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BBB Warns Would-Be Donors to Vet Breast-Cancer Groups Before Giving

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB warns would-be donors to vet breast-cancer groups before giving

Scammers are taking advantage of the drive to eradicate breast cancer by setting up "sound-alike charities" to take people's money, according to BBB. Research suspicious-sounding charities at the Charity Navigator website and be wary of phone calls asking for money for breast cancer, writes Sarah Lieu. WOWK-TV (Charleston, W.Va.) (10/17)

How to find the right broker when it's time to sell your company

Before you can cash in your hard work by selling your business, you need to find the right broker. There are four important questions to ask potential brokers, including how they market their own business, writes Barbara Taylor of Synergy Business Services. "[I]f brokers do a poor job marketing their own business, why would you expect them to do a good job marketing yours?" The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (10/20)

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A Petite Pied-a-terre

by Maresa Giovannini

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France pushes for principles to restore trust in global financial system

France wants the G-20 to ratify a set of principles designed to encourage consumers to trust global financial institutions again. "The mispricing of risk due to complex financial products ... has nurtured mistrust, the most destabilizing element for the world economy," said French Finance Minister Francois Baroin. Financial instruments should be understandable and focused on helping the economy rather than making the maximum possible profit for banks, Baroin said. Reuters (10/14)

How to market your business on a budget

Spreading the word about your business is essential, and you don't have to break the bank to do it. Using Google AdWords and StumbleUpon Paid Discovery can draw visitors to your website for a modest fee, and you may be able to get some publicity if you send bloggers free samples of your product. Small Business Computing (10/13)

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How Domino's Scored Business with its Accountability-Focused Ad Campaign

by Samia S. Morgan

How Domino's scored business with its accountability-focused ad campaign

Domino's Pizza, which hit a record low stock price in 2008, has recovered thanks to an ad campaign that focuses on accountability and customer outreach and addresses consumers' problems with its products, including some people's complaints that they just didn't like the food. "That was a very new proposition, but it worked because it was delivered in a marketplace where trust had evaporated," said consultant Malcolm Knapp. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/17)

Why it might be a good time to sell your business

With the country's economic future uncertain, now might be the right time to sell your business, John Warrillow writes. Selling now will allow you to avoid the stresses of another possible downturn, dodge the avalanche of new businesses that will come as baby boomers retire and give you cash to invest in undervalued stocks, he writes. Inc.com (10/14)

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BBB Finds Scams Ramp Up as the Economy Continues to Falter

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB finds scams ramp up as the economy continues to falter

Scams have increased as economic troubles persist. One increasing scam targets job seekers by stealing their identities when they enter personal information on scammers' websites. Another scheme involves job seekers in wiring money that came from other scams. "Your professional con artist is hardly ever caught," said BBB's Gigi Turner. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (10/16)

How to convince the IRS your business is just that

The Internal Revenue Service might try to reclassify your business as a hobby if you operate in a "fun" industry such as photography or travel writing and have lost money five years in a row, Bonnie Lee writes. To stave off reclassification, which will reduce your ability to take deductions, open a business bank account, keep up on your accounting and advertise your business, she writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (10/14)

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Small-Business Owners Feel the Sting of the NBA Lockout

by Samia S. Morgan

Small-business owners feel the sting of the NBA lockout

The NBA lockout is having a ripple effect on small businesses that rely on basketball to ring up sales. While economists say the overall economy will be relatively unaffected, business owners such as Le Anne Crounse are feeling the pinch. Crounse, who runs a sports-apparel business, has been able to sell only $20,000 of the $300,000 worth of NBA inventory she ordered nine months ago. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/13)

How asking questions can help shorten your sales cycle

Maintaining a strong cash flow is important, so try to reduce the length of the sales cycle, Dean Ramler writes. Start by asking detailed questions on the first sales call to prepare your company to meet the buyer's needs, he writes. Another way to improve cash flow is to require large upfront deposits for your orders. StartupSmart.com.au (Australia) (10/13)

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BBB System Seeks to Prevent Online-Comment Abuse

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB system seeks to prevent online-comment abuse

BBB in Spokane, Wash., has introduced a system to try to ensure online customer reviews are legitimate. BBB sends comments to the business or individual being reviewed and can then post them the next day. "If they are raving and ranting, you have 24 hours to respond and you verify that it's really a customer," said BBB's Jan Quintrall. Billings Gazette (Mont.)(10/13)

3 ways to cut costs without letting your business bomb

Small-business owners who need to reduce spending need to make sure their cost-cutting strategies don't hurt their companies. If you have to close a spending gap, make sure you aren't getting hammered with hidden fees on your credit card purchases, search for discounts on shipping and look for more affordable equipment, advise the staff of Resources for Entrepreneurs. Gaebler.com (10/12)

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Small Business Saturday Gets More Big-Name Boosters

by Samia S. Morgan

Small Business Saturday gets more big-name boosters

The second annual Small Business Saturday event, founded last year by American Express, now has the support of online titans Facebook, Twitter and Google. The three technology giants are developing a free tool kit featuring free-advertising opportunities, a video-production tool as well as downloadable display content. The event boosted sales among participating small businesses 28% compared with the previous year's sales figures, according to American Express. BusinessNewsDaily.com (10/11)

5 steps to identifying the quality standards that really matter

Business owners might lose customers by focusing too hard on providing quality in the wrong aspects of their business, Jeff Haden writes. Citing the example of a car-repair business that meticulously cleans the vehicle interior without always providing good, timely repair service, Haden says owners should analyze what draws customers to their business and put energy into the quality of that aspect over others. "No business can choose to do everything -- just make sure that whatever you do is based on your customer's needs," he writes. BNET/Owners' Manual blog (10/11)

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What You Get When You Buy Into a Buyback Program

by Samia S. Morgan

What you get when you buy into a buyback program

No one likes to buy an awesome product only to find something newer and more exciting burst onto the market soon after. Buyback programs allow you to upgrade when you want without spending as much, says BBB's Howard Schwartz. They cost you up front, but allow you to sell back gently used items and get a discount on a new model, Schwartz explains along with other ins and outs of the programs. ClipSyndicate/WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.) (10/9)

How to make big tech-purchasing decisions you won't regret

Technology guru Farhan Niazi, an expert in Web and database development, offers up some insightful advice for making decisions on technology options that can help the small-business owner. The first step is researching the technology and its necessity for the business, he said. Business owners should also share knowledge and communicate with employees and colleagues on the pros and cons of a specific tool or solution. Small companies, he points out, don't always need the latest and greatest, which is likely also the most expensive option. SmallBizTechnology.com (10/11)

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BBB Explains How to Handle New Bank Fees

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB explains how to handle new bank fees

Bank of America has announced it will begin charging fees for customers who have debit cards. Consumers should monitor their statements and make sure they understand their fees, said BBB's Chris Thetford. To avoid the fees, consider using alternative payment methods such as cash or check, he said. KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (10/9)

How to protect your small business from fraud

Research found small businesses are often the targets of fraud, and the majority don't realize the severity of the problem, writes Michael LaBella of TD Bank. LaBella lists five steps for curbing fraud, including using firewalls and anti-virus software to protect computers, shredding sensitive documents and purchasing fraud insurance. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (10/10)

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