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Why Your Business Should Get Involved in the Community

[content field="callout1" format="true" class="calloutwide"] C orporate social responsibility isn’t just for large corporations. Whether you run a large established company or a small startup, your business has the resources to contribute to positive change in your community. For many businesses, with so much going on, it can be hard to figure out precisely how to...

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4 Website Design Trends Small Business Should Follow

[content field="callout1" format="true" class="calloutwide"] Today’s digital economy requires a strong website in order to succeed. In addition, the trends are changing and in turn, so are the client’s needs. Businesses often focus on their products or services; yet do not grasp the importance of staying on the cutting edge of website design trends. Persistence is...

Three Trends Shaping the Modern Small Business Office

[content field="callout1" format="true" class="calloutwide"] Today’s business landscape is more challenging than ever before – technology is changing the way that customers want to engage with small businesses, the internet is bringing new customers into reach, and businesses need to be leaner and more innovative than ever to stay relevant amidst emerging competition. For many small business...

15 Top Resource Websites for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

15 Top Resource Websites for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs You've decided to start a business. Simple, right? Maybe not. Starting a business involves so much more than just providing your service or product to the market. There's marketing, accounting, web design - so many aspects that it's tough for any individual to truly understand everything...

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For the First Time in 8 Years Blogging Declined Among Inc. 500

[content field="callout1" format="true" class="calloutwide"]Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D, Director, Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, and team recently conducted a longitudinal study of its annual in-depth study on the usage of social media by the fastest-growing corporations in the U.S. in the Inc. 500 list. Among the findings, they discovered that...

5 Simple Steps to Teaching Children to Be Great Entrepreneurs

5 Simple Steps to Teaching Children to Be Great Entrepreneurs If you ask Matthew and Adam Toren, the authors of KIDPRENEURS: Young Entrepreneurs with Big Ideas! and KIDPRENEURS: Parent / Teach Guide, when the best time to start teaching children about entrepreneurship is, they’ll tell you, “it’s never too early.” They understand that the skills...

Holiday Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2014

Holiday Marketing Trends and Predictions for 2014 Each holiday season the race is on to try to figure out the most direct, and most affordable, way to reach consumers. With marketing techniques and strategies changing so quickly in our ever connected digital world, it’s hard to keep up with what’s new and effective. To help,...