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What Is the Future of Retail?

by Candice Landau

If you own a brick-and-mortar business, or are thinking of setting one up, you’ve likely seen plenty of reports that imply the future of shopping is online and that it is also “mobile.” You’re right to be concerned about what this means for your business, but perhaps not in the way you may think. Firstly,... Read more »

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The Future of Mobile Security for Small Business

by Brittany Klontz

For most businesses, smartphones and tablets have already become regular pieces of office furniture, chirping and buzzing beside an employee’s computer. Under a workplace protocol called BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device,” employees tote their own tech with them into the office, using them to complete their tasks. BYOD is already quite common. The Forrester... Read more »

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Running a business can be like running a marathon- goals can be your mile markers a long the way.

The Importance of Setting Goals in Business

by Arlene Soto

Why is it important to set business goals? Goals are powerful—they can focus attention on achieving desirable outcomes. In business, one desirable outcome would be profitability. Profitability does not happen without making sales, plus correctly managing expenses. Employees prefer to know what management expects them to accomplish, and goals provide that direction. The human brain... Read more »

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When ice.com – a Top 500 Internet Retailer – Uses Mentors, You Should Too

by Candice Landau

For fine-jewelry ecommerce website, ice.com, access to mentors has helped the company build brand awareness, gain industry-relevant knowledge and improve site-wide conversion rates. Learn more about where you can find mentors for your business and what to look for in a good mentor-mentee relationship. Read more »

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Are You and Your Business Partner on the Same Page?

by Cassy Parker

Disputes over money can drive a wedge between the strongest of relationships, whether you’re part of a married couple weighed down by debt, or business partners disagreeing over the best use of the company credit card. When it comes to business, partners on opposite sides of heavy issues can stifle the ability of the company... Read more »

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How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

by Keah Kalantari

We all know how challenging it is to take a great idea and turn it into a real business. You need funding, a business plan, a website, a business model—the list goes on and on. But have you thought about the little things, like how you’re actually going to take payments from your customers? You... Read more »

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Top CEOs Reveal Their Secrets to Innovation and Growth [WEBINAR]

by Caroline Cummings

Join our free webinar with Adam Bryant, The New York Times bestselling author and “Corner Office” columnist, to learn the secrets of top CEOs and how your small business or startup can create a culture of innovation. Read more »

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8 Tips For Getting into Retail Channels

8 Tips For Getting Your Product Into Retail Stores

by Tim Berry

No matter what kind of retail sales channel you want to get your product into, there are a few key things you should know. Read more »

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The Sad Truth About Small Business Decision-Making…

by Tim Berry

Problem: One of the things I really like about startups and small businesses is also a frequent problem with the way they make decisions. Let me explain. Read more »

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Aron Susman, the co-founder of The Square Foot, offers advice on vetting vendors.

Lessons Learned: Not Vetting Vendors Can Be a 5-Figure Mistake

by Lisa Furgison

The co-founder of a New York-based startup offers advice from his experience working with bad vendors. Read more »

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Don’t Let an Unsecured Credit Card System Bankrupt Your Business

by Kurt Metzler

If your business accepts credit and debit cards, do you know about the security risks? Are you properly protecting your business from the potential of tens of thousands of dollars in fines? Read more »

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10 Unique Benefits to Offer New Hires

by Scott Gerber

Companies like Facebook and Google are known for the extraordinary benefits they offer employees. Although you may not have that kind of budget, you can get just as creative—for less. Read more »

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How to Manage Quiet, Introverted Employees

by Glori Surban

Introverts have strengths that are often seen as weaknesses in a world where the loud and bold are lauded. Manage them well and your business will be rewarded. Read more »

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How to Manage Virtual Employees

by Erik Neilson

Considering hiring a virtual team? Be sure to follow these tips on how to run an efficient distributed office. Read more »

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8 Key Design Tools to Maximize Traffic to Your Website

by Emily Green

Use these eight tools to make sure you don't lose traffic to your website just because your design is behind the times. Read more »

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The Secret to Greater Productivity

by Matt Rissell

The truth about how time and productivity in the workday have evolved, and how to maximize productivity in today’s workplace. Read more »

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Online Credit Card Processing: Everything Your Business Needs to Know

by Pete Real

Thanks to low startup costs, online retail has exploded in popularity. In order to sell online, you’ll need to accept credit and debit card payments—here's how. Read more »

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How to Choose a Better (and Cheaper) Point of Sale System for Your Small Business

by Sam Brandes

If you’re using a traditional register and credit card reader, it's kind of forgivable—not long ago, there weren't alternatives, and it's always easiest to just stick with the way things were. Read more »

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How to Prepare Your Small Business for Growth

by Emily Miller

Few people are prepared to grow a local company into a thriving medium-sized or large company. Here are three things you need to do to grow your small business right. Read more »

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Can Dropshipping Boost Your Retail Business? Weighing the Pros and Cons

by Eunisse De Leon

Dropshipping is an arrangement in which a distributor ships products directly to the customer on behalf of a business. Could it save your retail store money and time? Read more »