4293.            <title>3 Tips for Making Your Customer Service Shine</title>
  4294.            <description>1. Contribute to your community.&lt;br /&gt;
  4295. For Chiodo, offering his time and resources to the community is not a chore so much as it is part of his commitment to doing the right thing.&lt;br /&gt;
  4296. &lt;br /&gt;
  4297. Last summer, for example, Chiodo and his team installed four new air conditioning units at a local animal shelter where the cooling system was on its last legs. Instead of handing the shelter a hefty bill, Chiodo worked with his distributor to have the equipment donated. He handled the labor for free.&lt;br /&gt;
  4298. &lt;br /&gt;
  4299. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4300.            <link></link>
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  4302.            <pubDate>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:11:13 -0400</pubDate>
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  4305.            <title>Ways To Simplify Content Marketing For Your Small</title>
  4306.            <description>Content marketing is an important part of keeping a small business growing. It can help you to build credibility and authority, win you good positions in search engine results, and develop important relationships with your actual and potential customers.&lt;br /&gt;
  4307. &lt;br /&gt;
  4308. The main problem for most small businesses is producing content at a consistent rate. There is so much to do when you’re trying to get a new business off the ground or take a semi-established small company to the next level.&lt;br /&gt;
  4309. &lt;br /&gt;
  4310. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4311.            <link></link>
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  4313.            <pubDate>Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:10:07 -0400</pubDate>
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  4316.            <title>Mobile App Strategies Boost Revenues for Small Business Owners</title>
  4317.            <description>Global mobile traffic now represents roughly 60 percent of internet traffic, making mobile apps a must-have for businesses. But consumers today increasingly expect an Amazon-like experience online. Small businesses do not just need to build a mobile app, they need to build a great one.&lt;br /&gt;
  4318. &lt;br /&gt;
  4319. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4320.            <link></link>
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  4322.            <pubDate>Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:08:31 -0400</pubDate>
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  4325.            <title>Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies</title>
  4326.            <description>These companies are making major strides--and major revenue gains. Check out the fastest growing businesses in the U.S.&lt;br /&gt;
  4327. &lt;br /&gt;
  4328. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4329.            <link></link>
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  4331.            <pubDate>Wed, 7 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4334.            <title>Explore Prime Locations for Small Businesses</title>
  4335.            <description>Of all the elements in starting a new business, location is among the most crucial. But it’s more than just finding a good spot. A prospective startup owner may need to look at different cities in order to take advantage of the potential audience, costs and revenue opportunities.&lt;br /&gt;
  4336. &lt;br /&gt;
  4337. There is plenty of research out there about what the best cities are for small businesses, and different studies will yield different results, based on their metrics. &lt;br /&gt;
  4338. &lt;br /&gt;
  4339. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4340.            <link></link>
  4341.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1809</guid>
  4342.            <pubDate>Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4343.        </item>
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  4345.            <title>Does My Small Business Really Need Brand Management?</title>
  4346.            <description>Brands are often associated with large businesses. However, a brand can be used effectively by small businesses as well to increase their profitability. Branding a new business is just as important as insuring your business and knowing when to hire an employee. Your business will not be maximizing its profitability if you are not building a strong brand.&lt;br /&gt;
  4347. &lt;br /&gt;
  4348. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4349.            <link></link>
  4350.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1808</guid>
  4351.            <pubDate>Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:00:48 -0400</pubDate>
  4352.        </item>
  4353.        <item>
  4354.            <title>Social Media Donts for Small Businesses</title>
  4355.            <description>A strong social network can become an asset for any business. Social media offers every business the opportunity to strengthen relationships with their target audience, creating loyal customers and even brand advocates. Exploiting this potential is no easy feat, but can be done if the medium is used well.&lt;br /&gt;
  4356. &lt;br /&gt;
  4357. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4358.            <link></link>
  4359.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1807</guid>
  4360.            <pubDate>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4361.        </item>
  4362.        <item>
  4363.            <title>The 10 Worst Places to Start a Business</title>
  4364.            <description>More new businesses fail than succeed, according to the Kauffman Foundation. And U.S. Small Business Administration data shows that it is only a matter of time before at least half of all businesses go under: Nearly two-thirds of businesses with employees survive at least two years, but only about 50 percent survive at least five years.&lt;br /&gt;
  4365. &lt;br /&gt;
  4366. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4367.            <link></link>
  4368.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1806</guid>
  4369.            <pubDate>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4370.        </item>
  4371.        <item>
  4372.            <title>12 Ways You Can Be Better at Content Marketing for Your Business</title>
  4373.            <description>Small business owners can now compete on an (almost) level playing field with big brands, all through applying the principles and use of content marketing. Regardless of the size of the business, the goal is the same: to use relevant content to attract qualified customers or clients.&lt;br /&gt;
  4374. &lt;br /&gt;
  4375. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4376.            <link></link>
  4377.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1805</guid>
  4378.            <pubDate>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4379.        </item>
  4380.        <item>
  4381.            <title>5 Things You Need For Your Small Business Infrastructure</title>
  4382.            <description>When you first start a business, you have your work cut out for you. Not only do you have to figure out if you have a viable product that people will actually pay you for, but you have to also find your customers, manage administrative tasks and deal with your staff, if you have one. &lt;br /&gt;
  4383. &lt;br /&gt;
  4384. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4385.            <link></link>
  4386.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1804</guid>
  4387.            <pubDate>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4388.        </item>
  4389.        <item>
  4390.            <title>9 Best Resources to Check Out before Opening a Small Business</title>
  4391.            <description>There are so many things you need to know about before opening your own business, and it can get pretty overwhelming at times. You need to take advantage of any resources you can find that will help you to get where you need to be, and operate a successful small business, from information on creating business plans to the actual daily operations. Some resources are very helpful, while some are just a waste of time. To help keep you from wasting your time on the not-so-great resources, here are our 9 favorites.&lt;br /&gt;
  4392. &lt;br /&gt;
  4393. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4394.            <link></link>
  4395.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1803</guid>
  4396.            <pubDate>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4397.        </item>
  4398.        <item>
  4399.            <title>Most Small Business Owners Are Happy Staying Small</title>
  4400.            <description>What defines a small business owner as successful? You might think the obvious answer is one who grows quickly and expands his or her operations. But a recent report by Emergent Research and Infusionsoft found that &lt;i&gt;becoming a big business&lt;/i&gt; doesn&apos;t equal success for most small business owners. &lt;br /&gt;
  4401. &lt;br /&gt;
  4402. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4403.            <link></link>
  4404.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1802</guid>
  4405.            <pubDate>Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4406.        </item>
  4407.        <item>
  4408.            <title>10 Things Your Business Can Learn About Rebranding from Electronics Giant Sharp</title>
  4409.            <description>When it comes to rebranding, what can your small business learn from a manufacturing giant like Sharp Electronics? Quite a lot, as it turns out.&lt;br /&gt;
  4410. &lt;br /&gt;
  4411. After its purchase by Japanese electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision earlier this year, Sharp went through an extensive rebranding process to focus on its home appliance division.&lt;br /&gt;
  4412. &lt;br /&gt;
  4413. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4414.            <link></link>
  4415.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1801</guid>
  4416.            <pubDate>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4417.        </item>
  4418.        <item>
  4419.            <title>Facebook Is Giving a Huge Break to Small Businesses in Emerging Markets</title>
  4420.            <description>Facebook&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;is to let small businesses in emerging markets sell to customers for free directly through their Facebook pages, the social media company said on Wednesday, marking a new effort to build up potential advertisers in its fastest-growing regions.&lt;br /&gt;
  4421. &lt;br /&gt;
  4422. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4423.            <link></link>
  4424.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1800</guid>
  4425.            <pubDate>Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4426.        </item>
  4427.        <item>
  4428.            <title>6 Best Tools That Small Business Owners Could Use to Promote Their Business Online</title>
  4429.            <description>Marketing a business online can be a bit tricky with cost being a concern to most business owners. Some have to work with a low budget with most opting to find a free way to market their trade online.&lt;br /&gt;
  4430. &lt;br /&gt;
  4431. There are tons of free tools businesses can turn to when it comes to marketing online. With that in mind, it may all boil down to where to start and which tool is best used first. The tools mentioned range from actual sites to free tools integrated with their marketing plans. Below are some of the tools that companies can consider using.&lt;br /&gt;
  4432. &lt;br /&gt;
  4433. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4434.            <link></link>
  4435.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1799</guid>
  4436.            <pubDate>Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4437.        </item>
  4438.        <item>
  4439.            <title>How to Think Like a Brand</title>
  4440.            <description>When you consider branding from this perspective, you will likely notice that as important as affinity and equity are, the place your brand occupies in one’s mind surrounds the feelings that connect people to it. Be sure to remember this particular fact when you contemplate where your brand is and where you want it to be.&lt;br /&gt;
  4441. &lt;br /&gt;
  4442. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4443.            <link></link>
  4444.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1798</guid>
  4445.            <pubDate>Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4446.        </item>
  4447.        <item>
  4448.            <title>11 Ways to Negotiate</title>
  4449.            <description>Very few people actually like to negotiate. That&apos;s why so few people are good at negotiating; it&apos;s a task to be avoided or completed as quickly as possible.&lt;br /&gt;
  4450. &lt;br /&gt;
  4451. Unfortunately, negotiating is a fact of life--especially business life. Fortunately, negotiating has less to do with competition than simply communicating: explaining the logic and benefits of a position, convincing others that an idea or premise makes sense, showing people how a decision will generate a desired return, helping people understand the benefits of change...&lt;br /&gt;
  4452. &lt;br /&gt;
  4453. In essence, negotiation skills are communication skills.&lt;br /&gt;
  4454. &lt;br /&gt;
  4455. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4456.            <link></link>
  4457.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1797</guid>
