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This month we show you a new and easy method of standing out on Google searches, ask whether crowd funding is a realistic alternative to bank credit, and much more:

Please get in contact with the issues facing your firm ― we'd love to hear from you.

Tom Whitney, MyDonut editor

Is crowd funding the next big thing?
People putting money in a piggybank Turned down by the bank? Struggling to access finance to develop your business? We ask if crowd funding is a serious alternative for small firms.
Be a Google star
Star trophy Google star ratings can be an easy way to stand out from the crowd in search results.  But how can you encourage online reviews and get a five star rating?
Profile: The music man
Jamie Giarraputo Musician turned producer Jamie Giarraputo has always had a clear vision. The rock singer reveals how he turned his passion for music into a thriving business.

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Small business news

  Recovery fragile despite falling unemployment  
  Firms expect loan applications to be rejected  
Family firms have the competitive edge, report claims
The Start Up Donut
Feature: Business owners' three biggest PR blunders
Blog: What your recruitment agent really means
Forum: Should cheques be scrapped?
Getting PR for your business isn't as easy as you might think - especially if you make these common mistakes.
Darren Leighfield's funny look at what recruiters say and what they actually mean. Probably.
With the use of cheques having fallen by 70% since 1990, should cheques be bounced once and for all?
The Law Donut
Feature: Giving references
Blog: Where there's a
will there's a row

Forum: Validity of non-exec
director's board decisions
Read our factsheet to help
understand your rights and
obligations when giving references.

Georgina Harris explains why cheap online will writing deals
could turn ugly in the future.

Are the board decisions of a non-exec director not registered with Companies House valid?
The Marketing Donut
Feature: How links make
your website grow

Blog: Counting the cost of a negative review
Forum: Do you act like a chief exec?
John Straw of Linkdex reveals how links to your website can seriously boost traffic.
Sarah Orchard asks what a critical customer review could cost your small business.
Do small business owners have the same character traits as top CEOs?
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