How to Ruin Your Business Reputation

Government, Politics, and the Economy U.S. Economy: Service Industries Grow for First Time in a Year Thanks to the emerging recovery in housing and factories, service industries in the United States expanded in September for the first time in a year. Bloomberg.comManagement and OperationsAnchor Your Networking with Strong Relationships Your corporate associations are important to keep your business striving during these tough economic times. Management and Operations [Read Full Article]

Does Obama Understand Small Business? Most Entrepreneurs Say 'No.'

  Government and Economy Small Business: Obama Just Doesn't Understand Us According to a survey by City Business Journals Network, nearly 60% of small business owners think the Obama administration doesn’t understand small business while better than 40% are less optimistic about the national economy than they were when President Barack Obama took office. Venture Capitalists: Don't Treat Us Like Hedge Funds Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner wants to see venture capitalists, hedge funds and private equity firms registered with the SEC and subject to disclosure requireme... [Read Full Article]

Obama's Small Business Plan—Will It Work?

  Government and Economy Obama's Perplexing Tax Hikes There is general agreement that it's not a good idea to raise taxes during a severe recession. Yet, here we are in a long, deep recession, and President Obama's budget includes a large number of tax increases. What's the deal? Can Obama's Plan Stimulate Small Business Lending? The Obama Administration offered a plan to spur lending and help for small businesses, but the program carries some real risks for the government. Management and Financial Issues [Read Full Article]

More Economic Stimulus On The Way and Hiring in a Recession

Government and Economy Pelosi: House Stimlus Bill to be Ready SoonSpeaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will have an economic stimulus bill ready by early January. Pelosi said Tuesday that members of the House are "working on that right now." Promises Promises: Obama Budget Cuts Face Hurdles Barack Obama promises to cut out wasteful programs. But with entire chapters of the $3 trillion federal budget essentially off limits and congressional Democrats ready to defend farm subsidies, weapons systems and home-state pork barrel projects, can he do it? [Read Full Article]

Why Is Online Marketing So Much Work?

Did you know that the average American is exposed to about 3000 ads a day? This seems like an outrageous statistic, but advertisements are pretty much unavoidable these days. This is especially the case since online marketing is now in the picture. How many times have you gone on a website and just ignored all of the ads that popped up? I bet you don’t even realize you are doing this. This is why there is so much that goes along with online marketing. As a business owner trying to advertise your company, you need to have something that is going to stand out from the rest. This is especially the case for small businesses. Online marketing is a lot of work, more than one would imagine.   First, you must determine who you are going to target. Are you going to target nationally or locally? What type of people does your business relate to? Then, you must find places on the Internet where you can put your ads. Most of the time this costs money, so figuring out how mu... [Read Full Article]