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3 Challenges Small Business Owners Face
Small Business Trends
Small business owners wear many hats and make many decisions each day. Most of these decisions are small and they have minor impacts. Some, however, are common to most small businesses and can have major impacts.
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5 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement
By Michael J. Berens
Companies worldwide are grappling with how to increase employee engagement. It is estimated that in the U.S. alone, employee disengagement costs the economy as much as $500 billion per year. Many factors contribute to employees' sense of engagement, but several recent studies demonstrate that the workplace environment can have a profound effect. Together, these studies reveal five key strategies to improve engagement through workplace design.
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Ongoing Registration for the 2015 Conference and Trade Show in Dallas/Fort Worth (Facility operators and startups, Exhibitors)
April 23 Reservation deadline for discounted rates at Conference hotel Hilton Fort Worth.
May 1 Submission deadline for GO Indoor summer issue (Ad Materials, Article Submissions)
May 3 2015 Conference: deadline for regular registrations; event registration rates begin
May 12-14 15th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Early June GO Indoor summer issue published.

Don't Let Desperation Drive Your Decisions
By Anne Rose
You're short-handed and desperately need to hire another employee, so you hire the first breathing person that mails in a job application. Or maybe your bank account is desperately low and you need a client fast, so you accept the first prospective customer who calls on the phone. We've all been in those situations and know the fear and panic that can set in. But when desperation drives an impetuous decision, it seldom solves your initial problem and usually adds more problems. The wrong person is worse than no person.
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7 Ways to Identify Leaders Among Your Employees
Fast Company
An organization needs to put a structured plan in place for leadership continuity. For that to happen, it needs to zero in on individuals who have leadership potential. This ongoing task needs to be an essential component of an organization's growth strategy.
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Follow the Program to Work Less, Earn More
By Fred Berns
Working fewer hours and making more money isn't a pipe dream. It's a program. It's a program followed by many of the most financially successful small business professionals. These individuals are based worldwide. Their products and services vary. So do their expertise and experience levels. And they run their businesses in a wide variety of ways. Though most aren't aware of it, they have one thing in common: They all follow the "program" of working less and earning more.
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Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed
Worcester Telegram
If you're self-employed, you're not out of luck when it comes to retirement plans. Your main options are the SEP IRA, the SIMPLE IRA and the solo 401(k) plan, which allow you to deduct your contributions, let your earnings grow tax-deferred and get taxed on withdrawals in retirement.
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