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January 9, 2013
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Stories from the Street 
  • Limited access to capital remains a problem for small businesses
    Many small businesses are continuing to struggle with limited access to capital, which can complicate their growth plans, writes Ty Kiisel. "One of the major handicaps that keeps my business from growing is not having adequate working capital to expand my workforce," said Louis Collins, owner of Engage IST. Forbes (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Caring for Customers 
  • 3 tips for protecting your online reputation
    Your business' online reputation can have a significant effect on its performance, writes Chris Hamilton. If your business has gotten a lot of poor reviews on the Internet, you should respond to them and see whether you can do something to remedy the situation with their writers. You should also ask satisfied customers to write reviews and keep tabs on your reputation by conducting online searches for your company. Small Business Trends (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to gather more customer feedback
    One way to increase feedback from your customers is to provide incentives for answering your surveys, writes Tim Parker. Also, allow your customers to provide feedback via text message, and use QR codes to encourage them to say what they think, Parker recommends. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Keeping Shop 
  • 4 tips for better hiring in the new year
    Business owners who want to make smarter hiring choices in 2013 should enlist the power of social media to find strong candidates, but also rely on referrals from their own workers, writes Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media. Other tips: Link social media efforts to the company website and focus advertising on sites specific to your industry. Small Business Trends (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing the Money 
  • What it takes to build a "sellable" business
    Several factors influence the "sellability" of your company, according to entrepreneur and investor John Warrillow. Some of the key factors include its growth potential, financial performance and cash flow, he notes. "I think a sellable company tends to be more fun to run. It's a marketable, valuable asset," according to Warrillow. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • Innovative apps that can give your business a boost
    Your company might be able to benefit from applications such as LearnVest, which can help you to organize your funds, and shopkick, which can encourage customers to return to your business, Drew Hendricks writes. Meanwhile, the PayAnywhere app can help you to manage payments. iMedia Connection (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
News You Can Use 
[T]here are many lessons you can learn from competitors that just might help you avoid a big mistake."
--Rick Rodgers, certified financial planner, writing at Entrepreneur online
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