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taxes

Business Owners Look to Extend Tax Time

Many small business employees are looking to extend their tax deadlines due to the economy. Also, weighing keeping or dropping health care coverage for employees, 401(k) matches, the legality of unpaid internships, the iPad is finally here - and what it means for businesses, small business lending, Bank of America extends CARD Act, and much more.

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operations

Companies Begin Work on Health Care Plans

With the passing of the health care reform bill last week, companies are acting fast to redesign their health care plans to comply with the new requirements. Also, small business experts face off on what health care reform will do for small businesses, private company stock ideas, hiring plans and capital investments signal hints of recovery, and auditors cracking down on "independent contractors."

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politics

What Health Care Reform Means for Your Business

A breakdown of the health care bill and what it means for small businesses. Also, an in-depth coverage of the health care bill, roadblocks to exports, resources for the disabled, going green, 401Ks, and the social media phenomenon: Foursquare.

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technology

Cybercriminals Target Local Governments

A new trend has local governments on guard: global computer hackers stealing their money. Also, Federal Reserve keeping its rates low, putting retirement plans on hold, bank failures threatening small business lending, online advertisements, Internet and TV ads, and much more!

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economy

Hiring by Smallest Employers May Signal Job Recovery

Small businesses are starting the recovery trend by hiring in 2010. Additionally, immigration enforcement, U.S. stocks on an important anniversary, small businesses hiring again, Wal-Mart and its mega buy, domestic hiring plans, technology upgrades, small business loans, U.S. Latinos facing business troubles, and much more.

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marketing

Choosing a Marketing Plan: Traditional or Social Media?

What type of marketing campaign should you do--traditional or using social media? Also, creating great company culture, developing leadership, online videos for small businesses, syndicated content, secrets of success from salesmen, tax breaks for those who work from home, trusting your gut, and much more.

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economy

New Credit Card Rules' Double Standard

New rules for credit cards are causing even the most cautious spenders and small business owners to keep an eye out on their credit card bills. Also, buying local, damaging word habits, start-up issues, happiness at work, get back in the black, SBA issues, BBB new data security, free tools to make your business more professional, and much more!

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taxes

Get a Head Start on Taxes

Tax time is right around the corner! Get organized and be prepared. Also, small business incentives, harnessing community power, workplace romances, sales tips in a recession, home-based business blues, securing credit for your small business, small business bailouts, salary increases at a 25 year low, and much more.

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politics

A Small Business Owner Takes His Case to the Top

One entrepreneur had the chance to ask President Obama a question that is on the minds of many small business owners. Also, the Apple iPad for entrepreneurs, iPhones as credit card terminals, Estate Tax lapse, smart phones, social media marketing, Microsoft Office 2010, customer reference programs, and so much more!

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taxes

2010 IRS Tax Calendar for Small Businesses

Small businesses and the self-employed truly are the backbone of America.

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politics

Main Street Frustration: 'Everything is Going to Banks'

A special edition of the Small Business Brief, focusing on what President Obama discussed during the State of the Union last week which affects small businesses across the nation. Also, tax secrets for small businesses, puttingCEO's to the test, merchant accounts, texting while driving for businesses, the realities of getting credit, the Apple iPad, and so much more.

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marketing

Small Business Owners to Shoppers: Stay Put

"Buy Local" movements are popular, but do they really work? Also, hostile work environment lawsuits, employee complaints, ARC loans, social media skyrockets, auditing your image, boosting sales in this economy, identifying new customer norms, learning sales lessons from the Massachusetts Senate race, and much more.

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economy

Banks Pull Another $1 Billion From Small Business Lending

The nation's biggest banks cut their collective small business lending balance by another $1 billion in November, according to a Treasury report released late Friday. The drop marked the seventh straight month of declines. Also, 21st Century Career Development, new laws protecting gay and transgendered workers in 2010, targeting local audiences, buy-local campaigns, Google Place Pages, and much more.

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marketing

A Jump Start for Stalled Small Business Lenders

A program to revive the secondary market for Small Business Administration 504 loans could unlock credit for companies trying to expand. Also, better retail displays, social media trend summary for 2009, getting the most out of work meetings, measuring employee engagement, how to receive blog comments, tax strategies for the newly-self employed, the benefits of using snail mail for marketing, and much more.

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success

Three Best Ways to Sell Excess Holiday Merchandise

Extra holiday merchandise left over? Find out ways to sell it. Also, communication blunders of 2009, what the 2010 holds for marketing, SEO, and social media, getting unstuck from debt, changing your customer loyalty, body language secrets for sales, and much more.

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