  4458.            <pubDate>Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4459.        </item>
  4460.        <item>
  4461.            <title>Your small business marketing sucks — here is how to fix it</title>
  4462.            <description>The formula for business success is simple but not easy. At the core, once you have your product or service figured out, your marketing plan should be a natural progression.&lt;br /&gt;
  4463. &lt;br /&gt;
  4464. In fact, we would challenge the thinking that your business plan and marketing plan are one in the same to a certain extent.&lt;br /&gt;
  4465. &lt;br /&gt;
  4466. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4467.            <link></link>
  4468.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1796</guid>
  4469.            <pubDate>Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4470.        </item>
  4471.        <item>
  4472.            <title>3 Legal Mistakes Every Businesses Should Avoid</title>
  4473.            <description>Running a business is like running a marathon. You have the law, the government, and the competition all eagerly expecting you to make a mistake. Unlike in the marathon, any mistake you make cannot be forgiven. That being said, many of the mistakes businesses make are usually due to negligence and ignorance. Notwithstanding the intent behind these mistakes, you can be made to pay a huge price for committing them.&lt;br /&gt;
  4474. &lt;br /&gt;
  4475. However, nothing can hurt your business as much as running afoul of the law in the process of running your business. Small business owners can pay the hardest for legal mistakes.&lt;br /&gt;
  4476. &lt;br /&gt;
  4477. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4478.            <link></link>
  4479.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1795</guid>
  4480.            <pubDate>Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4481.        </item>
  4482.        <item>
  4483.            <title>5 ways states are luring small business</title>
  4484.            <description>Georgia is among many states that are working hard to lure businesses of all sizes — and entice them to stay put. There&apos;s no one set formula that makes a state business-friendly, say business owners and experts. Rather, it is a mix of ingredients that, when combined, make a state an attractive place to set up shop.&lt;br /&gt;
  4485. &lt;br /&gt;
  4486. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4487.            <link></link>
  4488.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1794</guid>
  4489.            <pubDate>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4490.        </item>
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  4492.            <title>Businesses try to keep calm amid uncertainty of Brexit vote</title>
  4493.            <description>Britains vote to leave the European Union is already taking a toll on some small U.S. businesses, with canceled tour bookings in New York and U.K. retailers cutting back their orders from American suppliers.&lt;br /&gt;
  4494. &lt;br /&gt;
  4495. The plunge in the pound against the U.S. dollar after the vote three weeks ago makes goods and services more expensive for those in the U.K. and means British tourists get less for their money while traveling elsewhere.&lt;br /&gt;
  4496. &lt;br /&gt;
  4497. Many of the companies are trying to plot a course without clarity on exactly when or how a split may occur. &lt;br /&gt;
  4498. &lt;br /&gt;
  4499. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4500.            <link></link>
  4501.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1793</guid>
  4502.            <pubDate>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4503.        </item>
  4504.        <item>
  4505.            <title>Cheaper software puts small businesses in big leagues</title>
  4506.            <description>Until recently, small businesses assumed that they could not access the same kinds of technology and opportunities that big corporations can with vastly greater resources. Rapid technology shifts have led many smaller businesses to expect more from technology.&lt;br /&gt;
  4507. &lt;br /&gt;
  4508. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4509.            <link></link>
  4510.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1792</guid>
  4511.            <pubDate>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4512.        </item>
  4513.        <item>
  4514.            <title>5 Technologies for Small Business Success</title>
  4515.            <description>Cloud computing has revolutionized the IT landscape for startups and smaller organizations by leveling the playing field and making advanced software capabilities attainable to businesses with modest technology budgets.&lt;br /&gt;
  4516. &lt;br /&gt;
  4517. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4518.            <link></link>
  4519.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1791</guid>
  4520.            <pubDate>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4521.        </item>
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  4523.            <title>6 outsourcing tips for small businesses</title>
  4524.            <description>As most (if not all) small business owners know, you can’t do or manage everything. And some tasks (HR and accounting spring to mind) are often better left to the experts.&lt;br /&gt;
  4525. &lt;br /&gt;
  4526. Of course, not every small or midsized business can afford to outsource functions, though in many cases the benefits outweigh the upfront cost. But whether you are planning to outsource or are just thinking about it, it pays to do your homework and due diligence before giving over part of your business to a third-party. Here are six things to consider before you choose a business right partner.&lt;br /&gt;
  4527. &lt;br /&gt;
  4528. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4529.            <link></link>
  4530.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1790</guid>
  4531.            <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4532.        </item>
  4533.        <item>
  4534.            <title>SCORE Infographic: How Can Technology Help My Small Business?</title>
  4535.            <description>
  4536.                <![CDATA[SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, has gathered statistics on popular small business technology, such as mobile tools and the cloud, while revealing a need for improvement in customer relationship management (CRM) and data security.<br />
  4537. <br />
  4538. Mobile technology is prevalent:<br />
  4539. <br />
  4540. 80% of small business owners use a mobile device at least once a day<br />
  4541. 56% use it for communication and scheduling<br />
  4542. 30% take notes and create to-do lists<br />
  4543. 29% check social media<br />
  4544. 24% bank online<br />
  4545. <br />
  4546. <a href="" target="_blank">complete article</a>]]>
  4547.            </description>
  4548.            <link></link>
  4549.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1789</guid>
  4550.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4551.        </item>
  4552.        <item>
  4553.            <title>Cloud Computing Helps Lift Small Business Valuations</title>
  4554.            <description>It takes more than a solid business plan and gumption to succeed in business nowadays. Growing your company in a competitive businesses landscape—and attracting interested investors—requires a solid footing in technology.&lt;br /&gt;
  4555. &lt;br /&gt;
  4556. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4557.            <link></link>
  4558.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1788</guid>
  4559.            <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4560.        </item>
  4561.        <item>
  4562.            <title>Small Business Startup Checklist: Do Not Overlook These Items</title>
  4563.            <description>Some people think starting a business will be this great thing to do and then as they move forward with the process quickly learn it is not always rainbows and unicorns.&lt;br /&gt;
  4564. &lt;br /&gt;
  4565. Sure, it has it perks - you become your own boss, choose your own hours and the clients you would like to work with along with how much to charge them. Then, theres one of my personal favorites - you choose the dress code! &lt;br /&gt;
  4566. &lt;br /&gt;
  4567. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4568.            <link></link>
  4569.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1787</guid>
  4570.            <pubDate>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4571.        </item>
  4572.        <item>
  4573.            <title>13 Best Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses</title>
  4574.            <description>The first step to marketing is defining your end-game and strategizing your budget. The first question consultants ask those big, bad corporations going through restructuring is, &lt;i&gt;What do you want?&lt;/i&gt; This is when you need to decide what is important to you; do you want to extend your reach or maximize local exposure? Are you looking for brand awareness or conversions?&lt;br /&gt;
  4575. &lt;br /&gt;
  4576. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4577.            <link></link>
  4578.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1786</guid>
  4579.            <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4580.        </item>
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  4582.            <title>Become A Data Genius: Track Everything In Your Small Business</title>
  4583.            <description>As someone that has worked for small technology-based businesses for years, I have come to learn some of the best habits of small business geniuses. While most business owners are unique and every business is different, there is one very important trait that is shared by the most successful ones: they track everything.&lt;br /&gt;
  4584. &lt;br /&gt;
  4585. Tracking is one of the key pillars of a successful business. Without tracking, the business owner simply cannot know what works and what does not. It is also difficult to see where the inefficiencies are and how they can be improved upon.&lt;br /&gt;
  4586. &lt;br /&gt;
  4587. The best way to become a data genius is to get into the habit of tracking everything when it comes to your business, and that includes the website, customers, and employees.&lt;br /&gt;
  4588. &lt;br /&gt;
  4589. Since my experience mainly covers online and web businesses, most of the tips in this article will be relevant to those types of businesses. However, they can be modified and applied to just about any business.&lt;br /&gt;
  4590. &lt;br /&gt;
  4591. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4592.            <link></link>
  4593.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1785</guid>
  4594.            <pubDate>Fri, 1 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4595.        </item>
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  4597.            <title>7 Offbeat Small Business Growth Strategies to Follow</title>
  4598.            <description>Because small businesses have shoestring budgets, they lack all the privileges large businesses enjoy. Tilting the ground in their favor is incredibly difficult for them. It’s no surprise that 90 percent of startups fail.&lt;br /&gt;
  4599. &lt;br /&gt;
  4600. Expert tips can help them lower the cost while keeping the quality of the work high and meeting deadlines. Here are some offbeat growth strategies for startups:&lt;br /&gt;
  4601. &lt;br /&gt;
  4602. Working as Outsourcing Partner&lt;br /&gt;
  4603. Competition with large businesses is futile for a small business. Co-habitation, on the other hand, can drive growth. A small business can cohabit with a large business by becoming the latters outsourcing partner.&lt;br /&gt;
  4604. &lt;br /&gt;
  4605. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4606.            <link></link>
  4607.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1784</guid>
  4608.            <pubDate>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4609.        </item>
  4610.        <item>
  4611.            <title>3 things every small business should do</title>
  4612.            <description>Small businesses are a crucial part of Orlandos economy, but there&apos;s no denying that there are challenges in operating one, especially in the first few years.&lt;br /&gt;
  4613. &lt;br /&gt;
  4614. In fact, there are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States. According to data from the Small Business Administration, in 2013 about 630,000 small businesses launched, and of those, close to 80 percent still had their doors open in 2014.&lt;br /&gt;
  4615. &lt;br /&gt;
  4616. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4617.            <link></link>
  4618.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1783</guid>
  4619.            <pubDate>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:09:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4620.        </item>
  4621.        <item>
  4622.            <title>6 Daily Habits That Will Make You Look Smarter and More Powerful</title>
  4623.            <description>Growing up in a large firm with a strong sense of history and culture, I heard a lot about executive presence--what it was, who had it, and what any aspiring leader would need to do to get it. Here is what I found.&lt;br /&gt;
  4624. &lt;br /&gt;
  4625. What is executive presence?&lt;br /&gt;
  4626. Executive presence is the combination of communication skills, technical competencies, perspective, and temperament that instill a sense of confidence in a leaders viewpoints and decisions. &lt;br /&gt;
