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Tax Time Reminders

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As small business owners know, the Corporate filing deadline is fast approaching. We wanted to offer a few reminders about what to include.

Things to Consider:

* Cost of going into business
* Business use of your home including a portion of your rent or mortgage, utilities, etc.
* Phone, internet, postage
* Software
* Education expenses
* Auto expenses, parking fees and tolls
* Business travel
* Legal and professional fees
* Bank charges, credit card fees and interest
* Dues, professional fees and subscriptions

Love Doctor

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Valentine's Day is just around the bend. It's the time of year where we walk into stores stacked with shiny red hearts, chocolates in every lip smacking shape and size, and cards that express sentiments in so many different ways. It's a time of year to take pause and reflect on all that we love. It's a tradition that, believe it or not, isn't just a card company holiday but goes back to the 5th century!

Re-Creation

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At the end of an already economically crunched holiday season, many consumers are careful about spending their hard earned money and savings. Customer decisions to "trim back" may challenge us to rethink ways of doing business to maintain healthy growth.

During lean times, conventional wisdom might suggest that we cut costs and think about price breaks. But how, when already operating on a thin margin, do we manage to keep our businesses thriving? Can we really cut overhead costs? Or trim prices to win business?

Optimal Conditions

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What happens when you wake up early in the morning with too little sleep and a list of to-do's, shaking your head with memories of a container of Ben and Jerry's that was mysteriously consumed last night while watching an educational edition of National Geographic?? We all have moments where we sigh, wishing "conditions" felt different. Thoughts of melancholy can overcome us at times ~ "A few too many scoops", "too much TV, not enough sleep", "no exercise again today" or maybe it's just as simple as "the dread of the what's ahead" that can set the tone for the day.

Butterfly Effect

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What's the power in Social Marketing anyway?

There's been an interesting shift that has crystallized in the last few years. The customer, because they can generate their own media and can reach huge audiences, is now in charge. Our market place has shifted from that of a seller's market to one in which the buyer is making all the rules.

What Color is Your Aura?

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It's an interesting idea that your "brand" can have an aura. In the art community, people talk about the difference between an original work of art and a copy. Have you ever wondered what the difference is, when a copy can be made with exact precision and almost no differentiation? We say, it's the aura. The energy is what makes a creative work manifest and infuse every fiber of its being.

Beginning Again

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Success is something most of us crave. No matter what we've previously achieved, many of us are aiming to learn more, grow more and open to the unlimited abundance that surrounds us. At any point in our business, we have an exciting opening for opportunities and inspiration to create conscious growth in our business.

As we've touched on in previous issues, there are important steps we can follow that allow us to clearly outline what we want and how to achieve our heartfelt desires.

Set aside a bit a time in your schedule to consider the following ideas:

Preparedness Meets Opportunity

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Why is it that some people seemed kissed by good luck? What is luck anyway?

If all things are possible then luck, to some degree, is dependent upon mathematical probabilities. Take 10 businesses - the law of averages states that a portion of those are likely to not only survive, but also succeed. So what then, determines those that average out on top?

Why a Complaint is Really a Gift

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On our wish list of awesomeness, a customer complaint does not usually rank #1. But we say, it should!

A restless customer is one of the ripest opportunities in business. It really is. Research actually shows that resolving a customer service issue provides a great opportunity for growth. It opens a door to do something remarkable that will build loyalty and create a powerful story-telling referral tool. When clients share their problem-to-solution stories, that can prove to be more impactful than your paid marketing efforts.

Networking 101

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Some people just seem to instinctively grasp the skill of networking. Those who are successful at networking appear to have some type of inborn gravitational pull - like a giant magnet stuck to their billfold full of business cards collecting new opportunities. It often appears so effortless for those who seem to be good it.

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