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Federal Tax Identification Launches New Live Chat Feature

Taxes are a complex process for both individuals and businesses. Each registered business entity is given a unique, nine digit tax number for identification, called an EIN or FIEN. Federal Tax Identification provides businesses an easy way to file for an EIN number online. The site has now integrated a live chat feature that allows clients to instantly get help with the ss-4 form.

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Online Pricing vs. Retail Outlets

Small Business ExpertWhen your website goes up, do you undercut your retailers by pricing your products below what's in their stores? "You'd be cutting off the hand that's been feeding you." says expert, Lillyvette Montalvo.

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Don't Let a Talent Shortage Push You to Make Hasty Hiring Decisions

Lately, a talent shortage has made it more difficult than ever for employers to find quality candidates to fill open positions. However, even though you may feel desperate to find employees immediately, the last thing you want to do is hire someone w

Supply Chain Management: Can You Manage It Better?

Managing a supply chain is not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination because it requires managing multiple and different moving parts of the entire system, as well as micromanagement so that the “chain” is not disrupted. Disruption of an

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It is Time to Get Your Votes In! Support Your Small Business Idol NOW

Important News for Small BusinessThe voting stage of the 20th Idea Cafe's Grant officially has just started. We are thrilled to present the semi-finalists who will compete for your vote this month.

Voting is a piece of cake and will only take you a minute. Come and meet out semi-finalists, find out where they're located, what their business does, how they'll use the Grant AND (very important!) how they will "pay it forward" to help others in some way. Then cast your vote for who you think deserves to be at the finale.

And, if you really want your favorite small business "idol" to win, you can encourage your friends to vote for them too... they just need to be a at Idea Cafe in order to cast a vote. Note: only one vote per Regular!)

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