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5 Ways to Keep Violence out of the Workplace

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Violence at the office? Don't pooh-pooh the topic. Eleven percent of U.S. work-related fatalities in 2010 were homicides, according to the U.S. Labor Department [PDF]. As a small-business owner, you can help to reduce those numbers — and keep violence out of your workplace — by taking these five basic steps. 1. Pull back the [...]
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5 Tips for Employing College Students

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Educated, tech-savvy, and brimming with youthful energy, college students can be a boon to employers who are looking to fill part-time or seasonal positions. According to Purdue University’s website, college students are also likely to tackle challenges, appreciate diversity, and be “particularly enthusiastic about internships related to their degree.” Here are five tips for recruiting [...]
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6 Ways to Attract Cyclists to Your Business

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Think that catering to cyclists is a waste of time? Think again. According to a 2011 study [PDF] released by Portland State University, two-wheeled traffic can boost sales at bars, restaurants, and retail stores. The study found that, although cyclists typically spend about $3 less than motorists per trip, they visit businesses more frequently — [...]
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5 Creative Ways to Connect with Valentine's Day Customers

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It may take more than the lure of candy to convince people to celebrate Valentine's Day with abandon this year. A recent article in The New York Times paints a rather grim picture of consumer spending, describing how a Minnesota couple plans to skip dinner out on Feb. 14 and instead dine at home on [...]
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Facebook Timeline: More Ways to Craft Your Brand

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Although it isn’t yet available for business pages, Facebook’s new graphical user interface for personal profiles offers entrepreneurs a chance to explore the creative possibilities for personal branding as a business owner. The interface, called Timeline, features a large banner image with an inset portrait and organizes content in historical, story-telling fashion. This gives small-business [...]
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6 Mobile Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

Working to increase your productivity in 2012? These six mobile apps may help you conquer to-do lists, organize travel itineraries, move data to the cloud, and more. 2Do organizes those annoying to-do lists. If the enthusiastic reception that this iPhone and iPad app has received thus far is any indication, Eli Milchman isn't exaggerating when [...]
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5 Creative Ways Small Businesses Use iPads

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More than half of U.S. firms that employ fewer than 50 employees intend to purchase tablet PCs this year, and Apple’s iPad tops the list, according to a recent survey by the NPD Group. Thinking of buying one or more iPads for your small business? Here are five creative ways that entrepreneurs are putting them [...]
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5 Things You Should Never Say to the IRS

Posted In MONEY

Some truths in life — and business — are better left unspoken, particularly when it comes to federal taxes. If an unexpected tax bill or audit comes your way, bear in mind these five things you should never say to an IRS agent. "I'm going to fight this tooth and nail!" Expressing anger often escalates [...]
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