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What Is a Distribution Mix?
By Max Freedman | July 30, 2021

Your company's distribution mix is an important part of the marketing mix, ensuring that the right product gets to the right place at the right time.

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Customer Delight: The New Standard in Customer Service
By Sean Peek | July 30, 2021

To delight a customer is to provide the unexpected. Here are four key principles to providing a delightful customer service experience.

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Stress and Productivity: What the Numbers Say
By Sean Peek | July 30, 2021

Stress is a necessity in life, and sometimes, it can be a good thing. But when there's too much of it, stress can be a monster.

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Commercial Real Estate Lessons From McDonald’s
By Sean Peek | July 29, 2021

Small business owners can learn from the McDonald's business model of owning their own business real estate.

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15 Construction Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
By Nicole Fallon | July 29, 2021

Get insights and advice from construction industry experts in these free podcasts.

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Southwest Airlines: A Case Study in Great Customer Service
By Sean Peek | July 29, 2021

Southwest Airlines' model of exceptional customer service can be extrapolated to fit the needs of almost any industry if you employ strategies that work for your business.

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Put a Smiley on It: Should You Use Emojis in Business Communication?
By Sean Peek | July 29, 2021

Emojis might be fun, but are they appropriate in the workplace?

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Lawsuits on the Rise: Small Businesses Need EPLI
By Nicole Urbanowicz | July 28, 2021

This guide explains employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) and why small businesses need it to protect them from legal costs and penalties associated with lawsuits.

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Workers' Comp and Taxes
By Kimberlee Leonard | July 28, 2021

There are certain tax implications for workers' compensation that every employee and business owner should understand.

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What Is Gap Insurance?
By Kimberlee Leonard | July 28, 2021

Gap insurance covers what your commercial auto insurance doesn't. Here's when your business might need it.

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Workers' Compensation for Independent Contractors
By Kimberlee Leonard | July 28, 2021

Independent contractors have unique considerations to keep in mind when it comes to workers' compensation insurance.

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Why Your Business Needs Indemnity Insurance
By Kimberlee Leonard | July 28, 2021

While indemnity insurance isn't a specific policy type, it does play a critical role in the types of insurance your business needs.

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What Is a Loss Payee on an Insurance Claim?
By Nicole Urbanowicz | July 28, 2021

A loss payee gets paid first following an insurance claim.

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What Is Cyber Insurance?
By Sean Peek | July 28, 2021

Cyber insurance is quickly becoming a necessity in the era of remote work to protect your company's online assets.

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What Is a Workers' Comp Ghost Insurance Policy?
By Nicole Urbanowicz | July 28, 2021

A workers' compensation ghost insurance policy is different from a regular workers' comp policy. Here's the difference.

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The Insurance Claims Process and How to File
By Nicole Urbanowicz | July 28, 2021

An insurance claim is a critical part of getting money for your losses, so it is important to know how to file one.

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What Does Commercial Auto Insurance Cover?
By Nicole Urbanowicz | July 28, 2021

If your business operates vehicles or has employees driving for business reasons, commercial auto insurance is a must.

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Insurance Deductions and Expenses for Small Businesses
By Nicole Urbanowicz | July 28, 2021

Some business insurance costs are tax deductible. Do you know which ones?

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Fast, Good, or Cheap – Pick Three?
By Jamie Johnson | July 20, 2021

The Iron Triangle has obvious shortcomings. Learn why the lean startup process is the best way to achieve fast, good, and cheap – all in one project.

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Government Assistance for Entrepreneurs: How to Qualify for Government Grants
By Jamie Johnson | July 20, 2021

Improve your odds of receiving a government grant for small businesses.

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The Best Collection Agency Services of 2021
By Donna Fuscaldo | July 20, 2021

We've reviewed the best collection agency services for 2021. See up-to-date comparisons on features and the best prices for the top-rated agencies.

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Company Cars: To Buy or to Lease, That Is the Question
By Max Freedman | July 19, 2021

Should you buy or lease the company car? Here are the pros and cons of each to help you weigh which is best for your needs.

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Need a Business Phone Number, but Not a Business Phone?
By Max Freedman | July 16, 2021

You already have a cell phone to make calls; you don't need another phone for business. You need a business number to work on your phone.

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13 Things to Consider Before Starting a Restaurant
By Max Freedman | July 15, 2021

There are several crucial factors that must be planned for and taken into account when you're considering opening a restaurant.

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How to Print Postcards at Home With Word Processing Software
By Max Freedman | July 13, 2021

You can create your own customized, professional postcards at home.

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The Best Business Loan and Financing Options of 2021
By Donna Fuscaldo | July 13, 2021

Many small businesses need funding to get started. Learn about the different financing options to decide which would work best for your small business.

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Workers' Comp Insurance: How Much Do You Need?
By Max Freedman | July 12, 2021

Here are five factors that affect how much workers' comp insurance you need.

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What Is Supply Chain Distribution?
By Max Freedman | July 12, 2021

Supply chain distribution is used to balance supply and demand.

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What Is Point-to-Point Wireless?
By Eduardo Vasconcellos | June 28, 2021

When you have a versatile point-to-point wireless connection, you get a cost-effective and secure network that offers the speed and flexibility to grow with your business.