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Where small business owners get the money they need
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Many entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics wonder where small business owners get the money to expand their businesses. Thanks to the efforts of researchers at the Census Bureau, the answer is known. The 2007 Survey of Business Owners reveals seven important facts about small business financing. More

Macau, China, pawnshops: To pawn and to be a pawn
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In China the pawn business can be dated back to the 5th century, but the millennium-old industry has been given a new facelift by the gaming enclave of Macau in the 21st century. And it’s facing unique challenges with economic uncertainty looming on the horizon again. More

10 tricks for a fabulous workday
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Want to have the best workday ever? Day after day? It's not as difficult as you think. The following 10 tweaks to your everyday behavior will virtually guarantee you a day that's not just enjoyable but allows you to get more done than you ever thought possible. More

TruTV orders 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago' Spinoff
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TruTV is moving its pawn habit to Chicago. The Turner-owned cable network has greenlighted Hardcore Pawn spinoff, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, set at Royal Pawn Shop, one if the city's largest and oldest establishments in the pawn and gold-buying business. Nine half-hour episodes of the series have been ordered, with a plan to bow the second installment of tru's most popular franchise later this year. Its predecessor is averaging 2.5 million viewers in its sixth season on the air. More

The 5 unwritten rules that will kill your business
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It goes without saying that as business leaders we enforce rules that "go without saying." You know what I'm talking about — those unwritten rules like "The customer is always right" and "Hire only A players." These apparently obvious business success rules aren’t necessarily written in corporate guidelines or HR manuals, but they obviously work. Or at least that's what we thought. More


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How to avoid a small business tax audit
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Just because tax season is over doesn't mean you don't have to think about your taxes anymore. In fact, small businesses are particularly in danger of being audited by the IRS. That's why now is a great time to make sure your tax planning strategy is solid and to know how to avoid an audit. More

Positive thinking: How to change your future
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If there were only one thing that I could communicate to readers, it would be this all-important observation: The results that you get in business (and in life) are simply a byproduct of your beliefs. More

Content marketing: Start with your story
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When companies venture into the content marketing world, many of the conversations center around the audience, the delivery and the metrics. All important and worthwhile topics, yet there's another, more crucial element that needs to be the foundation of your content marketing efforts — your story. The whole idea behind content marketing is to create a way to engage with people and move them through the journey from prospect to customer to evangelist in a short and cost-effective amount of time. More

How to get more online reviews
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Online reviews are becoming one of the most important sources consumers turn to when they are making a decision about whether or not to do business with a company. Many will turn to sites like Yahoo! Local, Yelp and Google Local to find reviews for different companies. More
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