Protecting Your Intellectual Property

As an entrepreneur, it's important to understand what intellectual property safeguards are needed for your small business Abbreviations and symbols such as TM, SM, PAT PEND, ©, and ® carry a lot of legal power. They help safeguard a…

7 Tips to Weather an Economic Downturn

Good financial practices can help a small business survive in a down economy and capitalize on new opportunities during the recovery Image: FotoliaBroad economic slowdowns can often trickle down to small businesses, including those in…

Branding Basics for Hispanic Businesses

Resources are available to help your Hispanic business develop its branding strategy, which is an integral element of any marketing strategy Image: FotoliaIn a world of short attention spans, a great product or first-class service is rarely…

Customer Service: Smaller Is Better

Four tips help Hispanic small businesses provide exemplary, personalized customer service to stand out from the big box retailers and gain a competitive edge Image: Fotolia When it comes to providing value to customers, size isn't…

Your Price is Right-If You Do Your Homework

Entrepreneurs need to research industry pricing and consider product positioning Image: Fotolia How much should I charge? That's one of the first questions most small business owners ask. And it's not an easy one to answer.…

Get Savvy about the Rules of Overtime Pay

Hispanic Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from State and Federal Guidelines Image: Fotolia In good times and bad, employees at millions of small business nationwide are working overtime. But many small business owners may not be totally…

Build Loyalty Via Customer Commitment

A successful Hispanic business needs a strategy that keeps customers coming back Photo: FotoliaAs a Hispanic small business owner, today’s competitive market may be intimidating. If a competitor cuts prices or offers other incentives, you…

Match Up with Big Buyers

By identifying needs of big customers Hispanic businesses can secure new buyers. It can be frustrating for a small business trying to land its first sale to a public institution, government agency or major corporation. One of the…

Make Your Business More Green

Sustainable practices can bolster your brand and build customer loyalty.Looking for ways to make your small business more environmentally conscious this year? It could be a smart move. You can feel good about helping the planet and your…

5 Tips to Grow Your Business

Hispanic small business owners should think success to achieve success and grow their businesses Grow Your Business with Success Thinking In order to be a successful small business, you have to think and act like a successful…

Franchising Rewards and Challenges

Franchises businesses are growing rapidly with 400,000 firms employing 10 billion people Image: Fotolia Owning a franchise is like being a business owner without all of the associated risks. Franchise owners enjoy the benefits of…

Welcome, Small Business Partner!

The following article is provided by SCORE, a nonprofit association of business counselors who mentor small business owners across the U.S. For more information, see the SCORE Web site. http://www.score.orgIn the early stages of forming or…

Lease Or Buy Equipment?

If you plan to invest in new equipment for your business sometime soon, and were considering a traditional loan to finance the purchase, you might also want to look into leasing as an option. If cash is in short supply, and the equipment…

Must-Have Insurance

As your business grows, so does your need for insurance. When it comes to investing in your small business, few things are more important than securing adequate insurance coverage. The right policy will protect your assets and…

Where’s The Money?

How To Get The Cash Up Front Your Business Needs You may have a terrific plan and be a talented workaholic, but finding funding is another issue. Most business failures are a result of inadequate funding from day one. Business owners…

Think Again

Your Business Plan Shouldn't Be A Static Document Planning is an ongoing necessity for small-business owners. Environments change, and the most successful entrepreneurs adapt by continually revisiting their original assumptions. Your…

Free Money? Not Quite

The following article is provided by SCORE, a nonprofit association of business counselors who mentor small business owners across the U.S. For more information, see the SCORE Web site: http://www.score.org/ Nothing good in life comes…