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Buying a Business Using Your 401K or IRA
written on July 28, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

Buying a business might be possible when you thought that you could not afford to do so.  I have mentioned in the past that one attractive method of financing a business is through the use of your 401k or IRA funds.

 

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Building Powerful Teams Part 1
written on July 27, 2010 by Roxanne Kaufman
Goals: Setting and Achievement

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How a Virtual Business Structure Can Save Money
written on July 26, 2010 by Ryan Shorts
Business Technology

Are you looking for ways to save money for your business?  A virtualized infrastructure can lead to massive savings in power costs and hardware replacement – by consolidating your current servers and creating a centrally managed virtual environment without downtime or interruption to your business processes.

 

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Marketing with Groupon and Social Shopping Sites
written on July 23, 2010 by Karen Malone Wright
Social Media

“Social shopping” still refers to a group of friends hitting the mall, but increasingly it can describe one person connected to the vast community living in her keyboard.  Click-shopping has moved much closer to home, and for small businesses that’s very good news.

 

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Relationships Built Through Networking
written on July 23, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Networking Strategies

Networking is an interesting activity.  There are so many people who do it well and reap the benefits.  And then there are the people who don’t understand it and hurt their businesses – many times without even realizing it.

 

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Sales Growth Improvement Using Proprietary Products
written on July 22, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Prospecting

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Go Away The Healing Power of Escape
written on July 21, 2010 by Betsy B Muller
Personal Evolution

I remember a time in early 2005 when I “hit the wall” – a term runners use to describe the sudden fatigue that hits so solidly that it makes it impossible to take another step.  In my case, when this happened I realized that I was so worn-out that I needed to quit my job.

 

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Assessing Your Strengths
written on July 21, 2010 by Roxanne Kaufman
Professional Advancement

Most of us have taken at least one, if not many, personality assessments at some point in our careers.  These can be critical management tools on many levels.  They help us measure attitude, cultural fit, potential, capacity and many other areas of our strengths and areas of challenge

 

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Sustainability Improves Productivity and Adds Value to Your Business
written on July 16, 2010 by Nicole Stika
Greening Your Business

For most small businesses, the so-called business case for sustainability just is not strong enough.  The majority of literature on the topic pushes two major selling points – energy efficiency can help reduce costs, and becoming a more sustainable business will enhance your brand recognition and customer loyalty.

 

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IRS Seeks Public Comments Regarding Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements
written on July 16, 2010 by William Riccio
Tracking Business Finances

The Internal Revenue Service issues Notice 2010-51 seeking public comments regarding the expanded 1099 reporting requirements found in section 6041 of the Internal Revenue Code and amendments.

 

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Small Business Summer Reading List
written on July 13, 2010 by Matt Charboneau
COSE Arts Network

Have you wondered what books or resources a professional business coach would recommend?  Seize This Day Coaching’s Diane Helbig provided the COSE Arts Network with this reading list for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

 

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Business Growth Improvement by Reinventing Offerings
written on July 13, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Growth Strategies

Is business growth improvement a goal of yours this year?  Reinventing your product and service offerings is one proven method to improve your business growth in today’s challenging economy.

 

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The Networking Hat Trick
written on July 13, 2010 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

In sports such as soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, a player achieves a “hat trick” when he or she scores three times in a single match.  Hat tricks do not happen often in these sports, but each of us as business professionals has the opportunity to achieve a hat trick in the game of professional networking.

 

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The Real Funding for Entrepreneurs Buying a Business
written on July 12, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

In a recent issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Kate Lister’s “The $48,000 question” article provides some interesting statistics around the financing of business start-ups.  The article points out that there is not a massive set of data points to collect the information on how businesses were initially funded.

 

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Social Networks as a Pre-Employment Screening Tool
written on July 09, 2010 by Ted L Moss
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

The vast number of individuals participating in social networking has surpassed the hundred million mark.  The appeal of sites such as MySpace.com, Facebook.com and others, as a pre employment screening tool, is the availability of searchable profile data they contain, such as past employment, affiliations, schools, hobbies, interests, pictures, and personal blog entries.

 

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Closing Deadline for First Time Homebuyer Credit Extended
written on July 09, 2010 by William Riccio
Tracking Business Finances

The Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010 extended the closing deadline till September 30, 2010 for eligible taxpayers who entered into a binding contract on or before April 30th.

 

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Marketing with FourSquare and Location-Based Applications
written on July 09, 2010 by Karen Malone Wright
Marketing 101

“Hyperlocal” is the buzzword behind Foursquare and other location-based programs.  Geo-apps use the GPS in your mobile phone to show exactly where you are (sometimes described by longitude and latitude).

 

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How Current is Your HR Technology Policy For Employees Part I
written on July 07, 2010 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

When did you last update your HR policy’s technology section?  Does it include Social Networking?  Cell Phone Usage?  Work from Home?  In Part I of this series, we review the impact of the web on your HR IT policy.

 

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Business Growth Improvement Using Niche Markets
written on July 07, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Growth Strategies

Is business growth improvement a goal of yours this year?  Focusing more of your business on niche markets is one proven method to improve your business growth in today’s challenging economy.

 

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Having More Fun in Your Business
written on July 07, 2010 by Betsy B Muller
Personal Evolution

On Monday June 14, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Diane Helbig, host of Accelerate Your Business Growth Radio.  Our topic was having more fun while running a business.

 

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What American Idol Can Teach Us About Hiring Talent
written on July 01, 2010 by Kenyon Mau
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

I’m not a big fan of American Idol, but this got me to thinking: have we learned anything after nine seasons of watching a singing champion chosen this way?  Well yes, there are some pretty big lessons we can take away from American Idol — especially if you’re in human resources.

 

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Walking Away From A Potential Sale
written on June 30, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Relationship Selling Strategies

Many salespeople tell me that they want ALL of the business in their market.  My response is always ‘no you don’t.’

 

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Business Growth Improvement by Eliminating Underperformers
written on June 30, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Growth Strategies

Is business growth improvement a goal of yours this year?  Getting rid of your underperforming products, services and people is one proven method to improve your business growth in today’s challenging economy.

 

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Follow Up Focus
written on June 28, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Relationship Selling Strategies

How effective is your follow up?  Do you follow up?  So many businesspeople and salespeople fail to follow up with prospects, clients, and associates.

 

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Get Me Out of a Networking Jam
written on June 28, 2010 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

“I finish one conversation.  Afterward, there is an awkward time when I have no one to talk to and everyone sees me with no one to talk to. It seems to extend this awkward period.  What do I do?”

 

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