6 Great Growth Tactics You May Have Overlooked

This appeared at www.planningshop.com and was written by Rhonda Abrams. The other day I was eating a terrific sandwich in a café near my office, when I noticed staff members wearing T-shirts saying, “We do business catering.” I immediately texted my office manager and told her to order from this café for our next staff […]

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Pop Up Shops

  This appeared at www.mindfulprofits.com. Pop-up shops by their mysterious and fleeting nature are inherently cool. They give people the feeling of a one-of-a-kind experience and being “in the know.” Since the first pop-up retail store sprang up in California in 1999, businesses across all industries have taken the trend, adapted it and made it […]

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7 Tools That Guarantee Great Project Management

This appeared at www.smallbiztrends.com and was written by Drew Hendricks. You can accomplish amazing things in business when you have the right tools, both technological and social. This is especially true for managing company projects. With some great tools in your arsenal, such as those that follow, you should be able to address all your project […]

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6 Ways to Improve Customer Experience and Reduce Abandoned Carts

This appeared at www.smallbiztrends.com and was written by Shawn Hessinger.   Do you know what your e-commerce shopping cart abandonment rate is?  That’s a critical question if you sell online. If you don’t know, you may be shocked to learn that according to one study by the Baymard Institute in December of 2013, as many […]

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A Girl’s Guide to Finding an Awesome Mentor (and Being One)

This appeared at www.entrepreneur.com and was written by Leyla Seka. Advice on how to be successful as a woman in the business world almost always includes finding a mentor. Many women treat this mission like a checklist item (Mentor? Check!), but being thoughtful and strategic about mentoring can be life-changing. Without the feedback that I’ve gotten from my […]

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One of Small Business’s Biggest Advantages—Flexibility

This appeared at www.carolroth.com and was written by Carol Roth. While being a small business “fish” among the larger corporate “whales” has its challenges, there are some benefits that you can really make work to your advantage. One major advantage that your small business has over the big fish is flexibility. Those large corporations have […]

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When Can You Deduct Meals and Entertainment Expenses?

This appeared at www.gosmallbiz.com and was written by Ted Jenkin. Let’s face the facts. Most small business owners are downright lousy when it comes to keeping high quality records of their meals and entertainment expenses. The only thing most are sure of is that they would like to deduct every trip to Starbuck’s, every lunch […]

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Why Asking for Help Isn’t Failing

This appeared at www.carolroth.com and was written by Britt Raybould. “I can do it myself.”Without fail, my five-year-old niece offers up this predictable response to any offer of help. She utters this phrase with complete confidence, despite being too short for certain tasks. Any words of caution are met with another, equally certain statement: “I […]

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The Key to Business Success Is Connection, Not Contacts

This appeared at www.carolroth.com and was written by Erica Dhawan. A lot of how we measure success in the digital world is about quantity. How many Facebook likes does my company have? How many retweets did we get? For the small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur,  I believe the metric needs to shift from quantity […]

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3 content-marketing strategies you might not be using — but should

This appeared at www.bizjournals.com and was written by Caroline McMillan Portillo, BizWomen Reporter. Melinda Emerson says content is currency. Which is why she allots nearly one whole day a week to developing it. It’s key to building her brand as an expert in all things small business. It drives traffic to her website. And, ultimately, […]

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