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The Importance of a Plan

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No matter what size, everyone needs a business plan. Check out these tips on how to build—or revise—yours.
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The Importance of a Plan

One of the most overlooked management tools for small business owners is the business plan. Not only is it useful in helping business owners obtain needed capital, but it enables the owner to do some valuable "big picture" thinking regardless of whether additional outside capital is needed.

The Online Empress

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StyleBell.com president and ecommerce impresario Sapna Parikh dishes about the online retail marketplace and its ever-changing landscape.
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StyleBell.com president, Sapna Parikh

Sapna Parikh, president of StyleBell.com, based in Princeton, New Jersey, is a self-professed tech junkie with a passion for numbers. So, it's no wonder that her ecommerce retail operation has grown at a rapid pace since its 2007 inception. But the brand's growth has also been a result of Parikh's integrity, which impacts everything from her direct dealings with manufacturers to her focus on customer service. Her staff of 10 even includes a stylist to help create the professional touch she prides herself on.

When Employees Go Bad

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Not everyone is a superstar. Here’s how to deal with those who have less-than-ideal work behaviors.
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When Employees Go Bad

Lucy is late again. Bob left last night without cleaning his part of the store; and it’s the third time he’s done that this month. Regina frequently stocks the shelves in a way that the products all look as if a minor earthquake has just struck with boxes and bottles stacked haphazardly.

Charitable Contributions: What You Should Know

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It's good to help the less fortunate, but protect yourself with tax-savvy tips regarding charitable contributions.
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Charitable Contributions: What You Should Know

Oftentimes when natural disasters hit the United States or elsewhere in the world, government officials are slow to respond. But Americans always step up. In the past few years, we've seen this generosity time and again in response to disasters in New Jersey, New Orleans, Florida and around the world (most recently in the Philippines). Within days, millions of dollars and donated goods (water, food, clothing, etc.) pour into charities with dedicated resources to help the victims of a devastating storm or earthquake.

Looking Ahead: 2014 Skincare Trends

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Here’s what the experts expect in trends this year—from antiaging to men’s grooming and beyond.
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Looking Ahead: 2014 Skincare Trends

In the December 2013 issue of Beauty Store Business, I reviewed some of the key developments 2013 brought for the beauty industry. As we celebrate the arrival of 2014, it is time to turn our focus forward. Here is what we can expect to see in this new year, according to various skincare experts.

Read the full article in the January 2014 Beauty Store Business Digital Edition!

[Image courtesy of Ada S. Polla]

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