Welcome to BlogNotions' Small Business Blog

The BlogNotions Small Business Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in the world of small to medium sized business. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the technologies being used by successful and growing small businesses, discussions of common problems and solutions faced by small businesses, best practices for scaling your business, tips and tricks for successful marketing, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

The Future of Your Small Business Is in the Cloud

Many software products are moving to a cloud based subscription model. In the past, users would purchase a license to use a product, and then install the product on their own hardware. This could represent a significant investment for a small business, depending on the software product. When the software developer released an updated version […]

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#284 Topher Morrison, Tim Hurson, Dave Hawley and Freda Thomas

Scheduled guests : Topher Morrison talks about the death of the information age and the birth of the collaboration age. Tim Hurson discusses why the sales axiom ‘always be closing’ can actually hurt your business. Dave Hawley shows us how to sell to Millenials. Freda Thomas reviews the do’s and don’ts of starting a company. […]

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Are You Guilty of Sterotyping in Your Small Business?

When you think of diversity in the workplace you typically think of race and gender, but in reality workplace diversity is actually much broader.  Consider your co-workers they differ in a variety of ways such as age, marital status and family responsibilities.  All of these differences can lead to stereotyping which may result in workplace […]

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It’s Not the Product. It’s the Experience.

What makes the great companies so great? It’s the customer service and experience the customer receives when doing business with that company. The companies that get it are customer-centric. They put the customer in the middle of decisions, ideas, marketing, system design and more. It is definitely not the product – at least not on […]

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Practice Entrepreneur Integrity As Seen By Others

As an entrepreneur, your personal integrity is critical for getting and keeping the support of investors and team members, and your company’s integrity is critical for getting and keeping customers and vendors. But in a practical sense, what does that really mean? Most definitions of integrity include something like “the quality of being honest and […]

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Direct Mail Marketing: Is It Dead?

The other day I got a big envelope in the mail. I knew it was a direct mail marketing piece of some kind. Although I usually toss these immediately, I opened this one up. Inside was a sample of a 39-cent pen with my company’s name imprinted on the side. It’s not exactly the way […]

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What’s Your Employment Brand?

Did you know your company has an employment brand?  Whether by design or default (usually by default) every company has its own employment brand.  I talk to many small business owners who tell me they have difficulty attracting and retaining the talent they need to grow their businesses.  They typically blame their inability to provide […]

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Hungry Entrepreneurs Always Seem To Find Capital

Every startup needs access to capital, whether for funding product development, for initial rollout efforts, acquiring inventory, or paying that first employee. Most entrepreneurs think first of bank loans as the primary source of money, only to find out that banks are really the least likely benefactors for startups. Thus “creative” really means maximizing non-bank […]

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Employers Beware of Cyber-Bullies in the Workplace

The increased use of social media platforms may be affecting your company’s morale.  A recent study from AVG Technologies finds the mis-use of social media infiltrating the workplace with negative effects.  Over half of those employees surveyed believe their company is responsible for online behavior of co-workers, but 25 percent say they aren’t protected from […]

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