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.” (more…)

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. (more…)

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 same as a large private-sector business requires of its suppliers. Therefore, it is essential that any business at least consider these issues, whether it does business with the government or not. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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 learn that as kids and sometimes we have to learn that the hard way as adults. (more…)

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 your mailing more successful. (more…)

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 Better Business Bureau (BBB), it cannot be ignored. (more…)

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). (more…)

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