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22 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Local Businesses



22 Holiday Marketing Ideas for Local Businesses

From: sba.gov Image from: Joe The Goat Farmer Small Business Saturday is over, but it’s not the only opportunity for local small businesses to capture customers’ dollars this holiday season. Whether you’re a retailer, restaurateur or own a service business such as a hair salon, there are plenty of opportunities to market your biz for holidays. […]

US consumer confidence jumps to highest level in 9 years



US consumer confidence jumps to highest level in 9 years

From: BostonHerald.com Credit: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — US consumer confidence rebounded this month to the highest level in more than nine years as Americans appeared unfazed by a tumultuous election campaign. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index registered 107.1 in November, up from 100.8 last month and highest since July […]

​How heresy fuels the best modern businesses



​How heresy fuels the best modern businesses

From: Bizjournals Photo: ISTOCK (PEOPLEIMAGES) An intentional human being is the most powerful force on the planet. So when did we decide to take our humanity out of the business mix? In every industry, we keep cutting ourselves off at the knees, insisting that processes trump people and systems matter more than heart. CEOs, entrepreneurs, and […]

Small Business Saturday expands beyond American Express, and the company is fine with that



Small Business Saturday expands beyond American Express, and the company is fine with that

From: Bizjournals Photo: SCOTT EELLS / BLOOMBERG Small Business Saturday shoppers may not know it, but the event started as a campaign for American Express. Now, the company says it is “immensely proud” that Small Business Saturday has grown into a movement. The New York City-based financial services company launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 as […]

5 critical questions for entrepreneurs



5 critical questions for entrepreneurs

From: Bizjournals.com Photo: ISTOCK (ANDREYPOPOV) Small business owners have to deal with two universes every day: the marketplace, and what I call the diaper-changing stuff (DCS). The marketplace is the fun place, where you buy and sell stuff. Playing in the backyard of this universe is why you became a business owner in the first […]

3 survival tips for going from a small to a large business



3 survival tips for going from a small to a large business

From: Bizjournals.com Photo: ISTOCK (PEOPLEIMAGES) My work has not changed much but the switch from swimming in a small pond to floundering in the ocean is huge. I sit in meetings and watch simple decisions get totally mired down in everyone’s special interests and agendas. Any advice on helping me survive? Alice says: Yes, hang in […]

Looking for work? Here are the U.S. cities that are adding — and shedding — the most jobs by the day



Looking for work? Here are the U.S. cities that are adding — and shedding — the most jobs by the day

From: Bizjournals.com Another day, another 62 jobs gained in Boston. That’s the pace of private-sector job creation in the city over the past decade, qualifying the Greater Boston area as the eighth fastest-expanding job market in the country since 2006, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Boston’s rank was part of a nationwide […]

Important year-end tax reminders for employers



Important year-end tax reminders for employers

From: Bizjournals.com Employers should remind employees to review their form W-4 withholdings by the end of each year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suggests that employees submit any changes by December 1 to ensure that the revisions are effective for the new year, so employers should send employees a reminder sometime in November. If not […]