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Ever wonder how your business stacks up against direct competitors as well as others in your industry across the country? This is where the process of “benchmarking” comes in handy. Benchmarking basically provides a means for sizing up key aspects of your business against others like it. more
When it comes to using technology, one thing is clear: Small businesses that embrace it are growing faster than those that don’t. From mobile applications to social media, and cloud computing to data management, “new” ways of doing business centered around technology are taking hold and becoming the norm for millions of small and mid-sized firms nationwide. more
Vicki Lee Blair, a 63-year-old former computer analyst from Westminster, Calif., had the surprise of her life. Blair went to a clinic seeking antidepressant medication. She said she was shocked when clinicians bombarded her with questions about a blood test in her file indicating thyroid problems and illegal drug use. more
This past spring, I released “Putting Providence Back to Work,” a roadmap for improving the business climate, infrastructure and human capital of Rhode Island’s capital city. more
Banks are making more loans to small businesses according to the latest U.S. Small Business Administration report. But that’s actually a little misleading, since small-business lending in overall dollar terms continues to decline – although that decline has slowed. more
Social media has become a vital piece of marketing for small businesses. But many lack a specific strategy for using social media and end up with a scattershot approach that lacks punch. This misses a major opportunity to engage with customers and prospects and manage the business’ online reputation. more
You’ve heard it many times before: “Knowledge is power.” But is it, really? What good is knowledge if you don’t put it to use? The real power is in execution, argues Brian Moran, CEO of The Execution Co., which works with business leaders and entrepreneurs to improve performance. more
Whether you know it or not, being a business owner also requires being a leader – especially if you have employees. If you don’t display good leadership skills, you won’t get the most from your employees, and your business will suffer. more
Every year, The Sleeter Group – a firm that helps business owners and accountants work together – conducts a competition to identify the best tech and software services for small-business accounting and finance. Some are add-ons to QuickBooks, while others are stand-alone products that can make your life easier, and help improve profits. more
At ReachLocal – an online marketing services company catering to small business – the mantra is “Don’t leak leads.” And that’s good advice for business owners investing more and more money in online marketing only to have large chunks of leads slip away. more
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