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National small business week is right around the corner
NASE
If President Obama is the coach of the team for creating new jobs, his quarterback is small business. The coach may lay out the game plan but small businesses play the game. Small businesses have created two-thirds of new jobs in America. The President as the coach understands the importance of such a strong quarterback and has issued a proclamation announcing this year’s National Small Business Week for June 17 to 21.
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5 secrets to communicating effectively with millennials
Entrepreneur
The millennial generation is one of the most sought after — and most misunderstood. Will Pearson, president and co-founder of mental_floss, has managed to hit the right note with this young audience in print, online, books, board games and T-shirts. Pearson shared his insights for communicating with 20- and 30-somethings at this week's World Innovation Forum in New York City. Here are his top five tips.
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Facebook adds Twitter-like hashtags
Forbes
Facebook announced it is allowing users to create and click on hashtags, "similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest." A hashtag, which is simply a word preceded by a pound or hash symbol — # — is a way to participate in a public discussion about a topic and allow others to click on or search for the hashtag to find your content. Google+ also hashtags.
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Are you a leader or a manager? There's a difference
Inc.
Leaders aren't always managers and vice versa. It is a rare individual that is both of these things. They have very different skill sets, both critical to success at a high-growth business. Understanding who your leaders are and who your managers are will help you create an organizational structure that not only addresses core business functions and needs but also morale and culture, which are equally if not more important.
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10 cheat-sheet tips about websites
By Mark MacDonald
In college, "cheat-sheet" cards were a big help to study between classes. But as we all know, life isn't about passing exams, it's about learning how to do things properly when the opportunity arrives. When it comes to website design and content, here are 10 quick, easy-to-remember tips that will help you develop websites that work. Use this article as a cheat-sheet to ensure you'll pass the test of an effective website.

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Getting a loan while self-employed
NASE
Qualifying for personal loans when you are self-employed can be very difficult, especially in today's economic climate. Most people are looking for mortgages, either a first-time mortgage or refinancing a current mortgage. Many also seek car loans. It was not that long ago that banks would throw money at you as you walked in the door. That has changed dramatically in the wake of the subprime mortgage scandal.

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IRS focuses audits on small-business owners
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Worried the Internal Revenue Service might target you for an audit? You probably should be if you own a small business. A new study by the National Taxpayer Advocate used confidential IRS data to look at tax compliance in different industries and found that people who own construction companies or real estate rental firms might be more likely to fudge their taxes than business owners in other fields.

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Marketing with Vine: Leveraging the power of 6-second videos
Small Business Trends
Vine is an app that lets you creates 6-second videos. The app’s description invites you to “Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.” Some might doubt the marketing power of a video that lasts only seconds. But the same doubts might have been raised about photo sharing app Instagram a year ago before Facebook paid a billion dollars for it. Here are some tips from the community for marketing using Vine videos.
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Here's why strategy is so misunderstood
CEO.com
Strategy has to be one of the most misused words in business. The word is tossed around boardrooms and customer meetings with reckless abandon. You’ve likely heard this: "Our strategy is to become the biggest and the best." Deciding to become a global corporation, to diversify or to increase sales by a certain number of dollars per annum is not strategy. Such aspirations are goals or objectives.
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Leadership playbook: 3 ways to coach, not criticize employees
Entrepreneur
Most entrepreneurs hate giving their employees feedback on how they're doing. As a result, they do this once a year in the form of employee performance reviews, or, at worst, they avoid the process entirely. That's because people often equate feedback, especially the negative kind, with confrontation. Most of us are usually never taught how to give feedback in a welcoming way, yet we know how to receive constructive criticism in other areas of our lives and actually appreciate it.
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10 cheat-sheet tips about websites
By Mark MacDonald
In college, "cheat-sheet" cards were a big help to study between classes. But as we all know, life isn't about passing exams, it's about learning how to do things properly when the opportunity arrives. When it comes to website design and content, here are 10 quick, easy-to-remember tips that will help you develop websites that work. Use this article as a cheat-sheet to ensure you'll pass the test of an effective website.
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Getting naps ahead of the competition
Harvard Business Review
People in every age think they're living in a time of transition, but some ages really do usher in broad and deep change. Right now in American workplaces, I believe we're experiencing a transition with regard to well-being. An increasing number of employers and employees alike are acknowledging that the current model of success isn't working, and is in fact leading to burnout, stress, decreased productivity, and sleep-deprivation.
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HubSpot's Mike Volpe on why you need context and content in marketing
Small Business Trends
When you think of marketing today, the first word that typically comes to mind is content – whether it be blog posts, images or video. But the one thing that may be keeping your marketing content from reaching its intended audience is context, or lack thereof. Mike Volpe, chief marketing officer for inbound marketing platform provider HubSpot, talks about the importance of understanding context in order to create content that builds long-term relationships.
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5 do's and don'ts for hiring summer interns
Fox Business
Summer interns can be a great way for a small business owner to get an extra set of hands for little or no money. Most colleges have summer intern programs for students who are interested in getting real world, practical experience. They get the benefit of building their resume, and you get the help you need.
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The great debate: Should you let employees work from home? (Business on Main)
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