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5 Software Programs that Enable Disabled Employees

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Workers in virtually all positions, industries, and abilities today are assisted by technology. Increasingly, specialized software programs are not only making it possible for professionals with disabilities to perform jobs that would otherwise prove difficult — perhaps even impossible — but also allowing them to thrive at the office.

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7 Mobile Apps for Getting Your Message Across

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You don-t need a bulky laptop to give a presentation any more. Thanks to a bevy of smartphone apps now on the market, you can give a presentation right through your phone or tablet. Here are seven mobile applications that can help you get your message across.

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Capture Every Word With These 5 Voice Memo Apps

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If you-re into cliches, then you know a picture is worth a thousand words. If you listen to business owners, you know that your voice does a better job of telling a story. Whether you need to record a bolt of out-of-the-blue inspiration that strikes you on your morning walk or every word of a critical meeting with a client, voice memo apps are handy tools for ensuring that important moments don-t fade away into the mist. Here are five of the best.

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How the Spring Thaw Affects Spending and Small Businesses

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An unseasonably warm spring is showing signs of increased spending. As the temperatures started warming up, retail foot traffic increased by five percent compared to last year, with every U. S. region seeing a boost in average daily spending. Among the wares to see the greatest sales increase: lawn/garden supplies and shorts.

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Can Toastmasters Help You Improve Your Business?

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As a small-business owner, you’re the public face of your company. That means you’ll probably need to participate in promotional activities, such as presentations, seminars, or lectures, in order to keep your business on the top of potential customers- minds. But what if you’re not a natural when it comes to public speaking? Consider seeking guidance from a few pros.

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5 Small-Business Tasks to Outsource

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Many small-business owners like to do everything themselves, particularly when they’re just starting out. There-s good reason for this: Going it alone can save time and money and assure quality control. That said, if you want to your company to grow — even if it’s based in your home — it often makes sense to outsource certain tasks so you can focus on business development.

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For Tartine Bakery, Bread Lines Signal Success

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At five o’clock, when most bakeries are winding down for the day, San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery & Cafe has a line of people running down Guerrero Street. Tartine’s fresh-baked bread often sells out within an hour, so regulars know they must arrive early - or reserve a loaf three days in advance.

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Small Business Jobs Increase in June

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Small businesses added 45,000 jobs in June, according to the Intuit Small Business Employment Index. Hours worked and compensation among small business employees also grew 0.2 percent. The June data continues a trend of small business hiring that began in October 2009. Since the trend began, small businesses have generated some 820,000 jobs.

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5 Tips for Running a Text-Message Marketing Campaign

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Direct mailings are expensive to produce, and often end up going straight to the trash bin. Email marketing messages, though more convenient and affordable, are often a casualty of the spam filter. So what method should you be using to get your customers’ attention? Text-message marketing.

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Could Your Small Business Be The Next Big Reality TV Star?

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No matter how vehemently its harshest critics pan the genre, reality television isn-t going anywhere anytime soon. The popularity of the format signifies a workable marriage of convenience and contentment between networks and viewers. For the vast television audience desirous of brainless, flashy entertainment, reality TV is the answer. Equally, for programming executives habitually grappling with slumping ratings and rising expenses, reality TV presents a cost-effective remedy for programming ailments facing the network. Unscripted programming, for example, obviously doesn’t require a team of highly compensated writers.

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How to Find a Buyer for Your Business

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Whether you want to retire and there’s no one to pass the torch to, or you’re simply burnt out and ready to seek a new adventure, you’ve probably considered the possibility of selling your business. But if you’re not lucky enough to receive a generous offer out of the blue, what would you need to do to find a buyer? If you’re ready to move on, here are some strategies for selling your business.

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Report: Small Businesses Saving Billions of Hours and Dollars with Mobile Apps

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In December 2010, analysts from research firm IDC projected that 25 billion mobile apps will be sold in 2011, a figure that more recent projections suggest may be reached well ahead of this year-s end. Although the expansive scope of the mobile app industry is difficult to comprehend, it-s considerably easier to understand why small businesses are continuing to drive this nascent industry-s expansion by embracing the potential of mobile apps to an unprecedented degree.

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The Basics of Business Barter Groups

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Do you need someone to build a website for your salon? You could pay thousands of dollars to hire a developer — or, if you want to pay in trade instead, you may be able to get one at no cost in exchange for a year’s worth of haircuts and coloring.

