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November 26th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

Creating the logo for your company is as important as choosing your business name. Your logo needs to be original, meaningful and unforgettable all at once. Your best bet is to let the experts take over. Logoworks by HP employs many professional designers and gives you access to their expertise through its website. Pick the level of design you want (the least expensive gives you four original logo concepts and two revisions), fill out a detailed form describing your business and what you want your logo to express, and two or more designers will get to work on your logo. Everything can be done online or, if you purchase a higher-cost package, you can talk to the designers yourself.

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November 24th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

Stymied on what to give clients and vendors for the holidays this year? Or maybe you’re looking for employee rewards or incentive bonuses to acknowledge high performances? has hundreds of merchant cards ready to purchase and mail out for you in the denomination of your choice. Choose from everything from movie tickets to restaurants to popular retailers. Not sure what stores or restaurants are in another state? You can also search by location. If you are seeking an employee or customer recognition solution, can help you create a program that fits your needs.

Small Biz Resource Tip: Constant Contact

November 23rd, 2010 :: mhaubrich

Contemplating creating an e-mail marketing program, an e-newsletter or a social marketing campaign? Constant Contact is one of the leading online marketing solution companies and for a very low monthly cost allows you to create e-mail newsletters and updates, online surveys and more. You can even send marketing e-mails from your smartphone. Try Constant Contact’s free 60-day trial offer and create an e-newsletter for your customers from one of the many templates. E-mail address can be stored directly at Constant Contact. Want to discuss your needs with someone in person? The company has representatives all over the country.

Small Biz Resource Tip: Rescue Time

November 22nd, 2010 :: mhaubrich

Rescue Time

Are you worried about what your employees are really doing during work hours? They look busy, but unless you look over their shoulder all day, they could be checking the latest fantasy sports stats, for all you know. Enter in Rescue Time. By installing an application on your employees’ computers, you can track what sites are being viewed and for how long. You can also customize the information you receive and not track certain sites you know are work-related. If this all sounds a bit “Big Brother” the site explains that when you let employees know from the beginning you have this application in place, it simply boosts accountability.

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November 19th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

If you’re confused about the new Health Care Act, you’re not alone. What does it mean for your business and employees? In an effort to clear up much of the misunderstanding, the White House has created a website dedicated to explaining the ins and outs of the Act and provide updates on its progress. For example, starting in 2011, many preventive service exams, such as annual wellness visits, are free. The site also provides a timeline of when new provisions will be enacted and an interactive tool to find healthcare providers in your area. Sign up to get e-mail updates and you won’t miss a thing.

Small Biz Resource Tip: HARO

November 18th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

You’ve got a great business you’re just itching to let people know about, but how do you grab some free publicity without hiring a PR agent? Visit Help a Reporter Out (or HARO for short) and get your business known about in minutes. Here’s how it works: Reporters need subjects and experts to interview for their stories; you need to get the word out about your business and your expertise. Once you sign up, HARO lets you view listings of what reporters are looking for and pitch them on your business’s story. Got a pitch to make about your business or your industry? You can submit those online, too, for reporters to view and consider.

Small Biz Resource Tip: DesksNear.Me

November 17th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

If you’re a frequent business traveler and you’re always searching for a desk to call your own when you’re out of town, check out—there just might be an empty desk with your name on it. Plenty of big companies have empty desks in their offices (with coffee, restrooms, copiers, wireless, etc.) that are sitting empty just taking up space. lists desks all over the world you can rent for a day if you need more than the local Starbucks. You don’t have to be traveling to use, either. If you’re a home-based entrepreneur sick of the four walls of your house, working at a desk in an office once in a while might sound pretty inviting.

Small Biz Resource Tip: Seth Godin’s Blog

November 16th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

Everyone can use a little inspiration now and then. Why not let bestselling author and renowned speaker Seth Godin give you his thoughts on a daily basis…for free? Godin, an entrepreneur who’s started dozens of companies, has been called “America’s Greatest Marketer” so he’s got a lot to teach—and a lot to say. Sign up for his daily blog and in a two-minute read you either learn something new or at the very least have something thought-provoking to mull over for the rest of your day. Learn things like why alienating 2 percent of your customers is okay and what exactly the “new laziness” says about your work style.

Small Biz Resource Tip: Lulu

November 15th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

If people have told you, “You should write a book about that,” now it’s easier than ever to get it published. Maybe you want to tell the story of how your business got started, or you are somewhat of an expert in your industry. A published book—something tangible you can sell or give away—is a great marketing tool and gives you credibility in your field. makes the process easy and offers you a variety of formats to get the job done. E-books, printed books or even photo books can be made with little effort and Lulu offers bulk pricing if you’re ordering between 250 and 2,500 copies. And if you want to sell your book, Lulu can help with that process, too.

Small Biz Resource Tip: Major Geeks

November 5th, 2010 :: mhaubrich

Although it sounds like a website for tech geeks to trade industry secrets and talk in their secret language, has something for the rest of us tech dummies who need a little tech support, software advice and possibly a solution for a pesky virus invading your system. Tools are available for both the novice and advanced computer user, and the “hosts” try to make the language and interface as user friendly as possible. Most helpful are the free downloads that do everything from solve a performance issue to multimedia to networking. And Mac users, you can be happy, Majorgeeks has not left you out this time.