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The Best and Worst International Airlines for Small Business Travelers in 2018

Consumers choose a brand for a host of different reasons, and the new survey carried out by GraphicSprings.com asked international passengers which airline they would like to fly based just on the logo. And not surprisingly, depending on how you look at it, one of the best airlines in the world, Etihad was first. Remember this was just based on the logo of the company. This result highlights why it is significant for companies to put their best effort into all of their customer-facing products, whether it is a logo or something…

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Best QuickBooks Apps for Small Business Users

QuickBooks is one of the top bookkeeping tools available today. With a desktop software and online version available, businesses of all sizes have used the product to track their earnings, expenses and other financial data. But the platform can do even more when you start making use of integrated apps. There are third-party apps available for everything from uploading data from spreadsheets to tracking employee time and pay. All of these are available in the QuickBooks App Store, where you can browse or search and then download the apps of your…

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How Small Businesses Can Think And Operate Like Big Brands

Shutterstock The other day, my worst nightmare came true. I was in the middle of writing an article and my computer crashed. Luckily I know a bit about hardware, so like any go-getter, I took apart my laptop and immediately identified the problem. Since I didn’t have the parts or time to fix it, I logged onto the most popular search engine, looked up “computer repair near me” and went to the first spot on the list. The experience that follows taught me a couple of valuable lessons for both…

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City of Fresno to Help Small Businesses Avoid ADA Lawsuits

FRESNO, California – The City of Fresno has launched a new program to help small businesses be more accessible to disabled customers. The city said the Central Valley is third in the state for having the most construction-related physical access complaints. The city said it plans to help businesses avoid costly lawsuits. The Valero Gas Station and mini mart near Ventura and First is known to loyal customers as Tony’s One Stop Shop. Owner Tony Singh said, “We do hard work, you know? All family work, you know? My kids…

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10 tips for seasonal survival of your small business

Memorial Day is the traditional kickoff of the summer season, and for many small businesses, that means customers flocking through the doors. For others, it’s the doldrums: Customers don’t come, clients don’t call. Whether you sell surfboards or snowboards, picnic baskets or Christmas baskets, the health of your small business may be directly related to the season. In fact, a remarkable number of small businesses are seasonal businesses. The most obvious, of course, are those retail and service businesses in tourist destinations. But even those far away from the beach…

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Report on Small Business Newsletter: Kicking Horse Coffee CEO Elana Rosenfeld

Elana Rosenfeld Must pay photographer, from the mag. one time use only for the ladder CREDIT photographer CHRIS MACARTHUR/The Globe and Mail CHRIS MACARTHUR/THE GLOBE AND MAIL Kicking Horse Coffee CEO Elana Rosenfeld on building a business that reflects her personal ethics Elana Rosenfeld co-founded Kicking Horse Coffee in Invermere, B.C., roasting coffee in her garage in 1996. The company was well ahead of the curve by selling premium beans just as Starbucks was entering Canada and raising expectations for coffee drinkers. Cheeky marketing helped the brand gain traction on…

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