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Three Easy Strategies to Help You Leverage the Remainder of the Business Year

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Kim Pisolkar

The best way that I know how to have a great 2016 is to end 2015 strong. This is a prime opportunity to leverage the remainder of the year to your advantage. To do just that, begin by following the three simple steps I've outlined below.

Why Do I Keep Hearing No From Investors?

Sramana Mitra | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Sramana Mitra

If you want funding, you need to start with a business that is fundable. Ask any serious advisor or investor and you will get an absolute truth: 99 percent of the ideas as they come are not fundable.

Fewer, Bigger, Better: A Lesson in Time Management

David Simnick | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
David Simnick

I often make the analogy that starting a company is like being a Roomba (that robot vacuum that zooms across your floors), because the robot often hits the walls and has to course-correct constantly to achieve its cleaning objective.

Scaling From Scratch

David Simnick | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
David Simnick

If you Google "Scaling a Company", you'll get over 43 million hits on the subject. There are so many voices advising on how to take a start up past proof of concept to a well-oiled growth machine, and there's a reason. It's hard.

Entrepreneurs: Eric Leonardos, "How to Audit Your Salon": Candid Advice From the Heart of Hollywood

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 08.12.2015 | Style
Johnathan Cardillo

I would absolutely advise rising stylists and makeup artists to audit salons. Maybe even go in for a service once or twice.

Entrepreneurs: William P Forni, Esq., Helpful Tips for Lawyers, Creative Types and Small Business Owners

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"I grew up on Cape Cod in MA, my father passed away when I was pretty young. My mother, June, is a bit of a feminist, so I would say that early on I definitely gained a sense of social justice, empathy, compassion and respecting all different people sans judgment."

3 Reasons Saying 'Good Job!' Isn't Good Enough to Motivate Your Team

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Kim Pisolkar

When someone tells you "good job", what can you actually do with that? Sure, it's nice to hear, but don't you want to know more information? For instance, what exactly was good? What should you continue doing? What might you need to do differently next time?

Action Cures Fear: How to Build Confidence, Take Action, and Bust Through Fear

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 05.30.2015 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

Whether you're the leader in the boardroom or the Chief Everything Officer at your small business, the natural result of low confidence is inaction. So, how can you develop the confidence you need to start taking the action necessary to drive results?

SMB March Madness: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Business in the Game

Lisa Honey | Posted 05.27.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Honey

Just like we see during March Madness, small businesses have an opportunity to beat more experienced businesses and win the hearts of consumers with their own personal Cinderella stories.

Venture Capital Made the Few Wealthy; Similar Tools Can Make the Many Less Poor

Beth Sirull | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Beth Sirull

We need more incentives to encourage investment in intermediaries like PCV that invest in small businesses, particularly in lower-income neighborhoods.

Get New Clients: Overcoming the "Money Excuse"

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

When a prospective client declines to work with you because of money, the reality is that they don't view your services as an investment in themselves and their goals. They don't see how working with you will deliver added value, so they view your services as an expense they can do without.

How to 'Listen Loudly': 3 Steps to Increasing Customer Engagement

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 03.25.2015 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

Listening loudly is one of my favorite phrases when it comes to the process of customer engagement. Listening loudly is self-explanatory -- it's about having your ears open instead of your lips flapping -- and it's one of the most overlooked factors in business success!

The Personality of Negotiation: Don't Buy the Bravado

Nick Segal | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Nick Segal

When you consider your last negotiation, did you come from a position of strength or weakness and how did your tone, mannerisms and body language either support you or give you away?

That One Overlooked Thing That's Killing Potential Startups

Victoria Olubi | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Olubi

As Steve Jobs said, 'don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.' Therefore, be selective about whose advice you take and don't be afraid to follow your own intuition. It's there for a reason.

The Power of Reinvention: Entrepreneurial Lessons from Madonna

Tova Payne | Posted 01.16.2015 | Small Business
Tova Payne

Whether it's a new program, a new look, or even your business -- the courage to take action and change things up and act from your heart, soul, and highest self is what differentiates a lackluster business from a vibrant strong and powerful business.

4 Scary Legal Myths for Small Businesses

Lisa Honey | Posted 12.30.2014 | Small Business
Lisa Honey

It can be dreadfully difficult to be a small business owner these days. Often you're a one-person shop, and it can seem like a handful of full-time jobs just to keep up with your legal responsibilities on top of everything else.

The Best Advice for Small Business Success: Part 2

John Swanciger | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
John Swanciger

When I'm confronted with a challenge, I keep this advice in mind and I take the time to think through solutions when there isn't one immediately available. I do the hard work of figuring out how something can be done to get better results and save time in the long run.

Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: How to Get Your Best Clients to Stay

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 12.28.2014 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

As a small business owner, one of your top priorities should be client retention. Why? Because getting good clients to stay will increase your profits and ensure your business has long-term sustainability.

Finding Your Truth in Your Business

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 12.27.2014 | Small Business
Mercedes Maidana

You are the only one who knows your truth. You know at what pace you like to work. You know how goal setting works best for you.

The Best Advice for Small Business Success: Part 1

John Swanciger | Posted 12.27.2014 | Small Business
John Swanciger

Whether solicited or not, you've probably received some sort of advice from any number of people, including friends, family, colleagues and teachers. ...

3 Ways to Make Better Business Decisions

Tova Payne | Posted 12.07.2014 | Small Business
Tova Payne

If you run your own small business there's one thing you can't get away from: you need to make decisions. An inability to make a decision can lead to business deadlock. It's all too common to get wrapped up in the details.

Should Small Businesses Use Automatic Employee Scheduling?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

As a small business owner, it's up to you to decide what's best for your business. But if you are considering an automatic scheduling program, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

3 Things I Unlearned To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Yun-Fang Juan

I was an early Facebook employee. I joined Facebook in 2006 when the company only had 150 employees. I helped create Facebook Ads, which generated $7 billion of revenue in 2013. It was an incredible experience and, when I left Facebook in late 2011, I was cocky.

How Positivity Drives Productivity

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Caroline L. Arnold

Whether you are an occasional or chronic complainer, you can boost the productivity of your team by making fewer petty complaints in the workplace.

10 Things Entrepreneurs Do Differently Than Mere Mortals

Michael Price | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Michael Price

Entrepreneurship is a path that very few people have the ability to pursue and stick with. The challenge of entrepreneurship goes beyond the simple day-to-day tasks or even the skills required to achieve success.