A business plan template: the best way to start a business

A business plan template: the best way to start a business

An inevitable truth that every businessman faces when trying to find a successful marketing strategy for small business is that starting a business is a hard work. If you try to find ways to get your business, without doing anything, well, you should forget about your pipe dream. Your first step is using a business plan template. A business plan template ...

How to set your goals with an effective business plan

How to set your goals with an effective business plan

When entrepreneurs try to implement their unique ideas, most of them eventually fail. There are a number of reasons for the failure of small businesses, but poor planning is probably the most frequent. Would you cook a delicacy with no idea what ingredients you need? Starting a business without proper planning is like cooking without a recipe. A good business ...

A guide on choosing an online business opportunity

A guide on choosing an online business opportunity

With the emerging trend of online business, more and more entrepreneurs continue to seek profitable business opportunities. Choosing a suitable business opportunity online, however, can be a time-consuming task because a lot of new online businessmen often fall prey to online scammers. These swindlers promise huge income figures, and often produce false or outdated data. The key to making the ...

Why is liability insurance essential for your business?

Why is liability insurance essential for your business?

When you're an entrepreneur, you will need to get liability insurance to protect your business assets and personal assets, in the case of a trial. Of course, all companies like to hope they are never sued by a customer or employee, but the risks are higher, the more successful you become. There is the added responsibility that can occur when ...

In the same period a year ago, the Sarasota-based wireless telecommunications company experienced a net loss of $16 million, or $1.70 per share, though that result included a $10.1 million expense associated with a stock deal in September 2013.

Revenue a year ago totaled $33,000, the company stated.

The average number of shares outstanding for the quarter ended Sept. 30 was 24.2 million, compared with 9.4 million in September 2013.

XG ended the quarter with $1.9 million in cash, down from $5.5 million a year ago.

“The momentum of sales activity we experienced in the second quarter accelerated into the third in every respect,” John C. Coleman, xG’s CEO, said in a statement. “We are experiencing strong validation of our new product and software, though converting proposals to orders has proven a lengthier process than any of us would prefer.”

For the nine months ended Sept.

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Even the Department of Pensions admits that it has slipped in “under the radar”. The first that many British entrepreneurs heard about it was when advertisements appeared on television with the likes of Theo Paphitis – hitherto the respected and benevolent face of British business – telling people, presumably employees, that “your boss” would be sending them a letter and paying into their pension funds.

This came as news to most “bosses”!

No wonder. Once again, pol

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SEO best practices change faster and more often than models at a fashion show. As a result, it’s difficult for small business owners to keep their SEO programs on track, and dangerous not to. At best, SEO campaigns based on misconceptions yield no results; at worst, they produce negative results – i.e., lowering organic search visibility.

Here are five of the most common SEO misconceptions.

Rankings used to matter a lot. Now they don’t. Among the reasons:

As in any industry, SEO has its fair share of snake oil salesmen. SEO firms that promise top rankings or thousands of new site visitors continue to lure small businesses into their traps. In reality, SEO carries no guarantees:

These days you can’t surf the Web without bumping into 1,000 articles about how content marketing is the secret weapon of SEO. Well, I

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Whether you’re customers park their vehicle in the lot or street, you want to leave a favorable view once they get out of the car. Picking up trash, litter and other waste should be an ongoing chore, especially on windy days. You should also have sidewalk cracks and road pot holes repaired and filled. The very first view of your business should be warm and welcoming to the consumer.

Landscape

Your lawn should be cared for with regular cuttings, feedings, weeding and watering during times of drought. Professional landscapers can properly care for the exterior of your business and leave you free to concentrate on the success of your company. They can also add trees, bushes and flowers to improve the exterior of your business and give it an aesthetically pleasing punch. Sim

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3M Co. posted record third-quarter earnings Thursday with positive input from all businesses, but executives narrowed their earnings guidance for the year, citing pressure from the strengthening dollar.

The Maplewood-based maker of Post-it notes, Scotch tape and industrial abrasives reported quarterly sales that grew 2.8 percent to $8.14 billion. Earnings grew 5.9 percent to $1.3 billion or $1.98 a share, which beat analysts’ average earnings expectations by a penny. Analysts had expected sales of $8.24 billion.

“This was another strong quarter for 3M,” said CEO Inge Thulin in a statement. “3M remains on track to deliver its long term financial objectives.”

3M’s healthcare business delivered the largest sales gains of the quarter as demand shot up for 3M’s transdermal patches, other drug delivery products and digitized medical record systems. Healthcare sa

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If something like this were to happen to a small company, the damage would most likely be catastrophic. After all, small business owners do not have access to the financial resources and PR team of a company like Target. Therefore, it is critical for these owners to take steps to minimize the risk of a data breach so that none of their customers become a victim of identity theft.

1. Utilize Up-To-Date Security Software

Every business owner needs to invest in up-to-date programs such as antivirus, anti-malware and anti-spyware software. Additionally, it is critical to have a stable firewall in place, and you should never access the Internet if any of these security measures are not working properly. Instead, your first priority should be to obtain updated software and then run a scan of your entire system for any potential security risks.

2.

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Apparently there are many businesses that still think they have a secret weapon, an edge that their competitors would use successfully against them if the secret was revealed. These businesses think that by limiting the amount of information they publish they will keep their secret sauce recipe from those who want to outsell them.

These companies have seen way too many movies about corporate espionage. Most businesses aren’t selling a product or service that is any different from others in the same industry. The way to blow by your competition is to build trust in your brand by building relationships with people. It’s all about giving the customers what they want.

The real secret isn’t in your product or service but how you market it. Inbou

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North American Bancard (NAB) has several openings at its headquarters in Troy, and will be hosting a job fair Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are looking for a job in the technical support or customer service fields, you’re invited to attend.

“We are so eager to be hiring front-line support staff. North American Bancard is growing and we need candidates who are looking to join an expanding company with many opportunities. I’m excited to be part of NAB’s growing family,” said Shannon Rumohr, Senior Workforce Manager.

As a technical support associate, you will be responsible for answering incoming calls from merchants using North American Bancard products, including the latest mobile point of sale solution, PayAnywhere. You will also need to make outgoing calls to merchants requesting assistance. The ideal

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