Small Businesses Thrive in Entrepreneur-friendly States

Many western states are among those that are the best places to start a small business in the U.S.

For entrepreneurs, the mantra of real estate brokers - location, location, location - should be theirs as well when they are looking for the best state to start a new business.

Low tax rates, reasonable housing costs for employees and a well-educated workforce are some of the leading reasons that set apart business-friendly states from those that aren't as supportive to new enterprises.

Arizona, for instance, is the state where people are most likely to start a new business, reports CNN Money. In...

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Survey: 76 Percent of Small Business Owners Remain Optimistic About Growth in 2012

j2 global small business survey resultsWhat double dip recession? This is a question small business owners seem to be asking, based on the results of a recent survey done by j2 Global, Inc.

According to the survey results, things are looking up for small business owners, with 76% of respondents expressing optimism about their company's growth potential for the remainder of 2012. 

Less than 7% are not optimistic, while 17% will wait to express their opinion after the November presidential election. Age and industry were key drivers of...

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Mortgage Providers Close Deals More Efficiently With Online Fax

New Harp 2.0 broad requirements for refinancing fixed rate loans is expected to drive an influx of new business for real estate professionals.

According to industry estimates, the mortgage industry, under the new Harp 2.0 law,  is anticipating as many as 6.9 million borrowers now being able to potentially qualify for new refinancing standards.

This is good news for mortgage brokers. The regulation change could lead to significant growth in new customers, bringing welcome relief to an industry that...

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Report: SaaS market to exceed $22 billion by 2015

Cloud computing is being more widely adopted by companies around the world as it promises to improve mobility and increase productivity at lower costs than traditional solutions. According to a new report by research firm Gartner, the worldwide market for Software-as-a-Service will generate more than $14 billion in revenue by the end of 2012, representing nearly 18 percent growth from 2011.

SaaS and other cloud computing resources are becoming more common in the enterprise, with small and...

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Study: Businesses like the cloud, but have trouble deploying it

As organizations look to remain competitive with rival firms, cloud computing remains a viable solution to utilize collaborative tools like phone and fax services. According to a recent study by Forrester Consulting, more than 80 percent of survey respondents said a comprehensive public cloud strategy is a high priority for their business, yet their IT departments and business teams are facing obstacles during the technology's development.

The cloud's ability to reduce cost was ranked as its...

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