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Senior Business Columnist — USA Today
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Senior @USATODAY small biz columnist & spokesperson. Check out my new book, Planet Entrepreneur. More at http://theselfemployed.com & http://goo.gl/KGWaZi

Ask an Expert: Beware the Online War of Words with Customers

theselfemployed.com — Q: More and more, I see big companies using social media to deal with customers, customer service, customer announcements, and customer complaints. That makes me wonder if we should start doing that too in my business. Thoughts? - Mary A: The short answer is yes, and the long answer is yes.

Upcoming Google Hangout: Navigating the Current Lending Environment

smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com — Access to capital is a vital component of growth for small businesses. While credit demand was lower in the years immediately following the 2008 recession, the lending market is much more fluid now. According to the spring 2015 Small Business Owner Report, 39% of small business owners said they have applied for a loan in the past two years, up from 28% a year ago.

Social media must-dos for entrepreneurs

usatoday.com — Q: More and more, I see big companies using social media to deal with customers, customer service, customer announcements, and customer complaints. That makes me wonder if we should start doing that too in my business. Thoughts? -- Mary A: The short answer is yes, and the long answer is yes.

A dozen proven ways to create customer loyalty

smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com — You have likely heard the old maxim,: "it takes six times more money to create a new customer than it does to keep an old one." And it's true. Loyal customers are the bread and butter of your business; they are the reason you get to stay in business.

Strauss: It's small biz quiz time!

usatoday.com — It's time for my annual Summertime Biz Quiz. This year we offer the Internet business edition. So go ahead and test your skills and knowledge against our imaginary team of experts! 1. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, was working on Wall Street in 1994 when he was given the task of researching this newfangled thing called the Internet.

How to establish solid and separate business credit " Community Merchants USA

communitymerchantsusa.com — How to establish solid and separate business credit If you are like most of us, funding your new business was probably not an easy thing. Most startup entrepreneurs cobble together funds from a variety of sources and even then may not get all the money that their business plan calls for.
Aug 14, 2015

RT @MainStPayments: @SteveStrauss talks about how to establish solid and separate business credit on the CMUSA blog today: bit.ly/1Wm5CBI

Top 3 Ways to Attract New Customers

smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com — When I was getting ready to start my first business I did as much reconnaissance as I could. At the time, I was still working for a big law firm, making good money and I had a very nice benefits package. Additionally, my wife was pregnant and we had a toddler scampering around the house.

Powell, Chopra show entrepreneurial spirirt

usatoday.com — Recently, I was speaking at the Sage Summit about the topic I wrote about last week in this column, namely how little changes can create big results. I love being a speaker at small business events like these because, not only is it a chance to meet and speak with some really engaged small business owners, but it is also an opportunity to learn from them and from the other speakers.

Today, Everyone Better Think of Themself as an Entrepreneur (Including You!)

theselfemployed.com — In my recent column, I looked at the significant, indeed in some ways radical, shifts occurring in the world of work. Fueled mostly (albeit not entirely) by technology, the de-coupling of work from a desk at an office means that we are now free to work anywhere, anytime - for good and ill.

Don't Procrastinate - Read This Procrastination Solution Article Now!

theselfemployed.com — Q: I wonder how anything gets done in the summer. I find that in the other times of year it is pretty easy for me to tackle projects and get stuff done, but once the good weather hits it's as if a switch in my brain clicks on and momentum clicks off.
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Aug 28, 2015

6 Essential Tips for Surviving the First Five Years in Business & More In This Week's Newsletter bit.ly/1ViYdBL #smallbiz


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