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    Best Airlines for Business Travel

    The recession turned practically every carrier into a low fare airline; fancy flying was one of the first items chopped from businesses budgets. But the economy is finally turning around. And in an effort to bounce back from billion dollar losses, airlines are offering all kinds of extras to woo corporate fliers. So which perks would persuade you to pick one ...
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    Strategic and Tactical Planning: Understanding the Difference

    Strategic and Tactical Planning: Understanding the Difference
    Many small business owners and operators do not spend much time planning for their business success. The biggest reason, in my opinion, is that they are not aware how easy it can be. Most owners, when they hear the words Strategic Planning or Tactical Planning, get a glazed-eyed look on their faces. Actually, these can be rather simple tasks to manage ...
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    The Value of Design to Startups

    The Value of Design to Startups
    Over the past five years I've consulted with and/or invested in about 50 startups. I've gotten to know a lot of entrepreneurs and a fair number of the venture capital and angel investors who are backing these companies, most of which are in the consumer Internet field. And guess what? Probably more than half of the startups, and more than 90% ...
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    SCORE: 10 Tips To Grow Your Business

    SCORE: 10 Tips To Grow Your Business
    SCORE, America's premier organization providing FREE counselors to growing businesses offered 10 practical tips to help you grow your business. All 10 points can get a boost by using technology. I've added the technology dimension, resource to each tech tip. 1. Grow your customer base. Understand your customer demographics and why they buy your products and services. Win clients over with ...
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    Family Business: Managing Family Members

    Family Business: Managing Family Members
    One of my passions in life is working with family owned businesses. Family businesses enjoy a success rate far greater than other kinds of businesses. In the US, family businesses provide 65% of all wages. This group is the backbone of our country and will likely be the group that pulls us out of our current recession. This group is not ...
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    Family Business Advisory Boards

    Family Business Advisory Boards
    Statistics tell us only 33% of family businesses transfer to the second generation and only 15% make it to third. Why is it so difficult for a family to pass on the business to the next generation? What causes them to fail? What steps can be taken in order to increase the likelihood of the business succession? I am convinced one ...
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    5 Recession-Proof Industries

    Recession-Proof Industries The rate of job openings and new hires has steadily decreased since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And unemployment rates are holding fast at 10 percent, which also doesn't bode well. According to the December employment report, 6.1 million people face long-term unemployment. Even though experts are hollering about the impending end ...
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    Your E-Options for Tax Returns Are Plentiful, Helpful, and Mostly Easy

    Your E-Options for Tax Returns Are Plentiful,  Helpful, and Mostly Easy
    Jan. 20--Less than three months remain until April 15, and last Friday, the Internal Revenue Service declared its electronic filing system "open for business," allowing taxpayers the chance to get their refunds quicker. If you're receiving W-2 forms and other statements in your mailbox, you might be itching to begin. It's been a few years since I've examined the options ...
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    Five ways to make 2010 a banner business year

    Five ways to make 2010 a banner business year
    Ahh, yes, it’s January again. I always feel that December flies by in a mad dash. It seems that as soon as I sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, I get up and it’s New Year’s Eve! After the rush and excitement of the holidays, I like to take time in the first few weeks of January to re-group. I plan where ...
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    Looking to Start a Business? Now is a Good Time

    Looking to Start a Business? Now is a Good Time
    As we move into the winter months, and the economy is slowing coming out of its "economic winter," one only need look around to see that one person's recession is another's great buying opportunity. That is especially true if you are in planning and buying mode for your start-up. Few times in recent memory have been as kind to buyers of ...
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    Mint Makes a Quick Mark on Intuit

    Mint Makes a Quick Mark on Intuit
    Four months after Intuit (INTU) bought personal finance Web site Mint.com, the company is preparing to phase out its Quicken Online software, moving Intuit's Web users to Mint. The software company plans to combine its technology with Mint's, making it easier for users to toggle between the Web and their home computers while managing money. Intuit plans to discontinue Quicken Online, ...
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    Keys to a Successful Business Valuation

    Keys to a Successful Business Valuation
    The hard thing about valuing a business lies in the great unknown of future cash flows and the risks associated with being able to generate future cash flows. While historical operations can provide a sound starting point to determine future cash flows, it can also be very misleading. For example: a biotechnology company in an early stage of clinical trials has ...
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    Online Banking Has Killed Personal Checks for Good

    Online Banking Has Killed Personal Checks for Good
    NEW YORK - It's been nine months since I've written a check. That's not to say I'm on some 12-step program to resist shopping. My credit card bills would suggest otherwise. Rather, when I opened a new bank account in March, I challenged myself to see to how much I could use my bank's online bill-payment service to stretch the ...
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    How Two Colorado Software Startups Are Boosting Their Local Economies

    How Two Colorado Software Startups Are Boosting Their Local Economies
    Two small Colorado Springs-area online software start-up companies are trying to carve profitable niches in specialized markets that they hope will help them grow into key players in their industries and play a significant role in the local economy. Colorado Springs-based Four Roads LLC helps its customers build an online presence using social media and electronic commerce tools based on the ...
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    Are you playing Whack-A-Mole?

    Are you playing Whack-A-Mole?
    Almost everybody is familiar with the video game Whack-A-Mole or some variation of it. For those few that are not, it is a game where you have a large hammer, like a old fashioned carnival strongman, and you run around a playing field trying to hit "moles" that pop their heads up from holes in the ground within a specific amount ...
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    SmallBizLink Holiday Gift Guide

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    Holiday Gift Guide for Your Accountant

    [page] During the holiday season, buying gifts for accountants could be trickier than shopping for someone in any other occupation. Why? Because accountants, by nature, know what everything costs. Still, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options, and that’s where we come in. We’ve combed the giftosphere for the best (affordable) selections for the number cruncher in your life. ...
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    12 Ways To Expand Your Marketplace

    12 Ways To Expand Your Marketplace
    When expanding your business, you should explore all the strategic alternatives available to you. Select the one that makes the most sense and then prepare a plan on how to implement that strategy. There are at least a dozen common strategies and a variety of strategic combinations or special situations to choose from. We present some of those alternatives below. Expansion ...
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    Coming Up With A Killer Business Idea

    Coming Up With A Killer Business Idea
    Do What You Love Starting a business is a blood, sweat and tears endeavor that will consume the majority of your time. If you do not pursue what you love you will not be happy and your business will most likely fail. The key questions to ask when coming up with an idea are: What am I passionate about? - Love ...
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    Business Management Basics: Seven Factors for Success

    Business Management Basics: Seven Factors for Success
    All business owners want to be successful. This article outlines seven aspects of a company that require effective management. You can always find ways to create a "well-oiled machine." Improvements typically translate into returns on your investment. 1. Marketing - Product, price, and positioning. Timing is everything. Snickers, Tootsie Pops, Mars bars, and Three Musketeers were all created during the Great ...
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