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Small Business Success: Thriving During Change (And Landing On Your Feet!)

If I had $1.00 every time I heard someone say ? I don?t like change or, change makes me uncomfortable? I?d be a millionaire. Some people thrive on change ? they love it and even create more of it. Others view change with anxiety and resistance. So often, we don?t associate potential, excitement and wonder with change. Instead, we react to it; we try to control it; we create situations and problems to avoid dealing with it. We experience change daily in many forms ? the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the conversations we have, traffic patterns, the WEATHER.

Small Business Marketing Secrets: Look Like Sizzle, Be The Steak

You've heard marketing and advertising gurus quip, "Sell the sizzle, not the steak." Advertising initiatives best reach their target audience with benefits and the "wow" effect, not the value or features of their product or service. This may work well to get customers in the door. But once they're in, you better have some substance. How can you ensure you uphold the integrity of your business and still maintain the "Wow Effect"? It just takes well executed strategic steps for business AND personal development:

6 Ways Small Businesses Can Survive In A Crazy Economy

Contrary to popular belief, small businesses can survive a crazy economy by taking some proactive steps. Provide spectacular customer service -- every time. Have a friend or colleague visit your business and provide feedback from a customer?s perspective. This person should be unknown by your staff and willing to provide a candid assessment. Make sure your front and back office work like a well-oiled machine. Are the front line and the back office telling your customers the same thing? Manage your customer relationships -- return customers take the least amount of effort -- use that to your advantage. Keep in touch often. Review your strategic plan monthly (weekly is even better). Make sure you?re doing the things that will get you where you want to go. Adjust your strategic plan as necessary. Your "smallness" makes you more flexible. Communicate, communicate, communicate -- with your employees and your customers. Nurture those relationships. Ask for feedback often.

Local Search and Internet Yellow Pages - A Whole NewVocabulary for Small Businesss

Buyers want both online and local information about where to buy Most small businesses are local in nature, serving people who live nearby. Their customers found them through traditional methods like the Yellow Pages or newspaper ads. So far, the Internet hasn't figured prominently in their marketing efforts. That's about to change, as Local Search methods become more widespread. Even for buyers expecting to spend their money close to home, more and more of them go to the Internet to locate desired products and services. They rely on search engines to find suitable vendors in the fastest, easiest way. Local Search combines the search query word or phrase with specific geographic terms, like city or zip code. That way, search results only include enterprises in that local area. Instead of information about a small enterprise being lost among millions of pages of search results, it shows up in a small pool of local providers. That's good for them, as well as the person looking for what they provide. Small operations can easily be located by a whole new group of buyers Consumers don't simply go to the Yellow Pages when ready to buy - as they once did. Studies show that an astonishing 36% of online searches are conducted to find local businesses. About a quarter of all Internet users already conduct local searches. They'd do even more of it, if the desired small business data were more complete. Local enterprises need to prepare for the impact of changing customer habits. An easy first step is to include your business in Internet Yellow Pages (IYP), along with the printed Yellow Page directory. That puts your enterprise on the radar screen. Learn how your business can make the most of Local Search by visiting You'll find reliable advice from experts in Yellow Pages and Local Search so you can get more mileage from your promotional dollars. Start by getting comfortable with search concepts, and improve your odds of being found when people search online for what you offer. You don't even need your own Web site to benefit from Internet Yellow Pages and Local Search. Learn the Relevant Terms Search Engine - method for locating the information available on the Internet; a program that searches Web pages for requested keywords, then returns a list of documents where the query terms were found Google and Yahoo, the major general search engines, have both shifted gears to make Local Search a priority when delivering relevant results. Spider (also called "crawler" or "bot") - goes to every page on every Web site and reads the information so it can be available to searchers; to "crawl" a site it collects and indexes information from it Specialized Search Engines - narrow focus of information crawled and indexed, like medical, business, or shopping sites Keywords - word or phrases used by search engines to locate relevant Web pages; words chosen to improve a site's search engine placement and ranking Search Query - search request, which the search engine compares to the spidered entries, then returns results to the searcher Search Results - compiled list of Web pages that a search engine delivers in response to a query; the number of items returned is usually overwhelming (in the millions), so searchers only bother to view results on the first pages Relevant Results - the test of a good search is whether the results obtained relate to what the person wanted to find, without a lot of irrelevant links Local Search - combining a geographic term in a search query to locate suitable providers in a specific area Pay per Click (PPC) - method of building traffic whereby site owners bid on search terms (keywords) that link to their site Geographic Terms - specific information about the local area that can be included in a local search: zip code, town, county, geographic region, state Top Ranking - sites shown on the first page(s) of search results Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - fine-tuning keywords and page content so the Web site rates high in search engine results Tags and Titles (on Web Pages) - provide site keywords and information to search engine spiders for indexing a site Internet Yellow Pages (IYP) - directory of business phone numbers and locations in a geographic area, organized by category; searchable data base accessed on the Internet Make your business easy for searchers to find The public is embracing the convenience of searching on the Internet to find information about local businesses. However, their searches for desired information are compromised because so many local enterprises don't show up in the databases as yet. Those that do have an edge in their local market. Climb aboard! Make sure searchers can find you. For little or no money, you can expose your enterprise to the whole world. Whether or not your business has a Web site, you need to provide the information people are looking for in the places that they look for it. Local Search and Internet Yellow Pages open new avenues to buyers ready to spend. Best of all, they support and compliment your traditional methods of finding new business. So you cover all your bases. (c)2004, Lynella Grant

