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Five Small Business Lessons from the 2012 Election

Five Small Business Lessons from the 2012 Election

Like all elections, analysts will examine the Obama/Romney dust-up for years. What did the Obama team do right? How did Romney fall short? What were the make-or-break moments for each campaign? Fortunately for you, the lessons from the 2012 election can be applied beyond the D.C. beltway. […]

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MP Star Financial’s Top Business Books of 2012

MP Star Financial’s Top Business Books of 2012

It’s a sign of the times. The best business books of 2012 were short on number-crunching, strategy formulation and bottom-line focus, and long on personal development and professional improvement. A few even swerve into touchy-feely territory, but that’s no sin, given the lingering uncertainty still holding back […]

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Surviving the Office Holiday Party

Surviving the Office Holiday Party

What exactly did you do to deserve this? After working hard all year, steering your company through a difficult economy and struggling to grow in an increasingly competitive marketplace, your reward is …the annual office holiday party? Yikes. The hard part about the office party is that […]

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Creative Ways to Grow Your Business: Time Management Strategies

Creative Ways to Grow Your Business: Time Management Strategies

Things you know you should do, but probably never get around to actually doing: Regular exercise Volunteer work Getting a flu shot Watching less TV Starting Christmas shopping early Giving blood Visiting a museum Managing time better These are all noble pursuits but, in the interest of […]

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Entrepreneur Ideas: Your Guide to a Painless 2013 Business Marketing Plan

Entrepreneur Ideas: Your Guide to a Painless 2013 Business Marketing Plan

It is time to think about your strategic marketing plan for 2013.  No need to worry. You probably already have more than enough information to get started, and it does not need to take days or weeks. Follow this guide for pulling together a workable plan. Many […]

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Entrepreneur Ideas: Making Trade Show Marketing Work

Entrepreneur Ideas: Making Trade Show Marketing Work

One thing is for certain about trade shows. They are expensive. The costs of sending your people to a show or conference – including transportation, trade show booth and registration fees, entertainment, and related expenses – can easily run past $10,000. Is it worth it? It definitely […]

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Entrepreneur Ideas: Four Year-End Questions for Your Accountant

Entrepreneur Ideas: Four Year-End Questions for Your Accountant

Be sure to schedule some time with your accountant before the end of the year. In addition to a normal review of your company’s financial statements, there are four other questions you should prepare to ask. Is My Company Structured Properly? The end of the year is […]

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Five Tips for Better Hiring

Five Tips for Better Hiring

There is no sure thing when it comes to hiring decisions. But a little creativity and preparation can help tilt the odds in your favor, and that is good for both you and for the right candidate. The hiring process can be as stressful for a company […]

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A Checklist for Changing Invoice Factoring Companies

A Checklist for Changing Invoice Factoring Companies

You like the invoice factoring process and recognize what it does for your company. You appreciate the predictability of cash flow and the access to funds without taking on additional debt, and you just generally enjoy being out of the receivables and collections game. But maybe, after […]

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Do Your Sales Tools Need a Makeover?

Do Your Sales Tools Need a Makeover?

You wouldn’t send a shortstop – certainly not a Gold Glove shortstop – out to the field with a worn out, inferior mitt and then expect all-star quality play. So don’t your salespeople deserve the same treatment when it comes to their tools of the trade? There […]

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