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National Small Business Week May 20th began the sixth year of the National Small Business Week (NSBW) hosted by the Small Business Association (SBA).  This event honors and empowers small businesses nationwide.
Social Media should be considered as part of the marketing strategy.  I hear this often.  While social media outlets may be free to use, they are not free.  There is sweat equity needed to keep them current, to keep them relevant.  Yeah, I know, we are one to talk.  Well we are.  We know that time has to be put into keeping content relevant for our
About a month ago I started reading about the Internet Sales tax sometimes referred to as the Amazon Internet Sales Tax. One of the proposed benefits of this proposed tax is to help with the state budget shortages. Senator Durbin's bill known as the Main Street Fairness Act, covers New York, Illinois and Connecticut. New York is looking to add the nearly 4% and Illinois 6.25% sales tax to all online purchases.
How to get things done? That is a question heard and stated often.  There are people and companies who make a living advising others on just that.  Even in my business, I am often asked for suggestions.  One thing that is obvious is that there is no one-size-fits-all.  That can be frustrating for those who have yet to find what works from them.
So it's that time of the year where PC meets not-so-PC and everyone is stressed.  This time is otherwise know as the holidays. Winter Solstice, Hanukkah,Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus...whichever is your pleasure, now is the time.  The time, for parties, gifts, obligations, lack of sleep, and ....
  Just a quick note on the Small Business Jobs Act.  Looking to add staff to meet the growing needs of your company, this Act is designed with you in mind. At least that is how it is being presented.  This act
As a small business owner, spending time on paperwork is not where you'd want to send your energy.  I told you about the legislative changes being discussed that would mean just that - more paperwork.  Let me back up a sec.  As we know when using 1099 workers anytime the amount paid is more than $600 a 1099 is to be issued.  The new legislation added issuing a 1099 when
I am always amazed when a company's customer service staff is ... helpful.  Sorry to say, but the occurrence is so few and far between, I no longer have the expectation that asking for help will result, in well, help.  Today, my faith was restored. Here's what happened.
It is the fourth quarter and for many it is time to for strategic planning for the coming fiscal year.  Like your business plan, your strategic plan should not be written and placed on the shelf.  For that reason, the strategic plan should