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    1. SBA Poll Results: What is your greatest challenge?

      SBA Poll Results: What is your greatest challenge?

      The Question What is your greatest challenge right now for your business?

      58% - It’s simple: we need more sales.

      8% - We’re growing but can’t find qualified people to hire.

      24% - High taxes and onerous regulations.

      8% - Obamacare has really complicated our benefits strategy.

      3% - We need a business loan from a bank.

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    2. Dodd-Frank Interfering With Small Business Investment

      Dodd-Frank Interfering With Small Business Investment

      The U.S. House Financial Services Committee is continuing its push to help small businesses access capital. Today the committee continues its pro-investment agenda by considering seven different pieces of legislation, which includes legislation removing unnecessary regulations on private equity funds investing in domestic small businesses.

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    3. 5 Things Your Employees Are Afraid to Ask You

      5 Things Your Employees Are Afraid to Ask You

      You don't want to answer them - but you have to. If you don't, you'll put your company in jeopardy.

      "Do you see me as a long-term part of the success of this business?" "Do I contribute to the culture and environment in a positive way?" "How valuable is my specific talent to this company and you?" "What are my weaknesses, as they relate to the company's goals?" "Can I work from home--or anywhere else I want--as long as I am achieving great results?"

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    4. App-etite for Destruction? Android and iOS Are Killing The Web

      App-etite for Destruction? Android and iOS Are Killing The Web

      Sponsored by Beeonics.com.  Email us to try our native mobile app creator for free.  No tech experience required!

      Chris Dixon, the entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, is worried about the web. In a post titled “The decline of the mobile web ,” Dixon lays it out pretty succinctly. Citing data from Flurry and comScore, Dixon reminds us that mobile is taking over from the desktop. On top of that, the amount of time on mobile is increasingly spent inside of apps, not the web browser. And Dixon is concerned about what this portends the following...

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    5. The Top 3 CEO Blindspots

      The Top 3 CEO Blindspots

      What do CEOs misunderstand the most about how their management teams think?

      If you spend time with a few thousand management team members the way Steve Kimball has, you discover some things. Mainly, you discover that CEOs don’t know their management teams very well. At all. Kimball is CEO of Inc. Navigator, a team alignment and accountability tool. His data from team assessments reveals three major ways in which teams definitely do not see themselves as the CEO does:

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    6. Hiring? Personality Trumps Skills

      Hiring? Personality Trumps Skills

      A new survey finds that when it comes to hiring knowledgeable workers, personality beats technical wizardry any day.

      When you’re hiring a sales associate or a customer service rep, sure, you want to focus on candidates with the right sort of people-pleasing personality, but when it comes to solving tech problems or infusing your business with creative ideas, hard skills and sheer mental horsepower must be more important, right?

      Are You Shortchanging Soft Skills?
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    7. Business Loan Options For Entrepreneurs In 2014

      Business Loan Options For Entrepreneurs In 2014

      Finding money to grow a business has changed tremendously since the great recession. Whether sourcing capital in the form of debt, equity, or something in between, also known as mezzanine, it’s safe to say entrepreneurs have more multiple options than ever to pursue. That doesn’t make the task an easy one to accomplish. Unfortunately for the entrepreneur, the additional options have only served to increase the confusion surrounding their need for cash.

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    8. How to Slow Dance--and Other Recruiting Tips

      How to Slow Dance--and Other Recruiting Tips

      The trick to seducing passive candidates is simple: Move slowly, study their moves, and make certain they're leading as much as they're following.

      An HR leader in the U.K. just phoned, asking me how to use the One-Question Performance-Based Interview to assess passive candidates. The problem is, as everyone who has attempted the same feat knows, passive candidates don't want to be interviewed. I advised that he learn to dance, slowly.

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    9. Today in Small Business: Gay Rights in the Workplace

      Today in Small Business: Gay Rights in the Workplace

      - Following an unusually severe winter , small and mid-sized business owners see sunnier days ahead.

      - Here’s how HoneyMaid responded to complaints about the same-sex couple featured in a commercial.

      - These are the social media platforms small-business owners hate the most.

      and much more...

       

       

       

       

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    10. A New - and New Age - Way to Secure Startup Funding

      A New - and New Age - Way to Secure Startup Funding

      Present and future female entrepreneurs, take note: online establishments are offering an alternative route for business owners who are trying to secure the money they need to achieve their goals.

      Two big players in the world of online finance – loan company Lending Club and online money transfer service PayPal – are offering affordable lending options for new and growing businesses. 

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    11. 15 Small-Business Social Network Nightmares

      15 Small-Business Social Network Nightmares

      Can you think of five social network nightmares you hope never happen to your business? How about 10?

      Well, I can top that, because there are at least 15 social network mishaps that can haunt a business owner. Here’s a closer look at 15 types of trouble you can encounter on Facebook, Twitter and other popular social media platforms. Once you’re aware of all these potential dangers, you should take the necessary steps to prevent them from damaging your company.

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