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Mobile Readiness Now Essential for Local Business Success

Sharon Rowlands | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Sharon Rowlands

Not all screens are created equally - and that means local businesses could be missing out on huge selling opportunities if their marketing efforts aren't optimized for mobile.

My Request to Local Businesses: Keep Complaining

Sharon Rowlands | Posted 01.24.2015 | Small Business
Sharon Rowlands

As CEO of a digital marketing company, I know all too well that local businesses are NOT happy with the online marketing industry as a whole.

Demystifying Online Marketing For Local Business Owners

Court Cunningham | Posted 07.22.2014 | Small Business
Court Cunningham

To help local business owners understand the online marketing landscape, I've boiled it down to three simple categories that I see as essential for both getting and keeping customers.

4 Reasons That Small Businesses Owners Should Overcome Their Fear And Embrace Facebook

Jay Gierak | Posted 08.24.2013 | Small Business
Jay Gierak

Facebook is not going anywhere, and as a small business owner, it's one of the few place where you have the ability to take control of your business' story and reputation. Embrace that advantage, and you'll be well-positioned to succeed going forward. Resist, and you will inevitably fall behind.

It's Small Business Week! Here's 5 Ways To Show Your Support

Forbes | Ty Kiisel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Small Business

Forbes Since 1963 when President John F. Kenney first officially introduced Small Business Week, every president has signed the proclamation to rec...

The Incentive of Building Local

Michelle Long | Posted 12.14.2012 | Small Business
Michelle Long

When communities spend scarce funds attracting jobs that don't exist, everyone loses. The taxpayer, schools, local and private sector employers are out millions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. Are there any alternatives?

This Guy Is Probably The Nicest Banker In America

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

If you were going to sit down and design the opposite of a Wall Street banker, you would probably come up with someone like Patrick Cullen. Cullen ...

Thinking Outside The Shirt Box: Give The Gift Of Service | Posted 12.22.2011 | Fifty

Do you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle...

No Black Friday

Laura Munson | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Munson

This holiday season, I want us to stop. I want us to continue the gratitude of the day before. I want us to sleep in and maybe take a walk into town later to see what the local shops have for sale. Even if it costs a bit more.

Franchise Identity: How Local Is IHOP?

The Huffington Post | Michael Grass | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Is IHOP a local business or a national chain? Or both? In suburban Wheaton, the owner of a IHOP franchise is upset that he wasn't invite...

Pioneers of the New Normal

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah van Gelder

Americans are facing a troubling reality. The economic recovery we were promised has not materialized. There's growing talk about a "new normal"--a ne...

Why SMX Echo is the Leading Multicultural Social Media Monitoring Tool

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

I had the great pleasure of meeting Claudia Goffan about a year ago. I quickly realized that Claudia was an incredibly talented and driven person. Sh...

Sustainable Valentine's Day

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

Whatever your take is on February 14th, it's an opportunity to actually not spend much money (and who has any left to spend in this economy?) and make it a sustainable day.

California Gay Marriage Ban Bad For Business

NY Times | JESSE McKINLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO -- A week before Election Day, Christopher Burnett's floral shop filled an order for one of the many same-sex weddings he has worked in ...