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ASW Business Intelligence: Not Just for Big Business

For many small-business owners, the idea of business intelligence is something best suited to large companies. Your busy trying to keep your operation running – you have no need for a complex, large-scale intelligence platform that requires extensive knowledge to...

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Cost Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

Running a small business is a labor of love--often a great deal of labor. It is no small feat to operate a successful business. Many small businesses and start ups struggle to turn a profit for several years, especially in such tough economic times that put pressure on...

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5 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Their Accounting Practices

Finances are almost never an easy thing to deal with, and this is especially true of those running a small business. Just because you love sporting goods doesn't mean you're a whiz at accounting, but if pursuing your passion means opening up your own second...

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Common Small Business Tax Myths

Myths. They are like urban legends. We're so used to hearing them that we actually believe they are true. When it comes to common small business tax myths, this can be potentially dangerous because without knowing the facts about the IRS and their expectations, you...

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Hiring for Success

As a business expands, it needs to bring in more employees to meet the demand.  But, there is so much that goes into hiring an employee. Small businesses owners, who are often focused on making a business profitable, can benefit from...

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Pin It to Win It

Social media newcomer Pinterest has stolen the spotlight when it comes to online marketing. One early 2012 report from Shareaholic indicated that Pinterest drives more referral traffic than...

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Do you have to incorporate your business?

Whether you run a small business on the side while working full-time for an employer, or you work full-time from home, you may be considering the benefits of incorporating your business, or trying to determine what your legal responsibilities are.

Depending on...

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Top 5 Things to Consider Before Selling Your Company

If you've grown your business into a financial success and are ready to slow down and reap the benefits of all those years of work, you may be considering selling your company. It's a great position to be in, but you certainly shouldn't enter the process...

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5 Ways to Prevent Hiring Catastrophes

Everyone knows that hiring is the pits. It can be extremely disheartening to sift through stacks of applications with nary a qualified candidate among them. And even if you do find someone who looks great on paper, you may find yourself contending with all kinds of...

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The Benefits of Having a Toll Free Number for Your Business

If you run a small business, you probably understand you're fighting an uphill battle. Not only are you going up against the big boys in your industry and the hundreds of other small businesses clamoring for customers, but you're also working incredibly hard to...

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Why Your Business Needs a Solid Email Marketing List

As social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter continue to grow, some people wonder if having (and needing) an email address will soon be a thing of the past. That's not something that we should be too concerned about. Matter of fact, there was a recent...

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How the Cloud Migration Process Works for Business

When it comes to topics like how to make cloud migrations work for business, don't feel bad if the first thing that comes to your mind is, "OK, how about someone explain to me what 'cloud migration' is first?"

It's a fair question...

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Options for Securing a Small Business Loan Even If You Don't Have Collateral

Small businesses are what make our country work. But if you're a small business owner, times are tough. Consumer spending is down, and cost of living continues to rise. Sometimes the difference between closing your doors and a long, productive life for your company...

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Writing Off Your Vehicle for Business

Tax season is not exactly the most welcome time of year for most people, especially those with businesses to run. And one of the more pressing demands is trying to determine how much of your annual vehicle usage can be successfully claimed as a business expense. Its a...

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Deciding Whether to Start a Business

For many in the marketplace, the prospect of starting up a business is appealing. Want to work for yourself, call the shots, be the big boss, set your own prices?

Here are some questions to ask as you go through the pre-evaluation process.

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Unique Promotion Ideas for Your Small Business

As a small business owner, you know how tricky it can be to navigate the shark-infested waters of the marketplace. But promotion is everything, which means that you need to be especially capable at marketing yourself in order to succeed. But with so many different ways...

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Basic Branding Principles for Your Small Business

If you own a small business, you may not think that branding is a major consideration; it’s not like you’re Coca Cola or Apple, after all.  But every business can benefit from attention to building a brand, whether it operates in a small community, on...

ASW Laughter, Logic & Lunges Seminar

Laughter, Logic & Lunges Seminar

Saturday
September 17, 2011
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

3 Principals for Business Success

This seminar provides a unique combination of solutions in three equally important areas
that many business owners...

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6 Smart Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses

Of all the challenges associated with running a successful small business, one of the most difficult demands lies in the development and implementation of marketing strategies that can be shown to actually increase sales and revenue. And with...

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Back to School Supplies for Your Business

When you are out picking up back-to-school supplies for your student, why don’t you pick up some things to help your marketing efforts.  If you don’t have a student, you can still get these things now and take advantage of the sales.  Here are...

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Five Principles for your Project's Success

Having done my Malcolm-Gladwell-esque "10,000 hours of experience" (in his book Outliers, Gladwell suggests that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to become an experienced professional, in any field), I feel like there are some fixed principles that apply to all...