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6 ways to simplify small-business life
Forbes
As a small-business owner, you are responsible for many key tasks in order to maintain your business — fulfilling orders, creative development, sales and marketing, and the dreaded invoicing process; the list goes on and on. This National Small Business Week — the annual designated small business celebration May 12-16 — set aside some time to congratulate yourself on your accomplishments with all of these tasks and take a moment to pinpoint how you can simplify your life moving forward.
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How small-business owners are coping with the health law (so far)
The Wall Street Journal
The health care law is changing the way many small employers run their businesses, for better or worse. Some are curbing hiring plans or making staff cuts, while others are revamping benefit plans. As part of its "Face of the Affordable Care Act" multimedia feature, the Wall Street Journal in April asked small-business owners to share how they're coping with the law. Here are some of those responses.
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#SmallBizSelfie campaign showcases a day in the life of American small-business owners
The Huffington Post
Small businesses may not make headlines as often as their big corporate counterparts, but their stories are the ones that truly encapsulate the American spirit of individualism. With National Small Business Week beginning May 12, The Huffington Post is excited to announce the "Small Business Selfie" campaign, a social media initiative that aims to acquaint America with its small-business owners and the vital role they play in the nation's economy.
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TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer offers 3 key tips for entrepreneurs
By Marc Wayshak
As I sit across the table from Stephen Kaufer, I sense a mind that moves at light speed. Beneath his calm demeanor, it's clear that Kaufer is constantly planning ahead. And it's not hard to see why: His company — the world's largest online travel website — gives him plenty to think about. Kaufer is the founder and CEO of Newton, Mass.-based TripAdvisor, which grossed $944 million last year. While the company's success is obvious, the online market is competitive and rapidly changing. Kaufer is always thinking about how his company can stay ahead of the game.
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6 ways to simplify small-business life
Forbes
As a small-business owner, you are responsible for many key tasks in order to maintain your business — fulfilling orders, creative development, sales and marketing, and the dreaded invoicing process; the list goes on and on. This National Small Business Week — the annual designated small business celebration May 12-16 — set aside some time to congratulate yourself on your accomplishments with all of these tasks and take a moment to pinpoint how you can simplify your life moving forward.

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5 easy editing tips to pump up your website's SEO power
Social Media Today
So, you've got a great looking website with a content management system that lets you add new pages and put them online in the blank of an eye. Publishing new content should be as simple as adding some text and making sure everything looks the way it should, right? While you certainly can add new pages to your website that way, a smarter approach is to give your CMS — and your search engine and content optimization strategy — a helping hand by making it easier for your content to get found — the key to findability.

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Debunking the myth of a boom in boomer entrepreneurs
Bloomberg Businessweek
Entrepreneurship has been having its own kind of senior moment. Organizations including the Kauffman Foundation and AARP have shown increased interest in helping older Americans start businesses, while others have painted senior entrepreneurs as an untapped source of economic growth. It's an appealing idea for policy thinkers and workers alike: Out of necessity or by choice, three-quarters of boomers expect to remain in the workforce past the age at which they're eligible to receive Social Security, according to Gallup.

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SBA webinars for women entrepreneurs
Enumclaw Courier-Herald
Women business owners are invited to learn more about increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the federal contracting arena through free Office Hours Webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration each Tuesday and Thursday through June 26. SBA's Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program presents an opportunity for small businesses to increase their presence in the federal marketplace. The federal government is the biggest buyer in the world and is a must-have customer for women-owned companies.
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15 ways to find more time to think
Inc.
Everyone could use more "white space" during the day. Here's how to find it.
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The complications of choosing a small-business credit card
U.S. News & World Report
The past few years have been dictated by economic events and our reactionary efforts to correct them. The Credit CARD Act of 2009 represents one of the most significant such efforts, as it drastically overhauled consumer rights and increased transparency in the credit card market. The law eliminated predatory pre-recession tactics like bait-and-switch pricing, double cycle billing and the assessment of oppressive penalty fees. Unfortunately, small-business owners weren't invited to the party. The CARD Act only applies to general consumer credit cards, which means the 30 percent of small-business owners who use credit cards to finance company operations each year are susceptible to some shady terms and conditions.
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5 pointers for starting a small business
FOX Business
You have the inspiration and the vision for a brand new business. But in the sometimes complicated process of planning and legalizing your startup, it can become easy to lose steam. Luckily, a simple checklist can help you keep on track and enthusiastic about your startup venture.
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Risks with 100 percent probability
By Dr. David Hillson
One of the first things I learned about risk was that every risk has both a probability less than 100 perfect as well as an impact on at least one objective. Some of my risk colleagues talked about risks with 100 percent probability, but I disagreed with them. As I've discovered more about risk, I've realized that my colleagues were right. There are risks with 100 percent probability of occurrence. In other words, they are either happening now or they are certain to happen in future.
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5 strategies for communicating when you don't even like to talk
Entrepreneur
The stereotypical entrepreneur talks to everyone easily but introverts need not be discouraged. Reticence does not doom you to failure. Social science finds at least a third, and maybe half, the population is introverted. Successful entrepreneurs who are introverts make their personalities work for them. With less interest in the spotlight than accomplishing goals, introverts are inclined to let talented employees run with their ideas. Here are five strategies for making introversion an asset.
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