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Get Your Workers to Care About Data Security

by Samia S. Morgan

Get your workers to care about data security

Data breaches can damage businesses, but a recent survey found that many employees don't think information security is their concern. It's important to communicate with employees about the importance of data security to get them more involved in the process, according to Sean Glynn of CREDANT Technologies. "Don't just tell them that they have to protect their data, but tell them why," he said. BusinessNewsDaily.com (12/11)

How to hire and handle seasonal employees

Seasonal employees can help small businesses survive the holiday season, but it's important to make sure you choose your hires carefully. "[Y]ou should look at the same qualities as you would with a major hire," Deb Spicer said. If an employee just isn't working out, letting them go can boost morale, she said. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/9)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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Restoring Trust Along the Supply Chain

by Samia S. Morgan

Restoring trust along the supply chain

A lack of trust "fuels the need for extra time, inventory, paperwork and more, ultimately building more cost and inefficiency into the supply chain," writes Rob Olney of ETM Manufacturing. To rebuild trust, companies must focus on factors that include communication, reliable service and providing feedback, he writes. IndustryWeek (12/12) 

13 serious website-design don'ts

You want your customers to connect with you via social media, but it's important to avoid putting too many social widgets on your website, Michelle Mastin writes. "Just as old-fashioned Flash banners slow down page load times, too many social widgets can turn your clean, sleek, fast-loading page into a bloated mess," she writes. Other design mistakes to avoid include making poor color and font choices and overusing or misusing Flash, she writes. PC World Business Center (12/7)

 

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Why Debt Isn't Always a Bad Thing for Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

Why debt isn't always a bad thing for your business

Chicago small-business owner Jay Goltz decided to avoid debt after the economy tanked in 2008, but he recognizes debt is not the enemy. "It can help build capacity, increase efficiency, increase quality and expand a business much faster," he writes. "Using it properly means not letting yourself get over-leveraged, even if the bank will allow you to borrow more." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (12/7)

How to pick a kennel to keep your pets safe while you're away

When researching a kennel to take care of your pet while you travel during the holidays, check the facility with BBB's website. Then visit the kennel and ask questions to learn more, BBB recommends. Patch.com/Northfield (12/10)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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3 Things to Consider Before Getting a Cash-Back Business Credit Card

by Samia S. Morgan

3 things to consider before getting a cash-back business credit card

Cash-back credit cards, which offer rebates on a percentage of the amount you charge, can help you to save money when making purchases for your business. Think about whether you will carry a balance from month to month when deciding whether a cash-back card is right for you, and read the fine print to make sure you get the most out of the cash-back offer.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/8)

Use social media to make the Internet your market-research mecca

Engaging with consumers on social media can allow small businesses to conduct market research to improve their products, Jason Falls and Erik Deckers write. One option is to use a monitoring service such as SocialMention.com to track conversations on social sites about the kinds of products you sell. Alternatively, you can directly ask your social media followers questions about your products, they write. Entrepreneur.com (12/7)

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The Factors that Affect the Value of Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

The factors that affect the value of your business

A number of factors can influence what buyers are willing to pay for your business. Buyers tend to value market share and recurring revenue, Sam Hogg writes. Companies with high gross profit margins and that own trademarks or patents may also be attractive to buyers, Susan Schreter writes. Entrepreneur.com (12/7), Fox Business Small Business Center (12/8)

5 free ways to deter retail thieves

Shoplifting increases with holiday crowds, but merchants can fight back, and their efforts don't have to be costly, says NRF's Joseph LaRocca. His top five tips include greeting customers when they walk in and making it clear you'll be nearby, keeping shelves and displays neat and organized and keeping frequently stolen items in plain sight. The Washington Post/On Small Business blog (12/7)

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6 Strategies to Limit the Damage if Your Business is Hacked

by Samia S. Morgan

6 strategies to limit the damage if your business is hacked

Small businesses have become a popular target for hackers, but a security plan can help to mitigate the effects of such cyber-attacks, Riva Richmond writes. If your company has been hacked, evaluate the damage done. Reach out to customers and partners who were affected by the breach, and work to prevent future attacks, she writes. Entrepreneur.com (12/5)

6 tips for throwing a company holiday party

Setting clear behavioral expectations can help to make your office's holiday party a success, Patricia Rossi said. It's also important to understand the liability that can come with throwing a party and to get written contracts with any vendors that you use, said Charley Moore of Rocket Lawyer. Fox Business Small Business Center (12/6)

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SBA Program Assists Small Businesses with Debt Refinancing

by Samia S. Morgan

SBA program assists small businesses with debt refinancing

The Small Business Administration is offering a program to help small companies with debt refinancing. But many states have not made much use of the 504 Loan Refinancing Program, which is scheduled to end in September. Still, the initiative "will certainly help a fair amount of small-business owners out there to tap that embedded equity and use it for purposes that the business needs right now," said Chris Hurn of Mercantile Capital. Inc.com (12/5)

6 ways businesses can build trust on the Internet

While the Internet has provided a powerful boost to the economy, its anonymous nature also makes building trust essential for businesses, writes BBB's Kim States. It's important for businesses to include a privacy policy and to be transparent, she writes. "Openly identify the nature, location, and ownership of the business. List specific contact people on all business licensing records and website registrations," she recommends. AzBiz.com (Tucson, Ariz.)(12/2)

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What to Expect for Small-Business Taxes in 2010

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What to expect for small-business taxes in 2012

With the federal deficit still an issue and the supercommittee unable to reach a deal, taxes are likely to remain an important political issue, writes lawyer Barbara Weltman. Other tax trends to look out for in 2012 include the probable extension of certain tax perks and an increase in unemployment taxes, she writes. Small Business Trends (12/5)

BBB: Watch out for Internet scams

Consumers should be careful to dodge online scams promising incredible deals, writes the BBB's Alan Bligh. Shady websites may try to extract payment information without shipping any goods in return, for example. Consumers can check out businesses' ratings and search for warnings about them on BBB's website, he notes. Victoria Advocate (Texas) (12/3)

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How to Reduce Your Business' Tax Bill

by Samia S. Morgan

How to reduce your business' tax bill

Businesses that want to set up retirement plans might want to go through with it before the end of the year to save on their tax bills. "If this is something you plan to do, you can potentially deduct the initial setup costs this year," said Michael Trabold of Paychex. Small-business owners should also look for tax credits and consider deferring income, experts say. BusinessNewsDaily.com (12/2)

3 ways to prevent your Android phone from getting hacked

The increasing popularity of Android smartphones and their relatively open nature have made the devices an attractive target for hackers. To protect your phone, keep your software up to date and use antivirus programs, recommends Chris Gray of Accuvant. Entrepreneur.com/The Daily Dose blog (12/2)

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Year-End Tasks to Set Up Your Company for Success in 2012

by Samia S. Morgan

Year-end tasks to set up your company for success in 2012

With the end of the year fast approaching, it's time to get in touch with your tax adviser, writes Rhonda Abrams of The Planning Shop. To save money on taxes, "you want to do whatever you legally can to lower your total profits for the 2011 taxable year," she writes. Also, think about creating a retirement account and consider making a switch to new bookkeeping systems. USA TODAY (12/1)

BBB: Use layaway the safe way

Some retailers are bringing back layaway systems to attract customers that don't want to run up their credit card bills. Consumers should be aware that they may be charged for failing to make payments, and they should research online layaway services to make sure they're legitimate, said BBB's Cynthia Albert. Before agreeing to layaway, ask questions to get a firm grasp on the details of the plan. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (12/4)

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