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Arianna Huffington: Sleep Vital to Success

Kentucky state fair, cowboy taking a napBusiness owners often have so many must-do tasks that they shortchange their sleep, chronically getting less than that optimum that will boost their energy and clear their fogged brains.

Negotiating Free Rent for Franchise Tenants

As explained in our new book Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES, free rent is just one negotiable factor in a commercial lease. Even if you did not receive a rent-free period when you signed your first lease, you may be eligible for one when you renew (although you may have to work harder to get free rent on a renewal).

Why the Location You Lease Is More Important than the Franchise You Buy

One of the key attractions of any successful franchise systems is its proven formulas … as a franchisee, you will be joining a franchise system where much of the initial legwork has been done and any business mistakes have already been corrected.

5 Small Business Loan Sources

Suggestions a small business owner can use to get some cash are introduced in an article which has the appealing title of "5 Surprisingly Cheap Forms of Small Business Financing." 

Working on Franchise SEO Is for Masochists

Because of the nature of franchise chains, working on SEO for them can be hard on one mentally, according to an SEO consultant. He compares it to being punched in the face repeatedly.

Xero CEO Says Its Small Business Expertise Now of Interest to Big Business

Ten-year-old Xero, a cloud-based accounting software firm for small business, is just getting started on its core mission to turn it into the online business platform for the world, CEO Rod Drury said in a London interview late last week.

Is Intuit Losing Its Dominance to Cloud-Based Competitors?

Newer, more convenient, economically more attractive cloud-based competitors may be about to knock Intuit from its comfortably dominant position in accounting software, contends a CPA whose company serves more than 600 small and medium sized businesses.

Restaurateurs Speak Up on Unwanted Touching in the Workplace

A customer recently wrote about watching male bartenders touching a female bartender, who looked as if she didn't like it, but said nothing.

How to Retain Your Small Company's Top Talent

Small businesses have fewer resources than larger companies to attract and keep the best employees. Compounding the problem is the nearly six years of private sector job growth, leading to talent scarcity in some areas.

Retiring Small Business Center Director on Social Media's Importance

Larry Rossini, director of the Knoxville branch of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center for 11 years, will retire at the end of March.