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42 tips for producing a memorable small business event
Small Business Trends
Memorable events do not just happen. Organizing and holding an event takes planning. Whether it is a conference, seminar or a customer appreciation day, and whether there is three weeks or a year to plan, event success is in the details. Here are 42 small business event planning tips from the experts, including some of the organizers of the annual Small Business Influencer Awards.
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5 most important online tools for small businesses
Business 2 Community
Despite the constant changes, marketing in the online space has grown up and matured quite a bit over the past few years. There are so many different online platforms available, and new ones going on line every day. Hundreds of social networks, all sorts of marketing programs and philosophies, and it can get awfully confusing. Small business owners have to spend your money and your time wisely, while maximizing your results. So of all the options out there, which are the most important?
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Health exchange options for small businesses will be limited until 2015
The Washington Post
The Obama administration confirmed Friday that a piece of the 2010 health-care law aimed at helping small businesses provide insurance to their workers will be delayed by a year. The office in charge of Medicaid and Medicare announced that it was on track for an Oct. 1 launch of the federal SHOP Exchange, an online marketplace where companies with fewer than 50 employees would be able to buy insurance for their workers and get a tax credit.
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Behavioral interviewing improves bottom line
By Bob Fortune
Problem employees hurt your bottom line faster than "The Donald" can say "You're fired!" on Celebrity Apprentice. One bad apple can jeopardize morale, safety, property and production, as well as suck valuable energy out of management. The solution is better interviewing, which will lead to a more productive staff and less time in problem management — because the right staff will help avoid and solve your problems at the same time. And this will allow you to spend more time on growing your business.
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6 things small businesses should do this summer
Associated Press via Daily Herald
Most business owners understand summertime means business slows some. However, closing shop may not be the answer for businesses. Here are six ideas small business owners should consider doing to grow their business during the slow season.
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What is a database?
Small Business Trends
What is a database? A database is an organized collection of information. Small businesses can use databases in a number of different ways. A database can help you organize information about your customers and clients. A database can contain information about your product inventory. A database can track sales, expenses and other financial information.

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A simple follow-up system to create more profit in your business
By Sydni Craig-Hart
How many times have you attended a networking event, had a number of great conversations with ideal prospects, collected a bunch of business cards and never followed up? Perhaps more times than you'd care to admit. You likely missed out on a number of key opportunities to deepen connections that could lead to an increase in revenue, a joint venture or more visibility for your business. You can make the decision today to commit to implementing a system to follow up on all leads, so you don't miss out on any future opportunities.

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New mortgage lending rule intended to protect borrowers may hurt self-employed
MainStreet
Beginning in January 2014, a new mortgage lending rule — the Ability-to-Repay rule — and as part of it, the qualified mortgage criteria, will go into effect. While the rule, which was issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is intended to protect borrowers and the real estate market from another delinquency and foreclosure fiasco like the 2008 housing collapse, it may inadvertently cause headaches for the self-employed, including day traders.

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Strong company culture predicts long-term success
Business News Daily
Companies that focus on company culture may create not only a positive work environment; new data has also found that those companies are also setting themselves up for long-term success. In new survey results, 91 percent of respondents say companies with a strong sense of purpose and culture also have strong financial performance.
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5 powerful ways leaders practice patience
Forbes
Today’s business climate is more complicated than ever and fueled with many unknowns. Every leader feels the pressure of generating results, building the most effective teams and creating a high-performance workplace environment to secure sustainable outcomes. At the same time, employees are tired of the uncertainty and necessity to do more with less — often causing tempers to flare and growing workplace dissatisfaction. This added pressure on employees to perform without knowing their succession plan or imminent future is not only testing their patience, but that of their leaders.
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What is a database?
Small Business Trends
What is a database? A database is an organized collection of information. Small businesses can use databases in a number of different ways. A database can help you organize information about your customers and clients. A database can contain information about your product inventory. A database can track sales, expenses and other financial information.
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8 ways to be re-inspired at work
Inc.
Doing the same thing day in and day out can grow tedious and make you feel stagnant. Often business owners may feel in a rut. Even entrepreneurs get bored and lose the spark they had with what was once an exciting adventure. Well, just because the thrill is gone does not mean it is have to quit and move on. There are ways to get re-inspired and once again enjoy going to work.
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7 best business books for summer reading
Small Business Trends
Summer is fast upon us. For many small business owners that means a little extra time for summer reading. The Small Business Trends Book Review team has already read and reviewed some of them and others are currently on our reading list. So take a look at these short write-ups and see if they belong on your summer business book list as well.
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