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Category Archives: Small Business Current Events

Navigating Healthcare Reform for Your Small Business

Here are some helpful user guides and how-to websites that can help you figure out what healthcare reform is all about, and how it applies to your small business.

CVS owns healthy

There’s a small business branding lesson in the recent announcement from CVS. The announcement today by CVS corporation that they would stop selling cigarettes in their 7,600 stores nationwide is a great example of a company reminding people of what their brand truly stands for.  CVS is a huge national corporation, but the estimated $2 […]

Does your small business have an army of brand ambassadors?

Establishing brand ambassadors for your business can help ensure your company’s marketing efforts stand out. Establishing your small business brand is essential. It serves as a way for your business to stand out among the competition in your industry. A well-established brand means consumers who desire the product or service that you offer will think […]

Does the government shutdown affect your small business?

The federal government has officially shutdown. Read how this could affect your small business. On Tuesday morning at 12:00am, a portion of the federal government officially shutdown. The shutdown comes on the heels of the Affordable Care Act launch. This marks the first time in 17years that a government shutdown has occurred. The impasse affects […]

The Affordable Care Act is here – will more start-ups follow?

The new healthcare law has gone into affect. See why Hiscox USA CEO Ben Walter thinks this may lead to a rise in entrepreneurship. Have you heard anything about this new health care law in the U.S.?  There are a lot of different opinions and energetic arguments on both sides about the merits of the […]

BlackBerry/Buggy Whip Union sign exclusive contract

The sale of BlackBerry took no one by surprise. Here’s what your small business can learn from the company’s failures. The dollar store sale price for the remains of BlackBerry, acquired Monday by Fairfax Financial, was a slow motion car crash that took almost nobody by surprise.  BlackBerry isn’t unique in their hubris, mismanagement and […]

What are the Five Mistakes Small Businesses Make?

As a small business owner, are you making these five mistakes that might be hurting your business? Our team is always on the lookout for new ways to help your small business grow. We recently hosted a webinar on the “Five Most Common Mistakes of Small Business Owners and How to Learn From Them,” with […]

Austin Small Business Owners are Socially Connected and Well Financed

We surveyed Austin small business owners to get their sentiments about the city’s business community. During a visit to Texas for the annual RISE (Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs) Austin conference, we surveyed almost 150 small business owners and entrepreneurs to find out their sentiments about the Austin business community. The results confirmed that […]

Austin Business Journal hosts Martha Stewart for its Face 2 Face series

Martha Stewart discusses what it takes to run a successful business. This year, we’re co-sponsoring several of The Austin Business Journal’s Face 2 Face series. The series, which gives the Austin business community an opportunity to hear the experiences of some of the best small business owners and entrepreneurs in the country, featured serial entrepreneur […]

Could the Marketplace Fairness Act Affect Your Small Business?

The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) would force companies to collect an online sales tax. Internet-based businesses are wondering how the Marketplace Fairness Act may affect them. The Act may well be on its way to being the law of the land. It has already been passed by the Senate. MFA will require Internet-based businesses to collect state […]

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