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    SBA Partners with National Gay Chamber to Support LGBT Entrepreneurs

    by on March 5, 2015

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced in February that it’s expanding its diversity initiatives to include the LGBT community. In partnership with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the SBA is launching LGBT Business B…

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    Why 2015 Is Poised to Be a Great Year for Small Business

    by on February 11, 2015

    According to a Gallup poll and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, small business optimism is the highest since the financial crash and recession of 2008.
    Small businesses are responsible for employing the vast majority of all workers in the country, with the…

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    The Top Business Trends to Watch in 2015

    by on January 30, 2015

    January is always a popular time for making resolutions in both your personal and professional lives. And while it’s important to review last year’s successes and failures, business owners should also endeavor to look to the future when setting goa…

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    Fraud Statistics Every Business Should Know

    by on January 28, 2015

    The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) 2014 Global Fraud Study revealed that the typical organization loses a median of 5% of revenues each year due to fraud. On a global scale, this translates to losses of approximately $3.7 trillion, according …

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    2014 Holiday Sales in Review: Does Black Friday Even Matter Anymore?

    by on January 6, 2015

    The advent of the internet brought about many changes to our lives, both personal and professional. And maybe the most significant impact—aside from email and social media—is e-commerce. With retail stores able to reach a broader audience online, t…

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    5 Reasons Startup Businesses Fail (and What to Do About It)

    by on December 16, 2014

    No one goes into business expecting to fail, yet a good number of new startups do. In an effort to understand what causes failures, CB Insights waded through the data surrounding 101 failed businesses, and compiled a list of the top 20 reasons that startups fa…

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    Digital Marketing Just Became More Small Business Friendly

    by on November 5, 2014

    Small-business owners are constantly looking for new ways to reach potential customers without wasting money on people who will likely never buy. Why dump a bunch of money into reaching men if you’re primarily a women’s cosmetics¬†retailer, for example?

    Dig…

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    NRF: Expect a Big Holiday Sales Season

    by on October 31, 2014

    If you rely on the holiday season for a substantial portion of your annual revenue, the National Retail Federation has an early gift for you. According to data released by the industry group, it expects retail sales for all sectors, excluding autos, gas, and r…

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