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DEC
16
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Sometimes it's not economic turns or competition wars that overwhelm a business. As we're either watching or experiencing in California, destruction from weather can bring any property and small business owner to his or her knees. This week, the winds, rain, mudslides, flooding and power outages have put a hold on the gaining momentum towards the holidays and businesses are feeling the stress. Small Business Majority released a report last July citing the impact of natural disasters on small businesses, noting that the greatest impact is felt by small business. One-third of small business owners report being hindered by a natural disaster or extreme weather. The consequences, say researchers, can be long-lasting. One-fourth of those businesses do not re-open.
DEC
05
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Of the nearly 300,000 businesses exporting to the global market, it's estimated that about 286,000 of them are small businesses. In 2010, the Obama administration launched a National Export initiative to help educate small businesses on the game of exporting, a move that can add dimension, diversification and strength to your company's bottom line.
NOV
21
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You have an idea, some start-up capital, customers, a product or service and voila, you're on your way to being a small business. It's going well, you're building a customer base and your profits are being recycled into growing the business, but there's little left over for marketing. How do you continue to get the word out?
NOV
21
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When interviewing an employee or outside candidate for a leadership position, you'll certainly be looking for qualities you hope to find in that leader--excellent communication skills, someone who's a motivator with creativity, knowledge of your business and self discipline. There are certain qualities that can red flag a person as the wrong candidate for the job. Make sure you're on the lookout for those, too. Beware if you sense your candidate...


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