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10 Out of 36 States Saw Employment Growth in June

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This June, U.S. small businesses continued an upward trend in employment growth, adding 24,000 new jobs. Compensation and hours worked by small business employees also increased, according to the Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes. The change in small business employment translates to 405,000 jobs added since March 2010. Increase in Hours Worked and [...]
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How to Use a Contest to Commission Freelance Work

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Does your company need a logo? Perhaps a website redesign or a promotional piece? As a small-business owner, you probably do not need to forge a relationship with a high-end design or marketing firm. Yet finding a freelancer who will deliver high-quality work is difficult, even with all of the websites that allow you to [...]
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Kevin Eikenberry on Harnessing Your Leadership Power

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When eager entrepreneurs open their own businesses, many don’t think about or fully understand the shift in mindset that’s required: They must quickly transition from subordinates into leaders, even if they’ve never managed or led a single employee. Employees, customers, and competitors will almost immediately begin evaluating their ability to lead the business to success. [...]
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In the Trenches: The Complexity of Background Checks

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I thought the hard part of hiring a new employee would be finding the right person. After all, now that I have a couple of full-timers on staff, I have a better sense of the kind of help I need. After an earnest search, I found a great match for the company and was ready [...]
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Expand Your Strategic Vision with an Advisory Board

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For time-strapped business owners, an advisory board can be a huge asset. Your board members can survey the market, your competition, legal and regulatory issues, and current trends and give you objective feedback. Effective board members typically do more than offer their expertise and advice; they provide big-picture insights into your operations, from product or [...]
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Should You Revisit Your Unpaid Internship Program?

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Just in time for summer, a federal court ruling in Manhattan should remind small-business owners to tread carefully when using unpaid interns. In mid-June, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled [PDF] that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated state and federal labor laws when it did not pay interns who worked [...]
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In the Trenches: The Good and Bad Sides of CRM Integration

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I’ve written about my struggle to find the right customer relationship management software for Cranky Concierge before. Every time I’ve looked at our options, I’ve found features I like and don’t like. I think I’ve finally found a winning solution, but I’m still a little hesitant to commit because of its high level of integration [...]
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Should You Start a Lean In Circle or Women's Business Group?

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Whether or not you agree with all of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s professional advice for women, there’s something to be said for building a network of peers, such as the “Lean In Circles” she recommends. Starting a business networking group can give you access to mentors, key contacts, and partners in your community. A group [...]
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