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Gene Marks
Gene Marks is an opinionated small business management columnist, author, speaker, and business owner.

He writes daily for The Washington Post and weekly for Forbes,,, and monthly for Philadelphia Magazine

Gene's books include The Manufacturer's Book of List, In God We Trust: Everyone Else Pays Cash, The Streetwise Small Business Book of Lists, The Small Business Desk Reference, Outfoxing The Small Business Owner - Crafty Techniques for Creating a Profitable Relationship and The Complete Idiot's Guide To Successful Outsourcing.

Gene is a CPA and runs The Marks Group PC, a highly successful ten-person firm that provides expert customer relationship management and technology consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. The Marks Group PC, launched in 1994, has grown to help more than 600 companies and more than 5,000 individuals throughout the country do things quicker and better. Prior to starting The Marks Group PC, Gene spent 9 years in the entrepreneurial services arm of the international consulting firm KPMG in Philadelphia where he was a senior manager.

Gene regularly presents his keynotes, workshops, seminars, and executive retreats across the U.S. He is also a board member of the National Speaker’s Association.

You can follow Gene on Twitter (@genemarks) or visit his website -

Entries by Gene Marks

3 Very Specific Things a 'Small Business President' Should Do

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 4:31 PM

Last week, Hillary Clinton made news saying she wanted to be the "small business president." She visited with and talked to small business owners from New England to the Midwest, joined LinkedIn and even gave control of her Twitter account to a small business owner. Can you blame...

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How to Reduce Your Accounting Staff

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 6:56 AM

"The Age of Men is over. The time of the Orc has come." Can you tell I just watched all three Lord of the Rings over the weekend? So I've got that quote on my mind. Particularly when it comes to the accounting staff at many of my clients. The...

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Why the French Are More Productive Than Americans

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 11:41 AM

The French are more productive than us Americans. Yes, you read right. The French.

Not that I have anything against the French. But we Americans hate to lose in anything. We consider ourselves to be the hardest working, most productive, greatest nation on earth. And yet, sadly, the facts...

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How to Really Celebrate National Volunteer Month

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 5:45 PM

This month is National Volunteer Month. And of all the ways corporations support volunteerism I like what Apple Corporation does the most.

According to this report Apple matches employees for their time spent on philanthropic endeavors, not just money. To that end, the company matches up to...

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Why I Don't Want To Have Coffee With You

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:43 PM

Please... I don't want to have coffee with you.

I don't mean to sound rude. And I really, really appreciate that you'd like to get together. But I'm a small business owner. My days are really busy. And I don't have the time to just "have coffee." I know you...

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Great Business Leaders Mind Their Own Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 3:08 PM

True story: I have a client - a landscaping company. The company's owner holds a "voluntary prayer session" every morning in the office before crews go out to work. The prayers are to God and to Jesus. He's a very nice guy and clearly a religious man. And he wants...

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44 Taxes I Pay Because I Live in Philadelphia

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:33 AM

I live in Philadelphia. And I do pay a lot of taxes.

Pennsylvania's Governor Wolf introduced his budget last week. And in it he proposed an increase in spending, no pension reform, no long-term deficit reduction and no cuts in costs. And although he's lowering business and real estate taxes,...

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38 Percent of Small Businesses Are Ignoring a Huge Liability Coming in October

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 3:31 PM

Here's what I'm used to doing: I walk into a typical coffee shop. I order coffee. I hand over my credit card. The person behind the counter swipes it. I decline the receipt. I'm out the door. It's fast and simple. You too? Well, that's all about to change for...

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How to Profit From the President's Budget

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 5:09 PM

The President sent his budget to Congress on Monday and, despite the media attention, its passing in its entirety is very unlikely. "Dead on arrival," declared some Republicans, which doesn't exactly seem like a warm embrace. The Republicans plan to submit their own budget early this Spring and the hope,...

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Business Owners: Here's How the President's SOTU Proposals Will Affect You

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 11:10 AM

So the State of the Union 2015 speech is over. Maybe you support the president. Maybe you don't. But that's not important. You're a business owner. And you have people that rely on the decisions that you make. And because you're a smart business owner, you don't let your emotions...

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The One Reason Why the 114th Congress Will Benefit Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Unemployment is down. GDP is up. The economy has grown and business owners are overwhelmingly optimistic about 2015. Lots of economists offer many good reasons why things look so rosy. But there's one thing underlying it all: the do-nothing 113th Congress. For the past two years we've had nothing but...

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9 Reasons Why Business Owners Hate the Holidays

(5) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Run a small business? Then you're keeping a big secret. C'mon... fess up. It's about the holidays. Sure, December is a festive, wonderful, joyous month. You're not completely insensitive to the meaning of the season. You can party with the best, soak up the goodwill and wipe away a tear...

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Why Tommy Chong Is Fired Up About Marijuana

(52) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 6:33 AM

Just this week, Congress axed a plan to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia. But no fear - this is an anomaly. Just look at the numbers. According to this Wikipedia entry, marijuana is completely legal in four states, approved for medical use in nine...

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Why Immigration Reform Could Have Zero Impact On Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:03 PM

So the president issued his executive order on immigration recently. And although the country still remains divided on the action itself, most of the business owners I speak to believe immigration reform is a good thing. And so do I. But the big question we all have is...

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Two Reasons Why Your Company's Health Insurance Premiums Have Gone Up (And Will Keep Going Up)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 2:35 PM

As the health care exchanges prepare for open enrollment later this week, the more recent news is that health care premiums are... going down. Wait, what?

According to this report "...a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that, on average, premiums for Obamacare's benchmark silver plan...

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A Crucial Election Year for Business Owners and Cat Lovers

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:05 PM

In the tiny Alaskan town of Talkeetna, Mayor Stubbs presides. He is, in human terms, about 100 years old. He is a cat. And he has been Mayor of this town for 16 years. Isn't that adorable? It is adorable. And I'm sure if you're a resident of...

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Here's a Round-Up of Small Business Surveys That'll Cheer You Up

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:42 AM

A deadly Ebola epidemic threatens our country and the world. A growing nation of terrorists are targeting the U.S. A new report warns of an imminent and devastating earthquake in the Bay Area. Russia and China sign partnership deals and separately continue to build their militaries and intimidate...

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The 5 Tax Mistakes You're Making Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:06 AM

I know, it's a busy time of year. You're back from the summer holidays. Orders need to get out the door. Projects need to be done. Budgets need to be approved. You're doing your best. But there's something big you're not doing. And you know it. It has to do...

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Why Home Depot's Data Breach Is Worse Than You Think

(32) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:05 PM

A few weeks ago, my wife and I discovered that our credit card number was stolen. How? She got flowers.

Yes, flowers. A dozen red roses arrived for her one day. This was a true mystery. I don't normally send flowers to my wife -- a practice I've been recently...

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This Week's Marketing Lesson? Go Topless!

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:32 PM

There's a bitter war happening right now in Coshocton County, Ohio between the owner of a strip club and a local church pastor.

The strip club, called Foxhole North, is located in a little town called Newcastle and the church, called New Beginnings, is situated about nine miles away....

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