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Heading into the holiday season,  we reach into our archives to offer advice

As the holiday season kicks into gear, small businesses have lots to think about: whether and how to hold office festivities; how to handle staffing; what to give clients and employees. We've tackled all of these topics. For some smart advice to carry into this season, here are some stories to look back at:

Smart staffing moves over the holiday season

Staffing over the holiday season can mean tougher decisions for smaller businesses, with fewer employees to begin with, than for larger companies. How to make it work for customers, the business and employees? Check out some suggestions in this piece.

Frugal but fun: six tips for a seasonal celebration

With small businesses wearing tighter belts, here are some ways to host the holidays at the office.

What to give clients: Maple syrup, or a goat?

Companies are leaning toward gifts that are more in keeping with the spirit of the season.

In tighter times, gift-giving develops a conscience

A growing number of businesses build charity into holiday gift-giving to employees.

Small business a growing marketing tool for big businesses

Small businesses are becoming a growing marketing tool for big businesses, suggests this piece in USA Today. "By championing small business," it says, "companies can win over shoppers gung-ho about small business, as well as small-business owners themselves."

Pointing to American Express, which has profited from initiating the Small Business Saturday campaign, it also raises a number of other companies, from UPS to Google, that it says "are banking on small business to score them the same do-gooder image" that Amex has achieved.

Success in 2013: advice from entrepreneurs

There's still some time to go until the end of the year, but if you're already planning ahead, here's some advice gathered from entrepreneurs by Inc. on how to score success in the year ahead.


Selling strategies

If you're going to own a small business, one thing you'd better know how to do is sell what you have to offer. The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development is holding a workshop to help boost sales skills and confidence. It takes place in Halifax on Dec. 18. For more information, click here.


Tea company brewed the perfect pitch for cash

An Ontario couple hit all the right notes in a Dragons' Den appearance. Also, check out a picture gallery of Steeped Tea, whose sales 'have gone through the roof' after an appearance on the hit CBC reality show, and a video on the do's and don'ts for making pitches.

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