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Archive for March, 2010

How Efficient is Your Time Tracking Process?

Time and attendance can be an issue for many businesses. No matter the size of the company, there are always discrepancies to be found in employees’ hours. One way to help streamline your efforts is by implementing a time and attendance system. Time and attendance options come in all shapes and sizes. They range from [...]

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7 Hot Summer Small Business Marketing Ideas

With summer just around the corner, business can slow down as folks head to the cool country or go on vacation. However it doesn’t have to be a slow time of year for your business. Here are 7 hot marketing ideas that will keep your business humming all summer long! 1.  Host a food-eating contest! [...]

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Get the Word Out Now!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen an increase in small-business marketing budgets in the last few weeks.   More small businesses are realizing that they need to market and promote their services more than ever to get their piece of the consumer’s shrinking budget.   After all, if you don’t get your name [...]

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Tips to Help Make Your Customer Service Top Notch

Customer service can be a touch situation for many people. Usually when people call these numbers it is because they either have a problem that needs fixed, they are angry or both. Having quality representatives who can handle varied situations can really make the difference. Less Reps Quantity isn’t always quality—especially when it comes to [...]

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Got a restaurant concept? NBC Casting Call!

Just got this from a casting agent for NBC TV:     Do you have an idea for America’s next great restaurant? Are you sitting on a billion dollar concept? If you think your restaurant idea has what it takes to go national and bring in millions of hungry Americans, read on… From NBC and [...]

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How to Increase Sales in 3 Steps

If you want to get some new business, here are three quick tips that may help you boost your customer-list fast… 1. Make A List. Check It Twice. Look through all of your contacts and review the people you’ve met in your industry or at various conferences, local business meetings, presentations, etc. Then, make a list. Research [...]

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The Small Business Professor Gives Insights on Brother® Small Business Survey

A recent survey conducted by StartupNation’s friends at Wakefield Research for Brother® International, http://bit.ly/cIsNF5, indicated that small business owners “believe that stockpiling their cash now is the best strategy for survival.” The survey also revealed ways that small business owners plan to make their businesses more efficient this year. To find out more, I interviewed [...]

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Are you Utilizing Text Messaging?

Text messaging is becoming more prevalent everyday. How many people do you know who communicate via text? Chances are, it’s a large amount of people. Companies have taken notice and are now using texting for various uses some of which include: • Coupons • Gift card redemption • Receiving to-go orders • Reminding loyal customers [...]

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Get the Word Out!

Once you do your research and contact media members with targeted pitches, there are several other things you can do to build buzz about your business. As Step 7 in our “7 Steps to Successful Public Relations” at http://www.startupnation.com/steps/77/3856/1/1/public-relations-action-plan.htm states, it’s time to get the word out! Here are some additional activities to add to [...]

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