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Author Debra Jones (photo used with permission)
Author Debra Jones (photo used with permission)
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Tom Interviews Best Selling Author Debra Jones on “Open for Business”

Her unique coaching style empowers her clients to find the courage within to close the gap between the life they are living now to a life filled with true joy, well-being and purpose.

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Michael Webb/Keystone/Getty Images
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The Power of Word-of-Mouth

If you asked 100 small business owners to name the most effective form of advertising almost all would say, “Word-of-Mouth.”

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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How to Hire Summer Help

Higher pay usually attracts better workers. Before you tell me you can’t afford to pay more, consider this.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23: (L-R) Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Peter Sides of the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) participate in a news conference about the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the bill's authors, the proposed legislation would provide states with the authority to require out-of-state retailers to collect and remit tax on purchases shipped into the state, allowing brick-and-mortar retailers to compete with online retailers. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23: (L-R) Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Peter Sides of the Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) participate in a news conference about the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the bill's authors, the proposed legislation would provide states with the authority to require out-of-state retailers to collect and remit tax on purchases shipped into the state, allowing brick-and-mortar retailers to compete with online retailers. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Do We Really Need An Internet Tax?

Assuming online retailers could realize a nice 3% profit after expenses there would be a taxable income of $6.75 billion — hardly a national debt busting amount in a trillion dollar plus economy.

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Flickr photo by danxoneil
Flickr photo by danxoneil
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When Good Policies Go Bad; Customers Lose & You Lose

Why do we feel we need to create policies? And even more important: Why are they etched in stone with little or no wiggle room?

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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What’s the Key to Success? Run Your Small Business Like a Franchise

I believe that the lessons for any successful business lie in the fundamentals of a successful franchise.

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Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images
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Advertising Isn’t An Expense; It’s An Investment!

The most important rules to remember — customers buy benefits. Your advertising must solve their problem or benefit them in some way.

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Photo by Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy via Getty Images
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Yes Virginia, The Rich ARE Job Creators.

Not only do the rich create jobs, they create jobs ONLY the rich can create.

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Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images
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Tom’s Opinion: Employee Exploitation

There is no shortage of posts on Facebook, Twitter and others about the so-called “little guy” getting the shaft from their fat cat business owners.

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A man deposits his tax return into a mailbox on the final day for filing taxes,  It is estimated that some 24 million Americans will be filing their returns on this day. (Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
A man deposits his tax return into a mailbox on the final day for filing taxes, It is estimated that some 24 million Americans will be filing their returns on this day. (Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers) (Getty Images)
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Happy Tax Day!!

Most people think the income tax came along in 1913. Not so fast grasshopper. In 1862 we had another war to pay for.

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