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Are You Saying These 3 Things to Reporters? Uh Oh!

If you own a small business, you may be looking forward to an upcoming interview with media member. You reviewing your notes, but do you know these… 3 Things Never to Say to a Media Member 1.    “No Comment.” You hear this all the time when you see news interviews on television and hear them [...]

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Wrong Thinking Leads to Bad Results

In order to survive long-term, companies must develop a unique and sustainable competitive advantage—what will set your company apart from your competitors. Additionally, independent of size or time in business, companies have limited resources for deployment and must determine how best to invest scarce resources. The main resources are human capital (the people and their [...]

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Small Business Success | Company Performance

Entrepreneur Josh MacGown Becomes Mobile Genius!

Successful business owner offers tips, insights and secrets to success Have you ever dropped your mobile phone, cracked the screen or submerged it in water? I think we have all done this at some point! You worry about the fees involved in replacing your phone and recovering your lost data. Well, Josh MacGown decided to [...]

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An Interview with a Chinese Business Owner

In the United States, the liquidity of our markets promotes entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate growth. Most entrepreneurs, steadfast in their efforts, can usually access the financing they need. However, in other countries accessing capital can be a long and arduous process with limited options. I gained a greater appreciation for the structure of our banking [...]

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Les Gold to Join StartupNation Radio

  StartupNation Radio is happy to announce that Les Gold from the Hardcore Pawn show will be joining us in the studio on June 28th. Not only is Les one of the nation’s most powerful pawn brokers, but he is also a New York Times Best Selling author.We are excited to have him on air [...]

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3 Website Sins That Make Customers Run!

Are you guilty of these content sins on your Website? You worked hours to create your Website, write content and market your business… so your site traffic should grow along with sales, right? Well, it’s not happening. Why not? You could be guilty of these… 3 Website Sins That Make Customers Run! 1. Do you [...]

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What Every Company Leader Should Consider

A company leader must make sure the right people are doing the right things. This requires both leadership skills and knowledge about the numerous business functions that exist within a company. Given their level of influence, they can build or destroy the company. Leaders have to respect the impact that their words and directions have [...]

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Hiring and Keeping the Best Freelancers for Your Startup

Three things to start us off… The good freelancers are out there. Don’t give up. You can find the right freelancers, if you know where to search and how to woo them. The right freelancer can become a long-term, essential member of your team, if you treat him right. Scrolling through the list of profiles [...]

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Performance

Getting Back to Basics – How to Build a High Performance Culture

After recently acquiring an import and distribution company, I have again been reminded of the incredible importance of implementing fundamental business practices and systems in order to gain traction, momentum, accountability, and a sense of unity and responsibility within the workplace that stands as a team builder.  Conversely, I am reminded that whenever I have worked in an environment where [...]

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Business Simply Put Lori Williams

Success: A Goal or Unhealthy Obsession?

Entrepreneurs are high-energy people driven by the need to succeed. I have experienced this in myself, my colleagues and the students who attend my entrepreneurship class at USC. Respectfully, the term successful by its very nature is a subjective and personal term. However, in the business world it is usually defined by the amount of [...]

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Small Business Success | Company Performance

3 Tips to Write Content with Value… Fast!

Provide Content Others Will Want to Share If you want to stay current and provide valuable information to a hungry audience, you need to write a lot of good content. This can be difficult… especially when you have other, core responsibilities as an entrepreneur. With this in mind, here are… 3 Tips to Write Valuable [...]

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Small Business Success | Company Performance

3 Free Ways to Boost Online Awareness

How to Improve Your Content for the Search Engines… Fast As an entrepreneur, you know you need to build online awareness and get high rankings on the search engines. And, of course, there are hundreds of services out there ready to help you… from very expensive, full-services to consultants to do-it-yourself tools to classes, and [...]

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Why you should fire some customers by Lori Williams of Business Simply Put

Why You Should Fire Some Customers

This week I spoke to a new client who contacted me through the eAdvice service on my website. In her written correspondence she expressed concern about the overall profitability of her company. Of course, those were not the specific words she used in her email. Rather she wrote the words I hear many business owners [...]

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small business public relations

How Fast Is Your PR Team?

Fast Response is the Key to PR Success How many of you are waiting for a response from a new client, partner, publicist, or someone else? In today’s busy, business world, it’s probably quite a few of you. Although we now have speedy tools like e-mail, social media, texting, and even the old standard of [...]

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Strategy

Is that a Marketing or Strategy Question?

Many marketing challenges are often strategic dilemmas. When company executives meet to discuss missed sales targets, unknowingly they are often trying to solve strategic issues with marketing solutions. Since they are not addressing the core problem, the marketing efforts are often misdirected. Common questions discussed during sales and marketing meetings are: (1) How do we [...]

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Small Business Success

Tips to Spring Into PR Action Now!

Start Spring PR and Content Activities Now for a Great Summer! If you have a big “To Do” list for your business and PR and marketing activities right now, it’s time to take action. Start big projects, reach out to new customers and review your goals. After all, do you really want to be stuck [...]

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Increase sales

3 Tips to Improve Your Sales Pitch

How Can I Help You? How is your year going so far? I don’t know about you, but I’ve talked to many small business owners who are really watching their budgets closely and saving as much money as possible. With this in mind, it can be more difficult to get small business customers to use [...]

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Article Company of One

Company of One

At one time landing a large corporate client was the golden goose. Today, that may not be the case. Working with smaller companies is often more profitable, not to mention enjoyable. More importantly, given the trends it may offer the best opportunity for growth. According to the latest data released by the SBA, “In 2011, [...]

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