Why Do Most Online Small Businesses Fail?

Search Engines account for almost 90% of all web traffic!

Three Big Barriers To Small Business Marketing Success

When you feel like you?re always busy working on your business, but not getting where you want to go, it can be frustrating trying to figure out how to get your marketing on track. It can easily become a ?not seeing the forest for the trees? feeling.

Women and Small Business

In the book Women and Small Business author gives all the guidelines and tools need to start, operate and succeed in a business of their own. In the mentioned book she tried in the fist part to explain how has changed the role of women in the world along centuries. In the second part she researched all neccesary abbilities of women who like to start up their own business,make differences among women and men owners and gave advices to them.Additionaly, she made some very important questions which need answers for all prospective owners,as following:

Organizing Tips for Small Business Success

If you discovered the bottom line in your business depended on the organization in your office, your reaction could range from complete composure to sheer terror. Organization certainly has an effect on your bottom line ? and just as significantly ? on your peace of mind. For the small business or home office professional, effective organizing can mean the difference between business failure and success. For the 11.1 million workers who have their offices at home, organization skills can have a significant impact on their personal lives as well.

Small Business Marketing: Specialize or Generalize?

There have been many great points raised on both sides of this discussion. In order to make a final decision, we must look at how the business world is moving and at the purchasing patterns of the consumers who will be utilizing your services.

Small Business Survival Tips

No matter what kind of small business you have, you need read these "small business survival tips" which will help you to succeed.

Dig Deep for Small Business Ideas Before You Start the Wrong Business

If you're serious about wanting to start a business, the first thing you want to do is take the time to understand what really makes you tick. Where do you get your drive? What gets you in a "zone?"

How Small Business And Nonprofits Can Afford Multimedia For The Web

Multimedia is everywhere on the Internet, whether in the form of floating ads at major websites, streaming video or animated presentations. Of course, there is a good reason why multimedia has become such an integral part of the web experience: it?s an effective tool for capturing attention or provoking visitors to buy or contact the site owner. For these reasons, many educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations desire multimedia presentations. Unfortunately, at first glance multimedia, often appears prohibitively expensive for small businesses and non-profits. The following represent a number of ways to control the high cost that typically accompanies multimedia production without losing quality. We believe these suggestions will ensure that you save money but still feel good about your investment.

