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How to Immediately Become a More Credit Savvy Business Owner

Credit plays an important role in your personal and business life. It impacts your purchasing power, the interest rates you’ll pay, and the terms of repayment.

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Helping Employees TaxWise Who Work from Home

If your business has employees who work from home, understand the tax rules they face for claiming a home office deduction and what you can do to help them.

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Email Marketing Basics for Small Business

Email marketing is just one of many ways to engage customers and ultimately lead them to purchase a product or service.

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Insurance Coverage if You’re Self-Employed

Federal and/or state law mandates a variety of insurance products that employers must carry for employees. If you’re self-employed, are you required to have the same coverage? Can you have the coverage if you want?

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Absenteeism in the Workplace: 7 Ways to Resolve this Bottom Line Killer

Employees are the lifeblood of a small business but they are also human and need time off to deal with sickness, manage family needs, and fulfill civic commitments like jury duty.

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If Revenue isn't the True Measure of Start-Up Success, What Is?

You’ve been in business for three months and have reached your first revenue goal – success! Unfortunately, revenue alone isn’t a true indicator of business success.

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6 Low Cost Ways To Test Your Business Idea

So you’ve got a great idea for a new product or solution and you think it’ll be a sure-fire hit. Not so fast. To find out if your idea has traction, you need to test it.

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Paving the Road Forward on Cesar Chavez Day

César Chávez once said, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

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Filing your tax returns: Get last minute tips

The deadline for filing your taxes is Tuesday, April 17. If you're confused about filling out your tax forms or you're not sure what deductions you're allowed, here are a few extra tips to lower your taxes and save you money.

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Pay Raises Are Back, Resignations Rising

The number of jobs created the last few months isn’t the only thing trending upward.

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Home-Office Expense Deduction

All over the country there are small business owners who are running their business from an extra bedroom in their home, a basement, or even their garage. It may be a humble beginning but many of the country's largest companies have started in a similar fashion: Amazon, Apple, Disney, and Under Armour to name a few. In an effort to recognize the costs that entrepreneurs are incurring by running their business from home the IRS has what is known as a Home Office Deduction.

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Flying Solo Is A No-No!

One of the most frequent reasons would-be entrepreneurs give for wanting to start a business is: “I want to be the master of my own destiny!” This desire for independence, and to a large extent for control, is a good thing. The motivation it provides is critical for the survival of the start-up during the early stages where perseverance will be a key factor. However, neither would-be entrepreneurs nor newly minted small business owners going through the early stages of their new venture should confuse independence and control with “flying solo!”

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End of Year Tax Planning Tips

It's that time of the year again; office parties, family gatherings, endless hours spent shopping locally for just the right gifts, and, of course, tax-planning. While most people keep their end of year tax planning to dropping off a bag of clothing at Goodwill, or writing one last check to their nonprofit of choice, there are regulations that phase in and out each year that you may want to keep in mind.

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Gearing Up for St. Patrick's Day!

If you haven't heard, there's a real Irish pub in Salisbury now and business has been brisk since opening the doors in December 2012. Located in the Clairmont Shopping Center on Route 13 just north of Salisbury University, co-owners Jeff Trivits and Scott Urban have created an atmosphere you might find in any good pub in Ireland. They went to high school together and always dreamed about opening an Irish bar. While in college at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, Trivits worked at an Irish bar. And when he wasn't working in one, he was hanging out in one.

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​Will Obamacare Affect My Small Business?

As an insurance representative with 17+ years in the business, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been the most challenging and time consuming regulatory task I have faced. The law as approved March 23, 2010 has not significantly changed from its inception. The several thousands of pages of proposed guidance, transitional relief and practical procedures have attempted to codify what the original laws intent was, and with a few exceptions, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have done just that.

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​MCE Celebrates Black History Month

According to the US Census bureau, there are more than 1,000 businesses owned by African Americans located on the Maryland's Eastern Shore. Most of these are "micro-businesses" being led by entrepreneurs. They are owned and operated by one person and he/she is the only employee. They are truckers, DJ's, real estate investors, cleaning services, taxicab operators, lawn care services, barbers, caterers and beauticians.

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What happened to my paycheck?

After receiving the first paycheck this year many employees had a moment of shock and awe. The immediate response was likely a desire to run to whoever processes payroll and demand to know why they had received a pay reduction. However, the decrease in take-home pay was not a result of a bad work ethic or a failure to bring your boss coffee; it was a result of the expiration of the Payroll Tax Holiday (which began in January 2011).

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Develop an effective performance appraisal process

Employees and employers often think of the performance appraisal as a once a year, one hour long (or less) meeting. However, the most effective program is one that is administered throughout the year and is a process rather than just a review. The performance appraisal process will be more effective if you understand its underlying purpose—to provide feedback to employees. Yes, performance appraisals are important for documenting performance history. Many organizations also use appraisals as the basis for compensation decisions. But its primary purpose and value is to provide performance feedback.

