Chess Small Businesses: “We Need Customers, Not Loans”

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has released its November Small Business Economic Trends report.  When polled, small businesses believe conditions are getting a little better — but just a little. The problem, the report suggests, is th


Chess The Four Corners Of Local Search

As I previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to spend last week attending PubCon Las Vegas with some extremely smart search marketers. One of the sessions that really stood out for me was the Local Search and Mobile Optimization panel. During the presentation, o


Chess How Technology Will Make the Biggest Impact on Health Care Reform

Would you like to ask a question of George Halvorson, the CEO of Kaiser Permanente, about health care reform and technology? Please join me this Wednesday, November 18, 2009, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm New York time.  I’ll be live-tweeting a webcast with him.


Chess Guess Who’s Creating the Most U.S. Jobs. It’s Likely Not Who You Think.

The recession may be “over,” but the latest employment stats from the Department of Labor are far from encouraging. As America seeks to create new jobs, where should the focus of government assistance be? While most of the attention has focused on bigger firms,


Chess Franchise Owners Could Be Getting Some Love In 2010

As this year starts to wind down, small business owners and executives are working on their sales goals and projections for next year. In my industry, franchising, executives are undoubtedly looking at how the credit crunch will affect their new franchise sales. Th


Chess Read The Digital Handshake to Get Started in Social Media Marketing

The year 2009 has seen a mini-explosion in books about social media and how to use social media to market a business.  Being in a position to review (or publish the review) of many of those books, one thing surprises me:  how different each of the books is. You&#


Chess Small Business Contests and Awards to Apply For

Here is the latest list of contests, sweepstakes, and awards for growing companies.  This listing is updated every two weeks and brought to you as a community service by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com. Marketing Sherpa 2101 Email Marketing Award


Chess Book Review: I Love You More Than My Dog

If you’re a fan of books like “Love is the Killer App” and “Nuts,” then you will enjoy “I Love You More Than My Dog” Five Decisions That Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad. This is one of those books about


Chess The Deadly Internal Audit

Nothing struck fear into myself and my coworkers like the words “internal audit.” Our company was undergoing ISO 9000 certification and, for a while, our quality guy was a drill sergeant. We were constantly tested and retested on procedures and policy.


Chess Tiny chip could diagnose disease

By Jason PalmerScience and technology reporter, BBC NewsResearchers have demonstrated a tiny chip based on silicon that could be used to diagnose dozens of diseases.A tiny drop of blood is drawn through the chip, where disease markers are caught and show up under l


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