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What's the best way for small business to grow?
USA Today
VideoBriefDigital technology, websites and social media now are key tools for growing small businesses and competing with larger ones. "Even if you're making coffee or ice pops or lobster rolls, you can also expand your business using technology," says Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills. "It levels the playing field." Even so, nearly 60 percent of small businesses still are what Google calls invisible — operating without a website. Many of the rest are what Scott Levitan, Google's director of small business engagement, calls "completely invisible," meaning there's no original information from the company anywhere online.
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5 big, brave choices to lead you to successful self-employment
Business Insider
Self-employment. It's the dream of many but the hard-fought-for reality of far fewer. If you find yourself in the latter group and wondering how you can plan for and switch to self-employment, make these five big and brave choices. You'll put yourself on the path to a successful work-for-yourself career.
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Small business: Keep email list updated
Newsday
A well-maintained email list can be a valuable asset for a company. Too often, small businesses focus their efforts on collecting email addresses but fail to regularly purge and update their lists. As a result, your company's ability to deliver its email marketing message to its core audience could be compromised and you could ultimately damage your sender reputation. It's your responsibility to maintain a clean list.
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What's the best way for small business to grow?
USA Today
Digital technology, websites and social media now are key tools for growing small businesses and competing with larger ones. "Even if you're making coffee or ice pops or lobster rolls, you can also expand your business using technology," says Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills. "It levels the playing field." Even so, nearly 60 percent of small businesses still are what Google calls invisible — operating without a website.

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Who is financing small businesses?
NASE
The SBA Office of Advocacy annually publishes a report that tracks lending to small businesses. The report shows how small businesses are financed or, in the worst case, denied the financing they need. This could be the banking industry's worst nightmare. Small businesses are too important to the economy to be heckled by lenders. This analysis provides the critical answers on how much they are heckled and why.

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Growing a small business? Here are 5 financial equations you need to know
The Huffington Post
Cash flow may be the lifeblood of a small business but the ability to create accurate projections and forecasts for your business is what moves it forward. Knowing what's coming in and what's going out, and being able to use that knowledge to plan and act is the only way a small-business owner can effectively pursue and manage growth opportunities. Here are five key metrics small-business owners need to know when developing their forecasts.

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Affordable Care Act for the self-employed in Washington
U.S. Small Business Administration via The Peninsula Gateway
There are currently 23 million self-employed entrepreneurs in the United States and that number continues to rise, especially in Washington state. As the number of self-employed individuals continues to grow, thanks to technology that allows more geographic flexibility and baby boomers looking to open their own firms, one key concern has historically remained unaddressed: health care.
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Tweeting your way to a successful industry blog
By Katie Dubow
In order for your company to really use digital communications to the fullest, you’ve simply got to have an industry blog. A company blog allows you to do many things: It’s your chance to strut your stuff, show off, discuss industry news and have your voice heard. Your company blog is totally in your control, there are no character limits and no restrictions as to what you can talk about. But what if your blog is stellar and no one’s reading it? One easy way to up your page views is using Twitter. Below are three quick tips to tweet your way to more page views on your blog.
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9 ways that 3-D printing is going to change business
The Next Web
Scott Berber writes, "I think we can all agree that the evolution of 3-D printing technology thus far has been stunning. But I wanted to know what specific ways entrepreneurs are actually looking to use the technology in business and why. So I asked a panel of nine founders the following: As an entrepreneur, what's most exciting to you about 3-D printing? Where do you see it being utilized most in the near term?"
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    Growing a small business? Here are 5 financial equations you need to know (The Huffington Post)
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Increased small business activity points to economic gains
Daily Herald
If small business actually is the bell cow for economic activity, the outlook may be brighter than it has been in some time. At least that's what conversations with four suburban Chicago business owners seem to indicate.
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Big, small businesses defend expense write-offs
POLITICO
Zero hour is approaching for lawmakers hoping to convince Senate Finance Committee leaders that special tax breaks should stay on the books. One provision that's being heavily lobbied: business expensing. It's a popular benefit that allows businesses to write off significant chunks of their investment in pricey equipment. The break is often seen as a win-win, giving companies an incentive to invest and helping the firms that manufacture the equipment that's being purchased. And since it's a temporary tax provision, it's the type of break that's most ripe to be scrapped from the Tax Code of the future.
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Small businesses see growth, but eye interest rates
Reuters
Small-business owners plan for growth this year but are closely tracking recent interest rate rises and any impact they might have on their business and customers, according to a spot survey of firms in the New York region. Rates have risen sharply over the last two months, leaving benchmark 10-year Treasury yields about a percentage point above mid-May levels and near the highest levels since August 2011.
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Find the work-life balance as a small-business owner
Greenville News
Work-life balance: Everyone wants it, but is it achievable, especially when you run a small business? Work-life balance when you own a small business is not impossible, just difficult. Here are five keys to managing the tug of war between home and business.
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