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NASE statement on Small Business Administration nominee
NASE
Katie Vlietstra, vice president for government relations and public affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed, released the following statement with news that the Obama Administration nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet as administrator of the Small Business Administration at a White House press conference.
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How to build trust with your customers
Profitworks
Demonstrating that you are a trustworthy small business starts long before you land the job and continues long after the job is done. It also requires seven key practices, all with "big" mindsets behind them. Which practice are you most inspired to put in place, starting now?
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How to get a small-business loan: Tips for female entrepreneurs
Fox Business
It's no secret that securing a small-business loan is an uphill battle. Of all the businesses that apply, only a few ever receive the money they need from banks and small-business lenders, leaving the rest of them to find alternative sources of capital. For female entrepreneurs in the still male-dominated business world, getting a loan can be even more difficult.
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Video marketing revealed as top marketing strategy for small business
CNN
VideoBrief YouTube is not only the second-largest search engine in the world but it also has more than a billion unique, worldwide viewers each month. As a local business owner, you probably already realize how important it is to build your online presence; with masses of people flocking to YouTube each day, it provides the perfect platform to do so. Here's why.
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NASE statement on Small Business Administration nominee
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Katie Vlietstra, vice president for government relations and public affairs at the National Association for the Self-Employed, released the following statement with news that the Obama Administration nominated Maria Contreras-Sweet as administrator of the Small Business Administration at a White House press conference.

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The switch to self-employment has mortgage implications
Los Angeles Times
Despite excellent credit, it's still possible to be turned down for a mortgage due to new rules on verifying that borrowers have the ability to pay. Those who are self-employed may want to take note.

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What you need to know about taxes in 2014
Forbes
Kelly Phillips writes, "Tax season opens in 26 days. And here's my big prediction: a lot of taxpayers will be taken by surprise. Despite all of those 'no new taxes' type promises, tax bills are expected to edge higher for a number of taxpayers for the 2013 tax year. And 2014 holds even more surprises. Here’s a quick look at what to expect."

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New snags for the self-employed
The New York Times
Borrowers who are self-employed may have a tougher time obtaining a mortgage under new federal regulations requiring lenders to verify applicants' ability to repay. Effective January 2014, the rules — created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of the Dodd-Frank lending reforms — set up standards for "qualified mortgages," or mortgages considered low-risk for both borrowers and lenders. Lenders who make loans within these parameters are protected from legal recourse should the loans go bad anyway.
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3 accounting mistakes that small-business owners commonly make
Business 2 Community
Accounting can be tedious and when you're not meticulous, mistakes can happen. When accounting mistakes occur, it can give you an inaccurate view of your company finances that lead to misinformed business decisions. Most importantly, accounting mistakes may have serious financial implications that can prevent your business from growing. The following are three accounting mistakes that new business owners commonly make.
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Need for speed: Improving website load times can boost your business
By Stephanie Studer
People are impatient. A sweeping statement? Sure. But consider that Google engineers noticed in 2012 that a delay as short as 400 milliseconds was enough to drive visitors away from a website. To put that in perspective, that is roughly twice as long as it takes to blink. No matter what you hope to gain from your online presence, whether it's sales or SEO, you can't expect to get it if your page loads at a snail's pace. So let's speed things up with a few simple tricks that are easy to implement.
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PayPal bullish on small-business loans
Memphis Commercial Appeal
E-retailers in need of quick cash can add PayPal to a growing list of nontraditional sources for financing, as mainstream lending to small businesses continues to lag. The online-payment giant offered 90,000 of its U.S. merchants the option of borrowing 8 percent of their yearly PayPal revenue, up to $20,000, through the Working Capital pilot program.
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The right representation: Lawyers and your small business
Media Blog
Businesses are very much like individuals with their own specific needs and concerns. They have to be protected in order to stay motivated to grow. Many business owners just lack the understanding of the law and find themselves in tight spots because of it. Provo attorneys may help but they can't always protect you.
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North American Property Services' 8 tips for growing your small business
Wise Bread
Most small businesses fail when they are trying to grow beyond the startup phase, says Nicole Smith of North American Property Services, which provides consulting for dozens of small businesses. Here are eight unique tips for managing your company's early growth phase to ensure you come out the other side thriving and profitable.
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