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How to best leverage advisors for your business: Part I
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Savvy small-business owners typically expand their businesses by adding employees, making additional investments and creating new products or services. These additional steps to increase profitability also increase the complexity of their businesses — and for the owners, their personal financial planning. This complexity necessitates a team of advisors for assistance. This article discusses why a successful small-business owner needs a team of knowledgeable and diverse advisors.
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7 small business social media risks
The Huffington Post
Many executives are concerned about social media related risks, but far fewer actually have any social media training. A recent survey of executives puts the concerns into four categories: disclosure of confidential information; damaged brand reputation; ID theft; and legal and compliance violations.
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What's the ROI of social media?
Business 2 Community
Today, more businesses demand their social media marketing campaigns generate ROI. A number of tools help with this, including free ones like Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools and paid tools, like Ubervu and Brandwatch. The problem is, these insights are somewhat fragmented. What businesses need is a tool to understand the performance of their social media campaigns holistically.
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Language of leadership: Constructive vs. destructive
Small Business Trends
Recently, Jeremy Kinsley was a guest on Entrepreneur's Insight radio show. He talked about how inspired leaders produce results. The host, Kip Marlow, spent some time exploring how leaders communicate. While many people are given the title of leader, a lot of them don't elicit results because they don't communicate in a way that inspires action and results. Having studied leaders for several years there are three distinct behaviors, Kinsley outlines what impactful leaders engage in.
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US small businesses notch year-on-year increase in borrowing
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U.S. small businesses borrowed more money in January than they did a year earlier, signaling continued growth in the economy despite a spate of cold weather that has been blamed for weakness in many other indicators of activity.

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Why growth can destroy your small business
Business 2 Community
There are many fine examples of small businesses that've exploded in size as they possess high growth potential. Angels invest, banks lend, crowds fund and external resources are ploughed into helping those companies achieve their growth potential but not every small business has such significant growth potential.

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46 small-business Facebook pages to follow
Small Biz Trends
Some people are claiming that Facebook is dead but we still see businesses using Facebook daily, including members of the Small Business Trends small-business community.

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Investment in infrastructure will help small businesses drive economic growth
The Huffington Post
It's no secret that America's 28 million small businesses were hit hard during the financial crisis with a perfect storm of declining sales and frozen credit markets. Since then, we've turned a corner. Small businesses have created jobs in every quarter since 2010. But, are we doing everything that we can to put the wind at the backs of our small business owners? Making critical investments in our infrastructure is a good start.
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Sharing economy clashes with local government, small-business owners
American Express OPEN Forum
Small-business owners are starting to feel threatened by companies that bypass traditional commerce methods and go straight to the customer.
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'My business's website is my favorite,' said no one ever
By Mark MacDonald
What is your favorite website? What site do you go to over and over again? It's probably not your business's — even if you designed and produced it. And the sobering truth is; that your customers and clients will never say your website is their favorite place to go online either. It will never happen. So should we just give up on creating a good small business website then? No. In fact, on the contrary, let's take a look at America's favorite websites and learn from them.
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