  4627. &lt;br /&gt;
  4628. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4629.            <link></link>
  4630.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1782</guid>
  4631.            <pubDate>Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4632.        </item>
  4633.        <item>
  4634.            <title>7 Email Marketing Best Practices</title>
  4635.            <description>The content of your email message is important, but your design is the first element that recipients will see. If you want readers to see your message instead of clicking to the next email, it is essential to please their eyes and pique their curiosity. Here are a few keys to a winning email design:&lt;br /&gt;
  4636. &lt;br /&gt;
  4637. &lt;b&gt;1. Make it mobile friendly.&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  4638. Two out of three emails are opened on a mobile device. Make sure that your email design is based on elements that work well in that environment. &lt;br /&gt;
  4639. &lt;br /&gt;
  4640. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4641.            <link></link>
  4642.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1781</guid>
  4643.            <pubDate>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4644.        </item>
  4645.        <item>
  4646.            <title>SCORE Tips - Pick a Niche and Own It</title>
  4647.            <description>SCORE provides free mentoring to hundreds of business owners in Southern Arizona every year. Many of those business owners are just starting a new business. Here are some of SCOREs tips to consider before you open a new business:&lt;br /&gt;
  4648. &lt;br /&gt;
  4649. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4650.            <link></link>
  4651.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1780</guid>
  4652.            <pubDate>Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4653.        </item>
  4654.        <item>
  4655.            <title>How to Automate Social Media and PR for Small Business</title>
  4656.            <description>It&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;is not easy being a small business competing against the big boys. They have got the budget, the expertise, and the size to push you around. That said, it does not have to be half as hard as some small businesses make it. For example, for many businesses, their social media and PR plans can be a lot easier and communicate far more authority besides.&lt;br /&gt;
  4657. &lt;br /&gt;
  4658. To that end, today we’re going to look at how you can automate both to make your efforts both easier and more fluid, using some simple best practice and strategic planning.&lt;br /&gt;
  4659. &lt;br /&gt;
  4660. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4661.            <link></link>
  4662.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1779</guid>
  4663.            <pubDate>Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4664.        </item>
  4665.        <item>
  4666.            <title>How Small Businesses Can Make the Most of Big Data</title>
  4667.            <description>Big data and business intelligence (BI) used to be only for enterprise companies. Now, however, thanks to the software as a service (SaaS) revolution, even small businesses can afford to track and tap into a wealth of information.&lt;br /&gt;
  4668. &lt;br /&gt;
  4669. However, becoming a data-driven small business is not easy. Because you are dealing with complex troves of records that have multiple sources and are therefore highly unlikely to be structured uniformly, it can be difficult to process it all and interpret it into insights your business can actually use.&lt;br /&gt;
  4670. &lt;br /&gt;
  4671. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4672.            <link></link>
  4673.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1778</guid>
  4674.            <pubDate>Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4675.        </item>
  4676.        <item>
  4677.            <title>(Counterintuitive) Tips to Run a Small Business</title>
  4678.            <description>Being an entrepreneur or business owner is, for a lot of people, choosing to work 80 hours a week for yourself to avoid that 40 hours you’d be working for someone elses corporation. That was absolutely true for us when we first started. In our first few months as entrepreneurs we each got in a minimum of 80 hours per week - that’s a lot of work! We realized pretty quickly that we needed to change something. We were drowning!&lt;br /&gt;
  4679. &lt;br /&gt;
  4680. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4681.            <link></link>
  4682.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1777</guid>
  4683.            <pubDate>Sun, 29 May 2016 15:20:52 -0400</pubDate>
  4684.        </item>
  4685.        <item>
  4686.            <title>20 Simple Tools Your Small Business Needs Now</title>
  4687.            <description>Running your own business is no simple task. From hiring and payroll to other day-to-day operations, there are a million different responsibilities needing your attention throughout the work week. With a few of these tools, you can make your business run more efficiently and in turn, take the stress off of your shoulders.&lt;br /&gt;
  4688. &lt;br /&gt;
  4689. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4690.            <link></link>
  4691.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1776</guid>
  4692.            <pubDate>Tue, 31 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4693.        </item>
  4694.        <item>
  4695.            <title>Small Business Administration suggests 10 steps before committing to a new business idea</title>
  4696.            <description>If you think so, or at least want to explore the idea, SCORE and our mentors are ready to assist you confidentially and at no charge. It’s a long, winding road to entrepreneurial success. The more advocates you have, the better chance you have to realize your dream.&lt;br /&gt;
  4697. &lt;br /&gt;
  4698. Do not go into business if you know little or nothing about it. &lt;br /&gt;
  4699. &lt;br /&gt;
  4700. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4701.            <link></link>
  4702.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1775</guid>
  4703.            <pubDate>Sun, 29 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4704.        </item>
  4705.        <item>
  4706.            <title>Why Small Businesses Should Focus on Scaling Their Content Marketing</title>
  4707.            <description>Having a small online marketing team doesn’t mean your company can not scale content marketing initiatives. It means you must know what the best strategies are and have your team focus on a few they can do well. &lt;br /&gt;
  4708. &lt;br /&gt;
  4709. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4710.            <link></link>
  4711.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1774</guid>
  4712.            <pubDate>Fri, 27 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4713.        </item>
  4714.        <item>
  4715.            <title>5 Marketing Hacks Small Businesses Tell Me Have Changed Their Lives</title>
  4716.            <description>I work with a ton of small businesses, and I love it. I love seeing different business models, helping entrepreneurs with limited resources and experience, and getting unique perspectives that you just can not find in bigger, often more &lt;i&gt;cookie-cutter&lt;/i&gt; business establishments. One-on-one, we can share information and insights, and build a strategy that is helpful for their business.&lt;br /&gt;
  4717. &lt;br /&gt;
  4718. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4719.            <link></link>
  4720.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1773</guid>
  4721.            <pubDate>Wed, 25 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4722.        </item>
  4723.        <item>
  4724.            <title>Micro Businesses Love Independence, Worry about Cash Flow [Survey]</title>
  4725.            <description>Ninety-four percent of independent workers love the control that independence provides, but 67 percent say their top concern has to do with inconsistent income in their micro businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  4726. &lt;br /&gt;
  4727. This is according to a recent survey of more than 600 independent workers conducted by the folks behind Invoice2go, an invoice app that allows small businesses to create and send professional invoices from any device.&lt;br /&gt;
  4728. &lt;br /&gt;
  4729. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4730.            <link></link>
  4731.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1772</guid>
  4732.            <pubDate>Mon, 23 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4733.        </item>
  4734.        <item>
  4735.            <title>5 small businesses to start after 50</title>
  4736.            <description>The passion that spurs someone to dream of starting a business is not reserved for the techie Millennial in the torn jeans and hoodie. Even the person in the relaxed-fit khakis and reading glasses can feel the zeal.&lt;br /&gt;
  4737. &lt;br /&gt;
  4738. Research shows Baby Boomers may have a greater passion for entrepreneurship than younger generations. One report showed that, in 2014, those ages 55 to 64 had a higher rate of new entrepreneurial activity than the stereotypical risk-taking 20 to 34 age group.&lt;br /&gt;
  4739. &lt;br /&gt;
  4740. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4741.            <link></link>
  4742.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1771</guid>
  4743.            <pubDate>Sat, 21 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4744.        </item>
  4745.        <item>
  4746.            <title>10 Free Tools Your Small Business Should Be Using Today</title>
  4747.            <description>Although your small business needs a healthy amount of software to conduct operations, it&apos;s not necessary for you to spend a fortune on web-based products. In our comprehensive testing of business and consumer software, we have come across dozens of incredible and free solutions that can help you get the job done. We&apos;ve tested free tools in almost all facets of business—from email marketing to endpoint protection to project management.&lt;br /&gt;
  4748. &lt;br /&gt;
  4749. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4750.            <link></link>
  4751.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1770</guid>
  4752.            <pubDate>Thu, 19 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4753.        </item>
  4754.        <item>
  4755.            <title>4 Ways to Boost Ranking For Your Own Branded Terms</title>
  4756.            <description>You may have a list of specific keywords and phrases you&apos;re targeting, or you may be more in the &lt;i&gt;add amazing content and see what happens&lt;/i&gt;, camp.&lt;br /&gt;
  4757. &lt;br /&gt;
  4758. However, the idea of optimizing for branded keywords may not have crossed your radar. Branded terms are words or phrases that are specific to your company. They often include your business name, but also may include certain trademarked product names or your website name. For Apple, some examples of branded terms might be:&lt;br /&gt;
  4759. &lt;br /&gt;
  4760. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4761.            <link></link>
  4762.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1769</guid>
  4763.            <pubDate>Tue, 17 May 2016 09:59:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4764.        </item>
  4765.        <item>
  4766.            <title>Small Business Tools for Entrepreneurs</title>
  4767.            <description>Starting your own business is exciting, hectic, and frightening all at once. You are laying it all on the line, and your to-do list stretches seemingly for miles. Whether you are still in the planning stage, writing up a business plan, or ready to open for business and hit the ground running, it’s tough to do everything by yourself.&lt;br /&gt;
  4768. &lt;br /&gt;
  4769. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4770.            <link></link>
  4771.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1768</guid>
  4772.            <pubDate>Sun, 15 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4773.        </item>
  4774.        <item>
  4775.            <title>50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything</title>
  4776.            <description>Motivation can be hard to come by, especially in the face of challenges or difficult work. When you are thinking about implementing that new idea, or starting that new company or beginning that new regimen -- this is the new year, after all -- it is easy to talk yourself into procrastinating. Or worse, avoiding your goal altogether.&lt;br /&gt;
  4777. &lt;br /&gt;
  4778. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4779.            <link></link>
  4780.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1767</guid>
  4781.            <pubDate>Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4782.        </item>
  4783.        <item>
  4784.            <title>How to name your small business: Keep it short and sweet</title>
  4785.            <description>Deciding what to call your company is probably one of the most fun and exciting aspects of&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;starting a small business. You might have launched this venture by scribbling business name ideas on a bar napkin while hanging out with friends.&lt;br /&gt;
  4786. &lt;br /&gt;
  4787. But naming your small business is also serious business. Your decision could affect your ability to reach a broader audience and grow. And making the wrong choice could even get you in legal trouble.&lt;br /&gt;
