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December 20, 2012
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  • Government should end tax breaks for the rich, say Wash. business owners
    Many small-business owners in Washington state favor ending tax breaks on income in excess of $250,000, according to a survey released by the Main Street Alliance of Washington. Only 4% of respondents wanted the tax breaks to be renewed, the survey found. "The name of small business has been used by people wanting tax cuts for the rich," said Don Orange, who owns an auto-repair business. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ship to Canada and Grow — It's Easy with FedEx®
Taking your business beyond borders is a huge growth opportunity, and we have the tips, tools, and resources to make your entire shipping process as easy as possible, whether you ship packages or freight. Use our collection of resources to expand your business north of the border.

Caring for Customers 
  • How to evaluate a prospective PR agency
    When choosing a PR agency to manage your brand, it's important to evaluate the team you will be working with, writes Alex Honeysett. It's a good idea to have "at least one industry expert on your team who has strong relationships with the journalists and influencers you're targeting," she advises. Also, make sure you understand the payment terms and how the firm will track the results of its outreach efforts. TheDailyMuse.com (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Top tools for social media marketing
    Pinterest surged in popularity in 2012, making it an attractive platform for social media marketing, writes Ilana Bercovitz. As you plan your social media strategy for the coming year, you might want to use tools such as Pinfluencer, which can help you monitor the success of your outreach on Pinterest, and Quozio, which can be used to convert text into images. Small Business Trends (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Want to Be a Better Salesperson? Build Relationships
Today's knowledge-hungry consumers often know as much about a product as the people trying to sell it. So what's your sales edge? Learning to build stronger relationships with your clients. Read the featured article.

Keeping Shop 
  • How to conquer your controlling tendencies
    If you feel the need to control other people, it could be because you are letting your anxiety run your life, writes Shelley Prevost, co-founder of Lamp Post Group. You might be a control freak if you micromanage other people or are overly judgmental, she notes. "Rather than attempt to control everyone else, work on becoming a better version of yourself," she advises. Inc. online (free registration) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 3 simple ways to galvanize your team
    To lead your company well, you have to motivate your employees, and that starts with harnessing employees' own ambitions to produce a sense of ownership in the company's results, write Karl Stark and Bill Stewart, managing directors and co-founders of Avondale Strategic Partners. Two other tips: Make sure the company has an exciting purpose that sets itself apart from the competition, and stay positive despite obstacles. Inc. online (free registration)/Herding Gazelles blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing the Money 
  • Small-business tax moves before 2013
    Small businesses can make some tax-saving moves in the last weeks before the new year. Among them: accelerate expenses, make charitable contributions, add to your retirement fund and consider whether to apply for the health care tax credit. NetworkSolutions.com (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • It's hard to say how many small businesses would be affected by tax increases
    President Barack Obama wants to allow tax rates to rise for people who earn more than $400,000 a year; Speaker of the House John Boehner has suggested using $1 million as the threshold for tax increases. The impact of either proposal is hard to judge, but some small businesses probably would be affected. Raising rates for those who make more than $500,000 could affect 750,000 small-business owners, according to research by the Treasury Department. The Wall Street Journal (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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By helping your people to achieve their ambitions, they will support and enhance your business vision."
--Karl Stark and Bill Stewart, managing directors and co-founders of Avondale Strategic Partners, writing at Inc. online's Herding Gazelles blog
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