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Danger Signs

7 Signs Your Small Business Is About to Die

By Rhonda Abrams on March 29, 2017

Every small business owner has good days and bad days, good months and bad months. But how do you know when you’re not just experiencing a temporary downswing but are in serious trouble? Here are seven key danger signs that your business is about to fail and steps you can take to keep your business … Read more »

Economy Pessimism

Small Businesses Worried About the Economy

By Rhonda Abrams on March 22, 2017

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are an optimistic group. They’re bullish on themselves and their own industry. But when it comes to the overall economy, they’re not so upbeat. That’s the conclusion of a new global survey of small companies, “The Future of Business Survey,” being conducted monthly by Facebook and coordinated by the World … Read more »

Small Biz Social Media

Make Sales, Not Tweets

By Rhonda Abrams on March 15, 2017

Our new President, Donald Trump, spends a lot of time on Twitter. He’s tweeted almost 35,000 times and often tweets many times a day. But is all that time on social media well spent? Whether you have one of the world’s largest enterprises to run – let’s say one directly affecting 330 million of your … Read more »

Sex Sells

Sex Sells. Duh.

By Rhonda Abrams on March 8, 2017

Looking for a small business start-up idea? You might want to look to the bedroom. Because, and I know this may shock you, sex sells. Romance has been around since, well, Adam and Eve. Businesses related to romance continue to do well and are increasingly mainstream. This past Valentine’s Day, even Burger King got in … Read more »

Darth Vader_ net neutrality

Darth Vader’s Guide to Small Biz & Net Neutrality

By Rhonda Abrams on March 1, 2017

Three days after Donald Trump took office, he named Ajit Pai to be the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). You probably didn’t take much notice of it. After all, what does the FCC have to do with your small business or startup? As it turns out, the answer is “a whole lot.” … Read more »

Best Wine SF Chron

The Best Wines in America Under $10

By Rhonda Abrams on February 22, 2017

Here’s a dilemma most wine drinkers face: you want to buy a good bottle of wine, but you don’t want to spend a fortune. And, if you’re like me, you’d like to help support a fellow small business owner, choosing a pleasurable wine from a small winery at an affordable price. How do you figure … Read more »

Trade Show Success

Secrets of Trade Show Success

By Rhonda Abrams on February 21, 2017

Marketing: it’s critical for success in any business, especially small businesses. But every small business has limited resources – both in terms of time and money – to spend on marketing, so make sure your marketing dollars and hours are being spent where they’ll do the most good. Where do I spend most of my … Read more »

Smallbiz Social Media

11 Small Biz Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

By Rhonda Abrams on February 15, 2017

Face it, some days you wish social media would just go away so you can get back to running your small business. Sure, you like Facebook for keeping up with family and friends, but what the heck are you supposed to post about your storage unit business? Instagram and Pinterest are great for pretty pictures, … Read more »

Regulations Cut?

Small Biz Regulation Cut? Not So Fast

By Rhonda Abrams on February 8, 2017

With smiling small business owners surrounding him, Donald Trump held a ceremony to sign one of his many Executive Orders on his tenth day in office. This Executive Order was drafted to keep one of Trump’s campaign promises of cutting regulations for small businesses. It’s a nice show, Mr. Trump. But that’s mostly what it … Read more »

Make customers love your small business

Make Customers Fall In Love With Your Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on February 6, 2017

Don’t let the heat of new attraction dim; nurture the relationship with your customers. In February, love is in the air. After all, February contains Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, even Love Your Pet Day. But for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, I’m declaring February as Love Your Customers Month. Getting and keeping customers is like … Read more »

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