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How Do You Like To Give Back To The Community?

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It is interesting to learn what business leaders care about and how you like to give back to your community.

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How To Turn Employees Into Your #1 Brand Ambassadors

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When social media first became the hottest marketing tool, many businesses didn't want anything to do with it. They made sure... Read Full Answer

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10 Actually Actionable Benefits Of List Building

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What is List Building all about?

List building refers to a continuous process of adding new and updated subscribers to your list.... Read Full Answer

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Celebrating Small And Locally-owned Businesses With Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand

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Today's special edition of the Local Business Stories by Alignable podcast highlights... Read Full Answer


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A little over a year ago, I made the leap, you know the one, where you decide the time has come to quit the monotony of the corporate grind and finally open a small business and become your own... (more)


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When social media first became the hottest marketing tool, many businesses didn't want anything to do with it. They made sure Facebook and Twitter were blocked on their server and any interaction... (more)


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Getting found by people in your area is the most important part of successfully running a local business. If you are a business owner that serves local communities chances are you know how... (more)


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Particularly for young startup entrepreneurs who haven't had a long lifetime to build up personal assets, the concept of putting up collateral can make obtaining a small business loan feel like a... (more)


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Nice, David!


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Alison Pentland from Off the Porch
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, March 27, 2017

That's a great question. Competition for my costume business is a big box. Inevitably, when I am finally found, people tell me they went to the big box first and were terribly ... (more)


Asked by Meredith Printz

It is interesting to learn what business leaders care about and how you like to give back to your community. (more)

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Anita Link from St. Pierre Promotional Products
48 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Friday, March 24, 2017

Being I do printing and promotional items, I have donated advertising aids to charities. I also volunteer time by aiding in their PR.


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Coupons are one of the cheapest ways a company can spread the word about their product. The idea is that you'll love the product after trying it because of the coupon. You will then continue to buy... (more)

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Maury Kosh from The Performanced Based Marketing Group
2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, March 23, 2017

I use couponing like mechanisms quite a lot.

Birthday clubs are great to drive traffic to all kinds of businesses, I use a fully automated system with Facebook ads, text marketing and automated reminders 3 days ... (more)


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Coupons are one of the cheapest ways a company can spread the word about their product. The idea is that you'll love the product after trying it because of the coupon. You will then continue to buy... (more)

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Maury Kosh from The Performanced Based Marketing Group
2 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Thursday, March 23, 2017

I use couponing like mechanisms quite a lot.

Birthday clubs are great to drive traffic to all kinds of businesses, I use a fully automated system with Facebook ads, text marketing and automated reminders 3 days ... (more)


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I found these two websites: 1) software-now.com 2) scskey.com The first is selling Office 365 for $59 and the second is selling Windows 10 Professional for $15.22 Every other place I have... (more)


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William Shryer, LCSW, DCSW from Diablo Behavioral Healthcare and TMS Center
1 Local Recommends Them • Answered on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The health care field is a different kettle of fish. People need it but don't want to think about it. Sometimes embarrassed to even talk about these things. I wish ... (more)


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There are so many "online opportunities" for business owners to consider these days, from marketing firms to sales leads to HR software. How do you prioritize these new opportunities? (more)

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Peter Kuehn from Broadbaseconsulting
0 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Whatever is impacting ones business must be #1 no matter what is involved. There are so may considerations, which will vary with the type of business, ones needs and vision for the ... (more)


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We received a tremendous response to our post about what makes a great mentor and it made us wonder if we might be able to help our members make mentorship connections. If you're interested in... (more)

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Cory Bodette from Pro Green Painting & Construction
3 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I am looking for someone to help me grow the commercial side of my painting business. I also am looking for a strategic partner to help me get more leads on the residential side of my business. Leads are the ... (more)


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"Flying solo" and "being isolated" are two phrases used to describe how it feels to be a small business owner. If you think about the number of other business owners within a 5 mile-radius, you'll... (more)

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Clifford Woods from Vteam Services
13 Locals Recommend Them • Answered on Monday, February 13, 2017

How about "None of the above" or an "Other" Category? A perfect business mentor needs - I think above all - to have an ability to communicate, to get people to open up about their real ... (more)