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5 excellent small business blogs to learn from
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A company blog is a useful tool for small businesses hoping to give others a glimpse into the company while also promoting the company's products and services. While it's never a good idea to spam readers with irrelevant promotional messages, there are plenty of ways to provide valuable information and resources to existing and potential customers. Here are five small businesses that are using a blog to reach their communities and showcase the company's experience and expertise. More

MPI Business Barometer: Corporate activity on increase
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Domestic corporate activity has seen the largest improvement for 46 percent of respondents in the latest Meeting Professionals International Business Barometer. According to the survey, 12 percent of event professionals reported shorter lead times continued to be a trend, down from 16 percent in the last MPI Business Barometer in December. Overall, events professionals were optimistic about a recovery in 2011, with 84 percent predicting better business conditions in the coming months than in 2010. More

Oil price spike will affect airfares in 2011
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It looks like the increase in airfares in January is only the beginning. After climbing 7 percent in 2010, airfares were on their way up again in January, according to American Express Business Travel's Business Travel Monitor. And it looks like that's only the beginning. The average airfare was $231 for domestic flights at the end of 2010, just 6 percent shy of 2008 highs. More

Take your time developing your brand
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Does your brand splash around and do cannonballs off the side of the pool, or do you dive straight in and swim with a smooth, steady stroke? Rome wasn't built in a day and your personal brand, reputation or business brand can't be, either. More

Airport networking: 5 keys to successfully network with total strangers
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If you fly at least a few times a year, instead of spending your time in the airport eating, checking emails, reading books and idly staring into space, use it to grow your business. Learn to network with one or two people who could possibly help your business grow. More

How to harness the power of social media feedback
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Socially-engaged customers like to talk. And whether they're communicating via email, phone, in person, on social media or via some other channel, they expect to be heard. The way customers used Facebook and Twitter to shout down the Gap's new logo in 2010 is just one dramatic example of the impact empowered social consumers can have on a business. For entrepreneurs, more vocal consumers present a challenge and an opportunity. More

9 ways to keep your mobile devices secure while traveling
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Whether you're traveling with a laptop, netbook, smartphone, iPad or all of the above, the risks and defenses against them are basically the same. As mobile devices become more sophisticated, they lend themselves to the same types of access to email, passwords and other secure information that PCs have done in the past. The good news is it's not difficult or even expensive to protect your devices and the information on them. More

Airport apps guide travelers from security to takeoff
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Airports have been slower to embrace mobile technology than airlines and online travel agencies. But several developers have stepped up to fill the vacuum with useful and real-time information. There are several apps — Gate Maps, Airport Maps and Airport Terminal Maps — that provide only gate and terminal maps. Other — Gateguru, iFly Pro, Flysmart and GoHow Airport — offer more variety, such as gate location, nearby shops and restaurants, parking lot information, checkpoint wait-time and reviews uploaded by travelers. More

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