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How to Maintain Your Privacy on the Internet

by Samia S. Morgan

How to maintain your privacy on the Internet

If online privacy is important to you, switch to the anonymous search engine Duck Duck Go and use Cryptocat to send messages, recommends Simon Black. Also, consider getting Silent Circle, which allows for encrypted e-mails and text messaging, among other services. Business Insider (2/17)

Banks support nonprofit lender to small businesses

Minneapolis' Butter Bakery Cafe is finding its banks, Wells Fargo and Franklin Bank, still hesitant to lend. The small business turned to nonprofit lender Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers for a loan to expand. The consortium is supported by Franklin, Wells Fargo and other banks that think companies helped by the group could one day become commercial accounts. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/17)

 

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Watch Out for Overpayment Scam When Selling Things on Craigslist

by Samia S. Morgan

Watch out for overpayment scam when selling things on Craigslist

If you use Craigslist to sell things, be wary of an overpayment scam in which buyers promise to give you extra money. In these situations, scammers may pay with bad checks. "Overpayment scam is the most popular scam going on in the world right now," BBB's Tom Bartholomy said. WCNC-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (2/19)

Social media practices that small businesses should avoid

It's generally best to avoid posting negative comments, politically charged content, or anything that could be construed as offensive, writes Álvaro J. Soltero. "When in doubt over the possibility of a text, image, or any kind of media being accidentally perceived as unprofessional, rude, or offensive, don't post it," Soltero advises. Small businesses should use hashtags and make sure their grammar is correct when posting to social media, Soltero writes. Social Media Today (2/15)

 

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To Grow, Focus on Pleasing the Most Profitable Customers

by Samia S. Morgan

To grow, focus on pleasing the most profitable customers

Create a narrow customer focus to grow your business faster, Karl Stark and Bill Stewart write. Find the most profitable customers, the ones pay more and cost less to serve, and cater to their needs. Also, identify your company's unique strengths and choose projects that target those best customers. Inc. online (free registration)/Herding Gazelles blog (2/14)

How trusting an analytics service can help build your business

If you want to know more about your customers and what they want, you should rely on an analytics service such as Google Analytics, writes Ken Barber, vice president of marketing and product development for mShopper. Trusting such a service can allow you to learn where your customers are and help determine which of your marketing efforts are most effective. "Listen to your shoppers closely, and often, and you'll be surprised by what you learn," he writes. American City Business Journals/Denver/Broadway & 17th blog (2/18)

 

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Be Cautious When Donating to Charity

by Samia S. Morgan

Be cautious when donating to charity

BBB is warning consumers about sending money to a charity -- Heart Support of America -- that is providing free first-aid kits in exchange for donations. "We found that over 90% of what is collected by the professional fundraisers actually stays with the professional fundraisers," according to a BBB representative. KMOV-TV (St. Louis) (2/15)

How to get ready for tax time

In this article, experts provide financial advice on a number of small-business tax topics, including tax credits, the Affordable Care Act and employee classification. CPA Vincenzo Villamena recommends reassessing classifications on a regular basis. "This is something that the IRS takes seriously and can be caught if you end a business relationship with a contractor in a bad way," Villamena says. B2C Marketing Insider/NerdWallet.com (2/14)

 

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Cultivating Creativity

by Ashley Gartland

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4 Things to Consider When Selling Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

4 things to consider when selling your business

The way you go about selling your business should depend on your goals, writes Mike Handelsman of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com. You should consider whether a noncompete clause will interfere with your plans to make money in the future, for example, and you should expect a lower price if you want to sell to family members or employees. Inc. online (free registration)/BizBuySell.com (2/13)

3 ways brands can re-establish trust

Several high-profile brands recently suffered when embarrassing incidents took a toll on consumer trust, writes author David Horsager. Companies can help restore trust by admitting that they have made mistakes, apologizing and doing a better job in the future. "It may seem unfair, but companies that have stumbled will be held to a higher standard," he writes. Forbes/Forbes Leadership Forum blog (2/15)

Why you should regularly review your credit report

Credit reports aren't always accurate, so BBB recommends that consumers review their reports every four months. "The good news for consumers is that credit reports are free ... and if you find an error, you can work with the credit reporting company to fix it," said Charles Harwood, acting director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (2/13) 

 