  4788. &lt;br /&gt;
  4789. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4790.            <link></link>
  4791.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1766</guid>
  4792.            <pubDate>Wed, 11 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4793.        </item>
  4794.        <item>
  4795.            <title>10 Ways To Cure Your Mobile Phone Bill</title>
  4796.            <description>Cell phones are ubiquitous, and tend to be important if not necessary to own. Yet sometimes the cost of owning and using a mobile phone can get out of hand. And the prevalence of daunting cell phone bills only grows as more and more apps and functions that use data come into popular use.&lt;br /&gt;
  4797. &lt;br /&gt;
  4798. The high cost of mobile data is a familiar problem for many; too many of us have run up against exorbitant bills after underestimating just how much data we have been using. And, for those with restricted monthly data allowances, exhausting the monthly supply of data can be irritating or even crippling for those who often depend on data.&lt;br /&gt;
  4799. &lt;br /&gt;
  4800. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;10 Ways to Cure Your Mobile Phone Bill&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4801.            <link></link>
  4802.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1765</guid>
  4803.            <pubDate>Mon, 9 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4804.        </item>
  4805.        <item>
  4806.            <title>5 Tips Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know</title>
  4807.            <description>&lt;b&gt;1. Have a point of view and unique product offering&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
  4808. &lt;br /&gt;
  4809. Commodity businesses such as books and electronics were the first to see e-commerce really squeeze out mom and pop stores. The product offering is uniform and easily comparable.&lt;br /&gt;
  4810. &lt;br /&gt;
  4811. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4812.            <link></link>
  4813.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1764</guid>
  4814.            <pubDate>Sat, 7 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4815.        </item>
  4816.        <item>
  4817.            <title>6 Principles for Small Business Automation</title>
  4818.            <description>Entrepreneurs and small business managers are hands-on folks. They are often involved in nearly every aspect of the business — from marketing to fulfillment to accounting to website design. At some point, however, all of that special attention may actually inhibit growth, so that the business leaders need to step back and let some processes happen automatically.&lt;br /&gt;
  4819. &lt;br /&gt;
  4820. The term business automation is broad. For some businesses, it might mean automating physical processes like product assembly. For others, it might mean setting up automated emails to occur when a customer takes some action.&lt;br /&gt;
  4821. &lt;br /&gt;
  4822. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4823.            <link></link>
  4824.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1763</guid>
  4825.            <pubDate>Thu, 5 May 2016 09:00:17 -0400</pubDate>
  4826.        </item>
  4827.        <item>
  4828.            <title>Small Business Finance Tips</title>
  4829.            <description>There is no way to get around some of the challenges that come with being a small business owner. But the proper tools and support can help you navigate the world of debits and credits more smoothly.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;Here are a few financial challenges you may face and some small business finance tips for managing them.&lt;br /&gt;
  4830. &lt;br /&gt;
  4831. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4832.            <link></link>
  4833.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1762</guid>
  4834.            <pubDate>Tue, 3 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4835.        </item>
  4836.        <item>
  4837.            <title>What Your Small Business Should Do To Look Like A Social Media Pro</title>
  4838.            <description>As social media use continues to grow, so does the number of marketing opportunities for small businesses. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults now use social networking sites, according to Pew Research, up from just 7 percent in 2005.&lt;br /&gt;
  4839. &lt;br /&gt;
  4840. Learning how to use a wider range of social media tools can help small businesses target prospective and existing customers on these platforms. Here are four tips to consider:&lt;br /&gt;
  4841. &lt;br /&gt;
  4842. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4843.            <link></link>
  4844.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1761</guid>
  4845.            <pubDate>Sun, 1 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4846.        </item>
  4847.        <item>
  4848.            <title>SCORE</title>
  4849.            <description>You know what they say about free advice: Sometimes, it is not worth the price.&lt;br /&gt;
  4850. &lt;br /&gt;
  4851. But that does not apply to the folks at SCORE, who provide advice to startups and established businesses. Their advice is free and it often results in businesses that get off the ground and grow.&lt;br /&gt;
  4852. &lt;br /&gt;
  4853. SCORE was originally known as the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a nonprofit organization partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration and created in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson.&lt;br /&gt;
  4854. &lt;br /&gt;
  4855. Now, it is just known as SCORE.&lt;br /&gt;
  4856. &lt;br /&gt;
  4857. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4858.            <link></link>
  4859.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1760</guid>
  4860.            <pubDate>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4861.        </item>
  4862.        <item>
  4863.            <title>Hacking Leads to Precautions for Small Business Data</title>
  4864.            <description>According to a December survey of owners by the National Small Business Association, cybercriminals raked in an average of $32,000 from small business accounts.&lt;br /&gt;
  4865. &lt;br /&gt;
  4866. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4867.            <link></link>
  4868.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1759</guid>
  4869.            <pubDate>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4870.        </item>
  4871.        <item>
  4872.            <title>Disrupt  With These Ideas</title>
  4873.            <description>There are 28 million small businesses in the country, and they provide most of Americas jobs and sales. According to the Small Business Administration, large companies have cut four million jobs since 1990, while small businesses have created eight million. Most small businesses want to become big businesses, so a new dog-walking service is probably not going to turn into the next Uber (though you never know! Dream big!). &lt;br /&gt;
  4874. &lt;br /&gt;
  4875. Here are some of the top, best, most promising industries you might want to consider where businesses are growing. They are also ripe for disruption.&lt;br /&gt;
  4876. &lt;br /&gt;
  4877. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4878.            <link></link>
  4879.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1758</guid>
  4880.            <pubDate>Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4881.        </item>
  4882.        <item>
  4883.            <title>Tailor Your Small Business for Success</title>
  4884.            <description>For any business to succeed, achieving product/market fit is a primary goal. But verifying that your product or service meets a strong market need and can stand up to competitors is certainly not an exact science, nor does it typically happen overnight. Building momentum in a market requires patience and comes with no guarantees as customers’ needs, regulatory landscapes, and competitive pressures change over time.&lt;br /&gt;
  4885. &lt;br /&gt;
  4886. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4887.            <link></link>
  4888.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1757</guid>
  4889.            <pubDate>Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4890.        </item>
  4891.        <item>
  4892.            <title>How to Configure a Small Business Facebook Page</title>
  4893.            <description>Things to Know About Your Brand New Facebook Page&lt;br /&gt;
  4894. &lt;br /&gt;
  4895. It blinks, it cries, it drinks from a bottle. That is right, kids, your new Facebook Page can do everything other little dollies can, and even more.&lt;br /&gt;
  4896. &lt;br /&gt;
  4897. Lets take the beginning of this song and do it nice. And easy.&lt;br /&gt;
  4898. &lt;br /&gt;
  4899. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4900.            <link></link>
  4901.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1756</guid>
  4902.            <pubDate>Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4903.        </item>
  4904.        <item>
  4905.            <title>U.S. Government Hits Goal for Women Owned Small Businesses</title>
  4906.            <description>After almost two decades, the federal government for the first time has been able to meet its goal of awarding five percent (worth $17.8 billion) of all contracts to women-owned small businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  4907. &lt;br /&gt;
  4908. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4909.            <link></link>
  4910.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1755</guid>
  4911.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4914.            <title>Three Small Business IT Security Solutions You May Not Have Considered</title>
  4915.            <description>Everyone by now is well aware that IT networks are subject to various cyber threats, and small and medium size businesses (SMBs) must protect against them just as larger enterprises do. But these threats are not limited to the online world. SMBs also have to protect the IT equipment itself from physical dangers.&lt;br /&gt;
  4916. &lt;br /&gt;
  4917. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4918.            <link></link>
  4919.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1754</guid>
  4920.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
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  4923.            <title>Top 20 Reasons Startups Fail</title>
  4924.            <description>Over 51% of businesses will fail in their first five years (U.S. Census data), and even 25-30% of venture-backed businesses fail.&lt;br /&gt;
  4925. &lt;br /&gt;
  4926. If you want to innovate and put yourself out there, you have to accept that every entrepreneurial venture is a risk.&lt;br /&gt;
  4927. &lt;br /&gt;
  4928. But how can you reduce that risk of failure for your next startup?&lt;br /&gt;
  4929. &lt;br /&gt;
  4930. Often, it helps to turn to the experience of others, to learn what lessons we can from their failures, and cut the learning curve for ourselves. Even if you feel like you are reaching (or surpassing) your prime, it is never too late! Jeffrey Brotman, founder of Costco, didn&apos;t launch that successful company until he was into his forties.&lt;br /&gt;
  4931. &lt;br /&gt;
  4932. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4933.            <link></link>
  4934.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1753</guid>
  4935.            <pubDate>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4936.        </item>
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  4938.            <title>10 Examples of Instagram Ads and the Lessons They Can Teach</title>
  4939.            <description>Without further ado, then, here are some of my favorite Instagram ads, as well as some that I would have handled differently, and the lessons you can learn from them.&lt;br /&gt;
  4940. &lt;br /&gt;
  4941. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4942.            <link></link>
  4943.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1752</guid>
  4944.            <pubDate>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4945.        </item>
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  4947.            <title>Top 15 Small Business Loan Mistakes You Can Make</title>
  4948.            <description>Small businesses have traditionally had a hard time accessing extra capital — i.e. through small business loans — from banks, big and small. And economic realities and forecasts dictate, generally, just how generous these institutions are at any given time.&lt;br /&gt;
  4949. &lt;br /&gt;
  4950. Still, small businesses aren’t exactly being choked off entirely from getting approved. And the market has been improving for small businesses seeking loans. But in order to get a lender to take a flyer on your small business, it is best not to make a rookie mistake on your way to getting that loan approval.&lt;br /&gt;
  4951. &lt;br /&gt;
  4952. Below are some of the top small business loan mistakes you can make.&lt;br /&gt;
  4953. &lt;br /&gt;
  4954. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4955.            <link></link>
  4956.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1751</guid>
  4957.            <pubDate>Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4958.        </item>
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  4960.            <title>Want To Escape The Cubicle? Here is How To Be Your Own Boss</title>
