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Small Business Owners: How Many Missed Taking the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

Don McNay | Posted 04.19.2014 | Small Business
Don McNay

A Kentucky professional who owns his own business found that he missed getting the Health Care Tax Credit. For the past four years! Since the credit is worth 35 percent of what he is paying in health insurance, his business lost out on about $40,000.

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 04.18.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

Twitter Pegs the 'Awesome Meter' -- Site Changes You'll Love and What They Mean

Kim Garst | Posted 04.17.2014 | Technology
Kim Garst

These changes will affect not only the aesthetics of the platform, which make it look strangely Facebook-esque, but will also offer some pretty cool added functionalities.

For Small Business, Technology Is Creating, Not Costing, Jobs

Carol Roth | Posted 04.17.2014 | Small Business
Carol Roth

In the small business sphere, ironically something that may have been erroneously considered as a job-killer has been found to be a catalyst for creating jobs: technology.

Planning for Summer

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 04.16.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Besides looking forward to taking a much needed vacation -- if you're lucky enough to schedule one this year -- you should be thinking about how your business can capitalize in what for many companies is a slow season. In fact, the following planning tools can be utilized by any business with a slow season.

Why Small Companies Need Big Data

Daniel Newman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

With so much available information, there is a tremendous opportunity for companies that can identify and isolate key pieces of information that can help them improve their business.

5 Reasons You Absolutely Must Optimize Your Website for Mobile

Ian Mills | Posted 04.16.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Shoppers have little patience for an unwieldy website and one-third of them will leave a transaction if the site isn't optimized for mobile.

3 Steps to Perfecting the Right Social Media Mix for Your Small Business

Paul Proctor | Posted 04.18.2014 | Small Business
Paul Proctor

By now, many businesses recognize the advantages of social media: reach your audience for free or at a low cost, build your brand, and share your expertise.

3 Ways Failure Can Help Build a Business and Mistakes to Avoid

Jason Grill | Posted 04.16.2014 | Small Business
Jason Grill

Life is a journey and not a destination. Failure and mistakes are going to happen along the way.

Code-Switching with the Language of Social Media

Simon Tam | Posted 04.15.2014 | Technology
Simon Tam

In recent years, an entire lexicon of digital language, with its own jargon and rules, appeared before our eyes. But what happens when you can't connect with your audience?

The Painful Truth About Office Back Pain

Greg Voakes | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg Voakes

Let's face it. Work can be a pain. Between deadlines, abrasive coworkers and budget cuts, the full-time office life often threatens to squelch even the cheeriest of employees. Now new research is proving what many of us have suspected for years -- work can be a literal pain, too.

Will 3D Printing Be Staples' Field of Dreams?

Gene Marks | Posted 04.15.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The idea is this: there's no need to buy a 3D printer (they sell those too) just like there's no need to buy a regular printer, scanner or copy machine. Just come into the service center and Staples will take care of the job for you. They'll have the equipment there.

A Tech Entrepreneur's No. 1 Tip for Success: Deliver

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 04.15.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Two decades ago, as the World Wide Web came on the scene, Jeanette Hernandez Prenger saw an opportunity and started an information-technology consul...

10 Coolest 3D Printer Creations

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 04.14.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Nathaniel Caird, Natty Industries I started Natty Industries because I noticed a gap that 3D Printing could fill, or rather lots of tiny gaps. ...

3 Ways To Take A Break And Still Get Things Done

Jose Vasquez | Posted 04.14.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Taking occasional breaks is a healthy way to stay on task and allow your mind to decompress enough to process information efficiently. Fortunately, there are a few ways to take an effective break without necessarily ruining your work streak.

NYC's Iconic Small Businesses Are Vanishing

amNewYork, New York | Ivan Pereira | Posted 04.15.2014 | Small Business

They were the neighborhood staples, places where you could get your favorite album or book, some hardware and even a shoe shine, but changing times an...

Back in MY Day!

Molly Reynolds | Posted 04.11.2014 | Business
Molly Reynolds

The last generation, like every last generation, feels that their youngsters are slackers. Is this our time to get smart, think of our differences as assets, and combine the two sides?

Why Every Startup Should Hire Skateboarders

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.15.2014 | Small Business
Brian Hanley

Check out the following techniques for a creative spark: 1. The Melting Pot Use your skills and passions to your advantage. Integrate three ...

Military Mom's 'KinderJam' Program Inspired by Autistic Son

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 04.11.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Brown developed the KinderJam program in 2008, focusing on tactile learning for young children, and has used her connections within the military community to license her classes to teachers in 15 states and 10 countries.

5 Reasons Why Your Start-Up Needs an Accountant

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

A lot of the newer entrepreneurs I help out often see accountants as superfluous. They'll say that maybe when their company grows and proves successful they'll contract a firm, but when they are first starting out they feel too small to make it worth paying an accountant.

Innovation Requires The Ability To Embrace Feature Creep

Gil Laroya | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

We have all been there -- a task or project needs to be completed, by a certain date or within a certain budget. So our habit is typically to lay down...

Are Key Influencers Ignoring Your Emails? Here's What You Need to Do

Syed Balkhi | Posted 04.09.2014 | Business
Syed Balkhi

To stand out, your email needs to be quick to read, understand and answer. (And that doesn't just go for emails to influencers. You can use these tips for every email you send.)

6 Online Resources to Make Your Life Easier As an Entrepreneur

N. Kimron Corion | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business
N. Kimron Corion

For aspiring entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs having problems with their business, here are some effective online tools that will make your life much easier. This will also make the entrepreneurial journey much more fun.

Google Ad Grants: Nonprofits Take Note [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Long

The following infographic provides information about Google's Ad Grant program, which is one of the largest nonprofit marketing missed opportunities. ...