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[ 0 ] Sep. 30, 2013

Top 5 Reasons for a Background Check Investigation on International Hires

By Maria Taylor, Investigation Analyst, Wymoo International Hiring new employees is always a risky business, but when you`re looking for foreign talent the risks are even greater.Private investigators estimate the chances of a bad hire are nearly 5 to 10 times greater than when hiring locally, depending on the specific country. This doesn’t mean that […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 23, 2013

Ten Simple Things a Company Can Do NOW to Boost Customer Service

By Peter Shankman, Principal, Shankman|Honig Hands down, the most overlooked part of running any small business is customer service. Small businesses spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on marketing, trying to convince people they’re the best, yet if they simply improve their customer service by a fraction, the customers will do it for them! Behold, […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 23, 2013

To Develop Skills, Small Biz Owners Turn To Each Other, The Web

By Danny Groner, Skillfeed All small business owners know that if they don’t pay attention to what the competition is doing they will get beat. But another area to consider is how they themselves are investing in their skills to stay fresh, polished, and engaged. Building up your brand and becoming known as a leader […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 23, 2013

Self-Employed? What You Need To Know About January 2014 Health Care Laws

Under the Affordable Care Act, the government, insurers, employers, and individuals share in the responsibility to improve the availability, quality, and affordability of health insurance coverage.  The individual shared responsibility provision is a key part of helping to deliver the law’s consumer protections at an affordable cost. It makes these protections possible by ensuring that […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 16, 2013

Health Care Reform: Three Small Business Strategies

By Alex Tolbert, founder of Bernard Health It’s rare that small business employers have the opportunity to make decisions that are immediately beneficial for both the employer and employees. Health care reform, however, is presenting many employers with exactly that opportunity in 2014. The opportunity: employers with less than 50 employees can drop their group […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 16, 2013

3 Leadership Myths To Avoid

By Erick Lauber, Ph.D. Bradley was failing, and failing badly. Not only did the members of his team avoid him in the lunchroom and never stop by to say “good morning,” they had begun taping a target to his back every day and everyone had signed up for archery lessons. Bradley’s leadership style just wasn’t […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 9, 2013

Workers Take Caring Bosses For Granted, Says IMD Study

Caring bosses who help employees with their personal and work problems shouldn’t expect gratitude, loyalty and commitment in return, new research has warned. According to a study by IMD business school, most managers believe offering emotional support will benefit their company. Yet most employees simply view such shows of kindness as part of their superiors’ […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 9, 2013

Can Your Business Benefit From VoIP?

By Jonny Grant Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the combination of hardware and software that enables the use of the Internet as the transmission device, which allows you to then send and receive telephone calls. For the small business enterprise, VoIP reduces the costs involved for a number of tasks, such as installing and […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 9, 2013

Big Name Software Could Be Killing Your Productivity

By Olin Reams In the search for business software, companies have a habit of turning to the 800-pound gorillas (i.e. products from large corporations) in the room. Gorillas, however, do not have the motor skills to create applications that meet highly specific needs. Today, companies are more likely to find unique capabilities and achieve greater […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 2, 2013

Survey Says Small Biz Challenged To Find Highly Skilled Employees

When it comes to running a successful business, finding a highly skilled team of employees is crucial. But it isn’t always easy. In a recent survey by Robert Half, six in 10 (60 percent) small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring or managing staff is finding skilled professionals for the job. About one […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 2, 2013

Four Internet Marketing Tips To Drive Growth In Your Business

By Doug and Polly White The Internet, used properly, can be an important part of your marketing mix. Used improperly, it can be a black hole into which you dump tens of thousands of dollars without results. To maximize the return on your internet-marketing dollar, follow these four tips: 1. The Basics Still Matter – […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 2, 2013

“Do Not Call” Federal Registry: Does It Work?

Consumers Are Still Having Their Dinners Interrupted by Telemarketers A Decade After the ‘Do Not Call List’ Was Made Law. September 29th is the 10 year anniversary of the signing of the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 and since then the situation has only gotten worse. In 2012 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received 600,000 […]

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