Follow Us: Small Business Tip of the Day: Be Prepared
current events, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

With the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma recently, and the Atlantic hurricane season just beginning, it’s always a good reminder to take inventory of your disaster preparedness plan. Hopefully, you have one for your family (what items to save, a central meeting place, etc. ), but you should also have one for your business. Read more…

    Is a Talent Shortage Hurting Your Customer Service?
    current events, Customer Service, Getting Advanced
    Is a Talent Shortage Hurting Your Customer Service?
    12 June 2013

    It’s hard to believe, but despite the lingering effects of the recession and still-high unemployment rates, U.S. employers are having trouble finding qualified staff to fill the positions they need. ManpowerGroup’s eighth annual Talent Shortage Survey found that 39 percent of U.S. employers are having difficulty finding staff with the right skills. While that’s down from 49 percent who reported this problem in 2012, it’s still a significant percentage. Read more…

      Customers Care About Social Responsibility—So Use Social Media to Prove You’re Doing Good
      current events, Customer Service, Facebook/Social Media
      Customers Care About Social Responsibility—So Use Social Media to Prove You’re Doing Good
      3 June 2013

      Consumers care about social responsibility on the part of businesses—and it’s getting harder than ever for companies to fake it or hide socially irresponsible behavior, thanks to social media. The new Cone Communications/Echo Global CSR Study found that while 91 percent of customers say they’d switch brands to support a company with a cause, an equally impressive 90 percent would boycott a business that displayed socially irresponsible behavior. The study polled 10,000 consumers in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, Russia, China, India and Japan. Read more… Small Business Tip of the Day: I (Won’t) Drink to That
        Business, current events, Getting Advanced

        Restaurant owners are worried a proposal to lower the legal blood-alcohol content could hurt restaurant sales without helping to save more lives. Reacting to the National Transportation Safety Board’s proposal to lower the legal limit to 0. 05 percent from 0.08 percent, restaurant groups such as the National Restaurant Association have expressed concern the move would hurt the industry, which makes much of its profits off of alcohol, and punish responsible adults who enjoy a drink with their meal. Read more…

          Are Small Business Owners Ready to Hire?
          current events, Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business

          How are small business owners feeling about their companies’ success nearly halfway through 2013? More than half (60 percent) are satisfied with their businesses’ financial performance, according to a new TD Bank survey of more than 600 U.S. small business owners. However, small businesses still face some challenges as the economy recovers. The biggest challenges small business owners foresee for 2013 are growing their businesses (51 percent), dealing the economic environment (45 percent) and managing cash flow (34 percent). Read more…

   Small Business Tip of the Day: Uncle Sam Tightens Purse Strings
            current events, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

            If you do business with the federal government, your financial future might be dimming a bit. According to the National Association for Business Economics, the automatic sequestration spending cuts will cause government buying and investment to decline 2. 3 percent this year, which is more than double the 1 percent drop originally projected.Luckily, the group revised its projections for personal consumption spending upwards, projecting a 2.3 percent increase for 2013 and another 2. Read more…

     Small Business Tip of the Day: Know Your Financing Alternatives
              current events, Finance, Getting Advanced

              The good news is small business loan approvals at big banks are up. Banks have made great strides to make the loan application process easier and are definitely spreading the word they’re loosening their purse strings. In the meantime, however, financing alternatives such as credit unions and small banks had already stepped in to fill the gap big banks left while the economy was in turmoil.Unfortunately, credit unions have a lending cap of 12.25 percent of their assets, which means many have already hit their limits on loans to small businesses. Read more…

       Small Business Tip of the Day: Gluten-Free Profits
                current events, Home Page Blog, On Your Way
                21 May 2013

                Gluten-free products aren’t just for purely allergic or dietary reasons anymore. The gluten-free trend is being boosted by fad diet enthusiasts as a way to eat better and lose weight. According to Datamonitor, global sales of gluten-free products are expected to grow to $4.3 billion by 2015. Read more…

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