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Facebook adds star ratings to business pages
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As you may have noticed, Facebook rolled out their star rating system onto business pages in November. In reality, the star rating system has been in place on Facebook's mobile app for places for quite some time. However, November is when they officially rolled it out for business pages on the standard browser version of Facebook. As with any major update to a social media platform, both pros and cons exist.
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4 ways to make your startup competitive
Under 30 CEO
Forbes reports that nearly half of all Americans work in one of the 28 million small businesses in this country. While small-business owners face unique challenges, they also have qualities and aspects that give them an edge. The one thing that will determine if you come out on top is your strategy. Whenever your small business seems to be leaning further to the red than the black, how can you change policy and better compete?
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The 20 golden rules of business blogging
The Huffington Post
Writing great blogs for your business is one of the most valuable marketing techniques you will find, yet it is often forgotten. In fact, small businesses who consistently blog receive 126 percent more leads than those who do not and benefit from 55 percent more visitors to their Web pages. However, just writing any old blog isn't enough. If you're not producing fresh, dynamic and interesting content, you may be sending the wrong message about your brand. Here are 20 golden rules to help you build a great blog for your business.
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6 small-business marketing trends for 2014
Business 2 Community
As the world of marketing evolves and becomes more complex, one has to wonder how small-business owners can stay abreast of what marketing trends are emerging, never mind figure out which are worth investing in for their particular situation. Here are some tips.
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Facebook adds star ratings to business pages
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As you may have noticed, Facebook rolled out their star rating system onto business pages in November. In reality, the star rating system has been in place on Facebook's mobile app for places for quite some time. However, November is when they officially rolled it out for business pages on the standard browser version of Facebook. As with any major update to a social media platform, both pros and cons exist.

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Taking advantage of sole proprietorship: The benefits for small business
Frugal Zeitgeist
As the owner of a new business, there are several choices you have when deciding how to register your business. Depending on your company needs, you can choose between a limited liability corporation, corporation, sole proprietorship or a partnership. There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing the best registration type for you including number of employees, type of business and several other factors.

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Small business tax credits that will expire in 2013
Fox Business
Be sure to write off these expenses before the year ends.

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MBL cap increase would boost small-business cash access
CU Insight
Credit unions share the U.S. House Small Business Committee's goal of increasing small-business access to capital through the reduction of statutory and regulatory impediments. The Credit Union National Association suggested several ways that access could be improved, including increasing the member business lending cap, in a letter sent to committee members.
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What would success look like for Exchange's Small Business Program?
California Health Line
It may not be as ambitious or high-stakes as the California exchange's individual insurance market but health officials are putting a lot of stock in a second health benefit exchange — one exclusively for small-business owners. The Small-Business Health Options Program — or SHOP exchange — got a boost from a recent Web redesign that allows employers to sign up for coverage online. That development is in stark contrast to the recent federal announcement that it would delay for a year similar Web capability on the national level.
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8 exercises for strengthening your business writing
By Joe Latta
Writing skills are essential for today's business professionals. Don't believe me? Consider this: A study from data services provider SunGard found that 90 percent of business communications are now via electronic text. That's right, whether you're an accountant, architect, advisor or administrator, writing is a key part of your job. How much time did you spend last month writing emails, reports, proposals or marketing materials — and how much time did people spend reading them? Yep, it's a lot. Here are eight easy exercises for strengthening your writing muscle. Try them. Your readers will appreciate it.
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5 ways to prep your small business for the holiday shopping rush
YFS Magazine via OPEN Forum
VideoBrief The fourth quarter is hectic for business owners of every size. Do you think your company is ready? Here are five tips for surviving the end of the year rush from YFS Magazine.
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Year end review of self-employed retirement plans
About.com
Do you currently have a retirement plan for your small business? If not, consider your options. You could set up a SEP-IRA, 401(k) or SIMPLE IRA to cover yourself and your employees. Consider how much could be contributed under each plan and its impact on your tax return. If you do already have a retirement plan, is it meeting your needs and the needs of your business? Self-employed persons and small-business owners may want to review their retirement plan before the end of the year.
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On the Hill: Regulations' effect on small business
Fox Business
Recently, the House Committee on Small Business turned an eye to regulations, and their effect on the small business economy. In particular, the hearings that took place examined ObamaCare's business aggregation rules and the impact of regulations on small-business lending. The confusing aggregation rules were at the heart of the hearing that took place recently. In his opening statement, Rep. Chris Collins said the aggregation rules were complex and confusing, even for tax professionals.
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8 tips For planning your small-business' 2014 marketing strategy
Search Engine Land
While the holiday season is undoubtedly a busy period for small-business owners, it's important to set aside time to plan your marketing strategy for the year ahead. How will you continue to maintain and grow your business in 2014? What plans do you have to keep your business on track and stay ahead of the competition? As you plan for 2014, make your New Year's resolution to review the eight simple tips for building a better marketing strategy for your business — one that puts your customers first and your business second-to-none.
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