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    How to Detox Your Small Business in 2014

    by on February 12, 2014

    Detox diets are popular among celebrities and the health conscious, especially after holiday binges. Can these periodic “cleanses” be beneficial for businesses, too?

    Author and small-business consultant Regina Anaejionu thinks so. She observes that “the…

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    How to Conduct Painless, Practical Employee Performance Reviews

    by on February 10, 2014

    Managers and employees alike often dread annual performance reviews, but when they are done well those reviews can help your business.

    Employee reviews are “one of the best management tools people have to improve performance,” says Sharon Armstrong, a…

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    Tips for Working With Temps and Temp Agencies

    by on February 4, 2014

    Temporary workers can be a godsend. They meet your small-business needs at a lower cost than regular full-time employees with benefits, which is a huge plus when you don’t have the resources to hire permanent staff.

    Increasingly, U.S. companies of all sizes…

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    Small Business Employment Continues Its Slow Recovery

    by on February 4, 2014

    The January 2014 Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed an increase in employment, although the pace of growth slowed slightly.

    Conversely, with the exception of the construction sector and the “other services” sector, all industries tracked by the Dec…

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    Why You Need an Employee Advocacy Strategy (and How to Implement One)

    by on January 31, 2014

    Some business owners scoff at the idea of worrying about whether their employees are content. It sounds callous, but it’s true. Yet happiness shouldn’t be ignored, because it leads to greater productivity, staff retention, and brand advocacy (particularly …

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    Free Online Program Helps Small-Business Owners Find Mentors

    by on January 24, 2014

    Ever wonder how much you and your business might benefit from a little sage advice, as in tips and guidance from someone who’s “been there, done that”?

    You can stop wondering. MicroMentor, a free program offered by the nonprofit Mercy Corps, connects en…

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    Don’t Let Social Media Damage Your Brand

    by on January 24, 2014

    Social media, when used properly, is a great tool for growing your business. When used improperly, however, it can actually damage the brand that you’ve worked so hard to build.

    If you or your employees tweet inappropriate comments or post questionable ph…

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    Volunteering Is Good for Your Small Business

    by on January 14, 2014

    Think that donating your time to a worthy cause will benefit you personally but not professionally? Think again.

    Engaging in activities that support your community can produce tangible rewards for your small business, in terms of networking, brand-building, f…

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