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    6 Technology Trends That Will Change How You Do Business in 2010

    Out with the old and in with the new! The past decade revolutionized how we do business but there is plenty more to look forward to in 2010. Below is a sneak peak of coming attractions to get excited about. 1. Phone Liberation 2. Cloud Computing 3. The End of Paper 4. The Battle for Local 5. Social Spending 6. Mobile ...
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    30 Twitter Tips for the NonProfit Worker

    30 Twitter Tips for the NonProfit Worker
    Twitter can be a great resource–if you know how to use it. Here are 30 tips for nonprofit people who want to learn how to use Twitter to network and share information: 1. Determine your purpose
 Before spending any amount of time on Twitter, you should decide what you want to get out of it. Do you want to meet people ...
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    Twitter Mistakes to Avoid at Work

    A lot has been written about the revolutionary impact of Twitter: how it's changed the way we communicate, how it's connected us to one another, how it's increased transparency in everything we do, and how it's even helped us find jobs. But as much as people love Twitter, there's growing concern about other impacts the social networking tool is having, ...
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    How to Raise Money for a Nonprofit

    How to Raise Money for a Nonprofit
    The word “business” sometimes has a negative connotation in the world of social activism. However, business doesn’t have to be an ugly word – in fact, it’s a necessary part of any organization that relies on money to function, including nonprofits. Even though extra income does not come into play for nonprofits, expenses are still a factor in day-to-day operations and ...
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    10 Characteristics of Superior Leaders

    10 Characteristics of Superior Leaders
    Thousands of articles and books have been published describing what it takes to be a superior organizational leader. Some researchers and authors claim a superior leader possesses certain traits or abilities; others say it's all personality. Still others maintain it's the behaviors--not necessarily the intentions or thoughts--that are crucial. Whatever your viewpoint, it boils down to this: successful leaders share the ...
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    Drowning In Your Social Media? Aggregators to the Rescue!

    Drowning In Your Social Media? Aggregators to the Rescue!
    Listening to your customers on social sites isn't just a trend; it's crucial to establishing your brand as connected, helpful and hip. But with accounts on multiple social sites connecting you to disparate groups of friends, colleagues and contacts, keeping an eye on their updates and managing your own can become an unwieldy and time-consuming process. Thankfully for the time-strapped entrepreneur, ...
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    The 15 Coolest Office Gadgets

    If you have to be stuck at your desk all day, you might as well make it fun. From the totally useful to the completely random, there’s no end to the gadgets that can perk up your work day. Here’s our collection of the greatest office gadgets of all time!           Laser Trip Wire Fruit-Powered Clock USB ...
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    10 Excel Secrets Everyone Should Know

    Excel is one of those programs. Sometimes it seems as though it's perfectly harmless and easy - until you accidentally hit enter and erase all the data you just spent the entire day creating. With the help of featured writer Richard Rinyai, we've put together this 10 Excel pro tips that will help you do your job better, faster, and give ...
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    What Not to Say to an IT Worker

    Photo: Lachlan Hardy/Flickr (CC) You need to know how to deal with different types of people in order to get along. Some people are especially sensitive to certain things, like the conflict resolution rep that hates it when she hears insults around the office. IT workers like us are no different. We take our geekiness seriously and bristle at stupid ...
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    How to Get Your Story Picked Up by the Media

    How to Get Your Story Picked Up by the Media
    Every journalist has secretly wished he could educate marketers and PR professionals on how to effectively send their messages. People bug the media too much, says Rhoda Weiss, chair and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America. “It’s not about taking people out for drinks and steak dinners,” says Weiss. “Those days are over.” Instead, her advice is to provide ...
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    EO Exemption Application User Fees to Increase in 2010

