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How to Keep Your Resolutions and Dominate in Business

by Bailey Koharchick

With strategy, and a plan, I think I could keep my resolutions and accomplish a lot in 2014. This doesn't just apply to personal resolutions—think of your business, and all of the goals you want to set for it. You can reach those goals if you have strategies and a plan for implementing them. Read more »

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SWOT Analysis Template Download [FREE]

by Andrea Vedder

The Bplans SWOT analysis template is all you need to get started developing smart strategies for your business. Read more »

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How to Pitch Your Business to Angel Investors [FREE WEBINAR]

by Andrea Vedder

Join Caroline Cummings and David Rose on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am PST, for a free webinar on how to pitch your business to investors. Read more »

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What to Look For When Hiring a Sales Person

by Arlene Soto

Top sales people are the ones who listen to customers and partner with them in finding the right solution. In the interview process it’s important to ask questions that address these desirable characteristics. Read more »

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What Will Holiday Shoppers Spend in 2013? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Andrea Vedder

The National Retail Federation just released its annual holiday spending forecast, and it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The bad news is that the consumers surveyed by the NRF expect to spend about 2 percent ($14) less this year on holiday gifts, greeting cards, decorations, flowers, and food than they did in 2012. The... Read more »

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How Do I Make Sure My Holiday Sales Season is Profitable?

by Arlene Soto

At this time of year, retail problems abound: unsold inventory, too few customers, unprofitable pricing, shoplifting, employee theft, bad checks, and on and on. Read more »

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Smooth Failing: Living With and Learning From Failure

by Tim Berry

I like the premise of Barbara Weltman’s new book Smooth Failing: learning from failure and mistakes. One problem in the world of entrepreneurship is the way we celebrate successes and hide failures. Read more »

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The 6 Most Important Web Metrics to Track for Your Business Website

by Noah Parsons

Web analytics and metrics can be overwhelming. The key to avoid drowning in the sea of numbers is to start with six key metrics for measuring how your website is doing. Read more »

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How to Build the Perfect Facebook Page for Your Business

by Bailey Koharchick

Social media is like a long-term relationship—the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Fortunately, it won’t nag you about leaving your laundry everywhere and clogging the drain (working on it, sweetie). It’s estimated that about 80 percent of companies are on Facebook, but the defining factor is how you’re... Read more »

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Bricks to Clicks: 5 Modern Ways to Convert Your Foot Traffic to Web Traffic

by Lena West

If you own a traditional “brick and mortar” business, it’s easy to assume a lot of the business tips you read online simply don’t apply to you. The truth is, they do! Read more »