Todd is among hundreds of thousands of small merchants across the country who are feeling the effects of a stricter lending market, and, despite recent news that cash is flowing to small businesses again, have been unable to secure the funds needed to expand or even just to stay afloat. More »The State of Small Business Lending: Small Merchants Weigh-In
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If you’re starting a new business, you want to make sure your service or product isn’t too unique for the public. It helps to align yourself with your competition. Once you have identified your competitors, you can carve out your niche, finding the gaping hole in the industry. More »Keep Your Friends Close And Your Competitors Closer
Resources for Competitive Research: The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide To Starting a Small Business Part 6Yahoo! Small Business Advisor - Mon, Jun 24, 2013 6:37 PM EDT
Part six of a series – The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business. More »Resources for Competitive Research: The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide To Starting a Small Business Part 6
These down-to-earth tips will help get you going in the morning, and keep you productive all day. More »The 4 Smartest Things You Can Do Every Morning
When most people hear the word branding about a business they tend to think big business – Apple, Coke, 3M, BP – and not small business. But branding is at least as important for a small business as a giant corporation. More »Branding: First Impressions Matter
Resource Guide for the Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting Your Business Part 5: Branding Your BusinessYahoo! Small Business Advisor - Fri, Jun 7, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
In part five of our Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business we have been looking at branding. Read the main articles, How to Brand your Business on a Budget and Branding: First Impressions Matter. The links and articles listed below will provide more background and techniques. More »Resource Guide for the Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting Your Business Part 5: Branding Your Business
Averill’s Sharper Uniforms: A revamped website and SEO efforts helped this business change directionYahoo! Small Business Advisor - Thu, Jun 6, 2013 4:45 PM EDT
“I smelt an opportunity—there was a huge need there!” The Sharper Knife morphed into Averill’s Sharper Uniforms. More »Averill’s Sharper Uniforms: A revamped website and SEO efforts helped this business change direction
When you log onto Stylin Online's web site you may think you've accidentally surfed onto Fandango, MovieFone, or some other Hot Summer Movie/TV ticket site. All you see are high-powered, eye-catching, fast-cutting graphics for Iron Man 3 (Style Like Tony Stark With the Newest Tees), Star Trek Into Darkness (Boldly Go Out With Intergalactic Gear Worthy of Starfleet), Man of Steel and Game Of Thrones. More »Pop Culture Super Store Stylin Online Delivers the Gear
Nearly half of all new businesses don't make it past their fifth anniversary, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That makes it crucial for mom and pops to get basic strategies right from the get-go. More »The Top 5 Small Business Mistakes
These days it's easy to shoot professional-looking video on a shoestring budget. Except for the editing. More »Tubifi Puts Free Video Production Suite In the Cloud
Whether you're a multinational conglomerate or a one-person shop in Kalamazoo, you are a brand. That means you're subject to the same brand demands as Apple, Coca Cola, and General Motors, only with an infinitesimal sliver of their marketing and advertising budgets. More »Four Dumb Branding Mistakes To Avoid
As the chief executive officer of a multi-million dollar jewelry design company and an active philanthropist, Kendra Scott's work never stops. But when you ask this busy woman how she describes herself, she doesn't hesitate in saying, "I'm a mom first." More »Kendra Scott: How a Small Business Owner Turned $500 Into Millions
Looking for a 570-pound tub of glycerin? Bulk Apothecary will sell you one online for only $398. And it's kosher too. Also available: Citric Acid (50 lb. - $75), Beeswax (55 lb. - $233) and Cocoa Butter (1000 lb. - $2588). More »Ecommerce Success is Natural for Bulk Apothecary
The niche market chosen by online marketing entrepreneurs Ivy Lau and Mark Ivey—gluten-free, home-style, fresh-frozen Asian food—seems to be, just like their shared first and last name, a matter of destiny. More »Ivy’s Garden: Growing a gluten-free Asian food business online.
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