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How Your Company Can Stay Connected to Customers in the Digital Age

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.27.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Connecting with customers is getting more and more challenging. Your consumers are getting smarter, refusing to listen to one more hard sell or pitch. And even though it seems like they're "connected" around the clock, all that technology they're hiding behind doubles as some excellent personal security.

How Kimanzi Constable Left a Job He Hated and Is Now Living His Dream

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.27.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

Entrepreneurship is less about building a business and more about creating the freedom you want for your life. Kimanzi Constable was trapped in a job that he hated, working 60+ hours a week and 170 pounds overweight. Until one day, Constable decided to stop living a life that sucked.

9 Tips for Softening Bad News to a Client

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.26.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Everything doesn't always go according to plan. Which means that unfortunately, you sometimes have to give a customer or client badnews. To help you out, we polled 9 entrepreneurs on their best tips for softening this blow.

When Opportunity Knocks, Will You Open the Door?

Melanie Young | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

Just as great mind or idea should not be wasted, neither should an opportunity. As the saying goes "opportunity only knocks once." Sometimes it may knock twice if you are lucky. You can choose to jump on it or thump your head later wishing you had.

How I Try to Balance Social Media As a Mom and Entrepreneur

Nellie Akalp | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
Nellie Akalp

Here are a few guidelines that I'm trying to use to balance social media as a parent and entrepreneur, and I'd be interested to hear your thoughts as well.

Who Are You to Call Yourself an Entrepreneur?

Dixie Gillaspie | Posted 05.24.2015 | Small Business
Dixie Gillaspie

For myself and my clients I accept no guru-speak as criteria for their right to wear the badge of Entrepreneur. When I examine the definition as it was originally used, and as it is accepted in our modern dictionary, I see three requirements.

SaaS Companies Must Adapt to Capitalize on the Cloud

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

CES 2015 saw the debut of smart objects that we've never seen connected before, including "rings, pendants, jackets, handbags and so on." All of these devices that are part of the so-called Internet of Things, as well as devices like smartphones and tablets, will run cloud-based applications.

3 Tips for Launching a New Venture in a Crowded Market

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.17.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Every great venture starts with a great idea. But unfortunately, many of those ideas never get any further when the thought of navigating a crowded market seems too daunting. Don't let that stop you. There's no market too crowded for the next great idea if you do it right.

5 Ways Resilient People Use Failure to Their Advantage

Amy Morin | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Amy Morin

Everyone has the ability to build mental strength and develop increased resilience. It's all about the choices we make and the desire to become better. With hard work, we can learn to use setbacks as opportunities to grow stronger.

Beyonce to Bill Gates: 24 Millionaires Reveal the Hardest Thing About Being an Entrepreneur

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.17.2015 | Money

Being your own boss might sound like a dream come true, but starting your own business isn't an easy path. The reality is it takes a lot of sweat, tears, hard work and discipline to be a successful entrepreneur.

The Reason Why Your Business Is Still In The Technician Stage

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

What prevents small business owners from operating as visionary entrepreneurs who hire the right people and implement processes so their company can run like a well-oiled machine?

Why It Makes Good Business Sense to Give Away Your Product for Free

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

In a world in which software-as-a-service tools and cloud-based apps are as plentiful as grains of sand at the beach, consumers have nearly limitless buying options. Why should they choose yours? How can you rise above the noise and break through to new prospects?

5 Nasty Entrepreneur Surprises to Watch Out for

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.11.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

No matter how much prepping, planning and meeting with mentors you do, there are some common nasty surprises in store for many entrepreneurs. It's all part of the learning experience, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Where Is All the Big Data We've Been Promised?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.11.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

When "Back to the Future 2" came out in 1989, Marty McFly's trip to 2015 got me pretty excited about the cool things we'd be doing by now. So it's pretty disappointing to arrive in 2015 and find out that I still can't commute to work in a flying car or cruise down the sidewalk on my hoverboard.

Women in Business: Alina Reyzelman

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Alina Reyzelman embraces the world and is passionate about sharing her international experiences through a variety of services provided through her on...

Get Smart: Five Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Nellie Akalp | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Over the past year, I have been making a concerted effort to improve my work habits as a way to improve both my productivity and well-being.

A Big Confession About Feeling Small

Chelsea Berler | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Chelsea Berler

Today I want to remind you that... YOU ARE ENOUGH. There is no reason to make yourself feel small.

How to Be an Entrepreneur Who Can See Around Corners

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.08.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur realizes that change is now the norm, and they have to adapt their business quickly to survive and prosper. In fact, the best entrepreneurs seem to see breakthrough changes coming even before they really happen, and are able to turn them into huge new opportunities.

Millennials Don't Travel Like Other Generations, and It's Creating Major Business Opportunities

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The Internet, technology and social media has turned our generation upside down. No longer do we plan as far ahead for travel. If we see a deal, we jump on it. With more people booking travel through mobile phones, this spontaneity will only increase over the next few years.

#HerOwnBoss: National Women's Business Council Celebrates Entrepreneur Success Stories

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Akoshia Yoba

The beginning of March heralds the start of Women's History Month celebrations and the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) -- the advisory panel ...

The True Test of a Great Business Idea

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

People often ask me how I figured out what type of business I wanted to start. Unfortunately, I have to tell them that I didn't figure anything out. All of my previous endeavors have just sort of happened. However, that's not to say I didn't enable them in some ways.

Career Lessons I Learned From Kai Kight

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Recently, I participated on a panel for the Council of Alumni Association Executives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A highlight during the event was a presentation by Kai Kight who identifies himself as an innovator, speaker, violinist, and entrepreneur.

Are You Struggling With Struggle?

Sara Arey | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Sara Arey

How much have you thought about struggle? If you're like most people, you try not to think about it. And yet you think about it a lot, especially about how hard it is and how much you hate it.

Subscription Business Models Are Startup Favorites

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Marty Zwilling

Every new business quickly realizes that revenue coming in every period on a committed basis is the Holy Grail to survival and growth. According to many experts, getting new customers is five to ten times harder than getting additional revenue from existing customers.

This Astronaut Wants to Fly You to Space

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 04.26.2015 | Good News
Summer Rayne Oakes

Becoming an astronaut is easily the dream of many but sometimes that's all it ever is -- a dream. For Leland, who happens to be the 13th African American astronaut, that all became a reality through patience, hard work, and a knack for problem solving.