  4961.            <description>Many people who work a regular job dream of walking out of their cubicle and starting their own business. And every year, about 800,000 Americans do just that.&lt;br /&gt;
  4962. &lt;br /&gt;
  4963. Dave Selden is one of them. His business grew out of his passion for beer — glass after glass of it. That is immediately clear when you take a look at a video on his website.&lt;br /&gt;
  4964. &lt;br /&gt;
  4965. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4966.            <link></link>
  4967.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1750</guid>
  4968.            <pubDate>Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400</pubDate>
  4969.        </item>
  4970.        <item>
  4971.            <title>10 Top Small Business Blogs</title>
  4972.            <description>Do you like to read good content online? I sure do. One of the key secrets to being successful in business is to be a voracious reader. I learn a great deal by reading individual and corporate blogs online. If you&apos;re like me, I bet you want to to know who provides the most valuable content at every stage of business ownership. I put together a list of 10 top small business blogs to follow to help you improve skills for running your small business. Remember, you must grow yourself to lead your business effectively.&lt;br /&gt;
  4973. &lt;br /&gt;
  4974. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4975.            <link></link>
  4976.            <pubDate>Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  4977.        </item>
  4978.        <item>
  4979.            <title>5 Ways to Cut Small Business Expenses with Tech</title>
  4980.            <description>For initial, up-front investment or a low-cost monthly subscription fee, there are great tech products and services that can save you money in the long run on common business expenses. Here are a few tips for small businesses with fewer than 10 employees.&lt;br /&gt;
  4981. &lt;br /&gt;
  4982. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4983.            <link></link>
  4984.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1748</guid>
  4985.            <pubDate>Mon, 4 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  4986.        </item>
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  4988.            <title>Brands Small Business Owners Recommend and Some They Do Not</title>
  4989.            <description>To trust or not to trust. That is a question small and medium-sized business owners often find themselves asking when it comes to relying on certain brands for day to day business operations and other needs.&lt;br /&gt;
  4990. Keeping their interests in mind, Alignable, a Boston-based platform for local businesses, has launched the SMB Trust Index. It measures companies based on an assigned Net Promoter Score, submitted by contributors on the Alignable platform.&lt;br /&gt;
  4991. &lt;br /&gt;
  4992. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  4993.            <link></link>
  4994.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1747</guid>
  4995.            <pubDate>Sat, 2 Apr 2016 09:09:45 -0500</pubDate>
  4996.        </item>
  4997.        <item>
  4998.            <title>Women-Owned Businesses Grow, Yet Gender Gap In Small Business Finance Remains</title>
  4999.            <description>Much has changed since 1994 when the U.S. government implemented an initiative to spend at least 5% of its contracting dollars on women-owned businesses. Today, women-owned businesses in the U.S. account for approximately 9.4 million companies and generate more than $1.5 trillion in revenue nationwide. Although it has taken more than two decades to reach its goal, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that small businesses&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;that are majority owned by women earned $17.8 billion in federal contracting dollars, which amounts to about 5% of the $400 billion budget for federal contracts.&lt;br /&gt;
  5000. &lt;br /&gt;
  5001. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5002.            <link></link>
  5003.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1746</guid>
  5004.            <pubDate>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:00:50 -0500</pubDate>
  5005.        </item>
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  5007.            <title>7 Social Media Tools For Small Businesses To Manage Their Social Presence</title>
  5008.            <description>With the positive effects of social media marketing becoming more and more apparent, most small businesses have started working on a social media marketing strategy.&lt;br /&gt;
  5009. &lt;br /&gt;
  5010. One of the main aims of social media marketing is to stay relevant to your audience. This might be harder for small businesses as they have more to juggle, in terms of handling tasks. Social media tools and apps can help reduce the stress of multi-tasking and keep your social media activities consistent. Below are social media tools for small business to help make your life as a social media marketer easier.&lt;br /&gt;
  5011. &lt;br /&gt;
  5012. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5013.            <link></link>
  5014.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1745</guid>
  5015.            <pubDate>Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:00:15 -0500</pubDate>
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  5018.            <title>Why Tax Planning is Key for Small Business Owners</title>
  5019.            <description>The 2015 tax season is here. Tax planning is a critical part of a small business owners financial plan. The majority of small business owners ignore tax planning; yet good tax advice is a very valuable for a successful business. There are many tax planning strategies available to small business owners. Below are a just a few:&lt;br /&gt;
  5020. &lt;br /&gt;
  5021. Lowering your tax rate to reduce the amount of taxable income&lt;br /&gt;
  5022. Taking advantage of available tax credits&lt;br /&gt;
  5023. Controlling the effects of the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax)&lt;br /&gt;
  5024. &lt;br /&gt;
  5025. I encourage business owners to work with a competent accountant or CPA on at least a quarterly basis to take full advantage of all the tax provisions that are available.&lt;br /&gt;
  5026. &lt;br /&gt;
  5027. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5028.            <link></link>
  5029.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1744</guid>
  5030.            <pubDate>Sun, 27 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5031.        </item>
  5032.        <item>
  5033.            <title>National Small Business Association Reports Uptick in Small Business Growth</title>
  5034.            <description>A full half of small business owners see growth opportunities in the next six months, while 17 percent say they are already seeing that growth.&lt;br /&gt;
  5035. &lt;br /&gt;
  5036. Only 33 percent say they see no immediately growth opportunities ahead. That’s according to the most recent survey by the National Small Business Association.&lt;br /&gt;
  5037. &lt;br /&gt;
  5038. According to the National Small Business Associations 2015 economic report (PDF), nearly 75 percent of small business owners surveyed are confident in their businesses — the highest percentage recorded in the last four years. However, there was a relatively less positive outlook among the small business owners on the overall economy than even six months ago.&lt;br /&gt;
  5039. &lt;br /&gt;
  5040. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5041.            <link></link>
  5042.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1743</guid>
  5043.            <pubDate>Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5044.        </item>
  5045.        <item>
  5046.            <title>On Page Search Engine Optimization</title>
  5047.            <description>Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become a fine science. Tweaking, changing, and measuring is all part of the ongoing optimization process. SEO truly is a process that requires constant monitoring and attention. In order for a website to perform well, its managers and webmasters must adapt their SEO techniques as the search engine algorithms change.&lt;br /&gt;
  5048. &lt;br /&gt;
  5049. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;On Page Search Engine Optimization&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5050.            <link></link>
  5051.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1742</guid>
  5052.            <pubDate>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5053.        </item>
  5054.        <item>
  5055.            <title>Need a Business Idea? Here are 55</title>
  5056.            <description>Today, tens of thousands of people are considering starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On average, people can expect to have two and three careers during their work life. Those leaving one career often think about their second or third career move being to their own home. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. The good news: Starting a homebased business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard.&lt;br /&gt;
  5057. &lt;br /&gt;
  5058. $1,500 or less to start up&lt;br /&gt;
  5059. &lt;br /&gt;
  5060. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5061.            <link></link>
  5062.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1741</guid>
  5063.            <pubDate>Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5064.        </item>
  5065.        <item>
  5066.            <title>Be Highly Successful: 9 Body Language Secrets of Exceptional People</title>
  5067.            <description>Your body language is a fundamental part of who you are; chances are you do not even think about how you stand, sit, and move. You should, of course, because other people instinctively pick up the nonverbal signals you send.&lt;br /&gt;
  5068. &lt;br /&gt;
  5069. Oddly enough, you also pick up on your own nonverbal signals. Gestures and postures make a dramatic impact on how you think, feel, and perform.&lt;br /&gt;
  5070. &lt;br /&gt;
  5071. Want to use body language to be an even better you? Here are ten simple ways:&lt;br /&gt;
  5072. &lt;br /&gt;
  5073. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5074.            <link></link>
  5075.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1740</guid>
  5076.            <pubDate>Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5078.        <item>
  5079.            <title>10 Ways to Become a Millionaire in Your 20s</title>
  5080.            <description>Imagine if you could become a millionaire. How great would it be to have the money you need to live the lifestyle you have always wanted? Now imagine if you could do this in your 20s?&lt;br /&gt;
  5081. &lt;br /&gt;
  5082. Even if you think it sounds like a stretch, it is possible to become a millionaire at a young age. I became a millionaire by age 21. My second millionaire student who followed my program became a millionaire by the age of 23. The most impressive part? He did it all by trading penny stocks. &lt;br /&gt;
  5083. &lt;br /&gt;
  5084. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5085.            <link></link>
  5086.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1739</guid>
  5087.            <pubDate>Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5088.        </item>
  5089.        <item>
  5090.            <title>3 Big Ways Google Has Changed Small Business</title>
  5091.            <description>Today, Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announces its fourth quarter 2015 earnings. But it is also going to do something different. The company plans to separately break out the results of its core businesses from its &lt;i&gt;other bets&lt;/i&gt;. By doing this, the company opens itself up to some criticism about the investments that it makes in unproven, risky technologies – from driverless cars to Glass. But without those investments, Google would never be the kind of company that it is today.&lt;br /&gt;
  5092. &lt;br /&gt;
  5093. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5094.            <link></link>
  5095.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1738</guid>
  5096.            <pubDate>Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5097.        </item>
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  5099.            <title>5 Things NOT to Do When Running a Small Business…One Business Owner Tells All</title>
  5100.            <description>Years of experience have taught me that running a small business is a challenge, especially when you are providing a service. Your expectations for success may not match your results, because simply providing excellent service within your field is not always enough. When I first started running my business, I naively assumed that because I was a master at my profession, my business would flourish. I failed to realize that my business skills were equally important and some of those lessons took hard tolls on me before I fully understood them.&lt;br /&gt;
  5101. &lt;br /&gt;
  5102. Luckily, many of the lessons that I learned were due to mistakes that are actually quite easy to avoid. While learning these lessons won’t make you a business genius overnight, they will help you avoid rough spots that many small business owners encounter.&lt;br /&gt;
  5103. &lt;br /&gt;
  5104. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5105.            <link></link>
  5106.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1737</guid>
  5107.            <pubDate>Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5108.        </item>
  5109.        <item>
