November 2011 Features

  • 4 Marketing Trends Worth Watching

    November 30, 2011

    The year 2011 might be coming to an end soon… but that doesn’t mean the worlds of marketing and communications will slow down! Grow Socially CEO John Foley shares 4 marketing trends to watch in the months to come.

  • Will an LLC Help Lower Your Business Taxes?

    November 29, 2011

    The key reason to form an LLC (limited liability company) is to shield the personal assets of the owners from that of the business. This means that if your company has bad debts or is sued, banks and other lenders cannot seize your personal property. But let’s face it. For many small business owners, questions about forming an LLC typically boil down to a single topic … taxes.

  • The 10 Brand Questions Every SMB Must Answer

    November 28, 2011

    As a small business owner, you live and die by your brand. As we wind down 2011, dedicate some thought to thinking about your place in the market and how you can strengthen it in 2012. With that in mind, We look at 10 questions intended to help you take a more strategic look at your brand to identify what’s working and where you may want to improve.

  • ShredEX Fights Identity Theft in Valdosta

    November 27, 2011

    Britt Garwood, general manager of ShredEX in Valdosta, shares how ShredEX helps customers fight identity theft, how the recession has been good for their business, and how ShredEX helps lower the environmental impact in the area.

  • Random Thoughts About the Economy and Small Business by Dr. Joe Webb

    November 17, 2011

    Economist Dr. Joe Webb shares his random thoughts about the economy, small business, mergers & acquisitions, iPad babies & elders, and other matters.

  • 3 Ways to Get More From Running Holiday Deals

    November 16, 2011

    Nielsen helps confirm what most of us already knew: The No. 1 reason for following or liking a brand on social networking sites is to receive discounts and special offers. As a small business owner, there are a number of ways for you to cash in capitalize on this growing marketing trend, while also increasing your social media influence. Lisa Barone shares three ways you can take advantage of online deals during this holiday season.

  • Year End Financial Planning Strategies

    November 15, 2011

    The end is near! For 2011 at least. Now is the time for last minute details for 2011 and planning for 2012. Bil Sadler of Sadler Financial shares a few ideas to think about as 2011 winds down.

  • Tips on Growing Your Small Business Quickly

    November 14, 2011

    Many small business owners seek ways of growing their businesses quickly, but finding the right way to grow your particular business is also critical. Here are some suggestions to get you started, but take your time when implementing and see you choose the growth strategy that fits you.

  • Using Facebook For Your Business

    November 13, 2011

    Daniel Titus of shares how to use Facebook for your business.

  • Is Small Business Risky?

    November 09, 2011

    How much of a risk is it to start a small business? What are the things that you feel you have to overcome in order to dive into this arena? It’s the digital age– you can start a business while sitting at the dining room table in one evening before your favorite nighttime reality show comes on. So is small business today truly risky?

  • Why Small Businesses Love Cloud Services

    November 08, 2011

    If anything’s beating out the skyrocketing growth of the mobile app market, I’d put my money on cloud services. These days, you can do everything in the cloud except your dry cleaning (or can you?). Here’s a look at some of the industries and companies that are moving into the cloud computing services arena for small businesses.

  • Top Resources For Your Small Business

    November 07, 2011

    As a small business owner, the resources at your disposal can be the key to your success. Knowledge is power and while your business, product or service should certainly be original, there are plenty of lessons you can take from other business thought leaders to help you push that original concept to the next level.

  • Learn the Shortcut to Better Team Communication

    November 06, 2011

    Life’s first moments leave indelible marks on the memory. So it makes sense that with increasing numbers of people starting businesses, many would recall business milestones such as their first partnerships. And it makes sense that someone would develop a book focused on a specific first step in starting a business: working with someone new for the first time.

  • Economy Keeps Moving Sideways as Signs of Recovery Remain Elusive

    November 03, 2011

    The recovery indicators still show an economy having difficulties gaining forward momentum. The NASDAQ had a strong move over the last month, but it is still below its level at the close of December 2007, pegged as the beginning of the recession.

  • 6 Ways Your Small Business Can Steal Customers From Big Brands

    November 02, 2011

    It’s easy to psych yourself out as a small business owner. You see the campaigns your bigger competitors are running and you’re intimidated. You know that you don’t have the same marketing budget or the same reach, and it’s harder for you to get out there while still focusing on your business. But all of that is OK, because as a small business owner, you have a lot going for you that the big dogs can’t compete with. You have the ability to steal customers away simply by focusing on the many strengths that come with being small.

  • Improving Your Small Business Productivity

    November 01, 2011

    Improving productivity is important in any small business, and the topic is often discussed among entrepreneurs. But increased productivity should not always mean working harder. Here’s a look at another strategy and some other important tips for small business entrepreneurs today.