Carla Turchetti

Carla Turchetti

Carla Turchetti is a veteran broadcast, print and digital journalist who is passionate about small businesses and the stories behind them. Carla is a small-business columnist at the News & Observer, the regional daily newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    A New Leader Emerges for the SBA

    by on January 22, 2014

    President Barack Obama has tapped a banker from Los Angeles as his next choice to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    His nominee is Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder and chairwoman of ProAmérica Bank, which focuses its services on small and midsized b…

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    Do You Need a New Social Media Strategy?

    by on January 21, 2014

    Teenagers, who spend more than $208 billion each year, are leaving Facebook in droves. This means that small-business owners who rely on the world’s most active social network to sell products or services to young customers may want to rethink their social …

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    Polish Your Personal LinkedIn Profile for the New Year

    by on January 8, 2014

    The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to reflect on your professional accomplishments of the past 12 months and update your personal LinkedIn profile accordingly.

    With 259 million members worldwide, LinkedIn offers a powerful tool for small-busines…

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    The Online Sales-Tax Stalemate Continues

    by on January 6, 2014

    The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to get involved in the ongoing dispute over the collection of sales tax on online purchases. On December 2,2013, the court declined to hear a case in which Amazon and Overstock challenged a New York law allowing the state to…

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    Avoid a Tax-Time Surprise by Planning Ahead

    by on December 13, 2013

    When you work for someone else, your employer generally withholds federal taxes from your paycheck. But when you’re self-employed, paying income tax is completely up to you. If this is your first foray into entrepreneurship, you may be wondering how to figur…

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    How to Make Your Business More Social

    by on December 12, 2013

    The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important, American philosopher John Dewey observed. His insight may help to explain why blogs and social networks have become so popular. Before Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and the like, the only…

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    How to Make Your Office More Efficient

    by on November 22, 2013

    Every small-business owner could use a few more hours in the day to get everything done.

    That’s why it’s so important to keep your office running at peak efficiency: You want to maximize every working moment. Here are three tips for streamlining your oper…

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    Can You Require a Minimum Purchase for Credit Card Users?

    by on November 5, 2013

    Cash may be king at your small business, but it’s likely that plenty of customers would prefer to pay with plastic.

    Accepting credit and debit cards isn’t free: Merchants pay a percentage of the total transaction amount (and often a flat fee per card swip…

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