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Top 10 Questions About Small Business Incorporation Answered

Wed, 2012-10-24 07:59

Thinking of incorporating your business? Have questions about which business entity is right for you – limited liability company (LLC), S Corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor? Maybe you’re moving out of state and aren’t sure what happens to your business entity? For answers to these and other important facts about business incorporation, check out these 10 frequently asked questions:
What’s the best option for small business owners, an LLC or an S Corporation?

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U.S. Small Manufacturers get SBA Help to Go Global

Mon, 2012-10-22 12:55

Did you know 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside the US? Are you a small business manufacturer? Have you considered exporting your goods?  The “Made in the USA” brand is strong and there’s a huge market out there for your products.
All that is great, but how can you break into the global market, grow and be successful? The Small Business Administration can help you.
SBA’s mission is to help business start, grow and succeed – this includes helping small business exporters and companies that want to export.

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Are the Holidays Your Off-Season? Stay on Top of Business Seasonality With These 7 Tips

Mon, 2012-10-22 07:45

All indicators point to a solid 2012 holiday season for retailers. The National Retail Federation points to one key indicator, its Global Port Tracker report, which showed a strong increase in imports for August, September and October – the three key months of the year when retailers buy the bulk of the merchandise they will sell during the holiday season.
Good news! But what if the holiday season is not your big selling season? For many businesses, particularly summer-seasonal businesses, the winter holiday season can bring a dive in sales and cash flow issues.

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It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month - Tips for Safeguarding Your Business

Fri, 2012-10-19 12:43

Small businesses are becoming a larger target for criminals seeking to access sensitive data because attackers are well aware that small businesses have limited resources or personnel dedicated to information system security. In an effort to combat cyber-attacks, the Department of Homeland Security established October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month to educate the public about cyber security and to prepare the nation in the event of a cyber-incident.
Here are 9 steps your business can take to improve your cyber security:

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The Importance of Building Business Credit

Thu, 2012-10-18 11:31

According to Wikipedia an asset can be defined as a resource controlled by an entity as a result of past events and from which future economic benefits are expected to flow to the entity.
Many startups rely on the use of personal assets to secure funding for the business. Although money is often tight during the early stages, the goal of a small business owner should be to not only increase sales revenues but to build the company’s creditworthiness.

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8 Ways to Strengthen Your Email Marketing Offers and Calls to Action

Thu, 2012-10-18 07:45

Are you worried you’re not getting tangible results from your email campaigns? Wish your emails stood out more in a crowded Inbox? Email marketing is a core asset in any lead generation activity or campaign, even a good old email newsletter usually has one or more calls to action. But if you’re finding that your click-through rates are falling short, what can you do?
Here are eight tips to help you get strengthen your emails and get customer to act.
Start with a robust and engaged list

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Planning and Managing a Business Retirement Plan – Government eTools That Can Help

Wed, 2012-10-17 07:40

Are you self-employed and trying to understand your retirement savings plan options? Are you perhaps an employer who wants to offer your employees a retirement savings plan program?
There are many ways to fund a retirement plan. In some cases, employers contribute. In others, employees or both (employer and employee) contribute. If you have no employees, your options are different again. The program you choose may dictate which options are available.

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Do You Copy?

Tue, 2012-10-16 08:12

We learn in grade school that it’s not right to copy others, and even as adults we know copying is usually frowned upon. But when it comes to business marketing, there’s nothing wrong with being a copycat—in fact, it’s downright good business. Looking at how your competitors market themselves can teach you what to do (and what not to do) with your own marketing strategy. Here’s how to be a successful marketing copycat.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Michael C. Camuñez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance

Mon, 2012-10-15 17:00

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to an Economy Built to Last.Guest blog post by Michael C. Camuñez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, International Trade AdministrationAs Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access & Compliance,
I have the great privilege of working each day to advance the President’s trade
policy agenda to grow U.S. exports and help American industry compete in

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How to Get Paid Faster With a Better Invoicing Process

Mon, 2012-10-15 07:12

Tired of chasing down one too many unpaid invoices?
Death and taxes may be two of life’s certainties, but if you are a business owner, then in all likelihood you can go ahead and add delinquent receivables to the list.
Unfortunately for small business owners, the wait to get paid is only getting longer. According to a 2012 Wall Street Journal survey, 64 percent of small businesses had unpaid invoices more than 60 days old while 20 percent say the problem is worsening.

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