How to write a recommendation letter for a friend

How to write a recommendation letter for a friend

A letter of recommendation can often be used as backup information to a more traditional employment or character reference. Similar to a character reference which should show the person being spoken about in a positive and favourable way a recommendation letter written by a close friend should give a more personal outline than that of a co-worker, a neighbour, teacher or members of a mutual club or organisation. A character reference can often be seen as being biased if written by family or very close friends but a recommendation letter…

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Starting Small: Three Reasons Why Small Businesses Are Important

Starting Small - Starting Small: Three Reasons Why Small Businesses Are Important

One of the more common—yet highly elusive—goals that one can have is to own their own business. There are millions of small businesses out in the world yet many of them fold on a monthly basis. This is actually something that is detrimental for us all. Today, we take a look at three reasons why small businesses are important.   Economic Development Small businesses, no matter how miniscule they may seem, contribute greatly to the economy of any locale. When large businesses open in an area, it always said that…

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Clarifications: Just What ‘Qualifies’ as a Small Business?

Clarifications - Clarifications: Just What ‘Qualifies’ as a Small Business?

When the end goal is to provide ample support for small businesses, it would only make sense to actively arm yourself with a suitable knowledge of what a small business is by definition. We may have already said this before but small businesses are the lifeblood of a lot of communities—even if they do not realize it themselves. We want to take this opportunity to lay down a clear clarification of what small business is.   Why Learn About It? Before you throw your support toward any concept of cause,…

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Beyond Restaurants: Products You Can Obtain from Small Businesses

Beyond Restaurants - Beyond Restaurants: Products You Can Obtain from Small Businesses

There has always been this rallying cry behind large conglomerates about ‘having more’ than local businesses. We’re here to shine a glaring light on how vastly incorrect that belief is. There is always a sort of long-standing animosity between small and large businesses. Not only is the reality of competition often unforgivable but the sense of convenience is often overpowering. There is no denying that most consumers go for what is convenient versus what is locally sustainable. What a lot of consumers fail to realize is that if they just…

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Supporting Your Own: Two Benefits of Shopping Local

Supporting Your Own - Supporting Your Own: Two Benefits of Shopping Local

When choosing where to procure certain items or products, there is always a question that you should ask yourself: is it available through a local business? As consumers, it is critical that we be smart about where our money goes into. After all, it is not like we simply pick up money off of the street or pluck it from a money tree. When you spend your money at a business, you are not only procuring a service for yourself, you are ultimately providing a livelihood for those that run…

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One Entrepreneur to Another: How to Ethically Support Each Other

One Entrepreneur to Another - One Entrepreneur to Another: How to Ethically Support Each Other

Sometimes when the idea of a business is brought up, a sort of wall goes up between two entrepreneurs. With the world works, this is fairly expected. Today, we look at how entrepreneurs can ethically support each other. We place an emphasis on the ‘ethics’ part of it all because in the world of business, it is entirely possible to come across another small business in the area that is in the same sort of field or market as you. This pretty much makes them your competition.   Line up…

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Loan Talk: How to Secure a Business Loan for Your Independent Firm

Loan Talk - Loan Talk: How to Secure a Business Loan for Your Independent Firm

Unless you are independently wealthy, the topic of securing capital for your business can be quite daunting. One thing you can try to do is to secure a business loan for your startup. Banks can always seem so unfriendly when you think about it but they can be the partner that your startup needs. If you are not quite sure how to get approved for a business loan, we’ve come up with a few tips that you can use when you think you are ready for a talk with the…

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Organizational Round-Up: Established Orgs That Support Entrepreneurs

Organizational Round Up - Organizational Round-Up: Established Orgs That Support Entrepreneurs

As much as anyone would like to handle everything by themselves, it is often better to seek help when you need it. Today, we take a look at some established organizations that support entrepreneurs. Such organizations are crucial in the formation of business processes and even building up the entrepreneur’s confidence in their course of action.   APEE This stands for The Association of Private Enterprise Education. They are wholly dedicated to providing information in a more social setting. They provide a pretty safe and conducive space for a think…

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Introspection: What Do You Impact When You Support Small Businesses?

Introspection - Introspection: What Do You Impact When You Support Small Businesses?

Recently, someone asked us a question that got us to really thinking on a personal level. One of our readers asked: what do we impact when we support small businesses? While it could be easy to simply offer up a cookie cutter answer about how supporting small businesses grow jobs, and such –we wanted to look even deeper. We’re pretty sure that you, our devoted readers, would like an answer that was a bit more organic. So, okay! Here are a few things we have seen people impact when they…

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