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Take the Test: Determine Your Small Business Health Score

Take the Test: Determine Your Small Business Health Score | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
This is a good time of year to assess the health of your company. Take the test and determine your small business health score now.
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Take the Test: Determine Your Small Business Health Score
Although not nearly extensive as one should be, this is actually a great little exercise for your business to determine where it needs the most change.
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GoDaddy Helps Small Businesses Easily Create Online Retail Stores

GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today announced the new GoDaddy Online Store, a product designed to make it easy for small businesses to create an e-commerce presence and sell products online.
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Another great asset to going with GoDaddy for you technical needs.  I use GoDaddy for many products and services. I have tried other similar companies but none compare to GoDaddy. Their customer service is by far, second to none.

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GoDaddy's Get Found Updates Small Business Information Online

GoDaddy's Get Found Updates Small Business Information Online | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The popular web hosting company and platform GoDaddy, is today launching a new service called Get Found. Get your business found online.

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It doesn't matter how much work you do on your website or blog; without being found; you are nothing more than a small fish in a great big ocean.

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How to Get a Small Business Loan: Tips for Female Entrepreneurs

How to Get a Small Business Loan: Tips for Female Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
For female entrepreneurs in the still male-dominated business world, getting a loan can be even more difficult than it is for male entrepreneurs.
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How to Get a Small Business Loan: Tips for Female Entrepreneurs
Some great tips for female and male entrepreneurs as well. This article also has a great set of links to enhance her blog post.
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15 Small Business Owners Share What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started

15 Small Business Owners Share What They Wish They'd Known When They First Started | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Successful small business owners share the most important lesson they wish they'd known when they started.
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Small Business Lessons Learned
15 of the best advice I have received EVER!!! As a small business just starting out, looking for the best advice is sometimes hard so this article which takes on different business owners was instrumental and stands out by far.
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Take the Test: Determine Your Small Business Health Score

Take the Test: Determine Your Small Business Health Score | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
This is a good time of year to assess the health of your company. Take the test and determine your small business health score now.
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Take the Test: Determine Your Small Business Health Score
Although not nearly extensive as one should be, this is actually a great little exercise for your business to determine where it needs the most change.
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Microsoft Partners With GoDaddy To Bring Office 365 To More Small Businesses | TechCrunch

Microsoft Partners With GoDaddy To Bring Office 365 To More Small Businesses | TechCrunch | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Microsoft today announced a partnership with GoDaddy that aims to bring Office 365 to more small businesses. Moving to a subscription model for Office was..
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GoDaddy Presents - Office 365 from GoDaddy
As a small business, I recently purchased this product from Microsoft and am finding it extensive and potentially very productive for other small businesses especially ones that need online collaborative abilities. I have not fully set it up but am working on perfecting it for my clients to serve them in the best manner. A definite must check-out if you are in a small business or own a small business.
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Bill Gates Is Not The Next CEO Of Microsoft, But His VC Investments Are Picking Up | TechCrunch

Bill Gates Is Not The Next CEO Of Microsoft, But His VC Investments Are Picking Up | TechCrunch | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Bill Gates may be one of the world’s most famous philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and guest editors,  but could he be adding venture capitalist to the list?..
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Some great advice on how Bill Gates is expanding his company through new ideas. Not only is he a philanthropist for vaccine information, he is also focused on making sure that Microsoft stays one of the most profitable entities on the internet.
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Small businesses will face challenges in 2014, but resources to help are available - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com

Small businesses will face challenges in 2014, but resources to help are available - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Most entrepreneurs in Florida are optimistic about the future success of their business, according to a recent survey.
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Although from a Florida newspaper, this article offers some good advice that any small business owner needs to take note of, research, and get prepared for new changes in small business.
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Start 2014 in the Brag Basket

Start 2014 in the Brag Basket | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

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 Start 2014 in the Brag Basket I just found this great new site and from what I have read; I have already signed up for their newsletter. I intend on following this site closely as it is especially good for small business owners.

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Five Businesses You Can Start In Your Living Room - Business 2 Community

Five Businesses You Can Start In Your Living Room - Business 2 Community | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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A great and  concise article that has some great ideas. Only 5 are given but these five are worth reading about and pursuing in the near future. Regards,
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40 Must-Have Mobile Business Apps To Run Your Company

40 Must-Have Mobile Business Apps To Run Your Company | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Melanie Haselmayr of Mevvy presents the 40 best mobile business apps to manage your files, team, notes and finances on the go!
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I found this article enlightening and exciting. It appears to have many apps for small businesses that make productivity and time management better. I cannot wait to try some of them out. Have you tried any? Any apps missing that you would suggest?

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The Top 5 Reasons A Small Business Should Make Use Of Online Review Sites

The Top 5 Reasons A Small Business Should Make Use Of Online Review Sites | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Small businesses need to work extra hard to make their company succeed, and one of the best ways to do this is to know your customer base and what they like and don’t like.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Concise and to the point reasons for small businesses to take heed to this article. I never thought about this but plan to put it in my own marketing plan.

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Great information.  Reviews are a great way to engage and attract customers.

