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Link Direct Mail to Mobile with QR Codes and Save

Link Direct Mail to Mobile with QR Codes and Save

As cousins from opposite sides of the marketing family, direct mail and mobile marketing haven’t had much in common.  That is until now, thanks to the folks who deliver our snail-mail, the good old U.S. Postal Service.  USPS will soon launch a “Mobile Barcode Promotion” program to boost the value of direct mail by integrating […]

A Better Way to Carry Cash Overseas

A Better Way to Carry Cash Overseas

If you’re traveling overseas on business, here’s a better way to carry local currency:  Pre-loaded, security protected, foreign-currency debit cards good at millions of locations that accept Visa or MasterCard worldwide.  Two dominant players are the Cash Passport Card (www.cashpassportcard.com) and TravelMoney card (www.visa.com), which carry the MasterCard, Visa or other name brand labels and […]

Best Local Place for Free Business Startup Help

Best Local Place for Free Business Startup Help

They don’t have money to really market or advertise their existence, and most business owners and would-be entrereneurs have never heard of them. But America’s 1,100 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are a terrific resource for startups. Most SBDCs are hidden in out-of-the-way corners of local colleges and universities, chambers of commerce and vocational schools, […]

B2B Daily Deal Sites for Small Business

B2B Daily Deal Sites for Small Business

Times have never been better for small business owners and startup entrepreneurs looking for deep discounts of up to 70% on the products and services they need to run their businesses day to day. A bevy of B2B daily and weekly deal sites have emerged, offering big discounts on everything from printing, food services and […]

A New Dental Discount Plan for Small Business

A New Dental Discount Plan for Small Business

When it comes to offering a dental insurance plan as an employee benefit, most small business owners have to pass on affordability grounds.  Cheap or low-cost dental plans are nowhere to be found. But low-cost, easy-access dental discounts plans are something worth chewing on, and a newly launched service called Brighter is providing a way […]

10 Ways Small Business Uses Google Apps

10 Ways Small Business Uses Google Apps

BizBest has often recommended Google apps (some free; some fee) as great productivity tools that any small business or startup can access quickly and easily, including business email through Gmail, shared online calendars (Google Calendar), documents, spreadsheets and presentations (Google Docs), easy-to-build websites (Google Sites), and many others.   These easy-to-use applications offer dozens of ways […]

New Business to Business Deal Sites offer Big Discounts

New Business to Business Deal Sites offer Big Discounts

Small and local business owners of all types will have new opportunities to grab deep discounts on business-related products and services thanks to a battle heating up in the daily or weekly deals marketplace.  Several B2B daily and weekly deal sites have sprung up recently, offering big discounts on everything from printing, food services and […]

How to Buy Business Excess Inventory and Government Surplus Cheap

How to Buy Business Excess Inventory and Government Surplus Cheap

Small business owners by the millions, worldwide, are saving money and building entire businesses by purchasing excess commercial inventory and government surplus super cheap online.  You can buy in bulk by the truckload, pallet or small package.  The condition of the goods or other assets ranges widely from new in a box, to customer returns, […]

Top 10 Benefits of Sams Club Small Business Membership

Top 10 Benefits of Sams Club Small Business Membership

Sam’s Club, the Wal-Mart division that caters to small business, is certainly popular.  The membership-based buying outlets now number over 600, claim 47 million members, and have become America’s 8th largest retailer.  So what’s the big deal?  BizBest took a closer, inside look to identify the key benefits that aren’t always visible in one place.    […]

Bonus Depreciation Tax Breaks Make 2011 a Year to Buy

Bonus Depreciation Tax Breaks Make 2011 a Year to Buy

If you are thinking of buying new vehicles, equipment, machinery, phones, computers or other technology for your business, 2011 could be the year to do it.  That’s because not one, but two laws passed late last year have greatly increased the amount of your immediate tax write-off for making such purchases. The so-called Section 179 […]