Your Ideal Client ? A Key Concept for Solo and Small Business Marketing

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."--Bill Cosby

The Inside-Out Business Plan? -- Your Small Business Plan in 10 Easy Questions

Writing a business plan for your Solo Entrepreneur business doesn't have to be a daunting project. If you can answer 10 straightforward questions about your business, you can be ready to go.

How Your Habits Control Your Small Business Success

Habit: A consistent behavior you perform so frequently that it is automatic.

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Couple plans to transform downtown Sandusky with small business marketplace  The Morning Journal

A Sandusky couple is looking to change the city's downtown area by creating a place that supports small businesses.

How To Start A Startup As A Small Business Owner  Forbes

It can be enticing for successful small business owners to start a technology startup when funding is no longer a challenge, however, many first-time startup ...

Waterloo North Hydro impersonators scam small business owners over the phone

There are some red-flags that all small business owners should look out for the next time they get a call from someone claiming to be a WNH representative.

Small business in Wisconsin cancels its unusably bad internet service from Frontier; Frontier demands $4,300 cancellation fee  Boing Boing

Wisconsin's Pardeeville Area Shopper is a one-person family business run by Candace Lestina, whose mother founded the weekly paper; like all businesses, ...

Watch party for Small Business Revolution decision will take place in the Tiger Dome  Canon City Daily Record

Cañon City's Small Business Revolution fanatics and supporters outgrew the Cañon Royal Event Center and later the Annex Event Center, and they just might ...

Small business center offers free seminars - Port Arthur News  The Port Arthur News

Staff report. Conrad Cooper, business consultant, will be the featured speaker for free seminars on “Starting Your Own Business.” The sessions will be held at ...

Viewpoint: Homeowners, small businesses to gain under planto...  Pierce County Herald

Homeowners and small business owners are working hard to make ends meet. The overwhelming majority play by the rules and are the backbone of our local ...

Holyoke SPARK EforAll program boosts small business development: Outlook 2019

Rafael Rivera, owner of RNS Multi-Cleaning *Service*, credits the SPARK EforAll Holyoke program with helping his small business grow and prosper. "It's like a ...

How One Small Business Found Its Way Into Restaurants Across The US  Forbes

If you're having a burger at Shake Shack or a salad at Sweetgreen, you may be seated at a table made of reclaimed wood from bowling lanes by a small ...

Starting a Small Business? This $20 Class Will Teach You How to Help It Thrive.  Entrepreneur

Barry Moltz shows students how to establish profitable, sustainable ventures across 15 hours of *content*.

Leutheuser introduced bills would aid small business  The Hillsdale Daily News

LANSING — State Rep. Eric Leutheuser and Rep. Diana Farrington introduced two bills that would help new small businesses establish a strong foothold while ...

4 ways to protect your small business from internal threats | UNR Business  Reno Gazette Journal

For small business owners, it may be easy to see the external threats to your business: competitors in your market, disruption in your supply chain, property ...

BRAC announces training series for small business owners  WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is hosting a free training series for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The eight-session ...

Tax reform a win? Small business still anxious, unsure  Fox Business

If applied correctly, the new tax code should save time and money for small businesses to grow and expand.

Amazon's Winner-Take-All Approach to Small Business  Washington Post

Small businesses are a pillar of capitalism and of a healthy economy. They provide a path into the middle and upper-middle class for people who don't have ...

Upcoming Workshop Focuses on Voice of the Customer  Small Business Trends

Shares. |. Print This Article. Email this Article. 0. Shares. Email this Article Print This Article. Because of the way in which consumers can now interact with the ...

Sedalia's small business community grows | News  Sedalia Democrat

Sedalia's local business community is continuing to grow with the addition of two more and the relocation of another. acquired by mobile-first small business startup Broadly  TechCrunch

Personal homepage startup has been acquired. Again! The company, once bought by AOL for a reported $35 million, decided a couple years after the ...

Three Small Business Strengths That Can Turn Into Weaknesses  Forbes

There's a reason growth strategy is such a popular topic in the small business world. On the surface, the requirements for growth seem relatively straightforward.

