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Is 2017 The Year Your Start Your Dream Business?

Melinda Emerson | Posted 01.04.2017 | Business
Melinda Emerson

It's January, the start of a new year and new hope to achieve your goals. I want you to get things started off right. If you've been dreaming for year...

8 Steps to Crafting an Effective & Flexible Annual Plan

Danielle Sabrina | Posted 12.22.2016 | Business
Danielle Sabrina

Business owners have to be forward-thinking. And while most entrepreneurs have lofty goals for their company's future, it's not uncommon for them to g...

New Year's Resolutions for your Career or Business - Don't even Go There!

Consuela Dezso | Posted 12.22.2016 | Women
Consuela Dezso

With a few days left in 2016, perhaps you've already started thinking of your New Year's resolutions? Here's the problem with New Year's Resolutions ...

8 Things To Do Before 2017 in Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Before you start getting into the full holiday swing, you need to handle a few things in your business that will make your new year started off right....

Celebrating the Unbreakable Tenacity of Women Entrepreneurs

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 12.21.2016 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

Over the next 10 months, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) has the privilege of hosting Narges Khoramshahi, a next generation leader. A native Ira...

6 Strategic Business Practices For Freelance Entrepreneurs

Sam Cohen | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Sam Cohen

Screenshot: Freelance Entrepreneur The daily life of the freelance entrepreneur can be really filled with lots of irregularities and uncertainties bu...

5 Steps To Analyze Risk In Your Business

Jason Olsen | Posted 08.14.2016 | Business
Jason Olsen

Take some time to thoughtfully evaluate the risk you face, and understand, again, that risk is an inherent part of business.

Launching A Startup? Make Social A 'Must Do'

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business
Allison O'Kelly

Given the exigencies of getting your startup off the ground, it's easy to understand how social media can get pushed down on your priority list. It's understandable - but it's definitely not a good idea!

The View from Above the Clouds in Your Virtual Business

Allison Volk | Posted 05.24.2016 | Arts
Allison Volk

One of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur with a virtual business is that I can work from anywhere. Well, anywhere that has an Internet co...

Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Part II: Josephine Takundwa, Award-Winning Leader in Energy

O'Brien Browne | Posted 05.17.2016 | Business
O'Brien Browne

I continue this exciting series with the dynamic Josephine Takundwa, founder and CEO of Earthlink Technologies headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Why Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals Matter

Lisa Larter | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Lisa Larter

We reach a certain stage where we may think we're too old, or we're not smart enough, or we're not fast enough, or that we can't or shouldn't do certain things for whatever limiting reason we want to tell ourselves.

Do You Know Your Social Media GOALS?

Lisa Larter | Posted 04.21.2016 | Business
Lisa Larter

It's easy to fall down the rabbit hole when using social media for your business. It can be a truly counter-productive use of time if you don't have clear goals in mind.

3 things that successful business owners do

Curtis McHale | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business
Curtis McHale

Pick a day of the week and at some point you're likely to dream of the success you want to have. The book you're writing will sell millions of copies and you'll be whisked around to speak at conferences for high fees.

Me, Myself & I, Inc. STEP 2: Your Personal Business Plan (aka Strategic Career Design).

Sophie Wade | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Sophie Wade

With many new career and work options, and no defined linear, continuous and compounding track to jump on anymore, you need to create a map or blueprint to craft your own career plan and drive your forward and upward progress.

How to Create an Effective Business Plan

Victoria A. Tiller | Posted 01.18.2017 | Business
Victoria A. Tiller

Writing a business plan is the first step to launching a profitable business. The length of your business plan does not determine its effectiveness in guiding you to achieve your business goals. Nope, it doesn't matter if you write a paragraph on a napkin or a doctoral dissertation. What determines the effectiveness of your business plan is what you do with it.

How to Create Your Best Year Ever

Michelle L Evans | Posted 01.08.2017 | Business
Michelle L Evans

How many times have you done this? You start a new year by creating new goals because you're about to have the BEST. YEAR. EVER. And then a week or two into the new year, it starts.

Two Young Entrepreneurs from Ferguson Shine at NFTE's National Challenge

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.20.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Jacob Tiemann and Destiny Davis from Ferguson hail from NFTE's St. Louis Metro program. They developed and presented their original business plans as part of their entrepreneurial studies at school using NFTE's award-winning, project-based curriculum.

7 Reasons to Plan for Succession in Your Family Business Today

Shuly Oletzky | Posted 10.04.2016 | Business
Shuly Oletzky

Creating a succession plan makes the future of your business and your intentions clear to everyone involved. Understanding intentions seems simple and of little impact, but the importance of knowing what the current president or CEO wants cannot be stressed enough.

Three Critical Business Lies - Don't Be Duped

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 06.12.2016 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

"I was so inspired by your presentation! Now I finally understand what I need to do to start my own business," Cynthia said. This was just one of many comments I heard after delivering my presentation at the Glazer/Kennedy Info Summit a while back.

Success Starts With A Vision And A Plan

Stacia Pierce | Posted 06.23.2015 | Small Business
Stacia Pierce

I learned that you need a vision that inspires the people that work for you so that you can grow and go together.

Strategic Planning: Establishing a "Baseline"

Ray Gagnon | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Ray Gagnon

In our line of work as management consultants, we're brought in from the outside and, at the outset, may have very little knowledge of a company's situation or its leaders.

Dealing With an Unexpected Financial Blow to Your Business

David A. Dedman | Posted 05.03.2015 | Small Business
David A. Dedman

As a business owner, I know there's nothing quite as stressful as getting blindsided by an unexpected financial blow. And as a business owner, you know you need to prepare. But how? How do you cope with that inevitable cash flow crapper?

Business Plans: Mapping Your Road to Success

Nina B. Ries | Posted 10.03.2016 | Small Business
Nina B. Ries

When I work with startups, I am invariably asked whether they "really need to bother with a business plan." Small businesses owners pose the same question.

This Is Why You Need a Personal CFO

John Bowen | Posted 03.15.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

Your family and your community are counting on you to make smart decisions about your personal financial affairs. You owe it to them to get it right -- and a personal CFO is the best resource to make it happen.

9 Steps to a Profit-Boosting Sales Calendar

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 03.10.2015 | Small Business
Rosella LaFevre

There are several considerations that go into creating your 2015 sales calendar for your business. These include nationally designated days and holidays, your business history, your customers and their financial behavior, and social media tie-ins.