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Vlietstra named NASE VP
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Keith Hall, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed, announced that Katie Vlietstra will be promoted to vice president for government relations and public affairs. The newly enhanced position will cover a broad range of activities including managing the Washington, D.C., office but also directing all government relations and public affairs activities. Vlietstra was formerly NASE's director of government affairs.
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Small-business charity advice: How to do the most good with limited resources
Washington Post
The holiday season is a time for giving and with research showing that half of the world's consumers are willing to pay more for goods and services from companies that "give back," giving is more than a nice holiday gesture — it's good business. Despite a difficult year for many small businesses amid changing legislation, a government shutdown and natural disasters, the spirit of giving remains strong. Here are some practical tips for small-business owners who want to be charitable without breaking the bank.
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A few financial habits every entrepreneur and small-business owner should adopt
Riches Corner
The great thing about habits is they become second nature and when good financial habits are second nature, you don't have to think about the tasks that help keep your business running smoothly. Adopt these habits, and you'll reap the benefits of a higher income and peace of mind.
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5 ways entrepreneurs make the most of their days
Mashable
Mastering productivity is a challenge even for the best of us. After all, there are only so many hours in the day and exercising, responding to emails, getting work done and catching up on sleep don't seem to fit so nicely within that time frame. Yet, excuses aside, making the most of any given 24 hours is not only doable but those who manage to do so consistently often become the most successful of the bunch. When looking for expertise in time management, it is founders and entrepreneurs who are getting a crash course in the skill. These six founders have learned what works, what doesn't and how to rebound when even the most organized calendar overlaps.
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Vlietstra named NASE VP
NASE
Keith Hall, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed, announced that Katie Vlietstra will be promoted to vice president for government relations and public affairs. The newly enhanced position will cover a broad range of activities including managing the Washington, D.C., office but also directing all government relations and public affairs activities. Vlietstra was formerly NASE's director of government affairs.

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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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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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Drafting a written collections policy is good for business
By Nate Budde
While sometimes overlooked — or just noticed but ignored — a strong collection policy is an important piece of a complete and thorough credit policy. A well-conceived collection policy, coupled with a detailed lien policy, will save a business much of the time and expense taken up by the litigation that sometimes seems necessary to get paid. Some collectors and collection agencies have rightfully gained a less-than-stellar reputation, and it's understandable if companies want to keep the collections process in-house. Either way, a good in-house or outsourced collection program can benefit your bottom line.
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How using outdated technology can impact the reputation of a small business
RIS Media
Smart business owners know how important it is to preserve their company's reputation but many may not realize the extent to which their current and potential customers care about the technology they use. According to a recent survey, more than 90 percent if customers said they would or would consider taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology.
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5 ways to use social media to boost holiday sales
Business 2 Community
For E-commerce businesses, the holiday season is the when sales generally see a dramatic increase, sometimes even two or three times the normal amount. But while the holiday season does bring an influx of consumers on its own, there are other ways businesses can take advantage of the shopping season. Instead of sitting back and waiting for shoppers to come bearing their credit cards, E-commerce businesses need to be proactive and use social media as a tool to skyrocket sales. Here are just a few simple ways for business owners to use social media to entice consumers to their online storefront.
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Structuring a small-business investor deal
Houston Chronicle
Most business startups get their first investment from friends and family of the founders in what's called the pre-A investment round. Once the business has been in operation long enough to exhibit a potential for success, angel investors get involved. This is the A or seed-round investment level. Structuring these investment deals properly helps protect the interests of both your business and the investors.
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The top 5 software programs a small business must have
Inventor Spot
As you develop and build your business, you will find that you need certain types of software tools. At the initial start-up of your business, money can be tight and many software programs offer a trial program. Once your business grows larger, you will be able to afford better software and full versions of each program. Here are the five software programs every small business must have from day 1.
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Feds transfers $4.5 million to Kansas for small-business lending programs
Kansas Business Journals
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the transfer of almost $4.5 million to the Kansas Department of Commerce to expand Kansas' small-business lending programs. The transfer of funds represents the third disbursement of Kansas' total State Small Business Credit Initiative allocation of about $13.2 million.
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