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Small Business Saturday

Time to Get Ready for Small Business Saturday

By Rhonda Abrams on October 18, 2017

It’s not yet Halloween, but for many small businesses, planning for the holiday season has started in full force. If you own a small business, it’s time to start getting ready for one of the most important days of the year: Small Business Saturday. In all my years working with and writing about small businesses, … Read more »

Confidence

10 Sure-Fire Self-Promotion Tips for Women Small Biz Owners

By Rhonda Abrams on October 11, 2017

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and as a gift to themselves, I want female small business owners and entrepreneurs to give themselves a gift: greater confidence. I want you to give yourself more credit for your accomplishments and learn a critical business skill. I want you to learn how to toot your own … Read more »

Willows Grocery

The Best Little Grocery Store in Silicon Valley

By Rhonda Abrams on October 9, 2017

At only 24 years of age, newly out of college, Nick Sharma became the owner of a failing small grocery store in the upscale Silicon Valley town of Menlo Park, California. In 11 years, Nick transformed a dusty, tired store into a popular destination for both tech millionaires and neighborhood kids. And he’s landed customers … Read more »

Small Biz Women

Women Small Biz Owners Add it Up

By Rhonda Abrams on October 4, 2017

October is Women’s Small Business Month. In observance of this month, I’ve got an unusual request for women who own small businesses or are thinking of getting into business. Because I desperately want you to succeed, I’d like to ask you to sit down and do something very important. I want you to do the … Read more »

Smallbiz Fall

6 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on September 27, 2017

The weather is suddenly cooler. Leaves are changing color. Halloween decorations fill store shelves. Suddenly, business is picking up in your small business. Welcome to Fall—for many small businesses, the busiest, most hectic, and important time of the year. How will you make the most of Fall in your small business? Fall is the time … Read more »

Smallbiz Tax Rate

Six Small Biz Bombshells in Trump’s Tax Plan

By Rhonda Abrams on September 20, 2017

Donald Trump says he wants to lower your business taxes, but if you own a small business, is he likely to keep that promise? Trump and the Republican leadership are expected to propose new tax plans soon, hoping to lower a bunch of taxes: corporate, personal, and capital gains taxes. Trump repeatedly pledged to lower … Read more »

Smallbiz Climate Change

Climate Change is a Small Business Issue

By Rhonda Abrams on September 13, 2017

In the aftermath of two huge hurricanes and over 100 immense wildfires in the Western US, as a small business advocate, I can no longer be silent on an issue threatening small business owners—climate change. Climate change is real. It’s disastrous. It’s getting worse. And it’s a danger to small businesses, including yours. Although I was … Read more »

Hurricane Harvey

7 Sources of Small Biz Help After Harvey

By Rhonda Abrams on September 6, 2017

It’s not surprising one of the many heroes emerging from the rescue efforts of Hurricane Harvey, Jim McIngvale of Houston’s Gallery Furniture, is a small business owner. After all, small businesses are the backbones of their communities, whether supporting local emergency relief, Little League, or the United Way. But where can small businesses hit by Hurricane … Read more »

Office Manager Vacation

What I Learned On My Office Manager’s Summer Vacation

By Rhonda Abrams on August 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, the Office Manager of my small business went to Hawaii for two weeks. Good for her: sunshine, sandy beaches, mai tais. Not so good for me: answering phones, taking orders, shipping. Suddenly, for the first time in years, I was in charge of the day-to-day operations of my own small business. … Read more »

Business Mistakes

Small Businesses: Avoid These 8 Mistakes Big Guys Make

By Rhonda Abrams on August 23, 2017

If you’re a small business owner or consumer who’s ever dealt with a large corporation—and who hasn’t?—you’ve probably encountered policies, procedures, or attitudes that drive you crazy. You wonder how these big companies manage to stay in business, let alone keep customers. Well, they can afford to lose customers. You, as a small business owner, … Read more »

Smallbiz Millennials

Small Businesses for Millennials

By Rhonda Abrams on August 16, 2017

Millennials: it’s time to start a small business. You know you want to be your own boss, and there’s lots of great small business ideas out there. Millennials—those born between 1982 and 2000’s (according to the US Census Bureau)—have good reason to consider striking out on their own and launching a business. Why? Because many … Read more »

Farmers Market

A Delicious Way to Savor Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on August 9, 2017

When you hear the term “small business,” the first image is not likely to be a small farm. But, in fact, small farms are small businesses. August 6-12 has been declared “National Farmers Market Week,” by the US Department of Agriculture, and if you want to help small American farmers survive, one of the most … Read more »

Food Small Businesses

Love Food & Small Biz? There’s An App for That

By Rhonda Abrams on August 2, 2017

Many small businesses involve food. The baker, the butcher, the coffeecake maker, and the farmer-in-the-dell are all likely to be small businesses. But as small businesses, most of these food-related companies have the same problem: how does their owner get the cash they need to buy supplies before they actually make sales? Now, there’s a … Read more »

Get Them Eating Out of Your Hand

By Rhonda Abrams on July 26, 2017

Americans eat about a billion meals a day. A huge percent of those meals are eaten somewhere other than homes. That’s one of the reasons running a restaurant has been a time-honored, tried-and-true way to own a small business. But is the local, independent restaurant an endangered species? What can they—or you, if you’re a … Read more »

Big Problems for Small Business on Health Care

By Rhonda Abrams on July 19, 2017

“When it comes to the debate over health insurance, one thing is for certain: the current system is terrible for small business. As it is now, small businesses usually have the hardest time getting insurance, the smallest choice among providers, and pay the most for the least coverage. Many people who would like to start … Read more »

Silicon Valley

How Silicon Valley Can Level the Playing Field for Women

By Rhonda Abrams on July 12, 2017

Silicon Valley has a woman problem. Sexual harassment. Sex discrimination. Lack of funding for women. Men in Silicon Valley just can’t seem to figure out how to work with women, especially with female entrepreneurs. What can Silicon Valley, especially venture capitalists, do to level the playing field for women starting businesses? I’ve lived in Silicon … Read more »

Networking

One Easy Way to Grow Your Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on July 5, 2017

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That old saying is as true today as it ever was. When you want to get ahead, it helps to know people. So a key business skill every small business owner needs to master is “networking”–how to get out in the world and make lots of … Read more »

Start Your Own Food Business on the Cheap

By Rhonda Abrams on June 26, 2017

Paul Newman did it. Heidi Klum did it. Jimmy Dean did it. Ludacris did it. Many people dream of taking their favorite recipes and turning their love of food into their own business. Starting a food-oriented small business can be more than just a dream. If you want to package and sell your soup, jam, … Read more »

Smallbiz Dog

June 23 Take Your Dog to Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on June 21, 2017

Woof! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m ZuZu, Rhonda Abrams’ dog. I know you’re looking for Rhonda’s small business advice, but for “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” happening on June 23, I’m taking over her column. Of course, in Rhonda’s company, every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” as dogs are welcome … Read more »

Smallbiz Customer

Small Business Customers: Good, Bad, Ugly

By Rhonda Abrams on June 14, 2017

Any customer is a good customer for your small business, right? After all, if someone wants to buy from you, what more can you want? Actually, lots. It turns out some customers are not worth having. And you have to learn how to get rid of them. Anyone whose been in business very long can … Read more »

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