Small Business Week in Review

Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights.
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October 12, 2012 Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights.

The Beginner's Guide to Mobile Payments

We demystify the most popular mobile payment options, and help you choose the right one for your business.  Plus: You put a lot of time and work into your blog. Wouldn't it be nice to make some money from it? 

Make Your Biggest Weakness A Strength

Like the restaurant chain that made a name with the world's rudest waitstaff, it's can be easier to promote a weakness than it is to fix it. Plus: Managing a team of Gen Y, Gen X and Boomer employees can be tricky. Here are five tips to help. 

10 Best Places to Get Great Content Ideas

Tired of writing the same-old? Here are ten tools that will spark new ideas and get the creative juices flowing. Plus: If you think A/B testing is for big companies, think again. Here are tips to get you started. 

The 10 Easiest Ways to Blow Your Marketing Budget

As the economy claws its way back, be careful not to waste your hard-earned cash on any of these low-yielding marketing gimmicks. Plus: Here are five reasons why live chat is good for your small business, and 4 tools to make it happen. 

The Business of Making Friends

Want to meet a new friend in your neighborhood? Several cool new startups are creating new business opportunities in the friend-making space. Plus: Offering flex-time hours and effusive praise will make younger employees want to work for you. 

Things You Should Never Say to a Client

A look at some statements that could get you in hot water with a client. Plus: Does your small business need some free press? A service that connects reporters to sources can be the key for getting your name in print. 

Does Your Small Business Qualify for a Microloan?

A small, short-term loan may be all you need to get your business moving forward. Plus: A new report suggests that health insurance costs will fall for small businesses under the Affordable Care Act.