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The much-anticipated release of the Apple Watch has come and gone. However, reviews are still piling in to determine which apps for the watch are worth the download.

We found a comprehensive list of Apple Watch apps which describe all 63 available currently for download, but we thought we would highlight the 6 that we thought were handy for the small business owner.

1. Evernote
As one of the most-used business apps already, Evernote provides a way for Apple Watch users to access their account to dictate notes, check off tasks, and get reminders. One of the most interesting features is the ability to search through the app by voice (using the microphone on the watch).

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Did you know that over half of the small businesses in the United States are run out of a home office? According to the SBA, 52% of small businesses are home based—that’s nearly 14 million at last official count. Are you among them?

Most often, a new business is launched from an existing home. That is to say, very few people are starting a business and buying a home at the exact same time. What this means is that many people do not factor a home office in as a priority when house-hunting, and only realize later on that they need one.

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First impressions are important. In less than two-tenths of a second, a website visitor has formed an impression of your brand, and has decided if they will stay on your site or move on.

So how do you properly build your small business website for that fleeting moment?

Use quality images.
Quality images are not always easy to find. With Google Images, for example, you might find pixelated photos or be vulnerable to downloading images protected by a copyright.

If you have ever shared your own photos on the web, you know the importance of protecting your images online and wouldn’t want to infringe on others’ photo rights. But if this concept is new for you, it is important to protect yourself from any legal action, and stick to websites that eliminate this threat by ensuring all images are copyright(and cost)-free!

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If the recent mishaps of politicians not registering their domain names are any indication, registering your domain name is crucial. So how do you find a domain name that best suits your business? In this post, I’ll answer some of your domain registration questions to assist in finding a domain that best matches your business, and sets you up for success in online marketing.

Why You Need to Register Your Domain Name

Quite simply, you need to register your domain name to avoid someone else buying it and damaging your brand or reputation. Take the most recent example of Carly Fiorina. She announced her plans to run for President, but failed to register her domain name. Someone bought carlyfiorina.org and decided to use it to show the world how many people she laid off at Hewlett Packard. News media picked up the story and amplified it to expose her domain name blunder to millions.

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A couple of weeks ago we gave you 10 Mother’s Day marketing ideas for your small business; and while some people can learn a lot from a list, some of us (including myself) do much better when we have visuals and examples.

So, if it’s examples you need, take a scroll through our social profile updates from this past weekend to learn from our Mother’s Day campaign!

This year we asked Webs employees what they would like to thank their mothers for on their special day.

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Today at The Washington Post in Washington, D.C., there was a gathering of 14 entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to an esteemed panel of four judges. The event, InnovateHer, was the final Small Business Week event put on by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The purpose was to identify ways to help women and their families by providing a product, service, or technology.

As I first entered the venue, I could tell that the energy was high. The finalists were buzzing with last minute preparations, and onlookers were anxious to hear their presentations.

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In honor of National Small Business Week, we’re taking a look at a Webs user website that highlights a whole industry of small business owners that most people don’t think about interacting with, but who touch our lives every day: farmers!

Washivore.org is a hub for all things farming in Washington State. Their well-branded, professional website has a lot going for it, but it succeeds in three key areas specifically. Let’s take a look:

Visual Presentation
Upon arriving at Washivore.org, you are greeted by colorful imagery that really draws you in. There’s a perfectly-sized header image carousel, images for the links to their highest-value landing pages, a rotating image gallery further down the page, and even some video embeds. But despite the volume of visual content on this website, good layout and tasteful color choices keep it from feeling overwhelming or cluttered.

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Happy Monday! This week (May 4-May 8) is one of our favorite weeks of the year: National Small Business Week.

Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week to recognize the hardworking small business owners and entrepreneurs of America.

Did you know that more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business? And that every two out of three new jobs created each year is provided by small businesses?

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Have you ever posted a link on Facebook to a great article that you spent hours writing, only to have the comments devolve into a debate about your word usage? If not, consider yourself lucky.

The thing about being a social media or content marketer is that when we make mistakes, we make them in front of the entire Internet. And if there’s one thing that people love to do online, it’s call people out. While a certain amount of trolling can (and should) be expected by successful content producers, the problem occurs when those mistakes overshadow the otherwise excellent content you’re putting out there.

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There are many factors determining how likely your startup is to grow, but which factors are the most important for you to succeed?

If you have ever undertaken this venture, the complexities of getting your startup off the ground will look familiar in this flowchart shared by Flowing Data representing how it feels to work with the technology and investment group, HackFwd.

The important thing to remember from this graphic is that no matter the distraction (De Lorean test drives to 1984, teaching werewolves C++, or a few beers with friends) the foundation of your startup succeeding is hard work.

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