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Loyalty

8 Ways to Create Real Customer Loyalty

by JT Ripton

No matter the size of the business, customer loyalty is incredibly important. Repeat customers spend up to 67 percent more than new customers. Plus, it’s up to ten times more expensive to try to attract new customers than it is to keep the ones already doing business with you. If you’re looking for real ways... Read more »

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The Complete Guide to SBA Loans

by Candice Landau

What is an SBA Loan? The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 to help Americans start, build and grow their businesses. As an independent agency of the government, the SBA partners with both public and private organizations to deliver its services, including loans. An SBA Loan is not a direct loan from the... Read more »

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In the wake of SuperStorm Sandy, handmade decorations of encouragement hang from a tree overlooking some of the wreckage.

What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan

by Angelique O'Rourke

When disaster strikes in your area and your business is affected, what’s next? For many small businesses, the future can be extremely uncertain. During the process of rebuilding, most small business owners will ask themselves if it’s time to apply for a disaster loan, or if that is a viable option for them. Let’s go... Read more »

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The new year is fast approaching.

10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014

by Scott Gerber

Whether or not you can believe it, 2015 is quickly approaching. What have you accomplished? Where has your business taken you? We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how they are spending the end of the year. 1. Saying Thank You Thanking your people. Our professionals are at the center of everything... Read more »

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10 Employee Incentives All Business Leaders Can Afford

by Kayla Matthews

So many things in this world are about the almighty dollar, but job satisfaction doesn’t have to be one of them. Giving your employees raises may help their short-term happiness, but if you want those employees to stay on, you need to offer them incentives that they can’t get elsewhere. Anyone can hand out a... Read more »

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One Big Small Business Mistake: Not Giving Employees Business Cards

by Candice Landau

I once worked for someone who wouldn’t print business cards for employees, not even on a case-by-case basis. The reason—I was told—was that no one did it anymore. Everyone used LinkedIn. The thing is, this employer still had their own business card and still regularly handed it out when meeting potential clients. Clearly, they didn’t... Read more »

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5 Common Workplace Lawsuits and How to Avoid Them

by Steven Cook

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information only. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any legal decisions. Many employers assume that because they are “good” to their employees, they aren’t breaking any employment laws. Although this is sometimes the case, employers are often surprised to... Read more »

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Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity

by Angelique O'Rourke

Everyone wants to be productive. In fact, most people are looking for ways to become more productive than they already are. Just this morning, we posted about ways to be productive even during your down time and I have to say, having tried the Pomodoro Technique myself, I can vouch for the efficacy of that method.... Read more »

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How to Be Productive, Even During Downtime

by Belle Beth Cooper

With all the updates from Apple being released lately, I’ve been spending more time than usual sitting at my desk waiting for files to download or for my computer to restart. It’s a common time-waster for me, even when it’s not release season at Apple. I’m often sitting at my desk waiting for a file... Read more »

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Your Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking about starting a business from your home? Plenty of well-known businesses have started with simple home-based roots. For example, in 1994 Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his garage in Washington, and Harley-Davidson started out of a home—and a shed—in Wisconsin. In fact, statistics show that 69 percent of U.S. entrepreneurs start their business at home.... Read more »

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Do This One Thing Before You Write Your Business Plan

by Noah Parsons

So, you’ve been asked to write a business plan. It’s likely that your mind is filling with images of long documents, bad memories of writing term papers, and worries about doing market research and creating financial forecasts. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be that way. Today, I’m going to walk you through... Read more »

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10 Business Books Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Read [+ GIVEAWAY]

by Candice Landau

Below we’ve compiled a list of books that you’ll find particularly helpful if you’re starting a business. That said, even if you’re already in business or not planning to get into business anytime soon, these are all excellent reads that will teach you how to do things better, faster, and more efficiently, and they’ve all... Read more »

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Ask an Entrepreneur: Can I Really Start a Business in 30 Days?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Are you looking for advice on getting your business up and running quickly? Scroll down for expert tips. If you like them, share this on Twitter with the hashtag #30DayChallenge. Got a question for one of the entrepreneurs mentioned below? Skip ahead and leave it in the comments. Do you have questions about starting a... Read more »

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How to Start a Business in a Month—#30DayChallenge

by Candice Landau

To my mind, it’s fear of the unknown that holds most of us back and not the thought of whether we’re competent enough or intelligent enough or whatever else we feel is needed to run a business. Learning to run a business will happen over time and with practice. Read more »

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30 Compelling Reasons to Start a Business

by Lisa Furgison

Are you toying with an idea for a business? A lot of people think about starting a business, but for whatever reason the idea never becomes a reality. If you’re an entrepreneur who is on the fence about starting a business, we have the encouragement you need to take the first step. We asked 30... Read more »

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Want to Grow? Know Your Numbers. Track Your Metrics.

by Candice Landau

The content of this article is based upon an interview conducted on October 2014 with Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software. For many small business owners—especially those who have turned a passion or hobby into a business—tracking metrics and numbers is a chore. If you’re not an accountant and you don’t have a background in... Read more »

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Google Headquarters has become known for it's vibrant company culture, including such things as an Irish pub themed lounge.

What Defines Your Company Culture?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Company culture is a hot topic lately, and for good reason. Recent research shows that especially among younger generations, people want their employers to not only provide them with an income, but meaningful work, and a positive environment. We’ve all heard the famous phrase: Culture eats strategy for breakfast. In short, your company culture determines much of... Read more »

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The Entrepreneur’s Accounting Cheat Sheet

by Candice Landau

According to a study undertaken by the Small Business Administration, 28 percent of companies go bankrupt due to problems with the financial structure of the company. Many of these problems could be avoided by following good accounting practices. Keeping a record of your financial details IS important to the livelihood of your business. Not only will the correct... Read more »

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7 Reasons Your Website is Scaring Customers Away

by Cidnee Stephen

When you are researching products and services online, do you ever notice how quickly you dismiss some websites because you don’t feel they will deliver? Well, what about your website? Will your potential customers run away in fear? What does an untrustworthy website look like? Have a look at this list of website trust factors. If... Read more »

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Women at Work: 11 Reasons Why We Are Still Talking about This in 2014

by Jonathan Michael

We’re nearing the end of 2014, and it’s an unfortunate reality that gender discrimination is still an issue in our society. After all the progress women have made in the professional world, there are still plenty of reasons why we need to fight for workplaces that support women and men equally. In fact, we’re hosting a... Read more »