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Tax Benefits of a 401K Plan

September 28, 2017

One of the most important things to know about a 401K plan is that the money you put in your 401K is before taxes. Contributions taken from your paycheck, before taxes are deducted, will lower the income you have to pay taxes on. Alright, let’s think about how this affects you overall, would you rather …
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1031 Exchange – Partnering with the IRS: Part 1

September 1, 2017

Do you have real estate you wish to sell? Are you concerned about Uncle Sam knocking on your door wanting to collect a tax bill after you sell your property? You are not alone, many people are afraid of the IRS, but don’t worry you do not have to! There is a special section in …
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A Tax Strategy with a Clear Projection

August 4, 2017

As the summer months roll around I imagine the last thing on your minds is your taxes. Below is a list of reasons why you would want to consider performing a mid year tax projection. A mid year tax projection is a great way to determine what your tax liability will be at the end of …
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Invest in Ingenuity

November 21, 2013

Ingenuity, creativity and innovation stem from our innate desire to create something new, something better. Discovering and offering the newer and the better is the lifeblood of small businesses. As managers, owners and leaders it is crucial that we encourage and support creativity and innovation in the workplace. Consider the services, leaders and products you …
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Negotiating Like a Pro

November 14, 2013

For some people, negotiating comes as second nature. The rest of us need to carefully study and learn negotiation strategies to be sure we don’t end up on the losing end of business deals. The art of skillful negotiation is an asset to any business. Start with the basics. Whenever negotiating make sure you are …
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Protect Your Employees from Poaching

November 7, 2013

Poaching or employee raiding is when another business or firm targets your valued team members and attempts to lure them away. Small businesses, especially successful ones, become viable targets because bigger businesses know they can offer more in terms of cash benefits. So how do you ensure that your small business retains those valuable team …
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Be A Better Leader

October 24, 2013

  Everywhere we look; it appears that the most conventional ideas of a leader are shifting. In small businesses we are now seeing a very different model of leadership flourish. The traditional model is triangular with a ‘big chief’ at the top, supported by the base of lower to mid level employees. Today we are …
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7 Time Saving Strategies

October 17, 2013

No need to quote studies or research here – small business owners know how many hours they put in to their business. With the business up and running there are a few helpful ways to relieve the pressure and take a well-deserved breather. Delegate. This is a challenge for many small business owners. It is …
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Effective Delegation

October 10, 2013

Delegating (giving someone authority to act and react to situations without referring back to you) is an important management tool. But many small business owners prefer to take on almost everything and find it difficult to divvy up tasks to staff members for fear of losing control. Embracing effective delegation techniques will not only keep …
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Getting Paid on Time

October 3, 2013

If we don’t get paid, we go out of business. So with more debtors delaying payment in these tough times, taking action to collect money should be a top priority for small companies. Few small businesses can afford to turn customers away, but you didn’t start your business to provide a free credit service to …
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The Elevator Pitch

September 5, 2013

  Ever been hit with a “What is it you do?” moment while sitting in a departure lounge, at a chance meeting or even in an elevator? Knowing you have ½ a dozen floors to describe your business model can be overwhelming and leave you mumbling out a stream of nonsense that in no way …
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Power of Video Marketing

August 22, 2013

The Power of Video Marketing Television commercials are considered the most effective advertising method – thus the high price of running one. This is not just because a lot of people watch TV – the medium itself engages more senses than radio or print and can make a greater impact on viewers. The internet has …
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Short Term Goals

August 15, 2013

Long-term goals are crucial for a successful business but short term goals help you reach them. For short-term goals to be successful, they must be achievable, encouraging and have realistic timelines. Short-term goals can cover daily, weekly or monthly timelines. We recommend adopting the S.M.A.R.T. method of setting short-term goals. Smart stands for; Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic and Time specific. Break …
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Things to Do Before a Vacation

August 8, 2013

Taking a much-needed break? Ensure that you will enjoy the peace and quiet by tying up loose ends before ditching your desk. Start with your computer. Run a check and complete all software updates and then execute a full back up. For extra insurance, complete your back up on an external hard drive and store …
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Building a Great Team Culture

July 25, 2013

It seems that the challenge of building a team has been with us forever. People are the essential ingredient in all businesses however many business owners struggle to harness and develop the huge opportunity that a motivated and committed team of people can bring to a business. Building a team means first creating a culture …
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Client Collaboration and Retention

July 17, 2013

  It’s not rocket science – increasing client interaction leads to an improvement in customer experience, satisfaction and loyalty. Read: the more the client feels valued and part of the process, the more likely they are to become a repeat buyer. Simple, right? The shocking statistics say otherwise. In 2012, Forrester’s Customer Experience Index noted …
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Work Habits to Help You Succeed

July 11, 2013

  Developing a successful business has as much to do with the way we approach things as anything else. So it’s always useful to heed the work habits of successful business owners. Here are some of the good work habits that they have shared with us. 1. Think of difficult jobs and assignments as challenges …
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TGG’s 3rd Annual Food Drive is a Success!

July 5, 2013

We have completed another successful year of our annual food drive! This year we had such amazing support from many people in the community. We raised over $60,000 in food and monetary donations! We want to thank the following people for being our sponsors. Bee Sweet Citrus Pardini’s Catering Valley Wide Beverage Drumrights Fresno Coin …
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Making a Good First Impression

June 20, 2013

Making a Good First Impression A first impression can never be recalled. Yet most of us don’t seem to give it much thought or planning. Make a good first impression and both you and your company will be seen in a positive way; make a poor first impression and you may not get another chance. …
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Drive Your Business, Don’t Let it Drive You

June 13, 2013

Every business owner should take time to reflect and the question that often comes to mind is “What have I really accomplished this year?” Chances are that when you first set up your business you did it with a personal goal in mind such as spending more time with the family, having a higher level …
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