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September 19, 2012
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  • Maryland barbershops preserve community alongside tradition
    In an age of unisex hair salons where clients prefer to get in, get trimmed and get out as quickly as possible, barbershops seem like a relic of the past -- and the few that remain open in Ocean City, Md., prefer it that way. The owners and barbers at Olde Tyme Barber Shop and Ray Perrone's Barber Shop, which sit only a few blocks apart on Coastal Highway, take pride in their ability to give clients an old-fashioned razor cut -- and a sense of community. "It's like a family here," Ocean City resident John Jones said of the laid-back, conversational atmosphere at Perrone's. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Caring for Customers 
  • Facebook app makes advertising faster, easier
    Facebook has a new Pages application for iOS that allows retail owners to use their phones to quickly create Promoted Posts. Any business with more than 400 likes can now use Promoted Posts, which combine paid and organic advertising to reach a "much higher percentage of fans" than Facebook Ads. Additionally, businesses can now schedule the posts ahead of time, a feature that was "highly requested by small businesses." Inc. online/Start-up Tool Kit blog (free registration) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Exciting new Twitter features that can benefit businesses
    Twitter has unveiled a number of new design features pertaining to users' profile pages -- and the changes present marketers with an excellent opportunity to "more fully showcase their brand's personality and vibe" to customers, Scott Levy writes. Marketers should get creative with the new header image that will be visible to iPad, iPhone and Android users, along with the increased background design options and a 160-word bio positioned over the profile photo image, he advises. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Keeping Shop 
  • What to do when you're looking to lease new office space
    No business needs a bad landlord on top of the other issues it has to face as it works to grow and remain successful. Before you sign a new commercial lease, you want to do your homework and ask plenty of questions, accountant and financial consultant Angie Mohr writes. Be sure to ask about the landlord as well as the property itself, and look into his finances because you could be out on the street if the property is foreclosed on, she advises. Intuit Small Business Blog (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing the Money 
  • Smart pricing strategies that can boost business
    You can get better prices for your products if you vary them according to tweaks to the products and services you deliver, writes Jeanne Rossomme, president of RoadMap Marketing. For example, set up a range of prices based on service level or speed of delivery, with a higher price for more hands-on service and quicker delivery. You can also "create packages at three price points," she writes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • What small businesses can expect from LinkedIn's new pages
    In keeping with the overall upgrades LinkedIn has been making, the professional networking website's company page format has been revamped. Small businesses should take a peek at a sample of the new design -- which won't be publicly available until later in the year -- and prepare for changes in its visual presentation, right-hand navigation, content organization and news stream, advises Kevin Casey. Intuit Small Business Blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
News You Can Use 
  • QE-3, market shifts bode well for small-business innovation
    The Federal Reserve's announcement last week of QE-3 -- a third wave of fiscal policy aiming to stabilize markets and boost investors' confidence -- offers definite relief to small businesses, writes business strategist Sharon Jenkins. With the markets more stable, Jenkins explains, small-business innovation is poised for success because of two "underreported market shifts": the rise of free distribution channels such as YouTube to promote new products, and an increasing turn away from bank lenders to microlenders to raise funds. The Washington Post/On Small Business blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Every haircut is different. You can't do a guy's haircut the same way every time."
--Giuseppe Biancaniello, traditional barber, as quoted by The Daily Times
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