This Week in Small Business: Negotiation skills, ACH payment info, influencer marketing, low-cost marketing.

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Negotiate like a pro and check out the small business advice of pro Shark Tanker Robert Herjavec. Add just a few of the tips in this week’s collection of curated content and it will make a major impact on your business.

Leadership, management and productivity

Don’t miss these 11 tips for negotiating a contract like a pro.

What does your customer experience say about the value of your brand? Roz Bahrami explains how all the elements work together.

If yours is a woman-owned small business, you need to understand the new government contracting opportunities that are available to you.

You may have a killer business model, but if you don’t have the company culture to go with it, you’ll end up with far more management woes.

Money, money, money! Here’s the info you need on ACH payments and online small business loans.

Check out how small business owners can take advantage of cell phone deals.

Marketing and sales

Digital marketing may on the surface seem impersonal, but if you want to be successful at it you must dig more deeply and make it “people marketing.”

You can’t wait to launch your inbound marketing program. Develop and publish content that draws buyers in. If you’re behind the curve, here’s what you need to know right now.

Attention gamers and small business owners: If you want to see the future of marketing, check out the Halo 5 “Hunt the Truth” series.

If you’re doing influencer marketing – and you should be – here are three questions you need to ask yourself.

Looking for small business marketing plans that won’t break the bank? Here are five.

Blog posts published on weekends actually have a better chance to be shared on the social media, says this study.

Entrepreneurship, startups and innovation

Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec talks about small business and the “Small Business Revolution” campaign.

There’s only one right time to launch your startup: early. If you need convincing, read this.

Politics, government and the economy

New regulations coming out of the Obama administration would change the requirements for financial advisors who set up 401(k) accounts and many think they impose an unfair burden on small businesses.

Of every $100 spent at a small business, $68 stays in the local economy and today small businesses are the big winner.

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