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Melinda Emerson
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Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 small business expert. She is an author, speaker and small business coach whose areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. As CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, Melinda develops audio, video and written content to help her Fortune 500 clients engage small business customers. She publishes a resource blog, and hosts a weekly talk show on Twitter called #SmallBizChat for today’s entrepreneurs. She reaches 1.5 million small business owners each week on the internet. Forbes Magazine named Melinda Emerson #1 Woman for Entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. Melinda has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, NBC Nightly News and in The Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Essence and Black Enterprise. She is also the author of the bestselling book Become Your Own Boss in 12 months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works. Her latest ebook, How To Become a Social Media Ninja; 101 Ways to Dominate Your Competition Online was released in 2012. Melinda is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Entries by Melinda Emerson

Why You Need an Exit Strategy Today

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:07 PM

Even if you're happily running your business right now, there will come a day when you'll want to (or have to) leave it. You might end up selling your business, transferring it to your kids, or getting acquired by a Fortune 500 company, if you're lucky. Even if that day...

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Come October, Your Credit Card Machine Needs to Be EMV Compliant

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 11:21 AM

The way we small businesses process credit card payments is about to change: starting on October 1, 2015, all businesses that accept credit cards must use systems that can process EMV chip credit cards. Here's what you need to know about the transition.

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When Reinvention is the Best Remedy for Your Small Biz Ailments

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 10:55 AM

Are you stuck in a rut? Has business been slow? Are you ready to expand your product line, but don't know how? Are you struggling to connect with customers online?


No matter what your small business' issues are, now's the perfect opportunity to...

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Knowing Where Your Customers Are = Smarter Targeted Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:42 AM

Are you wasting your marketing efforts by barking up the wrong tree? If you don't know who your ideal customer is and where he spends time online, your marketing is likely resulting is scattershot sent in all the wrong directions. On the other hand, assessing where your customer is receptive...

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Hate Writing? How to Still Leverage Content Marketing

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Writing isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you struggle over a blog post for days, content marketing is probably equal to pulling teeth for you. Fortunately, there are different forms of content, and not all of them require writing. You may even find that your audience resonates more with these...

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Who is Small a Business Owner's Top Supporter?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:10 AM

You might be astonished when you realize that, but as a business owner, the most important member of your support system is not someone you contract or hire. No, it's not your accountant, your lawyer or even your assistant. Yes, they're all very important people to have on your team...

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6 Strategies for a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 9:35 AM

When you start a small business, it's not easy to get credit from traditional sources, so you've got to think creatively when it comes to raising capital. Crowdfunding has become a popular fundraising route for new or growing businesses. Even getting a line of credit can be a daunting chore....

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30 Big Ideas to Make Your Blog Pop

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:04 PM

The need to come up with a steady flow of quality content for your blog can be daunting and downright exasperating. Even the best bloggers experience writer's block occasionally. Since you're already wearing 10 hats to start and run your business, the last thing you need is to waste time...

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Spend an Hour a Day to Win Customers on Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:29 AM

The marketing playing field was leveled when social media became widely available to small business owners. Entrepreneurs can now easily engage with customers and prospects like never before. However, we know that time for a small business owner is a precious and limited commodity. Focusing on one platform at a...

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Summer Must-Reads for Successful Business Owners

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Summer 2015 is here and family trips are just around the corner. With your family home from school and busy with summer activities, you should make time for yourself, too. This is my favorite time to get into a good book. When you're in business for yourself, you have the...

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10 Important Drivers of Successful Entrepreneurs

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 9:52 AM

Success in small business can take many paths. However, it's clear there are certain entrepreneurial drivers that are present in most successful businesses. We've read about personality traits, but there is more to small business success than having the passion and confidence to win. There are common processes that influence...

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How to Build a Brand for Your Small Business

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 9:10 AM

When it comes to your business, how do you figure out what your brand will be? Businesses should always know how people would recognize their business by developing a clear brand. Is it really just about your logo? No! Your brand is the first thing that someone thinks of...

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7 Habits to Nurture a Small Business State of Mind

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 8:51 PM

When starting and growing a business, staying in the right frame of mind is vital to your success. Let there be no doubt that living your dream requires effort that you'll sometimes have to pull out of nowhere. Your attitude will constantly adjust between creative thinking and serious self-doubt. When...

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Do All Small Business Owners Need to Pay Sales Taxes?

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:01 PM

I came across an inquiry about taxes from a reader of mine, and I knew it would be helpful information for other small business owners. Do all small business owners need to pay sales taxes? Yes, the majority of businesses that are sales oriented are required to pay taxes to...

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Which Type of Business Is Right for You?

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Not just anyone can be a small business owner, but if you know you already have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, the next step is to figure out what type of business is right for you. You should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and where you're...

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Tips for Small Business Market Research Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:43 PM

If you are looking to become your own boss you'll want to start with a solid foundation to make sure that there is a real market opportunity. Otherwise you could set yourself up for failure. It's important to get all the upfront work done while you're still earning your paycheck....

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How to Let Your Customers Know You Love Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Everyone felt the love in February - and it wasn't just sweethearts celebrating Valentine's Day. Being a business owner means we need to value retaining our customers by expressing love and gratitude for their business, not only for one month, but also all year. Give yourself a report card of...

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How to Prepare Your Business for Tax Season

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:40 AM

The IRS gives us until April 15 to turn in personal tax information, however for businesses, March 15 is the date they are due to be filed. It's time to get moving. If you want to make this year's tax season easier, start getting organized. There are many things you...

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Setting Up a Small Business That Works With Your Life Plan

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Most people have a plan for everything these days -- a business plan, marketing plan and even an editorial calendar for their blog. It's not easy to sort out what you actually need initially in business, but I'm telling you your first focus should be on having a life plan....

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Wisdom from the Bible for Entrepreneurs in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:16 PM

For five years, I have chosen a few words from the bible to help encourage entrepreneurs as well as myself. It is a blessing to be able to share these words with so many around the world. It's important to remember that "we are God's hands," as my pastor recently...

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