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Small business bill aims to boost women entrepreneurship
NASE
With the introduction of the Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., joined by Senators Ben Cardin, D-Md., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and John Walsh, D-Mont., Katie Vlietstra, vice resident for Government Relations and Public Affairs of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading advocate and resource for self-employed and micro-businesses, offered the following comments applauding the measure: "On behalf of America's small business community and our members, we applaud Senator Cantwell and her colleagues for their dedication and attention to addressing a growing issue within our industry. Women are a sizable and leading group in not only the American workforce, but also a powerful demographic among small business owners."
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Hashtag, you're it! How to use hashtags in your marketing strategy
Business 2 Community
If you are a social media junkie you have likely seen hashtags used in posts made by your friends. Perhaps your buddy checked in at the movies and upon leaving remarked the film was a waste of time and added "#bombed" or "#fail". But what does a hashtag do for content, and how can it be used in a marketing strategy?
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In a perfect world, all receivables turn into revenue
Forbes
When faced with a situation where receivables are late and seemingly going to remain unpaid, most entrepreneurial organizations are unsure whether they ought to hire an attorney or go about collecting on their own. Because the cost and time associated with recovering receivables for the small business can be exceedingly high, I've asked an expert in the field his opinion on the subject, writes Ken Sundheim, CEO of KAS Placement.
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How should I handle customers who say my prices are too high?
AllBusiness
Taking your customer's statements at face value when you are trying to sell can often lead to trouble. For one reason or another, customers often tell salespeople one thing when they mean something entirely different. Their motives are not always sinister — indeed, sometimes customers are only trying to spare a salesperson's feelings — but regardless of the motivation, success in sales requires one to root out the real message.
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10 app behaviors that are putting your business at risk
BusinessNewsDaily via FOX Business
Seventy-eight percent of the top Android paid apps and 87 percent of the top iOS paid apps engage in at least one of the top 10 risky behaviors identified by app risk-management company Appthority. And the top free apps were even worse, with 99 percent (on both platforms) engaging in at least one risky behavior as well. This data comes from Appthority's summer 2014 App Reputation Report.
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4 things you'll need to get funding for your small business venture
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You've already got the idea, but pushing that idea to reality requires start-up capital, and oftentimes more start-up capital than you have immediate access to. For the ambitious entrepreneurs ready to take the plunge and nurture their idea into a full-fledged business, the best option to move forward is to get funding — from an angel investor, a crowd-sourcing platform, a government grant or some combination of these and other sources.
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Study: By 2020, 78 percent of small businesses will use cloud
Small Business Trends
By the end of this decade, most small businesses in the U.S. will have adopted cloud technology. New data from Intuit and Emergent Research reveals that by 2020, 78 percent of small businesses will be "fully adapted" to cloud computing. That’s more than double the current 37 percent adoption rate.
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7 tips to get more customers, more often
Small Business Trends
It is widely known, through research and studies, that businesses derive 80 percent of their revenue from 20 percent of their customers. As a small business owner, it becomes overwhelming to develop customer acquisition and retention strategies effectively without using tools to automate the process.
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Know your customers by living a day in their lives
Entrepreneur
Business products are generally purchased because they solve problems, so a deep understanding of the buyer is required. If you're selling retailer point-of-sale tools, for example, can someone on your team work behind a busy counter for a few days?
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