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Small firms have array of funding options

Small firms have array of funding options

Online lending and crowdfunding are new sources of capital.

December 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Role-playing can help prep staff for crises

Can you take a vacation? – Part II

August 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: Big-picture evaluation may pay off

Small businesses are all-consuming for their owners. Daily demands make it difficult to set aside time for owners to think how larger trends may affect their business. That's why it's an excellent idea to perform a SWOT analysis.

July 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Some options for small-business owners who want to cash out

Most small-business owners are consumed by the daily challenges of running their business - satisfying customers, managing services and products, tracking finances and suppliers, and personnel scheduling.

May 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Consider changing how you do business

The recession and slow recovery have hit small retail businesses hard, especially those that compete against big- box stores and those that offer discretionary retail items.

April 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Feeling isolated? Get out, involved

One the many challenges a small-business owner faces is isolation.

April 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Help your business make the most of lifestyle changes

The world is not a static place. Things are constantly changing: clothing styles, food preferences, popular sports and advanced technological devices.

April 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: Repeat clients key to revenue

As the economy slowly emerges from the recession, many businesses realize that cost-cutting is not enough to improve profits. In the end, the top line (revenue) has to grow.

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Biz tip of the week: Profit-sharing plan can be a plus

Many prior columns have addressed the problems and challenges of starting or running a small business - strategic choices, finding customers, cash flow, managing personnel, etc.

February 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cross-train workers to prepare for absences

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

February 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: Communication Rule No. 1: It's the responsibility of the sender

How many times have you heard someone say in an exasperated tone, "I told him to do that"? This is a typical reaction when something is not done on time or improperly.

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Biz tip of the week: Learn at start about managing cash flow

The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that 50 percent of all new businesses fail in their first year. Before starting a business, it makes sense to understand why so many fail.

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Biz tip of the week: Don't give up on marketing in slow times

In a slow economy, marketing budgets are typically one of the first expenses that are cut. Startups and small businesses face a similar situation of limited funds. How can a business continue to generate leads and maintain its market visibility if its traditional ad budgets are cut?

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Biz tip of the week: Business entertainment can be valuable part of marketing effort

Firms that rely on repeat business know the importance of building strong relationships with their customers.

November 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Biz tip of the week: Long supply chains make service chancy

International supply chains enable American consumers to select from an astonishing range of products and services at attractive prices.

November 05, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Employee manual a must-have

One of the last things that new businesses consider is an employee manual.

October 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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