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 •  December 6

The beginning of the year means it’s time to begin preparing for an even more profitable 2018. The first important thing you can do is to assess the health of your business as it stands today. Doing so can help you identify areas where improvements can be made as well as strengths which you might be able to expand and achieve even greater success...

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 •  September 12

Among the many decisions faced by new business owners, deciding on an accounting method can be particularly important. Most businesses choose either the cash or accrual method. Both of these techniques record financial transactions that will be reflected in the business’s income tax returns. For this reason, the Internal Revenue Service requires...

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 •  August 11

Getting the public’s attention is crucial for small businesses hoping to stand out, but traditional means of making an impression may be too expensive for a startup company. Large businesses can afford to buy television, radio, and print ads, but these aren’t usually feasible options for the independent pizzeria on the corner.
Luckily, small...

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 •  August 7

Are you a farmer or goods producer who has been thinking about bringing your wares to your local farmers markets? If so, then you’ll be interested to learn that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue proclaimed August 6-12 as National Farmer’s Market Week. Whether you’ve already up and running or just getting started, farmers markets can provide...

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 •  June 23

Natural disasters can take an incredible toll on the economy, lives and livelihoods. Ensuring buildings are resilient in the face of catastrophe can play a major role in minimizing the impact of disaster and speeding a return to normal.
Many of the nation’s most populated and fastest-growing regions—California, Texas and the coastal South among...

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 •  May 5

As a business begins to grow, a clear structure will tend to emerge. Whether this is by design or evolution depends on management, but there are typically two distinct options: horizontal and vertical business structures.
While there are pros and cons to each, one model might work better for your business. Here’s what you need to know about...

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 •  April 12

If you’re a business owner with a home office, you may be able to deduct a portion of housing, construction, or maintenance costs come tax time. Many people think that it’s complicated to take advantage of this deduction, or that the Internal Revenue Service views the practice with a high amount of suspicion. Neither of these are true. In fact, it...

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 •  March 13

Imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery. But for an upstart business bringing a new product to market, contending with copycats can be stressful and costly. An invention might be the lifeblood of the business, and premature competition can rob it of growth. Patents are meant to help protect entrepreneurs, but unscrupulous competitors...

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 •  March 10

Is a cash flow crunch casting a shadow over your sunny outlook as a small business owner? Managing cash flow can be a big headache until you know how to tackle the problem. But there are ways to get extra dough by tweaking old routines, adopting new habits that can make you more efficient, or simply by cleaning out the stockpile of junk in your...

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 •  March 9

There’s more to growing your construction company than winning a bunch of new contracts. Growth can lead to things like buying more equipment, finding new vendors and adding additional valuable employees to your team. That’s why it can be so important that you effectively manage your company’s cash flow at this time. You’ll want to make sure you’re...