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Tech Review: Microsoft Office Hub for Windows Phones

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

Juggling documents on your mobile phone is never a pleasure — in fact, it’s usually a downright pain — but on-the-run edits are a necessary evil for many small-business owners. When it comes to productivity, Windows Phone handsets have a hidden ace up their sleeve: a mobile version of Microsoft Office baked right into the [...]
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How Tablet PCs Can Benefit Your Small Business

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

This may come as a shock to Angry Birds fanatics, but tablet PCs can do a whole lot more than power video games. Their unique blend of portability, touch-screen capabilities, and processing power enable them to perform tasks that many notebooks can’t handle. But perhaps you already knew that: A report by the NPD Group [...]
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Door Hangers: 4 Tips to Help Boost Response Rates

Posted In MARKETING

Door hangers are an oft-forgotten weapon in the small-business advertising arsenal, but their rock-bottom printing costs — as low as 2 to 8 cents per unit, depending on volume and design — make door hangers an intriguing marketing prospect, especially for cash-strapped businesses. (And what business isn’t these days?) Here are a few tips to [...]
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5 Upselling Tips to Help You Supersize Your Bottom Line

Posted In MARKETING

“You want fries with that?” That old McDonald’s standby may not be the most elegant example of upselling, but it certainly works. (Admit it, you took the fries. And you supersized them, too.) Why not use similar tactics to generate bigger sales for your small business? Here are five tips for upselling your customers. Keep [...]
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Frank Menard on Real Estate: 'After Every Crash There Is a Boom'

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

Some people look at the housing market and think the sky is falling. But real estate agents Frank and Carol Menard see opportunity in uncertain times. Or, as the duo tell us, “After every crash there is a boom!” The industry veterans recently opened their own business, the Frank Menard Realty Group, in New Hampshire. [...]
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3 Startup Ideas on the Rise (and 3 on the Way Out)

Posted In STARTING A BUSINESS

The long-term outlook for your chosen industry is an important thing to consider when you’re deciding whether to take the plunge into small-business ownership. Getting stuck holding last year’s bag while the market moves on to bigger and brighter things isn’t exactly a path to success. With that in mind, here’s a look at three [...]
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Bill Owen of MNPCTech on Succeeding in a Niche Business

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

When Bill Owen opened MNPCTech just over ten years ago, many people had never heard of “case modding.” In fact, many people today are unfamiliar with the practice, in which a PC owner alters a computer’s chassis to give it a custom look. This relative obscurity doesn’t bother Owen. Thanks to a stellar reputation and [...]
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