Archive: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Tips and Tools: Free Guides and Free Counseling

SCORE, a group of seasoned professionals offering free counseling to small businesses, has teamed up with the UPS Store for a free online marketing workshop. The session is designed to help owners of small firms develop a marketing strategy and build their brand, among other things. Visit the SCORE Web...

By Sharon McLoone | December 5, 2008; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Do I...Offer Employee Incentives?

Company incentives can help employee morale and retention, but small businesses on tight budgets must find the most effective and appropriate ways to reward employees. An incentive is a tangible award that is earned by reaching a predetermined goal -- sales representatives, for example, may receive a prize for reaching...

By Sharon McLoone | December 4, 2008; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

SBA Chief Calls Transition Experience 'Exceptional'

Agency review teams for the incoming Obama administration are swarming dozens of government offices, report Post staffers Shailagh Murray and Carol D. Leonnig in today's front-page article Obama Teams Are Scrutinizing Federal Agencies. And that includes the Small Business Administration. "We're having a really exceptional transition experience," said SBA Acting...

By Sharon McLoone | December 3, 2008; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Intuit Exec Sees Savvy Small Firms into Social Marketing

Rick Jensen, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Small Business Group, is a regular guy who has regular problems just like anybody else. I interviewed him fresh off the slippery task of mopping up his garage, which had flooded due to a faulty kitchen garbage disposal. Rick Jensen,...

By Sharon McLoone | December 2, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Small Businesses Prepare For the Holidays

Artfully Paper is one of the many small retailers in the D.C. metro area that is looking forward to holiday cheer, but is also pragmatic about the not-so-stellar state of the economy. In this first in a series of video interviews with the owners of small shops in the...

By Sharon McLoone | December 1, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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