A Jump Start for Stalled Small Business Lenders

Management and Operations
Marketing Lowdown: Five Steps To Better Retail Displays
A recent poll asked average Americans which of their five senses they would least be willing to lose. The result? Overwhelmingly, the eyes have it. But before we can learn anything with our eyes, we must be interested enough to look. Our attention must be captured. ManageSmarter.com

Management and Operations
Managing the Direct Marketing Supply Chain
A direct marketing offer can reach its potential customers through print mailings, e-mail blasts, Website offerings, television advertising, Internet promotions, social media, and the rest of the traditional and new media channels. ManageSmarter.com

Management and Operations
Is Your Introduction Ready?
Learn how to sell yourself to prospects in 6 simple steps. Entrepreneur.com

Management and Operations
12 Questions to Measure Employee Engagement
Do your opinions seem to count? Does the mission/purpose of your company make you feel your job is important? Have you had opportunities at work to learn and grow? Workforce.com

Marketing and Operations
Boring Meetings? Get Out the Water Guns
Small-Business Owners Find Creative Ways to Make the Most of Conference-Room Time as Downturn Demands Efficiency. WSJ.com

Legal Issues
Four Legal Pitfalls Loom in 2010
Attorneys identify employee lawsuits, immigration audits, improper insurance, and Internet security as risks this year and offer their advice. BusinessWeek.com

Financial Issues
A Jump Start for Stalled Small Business Lenders
A program to revive the secondary market for Small Business Administration 504 loans could unlock credit for companies trying to expand. BusinessWeek.com

Financial & Tax Issues
Tax Strategies for the Newly Self-Employed
If you're a staffer turned contingent worker, you need to rethink your business status, retirement funding, and deductions. BusinessWeek.com

Technology Issues
Plug In or Tune Out?
Discover which of the year's hottest gadgets, trends and technologies make sense for your small business, and the high-tech shape of things to come. Entrepreneur.com

Technology Issues
Facebook Doubles, MySpace Visitors Down in November
Facebook saw the number of visitors more than double in November 2009 compared to the same month in 2008. The social network had 102.8 million unique visitors in November 2009, making it the largest social network, according tocomScore data. ClickZ.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
How to Achieve Your Sales Targets in 2010
I’m sure by now that you have established your sales targets for 2010. If you haven’t I suggest that you get cracking and do it now. Time is slipping past! If you have set your targets, congratulations! Here are 10 things you can do to achieve those goals. BusinessKnowHow.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
5 Tips to Attract More Blog Comments
Do what you can to attract more comments on your company blog as more people are noticing updates on Facebook or Twitter. Following are five tips for attracting more blog comments on your company blog. Entrepreneur.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
Firms Hold Fast to Snail Mail Marketing
Despite the prevalence of digital media, entrepreneurs find old fashioned direct mailings are still a key to winning customers. WSJ.com