The best of deals and the worst of deals: Small business lessons from the NBA  USA TODAY

Back in the 1970s, the NBA negotiated the worst deal of all time with ABA team owners the Silna brothers. They paid for it a billion times over.

Black Entrepreneurs: Win $50000 In 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest  Black Enterprise

As you know, black entrepreneurs face tough challenges when it comes to acquiring capital to grow their business. If you're looking for funding for your small ...

Some tips to help small business owners manage change  Minneapolis Star Tribune

While change at small businesses can come in a variety of forms, owners can improve their chances of success by being strategic and empathic with staffers.

Why Your Small Business Needs to Let Talent Go -- Sometimes  Motley Fool

It's not always easy to help (or push) someone great out the door, but sometimes it needs to happen.

Military training helped these veterans launch small businesses  Military Times

A group of veteran-run small businesses participated in a pitch competition Tuesday as part of Bunker Labs' third-annual Muster Across America Tour.

Robots at Work: Meet the non-engineer who automated his small business  ZDNet

Small business owners are creating and customizing their own automation solutions to increase productivity and save money.

Facebook Aims To Train 1 Million People And Small Business Owners With Digital Skills By 2020  Forbes

How do you train 1 million people and small business owners at grand scale by 2020? The largest social media company joins the online education ecosystem ...

How to Handle Employee Discipline at a Small Company  Motley Fool

Once you employ more than one or two workers, you're likely to encounter the occasional discipline problem. From minor issues like people arriving late to ...

Good News For Small Business Borrowers: SBA Lending Is Back On Track  Forbes

Although the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was closed for most of January due to the government shutdown, the percentage of SBA loan approvals ...

"The Fort" becoming a bastion of creative small businesses  The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Printed Arts Center one of the latest tenants to move into a former factory on South High.

Tight job market hits small business confidence  Marketplace APM

The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey showed that those job openings are at a record high. Another report — the NFIB Small Business ...

Small business brings opportunity to communities, entrepreneur says  Deseret News

Online commerce has been a boon to small businesses in rural areas nationwide. With high-speed internet, and FedEx and UPS readily available, small-town ...

Summary: The DA’s 6-point plan to develop small business in SA  EWN

The official opposition has proposed a business CODESA, BEE exemption for small business, and cutting red tape, among others, in its election manifesto.

Small Business Owners: Are You Monetizing Your Deposits?  Forbes

If your current bank relationship is not supporting your small business initiatives, the time may be ripe for a change.

Challenging The Truths Of Small Business Banking

AlbaCo discusses its plans for U.K. small businesses (SMBs) as an upcoming challenger bank, and the impact of branch closures on SMBs amid the rise of ...

Niagara Falls launches Small Business Support Fund  Buffalo News

The City of Niagara Falls has $138000 in federal funds available to assist small businesses in the city through a new Small Business Support Fund, Community ...

4 Insurance Plans Every Small Business Should Carry  Small Business Trends

In today's changing business environment, there are a some additional small business insurance plans that you might find interesting and helpful.

US Small-Business Owners' Optimism Down From Record High  Gallup

The Wells Fargo/Small Business Index finds optimism among small-business owners on the decline after setting a record high last quarter.

14 Critical Roles for Fledgling Marketing Division Success  Small Business Trends

Knowing which marketing roles are the most critical to help a business thrive can be a difficult challenge. Here're the critical marketing team members.

SBA gathering data on shutdown’s impact on small business contractors  Federal News Network

Federal contractors affected by the 35-day partial government shutdown won't receive back pay under the spending deal reached by Congress, but the Small ...

13 Small Business Ideas | Saving and Budgeting  U.S News & World Report Money

Learn how to make your dream career a reality and figure out which business concept is best for your talents, experience, interests and professional goals.

Small-business incubator Ponyride sells Corktown building for $3.3M  The Detroit News

Ponyride co-founder Phil Cooley prepares to measure some lumber to build a table for a customer in the Ponyride wood shop. After selling the Corktown ...

