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Many companies claim to provide outstanding product and service. But the client’s perception is the ultimate truth. By 2020, Customer Experience (CX) is projected to become the #1 brand differentiator, over price and product, according to the Customers 2020 Report.   Consumers are
Join the Publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine (Ramon Ray) and serial entrepreneur and the "queen of startups", Nellie Akalp (founder of CorpNet) for a fun, engaging and information rich hour of all things "start and grow your business".   During this discussion, Nellie
How To Move To A Paperless Office Looking to make the switch to a paperless office? Or, perhaps you just need a better way to store, sort and share your digital files? In either scenario, document management software is your solution. There’s a lot of cloud-based services out there that allow you to store files remotely.
The technology industry that has bubbled up on our coasts can often feel like it’ a bubble. The paths in which these tech companies get started, funded and grow are usually not the same as Main Street America. But, the founders of these tech companies share the very same
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, small business owners are enjoying the gift of a recovering economy. Nearly three-fourths of entrepreneurs in a survey by online small business community Manta feel positive about their upcoming sales, and two-thirds say their sales are already
Take a break from the holidays – and from shopping! - and spend an hour getting your business ready for next year. Join senior USA TODAY small business columnist Steve Strauss and as they share some simple, easy, and affordable things you can do to make more money and grow your
Networking and Fundraising Tips for Entrepreneurs Success in small business is not only about what you know, but also who you know and how well you know them. As such, networking and relationship-building is critical to successfully starting and growing any enterprise—something SCORE Foundation President David Bobbitt knows well
Now that we’ve covered the types of successful partnerships, here are some ideas on creating and sustaining successful partnerships that are mutually beneficial. Select the right partner This goes without saying, but many businesses have jumped into a partnership with a big name or a
As a small business owner, you don’t have access to the massive marketing dollars that the big guys do. Therefore, you’ve got to make sure that every dollar you do have to invest in growing your business is being put to good use. But, a small budget shouldn’t be (and isn
When is a Good Time to Open a Second Location of Your Bar or Restaurant? Has your bar or restaurant concept taken off to the point where you can barely handle the crowds? Are your customers begging for another location? That’s a great problem to have, but where should you locate your new store depends on your goals. Perhaps you need another location in the same

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