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Sustainability Spells Profitability for Midwestern Small Businesses

Download article as PDF The Nebraska Business Development Center, has shared a tremendous set of materials — including a free, downloadable guide, impressive case studies, webinars and other tools that help small businesses save on energy and materials costs. According to Jean Waters, Energy Engineer with the Nebraska Business Development Center, “this booklet is a […]

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Buying Decisions – Rational?

Download article as PDF After decades of personal selling and observing others sell, I am convinced most buying decisions are based on emotions rather than on a rational basis. The ratio of the two motivators varies with the individual buyer and the circumstances at the time, but clearly the seller must always be aware of […]

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SBDCNet’s GIS Services Level the Playing Field for Small Businesses

Free Competitor & Customer Maps for your business — Really! Read how to order one of our best kept secrets…

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A TWITTER CZAR for Elected Officials applies to members of both parties

Download article as PDF A Small Business Lesson In a recent post on the importance of good listening, I received a comment from Jeff Hahn, who agrees with my premise on how listening can improve your business success and your personal relationships.  Jeff wanted to extend the premise to our elected officials operating out of […]

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You Don’t Know? It’s Very Okay To Admit It

Download article as PDF Success or knowledge in one area or endeavor does not automatically ensure the same in others. I have never met anyone who knows everything about everything. No one can know it all although many think they do. I’m sure you’ve met some of them. However, when many people are asked a […]

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Surety Bond Industry

Surety bonds are a critical success element to virtually every small business owner. Without them, buildings would not be built and small businesses would not be able to occupy their lease spaces.

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Suppliers Can Be Key to Your Growth

Download article as PDF Suppliers can be a critical component of your growth and survival. Your approach to suppliers needs to be part of your strategic plan, since almost every company, whether product or service oriented, is dependent on suppliers. Many people seem to get this supplier issue wrong. They feel that because they write […]

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E-Marketing

The burning question many small business clients have is: What’s the best way to sell my product/service online? This report will point you toward e-marketing resources

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There Is No Entrepreneur Gene

Download article as PDF The use of the words Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurism keep growing as more and more people strive to be entrepreneurs with their job creating ability. This was not always the case. Not so long ago, Entrepreneurs were described in such unflattering terms as shiftless, unfocused, shady, money-hungry, sharks, quick-buck artists, unreliable, shoot […]

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Great Idea to WOW Your Suppliers

Download article as PDF When I blogged my earlier post on Suppliers, I received a great comment from Pierre Martell, the CEO of Martell Home Builders in Moncton, Canada, that I want to share with everyone. Their mission is to build customized homes in 99 days on budget. Their website is their primary selling tool. […]

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Where Not to Look for Money — And Where You’re More Likely to Find It

Download article as PDF Entrepreneurs can save time and angst by looking beyond banks and other mythical sources of startup capital. One of the major obstacles entrepreneurs face in starting a business is raising the money they need. It can be the most time-consuming, frustrating and disheartening factor in launching a new venture. Save yourself […]

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Web-based Business Tools

Download article as PDF We had an opportunity to speak with Jake Villareal, Chief Marketing Officer of Apptivo. We interviewed him to find out about the advantages of web based business management tools for small businesses. We also spoke with Robert Ardell, CEO of Unclevic.com to find out what his experience was like using such […]

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Sales Reps and How They Benefit Small Businesses

Download article as PDF What’s the Opportunity? Sales is the lifeblood of any successful business, as Sales bring you customers who give you Orders, without which you have no business.  Many Small Business owners think they can secure these coveted orders by using the latest tech tool. This may work to an extent in some […]

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Disaster Preparedness

Download article as PDF Compiled by Stace Sorrells, SBDCNet Researcher Click here to suggest a resource link to be added to this page Getting back to business after a disaster depends on preparedness planning done today. Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, and yet, […]

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Finance

Download article as PDF Compiled by Ambrose Turkson, SBDCNet Researcher Online Training Finance Primer: A Guide to SBA’s Loan Guaranty Programs – SBA How to Prepare a Loan Package – SBA Assessing Financial Needs – South-West Texas SBDC Buying or Selling a Business Checklists, articles and guides about buying or selling a small business: The […]

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