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What's the Difference Between a Pyramid Scheme and a Ponzi Scheme?

The difference between pyramid schemes and Ponzi schemes is in the methodology. Pyramid schemes rely on multiple levels of investors, each promising exorbitant returns to the succeeding level, whereas Ponzi schemes feature a central figure who promises exorbitant returns to all investors.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

The Importance of Web Presence for Small Businesses

Small businesses need web presence-plain and simple. A lack of internet presence will no doubt keep potential consumers from finding your business.

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Cheryl Sowa

Small Business Success Story: Yevgeniya Lepskaya School of Music

Entrepreneur and music extraordinaire Yevgeniya Lepskaya has overcome many challenges to open up her own school of music in Park Ridge, Illinois. I recently interviewed Yevgeniya and asked her about her challenges, successes, motivation, and small business advice.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Can a Small Business Owner be TOO Much of a Leader?

Small business owners assume the role of leader once they start their business. As the head honcho, small business owners have to have control over all aspects of the business while still being a leader. Can a small business owner be TOO much of a leader?

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Want to Run Your Business Blog Into the Ground?

Many businesses use blogs to communicate with their consumers, relate to people in their industry, and to keep the world up-to-date with their latest developments or news. But many of these blogs aren't correctly structured, used, or utilized. Do you want to run your business blog into the ground?

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Top 10 Tax Tips I Didn't Know

It's the middle of tax season and April 15 is right around the corner. Is your small business ready? Check out a few tax tips!

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

The Ten Commandments of People Skills in the Workplace

We use "people skills" each day during every interaction with others. Follow these Ten Commandments for People Skills in the Workplace.

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Cheryl Sowa

Know Your Industry

An industry is defined by Princeton as, "the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise." It is important to know specifics about your industry for many reasons.

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Cheryl Sowa

Start-Up Businesses: A Timeline

Starting a business takes time, and lots of it. When you have a great idea, there's no time to lose. Start acting to launch your business is immediately.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

A Window to Your Business World

You only have one chance to make a first impression. For a retail store, the storefront window is your first impression. Here are a few guidelines on how to design for your front window.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Novice Blunders

Are you a new small business owner? Many of the common problems novice entrepreneurs make can be easily avoided. We'll pick out the top five problems and analyze why they are an issue, and what can be done to prevent you from making the same mistakes.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Suspicious Support: Wal-Mart's Failing Campaign in Chicago

Public relations, marketing, and getting the buzz out about a new location for your business is important. But how far is too far? One of America's Best Companies' biggest arch nemeses tries to post up in their headquarters, and are generating the buzz by creating an imaginary community group to gain the upper hand in a city struggle.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Don't Market to Generation Y

Gen Yers are hard to reach as a whole, yet one of the largest markets to make purchases. The best way to market to Generation Y is to not market to them, instead, establish a connection.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

3 Resolutions for Your Small Business in 2010

With high hopes for the economy in 2010, contribute to your small business' hard work for success this year by abiding these three resolutions.

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Cheryl Sowa
Cheryl Sowa

Health Care Reform: House & Senate Bill Breakdowns

The House and Senate Health Care Bills are VERY different on very important issues that all Americans, especially small business owners, need to be aware of. Here is a simple breakdown of various topics in both the House and Senate health care bills, as well as some FAQ about what this means for small business owners.

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