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Small Business Tip of the Day: Social Phobia?
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Small Business Tip of the Day: Social Phobia?
9 September 2013

Although more small businesses are using social media than last year, the numbers are still surprisingly low according to a survey by Newtek: The Small Business Authority. The survey found 57 percent of businesses have a Facebook or Twitter account, which is an increase of 10 percent over 2012 findings. The survey also found that business owners are rarely educated about risks involved with social media such as posting critical information that should not be put in the public eye. Read more…

    Is a Lack of Capital Holding Your Business Back?
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    Is a Lack of Capital Holding Your Business Back?
    8 September 2013

    Small business owners are feeling positive about the future and are getting ready to grow their companies, a new report says. According to the latest  Main Street Pulse Report by OnDeck, a company that reports on the financial health of small and midsized businesses, nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of small business owners think that the economy is getting better. Acting on that confidence, one in five have added staff in the past six months, while two in five plan to do so over the next six months. Read more…

      Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: That’s the Ticket!
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      Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: That’s the Ticket!
      3 September 2013

      A new report from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) shows global spending on business travel is forecast to reach $1. 12 trillion in 2013, a 5. 4 percent increase from 2012. Read more…

        How Are You Feeling?
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        How Are You Feeling?
        2 September 2013

        Are you feeling good about your business’s prospects for the coming year? You’re not alone. U.S. small business owners are feeling more optimistic about their futures than they have been at any time since the Great Recession hit in 2008, a recent Gallup poll shows. Although small business owners’ spirits still haven’t reached pre-recession levels, The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index improved to +25 in July, up from +16 in the second quarter of this year. Read more…

          Is Your Small Business Prepared for Disaster?
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          Is Your Small Business Prepared for Disaster?
          1 September 2013

          If disaster struck tomorrow, what would happen to your small business? A study last month by Merchant Cash and Capital found that almost one year after Hurricane Sandy—which shut down more than 40 percent of small businesses in the affected area–nearly half of small business owners surveyed still don’t have a disaster preparedness plan in place. When Hurricane Sandy struck, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of those affected by the storm report they were caught off guard. Just 22 percent already had a storm preparedness plan in place, while 14 percent rushed to make last-minute preparations once they heard of the pending storm. Read more…

            Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Saving for Retirement
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            Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Saving for Retirement
            30 August 2013

            If you’re trying to convince your employees to participate in retirement plans, new research from the Principal Financial Group shows that retirement plan participation rates increase up to 70 percent when plans use key design features, such as automatic enrollment, automatic increases, online deferral changes and an employer contribution. The Principal Financial Group’s analysis shows most Americans need to save in general between 11 and 15 percent, including employer contributions, over an entire working career to replace 85 percent of income in retirement. Principal recommends offering automatic enrollment for all employees at 6 percent deferral and automatic annual increases of at least 1 percent annually. Read more…

              Is Your Office a Creative Space?
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              Is Your Office a Creative Space?
              7 August 2013

              Is your small business’s office sterile and boring, or wild and creative? If the former, you need to get hip to the times. In hopes of motivating and inspiring their teams, more businesses are moving away from the traditional, cubicle-laden office space to more open, flexible and communal space. The new word for it is “creative space,” the Los Angeles Times reports, and while the trend has been around for a while now in leading-edge industries like consumer technology and advertising, it’s becoming mainstream. Read more…

                Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: What Women (and Men) Want
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                Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: What Women (and Men) Want
                6 August 2013

                When hiring (or trying to retain) top employees, it helps to know what the person is looking for in a job. A study by staffing firm Randstad U.S. found that although salary and benefits are important for both men and women employees, women rate work-life balance as a top concern when looking for a job. For men, the focus was more on career-progression opportunities. Read more…

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