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Becoming an entrepreneur: start with a 2013 growth plan

Thinking about challenging the crisis and starting a business next year? One of the classic first steps is the SWOT analysis: it will only take you about 20 minutes to list your company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The more you’ll think out of the box, the more interesting results you’ll get…


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Gallup: Sales, Certainty Key to U.S. Small Business Capital Spending

Asked about what would make them more likely to make capital investments in the next 12 months, 70 percent of U.S. small-business owners point out to three circumstances: a better sales outlook, more certainty about their operating environment, and lower federal taxes. According to the Wells Fargo-Gallup Small Business Index released by Gallup, that has surveyed small-business owners on current and future perceptions of their business financial situations, some of…