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Startup Businesses and Tax Tips

The April 15 tax-filing deadline is less than a month away. Ernst & Young encourages new businesses to invest time in selecting a quality accountant to make the most of tax savings.

Recommended titles in the library’s collection:

Deduct it! : lower your small business taxes 10th ed. Fishman, Stephen. (343.05268 FISHMAN, S)

Small business taxes for dummies Tyson, Eric (Eric Kevin) (336.243 TYSON, E)

J.K. Lasser’s small business taxes 2013 [ONLINE ACCESS] : your complete guide to a better bottom line Weltman, Barbara (EBOOK)

Starting or running your business in the Chicago area?

Workshops are free and open to all, regardless of where your business is located. Hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

SBA and Yelp Present: Success with Online Reviews

In a recent national survey, 85% of consumers said that they read online reviews about local businesses. With that in mind, Yelp and the SBA launched the Success With Online Reviews partnership to help America’s small businesses successfully engage with online reviewers.

Join the SBA and Yelp for these webinars as part of their efforts to provide small businesses with the information needed to engage with online reviewers and tips for monitoring your online reputation.

Dates are either Feb 11, 1p CT or Feb 25, 1p CT

Concerned About CyberSecurity?

The National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP) is led by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), TechNet and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in voluntary partnership with academicians, CEOs, federal government agencies and industry experts.

The organization has produced the Commonsense Guide to Cyber Security for Small Businesses.

Business Blog Tips

Even after 15+ years since introduced as a novel social media tool, business blogs remain an effective way to promote your business and connect to existing and potential customers. Creating and keeping blog posts relevant and current is key – capturing the interests of your customers and relating to their needs.

Steve Lazuka, Zerys for Agencies, highlights strategies for creating a blog series for business sites, including potential topics and styles, in his latest article for PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit.

SBA’s 504 Loan Program

This short video will help you learn how the SBA 504 Loan Program can grow and expand your business.

Record Keeping for Tax Purposes

If your business is audited or there is a question about your tax return, you must have these records to verify your income, expenses, and other transactions.

Improve Your Ecommerce Strategy

Customers are increasingly turn to the Internet and smartphones for purchasing decisions. For businesses breaking into the ecommerce space, the process can be confusing. Here are seven best practices for your ecommerce strategy.

Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Failing to dot your i’s and cross your t’s in important matters can expose you to problems you could have avoided and the best time to consult an attorney is before your business is booming.

How to Respond to Negative Social Media Comments

If the comments are demonstrably false, most fears of negative comments are over-blown. Negative comments can be a valuable of customer insight into legitimate issues. But here are some tips for you to keep in mind if you get some negative comments.