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International Trade, Importing, Exporting are competitive fields. You have to keep up with your partners and competitors. Some resources mentioned in this post Read More
Anita explains the new realities of small business loans and financing in her OPEN Forum post. Going back to the basics -- form a relationship with your bank and banker!

From post: Community banks have been a lifeline for entrepreneurs during the recession -- one of the few places that small-business owners have still been able Read More
I reviewed Joel's ebook on selecting a franchise. It offers many great ideas and tips to make the research and decision-making process smarter and safer.

Are you a rule follower or a rule maker?  This is one of the questions Joel Libava, known as The Franchise King, and author of How to Carefully Select a Franchise Read More
I really like Travis' post here. One of the lessons I most appreciated was "Make Your Teammates Better." I view that as a pay-it-forward philosophy and one that I know the site lives by, too.

From the Post: Lessons are all around us, but sports marketing is particularly intriguing. With LeBron James' free agency, there are some marketing lessons. What say you Read More
At the National Small Business Week festivities, I met Carolyn Brown, owner of  The Accountant's Office.  She was one of the SBA award winners -- named th Read More
Books: falling out of fashion, perhaps, but – business books, for sure – still so amazingly practical. What’s an hour of your time worth? How much time can a business book save? I posted here last week, in this context, about John Jantsch’s new book on referral marketing.

And today it’s Melinda Emerson’s Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months. I love the book, I’ve got mixed feelings about its title, and I particularly like its real-world common sense Read More
Here’s a stat for you: YouTube is the second largest search engine on the Web with more than 2 billion views a day. That’s right, two billion. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not all just silly cat videos and adolescents injuring themselves. Your customers turn to YouTube’s search bar every day to look for how-to’s, product reviews, and other information about the companies and brands that interest them. And even when they don’t turn to YouTube, Google is using Universal Search elements to put the videos in traditional search. Video is everywhere and it’s what people want.

As a small business owner, you want to find ways to take advantage of that. And there are plenty of them. Here are six ways small business owners can use video to attract customers, increase their rankings, and differentiate their brand from all the others competing for the same eyes Read More
Lisa Barone gives 20 great reasons, but the comments in this post are terrific, too. Read through what other small biz owners say in reply. Good stuff.

From post: I tightened up my Twitter follow list yesterday. I like to do that every month to filter out the voices I’ve stopped listening to and to hopefully add in som Read More
A study from The Kauffman Foundation found that in any given year, the top-performing 1 percent of companies account for some 40 percent of jobs. Surprised? Learn why Read More
Five forecasted mobile marketing trends for 2010 are explored in detail, including text marketing and the use of barcodes, by Paul Rosenfeld of Fanminder Read More

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