Succession planning for your small business

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Sooner or later, most people retire. More and more small-business owners are inching closer to retirement age. According to recent statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than 50 percent of business owners are older than 50. In Iowa, this means at least … Continued

Is your company secure?

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5 ways to keep your small business protected There’s one thing experts agree upon: All businesses, even the smallest, should have a security plan in place as part of their regular business policies. “In a post-9-11 world, we have to be … Continued

Be secure

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5 ways to keep your small business protected There’s one thing experts agree upon: All businesses, even the smallest, should have a security plan in place as part of their regular business policies. “For a small business owner, I think it’s almost more … Continued

People making a difference

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17 business leaders who impacted Waukee or West Des Moines in a positive way in the last year The western suburbs thrive with commercial development and business opportunities. It’s the people behind these businesses that have made much of this development and … Continued

People making a difference

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17 business leaders who impacted Urbandale, Johnston or Grimes in a positive way in the last year The northwestern suburbs thrive with commercial development and business opportunities. It’s the faces behind these businesses who have made much of this development and economic … Continued

Company holiday parties

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5 tips for planning a festive celebration for your small business The employees at Cindy’s Boutique in Valley Junction each year receive a $100 gift certificate, small gifts, prizes and dinner as a holiday season “thank you.” It’s something owner Cindy Lane has done … Continued

Company holiday parties

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5 tips for planning a festive celebration for your small business It’s the time of year when many companies host holiday parties to celebrate milestones and show appreciation to their employees. Done the right way, a holiday party can bond employees through teamwork and fun, … Continued

How to get customers to shop local

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7 ways to increase sales in your company on Small Business Saturday — and every day Kay Schiller describes Small Business Saturday as the Super Bowl of the shopping season for her Valley Junction gift store. “It’s probably the biggest day of the year for … Continued

How to get customers to shop local

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7 ways to increase sales in your company on Small Business Saturday — and every day Jane Foreman wants to get as many customers into her handcrafted-items store on Small Business Saturday as possible. She knows the weekend after Thanksgiving is a prime time for shoppers to begin … Continued

Tax tips for your business

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Experts look ahead to the upcoming tax-filing season   There’s much speculation about what tax changes could occur for business owners under a new presidency and administration. President Donald Trump in the past months has proposed various versions of his … Continued

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