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NASE, SBE Council and Fundable launch $10K crowdfunding project #RYouFundable
The NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, partnered with Fundable, a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies, to launch a contest helping startups and existing business raise funds to start or grow their company. Crowdfunding is a collective effort of individuals and entities that pool their money through a variety of ways — usually through the Internet — to support a variety of businesses, non-profit causes and others.
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When the self-employed shop for insurance under Obamacare
Bloomberg Businessweek
The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to have health insurance beginning next year or pay a penalty, and health exchanges will begin open enrollment Oct. 1. With those dates fast approaching, government officials have stepped up efforts to squelch fears and clear up confusion regarding the health reform law. Kristie Arslan, chief executive officer of the National Association for the Self-Employed, talks with Bloomberg Businessweek about how Obamacare is likely to affect independent workers.
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6 common FAQs about social media from small businesses
Business 2 Community
Navigating social media can be a confusing labyrinth of choices, especially for the small business owner who lacks time and money to dedicate to their marketing activities. Social media isn't a phase, it's changed how people communicate and conduct business for the foreseeable future. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions from small businesses about how to use social media.
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Parenting while self-employed comes with its own set of challenges
The News & Observer via The Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Many entrepreneurial parents find it easier to manage their family life outside of the corporate realm. The hours of a small-business owner are generally more flexible than those of a nine-to-five employee but most have found that parenting while self-employed comes with its own set of challenges.
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NASE, SBE Council and Fundable launch $10K crowdfunding project #RYouFundable
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, an advocacy and research organization for entrepreneurs, partnered with Fundable, a crowdfunding platform partner focused exclusively on startup companies, to launch a contest helping startups and existing business raise funds to start or grow their company.

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5 leadership lessons an MBA can't provide
CEO
Professors describe the traits of a great leader. The traits — vision, passion, inspiration, dedication, fairness and accountability — are important for any a great leader. Most of what I know about leadership, however, didn’t come from business schools or conferences or seminars. The best leadership lessons are the ones learned the hard way.

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Safeguarding computers from power surges and outages
NASE
Imagine that you're using your computer to finalize a document or send out an agenda with critical last minute details, and the power goes out due to a storm (especially if you live in the Midwest, like me). Your computer instantly shuts down, and you are left wondering, "So, when was the last time I hit that save button?" What many do not realize is that you are not only facing lost files, but your computer can also be harmed.

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Best travel apps for small business
Greenville News
For most small businesses, travel is an essential part of their success. But business travel can be a hassle, especially for those in small business who rarely get pampered road-warrior upgrades. But you've got an important travel tool right there in your pocket or purse: Your smartphone. Here are some tried-and-true recommendations of the best small business travel apps to load on it.
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Exclusive whitepaper: Amazon's local strategy
MultiBriefs Staff Writers
With its sights set on a profitable 2011 holiday season, online retail giant Amazon made a bold decision. Having millions of customers armed with smartphones and Amazon’s barcode-scanning feature, it chose to offer customers 5 percent off purchases if they went into a local store, scanned items for price and then went home empty-handed — retailers be damned. Thus began showrooming. And as Amazon captures local store data only to encourage consumers to buy online, it does so at the expense of the local retailer.
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Health care setbacks could impact small businesses
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Some state and federal officials are falling behind setting up new health insurance exchanges for small businesses, which could leave employers in the region waiting longer than expected for the competitive pricing they were promised under the health care law. The health care law required states to set up the exchanges by October. Now, three months away, it appears those deadlines could be missed.
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Most mobile efforts aimed at branding, not sales
Fox Business
Businesses are focusing their mobile strategies on increasing brand loyalty, not increasing the number of sales made via smartphones and tablets, new research shows. A study by digital marketing firm EPiServer revealed that retailers are seeing the biggest return on their mobile investments in the areas of improved customer loyalty and personalization, rather than mobile transactions.
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E-Verify kicks in for North Carolina small businesses
The Charlotte Observer
As of July 1, thousands of small businesses in North Carolina are required to use an Internet-based system to verify that new hires are eligible to work in the U.S. Under the state law, every business with more than 25 full-time employees will have to run new employees' information through a federal system known as E-Verify. Rep. Harry Warren argues that the E-Verify legislation could help reduce the state's high unemployment by making it harder for undocumented workers to take jobs that North Carolinians could fill.
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Consultant lists top small business issues, suggests solutions
The Daily Herald
Ask Tom Gray about the three biggest issues most small businesses face and chances are you'll get this list: Differentiation other than price, getting new customers and managing cash flow. Pretty spot on, especially when you consider that finding, or developing, a business' differentiation often is an integral part of attracting new customers. Cash flow is a different, though related, problem. The solutions to the problems Gray identifies are what matter, however.
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