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WINNING CUSTOMERS BY CALMING FEARS

I hate snakes! It is primordial. I hate them for no other reason than I do. You couldn’t give me enough money to walk in woods known to have snakes. I would go to jail rather than obey a government rule that says I have to walk down a path…

Confused About Health Coverage? Join the Club.

Confused About Health Coverage? Join the Club. Let’s face it, when it comes to health insurance, even the smartest, most educated entrepreneurs struggle to keep up with the constant changes. As if things weren’t hard enough we are…

Get Help From the SBA to Keep Your Business Afloat

Get Help From the SBA to Keep Your Business Afloat The current COVID-19 pandemic is also an economic crisis, with long-lasting impacts felt across all industries. Therefore, businesses must be proactive now, in order to combat and mitigate…

Small Business Absent With Leave

 The best defense is to have the right policy in place here are four tips to help avoid minefields. It’s rarely easy for a small business to work around the loss of an employee who’s out on a leave of absence. But you may have to…

Understanding Your Business Investments

Without measuring and tracking business investments, business owners are missing a critical piece of information about company performance. Understanding the Cost of Your Investment Your first consideration is to ask the question:

How to Keep Your Best Employees

It can be difficult for Hispanic small businesses to retain top talent; however, it’s not impossible. In this article, you can learn the main reasons employees leave and how to prevent turnover of your best performers. Losing a…

3 Steps To Empower Your Sales Staff

Follow these simple backend techniques to streamline contracts and close more sales This July, I wrote a blog post about the role of the account manager in this digital era, and one key point covered was on "winging it" which is…

The “C” in COURAGE is for Commitment

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, all those who have taken a stand to courageously step out of their own comfort zone Wicked winds greeted me as I stepped off the boardwalk onto the sandy beach near my home. It was…

Small Business, Corporate Tax and Reinvention Steps

Why corporate taxes are bad for the USA, (or any country) and solutions on small business savings According to the US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, at least 362 major corporations in the United States maintained…

Mobile Technology Serves Up Business

Whether used externally to reach customers or internally to keep in touch with employees, mobile technology is a boon to businesses of all sizes Mobile technology has become nearly ubiquitous, and companies would be wise to…

5 Social Media Tips for Business

Successful social media for businesses use lessons learned on Main Street to take them far on the digital highway Those who live in small towns know the advantages of frequenting merchants who know their names as well as their purchase…

Libraries Lead Collaboration for Small Business

New innovation spaces provide benefits to small business and entrepreneurs   From the Ancient Library of Alexandria to present day, libraries have long served as centers of learning. Now, with the rapid proliferation of the Internet,…

Finally! A New Home Office Tax Deduction

Take advantage of a new law for simplified home office tax deduction. There's good news for small-business owners who keep home offices and wanted to take advantage of the home office tax deduction when filing their taxes.…

The New Work Force

Independent workers will soon become the majority. Is it time to choose that path? I was recently laid off from my job as director of creative development at The Weather Channel. This is my second layoff since 2009. I have…

Lucky Biz Break

Five successful Latinos talk about the role of luck in their careers. Great leaders aren’t luckier than the rest of us. They just get a higher return on luck. That’s a central argument of “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why…

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…

Windows Server 2012 for Small Business

Microsoft’s elimination of the Small Business Server makes way for additional functionality and features provided by Windows Server 2012 This fall, Microsoft is making changes to its small business server operating systems.…

4 Twitter Tips for Small Businesses

Small businesses can take advantage of Twitter’s low cost, time-management and search optimization benefits to improve customer satisfaction How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Twitter On July 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek

Big Insights on Taxes

What’s in play? What happens now that some of the Bush tax cuts for businesses expire at the end of 2012? Photo: Fotolia Note: This article is part one of a two-part series. The Bush tax cuts that were largely…

6 Steps to Begin Exporting

Get started, SBA primer on exporting Small businesses looking to increase sales and profit, reduce dependence on the domestic market and stabilize seasonal fluctuations should consider exporting. Nearly 96 percent

Hispanics Pursue Entrepreneurship

Starting a business is a good alternative to low-paying entry jobs You’ve graduated with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in business and can’t find a well paying position. What are your options? Instead of settling for a

Deducting Business Expenses

Business expenses are the cost of carrying on a trade or business. These expenses are usually deductible if the business is operated to make a profit. What Can I Deduct? To be deductible, a business expense must be both…

Business Tax Essentials

Business expenses, electronic filing and other IRS tips for small and medium businesses The management and mentors of Latin Business Today will be providing a weekly column of timely topics provided by the IRS. These tax tips…

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…

Deal Or No Deal?

The coupon craze is back, and this time it’'s local. The coupon craze is back, and this time the focus is on local independent businesses and services, not on the big chain stores or national brands. If you

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…

Lease Or Buy Space?

Considerations for that important lease vs buy decision At some point almost every business owner asks, “Should I lease or buy building space?” It’s an important question without an easy answer. You must compare the benefits by…

There’s Light Ahead

Or Maybe The Tunnel’s Getting Shorter Holiday greetings, small business owner! Are you feeling a little lift of the spirits, a bit of holiday cheer, even a ray of hope for the future? Well, it's not sugar overload from the

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…

Bootcamp for Business

These programs help America’s vets get a new start as entrepreneurs. After months or years abroad in Iraq, America’s soldiers are returning home. For those re-entering civilian life, there’s a choice to be made. And if they’re like

IT Rescue

Let the Pros Handle Your Small Business Technology While most small-business owners depend on computer technology, many find it difficult to keep up with the constant churn of software, hardware, and Web application updates. You can't…

Keep The IRS Happy

'Paperless Age?' Not Quite! If I had a dollar for every time a client has asked: "How long do I have to keep all of this paper?" it would be like hitting the lottery. Even in this “paperless” age, records…