Worse than Sweeping it Under a Rug? The Lowdown on Investor Conference Calls

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Hey, you know the old schtick about the bear in the woods right? If a bear (insert your favorite activity right here) in the woods and no one is around to see it, did it really happen? Well, perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that what you think you know about corporate earnings and [...]

A Checklist For Success: Why Creating an Outline Can Help You With Your Business Plan

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When you are looking for funding for your business, it is important to put together a business plan that outlines what you see for the future of your business. It provides investors with the information they need to determine whether or not they are going to provide you with the funding your business needs to [...]

Target’s Credit Card Debacle: How Concerned Should You Be?

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Forty million customers using a credit or debit card for purchases at U.S. Target stores between November 27th and December 15th, inclusive, have to concerned that a third party has their name, credit or debit card number, the card’s expiration date and the CVV (card verification value), used primarily for online purchases.

Know the Competition: What a Competitive Analysis Can Teach You

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Whether you’re just starting a small business, or have been building your business over the last five years, the one thing that will always be a part of that business is competition. While you may think that having competition is a bad thing, in fact, it can actually work in your favor. Jeffrey Smith, at [...]

Gain a Competitive Edge from Competitive Intelligence

Competitive markets drive innovation. Understanding a competing business or wider market enables professionals to make informed decisions about their own enterprises and identify opportunities that others might be missing out on. Like any business endeavor, data collection should be thorough, comprehensive and, of course, legal. So what exactly is competitive intelligence and how should it [...]

Professional Indemnity Insurance

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Professional indemnity insurance can safeguard your business from claims for compensation from unhappy clients, even if the events which led up the claim have happened some time ago. Imagine having successfully completed a piece of work for a client then receiving notice, months later, that the client is making a claim for damages for an [...]

How to Decide if Your Small Business Needs a Credit Card

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Most small business owners have a love / hate relationship with credit card transactions. The credit card processing fees represent a bite out of potential profits, and then there’s the hassle of picking a service provider with the right combination of rates and options. In making all those decisions, far too many small businesses rely [...]

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