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Going Green: Weighing Your Business' Options

April 22, 2015 | By: MBurge

Earth Day is here, and with it, a chance to reflect on how we can leave our planet a better place. For most companies this means going green. But many business owners have concerns about what it would take to become more environmentally-friendly and aren’t sure how to decide which initiatives they should participate in.If you’re ready to get eco-friendly, one way to choose which ways to help the environment will be most worth your time are to consider which options for a green office make the m... Read More

How Shared Office Space Can Help or Hurt Your Irvine Business

April 20, 2015 | By:

The way we work has been changing for many years now. Ever since the recession that began in late 2007, the United States has worked hard to get back on its feet and recover from the damage done.We’ve come a long way since then. But we have not come away unchanged.How we choose to work and where we work has greatly evolved. And this has created the rise of the coworking space, along with an ever increasing desire for businesses to be a part of a greater, local community.One example has been the... Read More

5 Steps for Creating a Painless New Client Onboarding Process

April 17, 2015 | By:

The first few days of your brand new relationship with a client is some of the most critical moments for your company. Onboarding is a process that can either make your company shine brightly, or look very foolish.The problem is that small businesses are typically not onboarding clients very often, so their experience is limited and their process is not fully fleshed out. But the sooner you can pin down your onboarding process, the sooner your business will be ready to grow.So how can you avoid... Read More

The Basics of Small Business SEO

April 15, 2015 | By:

No matter what the size of your business, keeping your pipeline full of promising leads is top priority. But if you’re a smaller organization, getting those leads at a low cost is even better. And that’s where a highly optimized website comes in. Keeping these tips in mind for your own website will ensure good search engine optimization so that it’s easily found and give it a quality user experience that will leave visitors with a positive impression of your company.Keyword ResearchBefore you c... Read More

Programs and Resources Available to Santa Monica Businesses

April 13, 2015 | By:

You’ve weighed your business location options, chosen to locate your small business in Santa Monica, picked the perfect Santa Monica office space, and opened your doors for business.But its not quite enough.Your entrepreneurial intuition says there is more you could be doing to gain more business. And you're right. Santa Monica not only provides a vast array of networking opportunities, it also offers several programs that help you build your business's visibility.Here are just a few places you... Read More

Vendor Relationship Management: 6 Tips for Success

April 10, 2015 | By: MBurge

When it comes to your business success, sometimes you just need a little extra help in certain areas. That is where having an outside vendor who can add expertise and knowledge to your business can be extremely beneficial.But a vendor relationship can sometimes be a little tricky. It is not the same as a customer relationship or even an employee. So it can be tough to understand how to handle a growing relationship in the right way, so that it positively affects your business.1. Share Your Goal... Read More

Seattle's Wage Hike: Your Options as a Small Business

April 08, 2015 | By:

On April 1st, Seattle implemented the biggest pay hike any major U.S. city has taken on. Minimum wage will gradually rise to $15 an hour in the Emerald City over the next decade. For small businesses grappling with the change, this is what you need to know:Small businesses will have to start paying at least $10 with a $1 credit for tips or health insurance.Small businesses will have 7 years to raise their wages to $15. The first five years will include adjustments for tips and healthcare costs.... Read More

Surprising Deductions for Your 2015 Taxes

April 06, 2015 | By: MBurge

With tax time coming up fast, you’re probably putting the finishing touches on your return. But before you file just yet, do a once over to see if there are any deductions you qualify for that you missed-even if the ones you might not have heard of. Glance over this list and see if any of these deductions can help you cut down your gross income. You might just save a few dollars that you didn’t know you could get back!Guard AnimalsIf you have a dog to guard your business, for example, you might... Read More

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Timeless Truths Any Business Can Learn From Mad Men

April 03, 2015 | By: MBurge

If you haven’t been watching AMC’s Mad Men over the past few years, you are definitely missing out. The show is set in the 1960’s and shows the complexity of running an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. The intriguing characters, historical accuracy, company drama, vivid costumes, and superb acting have made the series a huge hit.But the show is more than just a dramatic portrayal of America during a volatile and changing time period. Don Draper, the focus of the show, disp... Read More

Put Your Eggs in More Baskets: How to Diversify Your Client Base

April 01, 2015 | By: MBurge

Every client you connect with is another win when you’re in the risky and exciting venture of owning your own business. But as you grow, it might be time to take a hard look at your list of clients and see if you’re putting all your eggs in one basket. If many of them are from the same industry-or if you notice they are all like you-it could be time to diversify your client base. Branching out into new segments might seem tough, but the effort is worth the benefits: independence from the fluctu... Read More

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