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6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

Uncle Sam wanted to know:  What kinds of companies are America’s true growth generators? Is it corporate giants like Apple, Amazon or GE? Is it startups? Is it relative newbies such as Facebook. After some exhaustive research, the answer was clear: “None of the above.” As it turns out, the real economic spark plugs in […]

7 Ways to Embrace a New Normal for 2013

7 Ways to Embrace a New Normal for 2013

For business owners, there’s a “new normal” out there, and it doesn’t look a whole lot like the old normal.  If your business seems to be on a treadmill, maybe it’s time for a makeover. Put everything up for grabs, including your mission statement, business and marketing plans, budget, sales and expense expectations and more, […]

6 Customer Feedback Essentials for Small Business

6 Customer Feedback Essentials for Small Business

Small business owners hear it all the time: To find out how your business is doing, including what people like or don’t like and what you need to adjust, ask customers for feedback. But your quest for feedback can either produce a magic elixir or simply be an annoyance to customers and prospects, depending on […]

10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Technology shapes how small businesses survive and thrive, and 2012 will see record numbers of small businesses harness the power of technology and especially new online productivity tools to grow their businesses. Jerry Nettuno, founder and CEO of Schedulicity, which is one of those online tools, shares his small business predictions for 2012:  1.      Daily […]

8 Getting Started Twitter Tips for Business

8 Getting Started Twitter Tips for Business

Small business owners, local businesses and startups of all stripes are embracing social media marketing with gusto.  Signups on Facebook and Twitter are soaring.  And why not?  Biz owners see these platforms as free marketing that may be tricky and unknown, but well worth a shot. After all, when half of local businesses say they’ll […]

Small Business Solutions of the Week

Small Business Solutions of the Week

BizBest 30-Second Solutions “30-Second Solutions” – a BizBest exclusive – spotlights the best new and undiscovered profit- and productivity-boosting products and services for small business, explainable in 30 seconds or less.  Here’s our latest half dozen:  Daily Discount Deals for Biz Owners:  BizyDeal is a new site offering business owners deep discounts on products and […]

The Future for Small Biz in Social Media

The Future for Small Biz in Social Media

Time.  It’s a little word, but the single biggest roadblock to small business engagement in social media.  Sure, millions of biz owners have embraced social.  But time constraints produce constant dropouts and millions more won’t buy in as long as they believe the time sink outweighs the benefits. The future, then, may well be a […]

New SBA Study says IRS Small Biz Audit Crackdown is Bogus

New SBA Study says IRS Small Biz Audit Crackdown is Bogus

Ten years ago, a landmark IRS report claimed that small business owners under-report income by $80-100 billion yearly and account for over half of the U.S. “tax gap” of owed by uncollected taxes.   As a result, small business owners have been subjected to increased audits and reporting requirements, including the controversial new 1099 rule. But now […]

World’s Richest and Largest Business Plan Contest

World’s Richest and Largest Business Plan Contest

Graduate level student-entrepreneurs at universities worldwide are percolating new ideas and pitching them to business plan contests to a record pace.  For a few, the result is money — and gobs of it.  For example, the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) — the world’s largest — will award more than $1 million in prizes to […]

What You Must Know about Hiring Independent Contractors

What You Must Know about Hiring Independent Contractors

If your business uses independent contractors, the best tax advice is simple: Watch your back! Why?  Because state governments are lining up to help the IRS nab businesses they believe have misclassified workers as independent contractors instead of employees. In tax terms, the difference is huge. If the IRS says you did it wrong, the […]