Small Business News March 17

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Watch today’s small business news with important details on tax time, innovative marketing tips and startup primers. It’s time for the small business roundup chock full of helpful information for the small business community collected by the Small Business Trends team. Read and enjoy!

Startup

Want a to-do list to stick on the refrigerator for your startup? Ben Yoskovitz has even created a slide show of things to think about before you get in too deep. Instigator Blog

Who needs money, a business plan or a great idea? Why many things you may have thought about starting a business are wrong. Business Pundit

Customer Care

Do ideal clients really exist? If so, here’s how you find them. Walt Goshert

What to say to a customer who’s leaving. It can be just as important as what you say to the ones who stay. M4B Marketing

Clients from hell! Hey, just look at them as a learning experience. Tweak Your Biz

Operations

Are there snakes in your business plan? Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business a while, here’s how to get rid of them for good. Flying Pig Communications

Are you optimistic about your small business? Yet another small business survey shows optimism among small to medium sized businesses about the coming year. Kansas City Business Journal

Marketing

10 components of a winning proposal. Whether you are a freelancer or part of a small business team, here’s what you need to consider to get the jobs you want. FreelanceFolder

What is relationship marketing. These five steps help you boost the relationships that lead to more loyal customers and referrals. Fuelnet

Proper care for your Guerrilla. How to be sure your marketing campaign stays in front of customers and out of trouble. Understanding Marketing

Policy

How will you celebrate your payroll holiday? A small business group says a payroll tax break announced by Washington to encourage hiring won’t do much. Keloland.com

Who would have thought? Small banks are more responsive than big ones. Huffington Post

Legal

IRS warns don’t mix business with pleasure. In this tax season, the agency cautions anyone deducting business related travel not to take a vacation from the rules. IRS.org

Walk the straight and narrow this April. Feds may be gunning for small businesses this year and small contractors may be at the top of the list. The Entrepreneurial Mind

Contests

Extended by popular demand. The groundbreaking SugarTone blogging contest now gives potential participants even longer to get involved. Tweak Your Biz

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  1. Great advice on proposal structure. I recently highlighted a similar structure, along with advice for overcoming the eight most common proposal objections here.

    James Coan

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