David vs. Goliath: What does a sustainable business model look like?

There are several schools of thought when going to market with software and technology. Many...

Free is Better Than Fast for Ecommerce Consumers

According to the 2018 annual eCommerce survey by Dotcom Distribution, more than 90% of the...

USA Today Launches Tool to Help Local Small Businesses Reach Targets with Marketing

As competition in the digital marketing space continues to heat up, USA Today Network, part of...

5 Business Tax Breaks for Disasters

On the heels of Hurricane Florence, businesses should be aware of tax breaks to help them through...

You Have a Business Listing; Now What?

Get Customer Reviews and Much More Business listings and online reviews have become increasingly...

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10 Tips for Standing Out From Competitors in Business

There’s no one right way to stand out in business. It takes creativity and innovation. The methods vary but the goal is the same — to distinguish yourself and beat out the competition. Members of the online small business community have plenty of insights into what...

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Why You Need to Be Advertising on Amazon

E-commerce is as important for product discovery as it is for purchase Think about your most recent shopping experience. If you’re like most consumers, you probably did most of your research online. You may have checked out product specs, read some online reviews and...

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May the Spirit of Halloween “Bewitch” You

Well the witching hour is once again upon us, and the year is starting to come to a fast end. Over the years, we have drove the point home about company and business culture.  When you have a company that eats, drinks, and sleeps the company culture, it becomes...

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4 Reasons Employee Recognition is Important to Your Business

Every human being wants to be recognized and appreciated for the work they do because they like to see the reward of their efforts. However, managers often wait until the annual performance review day to give their feedbacks and show their recognitions. Managers...

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Refining Views – Shipping Your Materials

Almost 100% of my clientele ship directly to our refining facility at Warwick, Rhode Island. We ship FedEx, FedEx Ground, UPS, US Postal, through Brinks, and our clients also ship in as well through their insurance and carriers. Shipping is easy, all that we ask is...

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The History of the 4Cs of Diamond Quality

The term 4Cs we know today had its start in the early 1940s, as the brainchild of GIA founder Robert M. Shipley. A former retail jeweler, Shipley was fiercely committed to professionalizing the American jewelry industry. He established an institute (GIA) to provide...

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5 Simple Tips for Your Small Business Facebook Page

More entrepreneurs are tapping into the world’s largest social media network: There are more than 70 million businesses now on Facebook, up from about 18 million in 2013, according to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg during a recent investor call. Facebook...

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4 Ideas for Drawing People to Your Shop this Halloween

1. Pumpkin carving and Halloween costume contests Have the “little ones” come in dressed in their costumes, take photos to share on your facebook and website events pages. Ask guests to share their photos after you post them, to get some more visibility for your...

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USPS Governor Approved 2018 Rate Hikes in 2016

Rates for some key USPS shipping services including Priority Mail and First Class Package Service are going up significantly on January 21, 2018 (assuming they’re approved by the PRC), and according to Postal Mag, those rates had been approved in 2016 despite not...

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5 Ways Volunteering Can Help Your Small Business Grow

Customers are the backbone of your business. Customers are more important than consultants, trainers, senior managers, and executives. Without paying customers, a business goes bankrupt. Therefore, reaching as many people in your market as possible is paramount....

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These 6 Things Will Improve Your Retail Customer Experience

If you’re looking for repeat business as a retail company, one of the areas you absolutely need to focus on is customer experience. How a customer feels — not only when she is in your store, but also when she interacts with your brand online or after the sale— will...

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Pawning, Selling and Trading Firearms

“Pawn, Sell and Trade” As part of the pawn business model, it goes without saying that a shop can expect to not only see firearms heading out the door, but also being brought in by customers for pawning, sale, trade, or even gun-smithing...

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3 Habits Every Small Business Owner Should Have

When you’re a small business owner you wear many hats. Maker, promoter, accountant and yes, the face of the brand. When it’s just you and maybe one other person representing your company, what you do matters. How you conduct yourself in public matters. A lot.  It’s...

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4 Big Considerations Before Expanding Your Small Business

Expanding your business can be a challenging time. When you’re opening a new store, taking on new clients or looking for ways to grow the number of products or services you offer, you’re going to feel like you’re under quite a bit of pressure. However, if approached...

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Pawn Shops Improve Lives

By a show of hands – how many of you got into the pawn business so you could help people? How many wanted to be the sole salvation for some families in a time of crisis?  Instead of making money, who of you wanted to make a difference instead?  I would suggest that...

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