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State of the Union Address reaction from the NASE
NASE
After President Barack Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address, the National Association for the Self-Employed released the following statements.
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A 3-step business checkup for 1st quarter
AllBusiness.com via Fox Business
The first quarter of a new calendar year is a good time to take stock of your business's financial health with a business checkup. And while you may be tempted to think about your financial statements only during tax time, smart business owners will use their financial information anytime they are making a decision about their business.
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Why toy startup GoldieBlox's historic $4 million Super Bowl ad win matters
Forbes
Hopefully, you paid extra close attention to the commercials during the Super Bowl. Somewhere amid the cavalcade of supermodel breasts and beer-drinking bros was a genuinely history-making 30 second slot. Toy startup GoldieBlox — which makes construction and engineering kits for little girls — became the first small business to air an ad during the Super Bowl. The Oakland, Calif.-based company beat out more than 15,000 rivals in a contest run by Intuit and ultimately decided in a public vote.
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State of the Union Address reaction from the NASE
NASE
After President Barack Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address, the National Association for the Self-Employed released the following statements.

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Networking 101: Tips from small-business owners
Small Business Know-How
In our previous post, we gave an overview of several types of networking organizations. Today, we're featuring several small-business owners who regularly network. These networking ninjas share their philosophy and provide some tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when making the rounds.

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Best ways to market a small business effectively
KPIX-TV
To the world, yours may be a small business, but to you, it's the culmination of a very big dream. In today's competitive marketplace, your ability to attract and keep customers is just as important as the goods or services you provide. Want to get ahead? A little imagination and the key strategies below can help get you from small to not-so-small in no time.

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New tax rules that may affect your 2013 return
Kiplinger
The 2013 tax filing season, which was delayed for ten days by last year's government shutdown, officially opened Jan. 31. But the shutdown didn't affect the tax filing deadline. You're still required to file your return — or file for an extension — by April 15. That means it's time to gather your W-2s, your 1099s and receipts for your charitable contributions and get to work. Here's what's new to keep in mind as you file your 2013 return.
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Avoid SEO hype: Why small businesses should focus on ROI
Search Engine Watch
As always, there are contradicting viewpoints on small-business SEO and the guidance from Google is, well, confusing at best. Small-business owners don't have the luxury of being wrong. They live close to the edge and rainy-day financing is hard to come by. For these reasons, small businesses need to be guided by statistics and analytics. They need to avoid wasting time in controversial discussions that have no end.
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5 reasons your business should have a blog
By Amanda O'Brien
Maybe you have thought about a blog for your business. Maybe you have started and stalled out, but it is time to really consider the benefits. A blog is a type of website or an extension of your website where you can write about just about anything. There are fashion blogs, gossip blogs, science blogs and blogs in every industry. Blogging platforms are easy to use, and your customers and search engines love blogs for their articles and information. Here are five reasons why your business should think about setting up a blog or a blogging schedule.
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Main Street makeover: Turning around failing small businesses
Today
VideoBriefIn the second part of a two-part series, one expert lent his expertise to two very different businesses with one common problem: they are losing money.
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Self-employed? The mortgage rule you need to know
Credit.com via Fox Business
When applying for a mortgage, lenders will classify you as a wage earner employee or self-employed. Furthermore, if you also own a business or a percentage of a business, you might be considered self-employed even though you are a W-2 wage earner. If this is you, here's what you'll need to know to complete a mortgage application.
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30 reasons to market your business on Pinterest in 2014
Business 2 Community
Pinterest has really taken off in last few years but in 2013 it really pulled off and joined the league of the top social media channels — i.e Facebook and Google — which is spectacular for a website which is yet to generate a revenue from the website. What was considered as a website for sharing and curating wedding pictures and recipes have now emerged as a major contender in social media space, particularly in the eCommerce and retail business. If that fact wasn't enough to convince you of the power of Pinterest, Omnicore has designed this infographic.
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3 career strategies for the self-employed
Economic Times
If employees dream of stepping into their bosses' shoes, what do the self-employed people aspire to? Whether you are a doctor with a private practice or a small shopowner, your challenges and aspirations will be different from those of your friends, who work in a 9-to-5 role with a secure salary and assured benefits. As a self-employed person, your career progression depends on where you see yourself 10 years down the line. Here are the three goals to choose from with a different stra .
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