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Jun282012

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With an economy that’s struggling, every small business owner is looking for ways to increase profits, save money and improve efficiency. The good news is there are plenty of ideas that you can find in books and articles. But rather than cover the obvious ones, in today’s tough economy you need new and creative ways to save.

Jun282012

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Summer’s here and for most communities, that means the season of outdoor fairs, festivals and other events is underway. For a small business, community events like these can be a great opportunity to market your products and services to local residents and other event-goers. Here are some steps to get you started.

Jun272012

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Applying for a business loan and securing its approval can be a lengthy process. The actual approval time varies widely depending on the type of loan, its complexity, and the borrower’s timeliness providing the necessary information. SBA can help you gather the right paperwork, whether you’re applying for an SBA loan or a regular business loan.

Jun272012

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IRS YouTube VideosPreparing for Disasters: Spanish | ASL With the early start of this year’s hurricane season, the Internal Revenue Service encourages individuals and businesses to safeguard themselves against natural disasters by taking a few simple steps. Create a Backup Set of Records Electronically Taxpayers should keep a set of backup records in a safe place.

Jun272012

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Yes, it’s true that turbulent times can bring a fresh start. We’re inspired by Fortune 500 companies that started with next to nothing. Whole Foods, launched by a college drop-out with money saved and borrowed from friends, posted $6.2 billion in revenues in 2008. Michael Dell ran Dell from his dorm room, until he decided to drop out of college to run his company full time.

Jun202012

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State and local economic-development agencies – and numerous nonprofit organizations – provide low-interest loans to small business owners who may not qualify for traditional commercial loans. When it comes to applying for these loans, the good news is that most of these other lenders require the same kinds of information. Of course, each loan program has specific forms you need to fill out.

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