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Source: Zimana.com, 7/24/13

Noting when your site is outdated can sometimes be the easiest part of the website maintenance – see this post How Updating a Website Is Essential to Your Business for a few ideas. Implementing changes becomes the challenge, which sometimes means a major upgrade or redesigned site.

Source: Fox Business Small Business Center, 1/13/14

Most business owners are busy, but only some are actually high-achieving, according to a new study on U.S. entrepreneurs.

Shopify and The Huffington Post present: Build a Business!

Shopify is giving away over $500,000 in cash, prizes, and mentorship. Create an online store and sell the most for your chance to win!

WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Share 5 Small Business Tips for a Chance to Win $5,000!

The Company Corporation (www.incorporate.com), the nation’s leader in helping small businesses incorporate and form limited liability companies (LLCs), has announced the launch of a new contest for small business owners: “Share 5 Small Business Tips for a Chance at $5,000.” Business owners are encouraged to share five of the most important small business tips or lessons that they’ve learned in running their own business.

In celebration of SCORE's 50th Anniversary, tell them why your small business needs a makeover and how SCORE played or can play a role in helping your business thrive.

Make a short video, 30—60 seconds long, with the tools you have. There's no need for sophisticated video production. You can use your computer or phone's camera, or a basic video camera. Any type of video is allowed – talking heads, interviews, parodies, dances, animation, or your other creative ideas.

Source: MarketingProfs.com, 2/10/14

You've been calling, emailing, tweeting, blogging, advertising, and faxing (tell me you're not really still faxing)—and it all seems to just disappear into the void.

Are any customers actually listening?

Most customers probably don't have an issue with physical deafness. Nonetheless, they're having trouble hearing you. Because you know who else is clamoring for their attention?

Everybody.

Source: SBA.gov, 2/12/14

5 simple steps you should take to manage your business credit!

1) Determine whether or not you already have a business credit file. Small business owners should first know if they have a business credit file with D&B. You can find this out by calling D&B Customer Service at 1-866-785-0430 or visiting http://iupdate.dnb.com/iUpdate/mainlaunchpage.htm.

Source: Fox Small Business Center, 1/31/14

There's no avoiding the fact that running a business costs money. Whether it's a brick-and-mortar retail store, a service provider, or a small e-commerce company, every startup has its own set of expenses. While you can't fully eliminate your costs, you can significantly reduce them with a few simple changes to your business operations.

Holly Perez, senior manager of personal finance software company Quicken, shared these 10 cost-cutting solutions to help you reduce your business's budget:

Source: Entrepreneur.com, 4/20/11

Adopting some good habits can help stave off costly errors when it comes to recordkeeping.

Entrepreneurs keep a lot of the financial details of their business in their heads. Doing so has its advantages: No new software to learn, no danger of a system crash that loses all your data, and you can tweak your budget as often as you need without sitting down at a desk.

Source: Fox Business Small Business Center, 1/13/14 

For many businesses, January marks the beginning of a new year of financial records, evaluations and sometimes, difficulties. For small businesses in particular, a lack of experience with banking can present a host of problems on top of other issues that startups already have to deal with.

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