Part 2: Holiday Trends for 2009
Tips for both retailers and consumers
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As evidenced in our previous article on the first 5 holiday trends for 2009, the economy is still greatly impacting …

Part 1: Holiday Trends for 2009
What you can expect this holiday shopping season
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It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start holiday shopping. According to the recent National Retail Federation’s 2009 …

Setting Goals for Success
A.K.A. SMART Goals
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Sometimes goals are like New Year’s resolutions — they don’t get very far. With business goals however, it is important …

How Well Do You Know Your Competition?
The more you know, the better off you'll be.

It really is true that in order to be successful in your business, you have to know your competition very …

Finding a Suitable Business Venture
Any ideas?

Quite often, people assume that entrepreneurs always have a plan or direction, but that isn’t always the case. It is …

Which One: Brick and Mortar or Online Store?
More importantly, what do your customers prefer?
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How do decide between shopping at a physical location and shopping online? For some, the decision is based on convenience …

Utilizing Business Delegation
How delegation can improve your business
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As defined by Entrepreneur.com, delegation is "the assignment to others of the authority for particular functions, tasks and decisions." It …

Social Media Translating to Business Productivity
The Evolving Technology of Social Networks
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Today I wanted to share an interesting video from Nokia’s Ideas Project website, where Adina levin, VP Products and co-founder …

Customers And Product Design
Letting the one influence the other can pay off

Go to the car dealership of a top luxury brand – or at least go to the car configurator tool …

Is a New Business Offering Always Good?
Find out how you can know

It is hard to know what is best for your business. Unfortunately, with every good idea comes several bad. So, …

Gaining Repeat Customers
Through Customer Loyalty
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According to the global loyalty marketing agency, ICLP, customer loyalty is "the totality of feelings or attitudes that would incline …

Accepting Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards
What you need to know

These days, a business almost has to offer multiple methods for payments. As discussed in the video below, a business …

Take Your Business on the Road
Go mobile!
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Did you ever get ice cream from a mobile ice cream truck when you were a kid? These days you …

It Starts with a “Great” Idea…
But it definitely doesn't end there
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If every "great idea" became a business, how many businesses do you think we would have? We would likely have …

Got a Business Lawyer?
How Legal Protection Could Save Your Business

Most small business owners do not think about legal protection unless a problem arises. There is however, a better defense …

What Small Business Owners Are Being Cautious About
Survey Looks at Confidence and Concerns

Administaff released the results of its most recent Business Confidence Survey, and the findings are interesting. Here are the biggest …

The Impact of Cash Flow on Business Success
It could make or break your business

Do you understand how much your cash flow influences the success of your business? While sales, marketing, and profits are …

BBC Tracks Growing Confidence In Small Biz Owners
No declines since April
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For some time, about the best we could hope for while tracking various optimism-measuring small business reports was that lots …

Suggestion Boxes May Represent Great Source Of Ideas
Turn to employees, customers, or both
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One school of thought claims that, when it comes to suggestions, a fresh perspective is often best.  From this stems …

How Employers Are Controlling Morale
It Starts with Good Management

HR firm TriNet released the results of an interesting survey looking at employee morale and what small businesses are doing …

How Google Wave Will Impact Business
Business practices will become a lot easier.
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Did you realize that email was designed in the 1960′s? Do you think it’s ready for an update? Lars and …

Part 2: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Branding
Learn from the mistakes of others

In Part 1: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Branding, we confirmed that the process of building a brand was …