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Savvy Business Owners Never Mix Business & Personal Expenses

By separating your business and personal expenses, you can avoid confusion and bookkeeping headaches. And you can save money, too: By Jane Applegate Author of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business If you want to make sure a client knows you are a novice entrepreneur go ahead and use a personal credit card to pay for that expensive business lunch. In contrast, savvy business owners know that it...

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Bigger Role & More Buying Power for Small Distributors

According to recent survey findings, small distributors are not only key to the distribution strategy of manufacturers, but they are also acquiring more buying power by banding together: Small distributors play a big role in the supply chain, say manufacturers who answered a brief Industrial Distribution online poll in May. Currently, small distributors—companies with annual sales of less...

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Giving Small Biz Employees "Big Company" Benefits

Attracting and retaining talent is a huge challenge for small business owners because of an increasingly tight labor market. Find out how you can offer employees "big business benefits:" As a recent Thomas Regional survey discovered, growth challenges weigh heavily on the minds of small business executives. And among the most pressing of these issues is a critical need to acquire and retain the...

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Gimme a (Tax) Break

You don't have to be an accountant to understand how to take advantage of the new tax law's generous provisions for small firms. Here's how you can deduct up to 100% of your equipment costs: As a result of the recently enacted Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, all businesses are enjoying tax savings, but small firms are getting the heftiest write-offs of all. In fact, under...

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Small Businesses Tackle Severe Growing Pains

While industrial small businesses are upbeat about the next 12 months, they acknowledge that managing growth will be tough. Here are the challenges they face and how they're responding: While nearly 80% of industrial small businesses expressed optimism about growing over the next year, they also conveyed serious concern about effectively managing their growth. In one of the most extensive surveys...

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Fuel Cells Advance

While a Missouri research team has developed a fuel cell that can run on alcohol, another group has discovered new materials that could simplify hydrogen storage for fuel-cell cars: Two new developments are making fuel cells more viable for portable device and automotive applications. While a team from Missouri has built an alcohol-powered fuel cell, researchers from several universities have...

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The Basics of Adhesives

Finding the best adhesive for your application out of the hundreds of formulations may sound intimidating, but by learning the basics, you can simplify the selection process: Manufacturers can choose from hundreds of different adhesives to assemble parts. Each adhesive has certain strengths, so design engineers must carefully examine material characteristics such as viscosity, adhesion and bond...

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Mimicking the Sticking Power of Geckos

Researchers have found a way to copy the mechanism geckos use to scale slippery surfaces. And the potential applications for this new gecko glue may be nearly limitless: Aside from making memorable appearances in car insurance commercials, geckos have another claim to fame—their impressive climbing ability. For centuries, scientists and philosophers alike have been fascinated by these small...

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Bar Codes in DNA

In two separate developments, researchers have arranged DNA building blocks to encode information and created barcoded beads tiny enough to be linked to DNA molecules. Discover the implications: When you think of bar codes, you most probably envision a series of black lines with a succession of numbers below them. Now, think smaller. Because of two new developments, bar codes may be attached to...

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Sealants Halt Hurricanes' Destructiveness

Extremely strong silicone sealants are protecting a new luxury hotel in hurricane-prone Florida. Find out how they help the building resist high impact winds and water penetration: To withstand the swirling winds and destructive impact of hurricanes, a new luxury hotel in Florida is relying on high-performance silicone sealants. Providing both weatherproofing and structural integrity, the...

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