Fairborn teams with Columbus-based ‘social enterprise’ to transform Main Street  Dayton Daily News

Fairborn has partnered with COhatch to take over the city's business incubator, becoming the first to be licensed under the Columbus-area based social ...

Government shutdown poisoned small-business sentiment across the U.S.  MarketWatch

A loss in revenue, weaker confidence, and regulatory and lending delays all hit small businesses hard.

Almost 60% of small business owners launch with less than $25,000  CNBC

Aspiring entrepreneurs take note: You don't need millions from angel investors or venture capitalists to launch your own business. Instead, a small cash pot and ...

Everything Your Small Business Needs to Do Online  The Motley Fool

Most small business owners know they need to have a website, but many don't take full advantage of all the digital opportunities available to them. This puts ...

Need startup money? Here's 6 ways to fund your small business  USA TODAY

Question: Hey Steve – I am fairly new to business. I started on a shoestring but now I could use some money – for marketing, operations, and so on. But I hear ...

Wetumpka, Elmore County eligible for SBA loans - The Wetumpka Herald  Wetumpka Herald

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that Alabama businesses and residents affected by severe weather and a tornado on Jan. 19 can apply this week in Wetumpka ...

Aspiring entrepreneurs take pitch on the road  Lima Ohio

LIMA — Yolanda Phillips hopes to open a storefront of her own one day. For now, she relies on word of mouth and social media to promote her custom je.

50 Noteworthy Small Business Statistics in 2019  G2 Crowd

Looking to grow your small business? Check out these current trends and small business statistics for 2019.

1600 Guests, 1 Red Carpet, 5 Small Businesses: The Making of the Oscars After-Party  Inc.

For some businesses, the biggest night of the year is a star-studded affair, dripping with champagne and fried quail eggs.

Champaign council OKs more funding for small-business program  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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The Buzz: 2 openings, 2 closings, 1 expansion in the Fox Cities  Appleton Post Crescent

Closing. Tamara's The Cake Guru will close its small downtown Appleton satellite cupcake shop on Saturday. It is at 107 S. Appleton St., facing Houdini Plaza, ...

Should Your Small Business Expand?  Motley Fool

If you're a small business owner with a single location, you have complete control over your business. As you get bigger, however, it can be harder, if not ...

VOTE NOW! Cañon City one of 6 finalists for small business television series  KKTV 11 News

Get out the vote! Cañon City is one of the last six towns standing for a chance to receive a makeover and feature on season four of TV show 'Small Business ...

Small-business owners look to grab this 20 percent tax break  CNBC

By now, you may have heard of the qualified business income deduction — a tax break for small-business owners. But do you qualify for it? Here's what you ...

Facebook powering small business to access markets, says India head  Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Social networking giant Facebook is powering small business across the country by providing tools on its platforms to access markets, which ...

Race to the finish line: Voting for Small Business Revolution contest ends Tuesday  Canon City Daily Record

Cañon City's standing in the Small Business Revolution contest slipped to third place Sunday, but the community's commitment to moving up the ranks by the ...

10 unmissable new books to help you start a creative small business  Creative Boom

Looking to start a creative small business, or already running one and trying to improve it? There's no need to waste time and energy reinventing the ...

Important tax insights for small business owners  Chase News & Stories

Small business owners need to understand the fundamentals of taxes and the policies that affect their business. Here's how to stay a step ahead and avoid ...

Here's How Small Business Owners Can Track Their Credit Reports For Free  Motley Fool

A study shows that about a third of small business owners have never even checked their company's credit report.

Longmont City Council to hold joint meeting with Local Business Advisory Committee  Longmont Times-Call

The committee charged with identifying "the type of things that, from a local business perspective, make it attractive to do business in Longmont versus other ...

6 Tips To Finding And Hiring Freelancers For Your Small Business  Forbes

When you run a small business, you may not need (or be able to afford) a full-time staff. We share tips to help you find and hire the best freelance workers for ...

Hope for small businesses as big box stores close  Kotatv

Multiple big box stores in Rapid City are going out of businesses. It may seem like a grim situation for the economy, locally there might be a silver lining.

