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SMB Toolkit: 6 business tech resolutions for 2013
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The end of the year is a time for reflection and preparation for the New Year. While most of us tend to focus on personal goals and bad habits we'd like to overcome with the ushering in of thenNew year, the year's end is also a great time to take a look at ways to improve business processes and workflow in the year to come. The intent should be to focus on ways you can work smarter and more efficiently, not necessarily harder. Of course, some of the best tools for working smarter and more efficient are those in technology. More

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The 2 massive trends impacting your customers in 2013
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Understanding the broader customer environment is crucial to managing and meeting their expectations. For example, all retailers customer's expectations have been impacted by the innovations and success of the Apple retail platform. Customers expect to be able to walk in speak to anyone in the store and buy something immediately with a receipt emailed to them instantly. This raises the bar for all retailers regardless of what you sell. More

7 questions to close a year strong and start another stronger
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Our time and what we do with it is our most precious commodity, and one of the most challenging tasks we manage, given our fast paced, hyper connected, massive content driven world. It is imperative that we wrap ourselves around this, so that it doesn't wrap itself around us. More

2013 tax lessons for small business owners
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Small business owners are ending the year with little clue as to what tax policy will look like next year. In the absence of a deal to soften pending tax hikes and spending cuts, rates are set to go up for most taxpayers. Despite the uncertainty, planning now can help business owners navigate the foggy depths beyond the fiscal cliff. Here are four lessons from Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein‘s reporting that can guide you. More

Best inspirational words from business leaders in 2012
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You don't have to be a billionaire to have keen insights into the business world. Looking back over their 2012 issues, Entrepreneur found much to be inspired by in the words of the entrepreneurs and business experts — big and small — with whom they've spoken. Take note of the wisdom offered up by these innovators, raconteurs and candid observers, and apply it to your own work going forward. More

5 leadership trends to watch in 2013
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Think social media is the only trendy thing in the business world? Think again. Management techniques and leadership styles have trends too, and as experts crop up with new strategies for managing employees, these trends evolve. Andrew Graham, president and CEO of The Forum Corporation, a Boston-based learning organization, has some interesting predictions of leadership trends in 2013. More

10 surprising marketing predictions for 2013
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Remember the days when a big-box store sounded the death knell for small business? Today, that trend may be ending due to another event: The emergence of mom-and-pops with the muscle of a major brand. Social media, online marketplaces such as Etsy and Fab, and transaction-processing technologies have enabled even micro-businesses to compete with national chains. More

5 key anti-trends for 2013
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Instead of adding to the chorus of what's hot and what's new, here's a look at what's hot and what's old — a handful of key issues that were of critical importance last year, will still be really important next year, and that many marketers and business leaders continue to blow off and not address in a meaningful way. More

Top trends for consumers and brands in 2013
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The new year is looking ever more like a James Bond movie, with fake names, mobile fingerprints and predictive technology among the biggest trends divined by a noted market forecaster. JWT's Trends for 2013 report is based on quantitative, qualitative and desk research, and is presented annually to multinationals as a shorthand guide to the coming business year. More

The 7 technology trends that will matter most to small business in 2013
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If 2012 was a year of "wait and see," for small business technology, 2013 will be a year to "go for it." One key reason is that small business optimism is already rising. According to the Fall 2012 Bank of America Small Business Owner Report, more than half of small business owners project sales will grow in the next year, and almost one-third plan to hire. More
 


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