Run Your Entire Business with Free Portable Applications

    By Brad Egeland Ok, so maybe you can’t run your entire small business with free portable applications, but I bet you can come close. In an article written by Greg Schulz for TechRepublic entitled “10 Cool Things You Can Do with a USB Flash Drive,” number one on the list was “Run portable applications.”

    Importance of New Products

    By Winmark Business Solutions Today’s accelerated rate of change and information growth means small companies will inevitably face increased competition in their market niches. Small companies need to embrace and seek out change, rather than avoid it or wait until change is forced upon them by competitors.

    Electronic Procurement

    By Winmark Business Solutions The concept of electronic procurement for a small business not yet comfortable with new technology can be overwhelming. E-procurement takes many forms and has become a requirement for doing business with the government. But the electronic procurement requirements that we describe here are not unique to the government. They are the

    Ten Tips for Growing Your Small Business

    By Brad Egeland As you maintain and grow your small business, it’s important to keep continued focus on some of the solid practices that helped get you to where you are today. This list is intended to help you do that.

    Beware of Private Firms Offering to Help Secure SBA Funds

    By Paul Davis The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a warning to small business owners that they should use caution if and when they are contacted by private firms that offer to help them secure money through SBA programs.

    How to Start and Grow a Business in a Slow Economy

    By Janet Attard How do you come up with a great business idea? And, how do you grow that business in a slow economy? Ask Morris Tabush those questions, and he’ll tell you one answer is to solve a problem you, yourself, have and then sell that solution to others who have the problem, too.

    Bullet-Proofing Your Business in Today’s Economy

    By Brad Egeland I’d like to say that this article can provide you with what the title suggests – ways to actually keep your business out of harm’s way in the economy that we find ourselves in right now. But it can’t. Life’s not fair and there are few guarantees in this world. Sometimes we

    Direct Mail Marketing Design Checklist

    By Joyce V Harrison A four-color brochure, a simple postcard, or a flyer all fall under the heading of direct mail marketing. These cost-effective pieces, especially attractive to very small businesses, can also do double duty by serving as handouts. But there are some critical features in direct mail marketing design that can help make

    Responding to Complaints from the BBB

    By Jen Brister When you own a small business, it is likely that at some point you will have to respond to customers who have had a negative experience. Whether they were just having a bad day or your customer service department did not do its job, when a client makes a complaint to the

    An Introduction to the Better Business Bureau

    By Melissa J. Luther The Better Business Bureau was founded in 1912 and is a corporation comprising more than 120 local BBB organizations in the U.S. and Canada. This network of BBBs provides unbiased information on businesses (reliability reports) and charities (BBB Wise Giving guides).