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December 31, 2012
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Stories from the Street 
  • What small-business owners went through in 2012
    Uncertainty was the name of the game for business owners in 2012, as questions relating to the health care law and the tax code took center stage. Another key trend was that small-business owners turned to alternative lenders and pawn shops to fill the gap in lending left by banks. CNBC (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Caring for Customers 
  • Why you need an e-mail marketing plan
    If e-mail marketing is proving to be a massive headache, developing a plan could help, writes Ryan Pinkham of Constant Contact. When creating a plan, you should identify an objective, set a schedule and put it in writing, he writes. "By putting your plan down on paper you'll have a resource you can refer back to each month to help you avoid any confusion moving forward." SCORE Small Business Success Blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Keeping Shop 
  • Wise words: 10 things managers must say
    Business leaders need 10 words or phrases if they want to be effective managers, among them: "No," "Tell me more," and "What do you think?" says Jason Henham, managing director of Slate Consulting. "The right words have the potential to be transformational." Intuit Small Business Blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing the Money 
  • "Fiscal cliff" causes some owners to accelerate their business sales
    Some business owners, wary of the "fiscal cliff," tried to sell their businesses in 2012 instead of waiting to do so, according to a report. "Businesses over $5 million in value had more money to lose and were more keenly aware of the large potential tax increases coming in 2013," Chet Walden of M&A Source said. Forbes (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tax tips for the new year
    Due to the potential for tax rates to increase in 2013, it might be wise to defer your deductions into next year, say experts. It may also be a good idea to consider changes in the tax code as you craft a succession plan for your company. As always, it's important to be honest about your business expenses. Bloomberg Businessweek/The New Entrepreneur blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • 4 business areas you need to check in on for 2013
    As you prepare for the coming year, it's a good idea to review your financial situation, search for ways to improve your operations and focus on the big picture. "Take yourself out of the process of being involved in all the critical decisions day to day and start to work on your business growth, your long-term strategy, and things like finding cost savings," said Roger Murphy of Murphy Business & Financial Corp. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
A small business owner doesn’t need to have a Jaguar. A Ford will get him from A to B just as easily."
--Scott Gillanders, chief credit officer at 44 Business Capital, as quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek's The New Entrepreneur blog
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