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  • Small business tips: How to maximize your marketing, minimize your spend

    Small business tips: How to maximize your marketing, minimize your spend

    When it comes to marketing your small business, a digital strategy is vital, but so are traditional marketing and advertising tactics like print advertising and direct mail. In fact, nearly a third of all small business owners still use those formats, while one in five say they don't plan to use...

  • Helpful tips for navigating today's sharing economy (Infographic)

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  • Business owners quest for 'me time' (Infographic)

    A new survey reveals that more than two-thirds of small business owners think taking a personal vacation ultimately benefits their business. However, despite knowing the importance and benefits of unplugging completely from work, only 25 percent of SBOs are able to do so. While they seldom rest,...

  • 5 tips to improve meeting efficiency and productivity

    5 tips to improve meeting efficiency and productivity

    Creating efficient work environments is a common goal among executives and office professionals alike. To keep everything running smoothly in the workplace, organization is essential. A new Post-it Brand Workplace study surveying 1,000 full-time office workers found that a consistent commonality...

  • 3 ways to celebrate Small Business Week 2016

    The bakery on the corner. The family-owned accounting firm down the street. The city's legendary cafe that's been around since the ‘50s. Small businesses nationwide prove the American dream is alive and well. In fact, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, according...

  • Small business SOS: Majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics (Infographic)

    The majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics and admit they don't measure and track as often as they should, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about tracking metrics and how a new app can help grow your business in the below infographic....

  • The entrepreneurial power of women (Infographic)

    Women-owned businesses are making significant contributions to today's economy. Women of all ages, races and ethnicities are creating jobs, bolstering economies, strengthening families and communities, and providing creative solutions to 21st century problems. A new study conducted by the Center...

  • Top 5 business strategies for 2016

    Continuity planning used be something only companies in highly regulated industries were required to do, but today it's considered a standard for all businesses, regardless of size or reach. It answers the question, "What if…?" and can easily spell the difference between the continued operation...

  • 6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    The decorations are down and stored away, the holiday rush is over and it’s time for small businesses to get back to doing business as usual. Many small businesses find they have the time and the inspiration to get their shops in order at the beginning of the first quarter — a task that can set...

  • Farmers share equipment to increase profits

    Farmers share equipment to increase profits

    With stagnant commodity prices causing farm incomes to fall to their lowest levels in 9 years, America’s farmers are finding new ways to add revenue or cut costs. While the sharing economy has taken hold in urban areas and vacation hot spots with services like Uber and AirBnB, its arrival in agriculture...

  • 7 desk-organizing tips to make you look forward to returning to work in January

    7 desk-organizing tips to make you look forward to returning to work in January

    You have a lot to do as the end of the year approaches, including getting ready for 2016 at home and in the office. If holiday tasks have diverted your attention from staying organized at work, getting back on track and decluttering your workspace can help ensure a smoother start in the New Year....

  • Business owners: 3 things you should consider to avoid fraud liability

    About half of the world’s fraudulent card payments happen in the U.S., according to a report from BI Intelligence. Card issuers, payment networks, businesses and consumers pay billions of dollars each year to cover the costs of payment fraud. America’s payment networks are moving toward more-secure...

  • 5 ways to improve your workday every day

    5 ways to improve your workday every day

    Workdays — over the course of your career there’s a lot of them. Too many in fact to just keep soldiering through when something isn’t working. The good news, however, is improving your workday doesn’t require a dramatic change. In fact, there are plenty of simple things you can do to improve your...

  • Looking for a job in business? These 5 insights give you an edge

    Are you looking for a job in the business sector? It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or you’ve chosen to re-career, the competition can be stiff. Recruiters want more than just an impressive resume – they want a candidate with real-world skills that will enable them to succeed. Business...

  • Expert tips to help small businesses innovate their way to success

    Expert tips to help small businesses innovate their way to success

    Management expert Gary Hamel once said that innovation is “the only insurance against irrelevance … the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty.” Achieving relevance and building strong customer relationships is key for any business, and that’s especially true for small businesses. Knowing...

  • Why data center management is key to an efficient data center ecosystem

    As global data consumption soars, so does the need for data centers to better process, store and analyze massive quantities of data. Management solutions are proving to be the best way for organizations to curb energy use and maintain efficiency. These solutions provide accurate, real-time power...

  • Five tips to make your 2015 small business goals happen

    Five tips to make your 2015 small business goals happen

    Spring is in the air and small business owners are excited for all potential growth opportunities this year. In fact, they're feeling more optimistic about the economy than in recent history. Growth opportunities might include developing a new product or service, hiring more people or expanding...

  • Small businesses are optimistic about 2015 [Infographic]

    After several years in a slow economy, small business owners are optimistic about 2015 and how they'll be able to market their businesses, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about the economy this year and ways they plan to grow their businesses in the below...

  • Modern office: Why a diverse workforce works

    Modern office: Why a diverse workforce works

    The shifting demographics of the United States are becoming increasingly important for employers to consider when building a productive workforce. More than 50 percent of the working-age population will be made up of minorities by 2039, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Now more than ever, a...

  • Taking care of business: 5 tips to protect home-based entrepreneurs

    Taking care of business: 5 tips to protect home-based entrepreneurs

    With 28 million small businesses employing half of the country’s population, small businesses form the backbone of our nation’s economy. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that since 1995, small businesses have been responsible for more than 65 percent of all new American jobs. For the majority of U.S....

  • Need a fresh look for your company? Try a new logo

    Need a fresh look for your company? Try a new logo

    Just like a haircut, your company can use a fresh new look every once in a while. Maybe you've changed your services a bit, or perhaps the company is under new leadership. If your office lease is up and you have to move to a new location, that can also result in a big change. For a small business,...

