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Find balance when your business partner is your spouse

Having similar goals and interests are key to many successful relationships. So it's no wonder that about one-third of family businesses are run by husband-and-wife teams, according to the Wall Street Journal. Running a business together requires the same qualities that create a successful marriage: trust, communication and commitment. Working hand-in-hand to build a partnership that's both professional and personal can be incredibly rewarding. Here are some tips to keep both relationships healthy. Read More >

Customer journey mapping: What is it and why do you need it?

As digital technology disrupts more and more industries — think Uber, Airbnb, etc. — staying close to your customers and providing an experience they won't want to give up has become even more vital to a business' survival. Of course, there are always other threats besides the technological ones, too, so enhancing the customer experience should be a goal no matter what pressures your business faces. Read More >

Finding More Customers Through Government Contracting

Government contracting provides a steady and reliable revenue stream for many businesses. According to, government agencies awarded more than $445 billion in contracts in 2014. Tapping into this spending pipeline can spur significant business growth. Read More >

Control your tax burden: avoid these blunders

We all know the IRS is not the most forgiving group. Errors with your taxes can have costly repercussions. Learning from the mistakes of others can help you avoid the following five major blunders: Read More >

Being fair with family wages

Determining appropriate compensation for employees is tough enough, and even more so when some or all of your employees are family members. How can you most effectively determine a "fair" salary for all your employees in a family-owned business? Read More >

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