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National Program Offers $10K to Small Businesses

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American Express is teaming up with Main Street America to give 10 small business owners $10,000 each to help their businesses innovate in this evolving retail landscape. The American Express Future of Shopping Small Grant Program celebrates small businesses across the country. The program supports small businesses that demonstrate new approaches to traditional business strategies. It also looks to help those looking to try out creative techniques, while also helping…

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Boots to Business Reboot Helps Veterans

Boots to Business Reboot is coming to Brownsville Feb. 13, helping veterans via training to pursue business ownership. The two-step training program provides participants with a direction to small business ownership using character, discipline and skills. The training provides an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, and an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan. Boots to Business Reboot also incorporates a practical exercise in opportunity…

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10 Small Business Functions to Outsource

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More than a third of small businesses currently outsource at least some of their operations. And even more plan on exploring this option. Outsourcing describes when a business obtains a product or service from an outside provider, rather than handling it in-house. As a small business, outsourcing allows you to get more done and trust important tasks and processes to professionals, without having to actually grow your full-time team in a…

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Why Small Businesses Fail

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Being an entrepreneur and starting your own business is a rewarding venture, but like anything there are some risks involved. As a fledgling entrepreneur, chances are you’ve heard the oft repeated statistic: more than half of new businesses fail in their first year. While you shouldn’t let these numbers intimidate you and scare you away from pursuing your dream, it is worth reviewing some of the common mistakes new entrepreneurs…

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SBA Funds to Expand Small Business Exporting

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The Texas Department of Agriculture is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support export growth among small businesses. The funds come through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program. “STEP is a great example of a true export development and promotion tool for preparing U.S. small businesses for international opportunities,” said District Director Angela Burton. “STEP grant awardees will offer the resources to help small businesses…

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What You Can and Can’t Ask a Job Applicant

According to the NFIB, 62 percent of small businesses recently reported hiring or trying to hire employees. Many small businesses stress about finding qualified job applicants and are scrambling to fill positions. If you are in the market for a new employee, there are many considerations: Does the applicant have the skills to do the job? Will he or she fit into your company culture? Can you afford the cost of…

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Get the Most From Your Marketing Budget

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Are you getting good results from your small business marketing? If your results are falling short of your expectations, perhaps it’s because you’re not investing enough money in your marketing campaigns. How much money should a small business spend on marketing annually, and how can you make the most of your precious marketing budget? Here’s what you need to know. How much should a small business spend on marketing? If…

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Five Reasons You Need a Business Plan

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If you are starting a small business, there is no shortage of advice on the steps you should take: registering your business name, getting a Tax ID, deciding on a business structure and applying for the needed permits and licenses. While these are all very important steps to take, a business plan will be central to how you start, grow and develop your business. Here are five reasons why you…

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Edinburg to Host Governor’s Small Business Conference

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This year, the Governor’s Small Business Conference will come to South Texas via Edinburg. The conference combines and features private and public small business resources, practical solutions and best practices. It also features expert assistance on a broad range of both business topics and challenges. The Governor’s Small Business Conference – South Texas will take place March 29 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.…

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Marketing Mistakes That Can Come Back to Haunt You

It may be the season for ghosts and goblins, but ghastly creatures aren’t the only things that can haunt a small business owner. Making any one of the seven common marketing mistakes below can have frightening consequences for your small business. Find out what you have to fear from these marketing mishaps and how to avoid them. Mistake 1. Not setting goals for your marketing efforts Whatever type of marketing…

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