Best reading for small-business gift shops that we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

Retail Store Spring Cleaning Checklist

By Rieva Lesonsky
Small Business Trends

February is a slow month for most of the retail world. Seasonal products are in a holding pattern, and consumers are still hunkering down for winter. That makes now a perfect time to do some spring cleaning and get your store ready for a profitable spring. Here’s a quick checklist that will help you clean up.

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15 Best Interview Questions

By Jeff Haden asked its readers for their favorite interview questions and arrived at this list of the 15 best interview questions. Their list includes …

  • 1. “What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?”
  • 8. “Are you smart, or do you work hard?”
  • 13. “How are are your basic math skills?”

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Associated Press Article: Small Business Optimism, Hiring on Rise

By Joyce M. Rosenberg
Associated Press

Small business owners are more upbeat about where their companies and the economy are headed.

That’s one of the findings of a survey released Monday by the advocacy group National Small Business Association and ZipRecruiter, an online employment marketplace. Nearly 60 percent of the 1,633 owners the survey questioned in December and January anticipate that the economy will grow in the next 12 months. That compares to 45 percent in a survey taken in July by the NSBA.

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