While discussing the ins and outs of employing people in their small businesses, we find that many business owners feel that the “at-will” laws fully protect them in their decisions to let employees go. This is not necessarily true; if the termination is challenged, you will need to show documentation that shows it was not discriminatory. Here is a link to a great article on the subject by Karolynn St-Pierre that all employers should read.
The IRS has created an online archive of web content ready to help answer your questions. Webinars, live chat sessions, and various other formats are just a click away. Check out the site.
LinkedIn is known as a social media site for recruitment, but people who are self employed, entrepreneurs and small-business owners all use the networking of LinkedIn to find new clients, solve business problems and connect with other professionals. If you are uncertain why or how you should you use LinkedIn, please join us for our newest workshop – Introduction to LinkedIn. presented by Amy Matney, Vice President of Training Solutions, Omnicom Solutions Group Inc.
Ms. Matney will cover:
– How LinkedIn is different from other social media sites
– The etiquette of LinkedIn
– The key sections of the LinkedIn profile
– The differences between connections, groups, endorsements, and recommendations
– LinkedIn security settings
– What potential LinkedIn has to help you with your business.
This free workshop will be held on September 30th from 1-3 PM. To register, please go to our events page at SBDC Training and Events.
Starting this month, Chase and Google just kicked-off the 2014 MISSION MAIN STREET GRANTS PROGRAM, giving away $3 million to 20 small business in the United States. To promote small business development, each winner will receive:
- $150K Grant to help grow the business
- Trip to Google Headquarters for a marketing workshop with industry experts
- Google Chromebook Laptop
- $2,000 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys
All applicants will not leave empty-handed, however. Each participant will receive a marketing toolkit to help grow their business and a $150 coupon toward one market research study with Google Consumer Surveys.
To qualify, your business must be a U.S. based, for-profit entity, employ less than 100 employees, and have been in business for two consecutive years.
How to apply:
Applicants need to complete a grant questionnaire which includes answering five (5) short essay questions explaining their business; what inspired them to start a business; a description of their community involvement; what they would do with the grant; and their short-term and long-term business growth plans. Deadline for applying is October 3rd.
Furthermore, applicants need 250 Facebook votes for their business through the contest’s website. For more information, or to vote, click here.
But don’t worry. Deadline for the counted votes is October 17th.
Winners will be determined by a panel of expert judges from a selection of business organizations who promote economic development. Winners will be announced in January, 2015.
To learn more about the 2014 MISSION MAIN STREET GRANTS PROGRAM, register or vote please visit Chase’s website.
The ninth annual Cleveland Matchmaker Event is a unique small business contracting
event, which presents a great opportunity for small businesses to gain access to buyers
that represent millions of dollars in purchasing. The goal of the event is to create future
contract opportunities for your small business through one-on-one sessions between
buyers and sellers.
Date: August 20 and 21, 2014
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Location: The Terrace Club at Progressive Field
Cost: $159 per small business attendee
Registration: Register online at http://www.clevelandbtobmatchmaker.com
For additional information, contact Angela Presutti
at (216) 592-2385 or firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.clevelandbtobmatchmaker.com
Trying to find internet resources to help you on your entrepreneurial journey? Forbes has searched high and low to bring you the top 100 list of Best Websites for Entrepreneurs. Save yourself some much needed time and check out the list here.
Latest polls suggest that the global economy continues to recover. Kiplinger’s Economic Outlooks suggest that gains in business and consumer confidence in the coming year will help to strengthen economic growth by 2.6%. November’s 203,000 job gains also point to stronger growth.
Top 3 Workforce Predictions for 2014 suggest that self-employment and becoming a free-agent where you BYOW (bring your own work) to a project-based business need will also increase.
Are You Ready?
Whether you are already in business, thinking about becoming self-employed or a free agent, below are 6 Tips for Building Your Business Revenues in the New Year:
- Virtual Business Mentoring Sources: Connect with confidential and experienced business mentors including SCORE, SBDCs, women’s business centers and MicroMentor using a state-specific, Business Planning and Development Platform.
- Business Assistance Programs: Discover multiple nonprofit online Resource & Referral Communities tailored to Veterans, Small Businesses, Women, Youth and Minorities.
- Alternative Funding Tools & Expertise: Consider innovative ways to raise working capital such as Merchant Advances, Supplier Credit, A/R Financing and Crowd Financing. Connect with Financial Management Expertise on a part-time or on-demand basis.
- Keep Overhead Costs Low: Outsourced services and virtual office solutions continue to expand offerings in ways that provide cost savings and productivity enhancements.
- Cloud-Based Applications: New small business apps promise improved efficiencies in multiple arenas such as bookkeeping, expense control, CRM & project management.
- Network, Network, Network: The old adage remains true today; It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Learn who offers no-cost small business assistance in your area.
For other valuable tips and tools to start, grow and succeed in business, AskBUZ.
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This Small Business News Brief was sponsored by the following Educational Sponsors:
- Insureon Small Business Institute; resources for micro- and small businesses
- Spending and expense control solutions by ExpenseWatch.com
- Quality mail fulfillment services, marketing and related business print materials by PrintPlace.com
- CloudVO, Virtual offices, meeting facilities and administrative services
- Swift Capital, Working capital through Merchant Cash Advance
- The CFO Connection, part-time CFO expertise on demand
- QuickBooks, accounting software solutions and more
- Insightly, CRM and Project Management Software for small business
- Delta Dental, employer, individual and family dental plans with options
Proposal Kit, contracts, proposals, sales and related templates