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As the economy continues its precarious path forward, consumers and business customers maintain a price-conscious attitude.  Many large companies have made the decision to use price reductions, sales and rebates to increase (or maintain) unit sales.  This tends to cause a great deal of grief to small business owners who are forced to decide how to respond.

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One of the challenges of growing a company is satisfying the voracious appetite for cash that growth requires. The faster the growth, the greater the supply of cash needed to fund it. While many business owners try to fund this growth through internal cash flow generation (i.e. the cash generated from sales) this isn’t possible when you’re growing aggressively.

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As we get deeper into second half of 2011, many companies are taking a closer look at their capital-raising strategies. Some are expressing interest in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of their securities. Whether or not your company should seriously consider an IPO and whether it is appropriate to pursue one is for a future article.

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When you picture small business owners, what do you envision? If you envisioned a solo entrepreneur operating out of their home then you are right. The United States Bureau of the Census sent surveys to 2.3 million business owners across the country as part of the official “Survey of Business Owners.” As the data from this survey is processed, the Census Bureau will release data sets and analysis to the public.

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As the U.S. economy navigates a toxic mix of sluggish growth, high unemployment, rising inflation and trillion dollar budget deficits, increases in interest rates are a real possibility. Increasing rates are exactly what we don’t need. As interest rates go up, both consumers and businesses tend to spend less.

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If there is one business trend that can officially be labeled as saturated in 2011, it is the rise of “daily deals” websites. Companies like Groupon, LivingSocial, Bloomspot, AppSumo, Gilt Man, Travelzoo, BuyWithMe and many, many others use different variations of the daily-deal model in an attempt to secure sales for their customers.

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