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January 04, 2011

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Todd Hockenberry

Great list - manufacturers in particular need to see the amazing opportunities in front of them. Just this week three of our small manufacturing clients sold significant jobs in Germany, Taiwan and Brazil - all generated with inbound marketing and the Internet, set up by 'free agent' partners using the cloud to work collaboratively.

Rodney Prinsloo-Enterprise Support

Read in conjunction with 2010's list this is fairly comprehensive. However when looking at trends in South Africa businesses are resorting to outsourcing, subcontracting and joint venturing in order to weather the recession. As a result of retrenchment there is an upsurge in micro/survivalist low cost, low risk type businesses.

Karla

Fantastic tips! Thanks for sharing your thoughts to all of us. I should say, this is such a great help especially to us people who are into business. I love every bit of it and the points that you expressed. Keep posting and looking forward to the next one!!!

Geri Stengel

I'm not sure the economy will recover, but I agree that social media and technology will bring about changes in the way business is done, which will benefit small businesses and create new opportunities, particularly variable business models and alternative financing. Technologically based tools, such as the cloud and the crowdsourcing, will open door to new business models and change the business model of existing companies.

To take advantage of these opportunities, entrepreneurs must keep learning! Colleges and community colleges offer classes in entrepreneurship, new business models and ways to use technology. Now city government (NYC Business Solutions) and even Goldman Sachs are recognizing the importance of training in starting and sustaining a business.

TweetRightOn

Number 2: Economic value added (EVA) business models are a great way for small businesses to maximize financial performance because it can simultaneously weigh the variable cost component and the cash or capital component. This KPI is working its way into business analytics to optimize inventory levels in the cloud at http://www.rightoninventory.com. With procurement representing as much as 55 percent of a company's total costs, an effective supply chain depends on efficient suppliers. But streamlining procurement is just the beginning.Using the right metric is vital.

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Invoice factoring is has a long history in financial community but the service is not popular.

Me

The trend of going local also had support in the internet in the form of local marketing. Google's launch of it's local (now Places) service brought localism to the fore front of internet marketing.

Eric Myers

Great list. It is interesting to see how many small businesses are joining the social media team, and what they are doing there. I think its great that so many are using innovative tools like social shopping tabs to maximize their efforts there. I am excited to see where small business goes by the end of the year!

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Andrew

Great list - manufacturers in particular need to see the amazing opportunities in front of them. Just this week three of our small manufacturing clients sold significant jobs in Germany, Taiwan and Brazil - all generated with inbound marketing and the Internet, set up by 'free agent' partners using the cloud to work collaboratively.

Live Virtual Receptionist

This is an interesting list. The use of social media has played a big part in small businesses . A lot of different people use these services everyday and having different information being passed on or shared from one person or one place to another.

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