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December 24, 2012
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  Trends & Trust 
  • The benefits of trusting others outweigh the dangers
    While trust always carries the implicit danger that we will be let down, the risk of betrayal is a risk people must assume most of the time to function, writes Laura Carbonell. "Trust is a form of hope," she notes, adding that being constantly distrustful of others leads to alienation and the inability to form relationships. Voxxi (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Satisfaction & Marketing 
  • 5 tips for a great business blog
    Company blogs are often the first point of interaction for many new customers, but many businesses fail to keep their blogs as enthusiastic and up to date as possible, Jack Adams writes. He recommends rotating writers to keep content fresh and exciting, maintaining a professional tone no matter what you're writing about, and having a meeting at the beginning of each month to generate ideas for blog posts. (U.K.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • End-of-year feedback? You're doing it wrong
    Bosses who hold year-end reviews for their workers are approaching feedback in the wrong way, writes Denis Wilson. Feedback should be a continuous process of praise and gradual course-correction, not a once-a-year blowout event. "Dropping bombs on employees once or twice a year only serves to build up pressure and make feedback sessions feel like indictments," Wilson writes. Fast Company online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Funding & Finance 
  • Innovative strategies for saving money in 2013
    Rebate programs, working from home and teaming up with other businesses can save small-business owners money in 2013, Gwen Moran writes. Participating in loyalty programs from Staples and Office Depot can save money on office supplies, letting employees work from home can save on office space, and partnering with other businesses when ordering things like business cards can save on shipping costs. Entrepreneur online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Trends in small-business lending during 2012
    The volume of U.S. Small Business Administration loans made during 2012 was the second-highest on record, after 2011. Also this past year, banks and small businesses increasingly relied on Internet technology for loan applications, and more businesses looked to alternative lenders for financing, writes Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit. Fox Business Small Business Center (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  BBB in the News 
  • BBB advice to keep your home safe from thieves over the holidays
    If you're heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house this week, take steps before you leave to protect your home from would-be thieves, warns BBB. Keep gifts and valuables where they can't be seen from the outside, ask a neighbor to watch the house, put lights on timers, and don't forget to lock the doors. WFXT-TV (Dedham, Mass.) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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British poet and painter

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