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What is the most economical means of transportation?

Telecommuting, ride or car sharing and public transportation are on the rise in 2013. Find out how you can save money by taking different commuting options. Download this infographic sponsored by Zipcar to learn more about how your business, or you as an individual can save money by opting for a more economical commuting option. 

 

The face of small business in America is always changing. Learn about the trends affecting the small business landscape with SCORE Small Biz Insights infographics, sponsored by Zipcar for Business.

Small Business Transportation Infographic

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Zipcar for BusinessZipcar is the world's leading car sharing network with operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. Learn more at Zipcar.com.

Merchant account chargebacks are a dreaded event for any business that accepts credit or debit cards. Chargebacks are basically transactions that are disputed by cardholders, resulting in a reversal of original amount that was credited to your business. They are expensive, time consuming, subject to fraud and just downright annoying. 

Merchant account chargebacks are a dreaded event for any business that accepts credit or debit cards. Chargebacks are basically transactions that are disputed by cardholders, resulting in a reversal of original amount that was credited to your business. They are expensive, time consuming, subject to fraud and just downright annoying.

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Daniel Kehrer, Founder & Managing Director of BizBest Media Corp., is a nationally-known, award-winning expert on small and local business, start-ups, content marketing, entrepreneurship and social media, with an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. Read more of Daniel's tips at www.BizBest.com, follow him at www.twitter.com/140Main and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/danielkehrer.

When you’re running a business it’s easy to make excuses for NOT doing things and convince yourself you’re acting responsibly. But such excuses may be the very thing holding you back. If you want to do more than just get by you’ll need to stop avoiding action and start taking it.

By Daniel Kehrer
Founder, BizBest.com
 

When you’re running a business it’s easy to make excuses for NOT doing things and convince yourself you’re acting responsibly. But such excuses may be the very thing holding you back. If you want to do more than just get by you’ll need to stop avoiding action and start taking it.

About the Author

Daniel Kehrer, headshotDaniel Kehrer, Founder & Managing Director of BizBest Media Corp., is a nationally-known, award-winning expert on small and local business, start-ups, content marketing, entrepreneurship and social media, with an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. Read more of Daniel's tips at www.BizBest.com, follow him at www.twitter.com/140Main and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/danielkehrer.
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            I recently purchased a children’s daycare center. The previous owner did not treat the staff well, and my top priority is to correct that situation. How do you suggest I accomplish that?

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            This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration.

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APPLYING FOR AN SBA GUARANTEED LOAN

A STEP-BY-STEP PROCEDURE

For new businesses:

 

1.               Describe in detail the type of business to be established.  A business plan is strongly encouraged.

Think cyber criminals only target big companies?

More than 75% of data breaches target small and medium sized businesses (SMB), and that can have serious costs—both financial and to your reputation. But there are some simple steps you can take to better protect your customers, employees, and assets so you can focus on what you do best: building your business.
 
  1. Train your employees.10 Step Security Checklist

  2. Know your data.

  3. Know your devices.

  4. Protect your network.

  5. Secure physical devices.

  6. Keep your facilities safe.

  7. Protect your website and ensure safe browsing.

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McAfee. part of Intel Security, empowers businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the world. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network, McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe. http://www.mcafee.com

Grow Your Retail Business with Expert Advice

Retail is one of the most popular venues for aspiring small business owners. In fact, more than 24 million people make their living via small retail operations, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. But as rewarding as owning a small store can be, its challenges and frustrations can be daunting, particularly in today’s highly competitive environment.
 
That’s why many retail entrepreneurs often call on Edward O’Malley for help. His 40-year career in the fashion industry includes owning and operating two clothing companies, giving him a unique insight into starting, building, and maintaining a successful retail enterprise. 
Q:

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Edward O'Malley, SCORE MentorEdward O'Malley has owned and operated 2 of his own clothing companies. He's considered an expert in retail and wholesale business strategies as well as small business trade.

His previous experience includes roles as a department store merchant and buyer. Edward also has wholesale and manufacturing experience in women's, men's and children's clothing and fashion accessories.

Get free, small business advice from Edward today.

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       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my time?

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       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

The holiday season is upon us and with it the frenzy and joy of holiday profits.

According to eMarketer, U.S. retail ecommerce sales will grow more than 15 percent this year to $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion in the 2012 holiday season and $46.6 billion in the 2011 holiday season. Are you ready to take your share? Or more important, is your website ready?

The holiday season is upon us and with it the frenzy and joy of holiday profits. According to eMarketer, U.S. retail ecommerce sales will grow more than 15 percent this year to $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion in the 2012 holiday season and $46.6 billion in the 2011 holiday season. Are you ready to take your share? Or more important, is your website ready? Here are four things to check are in order:

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Rieva Lesonsky, Co-Founder GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.comRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at twitter.com/rieva and visit her blog at SmallBizDaily.com.

Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Today’s business world is highly competitive and changing all the time. And for business owners, that means new ideas for adapting to change and beating the competition are essential to success. 

Today’s business world is highly competitive and changing all the time. And for business owners, that means new ideas for adapting to change and beating the competition are essential to success.
 

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Daniel Kehrer headshotDaniel Kehrer, Founder & Managing Director of BizBest Media Corp., is a nationally-known, award-winning expert on small and local business, start-ups, content marketing, entrepreneurship and social media, with an MBA from UCLA/Anderson. Read more of Daniel's tips at www.BizBest.com, follow him at www.twitter.com/140Main and connect on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/danielkehrer.
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