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December 26, 2012
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Stories from the Street 
  • Business owners benefit from surplus government supplies
    A number of business owners are using the Government Liquidation website to get the equipment they need without spending a fortune. For example, Doug West, who transports oysters for the University of Maryland's Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery, was able to get an old boat used by the U.S. Coast Guard for $36,000. "The lab is ramping up production, so I hope to double my activity in the future, and deals like this one don't come along all that often," West said. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right
A highly-engaged workforce drives results and employee engagement programs are key to success. But most companies still lack on-the-ground programs for employee engagement and alignment. Learn how to leverage time and resources with a social recognition program in the whitepaper "Do-it-yourself vs. Doing it right".
Caring for Customers 
  • Why marketing videos are worth the effort
    You may be able to differentiate your brand from the competition by posting videos on social media that show off your company and its products. Data show that online videos are popular and that social sites such as Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being used to share content. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The best thing in Vegas is the customer service
    The Las Vegas customer service experience is set apart by the mentality that visitors are not just in town for one particular service, such as a hotel stay or a casino visit, but for a whole experience, writes human resources executive Brandy Lee. Businesses across the country can learn from Sin City's approach to serving its visitors, she writes. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Keeping Shop 
  • Employee gifts that keep giving all year long
    You can help your employees reach their potential by giving them some autonomy and some flexible work options, writes Rieva Lesonsky of GrowBiz Media. "Being able to work at home, work remotely or work flexible hours are top perks employees desire," she writes. It's also a good idea to offer employees opportunities to develop their skills, she notes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing the Money 
  • Year-end financial-planning tips
    With 2013 fast approaching, it may be wise for small-business owners to make the most of current tax benefits by accelerating bonuses and setting up retirement plans, according to a company called Paychex. Now may also be a good time to purchase assets such as computers or software. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • How to deliver a compelling webinar
    Webinars can be a good way to engage with your customers, but there are certain things you should keep in mind before hosting one, writes Lewis Howes. Your webinars will be most effective if you develop your storytelling skills and practice your presentation ahead of time, he writes. "When you say the words out loud and hear what you wrote down, it can give you additional ideas about where you can improve and which parts are strongest." Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
News You Can Use 
  • Why tax-code complexity is bad for business
    For small-business owners, specific tax rates may matter less than the complexity of the overall process, according to Dane Stangler, who is with the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation. "So it's not necessarily the rate, it's just the burden, the time burden, the money burden of compliance, and not knowing all the different kinds of taxes you're subject to," he said. Likewise, the problem with the "fiscal cliff" is the uncertainty it is causing, he said. CNBC/The Associated Press (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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