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The difference between good and great small business owners
Small business expert Steve Strauss says almost all of the people he meets are good small business owners – they work hard, make a nice profit, run a fine business, are good employers, etc. But, 5 differences separate great small business owners from the rest. Where do you fit in?
Could becoming “certified woman-owned” help your small business?
Woman-owned firms have grown at 1.5 times the rate of other small businesses. Read on to discover how carrying that distinction can open doors for these businesses when they compete for contracts in both the government and private sectors.
What is the Small Business Community?
You may be wondering- what is this Small Business Community all about? How it can help you and your business? By participating in the Small Business Community (SBC), you can gain knowledge and connections that give you a competitive advantage in building a successful business. Click here to watch a short video to learn more about the SBC.
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Most of the time, you just want to find content that has a particular phrase. Here are the easiest ways to find the content you want.
Enclose your search phrase in quotes. Search will try to find content with those words in the order you enclosed them. A search for "marketing advice" is going to return content with the phrase "marketing advice".
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Start a discussion in our member-to-member forums. By participating in the Small Business Community, our members gain knowledge and connections that give them a competitive advantage in building a successful business. Take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of the community to get help with a specific question or business challenge.
To post your question in our community, in the “Ask the community” section, from the drop-down select the category that you’d like to post to, then click the “Start a Discussion” button. If you simply want to introduce yourself to the community, please select the “Introduce Yourself” category.
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Share your small business story. Do you have an interesting story to tell related to your small business? Have some advice for other entrepreneurs to help them avoid some of the pitfalls of small business ownership? We invite you to share your story with the Small Business Community. Click the “Share Your Story” link and simply answer the questions in our Share Your Story template.
- Answer a question. Are you an expert in a particular area of running and growing a successful small business? Would you like to help other small business entrepreneurs by answering their questions? We would appreciate your expertise in the Small Business Community. Please click the “Answer a Question” link to see a list of the open questions asked by members of the community.
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