14-year old business owner pursues passion of repairing small engines  WYTV

At just eight years old TJ got his hands on fixing small engines. At twelve, he started working at a family friend's shop.

Small business credit startup Nav scoops $44 million in fresh funding  Deseret News

Draper-based Nav just secured $44 million in new funding and is continuing to expand its mission of helping businesses navigate the world of credit and finance ...

Small Businesses Are Waving the Caution Flag  The Wall Street Journal

After a banner year, many small businesses are becoming more cautious about their investment and hiring plans amid signs of slowing sales and unease about ...

Taking care of business | News  Plattsburgh Press Republican

PLATTSBURGH — The four recipients of the 2018 North Country Chamber of Commerce awards have much in common. Passion for their work and their ...

Bar aims to keep small town alive as only remaining business  Raleigh News & Observer

The No Where Bar and Grill is the only remaining business in Naponee and it aims to keep the small Nebraska village alive.

No, Podcasting Is Not a Small Business  Fortune

Believe it or not, there's money in podcasts. Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire Gimlet Media, the Brooklyn-based narrative podcast company, for more than ...

Small business owners need to automate unimportant decisions  Daily Telegraph

Imagine the life of a flight captain before the introduction of autopilot, and just how relentlessly stressful every single moment of every single trip would have ...

No Shutdown for Small Business  The Wall Street Journal

The NFIB survey shows another hiring surge in January, and better pay for workers.

Tidal floods driven by climate change may hurt small businesses  Science News

WASHINGTON — Sea level rise, driven by climate change, is causing increased flooding during high tides along much of the U.S. coastline. Though such floods ...

Small-business owners hurt by shutdown must blame themselves | TheHill  The Hill

Don't disobey the cardinal rule so many other small-business owners have learned: Spread the risk.

Slack Goes Public, FreshBooks Expands...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week  Forbes

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1— Workplace messaging app Slack to ...

C-tax, small business growth discussed by lieutenant governor and Fernley Chamber  Reno Gazette Journal

Lt. Governor Kate Marshall talked C-tax and small business growth at Fernley Chamber of Commerce's quarterly luncheon.

Woman gets prison time, ordered to pay restitution for fraud  Bradenton Herald

A Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $4 million in restitution in a health care fraud case involving ...

6 Ways Small Businesses Can Fight Climate Change  Small Business Trends

So in the spirit of the Annual World Economic Forum at Davos, here are six ways small businesses can fight climate change.

‘We’ll never see that money back’ — how small business owners can recover from the shutdown  MarketWatch

Small businesses are suffering from the partial government shutdown, but unlike most furloughed federal workers, they won't get back any lost income when this ...

ECU receives $1M grant for rural innovation, student businesses  Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU News Services. Saturday, February 23, 2019. East Carolina University has received a $1 million award from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support rural ...

2019 Tax Calendar -- All the Important Dates to Know  Small Business Trends

Tax season is approaching. But for many businesses, managing taxes can be a yearlong undertaking. Stay up to date with our 2019 tax calendar.

Who Can Apply for a Small-Business Credit Card?  NerdWallet

A small-business credit card can help entrepreneurs or people with side hustles build business credit and keep their work and personal finances separate.

'Every vote counts': 200000 votes cast in Small Business Revolution contest  Canon City Daily Record

What you can do to support Cañon City's Small Business Revolution — Every day, the Cañon City Economic Development Facebook Page is giving away free ...

Abilene business notebook: Good Work expands to Abilene

Abilene and area business announcements for Feb. 24, 2019.

BBVA Compass, Houston Rockets small business contest to focus on digital innovation  Houston Chronicle

BBVA Compass and the Houston Rockets are launching their third annual small business contest, though this year's efforts will focus on startups needing a ...

Changes in your business? Plan, talk to staffers

NEW YORK — As Nick Haschka bought four small horticultural businesses over the past two years, he had to help his new employees navigate almost constant ...

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