Newsletter Archive: March 2011

Small Business Employment Trends Improve
Small business employment stats took a turn for the better in March, according to new data from Intuit. Small businesses were apparently able to create quite a few jobs and offer their workers more hours on the clock, to boot.
Discover Sees Small Business Confidence Decrease
Ironic as it may sound, pessimists arguably have something to celebrate today. The latest Discover Small Business Watch figures show that small business owners' confidence dropped in March, creating a setback on the road to economic recovery.
How Businesses Can Capitalize on New Consumer Trends
A new study from the National Retail Federation and BIGresearch bears good news for all. The research found that Americans are becoming more generous with their spending habits, especially in regards to small luxury items.
Small Business Franchises Face Lending Challenges
Over 80,000 jobs and more than $10 billion in economic output could be lost in 2011 unless credit flow to franchised small businesses increases, according to a new report by the International Franchise Association.
DYMO Endicia shipping saves you time and money
DYMO Endicia's easy-to-use software lets you buy and print postage for all letters, big and small, right from your PC or Mac, saving you a trip to the Post Office.
Small Business Owners To Add More Than 3 Million Jobs In 2011
U.S. small business owners plan to add nearly 3.8 million jobs this year, according to the latest Small Business Success Index, released by the Center for Excellence in Service at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and partner Network Solutions.
Congress' Debate of 'Interchange Fees' Heats Up
There is a reason why some small retailers offer incentives for paying in cash. For instance, a local restaurant might give a customer a free drink with a cash payment in order to avoid "Interchange Fees." These fees are at the center of an intensifying debate this week in Washington.
More Owners Investing In Their Small Business
Nearly half (47%) of small business owners prefer to invest in their business now to get an advantage over competitors, an 11 percent increase from 2010, according to a new survey released from Brother.
How You Could Save This Tax Season
With the clock ticking away, tax time will be here before we know it. It's usually a stressful time, since most everyone has the fear that they will forget something. Thanks to some new legislation that is detailed in the video on the left, this year might not be so bad after all.
How to Build Relationships through Communities
Unless you're a really lucky person, you've probably come to the realization that relationships are vital to your business. Relationships are connections that can introduce you to new circles of connections and so on and so forth. This process, in many cases, allows for the opportunities that enable businesses to grow.
How to Obtain Luck in Business
Do you depend on a four-leaf clover, a rabbit's foot, or Karma for your luck? While these "lucky charms" are good for boosting confidence, do you think they really are capable of allowing life to happen in your favor? I'm not trying to get into a superstitious debate, but I think that we would all admit that there is more fun in these symbols than truth.
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