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Tips and Resources to Hire the Best

Tips and Resources to Hire the Best - http://www.smallbiztrends.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Human Resources
From http://www.smallbiztrends.com 4170 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 20, 2008 2:19 pm
The risk/reward ratio is higher with new hires at small companies. The cost of a mis-hire is considered to be, on average, 3-4 times their annual salary. The cost of mis-hire at a small company can exceed that and quickly reach — the entire company. On the other hand, the reward from a great new hire at a small company can be—the entire company Read More

The 14 best questions to ask a sales prospect

The 14 best questions to ask a sales prospect - http://blogs.bnet.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Sales
From http://blogs.bnet.com 4170 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 19, 2008 8:48 pm
Here are the fourteen absolutely indispensable power tools that should be in every sales rep's bag of tricks: Read More

What You Can Learn From Stew Leonard's

What You Can Learn From Stew Leonard's - http://www.smallbizresource.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Success Stories
From http://www.smallbizresource.com 4170 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 20, 2008 2:30 pm
Featured on the cover of this month's New York Enterprise Report, Leonard has grown his father's Norwalk, Conn.-based dairy farm into a four-chain supermarket that redefines the shopping experience. Too bad you have to live in the Northeast to enjoy Stew Leonard's. What makes this place so unique is aside from its high-quality, uber-fresh fo Read More

Beware The Lure Of Google Services

Beware The Lure Of Google Services - http://www.smallbusinessnewz.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Technology
From http://www.smallbusinessnewz.com 4171 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 19, 2008 1:59 am
One blogger thinks small businesses should be wary of having too much Google in their operations. Google Apps and AdSense as poor choices for small businesses? It's a surprising opinion to have, as Google made these services partially to address the SMB marketplace. Yet Matt McGee suggested small businesses avoid those and a couple of othe Read More

9 1/2 ways to keep your customers from leaving

9 1/2 ways to keep your customers from leaving - http://www.kiplinger.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Customer Service
From http://www.kiplinger.com 4173 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 17, 2008 2:41 am
A growing business lives and dies by repeat customers or clients, especially in uncertain economic times like these. The problem is that most customer retention strategies are ineffective. To make matters worse, the average business hears from only 4% of dissatisfied customers -- the rest just bolt. Here are 9 1/2 ways how to get your customers Read More

Steer clear of these 10 illegal job interview questions

Steer clear of these 10 illegal job interview questions - http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Human Resources
From http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com 4173 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 17, 2008 8:25 pm
Although HR departments should be aware of questions that are illegal to ask prospective employees, some hiring managers aren't so savvy. Many illegal questions are easy for just about anyone with elementary social graces to avoid, but others might surprise you. Read More

Marketers Slow to Respond to Problem of Blocked Email Images

Marketers Slow to Respond to Problem of Blocked Email Images - http://www.marketingcharts.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Online Marketing
From http://www.marketingcharts.com 4173 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 18, 2008 5:07 pm
More than 50% of images in promotional emails are routinely blocked by email and webmail programs, but many marketers are still sending image-based emails that do not render well as text-only. Most retail email marketers (57%) send largely image-based emails, even though they have higher spam scores (and so are more likely to be blocked by spam Read More

Web Sites Offer Access to Mentors

Web Sites Offer Access to Mentors - http://online.wsj.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Resources
From http://online.wsj.com 4182 days ago
Made Hot by: on June 9, 2008 3:25 pm
MicroMentor, which has made nearly 700 mentor matches since it started in 2001, is one of a growing number of Web sites that allow prospective mentors and protégés to easily find each other. Usually, each party creates a profile detailing his or her mentoring needs or expertise that can be viewed by others. Once a match is made, the mentoring can Read More

How to pick up a Venture Capitalist

How to pick up a Venture Capitalist - http://www.sun.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Raising Capital
From http://www.sun.com 4189 days ago
Made Hot by: tcamba on May 31, 2008 1:47 pm
Many entrepreneurs ask Guy Kawasaki what is the best way to open a pitch to potential investors. Here he answers that question, but also tells you the ten worst opening lines that you can use. Read More

Social Networking and a Small Town Business - Why bother?

Social Networking and a Small Town Business - Why bother? - http://www.successful-blog.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Marketing
From http://www.successful-blog.com 4194 days ago
Made Hot by: on May 28, 2008 1:42 am
Small town business is an interesting challenge. You either target people in your local area and hope that's enough, or you reach outside for customers and work to get enough attention. If you're targeting outside your local area, there is no question. Social networking is a top way to reach beyond your geographic boundaries. If you're looking Read More
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