  5110.            <title>How Using a Credit Card Can Boost Your Small Business</title>
  5111.            <description>As with personal credit cards, business cards can be dangerous if you do not use them responsibly. High interest rates and fees can add up. But if your business needs a little leverage and you do not have more favorable options, a small-business credit card can be a valuable tool both to get your business up and running and to streamline your handling of operating expenses.&lt;br /&gt;
  5112. &lt;br /&gt;
  5113. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5114.            <link></link>
  5115.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1736</guid>
  5116.            <pubDate>Wed, 9 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5117.        </item>
  5118.        <item>
  5119.            <title>Top 500 Franchise List</title>
  5120.            <description>&lt;br /&gt;
  5121. Check out the &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;top 500 Franchise List&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5122.            <link></link>
  5123.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1735</guid>
  5124.            <pubDate>Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5125.        </item>
  5126.        <item>
  5127.            <title>3 Rules About Cash Flow That First-Time Business Owners Need to Know</title>
  5128.            <description>For many businesses, getting paid is not the problem – it’s when. Lumpy cash flow is a stressful experience for business owners because the consequences can include delayed paychecks to employees, missed bill payments or stalled growth due to an inability to take on new clients. So, how can business owners avoid putting themselves at the mercy of clients and when those clients mail their checks?&lt;br /&gt;
  5129. &lt;br /&gt;
  5130. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5131.            <link></link>
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  5133.            <pubDate>Fri, 4 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5134.        </item>
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  5136.            <title>71 Percent of Small Businesses Expect Growth, Report Says</title>
  5137.            <description>Small businesses are hopeful about growth this year according to the new State of Small Business Report by software solutions provider, Wasp Barcode Technologies.&lt;br /&gt;
  5138. &lt;br /&gt;
  5139. The study says 71 percent of small businesses expect revenue growth, although 50 percent of small business owners said hiring new employees would be the key challenge facing them this year. And 45 percent said that challenge would be increasing profit.&lt;br /&gt;
  5140. &lt;br /&gt;
  5141. An earlier survey conducted by Yelp had similarly found small business owners optimistic about growth in 2016. According to that survey, the percentage of American small business owners expecting to see revenues grow, however, is higher (85 percent).&lt;br /&gt;
  5142. &lt;br /&gt;
  5143. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5144.            <link></link>
  5145.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1733</guid>
  5146.            <pubDate>Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5147.        </item>
  5148.        <item>
  5149.            <title>7 Ways Small Businesses Can Leverage Third-Party Apps for Local Search &amp; Marketing</title>
  5150.            <description>Apps consume the majority of mobile media time, but local business apps struggle to compete for attention. Columnist Wesley Young looks at how SMBs can instead use space on the most popular apps to get in front of customers.&lt;br /&gt;
  5151. &lt;br /&gt;
  5152. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5153.            <link></link>
  5154.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1732</guid>
  5155.            <pubDate>Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5156.        </item>
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  5158.            <title>8 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid When Starting A Small Business</title>
  5159.            <description>Enthusiasm—it can be both a blessing and a curse for new entrepreneurs. Passion for your business can fuel your success, but it can also drive you to operational and financial ruin if you do not take the time to think decisions through.&lt;br /&gt;
  5160. &lt;br /&gt;
  5161. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5162.            <link></link>
  5163.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1731</guid>
  5164.            <pubDate>Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5165.        </item>
  5166.        <item>
  5167.            <title>Ideas for Women Looking to Start a Small Business</title>
  5168.            <description>Brainstorming ideas for a small business can be a fun yet frustrating experience. It requires a serious analysis of areas of expertise and interests, and consideration of where those areas intersect in such a way that can make a business viable.&lt;br /&gt;
  5169. &lt;br /&gt;
  5170. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5171.            <link></link>
  5172.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1730</guid>
  5173.            <pubDate>Fri, 26 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5174.        </item>
  5175.        <item>
  5176.            <title>Is the Honeymoon Over? 6 Ways to Fall in Love Again With Your Small Business</title>
  5177.            <description>Starting a business is a bit like falling in love for the first time: it is exciting, exhilarating, and new. You want to savor each moment and be your very best every minute of every day.&lt;br /&gt;
  5178. &lt;br /&gt;
  5179. After the adrenaline rush subsides, however, reality sets in and you may discover that not everything about running a business is so wonderful. There will be tasks you don’t like to do, activities you find stale and boring, technical difficulties to test your patience, and clients and vendors who might challenge you.&lt;br /&gt;
  5180. &lt;br /&gt;
  5181. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5182.            <link></link>
  5183.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1729</guid>
  5184.            <pubDate>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5185.        </item>
  5186.        <item>
  5187.            <title>Why Small Businesses Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong</title>
  5188.            <description>How can a small company make the most of LinkedIn?&lt;br /&gt;
  5189. &lt;br /&gt;
  5190. The social network is an inescapable part of online life for working professionals. But much of the advice on how to leverage it is targeted at big names. Over and over, I see small businesses making mistakes on LinkedIn because they are patterning their strategies after approaches that work for larger companies with huge budgets, lots of brand awareness and extensive social-media systems.&lt;br /&gt;
  5191. &lt;br /&gt;
  5192. With that in mind, here are tips on how small businesses can use LinkedIn.&lt;br /&gt;
  5193. &lt;br /&gt;
  5194. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5195.            <link></link>
  5196.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1728</guid>
  5197.            <pubDate>Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5198.        </item>
  5199.        <item>
  5200.            <title>7 things small businesses need to know about Windows 10</title>
  5201.            <description>Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that more than 200 million devices (PCs, phones and tablets) were now running Windows 10. Many of those 200 million devices belong to business users, who upgraded to Windows 10 (in many cases for free). &lt;br /&gt;
  5202. &lt;br /&gt;
  5203. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5204.            <link></link>
  5205.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1727</guid>
  5206.            <pubDate>Sat, 20 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5207.        </item>
  5208.        <item>
  5209.            <title>7 Insane Website Updates That Will Grow Your Sales</title>
  5210.            <description>Technology can be a powerful driver of business growth. There are seemingly endless areas where you can invest your time and effort.&lt;br /&gt;
  5211. &lt;br /&gt;
  5212. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5213.            <link></link>
  5214.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1726</guid>
  5215.            <pubDate>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5216.        </item>
  5217.        <item>
  5218.            <title>6  Ways Good Documentation Can Save Your Small Business Money</title>
  5219.            <description>If you are like most small business owners, you spend a lot of your time researching ways to save money. After all, running a business can quickly break the bank. There are office supplies to buy, employees to pay, and software to purchase and install, among many other things.&lt;br /&gt;
  5220. &lt;br /&gt;
  5221. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5222.            <link></link>
  5223.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1725</guid>
  5224.            <pubDate>Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:00:21 -0500</pubDate>
  5225.        </item>
  5226.        <item>
  5227.            <title>Three Cash Flow Musts That Your Small Business Needs to Make</title>
  5228.            <description>Cash flow is a common concern among many small business owners, with many business models dependent on incoming cash flow at various, often unpredictable times a year versus a steady flow of income. Sound familiar to you, by chance? If you are among the thousands of businesses that are not sure when your next paycheck will come in, pay attention.&lt;br /&gt;
  5229. &lt;br /&gt;
  5230. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5231.            <link></link>
  5232.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1724</guid>
  5233.            <pubDate>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5234.        </item>
  5235.        <item>
  5236.            <title>The 20 Best Entrepreneurial Stories of 2015</title>
  5237.            <description>These founders embody the reasons so many Americans are drawn to entrepreneurship: passion, purpose, fulfillment, and financial success. This year they all shared with Inc. readers the secrets to how they did it.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;
  5238. &lt;br /&gt;
  5239. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5240.            <link></link>
  5241.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1723</guid>
  5242.            <pubDate>Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5243.        </item>
  5244.        <item>
  5245.            <title>Why a $12 Billion Tax Break for Small Businesses Is So Controversial</title>
  5246.            <description>Generally speaking, it allows small business owners to write off up to $500,000 worth of qualified expenses in the year they are made, up to $2 million, rather than amortizing them over a period of years. In addition to spurring immediate spending, which benefits the economy, the deduction theoretically frees up cash that business owners can use to grow their businesses.&lt;br /&gt;
  5247. &lt;br /&gt;
  5248. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5249.            <link></link>
  5250.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1722</guid>
  5251.            <pubDate>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5252.        </item>
  5253.        <item>
  5254.            <title>4 Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know About Taxes</title>
  5255.            <description>Blood pressures are rising at many small businesses now that tax season is underway.&lt;br /&gt;
  5256. &lt;br /&gt;
  5257. Although many owners hire accountants and attorneys to complete their income tax returns, taxes are a hassle. In a survey released last year by the advocacy group National Small Business Association, nearly 60 percent of the owners surveyed said the administrative burdens were the biggest problems posed by federal taxes. And 85 percent of the more than 675 owners said they relied on a professional to prepare their returns.&lt;br /&gt;
  5258. &lt;br /&gt;
  5259. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5260.            <link></link>
  5261.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1721</guid>
  5262.            <pubDate>Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5263.        </item>
  5264.        <item>
  5265.            <title>Small Business Trends In 2016 Mean Greater Cybersecurity</title>
  5266.            <description>With the economy in a recession, business growth is more necessary than ever in order for businesses to survive. Since most businesses are small businesses, it is important to understand the latest small business trends and then use those trends to grow. The current projections for small business is that they will continue to grow throughout 2016.&lt;br /&gt;
  5267. &lt;br /&gt;
  5268. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5269.            <link></link>
  5270.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1720</guid>
  5271.            <pubDate>Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5272.        </item>
  5273.        <item>
  5274.            <title>11 Financial Fundamentals Every Small Business CEO Must Know</title>
  5275.            <description>Regardless of the size of the business, ultimate responsibility for success lies with the CEO. If you’re a small business owner, thats you. And the most critical CEO tasks that result in success or failure lie in the knowledge and practice of financial management fundamentals.&lt;br /&gt;