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Choosing Sustainability in an Uncertain Economy

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With a tight budget in an uncertain economy, have you held off on making investments in going green? Even knowing the long-term benefits of eco-friendly initiatives, are you worried that changes could hurt your competitive edge in the short-term? These are the sorts of concerns that the Green Business Bureau hears from small business owners every day, and we’re often told that pursuing sustainability goals can seem like a low priority compared to other ventures.

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-Collaborative Consumption- on the Rise

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Last fall, when Boston-based photographer Dan Watkins learned that the studio he’d hoped to use for a photo shoot in three days was unavailable, he initially panicked. Then, after a quick online search, he discovered StudioShare. org, a website that connects photographers like Watkins with studio owners willing to rent out their space.

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How to Build a Killer Sales Staff

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You know you’ve got a great product. But getting the rest of the world to realize it is the tough part. That’s why you need a sales team to get the message out about your business.

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Your Customer Loyalty Program: Improve It or Lose It

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More than two-thirds of consumers have at least one customer loyalty card tucked away in their wallet. Nearly a third have two or more. But according to a new report by retail consulting firm CrossView, 54 percent of consumers are ready to -break up with their brands,- due to a barrage of irrelevant messages, low-value rewards, and impersonal engagements.

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10 Tips for Finding New Clients

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When you need to find new clients, what’s the absolute first thing you should do? What else do the professional rainmakers do? And what should you never do?

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10 Small Business Blogs to Help You Save Money

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There is so much good content available from blogs for small businesses these days, but how do you sort through it all to find trusted quality sources? We sifted through the web-s myriad offerings to find the 10 best blogs for saving you and your small business money.

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Intuit 2020 Report Looks at the Future of Small Business

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Today we are releasing the Intuit 2020 Report, which provides a vision of the world in 2020, identifying the key demographic, social, economic, and technology shifts shaping the next decade. The report, authored by Emergent Research in partnership with Intuit, delves into the trends that are going to change the way small businesses, and their customers, live and operate over the next 10 years.

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Coaching CEOs In Three Languages

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Cindy Steiner of Steiner International launched her business in Europe at the start of her 20-year career. She speaks English, French, and Spanish, with a working knowledge of German.

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The Small Business Owner-s Guide to Taking a Vacation

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Being a small business owner is really a lifestyle and not just a job, and -all work and no play- is often the mindset of the entrepreneur. But owning and running a small business takes its toll on even the strongest individuals, so carving out time for R&R is not just important, it-s essential.

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Just Baked: Cupcake Shop Finds Sweet Success in Detroit

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Editor-s Note: This is the first in a series of posts profiling businesses located in depressed or troubled communities. We-ll be spotlighting businesses in other areas in coming weeks. If your business is charging ahead despite being located in a depressed locale and you-d like to be profiled, we-d love to hear from you.

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Indoor Air Quality and Your Employees- Health

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Have you thought about the quality of the air in your office space? The EPA has found that indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and that 50 percent of all illnesses are caused or exacerbated by poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Moreover, poor IAQ is estimated to cost the economy around $160 billion each year, with U. S. workers missing more than 24 million work days annually because of asthma or other IAQ-related sickness.

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Can-t Get a Loan? Call Your Congressman

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Getting frustrated in trying to get a loan from your bank? Try doing what small-business owners Frank Alfonso and Bill Cossoff did - visit your congressman. After all, shouldn-t elected officials, who keep talking about how small-business owners are the backbone of America, be going out of their way to help? It depends on who you talk to, as Alfonso told the Intuit Small Business Blog.

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Tech Review: Iosafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive Can Take the Pain

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Have you ever been so frustrated with a tech gadget that the only solution to restore order to your universe would most likely violate the rules of conduct under the Geneva Convention? Unfortunately, the high cost of consumer electronics tend to prevent most people from unleashing their pent-up anger upon their gadgets. Now, however, there-s an external hard drive that is capable of withstanding the harshest of punishments, both natural and man-made.

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Finding the Good Through GoodGuide

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Is the sunscreen you-re slathering on your child made with potentially toxic chemicals? Was your lipstick tested on animals? Were the factory workers who made your cell phone treated well?

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In the Trenches: Planning for Turnover

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Earlier this year, my de facto #2 guy decided it was time to move on to start his own (unrelated) business. Now someone else is leaving, but the situation couldn-t have been more different. This time, I-m completely prepared.