Small Business News for November 20 2017

What Is Residual Blogging

What’s all the big fuss with blogging these days?! What benefits are there that residual blogging will give you and your online business success? The information …

Small Business Development Center

From humble beginnings in 1979, the Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center today is one of the key players in the economic development of the six counties served by the Center. The Center currently employs four and has seven students working for it as well. “The Small Business Development Center is a team of professionals enabling small businesses to start, grow and prosper by providing quality services through education, research and consultation that promotes regional economic progress.” This mission is shown in the quality of work done both with existing and prospective small business owners. In 2013, the Saint Francis University SBDC was awarded the “Happy Client” award for having the highest client satisfaction rating among all the SBDCs in Pennsylvania. The Saint Francis University SBDC has also been recognized for its use of students at the Center. SBDC staff also exceeds the annual professional development requirements established for staff. Every staff member obtains training in a variety of areas both in their area of expertise but in other small business areas which broadens their breadth of knowledge. The Saint Francis University SBDC looks forward to working with many other small businesses and entrepreneurs over the next thirty-five years. The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has helped businesses in the Southern Alleghenies region start, grow and prosper for more than thirty-five years. The SBDC is one of 18 small business development centers in Pennsylvania and is an accredited affiliate of the national network of Small Business Development Centers. Whatever challenge faces your business, a consultant from the SBDC is ready to meet with you individually to help you launch your business, discuss your existing business plan, or help develop the strategies you need to meet your goals. Funding support and resources are provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development; through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, and through support from Saint Francis University.
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Helping Tampa Business Through Partnership

Small Business Symposium is an entity created by Central Florida Community Planning and Development and Executive Board Members of East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership for the sole purpose of creating jobs in Florida. This collective organization introduces small business owners to elected officials, government organizations and successful private corporations which they otherwise wouldn’t be able to readily contact or afford. Small Business Symposium uses the sidebar to the left make the public aware of our upcoming official events or similar business building events which we readily endorse. Small Business Symposium gives attendees a FREE event that is designed to help business owners and those that are interested in starting a business of their own. All Small Business Symposium presentations come from true experts and power-brokers who want to be helpful, unbiased, and offer actionable intelligence on how attendees can grow their business. Attendees receive structural, financial, legal, marketing, and other business advice through a live panel discussion and networking luncheon. Who Should Attend This FREE Event? You want to start your own business but need help making it happen. Even if your business is still in the idea stage you will receive pertinent information about programs, tools, strategies and support organizations that exist to bring your idea from a concept to reality. You just opened your business and are looking for help growing. Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step! At this point we want to make sure you avoid common mistakes that will result in your business becoming a memory; because the next steps you take are crucial. You have an established business and you’re ready to take it to the next level. You’re doing great, but you could be doing even better! At this point we want to make sure that you become the next local powerhouse in the East Tampa Community.
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Six Steps To A Better Business Budget

Read on for six simple tips that will help you put together a top-notch small business budget. Estimating and matching expenses to revenue is important because it helps small business owners to determine whether they have enough money to fund operations, expand the business and generate income for themselves. Without a budget or a plan, a business runs the risk of spending more money than it is taking in, or conversely, not spending enough money to grow the business and compete. The point is every business owner should consider these items and any other costs specifically associated with business when setting up shop or taking over an existing business. With a business that is already up and running, you can make assumptions of future revenue based on recent trends in the business. Small business owners can often get a sense of what to expect by visiting other businesses that are for sale and asking questions about weekly revenue and traffic patterns. On the flip side, owners may realize that in order to have three employees instead of two, the business will have to generate more in revenue each week. Do some homework and peruse the local library for information about the industry, speak with local business owners, and check the IRS website to get an idea of what percentage of the revenue coming in will likely be allocated toward cost groupings. While many firms draft a budget yearly, small business owners should do so more often. Many small business owners find themselves planning just a month or two ahead because business can be quite volatile and unexpected expenses can throw off revenue assumptions. Budgeting is an easy but essential process that business owners use to forecast current and future revenue to expenses. The goal is to make sure that enough money is available to keep the business up and running, to grow the business, to compete, and to ensure a solid emergency fund.
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