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How Does Your Small Business’s IT Spending Measure Up?
Entrepreneurship, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

Is your small business struggling along with outdated hardware and software? Then you might be in danger of getting trampled by your competition. According to the new Spiceworks report The State of SMB IT, small and midsized companies are ramping up their IT budgets significantly. Spiceworks found that the smallest companies are actually increasing spending the most. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: The Downside of Open Offices
Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Just Getting Started

Spurred by tech startups and tight recession-era budgets came a trend of open offices: large, open rooms where everyone shares the space. Open-plan offices are supposed to spur creativity and innovation, but are the employees in these offices really happy about the setup? A recent Quartz. com guide found evidence to the contrary. Read more…

4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Leadership
4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
29 May 2013

You’ve finally hired that employee you were looking for and you’re breathing a sign of relief. Not so fast! There’s still one crucial step in the hiring process: Bringing the new employee on board in a way that makes him or her feel welcome, part of the team and ready to get to work. Try these three tips for a smooth “onboarding” process. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Hiring in the U.S.
Business, current events, Entrepreneurship
forum.web.com
17 May 2013

The U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the work eligibility form I-9 required when businesses hire new employees and made it available to employers as of May 7, 2013. To make sure you’re using the correct form, look for a 3/31/2016 expiration date. You do not need to fill out an I9 for any temporary workers, independent contractors or those employees living outside of the U.S. In addition to form I-9, you can also register for the E-Verify system. Read more…

Secrets to Conducting a Successful Job Interview
Business, Entrepreneurship, Home Page Blog
Secrets to Conducting a Successful Job Interview
17 May 2013

If you’re like most small business owners, you hate interviewing potential employees almost as much as employees dread interviewing! Most entrepreneurs get stressed out about interviewing because they’re so busy they feel like they don’t have time for it, they’re shy and get nervous about talking to new people, or they just aren’t sure what to ask to do a good interview. Unfortunately, the way you conduct an interview can make the difference between hiring the perfect employee and hiring someone who leads to nothing but regrets. Be prepared. Read more…

The Progress Principle – A Book Review
Business, Patricia Frame, Reviews
The Progress Principle - A Book Review
4 November 2011

I generally do not read business books. Most are pablum. At best, a concept which might have made a decent article is padded out to a pretend book. Read more…

May, Memorial Day, Military: Lessons for Now
Entrepreneurship, Launching a business, Leadership
May, Memorial Day, Military: Lessons for Now
3 May 2011

Ideas and words whirl as I think and write this column time and again. Memorial Day, the critics charge, has become nothing more than the start of summer and summer sales. Armed Forces Day (May 21) recognizes those currently in service. Read more…

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