  • Beyond number crunching: Today's accountants are business savvy crime fighters [Infographic]

    Optimistic job forecasts for trending specializations in accounting are making the field more appealing than ever for recent graduates. Accounting jobs are projected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with select specializations projected to grow...

  • Protect your customer's trust in your business [Infographic]

    (BPT) - As a small business owner, your customers are your most valuable asset. Maintaining their trust in your product and your services is directly tied to the promise that you'll protect their personal information. One of the biggest threats to a small business is online fraud, which can expose...

  • The secret to small-business growth in 2015? Effective communication

    (BPT) - Good communication is essential for every successful business operation – especially for small businesses that must build customer relationships to drive sales. Yet breakdowns can occur at every stage of small business communications, from a misspelled newspaper ad to a headset that makes...

  • Continuing education provides competitive edge for job-hunters

    (BPT) - More Americans than ever are going back to school, continuing their education to add skills and credentials to their work portfolio. For many, keeping their expertise current with continuing education gives them the edge in a competitive job market. Continuing education is not the same as...

  • Mobile tools and an e-commerce strategy can help your bottom line

    (BPT) - Online shopping and credit card spending are increasing. How can local businesses, like yours, and entrepreneurs capitalize on these trends to maximize sales and boost bottom lines? Enhancing your e-commerce strategy and leveraging the latest mobile sales tools are great places to start....

  • Learn why workplace benefits help provide financial security

    (BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merely review...

  • Expand your career options with a global perspective

    (BPT) - The business world is constantly changing and growing, becoming more culturally diverse and interconnected than ever before. Companies are looking for employees who are globally minded – even if the company does not do business on an international scale – because chances are it employs...

  • Don't wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview

    (BPT) - So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work’s done, right? Wrong. Don’t think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There’s no substitute for being prepared, and with...

  • The secret to achieving better work-life balance

    (BPT) - If you're feeling overworked and finding it a challenge to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, then you're not alone. Achieving the elusive work-life balance may be getting harder with today’s connected lifestyle, but it is still possible. A better work-life balance...

  • New 'Best Places' lists help veterans make transition

    (BPT) - Active Reservist Lisa De Leon had a tough decision to make a year ago when the government temporarily shut down. The 40-year-old single mother of sons ages 16, 15 and 13 considered uprooting her family from San Antonio, Texas for a nationwide job search. However, she had an incomplete college...

  • Changes to know before filing your federal income tax return

    (BPT) - Most tax law changes don’t affect the average taxpayer. That's fortunate news, considering the U.S. averaged at least one tax law change per day every day between 2000 and 2012.   Some tax changes generally happen every year, such as inflation adjustments to standard deduction and exemption...

  • Businesses use ethical hackers to protect your data

    (BPT) - Home Depot announced that personal financial information from 56 million credit and debit cards was at risk following a data security breach in September. Americans were still reeling from the Heartbleed bug, which compromised the security of some of the country’s largest companies in April...

  • Centralized printers can waste thousands of employee hours a year [Infographic]

    (BPT) - Compared with offices that have a greater number of shared printers, employees at offices with centralized copier/printers spend, on average, an additional three minutes each day on printing. Over the course of a year, this means an extra 13 hours spent at the printer. For a company of...

  • Small businesses: Are you ready for 2014 filing deadlines?

    (BPT) - For small businesses, January’s arrival usually brings one very important task: issuing W-2s and 1099 forms to employees and independent contractors. The good news is this year, due to the typical filing date of Jan. 31 falling on a weekend, businesses have a built-in buffer and a couple...

  • 3 things you need to know before starting a home-based business

    (BPT) - About 16 million Americans work from home – a number that Global Workplace Analytics expects will increase by 63 percent over the next five years. In fact, every 12 seconds someone starts a new home-based business in the United States, according to Business for Home. Access to new technology,...

  • Debunking common computer security myths

    (BPT) - All businesses can be susceptible to threats like hackers and computer viruses. Making matters worse is the great deal of misinformation floating around regarding cyber security. The Internet attracts urban legends and computer security isn’t immune from this trend. Many alleged security...

  • Checking for errors on your taxes can help you avoid fines for 2014

    (BPT) - For many small businesses, tax form filing season can be one of the most dreaded times of the year. But there is one simple step that can save you and your business headache, heartache (and money): double-check all reporting documents and deadlines. While checking these easy-to-find facts...

  • Not just for future scientists: STEM education spurs creativity, teamwork and problem solving

    (BPT) - There’s no denying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is on society’s radar. President Barack Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative hosts a yearly STEM-themed science fair at the White House. STEM summer camps are popping up across the country and...

  • Expand and enhance your job search with social media

    (BPT) - If social media isn’t at the top of your list when starting your job-searching endeavors, you might find the process slow and tedious. That’s because social networks are the way nearly all U.S. companies are finding new employees, according to Jobvite. As you finalize your resume and create...

  • 5 job interview questions you must be prepared to answer

    (BPT) - It’s a competitive market for all types of jobs, from entry level on up. If you have an interview scheduled, make certain you’re prepared for the questions you’ll be asked. The first step is to do your homework, which includes researching the company, the industry and the job position you’re...

  • 10 tips for becoming a more efficient and eco-friendly business

    (BPT) - Sustainability is good for the environment, but did you know it’s also good for the bottom line? The headlines are filled with stories about the latest and greatest sustainability goals and projects for large corporations. But, you don’t have to be a giant company to be a green business....

  • Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring

    (BPT) - Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report. Yet the potential...

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