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JAN
22
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Would immigration reform help kick-start America's stalled entrepreneurial activity? It's a question posed by Dane Stangler, Kauffman Foundation's Vice President of Research & Policy in a recent blog post on Forbes. The bulk of research on immigrant entrepreneurs highlights the contribution they make to the U.S. economy, showing high business formation rates among immigrants, successful businesses that hire employees, and a higher incidence of exporting goods and services than non-immigrant small business owners.
JAN
20
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The press release: a document to share your businesses event, new product, new employee or other relevant, current story with the media. Years ago, it was sent off to newspapers with the hope it would get picked up and printed, maybe generate a news story. Today's press release can achieve so much more for your small business.
JAN
14
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When building your business, you hope that the product you're selling, or service, you're providing, is considered valuable. Your service fills a need; therefore your business will grow. This is how budding entrepreneurs typically approach a lender for small business financing. Create a business plan. Perhaps conduct operations on a small scale to establish credit, and then apply for a loan. If a business owner comes up with obstacles to qualify for a traditional loan--perhaps only a few months under her belt in business, less than perfect credit, insufficient collateral or a more immediate need for cash than a traditional bank can fill, she may get creative. Fundraise online, seek investors, ask friends and family, secure a business cash advance or merchant cash advance.
JAN
13
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Work yourself to the bone, and you'll burn out. If you're a small business owner or tireless entrepreneur, you know it and have maybe experienced it. Common sense, yes, and yet studies have been devoted to the benefits of relaxation, time off and rest for working people. A recent Huffington Post article titled "Way Too Many Americans Took ZERO Vacation Days in 2014" highlights our culture's severe lack of acceptance to taking some R&R. Says the article, that according to Skift, one of today's foremost authorities on travel trends, almost 42 percent of Americans did not take a single vacation day in 2014. The survey questioned 1,500 American adults on the number of vacation days they took. On an average of 10 allotted vacation days, just shy of half of the people surveyed reported taking not one single day.
JAN
07
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The calendar has flipped to a new year, and everyone is busy making resolutions. Are you putting your small business first? One way to move your organization to the next level is to think of it as a booming, thriving business, worthy of investment, analytics and strategic planning, especially if you are growing a side business or just getting started. Business Intelligence (BI) is a technology-driven process of data analysis that helps business owners boost performance. CEOs of large companies rely heavily on data analysis and business intelligence to measure where they stand and plan for where to go, but assessing those same factors at a smaller level is just as important. Tools, apps, software, and consultants can help you determine how to involve business intelligence into your overall plan. But what exactly does it measure, and what are the trends for 2015?


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