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6 Cool Cases for Your iPhone

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Whether you’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone or you’re a long-time user, it-s smart to protect your shiny tech toy with a case. After all, there-s nothing like a cracked screen or a broken iPhone to ruin your day. And take it from someone who lives in a two-iPhone household: A distinctive case helps prevent annoying mix-ups, too.

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San Francisco Bans Yellow Pages: How Should Your Business React?

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Last month, San Francisco became the first U. S. city to effectively ban the Yellow Pages. In an effort to reduce the 7 million pounds of paper waste processed by city each year from discarded Yellow Pages, San Franciscans will need to “opt-in” if they want to continue receiving its delivery beginning in 2012.

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Part Time Business Ideas

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Are you looking at part time business ideas as a way to use your skills and make money? You are not alone.

People use part time jobs to test out business ideas, to earn extra money while staying at home, and to earn additional income beyond that of a full time job.

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SailProud Apparel Navigates to Winners Circle

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Intuit has awarded small business grants worth over $200,000 on LoveALocalBusiness. com to businesses that were nominated by their fans: customers, friends, family members, employees and owners. Since January, over 356 fans voted for SailProud Apparel, and in March, their support really paid off.

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Small Business Job Growth Slow in May

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Intuit this morning released the May 2011 update of the Intuit Small Business Employment Index. According to the report, the rate of small business job growth showed no change in May, staying at 0.2 percent month to month, and translating to 45,000 new jobs created.

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How to Distraction-Proof Your Home Office

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Most entrepreneurs spend some — if not all — of their time working from a home office. But if you have pets and family members at home or neighbors in close proximity, it can be difficult to stay focused on the task at hand. Here are some strategies for turning your chaotic workspace into a sanctuary.

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How to Plan Your Business- Transition

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You may feel like no one could possibly run your business as well as you can — but like it or not, you’ll have to sacrifice control at some point. Whether an unexpected illness or injury puts you out of action, or you just find it harder to keep up the 12-hour workdays in your old age, at a certain point, it’s time to start thinking about your transition plan. Here’s what to consider when it comes to planning the future of your company without yourself at the helm.

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Tips for Building a Better Customer Survey

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Do you know how happy your customers are with your products or services? What could you do better? What changes should you make to grow your audience base? There’s one simple way to find out: Just ask.

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Maria Luisa-s Gift Store Gets a Present from Her Customers

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In February, fans showered their favorite businesses with love on Love ALocalBusiness. com. We received over 25,000 votes for their favorite businesses, and over 300 of those votes were from fans in Nyack, New York, who shared why they love Maria Luisa Gifts & Accessories. This is what one fan had to say:

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How to Liquidate Your Surplus Inventory

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It happens to every retail business owner: You buy too much stock of a certain type of merchandise, and then a newer, better model comes out. Or, maybe it’s just not selling as fast as you’d like, and you’re running out of shelf space for new products. Whatever the case may be, you need to liquidate your surplus inventory — fast. Here are some ways to do just that.

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In the Trenches: Hiring an Intern

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It-s summer, and that means that all around the country, college kids are getting out of school and looking for something to do. For some, that means getting a boring summer job, but we-ve decided to try to make things a little more exciting for one local student. We-re hiring an intern.

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5 Ways to Get -Liked- on Facebook

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Two years ago, dentist Edward Zuckerberg of Dobb’s Ferry, New York, ramped up his presence on Facebook. (After all, Zuckerberg knows a little about the site, since his son, Mark, invented it.)

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5 Strategies for Using QR Codes

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QR codes are pixelated squares that hold information such as a web link or a * - . Like the the bar codes you see at the grocery store, QR codes can be unlocked and read when they are scanned with your mobile phone, usually with an app such as ShopSavvy or ScanLife.

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How to Keep Your Business Going During a Personal Crisis

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It’s easy to stay focused on your company when everything in your personal life is running smoothly. But a difficult event, such as a divorce, a serious illness, or the death of a loved one, can throw any successful entrepreneur into a tailspin. In such circumstances, business often takes a backseat and suffers as a result.

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Small Business Credit Card Holders Remain in The Dark on -Credit Traps-

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The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 - known best as the -Credit CARD Act- - was praised by many as a significant step in the right direction for protecting consumers and their credit. But while the legislation pared back longstanding threats to consumer credit cards, small business credit card holders have not enjoyed the same protections.

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The Etsy-Style Marketplace for Green Goods

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Selling products in the green space isn’t unusual in today’s market, but finding a free and reputable place that offers them to a targeted customer base can be. Enter Ecobold, an Etsy-style virtual marketplace dedicated to safe, non-toxic green products.

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Does Facebook Offer Marketing Pleasure - or Pain?

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Facebook recently gained the honor of -most visited site on the web.- For small businesses with limited marketing budgets, ready access to such a captive audience should be a prized resource. After all, marketing intelligence of the Facebook sort was once reserved only for elite companies with sophisticated analytics teams and deep pockets. Thanks to social media, the one-man entrepreneur can now conceivably generate quite a solo marketing effort at very little, if any, cost.

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How Small Business Has Gone Gaga for Mobile

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As adoption of mobile smart devices (smartphones, tablets, and so on) has accelerated with consumers, so has it among small businesses. More and more small businesses are now choosing to liberate their operations from the office desk and takie advantage of the anytime, anywhere power of mobile. Today we take a look at how small businesses are relying on mobile technology. Click the infographic for an enlarged view.

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Small Business Credit Cards Put Consumers At Risk

A couple of weeks back, the news included an item on the lack of CARD Act protections for small business credit cards. This week, a new slew of related stories surfaced, prompted by a study from the Pew Health Group Safe Credit Cards Project. The advocacy group found that, among other things, millions of offers for business credit cards are sent instead to consumers. (Read the full report.) As a result, unwitting individuals sign up for business or -professional- credit cards even if they-re not actually a business. If you use small business plastic, you need to know that it-s not regulated by the CARD Act — read the account terms or call your bank to find out what protections it-s proactively applying to avoid unpleasant surprises.