Long Island Business Know-How

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 Welcome to the Long Island, NY section of Business Know-How. The articles in this section are written by Long Island business owners and professionals. 

Funding Women-Owned Business
What do women need to know about funding their businesses? This two-part article talks about funding issues and finding investors.

7 Team Members Your Business Needs
Every successful entrepreneur needs a support team. Here's why and who should be on your support team.

Designing Your Office Workspace
Your workspace can significantly impact your productivity. Learn how to design and organize your office space to work for you.

Choosing The Right Form Of Business Organization

What form of business should your business be? Should you operate as a sole proprietor, corporation, partnership or LLC? Here are some business formation guidelines to help you understand the differences.

Healthcare Reform and Electronic Medical Records
In coming years,  more doctors and hospitals will be adopting Electronic Health Record Systems and soon it will be the standard across the county.  Why is this happening and how will it affect you as a patient? Here's what you need to know about electronic medical records.

What's Your Business Worth?
Whether you're ready to sell your business or just planning for the future, knowing its correct value is important. Find out what goes into determining a business's fair market value.

The Rise of Home-Based Business Could Be the Demise of Home-Life Organization
For many, working from home is a dream-come-true. The reality, however, is often chaotic and messy. Here's why you need clearly defined boundaries and a keen ability to organize your life when you work from home.


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Marketing Seminars

Janet Attard, founder of BusinessKnowHow.com, has been selected as an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact. She will be offering training seminars on best practices in online marketing to Long Island business groups and non-profits, and also running webinars. For details and contact info, click here. 

5 Unexpected, Critical Ways You Could be Limiting Your Business Success
With the demands of serving customers, managing employees, and the daily tasks required just to keep a small business up and running all pulling at you, it's no wonder "time management" seems like a useless effort. However, managing your time is key to business success. Here are five things that can help you manage your time more wisely.

Social Networking - 5 More Keys To Success
Are you trying to make a name for yourself and get new business using social networking? These five social networking success strategies will help you accomplish your goals.

Succession Planning Blueprint for Small Businesses
The equity that small business owners build in their companies represents a valuable personal asset. But in a privately-held company, how can equity be converted to liquid cash when the owner exits the business? The key to a profitable exit is to have a succession plan in place. Here are some important details to consider.

Tax Incentives For Small Business Retirement Plans
Federal tax incentives that directly encourage small business retirement plans, while also reducing complexities that made plans costly or difficult to operate. Here's what you need to know about tax incentives for small business retirement plans.

Franchisee Return On Investment Calculator
Are you thinking about buying a franchise and are you wondering if it would be a good investment? Here's how to calculate the return on your investment in a franchise. There's also an online ROI calculator that will do the math for you. 

Social Networking
As a business professional, Social Networking can be your biggest boon… if you know how to use it properly. Here are 5 ways to make your social networking efforts a success. Here are 5 ways to make your social networking efforts a success.

10 Killer Marketing Strategies
 How do you get recognized as an expert in your field? Knowing a lot is only part of the battle. You also have to find ways to let people know you're an expert. Here are 10 marketing strategies to get yourself known as an expert.

Are You Thanking Your Customers?
A simple "thank you" is all it takes to make your business stand out from the competition. But just printing it on your receipt and even saying it face to face isn't enough. Here's a way you can say thanks that'll put you top in your customers' minds for a long time to come.

Franchise Considerations
There's more to franchise success than choosing a popular franchise concept. Here's what to consider before you look for franchises to purchase.

How To Find An Attorney
Finding an attorney is something most individuals and business owners need to do at some time or other. But because the need for a lawyer is infrequent, most people don't know what to look for when they need legal help. These guidelines will help make choosing an attorney easier.

Your Medical Insurance Is About To Change. Are You Prepared?
Last March President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The provisions of PPACA take effect over the next eight years. The parts that become effective in 2010 and 2011 will affect all businesses. Here's what you need to know now about your medical insurance.

Things to Consider When Getting a Business Loan 
There are three main components banks review when underwriting your loan application. The knowledge and understanding of these issues can greatly increase your chance of success while also save you the time of applying for a loan program you may not qualify for due to your current situation. Here's what banks look for when you apply for a business loan.

How to Promote a New Business 
Money to market your business is hard to find when you're first starting up, but the amount of advertising and marketing you do is directly related to how quickly your business will show a profit. Here are some ways you can promote your business without breaking the bank.

Importing Techniques
Want to start an importing business? Here are facts about importing you need to know to find suppliers, deal with international shipments, and make payments to foreign companies.

Opening a Retail Store
There are lots of different things to think about when you're starting a retail store, but two of the most important issues are location and getting a line of credit.

Things You Need to Discuss with Your Accountant
Are you paying more taxes than necessary? These questions can help you and your accountant find all the tax breaks you're entitled to.