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April 21st, 2014

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Small businesses accelerating growth in 2013 with cloud computing

Small businesses seem optimistic about increasing sales and hiring in 2013 and are looking to squeeze more productivity out of limited time, staffing and resources. For these reasons, finding the right business tools that can grow with you but also work well with the tools you already use are essential to helping your business focus on what you do...

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Want to get paid to go to the gym? Become a personal trainer

One upside to the burgeoning obesity epidemic is that it’s fueling the growth of jobs in the fitness industry.  Whether you’re one of those people in need of a personal trainer or you’re looking for work in a dismal job market, the bureau of labor statistics reports “employment of fitness trainers and instructors is exp...

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Get organized to help grow your business

Small businesses are always trying to find ways to get organized so employees can work more efficiently and save money in the process. With tax time just around the corner and projects opening and closing on a daily basis, taking your business organization standards to a new and improved level might seem like a huge undertaking. “A well-organ...

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Considering self-employment? Career fields with double-digit growth

Americans were born to make lemonade. If you have any doubt about the resiliency of U.S. workers, consider the many reports that indicate millions of Americans are turning life’s lemon of layoffs into an opportunity to work for themselves. With unemployment rates still high, many people are looking to self-employment to create stable, rewardi...

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Why sending holiday greetings is essential for businesses

For many businesses, the holidays are one of the most hectic times of the year. It might seem like there’s no room for anything beyond the basics on the to-do list, but it’s important to consider carefully what a few small actions can do. Your business is only as strong as your relationships with your customers, so making the effort to show your ap...

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Keep your home safe and warm this winter

This is the time of year when homes need a little TLC as winter’s harsh weather can batter windows, assault rooftops and damage pipes. Luckily, there are several easy tasks to include on home maintenance checklists and most of them are no-cost and low-cost chores that could end up saving homeowners big bucks. “As always, water is your h...

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After the offer – negotiating your way to a better salary

Your job search has finally paid off. After all the networking events, resume re-dos and mock and real interviews, you finally got an offer for the job you wanted. So now what? Do you just take it or do you dare negotiate? “You should always negotiate a higher salary,” say Vanessa Jackson, assistant director of career services at The Il...

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Small business networking solutions: cutting edge options you need to know

Network connection speed is always increasing, and small business owners should think about how they can stay abreast of improvements and use new technology to their advantage. Since a growing number of commercial exchanges are gravitating from in-person transactions to online transactions, faster network connections translate into more revenue, be...

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Veterans growing as entrepreneurs

Veterans returning home face many challenges that weren’t present when they were serving in the armed forces. Between adapting to civilian life, reacquainting with family and friends, and finding employment, the adjustment can be a difficult process. Unemployment numbers for veterans are dropping, but returning solders often struggle to compe...

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Small-business owners: Managing your money in a challenging economy

Attention small-business owner: Is managing your business’ finances causing you stress? Sixty percent of small-business owners feel their stress levels are increasing, with more than a third citing managing their money as the primary cause, a recent TD Bank survey found. Money management can be demanding for a small business owner in any econ...

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