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What Leaders Can Do to Stem the Tide of Distrust

by Samia S. Morgan

What leaders can do to stem the tide of distrust

Research has found that the public is distrustful of government and business institutions, and this can create serious problems, Holly Green writes. "When we don't believe that our business and political leaders tell the truth, it sets in motion a tidal wave of negative attitudes and ways of thinking and behaving that get in the way of achieving our goals," she writes. Leaders can begin to re-establish trust by acting with integrity and having open communication with the people they oversee, she adds. Forbes/Work in Progress blog (2/12)

Crowdfunding becomes option for small-business loans

While many traditional lending sources remain tightfisted, small businesses are finding an alternative in crowdfunding. This article looks at SoMoLend and how it is navigating the legislative and market environment to help small businesses get capital. Some banks have climbed onboard. KeyBank says it will lend $1 million to $50 million using SoMoLend. Forbes (2/13)

What to do before signing a personal guarantee

You may need to sign a personal guarantee, which uses your personal assets as collateral, to get a commercial loan, writes James R. Coughlin of Asterisk Financial. But before signing such a guarantee, you should determine how much risk you are comfortable with and negotiate for more favorable terms. For example, you might ask to be relieved of the guarantee after you repay a certain amount of the loan. Small Business Trends (2/14)

 

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5 Ways to Find Additional Revenue

by Samia S. Morgan

5 ways to find additional revenue

If you're looking to generate some extra revenue, look for ways to leverage your company's assets, suggests Jeanne Rossomme, president of RoadMap Marketing. For example, you can sublet some of your space, sell advertisements in your e-mail newsletters or make commission-earning referrals to other companies. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (2/11)

How to stop malware from infecting your system

Malware and other cyberthreats are on the rise, and a majority of businesses reported IT security events last year. Strategies for protecting your computer include updating your operating system and browser, using tough-to-crack passwords and educating your employees about security best practices, writes Dave Johnson. CBS MoneyWatch (2/11)

Ariz. businesses are warned about official-looking mailer

Some businesses have received fraudulent documents in the mail that are designed to look similar to papers from the Arizona Corporation Commission, according to BBB of Southern Arizona. The fraudulent documents request information such as corporate minutes and credit card information that would not normally be required. The mailer is an attempt to "intentionally create confusion by using language that is similar to that in Corporate Commission documents," the ACC said. KOLD-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (2/11)

 

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How One CEO Made a Tough Decision to Maintain Consumer Trust

by Samia S. Morgan

How one CEO made a tough decision to maintain consumer trust

When Edward Harness was CEO of Procter & Gamble, he chose to withdraw a product that some consumers worried was related to an ailment known as toxic shock syndrome, according to current CEO Bob McDonald. "If your company is an institution, based on trust with the consumer, you can't take the risk," explained McDonald, who emphasized the importance of doing the right thing for consumers. American City Business Journals/Cincinnati/Cincy Biz Blog (2/8)

Where to look for working capital

Working-capital funds are vital to owners of small companies. Sources of working capital include equity investments, bank lines of credit, factoring, trade creditor arrangements and short-term loans. Entrepreneur online (2/11)

Small businesses try to keep up with changing tax laws

Small businesses are struggling to keep up with the rapidly changing tax code, which is being shaped by the "fiscal cliff" deal and the continued implementation of the health care law. "There were some big changes as we moved into the new year," said Kate Barton, Ernst & Young's Americas vice chairwoman for tax services. "We moved from the fiscal cliff to a fiscal minefield." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/10)

 

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Scammers Use Social Media in Phishing Attempts

by Samia S. Morgan

Scammers use social media in phishing attempts

Some scammers are extracting personal information from social media profiles and using it to send their victims e-mails that appear to be from friends, writes Tyler Patton, regional director of the Permian Basin BBB in Texas. You can protect your privacy on social media by tweaking your security settings and being wary of friend requests that come from people you don't know, he writes. Odessa American (Texas) (2/10)

IRS program can help you correctly classify workers

An IRS program offers a reprieve to business owners who have incorrectly classified their employees. Under the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, eligible employers who come into compliance pay a portion of their tax liability and can avoid employment tax audits for previous years as well as penalties and interest. Generally, workers should be classified as employees instead of independent contractors if they provide the same service as your business, writes Bonnie Lee, the owner of Taxpertise. Fox Business Small Business Center (2/8)

Where to look when you can't find a loan

Several programs may be able to help your company if you're having a hard time finding funding, Stephanie Faris writes. For example, the Small Business Administration's Microloan Program provides funds for furniture and equipment, while the Minority Business Development Agency offers financing for minority-owned companies. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/8)

 

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