Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here: http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/eeleCfbwoceXuybFbqYO

January 4, 2013
CONNECT WITH SMARTBRIEFLinkedInFacebookTwitter
 
Share|Sign up|Archive|Advertise
Stories from the Street 
  • Train closures could take a toll on N.Y. business owners
    Some business owners and residents who live along the route traveled by the No. 7 train between New York's Long Island City and Flushing are concerned about the potential impact of a plan to suspend service on the weekends between now and March 25. Sheila Lewandowski, co-founder of the Chocolate Factory, noted that the theater is expecting to put on shows on some of those weekends. "If the audiences can't get here, what are we saying to our artists?" Queens Chronicle (N.Y.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Caring for Customers 
  • How to have productive conversations with your customers
    When talking to potential clients, it's important to show them you care before launching into a sales pitch, according to Geoffrey James. Also, treat customers as your equals instead of talking down to them and be willing to share personal details with your clients. CBS MoneyWatch (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Other News
Keeping Shop 
  • 10 tips for boosting your business this year
    You can improve your business in 2013 by listening to employees' ideas, identifying new ways to generate income and focusing on the aspects of running your company that you are passionate about, experts say. "If you don't love what you're doing, you're never going to work hard enough to be one of the best," said Ken Blanchard, co-author of "The One Minute Manager." Entrepreneur online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 7 tips for becoming a better interviewer
    If you're getting ready to interview candidates for a job opening, start by reading over their applications and developing a list of questions, Karen Axelton writes. "Instead of questions that can be answered with 'yes' or 'no,' ask questions that require an explanation or call on the candidate to elaborate," she advises. Also, don't use your computer or engage in any other activity that could distract you during the interview. NetworkSolutions.com (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing the Money 
  • Get your customers to pay faster
    You can help make sure your customers pay you in a timely fashion by creating written copies of payment terms, itemizing your invoices and developing relationships, Tim Parker writes. "People who know you as a person will do their best to make sure you are paid. Especially if they know you as a nice person," he writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • For Google's users, not sharing is no longer an option
    Google is taking a more aggressive approach to persuading people to use Google+, with users who sign up for tools such as Gmail, YouTube and Zagat automatically getting a public profile on the social network. That strategy helps Google gather information about users' online behavior, potentially opening the door to more lucrative ad targeting. The Wall Street Journal (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Top tools for creating "screencasts"
    If you want to show off your website or explain how a product works, a "screencast," which tracks the activity on your computer screen, can be a useful tool. You can produce "screencasts" by using free tools such as Screencast-o-matic, Screenr or Jing, Cynthia Boris writes. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
News You Can Use 
  • Small-business owners face taxes, health care law
    Some small-business owners will have to deal with higher taxes this year, and the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law is set to continue. Company owners who exceed the 50-employee threshold in the law will have to decide whether to provide insurance or pay a penalty beginning in 2014. "It's when you are running something with 40 employees that is where you have to be careful, because there are significant costs for crossing the threshold," said Edmund F. Haislmaier of the Heritage Foundation. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The effectiveness of small-business lending programs
    The Government Accountability Office has issued a report analyzing the efficacy of the Small Business Lending Fund and the State Small Business Credit Initiative. Banks that participated in the SBLF program were able to increase their overall business lending by 31%. However, the GAO has pointed out there have been reporting problems with both programs. Small Business Trends (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
SmartQuote 
The 'good old days' of uninformed and disconnected buyers ain't coming back."
--Michael Brenner, senior director of marketing and content strategy at SAP, writing at Forbes' SAPVoice blog
LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story


SmartBrief delivers need-to-know news in over 100 targeted email newsletters to over 3 million readers. All our industry briefings are FREE and open to everyone—sign up today!
Accounting
Advertising
Automotive
Aviation & Aerospace
Biotechnology
Business
Chemicals
Construction & Real Estate
Consumer Packaged Goods
Distribution
Education
Energy
Finance
Food Service
Health Care
Insurance
Legal
Manufacturing
Media & Entertainment
Nonprofit
Retail
Technology
Telecommunications
Travel & Hospitality
 

Independent We Stand Independent We Stand is a movement of small business owners dedicated to educating their communities about the importance and strong economic benefits of supporting locally owned businesses. To learn more and to register your business in our "shop local" search engine, please visit us on the web at IndependentWeStand.org 

Subscriber Tools
SIGNUP SEND FEEDBACK E-MAIL THIS BRIEF
Today's Brief - Permalink | Print friendly format | Web version | Privacy policy

Advertise
Corporate Sales Director:  Tom O'Brien (212) 450-1679
Job Board:  Jackie Basso (202) 407-7871
 
SmartBrief Community:
 
 
Recent SmartBrief on Main Street Issues:   Lead Editor:  Brooke Howell
     
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
 
 
© 1999-2013 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information