  5276. &lt;br /&gt;
  5277. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5278.            <link></link>
  5279.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1719</guid>
  5280.            <pubDate>Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5281.        </item>
  5282.        <item>
  5283.            <title>10 Rules for Small Business Success</title>
  5284.            <description>These rules are keys to small business success. Ignore these rules at your peril: I have seen many new entrepreneurs fail because they ignored one or more of these business basics.&lt;br /&gt;
  5285. &lt;br /&gt;
  5286. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5287.            <link></link>
  5288.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1718</guid>
  5289.            <pubDate>Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5290.        </item>
  5291.        <item>
  5292.            <title>Shark Tank!</title>
  5293.            <description>Lately I have been binge watching Shark Tank. If you are a small business owners you might be surprised what you can learn. The innovation out there is fairly impressive. I have been self-employed since 1989, and I am finding myself learning things....</description>
  5294.            <link></link>
  5295.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1717</guid>
  5296.            <pubDate>Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:14:45 -0500</pubDate>
  5297.        </item>
  5298.        <item>
  5299.            <title>Looking for Inspiration</title>
  5300.            <description>What is your best six word advice? Check out the slideshow below to get inspired. &lt;br /&gt;
  5301. &lt;br /&gt;
  5302. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5303.            <link></link>
  5304.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1716</guid>
  5305.            <pubDate>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5306.        </item>
  5307.        <item>
  5308.            <title>10 Tech Trends</title>
  5309.            <description>There is no shortage of predictions regarding where technology is headed in this bright and shiny New Year. Not all fortune tellers have the same perspective, however. Take the design and innovation consultancy Fjord (part of Accenture Interactive), for example. It tapped more than 750 of its experts in 19 studios around the world to amass its annual trends compilation.&lt;br /&gt;
  5310. &lt;br /&gt;
  5311. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5312.            <link></link>
  5313.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1715</guid>
  5314.            <pubDate>Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5315.        </item>
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  5317.            <title>17 Resolutions Only the Most Successful People Make</title>
  5318.            <description>Fortunately, there is a better way. Here are 17 simple things to do sometime in 2016. They are all one-time events (although you can certainly repeat them as many times as you like). And each is a lot easier to accomplish than some hopefully-life-changing-but-in-the-end-never-accomplished New Years resolution.&lt;br /&gt;
  5319. &lt;br /&gt;
  5320. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5321.            <link></link>
  5322.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1714</guid>
  5323.            <pubDate>Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5324.        </item>
  5325.        <item>
  5326.            <title>7 Tips for Small Business Owners</title>
  5327.            <description>Those small business owners who want to take their company to the next level can get some help.&lt;br /&gt;
  5328. &lt;br /&gt;
  5329. Peggy Cenova, regional director of the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center, says she works with small business owners to help them achieve their goals.&lt;br /&gt;
  5330. &lt;br /&gt;
  5331. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5332.            <link></link>
  5333.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1713</guid>
  5334.            <pubDate>Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5335.        </item>
  5336.        <item>
  5337.            <title>New Years Resolution Checklist for Small Businesses</title>
  5338.            <description>I know, I know. It is hard to start thinking about the New Year when we’re stuck in the middle of the hectic holidays. But with January 1 right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on how to grow your business in 2016.&lt;br /&gt;
  5339. &lt;br /&gt;
  5340. As a fellow small business owners and solopreneur, I know first-hand how tricky it can be to even find the time to think about business development. Some days we are so busy juggling our current client demands, big picture goals — publishing great thought leadership articles, going after a dream client — take a back seat to a ringing phone or email deluge. &lt;br /&gt;
  5341. &lt;br /&gt;
  5342. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5343.            <link></link>
  5344.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1712</guid>
  5345.            <pubDate>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5346.        </item>
  5347.        <item>
  5348.            <title>16 Small Business Resolutions for 2016</title>
  5349.            <description>Lose weight. Quit smoking. Floss. January’s the traditional time for making new years resolutions. But in addition to your personal goals, what do you want to achieve in 2016 for your small business? I have come up with a list of New Years Resolutions for Small Business, and since its 2016, it seems only natural that I have 16 of them:&lt;br /&gt;
  5350. &lt;br /&gt;
  5351. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5352.            <link></link>
  5353.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1711</guid>
  5354.            <pubDate>Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5355.        </item>
  5356.        <item>
  5357.            <title>Five Small Business Resolutions</title>
  5358.            <description>People make resolutions about losing weight, stopping smoking, and other habits that they probably will not give up. Business owners should take advantage of this time-for-future-thinking opportunity to set goals to enhance their businesses. Here are five resolutions to help entrepreneurs have a more profitable 2016.&lt;br /&gt;
  5359. &lt;br /&gt;
  5360. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5361.            <link></link>
  5362.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1710</guid>
  5363.            <pubDate>Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:00:41 -0500</pubDate>
  5364.        </item>
  5365.        <item>
  5366.            <title>Six New Years Resolutions for Small Business Owners</title>
  5367.            <description>Have a plan, and stick to it&lt;br /&gt;
  5368. &lt;br /&gt;
  5369. When you walk into the office every Monday morning, it is crucial that you understand the goals that you need to accomplish that week and then map them out.&lt;br /&gt;
  5370. &lt;br /&gt;
  5371. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5372.            <link></link>
  5373.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1709</guid>
  5374.            <pubDate>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5375.        </item>
  5376.        <item>
  5377.            <title>8 Social Media Tips for Small Businesses</title>
  5378.            <description>For as far back as free markets go, word of mouth has been the primary tool small businesses have used to spread their message and market their brand. Within the last few decades, though, the explosion of media has led to wide array of marketing opportunities and techniques.&lt;br /&gt;
  5379. &lt;br /&gt;
  5380. While word of mouth is still important, social media has taken over as one of the most effective avenues for public relations and marketing for even the smallest of firms.&lt;br /&gt;
  5381. &lt;br /&gt;
  5382. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5383.            <link></link>
  5384.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1708</guid>
  5385.            <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5386.        </item>
  5387.        <item>
  5388.            <title>Social Media Spells Big Business for Small Companies</title>
  5389.            <description>One thing is for certain in business these days — nothing ever stays the same, and my annual list of the top emerging trends in small business certainly bears this out. This year, while yes, we see some of the same old stalwarts (like social media, but even that is changing, see below) a few new, surprising entries make it onto the list. For instance, the top trend for the upcoming year, while right before our eyes, is a fairly recent phenomenon and we will get to that next week.&lt;br /&gt;
  5390. &lt;br /&gt;
  5391. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5392.            <link></link>
  5393.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1707</guid>
  5394.            <pubDate>Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:00:23 -0500</pubDate>
  5395.        </item>
  5396.        <item>
  5397.            <title>The 7 Most Important Hires for Your Small Business</title>
  5398.            <description>Up to a point, it behooves small business owners to be resourceful and handle the lions share of the work. But before it&apos;s too late and their companies lose out on its market timing, entrepreneurs need to hire in order to grow, even if that means taking on more costs.&lt;br /&gt;
  5399. &lt;br /&gt;
  5400. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5401.            <link></link>
  5402.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1706</guid>
  5403.            <pubDate>Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5404.        </item>
  5405.        <item>
  5406.            <title>What Does It Mean To Be A Small Business Owner?</title>
  5407.            <description>The Kauffman Foundation recently released their Main Street Entrepreneurship Index. And, according to the Foundation, small business activity is growing in 49 of the 50 states in the US and in 38 of the top 40 largest metropolitan areas. Of course this is great news for small business owners all across the country, but it is also great news for everyone else too.&lt;br /&gt;
  5408. &lt;br /&gt;
  5409. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5410.            <link></link>
  5411.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1705</guid>
  5412.            <pubDate>Mon, 4 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5413.        </item>
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  5415.            <title>Plan your Brand Strategy for 2016</title>
  5416.            <description>At this time of year business owners will be reflecting on their 2015 brand strategy to evaluate what worked and what did not, and deciding how to promote their brand in 2016. They may not have huge amounts to spend on conventional advertising and marketing campaigns, but there are other options that are effective.&lt;br /&gt;
  5417. &lt;br /&gt;
  5418. Strategic partnerships&lt;br /&gt;
  5419. When major brands sign up to cross-promotional activities with other brands, the public sits up and takes notice. When smaller companies do it, there may be less public interest but small business tie-ups are by no means less important.&lt;br /&gt;
  5420. &lt;br /&gt;
  5421. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5422.            <link></link>
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  5424.            <pubDate>Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5425.        </item>
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  5427.            <title>2016 Social Media Trends Businesses Need to Take Note of</title>
  5428.            <description>Social media has become a necessary business tool for companies big and small. There are now more than 2 billion active social media users around the world, according to a LinkedIn article about upcoming social media trends. More people are now regularly using social media than the populations of the United States and China combined, and the number is growing at a clip of 25 percent a year.&lt;br /&gt;
  5429. &lt;br /&gt;
  5430. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5431.            <link></link>
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  5433.            <pubDate>Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5436.            <title>Small Business 2016 New Years Resolutions</title>
  5437.            <description>Take the time to understand your finances&lt;br /&gt;
  5438. Understanding the nitty gritty of your finances is crucial to running a successful small business, but this is especially true if you&apos;re coming from a place of bad credit. The best way to get a handle on your finances, says Brad Farris, a business advisor with Anchor Advisors, is to sit down once a month and review your income statement, balance sheet and cash flow for the prior month. Use the time to look for changes and trends, as well as to monitor your receivables and inventory.&lt;br /&gt;
  5439. &lt;br /&gt;
  5440. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5441.            <link></link>
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  5443.            <pubDate>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 15:52:42 -0500</pubDate>
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  5446.            <title>77 Percent of U.S. Consumers are Planning to Shop Small</title>
