Small Business Owners Charge Full Steam Ahead

Small business owners are feeling good about 2013 so far and even more optimistic about the year ahead, according to Manta’s Q1 2013 SMB Wellness Index. The survey of over 1,100 small business owners found more than half (56 percent) think the first quarter of 2013 was successful and 79 percent believe the second quarter will be positive for their companies.

While only 17 percent hired new employees in the first quarter of this year, almost one-third (31 percent) plan to do so in Q2. But that’s not where they’re putting most of their money. Thirty-one percent say they plan to invest most of their money on referrals and finding new customers; 26 percent on online advertising and social media; 24 percent on creating new products and services; and 12 percent on traditional advertising and marketing.…

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100 Amazing Small Business Podcasts For Your Listening Pleasure

Small Business Trends' Top 100 Small Business Podcasts of 2013

If you enjoy hearing what other small business professionals have to say about their own small business experiences and learned knowledge, then boy do I have the resource for you.   Martin Lindeskog, a contributor for Small Business Trends, put together an awesome list of Top 100 Small Business Podcasts.

Each year we choose 100 of the most informative small business podcasts.  While there are many excellent business podcasts out there, these  are ones that we think small business owners, startup entrepreneurs, managers, marketers and budding entrepreneurs will find particularly valuable.

This is the fourth annual list and it just keeps getting better and better!  …

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Make Your 2013 Small Business Book Award Nominations Now

Make Your 2013 Small Business Book Award Nominations Now

We’re pleased to announce that the annual Small Business Book Awards have begun.   Each year our sister site, Small Business Trends, sets out to recognize and honor the best business books and their authors.

Nominations are currently being taken until March 3, 2013 with voting starting shortly after that.   If you know any great business books that were published in 2012, nominate them now!…

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Twitter Chat: Preparing Your Business For Consumer Holidays

Twitter Chat: Preparing Your Business For Consumer HolidaysValentine’s Day is a little over a week away and signals the start of the Spring holidays.   Before we know it, it’ll be Easter, then Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and so on.   Even though sales during these holidays pale is comparison to those of Christmas, they still present a profitable opportunity for your business.

If you want to know just how to take advantage of this particular holiday season, join Small Business Trends as they talk about this topic during a one hour Twitter chat.   The chat will take place this coming Thursday, February 7th at 8pm ET.   You’ll be able to ask your own questions and get real time answers.  …

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Enter The BizSugar “Back To Business” Contest To Win a $500 Prize Suite From Brother

BizSugar Brother "Back To Business" Contest

From now until March 4, 2012, BizSugar is giving you the chance to win one of three Brother Office prize suites valued at $500!   All you have to do is take a few minutes to create your best brochure, mailer, poster, calendar or business card using the Brother CreativeCenter.   After your design is done, follow their instructions to save your design and then simply submit that design here as your contest entry.

Three lucky winners will be chosen and each will receive:

  • Brother Inkjet Color All-in-One Printer (MFC-J4510DW) – $199.99 value
  • 2 Black Ink Cartridges (LC107-2PKS) – $63.49 value
  • 3 Color Ink Cartridges (LC105-3PKS) – $54.99 value
  • Desktop Labeler (PT-2730) – $99.99 value
  • Labels, one and a half inch – TZe-231 (2 packs) – $37.98 value
  • Labels, half inch – TZe-335 (2 packs) – $43.98 value

Be sure to read the complete official contest rules before entering.  …

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Launch Multiple Businesses With Tips From 1-800-Got-Junk?

Now that you have one business up and running, you may be itching to dive head first into something new.   You may not realize it but you now have an advantage over other new business owners.   You’ve been there and done that.   From growing your first business, you know better now what to do and what not to do.

tips for starting multiple businesses

Thats exactly what Brian Scudamore, Founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, also realized when he decided to venture into a second business, 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting.   Brian found that he could use those valuable lessons he learned the first time around to benefit him this second go around.  …

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Twitter Chat: Prepping Your Business For The Holidays

Twitter Chat: Prepping Your Business For The Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner and we want to help you get your small business prepared.   This Wednesday, November 14, join our sister site, Small Business Trends, for an informative Twitter chat. For one hour, starting at 8pm EST, topics such as running holidays promotions and specials, buying employee and client gifts, ideas for greeting cards, store banners for the holidays, and shipping packages during the holiday rush will be covered.

All you need to do to participate is follow the hashtag #SMBHolidayPrep on Twitter at the date and time specified.   You’ll also have the opportunity to win one of several $25 FedEx Office gift cards to be given out during the chat too!…

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Meet The Top Influencers In Small Business At The SMBInfluencer Gala

attend the Small Business Influencer gala

Join hosts Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology as they honor the top 100 small business influencers on October 17, 2012.   The Small Business Influencer Gala, sponsored by Blackberry, will take place in NYC immediately following the New York Business Expo and Conference.

During the gala, you’ll have the opportunity to network with fellow small business owners, entrepreneurs, bloggers and more.   Relax for the evening as you listen to speakers, meet new people and enjoy refreshments.   Many fun prizes will be up for grabs also!

Purchase your Small Business Influencer Gala tickets now by using the discount code “Influencer” for $15 off admission.  …

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How Your Business Can Profit From Smartphone Videos

making profits from smartphone videosThe majority of people with cell phones now have smartphones with video capabilities.   You no longer need large complicated equipment to make good quality videos.   Lots of people are now taking advantage of mobile technology to make video content of their own.

Michael Rosenblum,  Founder of RosenblumTV, joined Anita Campbell to discuss how you can use your own smartphone to make decent profits.   In this 30 minute podcast, Michael shares his advice for getting your content on cable channels and the ways you can make money with your videos.

Listen to Anita Campbell interview Michael Rosenblum here.

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Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks

Twitter chat - protect business from cyber attacksJoin our sister site, Small Business Trends, for a Twitter chat tomorrow, July 19th! Starting at 4pm ET, Anita Campbell will be joined by two security experts from Symantec for an hour long discussion.   Together they will explore how you can protect your business from cybercriminals.

The number of targeted attacks, against small businesses, in the first 6 months of 2012 has doubled!   That’s scary stuff!   All the more reason to know what you’re up against.

Here’s what they will cover:

  • What is a targeted attack and how it differs from other cyber threats
  • Why small businesses are being targeted (so you know what criminals are after!)
  • How Mac users are being targeted – using Macs is no longer a pass.
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