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10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Secures $60,000 Investment for Sweet Startup

Many kids at some point or another open a lemonade stand. A lot of those early business efforts turn out to be one-day wonders due to low foot traffic, running out of supplies or just loss of interest. But some entrepreneurial kids have been able to turn their lemonade stands into regular sources of income. Mikaila Ulmer was one of ... Read More »

Get Ready for Lower Capital Investment Expensing

The amount the U.S. tax law allows businesses to deduct in a year for investments in new property, equipment and computer software is falling. From 2010 to 2013, businesses could deduct up to $500,000 in investments in a single year instead of depreciating that investment over time. But this year, due to changes in the tax code, that amount could ... Read More »

Demanding a Return on Investment From Business Travel

How do you choose when to travel, and when not to, for your business? Let’s take, for example, attending a conference.  Let’s say you see a conference you would like to attend.  Better yet, let’s say an employee comes to you requesting approval to attend the conference. Now the conference may be worthwhile simply as an educational opportunity.  It may ... Read More »

39% of Small Businesses Get a Return On Investment From Social Media

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of small business owners are seeing a return on investment from social media.  That is according to a recent survey by Manta, released just last week. Manta, an online small business community, surveyed more than 1,200 of its members to generate its quarterly Small Business Wellness Index, where these findings are from.  Chart excerpt: Now you might ... Read More »

10 Ways To Maximize Your Trade Show Marketing Investment

Trade show marketing is certainly an investment. From the cost of securing a space on the trade show floor, to the trade show display itself, there are a lot of items on your list to plan for in order to have a successful show. But those are not the only investments you need to consider. Below are things that you should ... Read More »

Spotlight On Moving Mountains Design: Staging Luxury Homes for Sale

This week we shine the spotlight on Moving Mountains Design. Those needing to sell a  big luxury home in the Los Angeles area call on owner Michelle Minch. She and her team swoop in and choose just the right paintings, rugs, sofas and even duvet covers to make a property fetch top dollar. Minch says she has 6 part-time employees ... Read More »

10 Sources of Loans for Minority Owned Businesses and How to Apply

For years, entrepreneurs belonging to minority communities have played a prominent role in driving the U.S. economy forward. When considering minorities new to the U.S., a Kauffman study (PDF) conducted in 2013 found immigrants were nearly twice as likely as native-born citizens to start businesses each month. Of course, not all minorities are immigrants and not all immigrants are minorities, but ... Read More »

Paying Attention is a Good Sales Strategy

Let me tell you something I see quite often. Salespeople focus on the hunt — and forget about the nurture. We’re trained as salespeople to always look for the next great deal. So what? There are a couple of problems with this approach, especially in a tighter economy like the one we are in right now. When you are so ... Read More »

Internet Plays Key Role in Real Estate Industry

The Internet increasingly plays a key role in the real estate sales industry, and this trend is expected to grow. According to a recent article by real estate professional John Mudd, more and more homebuyers are using the Internet in some portion of their buying process, either to locate property for sale or to educate themselves. By the same token, ... Read More »

Zillow and Changes to the Real Estate Industry

Real estate site Zillow.com launched last week. Some are predicting that Zillow.com is going to hurt realtors. But wipe away those tears, realtors. Zillow.com is not going to have as big a negative impact on realtors as predicted. Zillow.com is a website where you can go to find an instant online valuation of over 60 million homes in the United ... Read More »