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Crowdfunding contest winner announced
NASE
Earlier this year, we here at the NASE announced a partnership with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and Fundable to launch a crowdfunding contest. The contest was a great success for many small businesses and the winner that emerged was The Cookie Bar from Las Vegas.
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New Obamacare data: America's smallest businesses haven't yet decided If they will purchase health care on exchanges
NASE
With open enrollment in the nation's new health care system beginning against the backdrop of a potential Federal Government shutdown, The National Association for the Self-Employed released new data from a national survey of its membership showing that more than half of the 476 respondents haven't decided if they will purchase health care on the exchanges. In fact, 64 percent of the respondents indicated they have yet to even visit the new HealthCare.gov website and all of those surveyed answered that price will be a deciding factor in their decision.
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How to start a small business with smarts
USA Today
VideoBrief For USA Today's new Smart Small Business series, four expanding firms will discuss their entrepreneurial triumphs and challenges and share their specific tactics for success.
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Small business and Twitter: How 4 small businesses are rocking social today
Venture Beat
While large companies have been tweeting their way to social media success for years now, too many small and medium businesses have been late to the Twitter party. Why does this constitute such a crucial missed opportunity? The evidence in favor of smaller businesses integrating Twitter into their social media strategies is overwhelming. Now that you are convinced that you need Twitter in your life, we'll take a look at some of the ways that four small and medium businesses just like yours have used Twitter to bolster sales, increase engagement and build loyal followings, both on and offline.
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Crowdfunding contest winner announced
NASE
Earlier this year, we here at the NASE announced a partnership with the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and Fundable to launch a crowdfunding contest. The contest was a great success for many small businesses and the winner that emerged was The Cookie Bar from Las Vegas.

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13 traditional marketing strategies you can't afford to ignore
Business 2 Commuity
Everybody talks about online advertising but traditional marketing still makes it into most company budgets. Business 2 Community asked 13 experts what traditional marketing they still invest in and why.

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NASE releases 'The More You Know' infographic about America's new Health Care Exchanges
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed released a new infographic — "The More You Know" — to help prepare America's 23 million small business for the open enrollment period for the nation's new health care system beginning Oct. 1.

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PayPal launches small-business loan program
PCWorld
PayPal is getting into the increasingly crowded small-business loan market. The eBay-owned online and mobile payment service announced PayPal Working Capital, a loan program that will initially serve qualified existing PayPal merchant customers.
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Small business: Weighing personalities when hiring
Newsday
While finding employees with the right skill set is still important to employers, personality is playing a greater role in their hiring decisions. A survey by Stockholm-based Universum found 88 percent of employers placed more weight on finding a good cultural fit for their organization than on specific skills. Among the top personality traits identified by employers polled were professionalism, high energy and confidence. Still, skills were a high priority for 82 percent of the 2,641 survey respondents.
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Self-employed stigma
GPB
People who are entrepreneurs or who have been self-employed bring a lot of skills to the table when they apply for jobs. "Self-starter, innovative, you can wear multiple hats. You're not gonna ever say, 'Well tha'’s not MY job.' What employer doesn't want that?" said Brandon Smith, a workplace consultant and career coach who is also a regular commentator on working issues for GPB. "I hear that consistently across all organizations," he said. However, new research suggests companies who want those skills don't want to get them from entrepreneurs.
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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work." The reasons apparent eagles turn out to be total turkeys can most often be attributed to one of these four, common hiring mistakes.
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Here are the ads your customers trust
Inc.
According to the recent Nielsen's Global Trust in Advertising and Brand Messages survey, consumers are more trusting of ads today than they were six years ago — but the forms of trusted advertising has seen a bit of a shake up.
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Grant to help the unemployed become self-employed
WTVA-TV
Mississippi has been awarded a $365,271 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced. The funding, available through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, allows Mississippi to develop a self-employment assistance program for eligible individuals who are unemployed and want to start a business.
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Managing the culture shock of growing a successful business
The Guardian
Growing businesses have to juggle a number of challenges but the one that they face most commonly is how to maintain their culture, while successfully managing rapid growth. According to an Inc. survey of CEOs of American private companies, 72 percent believe that maintaining company culture is the hardest thing about managing a growing workforce. There are many paths you can take to maintain a company's culture during times of growth. Here are three lessons to help successfully manage your significant growth experiences and preserve our culture as you continue to expand.
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