  5447.            <description>As small business owners across the nation gear up for Small Business Saturday, a record number of shoppers are making plans to support their favorite local businesses. According to the fourth-annual Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and American Express, supporting local small businesses continues to be a priority for shoppers nationwide.&lt;br /&gt;
  5448. &lt;br /&gt;
  5449. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5450.            <link></link>
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  5452.            <pubDate>Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5455.            <title>10 Ways Small Businesses Can Be Big on Google</title>
  5456.            <description>Getting found online can be a tough thing to do at times. Lucky for you, I am pretty good at it and really enjoy getting my sites ranked. Traffic can mean the difference in staying in business and not. Over the years I have started several businesses and the ones that succeed are the ones that consistently grow in organic traffic. I have put together a list of things that I would do to get your business ranked in Google.&lt;br /&gt;
  5457. &lt;br /&gt;
  5458. Here are 10 ways that small business owners can get their business ranked on Google:&lt;br /&gt;
  5459. &lt;br /&gt;
  5460. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5461.            <link></link>
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  5463.            <pubDate>Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5466.            <title>10 Holiday Marketing Trends Every Small Business Should Leverage</title>
  5467.            <description>Small business owners already have a lot on their plates during this time of year, so when it comes to holiday marketing, it can all feel a bit overwhelming. Staples is here to help. Beyond being the one-stop shop for everything small businesses need to make more happen, below are some tips to help small businesses capitalize on this seasons top trends.&lt;br /&gt;
  5468. &lt;br /&gt;
  5469. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5470.            <link></link>
  5471.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1699</guid>
  5472.            <pubDate>Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:00:20 -0500</pubDate>
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  5475.            <title>Email Security for Small Business</title>
  5476.            <description>How to Improve Email Security&lt;br /&gt;
  5477. In addition to a strong email security solution, small businesses need to make sure that their employees use best practices when it comes to handling email. Michél Bechard, director of service provider technologies at Comodo, an Internet security company, says that SMBs need to teach employees how to spot and handle malicious email.&lt;br /&gt;
  5478. &lt;br /&gt;
  5479. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5480.            <link></link>
  5481.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1698</guid>
  5482.            <pubDate>Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:00:51 -0500</pubDate>
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  5485.            <title>A Simple Tool for Small Businesses to Retain Employees</title>
  5486.            <description>When a key employee quits, it is a gut-wrenching experience for most small-business owners.&lt;br /&gt;
  5487. &lt;br /&gt;
  5488. That single loss will likely result in a significant performance drop for the firm because that lost employee might represent an entire function. The drain will last for months because a good replacement takes time to recruit, hire, train and get up to speed. Plus, a significant portion of the manager’s time will be diverted toward recruiting and training a replacement.&lt;br /&gt;
  5489. &lt;br /&gt;
  5490. Most small-business managers know little about retention. Their focus is often elsewhere. So they find themselves completely surprised when a key employee quits.&lt;br /&gt;
  5491. &lt;br /&gt;
  5492. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5493.            <link></link>
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  5495.            <pubDate>Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:00:58 -0500</pubDate>
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  5498.            <title>12 Ways to Make a Difference at Work: CEOs and Strategists Explain</title>
  5499.            <description>Regardless of your job title, your role can make a difference. It comes down to leadership and understanding how to champion ideas and build trust.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;Read on for advice from 12 CEOs, founders, presidents and thought leaders to learn how you maximize every opportunity to make an impact at work.&lt;br /&gt;
  5500. &lt;br /&gt;
  5501. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5502.            <link></link>
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  5504.            <pubDate>Sat, 19 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5507.            <title>6 Cool Gadgets for 2016</title>
  5508.            <description>Each year, I gaze into my crystal ball (which is getting a little smudged lately and needs an upgrade itself) to preview what will become available next year in the world of gadgets and technology. Fortunately, these new products are much more likely to make their debut, given the companies behind them have committed to making them happen.&lt;br /&gt;
  5509. &lt;br /&gt;
  5510. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5511.            <link></link>
  5512.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1695</guid>
  5513.            <pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5514.        </item>
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  5516.            <title>How to Manage People (Without Making Them Hate You)</title>
  5517.            <description>How to Manage People (Without Making Them Hate You) - video&lt;br /&gt;
  5518. &lt;br /&gt;
  5519. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5520.            <link></link>
  5521.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1694</guid>
  5522.            <pubDate>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5523.        </item>
  5524.        <item>
  5525.            <title>5 Ways to Maximize Word-of-Mouth Marketing</title>
  5526.            <description>If word-of-mouth marketing sounds simple, do not be fooled -- it is not. Creating cutting edge buzz-worthy messages that go viral is no easy task.&lt;br /&gt;
  5527. &lt;br /&gt;
  5528. While more than half of small business owners anticipate growth for their businesses in 2015, according to a Small Business Report, 56 percent say they are investing less than 3 percent on marketing. When they do invest, most of these business owners are likely thinking about traditional forms of advertising or collecting new customers instead of connecting with them.&lt;br /&gt;
  5529. &lt;br /&gt;
  5530. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5531.            <link></link>
  5532.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1693</guid>
  5533.            <pubDate>Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5536.            <title>The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan</title>
  5537.            <description>The best sorts of business plans tell a clear story of what the company plans to do and how it will do it. Given the high failure rate of startups in their first year, a business plan is also an ideal opportunity to safely test out the feasibility of a business and spot flaws, set aside unrealistic projections and identify and analyze the competition.&lt;br /&gt;
  5538. &lt;br /&gt;
  5539. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5540.            <link></link>
  5541.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1692</guid>
  5542.            <pubDate>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5543.        </item>
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  5545.            <title>Are they independent contractors or employees?</title>
  5546.            <description>The question becomes, what would your customer do when they turn to you and then you hire an independent contractor?&lt;br /&gt;
  5547. &lt;br /&gt;
  5548. You are not ready to bring on a fulltime employee yet. But your customer is thinking at this point, why do not I hire the independent contractor and save some money? Does this scenario sound familiar to you?&lt;br /&gt;
  5549. &lt;br /&gt;
  5550. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5551.            <link></link>
  5552.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1691</guid>
  5553.            <pubDate>Wed, 9 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5554.        </item>
  5555.        <item>
  5556.            <title>Is Amazon Killing Small Businesses?</title>
  5557.            <description>The Perceived Amazon Effect&lt;br /&gt;
  5558. &lt;br /&gt;
  5559. As David and I spoke, he echoed some thoughts that many small businesses have also shared with me. Many businesses see customers come into their stores to learn, and then they make their purchases online via Amazon or other online retailers. The online retailers don’t have the overhead of a brick and mortar store. For one of the products, David mentioned that I can purchase it on Amazon for less than he can purchase it. Of course, in his local market, his Yelp reviews show how much his customers love his store and appreciate his value. If he was local to me, I would happily pay a premium for their high level of service and expertise.&lt;br /&gt;
  5560. &lt;br /&gt;
  5561. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5562.            <link></link>
  5563.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1690</guid>
  5564.            <pubDate>Mon, 7 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5565.        </item>
  5566.        <item>
  5567.            <title>Small Business: How to price your product or service</title>
  5568.            <description>Pricing can be quite difficult to compute.&lt;br /&gt;
  5569. &lt;br /&gt;
  5570. There are so many factors to take into account it boggles the mind. The &lt;i&gt;simple &lt;/i&gt;way to approach pricing for a product is to create a spread sheet that will calculate it for you.&lt;br /&gt;
  5571. &lt;br /&gt;
  5572. For example, when I make a gluten free mix, the Food and Drug Administration requires I report each product based on total grams, converted to ounces and pounds, which is then reported on the box. The ingredient list on the box is reported by heaviest ingredient to the least weight. This is used to calculate the Nutritional Statement by an outside company based on each serving. WHEW!&lt;br /&gt;
  5573. &lt;br /&gt;
  5574. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5575.            <link></link>
  5576.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1689</guid>
  5577.            <pubDate>Fri, 4 Dec 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
  5578.        </item>
  5579.        <item>
  5580.            <title>Three Baseline IT Security Tips for Small Businesses</title>
  5581.            <description>Millions of small businesses are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks that can cost an average of $20,000 per attack. Here is some basic wisdom to help SMBs protect themselves.&lt;br /&gt;
  5582. &lt;br /&gt;
  5583. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5584.            <link></link>
  5585.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1688</guid>
  5586.            <pubDate>Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:00:43 -0500</pubDate>
  5587.        </item>
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  5589.            <title>Why Are Not More Small Businesses Using SEO?</title>
  5590.            <description>For more than a decade, thousands of businesses have enjoyed the benefits of high rankings in Google searches (and searches on competing engines) thanks to their SEO efforts. Larger corporations pour hundreds of thousands of dollars and allocate entire departments to gaining more online visibility, but even small- to mid-sized businesses can use a fraction of that budget to get more traffic and sales.&lt;br /&gt;
  5591. &lt;br /&gt;
  5592. However, according to a recent survey by the Small Business Authority (SBA), less than 50 percent of small business owners in the United States think of inbound traffic from search engines as an &lt;i&gt;important&lt;/i&gt; source of future business. Another 14 percent declared themselves unsure.&lt;br /&gt;
  5593. &lt;br /&gt;
  5594. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>
  5595.            <link></link>
  5596.            <guid isPermaLink="false">1687</guid>
  5597.            <pubDate>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:00:00 -0500</pubDate>
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  5600.            <title>7 Credit Card Perks for Small Business Owners</title>
  5601.            <description>Owners of both new and established small businesses can benefit from a broad range of valuable perks offered with credit cards. Business credit cards not only provide a means for building and establishing business credit, but they can assist in record-keeping, preserving cash flow and separating business and personal finances. Much like consumer credit cards, the right business card can offer a plethora of rewards that you can redeem for flights, hotel stays and cash back on purchases.&lt;br /&gt;
  5602. &lt;br /&gt;
  5603. Here are seven significant credit card perks for small business owners.&lt;br /&gt;
  5604. &lt;br /&gt;
  5605. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot; &gt;complete article&lt;/a&gt;</description>