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Managing Small Business Growth

Small business owners generally love the word “growth” since when used in relation to a business, it usually means success. A growing business is a thriving business, or so most people believe. Unfortunately, many small business owners discover the hard way that business growth may result in problems if your business isn’t equipped to handle that growth – and can…
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Leadership in a Crisis – How To Be a Leader

When a business faces a period of intense difficulty, the abilities of its top management and especially those of its CEO can make the difference between bankruptcy and survival. In fact, a true leader is capable of using a crisis to carry out changes within the organization so that it emerges stronger and in a better position to take advantage…
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How to Fly Standby in Today’s Airline Industry

The airline industry has literally been reinvented with the ability to book reservations online, self-service kiosks and travel sites such as Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline. As a result, flying stand-by has changed significantly, but is still available for impromptu travel, rescheduling and upgrades if you work with the system, keep your patience, and leverage your personal spending power. Flying Standby…
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How to Finance a Short Sale

A short sale is a real estate transaction for the purchase of a home before a bank forecloses on it. Short sales allow the owner of the home to sell the home below the market price and are subject to approval by the holder of the loan on the property. A short sale home often has the owners still living…
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Effectively Developing and Engaging Employees

Developing and engaging.  The biggest underlying theme for engaging employees is not tracking their every move, or even their happiness, but to inspire them to do their job to the fullest extent and to do it well, and then enjoyment with their work will come.  Employees that are properly engaged tend to be more effective and productive. Transparency.  For many…
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How Credit Scores Help Consumers

For consumers, a credit score helps determine how much you pay for certain products and services.  In some cases, it may even have an effect on your chances in obtaining employment.  A credit score gives lenders an idea of your credit risk and worthiness.  Before credit score was developed, consumers looking to obtain credit went through a process that was…
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Five Common Legal Issues Faced by Businesses

As an owner of a small business, the danger of crippling litigation should also be at the top of your priorities. Legal headaches, especially in America can take you by surprise and severely hurt your business’ bottom line. Here are some of the most common legal issues facing small businesses in America. Disgruntled Employees As a business owner, this will…
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Keeping an Eye on Your Competitors

It is said that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, but in the world of business, imitation is inevitable, and hardly flattering. For example, Apple’s iPhone and iPad products have been imitated by a number of competitors, such as HTC and Samsung, which have incurred the legal wrath of Steve Jobs and company. Meanwhile, in the video game industry,…
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