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    1. Why I Redesigned My Website

      Why I Redesigned My Website

      The first law of website design is that the owners of a company usually hate their new site within 24 months..

      The original time frame for building and introducing the site was four months. It ended up taking six and would have taken much longer if I hadn’t kept pushing our designers. I’m happy with the work the firm did, but it always takes vigilance to keep outside contractors focused.

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    2. Small business weekly: Why looks matter

      Small business weekly: Why looks matter

      A review of the biggest small business and startup stories from the past week, with a special focus on Washington. Small businesses split on wage hike: A new poll by the left-leaning advocacy group Small Business Majority found that a majority (57 percent) of small-business owners nationwide support the president’s push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, as many think the move will boost consumer spending.

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    3. Are National Security Agencies Where our Entrepreneurial Focus Should Be?

      Are National Security Agencies Where our Entrepreneurial Focus Should Be?

      Working to create new industries is much harder than following current trends, but ultimately it is more profitable. By focusing our region’s efforts on mining the technology and innovations currently being funded by our national security agencies, we create the possibility for our region to be the leader in the establishment of new industries, with high value-added jobs and start-ups. Much of the technology that will shape the next 30 years of our nation’s economy is being developed in our midst.

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    4. The 50 Highest Rated CEOs

      The 50 Highest Rated CEOs

      Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading your company? Glassdoor has announced its annual report of the Highest Rated CEOs 2014. New this year, we are recognizing 50 CEOs leading large companies (1,000 or more employees) and 25 CEOs leading small & mid-sized companies (fewer than 1,000 employees). Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs were determined by the people who work for them — their employees.

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    5. Thinker. Builder. Improver. Producer. Which One Is the Right Hire?

      Thinker. Builder. Improver. Producer. Which One Is the Right Hire?

      The answer depends on your company's lifecycle stage, and the makeup of your existing team. Here's how to match future needs to current candidates and their strengths.

      Over the years, I've helped dozens of small to mid-size companies build their management teams for future growth. The first steps are always the same: Figure out the strengths and weaknesses of the existing management team, then determine where the company is positioned in the classic corporate life cycle.

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    6. What’s the Biggest Obstacle for Small Businesses?

      What’s the Biggest Obstacle for Small Businesses?

      In many ways, the moniker small business is a misnomer. When you consider that the average entrepreneur takes on the tasks that a big business parcels out to hundreds if not thousands of employees, a small business doesn’t feel so small.

      As your own boss, you’re tasked with completing a wide assortment of duties required to keep your company thriving, from purchasing and finances to research and development and marketing.

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    7. Strategies: Small-business centers boost entrepreneurs

      Strategies: Small-business centers boost entrepreneurs

      America's Small Business Development Center network unleashes an amazing amount of positive economic activity, generating new sales for America's small businesses at a rate of $100,000 every 7.5 minutes and new financing — investment and loans — for small businesses at a rate of $4.1 billion in new capital each year.

      But wait. This program, which gets a tiny amount of money from the federal government, generates far more tax dollars than it costs.

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    8. Hiring Employees on a Trial Basis

      Hiring Employees on a Trial Basis

      This business hopes to convert the people they are currently trying out to full-time after a month. Some of these tryouts are unpaid internships. Others are paid. Skylight gives candidates an expected salary range but doesn’t specify a precise number until it has determined the new hire’s value.

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    9. 2014 Tax Changes: What Small-Business Owners Need to Know

      2014 Tax Changes: What Small-Business Owners Need to Know

      As tax deadlines loom for the 2013 tax year, taxpayers, especially small-business owners, may notice that their tax bills are going up. That’s a trend that’s likely to continue as changes related to the Affordable Care Act and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 take shape. What do you need to know for 2014, so you can start planning now?

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    10. Coming Soon: New Design for Facebook Pages

      Coming Soon: New Design for Facebook Pages

      If you haven’t received a notification already, you will: Facebook announced in a recent blog post that big changes are afoot for the layout of business pages. The move has implications for small-business owners who use Facebook as part of their social media strategy.

      Facebook on March 10 announced that it would begin rolling out “a streamlined look” for fan pages. The goal is “make it easier for people to find the information they want and help page admins find the tools they use most.”

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    11. Oh Lord! Are Atheists More Entrepreneurial Than Christians?

      Oh Lord! Are Atheists More Entrepreneurial Than Christians?

      The Protestant work ethic gets a drubbing in a new study.

      When it comes to entrepreneurship, the Protestant work ethic might not be all it’s cracked up to be. A recent academic study shows that atheists are more likely to be entrepreneurs than either Protestants or Catholics.

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    23. What does, "it's too expensive," mean?

      What does, "it's too expensive," mean?

      Here's another awesome post by Seth Godin...

      Culturally, we create boundaries for what something is worth. A pomegranate juice on the streets of Istanbul costs a dollar, and it's delicious. The same juice in New York would be seen as a bargain for five times as much money. Clearly, we're not discussing the ability to pay nor are we considering the absolute value of a glass of juice. No, it's about our expectation of whatpeople like us pay for something like that.

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      Mentions: New York
    24. The Best Marketing Decision You'll Ever Make

      The Best Marketing Decision You'll Ever Make

      Get this one right and you'll probably succeed. Get it wrong and you're going to have a very tough time.

      Everyone knows that marketing is crucial to the success of your company and its products. However, did you know that there is one, single marketing decision that is exponentially more important than any other marketing decision you'll make? It's this:

      What is our market niche?

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    25. 3 Lessons From Warren Buffett's Annual Letters

      3 Lessons From Warren Buffett's Annual Letters

      Warren Buffett's 2012 letter to stockholders offers important executive-communication lessons for leaders of public and private firms alike.

      At the end of the day, the impact of your annual stakeholder letter does not hinge on a P/E ratio or book value. “Effective shareholder letters clearly articulate the company’s strategy and offer specifics about the types of benchmarks the company expects to achieve in a candid, open, and realistic manner,” writes Cheryl Soltis Martel in NACD Directorship.

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