    EO Exemption Application User Fees to Increase in 2010
    User fees will increase for all applications for exemption (Forms 1023, 1024, and 1028) postmarked after January 3, 2010: $400 for organizations whose gross receipts are $10,000 or less annually over a 4-year period $850 for organizations whose gross receipts exceed $10,000 annually over a 4-year period $3,000 for group exemption letters. A complete schedule of all user fees will be ...
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    Form 990 Tips and FAQs - Public Support and Public Charity Classification

    Form 990 Tips and FAQs - Public Support and Public Charity Classification
    1. Who must file Schedule A? An organization that files Form 990 or Form 990-EZ must file Schedule A if it is described in section 501(c)(3) (including organizations described in sections 501(e), (f), (k), or (n) that are treated as described in section 501(c)(3)) or section 4947(a)(1)). 2. What is the purpose of Schedule A? Schedule A requires certain information regarding ...
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    How Facebook Can Drive Sales and Donations

    How Facebook Can Drive Sales and Donations
    Listening to your customers on social sites isn't just a trend; it's crucial to establishing your brand as connected, helpful and hip. But with accounts on multiple social sites connecting you to disparate groups of friends, colleagues and contacts, keeping an eye on their updates and managing your own can become an unwieldy and time-consuming process. Thankfully for the time-strapped entrepreneur, ...
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    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes

    5 Deadly Marketing Mistakes
    In my book, Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps, I teach small and mid-size business owners who can't afford to hire professional copywriters how to write effective copy that will bring the results from their marketing efforts that they want and need. However, just as there are steps you must take to write great copy, there are also mistakes you can ...
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    7 Marketing Techniques to Attract Clients

    7 Marketing Techniques to Attract Clients
    With the global credit crunch biting hard, companies often feel pressured to spend more money on their marketing in the hope that they will get noticed in a crowded market space. There is another way! 1. Know Who You Are Trying to Attract It sounds simple but who precisely do you want as your clients? What are their characteristics? Break the ...
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    How To: Effective Market Research

    How To: Effective Market Research
    Every small business owner-manager must ask the following questions to devise effective marketing strategies: Who are my customers and potential customers? What kind of people are they? Where do they live? Can and will they buy? Am I offering the kinds of goods or services they want at the best place, at the best time, and in the right amounts? Are ...
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    Marketers: 5 Secrets to Getting Your Emails Read!

    Marketers: 5 Secrets to Getting Your Emails Read!
    Years ago voicemail was all the rage. There was no e-mail, so people tended to honor and even return their voicemail messages. It was a good time... But that's history now. Email has changed everything, and people now hit the delete button on their voicemail messages the instant they hear something they don't like - which is usually when it's a ...
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    Types of Government Assistance for Nonprofits

    Types of Government Assistance for Nonprofits
    Types of Assistance Currently, programs in the Catalog are being classified by GSA into 15 types of assistance. (Cooperative Agreements as a type of assistance is used for programs administered under that mechanism. However, the definition does not appear in this section.) Benefits and services of the programs are provided through seven financial types of assistance and eight nonfinancial types of ...
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    How to Write a Grant Proposal, PART TWO: WRITING THE GRANT PROPOSAL

    How to Write a Grant Proposal, PART TWO: WRITING THE GRANT PROPOSAL
    PART TWO: WRITING THE GRANT PROPOSAL The Basic Components of a Proposal There are eight basic components to creating a solid proposal package: (1) the proposal summary; (2) introduction of organization; (3) the problem statement (or needs assessment); (4) project objectives; (5) project methods or design; (6) project evaluation; (7) future funding; and (8) the project budget. The following will provide ...
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    How to Write a Grant Proposal, Part One: Developing a Grant Proposal

    How to Write a Grant Proposal, Part One: Developing a Grant Proposal
    PART ONE: DEVELOPING A GRANT PROPOSAL Preparation A successful grant proposal is one that is well-prepared, thoughtfully planned, and concisely packaged. The potential applicant should become familiar with all of the pertinent program criteria related to the Catalog program from which assistance is sought. Refer to the information contact person listed in the Catalog program description before developing a proposal to ...
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