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Here are some steps every business owner should consider when applying for equipment leasing or financing.

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Tom Williams is President and CEO of eLease Equipment Leasing. eLease provides equipment leasing to a wide variety of businesses and can be found on the web at www.elease.com. Tom also authors a blog, http://blog.elease.com, about equipment leasing.

Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy you are also providing a public benefit by protecting the environment, strengthening the local economy and providing jobs.

Serving the Greater Good with a Triple Bottom Line

By: Cheryl Kollin and Robin Fladebo, Full Plate Ventures, LLC. 

Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy  you are also providing a public benefit by protecting the environment, strengthening the local economy and providing jobs. Any measures you take to reduce your energy use, transportation costs or waste in production or operations benefits the environment by reducing your business’s environmental footprint. 

Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy you are also providing a public benefit by protecting the environment, strengthening the local economy and providing jobs.

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By: Cheryl Kollin and Robin Fladebo, Full Plate Ventures, LLC. 

How’s this for a mind-blowing statistic: eMarketer expects 4.55 billion people worldwide to use a mobile phone in 2014. That’s a lot of users with their head stuck in their smartphones. If you haven’t made your small business website mobile-friendly yet, now is the time. And if 4.55 billion reasons aren’t enough to convince you to go mobile, here are five more.

  1. Fifty-seven percent of American adults use their cell phones to go online, and 21 percent of cell phone owners say they primarily access the Internet using their phones, according to the 2013 Pew & Internet American Life Project.

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Rieva Lesonsky, CEO GrowBiz MediaRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Email Rieva at rieva@smallbizdaily.com, follow her on Google+   and Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

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Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, makes the case for effective managerial skills as a tool for business success.

Thought LeaderQ: I have been hearing a lot about this seemingly new term “thought leader.” How does one become a thought leader, exactly? I have been in business quite a while and think that I have a unique expertise and so it would behoove me to be seen of as a ‘thought leader.’ But how do I get the word out?

Baxter

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Steve StraussSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, makes the case for effective managerial skills as a tool for business success.

Q: I was wondering if you had any tips on how our business could be more entrepreneurial? We have been around for a long time, have about 25 employees, and so we are well past that creative, startup phase. Thank you.

Trisha

About the Author

Steve StraussSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, makes the case for effective managerial skills as a tool for business success.

Q: Hi Steve – I have an idea for a business, but I also get that the startup landscape these days seems to be evolving rapidly – now it seems like it is all about social media and mobility and so on. That is not really my thing. So, do you think I can still make a go of it if my startup is more ‘old school’?

Vic

A:

Old school is old school for a reason: It usually has stood the test of time and works.

About the Author

Steve StraussSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, makes the case for effective managerial skills as a tool for business success.

Q: I lost my job recently and since this is not the first time and I am sick of it, I am strongly considering starting a one-person business. The question then is – what is the likelihood of success? Can it work?
Amy

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About the Author

Steve StraussSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: sstrauss@mrallbiz.com. © Steven D. Strauss

As a retailer, what is more important to you, profits or cash flow? The initial response from most merchants posed that question is: “Profits, of course!”

Cash FlowOn the surface, that answer makes sense; who wouldn’t want more profits? The mere word “profitable” itself evokes a sense of financial well-being. In today’s retail environment, though, profits alone are not enough;cash flow is the new financial reality.

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Ritchie SaynerRitchie Sayner's retail career began at a family-owned department store in the Midwest where my responsibilities ranged from buyer to general merchandise manager. Since 1980, he has worked for RMSA Retail Solutions, a national retail consulting firm that specializes in helping retailers increase sales volume, improve margin, strengthen cash flow, and maximize turnover.

Ritchie is a certified instructor of retailing, speak regularly to retail groups and write articles for various industry publications on a variety of issues facing today’s retailers. He has a degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

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