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Small Business

Build your bottom line with these resources. Our focus is to help North Dakota small business owners start, grow and prosper. Check for new information both below and in the "What's New" highlights. And don't forget to follow us on social media.

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It's Small Business Week

Say thanks to small business owners for all they do in our communities. Read more about their contributions.

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Marketing is More Than Numbers

Photo (CC 2.0) by OneWayStock, on FlickrYou hear a great deal about driving up the numbers of people who like your page or follow you. but the question business owners need to ask is what does that mean to the bottom line. Good numbers are nice, however, good numbers taking action are even better. You need to get people in the door the first time. Then you need to learn how to make them your customer and keep them coming back. Read more.

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Don't be the Best Kept Secret

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Photo (CC 2.0) by Alex Wellerstein, on Flickr
Want your business to be a success. Step one then is to make sure people know about your business. The idea "if your build it, they will come" only works in the movies. You need to have a plan as to how you will get your name and what you do in front of people. But you can't stop there.  You must make sure they are seeing the message, taking action because of the message, becoming a customer, coming back again and again, and, finally, being your ambassador. Get hints on how you might make this happen here.

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Relish the Competition

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Photo (CC 2.0) by Bruce Berrie, on Flickr
Does competition make you nervous? Is one competitor too many? How about ten?  Don't let competition be your roadblock. Instead, as this article encourages, let it move you forward. For one thing, it tells you there is a customer base. It also will keep you on your toes.  Plus good marketing and strategic planning on your part can move you ahead of the crowd. So dive in and let the competition be your drive.

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Listen for the Needs. Savor the Surprise.

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Photo by Randy Adams, (CC 2.0), on Flickr
Many business owners find it hard to understand what the customer wants. One way to get the answer is to just listen. You may have to begin the conversation but one question is often all it takes. Don't assume you know. Do some asking to make sure. And listen, listen, listen. Get more here.

 

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