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  • Fall Into Better Business Habits

    Sept 22

    Each new season brings some type of change and seasonal specialties to look forward to. For fall, you might think of pumpkin spice, sweaters, trips to look at changing foliage and pick apples, and getting closer to year end holidays. For some, September comes, you blink, and it’s suddenly December 31. 

  • The Small Business Hierarchy of Needs: How to Prioritize Expenses

    Sept 18

    How Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Can Inform Small Business Expense Priorities

    Opening a small business is no small feat. But beyond getting the lights on and the company off the ground, actually keeping a small business in business is where the rubber meets the road. Especially in the early days, you might not have the data you need to effectively predict sales and map projected revenue to actual expense. This brings us to the question: if forced to choose, what expenses are absolutely non-negotiable when it comes to staying in business?

  • Weathering a Storm: How to Prepare Your Business for the Unexpected

    Sept 9

    Depending on where you live, natural disasters might be a more common occurrence or possibility than in other areas. But even if you are used to the cadence of hurricane season, or live in an area that has seen more than its fair share of tornados, for example, it’s hard to be 100% prepared, especially when you are likely preparing on both the home and business fronts as a small business owner.


  • The Small Business Beginner’s Guide to Payroll

    Sept 7

    This week is National Payroll Week. As a small business owner, you might not think of payroll as something to celebrate—but it is a necessary and important part of running your business. Adding new employees is a critical step in most small business growth, and ensuring employees are paid according to your employment agreement, on time, and in compliance with federal, state, and local tax and regulatory compliance will help you sustain your business growth. But we realize that payroll is not a simple task for many small business owners, especially when you look at everything else on your plate.

  • Back to School Blues – What to do When Your Student Employees Hit the Books

    August 24

    The end of summer brings a lot of things – cooler temperatures, final cookouts, one last pool day, and, for some seasonally staffed businesses, lost employees. As a small business owner, you likely employ high school and college students during the summer months. When they head back to school, what are you supposed to do?

  • Webinar: Small Business Retirement Planning

    August 22

    With only half of all Americans set to meet their retirement savings goals, it stands to reason that the earlier you start planning for retirement, the better. But when it comes to small business owners and employees, planning and saving for retirement might at first seem like a bigger challenge.

  • Employee Poster Requirements for Your Small Business

    August 16

    As a small business owner, there are many legal requirements that you cannot afford to overlook, some of which may be more obvious than others. One which may not come immediately to mind is accurately displaying the employee posters that apply to your business.

  • Are Small Businesses Falling Behind in the Race to Retirement?

    August 2

    Are you in the 2/3 of Americans who are NOT saving for retirement?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed how major players like Microsoft Corp. and Host Hotels & Resorts are taking steps to boost contributions to company 401(k) plans, because some workers aren’t saving enough. While many organizations have resisted such a move, there is renewed interest as a means of attracting talent, motivating the current workforce, and helping aging workers to retire on time. 

  • Small Steps, Big Payoff: Tips for Making Your Small Town Business Thrive

    August 1
    Being a small business owner in a small town can be a very different experience from owning a business in a bigger city. While there may be less overall competition in a small town, chances are there are already solid and long-standing relationships between your competitors and your target consumers in the community. 
  • 3 Benefits of Adopting Retail Store Management Software

    July 11

    Retail store management software has come a long way in the past decade. It’s now more affordable, scalable, and efficient than ever before. Advances in hardware technology, data communication technology, software development, cloud computing, and the widely accepted “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) business model have created the perfect storm and paved the way to change the way retailers do retail. 

  • How to Measure the Success of your Small Business

    July 7

    July is Independent Retailer Month—we’ve partnered with ShopKeep on a three blog series focused on small business tips, with a special emphasis on retail business.

  • Your Client Hasn’t Paid—Now What?

    June 28

    As a small business, is there anything worse than completing a project, only to find that your client has no intention of paying on time (if at all)?

  • The Small Business Beginner’s Guide to Client Relationships

    June 21

    As a small business, there’s no better feeling than landing a new client, whether it’s your first or your 50th. Before you celebrate this “victory” and turn to other things, you’ll want to spend some time on the finer details of the relationship.  

  • How to Prevent Your Small Business From Ruining Your Personal Credit

    June 2

    It’s age-old advice: Keep your professional life and personal life separate. But for small business owners, it can be hard to view the two as mutually exclusive. As an entrepreneur, you probably know a poor personal credit score can hamper your ability to finance your business. However, it’s important to note that business debts can wind up harming your personal credit, too. 

  • Wage Theft and the State of Small Business Employee Trust

    May 31

    Later this week, we will break down the differences between hourly and salaried employees, and the legal classifications and payroll considerations associated with each. 

  • What are the Top Causes of Data Breaches?

    March 21

    In a perfect world, you would never have to worry about your company being the victim of a data breach.

    In the real world, however, this is a concern for companies of all sizes spanning every industry imaginable.

  • The Small Business Owner’s Guide to 401(k)s

    March 14

    As a small business owner, you might be thinking about the best way to save for your retirement, as well as your employees. Only half of all Americans are set to meet their retirement saving goals—the earlier you start planning, the better.

  • 5 Top Security Tips for Small Businesses in 2017

    January 25

    Did your small business face any security related challenges in 2016? Were you able to avoid a major disaster that cost your company both time and money?

  • How to Build an Effective Shopping Cart for Your eCommerce Site

    December 12
    Nearly seven in 10 people abandon their shopping carts. That leaves billions of dollars in potential revenue to collect dust while customers search elsewhere, think about their purchasing decision before they pull the trigger, or ultimately forget about items completely. 

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  • How to Open and Manage a Successful Bakery

    October 12

    Did you know there are more than 630,000 direct jobs in the baking industry, according to the American Bakers Association? If you have the desire to join the industry in the near future, you can do so in a number of ways.

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