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[ 0 ] Mar. 29, 2012

Attend a Craft & Gift Trade Show

Attending a trade show is a great way to scope out ideas and marketing strategies. For example, if you make jewelry or any other handcrafted item from a birdhouse to vests for pets, consider dropping in on a local craft and gift trade show. Call the convention centers in your area or go online to […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 29, 2012

Free Shipping

More than 61% of businesses offered some type of “free shipping” perk in the last 12 months. It wasn’t a constant offer such as L.L. Bean who has made free shipping a standard policy. Some “free shipping” offers were limited to certain products, special sale days or on items over a set price. Amazon.com offers […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 29, 2012

You Might Already Be A Big Success

How do you define success? Picasso’s definition of success was loving what you do. Young Picasso was asked “When will you be successful?” He answered, “I already am a success because there is no line of demarcation between work and play in my life.” Maya Angelou wrote, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 28, 2012

No College Degree? No Problem!

Don’t think for a minute that you need  a college degree to be a success. Take a look at the moguls who don’t have a college diploma–if you don’t have a sheepskin, don’t worry; you are in very good company: Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, John D. Rockefeller, Mark Zukerberg, Ted Turner, Richard Branson, […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 28, 2012

Claim Your Online Identity

To claim your online identity book all of the usernames and URLs on your name and the name of your company. Develop online profiles at LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Register your name and the name of your business as a domain name. You might not be ready to build the site, but you can reserve […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 28, 2012

Opportunity Knocks

Take a look around your community for needs that are not being met. Are there enough catering businesses, landscapers, delivery services or food enterprises? If there is competition in a field you want to enter, could you provide service that is better, faster or cheaper? Make 2012 the year you become your own boss!

[ 0 ] Mar. 28, 2012

Motorola Mobility Offers New Trade-in Program

Company launching new trade-in program and offering dedicated MotoAssist IT service with new Business Ready smartphone purchases Business users who are looking to trade in their old smartphone and bring an Android-based device to work now have a more compelling reason than ever to make the leap, with Motorola Mobility’s new program designed to help […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 27, 2012

South Carolina’s Exports Jump 21 Percent

Ranks first among U.S. states in auto and tire exports Germany, Canada and China top export markets. Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the State Ports Authority announced the state’s 2011 exports totaled more than $24.6 billion in goods sold to 198 countries around the world. Figures represent a 21.4 percent […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 26, 2012

The Life, Death & Rebirth of America’s Global Leadership

By Mona Pearl One of the main challenges of the U.S. economy is mind-set. As trade borders become seamless and the world becomes more dependent on technology, U.S. companies and their executives must scramble to acquire the tools and skills necessary to survive and thrive in the increasingly competitive global market. I recently attended a […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 26, 2012

Reward During The Bad Times

As businesses batten down the hatches and pull the purse strings tight in response to media hype of a double-dip recession, tech entrepreneur Lawrence Jones is bucking the trend by continuing to invest heavily in staff perks including trips to Vegas and a full-time masseuse. The founder of internet hosting firm UKFast – that grew […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 26, 2012

Networking Tips For Entrepreneurs, Job Seekers & More

Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” (John Wiley & Sons,  http://www.getthejobbook.com), advocates that networking is the number one way job seekers get hired, regardless of the economic climate. “Networking is not about ‘schmoozing,’ or selling someone on the idea of hiring you. […]

[ 0 ] Mar. 26, 2012

Francorp: Evaluating A Franchise Opportunity

Francorp Explains Working on Instead of in Your Business Francorp frequently comes across business owners who feel that they don’t have the time to evaluate franchising or look at expanding their company. They work 18 hours a day just to keep their business running. When entrepreneurs start their business they don’t set their goals on […]

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