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4 Secrets Of Success

4 Secrets Of Success | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
(Image credit: Getty Images for Dress For Succes via @daylife) Of all the goals people set in life, two stand out: success in our personal and professional lives. It turns out, these two are interdependent.
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I love this article. It was concise, bold, serious, and informative in many ways. Don't think because the title says "4" that there is not a lot of great information here. There are gems within the post.

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When Should Small Businesses Outsource Social Media Marketing?

When Should Small Businesses Outsource Social Media Marketing? | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Social media marketing is a time-consuming initiative that can easily turn into a vanity project. Small business owners don’t have enough time to engage their social media accounts. Without res…
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I personally do not believe in outsourcing. To each his own however one of my USP in the personal connection I have with my client. I cannot do that if I am the one telling stories or sharing the information with my details. Simple. Not complicated.

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Women Entrepreneurs News - The Accelerators - WSJ

Women Entrepreneurs News - The Accelerators - WSJ | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Women Entrepreneurs - The latest news about Women Entrepreneurs from the WSJ The Accelerators Blog. Startup mentors discuss strategies and challenges of creating a new business.
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Women Entrepreneurs News
It is great to see resources specifically for woman entrepreneurs. It is tough in the small business world in and of itselfbut women entrepreneurs are grossly underrated. It would be nice to see other financially stable women driven companies to start something similar to what Ms. Burch is doing. Giving back - "Paying it forward" - I love that idea.
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Resolutions All Small Business Owners Should Make In 2014

Resolutions All Small Business Owners Should Make In 2014 | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Taking the time to think through your strategies and tactics for achieving your business of the business and committing to getting it done will go a long way towards achieving your personal vision of success.
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Resolutions All Small Business Owners Should Make In 2014
Some great advice that both startups and current business can use to their advantage.
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Achieving Small Business Success in 2014

Achieving Small Business Success in 2014 | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
This year, establish a vision for your business that is aligned with your personal vision. Your personal health and professional health impact each other, so it's important for you to maintain both with goal setting.
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Achieving Small Business Success in 2014 A few great tips for small business but more importantly, a great update on the way that small business reports 2013 and their enthusiasm for 2014. Regards, ~ Holley Jacobs
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Does your small business need a Wikipedia page? - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com

Does your small business need a Wikipedia page? - Business Monday - MiamiHerald.com | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Have you ever considered creating a Wikipedia page for your small business?
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Should your business create a Wikipedia page? I have done a decent amount of research on this topic and feel that the type of information allowed on a Wiki is put to better use on your company website. Is your website biased? Well of course it is. You are trying to make a living but in my opinion, you can achieve the "neutrality" that Wiki supposedly offers by allowing and encouraging feedback from your website users.
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RALEIGH: Small-business owners turn to Google Plus to build their brand, search ranking | Shop Talk | NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH: Small-business owners turn to Google Plus to build their brand, search ranking | Shop Talk | NewsObserver.com | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
With recent changes and updates to Google products, small-business owners may want to consider building their brand and using free tools on Google Plus.
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Some great suggestions for small business owners to use Google Plus with descriptions of the many aspects of the platform and tips on how to use them.
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A resolution tailored to your small business

A resolution tailored to your small business | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Have you made New Year's resolutions for your small business?
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A resolution tailored to your small business
No matter what stage your small business is in be just starting, growing rapidly, gone stagnant, etc. this article offers some practical advice to focus on for the new year. What will be your major focus?
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The Marietta Daily Journal - Looking ahead The AP takes a glance of what s to come for small businesses in 2014

The Marietta Daily Journal - Looking ahead The AP takes a glance of what s to come for small businesses in 2014 | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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Small business owners will face both hardships and positive aspects this year. I like to focus on the positive side so there will be much discussion about the new insurance law and banks are going to be willing to lend to small business more readily. Those two items there will fill my day up and I look forward to this new changes. How About You? Regards, ~ Holley Jacobs #Entrepreneurship
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Must-Do List: Make Sure Your Website Has This Essential Information - SmallBusiness.com

Must-Do List: Make Sure Your Website Has This Essential Information - SmallBusiness.com | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
The essential information for any small business web site.
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A really great checklist that seems like a no-brainer but with the many tasks that small business owners have to do; it is the little things that may get overlooked. Don't let that be you. Check out this article.

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Why Small Businesses Should Be Thankful for Social Media Marketing - Business 2 Community

Why Small Businesses Should Be Thankful for Social Media Marketing - Business 2 Community | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
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Great advice on how to use social media as a small business and why it is important to do so.
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What Makes A Great Entrepreneur, By The VCs Behind Facebook, Spotify and Warby Parker

What Makes A Great Entrepreneur, By The VCs Behind Facebook, Spotify and Warby Parker | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Whatever your concerns about the whys and wherefores of taking venture capital funding, one thing is for sure, VCs come into contact with thousands of entrepreneurs, all the time. What do successful entrepreneurs have in common?
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Some very realistic and serious views on the subject of being an entrepreneur. I think it should be mandatory for future entrepreneurs to read this article. Just my opinion though.

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Why Twitter Needs Small-Business Owners Now More Than Ever

Why Twitter Needs Small-Business Owners Now More Than Ever | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
As Twitter’s IPO debuts on the New York Stock Exchange, there’s no shortage of people questioning whether the company is profitable enough to justify a $26 stock price.
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