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April 6, 2017

Big or small, no matter who you are, you must file your taxes. The deadline for filing is rapidly approaching so it’s not too early for a small business to get ready. What can you do to make this as painless as possible? Here are a few tips that can help: Recordkeeping. Keep a close track of ...

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Within a blink of an eye, summer is already coming to a close. Students are beginning to flock to stores to start their back to college shopping. If you were fortunate enough to have your summer internship extended into the fall semester, start planning your time now. This will be a real test to ...

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It is too often we start our mornings in a state of stress.  Start the day like that, and for the rest of the day, you are in survival mode.  Instead, take steps to take back your mornings and start the day off the way you deserve! Water – After sleeping for eight or so hours, your body needs ...

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Cloud computing applied with the combination of data analytics is becoming a rapidly emerging sector in IT.  Products such as Carbonite, Google Drive, and Dropbox are three examples of popular cloud database platforms that companies pay by Gigabyte (GB) usage/user.  However as more space is needed, ...

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Tax season can be stressful for every small business owner. For the business owners who handles his or her own filings, it can be particularly burdensome. Here are some tips that can ease the pain: New Business - If it is a new business, owners can write off all expenses that took place ...

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Tapping into the resources of neighboring colleges is an excellent way to pool talent. This works in a number of ways where you can find qualified students for internships or entry-level jobs, and survey skills taught.  The following tips can help you utilize the college career services to find ...

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It can be a very challenging process to pull together data from different sources and then create a simple and easy to read presentation.  Having the right software can make this difficult process much easier for the business owner.  Here are some hints on how to create the best ...

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With many new inexpensive analytic tools on the market, small business owners can embrace technology that will help them identify opportunities and stay competitive. Analytical software has the power to evaluate productivity, interpret customer data, assess sales performance and calculate risks and ...

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The New Year is an excellent time to reassess your marketing investment.  Here are some quick measurable tips for 2016 to help you make the most out of your marketing dollars. Build and use your social presence.  Through blogging, videos, photos and quick updates on various social sites you ...

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For many small businesses, owners need to enhance their online and digital presence to supplement strategy and growth. By implementing a plan for social media it can drive marketing for a company’s product, help connect clients and prospects on current projects and operations, and give a company a ...

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Organization is the name of the game when assessing and assigning goals for the New Year.  Be sure to implement a thorough process with sound communication, this will help you and your employees meet their objectives.  The following tips all utilize organization and check points to help you develop ...

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There are a variety of ways to get in touch with your clients to show your appreciation for them this holiday season.  Companies have different policies that you have to respect but fortunately, there is always a creative solution for expressing your gratitude.  Take time to read through the ...

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The concept of “Authentic Leadership” was largely popularized by Harvard Business School professor, Bill George, author of the best-seller Authentic Leadership. When it comes to being an authentic leader, George states, “First you will have to understand yourself, because the hardest person you ...

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Winter blues? Summer slack-off? We all know the deal: unfortunately, the changing of the seasons can affect our performance at work more than we may like to admit. And, with summer more than half way over, it might be time to rethink some of the bad habits you may have fallen into at the office.

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Many businesses reduce their client events during the peak summer months of July and August because of vacations and varying schedules. However, you can use this to your advantage and plan a small customized event in a nice setting that really sparkles. Keep these tips in mind when planning your ...

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There are few things comparable to a boring PowerPoint presentation. We’ve all experienced this – the agony that comes when a presenter slowly reads every word on a slide that has all text and no graphics. It doesn’t have to be this way and, in fact, it shouldn’t be this way. PowerPoint is a means ...

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Balancing a 50-60 hour work week with your exercise schedule can be a difficult feat.  Incorporating exercise into your work day is one way to make sure you get your workout accomplished.  Try these tips to help you juggle the demands of work with your exercise regimen: Use the Stairs – This ...

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Entrepreneurs are drivers to discovering tomorrow’s innovation. They are pivotal in keeping both our society and economy thriving. Inspiration can come from a variety of places - whether it’s through personal examination and reflection, observation, or from experienced leaders, there is no denying ...

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Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start cleaning! Now is a great time to assess what needs to be organized, what can be discarded, and what needs to go to long term storage. Here are some items to consider while you grab the duster: Streamline Expenses – Find an easy program to ...

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Not all recruiters are requiring video resumes today, but this has become an acceptable format for candidates for selected jobs. Video Resumes can certainly help you stand out, but there have been noted instances where the effort drastically backfired. Here are some tips for creating a ...

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It’s the dead of winter and you are in the process of brainstorming new ways to reach out to your clients. You want to differentiate yourself from the standard phone call and email, but how? Have an event! Winter may not be the ‘ideal time’ to host a small party for clients, but use that to your ...

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With the changing season comes a changing mood. Don’t let your business fall into hibernation mode. The winter season presents the ideal time to evaluate the steps that can be taken to better your business. Consider these suggestions on how to boost productivity and keep your team energized ...

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A new year brings out the question, what principles would you like to apply to your small business? Sure you have your business plan for 2015, but what is going to create that extra spark for your team? Follow these five tips to jump-start your business and employees for a successful and ...

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It’s the end of the year and everybody has worked hard. A holiday party is on the way and the team certainly deserves it. It will be a great time to see the corporate team in a more intimate setting. A corporate party is supposed to be fun, but you are expected to act appropriately. Less ...

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Let’s face it working from home is great. Not having to participate in the morning commute or worrying about wardrobe is a huge time and stress saver. But it’s important to structure your environment and your days so that you are disciplined about your work.  Here are some “pro’s and con’s” you ...

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No! In fact, now is the best time to start working on the plan. You have two months until 2015. This is plenty of time to gather relevant examples of what worked and what did not work. It is also ample time to see and anticipate the implications of taxes for 2014 and structure your business for ...

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LinkedIn is now an essential tool for anybody in the business world. It’s a self-sustaining way to keep tabs on your clients and colleagues. The following five tips will make sure you are utilizing this tool to its fullest capacity. ·         Export Your Connections Looking to create a ...

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Contrary to popular belief, the start of September is an opportune time to reach out to clients. The following are quick conversation starters for connecting with your clients during this month of seasonal transition. Ask About “The Beach” - The beach is synonymous with an ...

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  Much has been written lately about women and leadership. While women have not made much progress in their attempt to gain access to the board rooms and corner offices of the Fortune 500, I think the more interesting statistic is that women are forming their own businesses at a much greater ...

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  Creating a place where people want to work should be important to every small business owner. Offering incentives such as high pay, excellent benefits, and long vacations are great but have limitations. Employees who actually like their work are the best performing employees. This comes ...

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