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Crisfield Clinic serving vital community need

MCE sits down with nurse practitioner Kerry Palakanis, DNP, FNP-BC, who has opened a health clinic in Crisfield to serve a chronically underserved community.

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Three new businesses come to Eastern Shore thanks to business plan competitions

A recent Harvard Business Review blog described “action” as what differentiates an entrepreneur from an inventor. Three Maryland entrepreneurs were recently awarded a total of $35,000 to turn their innovations into business enterprises on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The startup cash and services were awarded through the inaugural Eastern Shore Business Plan Competition, presented by the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) of Easton, Md., and Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE) of Salisbury, Md. The winners were announced at the Dorchester County Economic Development Technology Summit.

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Year-End 2012 Tax Planning For Business

The wise taxpayer may have to consider more than one tax strategy as we come to the end of 2012. Running the numbers under two or more scenarios may be the necessary for a year filled with significant tax uncertainty.

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Wiggles and Giggles – 3D/4D ultrasound studio opened just outside of Salisbury

All parents treasure that first photo of their new baby and can't wait to show it off to family and friends. These days - that happens long before birth. With new ultrasound technology, parents are able to see even the tiniest features of their developing babies.

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3 Biggest Myths Broadcast About Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing, for the most part, has an enticing entry fee – Free! For that reason social media is ubiquitous and popular. Its use grows exponentially each day.

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Two Students Taking Off With Scooter Business

Necessity is the mother of invention, according to Plato. And most good businesses are born that way.
John Churchman, 21, and Navid Mazloom , age 20, were working in Ocean City and needed to get around town quickly during the busy summer tourist season. So they began looking for alternative forms of transportation, and quickly discovered nothing affordable in town.

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Small Businesses Have Hiring Advantages

The biggest recruiting mistake that start-up companies and small business make is bringing a knife to a gunfight. Start-up companies often don’t realize they have a competitive advantage. These smaller companies, along with many small businesses, are more innovative, more nimble, and more exciting places to work.

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Two Brothers Making Spirits on the Eastern Shore

When you think premium vodka, you don't usually think made in Maryland. But that's about to change.
Jon (age 34) and Chris (age 42) Cook have spent the last seven years learning how to make the best tasting vodka possible right here on the Eastern Shore. But Vodka wasn't their first choice.

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How to Rank Higher In Google for Little to No Money

If you want to rank higher in Google, social media marketing matters. Many small business owners continue to scoff at or totally dismiss the importance of social media when it comes to Internet marketing. But with over 1 billion names searched in Google every day, the profiles you can set up in each networking site are taking on greater and greater importance.

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Photos and Search Engine Marketing

Most of us are familiar with the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In today’s digital world, pictures are worth a whole lot more than that. Pictures, or more appropriately called images when placed online, are a key part of any good search engine marketing (SEM) strategy.

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How To Use Facebook Timeline For Business Pages: New Feature Details

What does the launch of Facebook Timeline for Pages mean for your brand? Unprecedented control, an opportunity to boost engagement, but also lots of initial work. A host of new features became available this morning when Facebook gave all Pages around the globe the option to upgrade to the Timeline redesign. Here’s how they work, and how to use them to benefit your business.

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Small Business Trends

There are 27.3 million small businesses. These 27 million small businesses pay 43% of total US private payroll, generate half of America’s GDP, and are responsible for 97.5% of all identified exporters with 31% of export value as reported by the SBA Office of Advocacy. It is equally inconceivable that 52% of these businesses are home-based.

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It’s 2012 Prom Season!

​Prom is definitely a thriving event even today that is destined to continue to be an ongoing American tradition. MCE interviewed Amber Nicole's Bridal and Formal about how they are getting ready for the busy season, when high school seniors are shopping for the perfect dress.

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Farmers Markets Opening

April marks the opening of many local produce stands on Delmarva and we checked in with a few owners to learn more about these seasonal businesses and hear what’s new for 2012.

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Everybody is Irish in March

March ushers in the first signs of spring and thoughts of warmer days ahead. It also means we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a religious and cultural holiday celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.

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Tax credit opportunity for Maryland businesses and individuals

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Are You Sure You Own Your Website Domain Name?

Unfortunately many business owners don’t own their domain name, even if it’s attached to your website. In fact, chances are that neither you nor anybody in your company has ever checked to see who actually owns your domain name.

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Unique Technology to Produce Gourmet Tomato Juice Developed Locally

Do you know of any local businesses that not only make profit for itself, but also helps other local businesses receive additional profit from their products? Well, we do! Meet Jim Hudson, owner of Luke's Premier Tomato Juice.

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