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February 8, 2013
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  Trends & Trust 
  • Why is trust in government so low?
    Distrust in the government is widespread among Americans, but this wasn't always the case, write Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake. Research has found that trust was quite high in the 1960s, before events such as Watergate and other scandals eroded it. The current lack of trust is apparently unrelated to any particular event, they write. "Rather, something even more corrosive to government appears to be happening -- a steady and growing belief that politicians in Washington are simply not to be trusted." The Washington Post/The Fix blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to make your business more eco-friendly while cutting costs
    Making your business more environmentally friendly isn't just good for the planet -- it can also help you reduce your expenses, writes Kate Harrison. She suggests tactics including installing energy-efficient appliances, using public transportation and buying compact-fluorescent or LED lights. Forbes (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Satisfaction & Marketing 
  • Glitches that can sink websites
    Business owners should regularly audit their websites for bugs, writes Melissa Fach. Broken links, unnoticed downtime and faulty contact tools can all send away potential customers. "If the site isn't running well, you could lose a sale and/or a potential long-term customer," Fach writes. Small Business Trends (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to come up with fresh ideas for blog content
    If your blog is in a rut, you can look for ideas for new posts by monitoring industry trends and repackaging old content, according to Monika Jansen. "Pull your top advice from several older blog posts on one subject and combine them into a new post," she writes. Also, consider reviewing books or films related to your industry or sharing personal stories. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Top 10 ideas for smarter small business
    To sharpen your time-management skills as a small-business owner, harness the power of technology to share files when you're on the run, outsource for jobs such as bookkeeping or IT, and make it a habit to check e-mail only three times a day, says designer Robin Wilson, president and CEO of Robin Wilson Home. Among her other top 10 tips for small-business leaders: Schedule short breaks between meetings, secure office supplies to cut costs, and check cash flow daily. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to manage a fragmented business team
    Many companies outsource critical tasks to other organizations, writes Brad Power. If this is the case at your business, it's a good idea to use social networking systems and set goals to make sure everyone is on the same page. "A fragmented process team needs a single, clear objective to focus and coordinate their activities," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Funding & Finance 
  • Key tax provisions in the "fiscal cliff" deal
    The government's recent deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" included a number of tax provisions that small-business owners should be aware of, writes Bill Bischoff. He summarizes some of the key provisions, which include 50% first-year bonus depreciation and the ability to give your staff transit passes that won't be subject to taxes. MarketWatch (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
--Woodrow Wilson,
28th U.S. president

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