Heater Repair and Purchasing Tips | Business

Autumn is here, and while the Texas heat is still lingering, it’s never too early to prepare for cooler weather. You may decide to purchase a brand new heating unit ahead of winter or tune up your current one. Either way, doing your research is key to saving yourself stress and frustration in the future.

The best thing you can do is find trustworthy sources for purchases, installations and repairs. In 2019, more than 4,000 consumers filed complaints about the heating and air conditioning industries. Luckily, BBB can guide you to reliable businesses.

If you’re looking to purchase and install a new HVAC unit, consider these tips from your Better Business Bureau:

  • Consider an energy audit. Conducting an energy audit before you purchase a heating system may help you determine which unit best suits your needs. Your utility company may be able to do the audit for a small fee
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Marketing is an Investment in Your Business, Not an Expense

Any business owner that feels marketing is an expense and not an investment is probably going to have a difficult time keeping the business profitable. To be successful, you need to develop a mindset that views marketing as an important investment regardless of the state of the economy or other external factors.

Marketing is not something you can turn on and off. Marketing is 24×7 and should be an integral part of your business culture. Excuses like “I’m too busy right now” or “I don’t have the budget or staff” is a recipe for disaster. What happens when your pipeline empties? How will you get your business rolling again?

Like any task that must be performed consistently, you need to figure out a way to make it a habit. We must learn to schedule time to develop your marketing campaigns. If you never put marketing high enough on your list

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Smyrna Offering Small Business And Nonprofit Grants

SMYRNA, GA — Smyrna small business owners and nonprofits who have been impacted by COVID-19 have until Friday to apply for a local grant, the city announced Monday.

The Mayor and City Council of the City of Smyrna authorized the creation of a Small Business/Nonprofit CARES Grant program. Qualifying businesses and nonprofit organizations who demonstrate a financial impact of $500 or greater are eligible to receive grant funds (minimum of $500 in grant funding).

Each business requesting to participate in this program must submit an application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020. All applications submitted by the deadline and that meet the requirements will be considered.

All applications and required attachments must be emailed to SmyrnaBusinessGrant@SmyrnaGa.gov or received at Brawner Hall (Attn: Community Development Department, City of Smyrna, 3180 Atlanta Road, Smyrna Ga 30080) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020 to be considered. Please visit the

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Business School Briefing: top management masters

FT Masters in Management 2020 ranking

Find out the FT’s best business schools and the full list of the leading 90. Read about why students are studying for a Masters in Management, how to make the best of online learning and why courses must adapt to social concerns in our report at ft.com/mim.

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“There is a marked gender pay gap in all of the top six sectors for Masters in Management alumni,” say Leo Cremonezi and Sam Stephens. Take a look at MiM graduates’ progress — in charts.

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FT NextGen is back and is offering FREE passes for students. This year, join us virtually for more exciting speakers, tackling issues the next generation is facing in the post-corona world. From how to invest in property to dating during coronavirus, join us to hear from the FT’s brightest young editors and experience NextGen from the comfort

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Marketing Isn’t Advertising – Business 2 Community

Some people think marketing is simply commercials or ads. They consider it to be some form of paid promotion and nothing else. In their minds, marketing and advertising are the same things, interchangeable words.

We all thought blogging and social media would change all that. These new platforms were going to swoop in and save us from all of these ads. Ahh, nope.

Now we have native advertising, paid blogs. We have promoted posts on all of the social media platforms. The fat cats with all the money keep ruining everything!

With each new technology and platform, we’re convinced that marketing will forever change. It some ways it does, but mostly it stays true to what it really is.

What is Marketing?

According to the American Marketing Association, marketing is…

The activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients,

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Nonprofit Partners With Small Business For Job Training in Bicycle Industry

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Uptown Bicycles will join in an effort to train young adults to join the bicycle industry. Photo credit: @uptownbicycles, via Facebook

Local funding to both draw more bicyclists onto the road and train workers for the industry has been awarded to a San Diego-based nonprofit.

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Rider Safety Visibility received a $200,000 grant to support workforce development training for young adults in the bicycle industry via its Pedal Ahead program. The community electric bicycle initiative launched this week in San Diego County’s District 4.

The sprawling area, represented by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, stretches from La Jolla along the coast to Encanto in the east and Paradise Hills in the south.

The group will support workforce development in the eastern communities by providing opportunities for those between the ages of 18 and 26 to participate in internships, mentorships

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Guide to Small Business Health Insurance

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  • Small business owners should focus on coverage, the number of employees, employee premiums and shopping when looking for an insurance provider.
  • Offering health insurance to employees can help to attract and retain top talent and provide tax benefits for your business.
  • There are several ways to find insurance, including contacting providers directly and using a broker.
  • This article is for small business owners who want to learn more about small business health insurance and how to get it for their own business.

Navigating small business health insurance can be one of the hardest parts of running your small business, as there are many options and rules to figure out, and if your small business doesn’t have a full human resources department, you’re left to work it out on your own. Use this guide to help you learn about how small business health insurance

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4 Expert Tips on How to Network to Find Investors for Your New Business

Having a brilliant product, team, and business model are important starting points in your entrepreneurial journey; but at some point, you’ll need to start raising funds to take the next step. Getting in front of the right investors requires time—perhaps more than you thought—and a dedicated search for the right backer.

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Investors aren’t in short supply, but the investment opportunity that fits you is harder to come by. So, you need to make sure you’re in the right spaces and talking to the right people. Here are some fundamental steps to prime you and your company for that golden meeting, with tips from investors themselves.


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Look in the right places.

There are plenty of digital tools to find and contact investors in minutes. AngelList is the biggest and most popular, and is where most accredited investors from the U.S. and around the

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Europe Automotive Business Process Management Market 2020 Worldwide Opportunities, Driving Forces, COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Future Potential 2028

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Sep 24, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —

There was a growth of about 41.3% in the number of persons employed as ICT specialists during the period 2008-2018, which was about 12 times as high as the corresponding increase (3.4%) for total employment.

CRIFAX added a report on ‘Europe Automotive Business Process Management Market, 2020-2028’ to its database of market research collaterals consisting of overall market scenario with prevalent and future growth prospects, among other growth strategies used by key players to stay ahead of the game. Additionally, recent trends, mergers and acquisitions, region-wise growth analysis along with challenges that are affecting the growth of the market are also stated in the report.

The Europe Automotive Business Process Management Market is anticipated to observe steady growth with many changes in the methods of production and pattern of employment in

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A simple guide to insurance for small business owners

Every business — including those that are home-based — needs general liability insurance, because it covers most of the common types of accidents that can occur when you’re interacting with a customer or client. This coverage protects against financial loss as the result of:

  • Third-party bodily injury
  • Third-party property damage
  • Third-party claims of libel
  • Third-party claims of slander
  • Legal defense of a claim
  • A lawsuit arising out of one of these things

General liability insurance is strongly recommended no matter the size of your business because it protects you against these “third-party” claims. Who counts as a third party? Anyone with whom you interact during the course of your workday who isn’t yourself or your employees. This is the insurance policy that will often protect you from accidents, big and small, that involve a customer or passerby. An example would be to think of spilling a cup of coffee on

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