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Good News on Main Street: Local Business Growth Continues to Outpace U.S. GDP

James Mendelsohn | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
James Mendelsohn

It's easy to feel like chain stores have taken over America, but a recent study indicates that local businesses, many of which suffered through the Great Recession, are once again growing.

Don't let the New Year's Resolutions for your Small Business fade away

Shampa Bagchi | Posted 01.26.2016 | Business
Shampa Bagchi

I walked into the gym yesterday and found it overcrowded... filled with men and women of all shapes and sizes sweating it out. Can't wait till February, I thought.

Want To Make Your Small Business More Valuable? Consider This!

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 12.29.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

Growing a small business in today's highly competitive, fast-paced business environment is no small task. It takes courage, tenacity, commitment, and disciple. Although your business is small, the value it holds for you is not!

Don't Blame Growth

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Growth has lifted humanity from the caves to the cities and given us civilization. Yet today it is scapegoated by its critics for causing many societal ills. Growth's critics rightfully sound the alarm on environmental and social problems. But their criticism of growth misses the real issues of poor policy and misguided public values.

5 Quick Steps to Immediately Upgrade Your Current Business Controls

David Finkel | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
David Finkel

The dream of most business owners is to build their businesses so that they are stable enough to thrive even without the owner there to oversee all the work and key decisions.

5 Consequences to Business Growth When Performance Dives

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

In preparation for El Nino, I recently engaged a local painting firm. Sounds almost as exciting as watching paint dry, doesn't it? What makes this story valuable is what is to be learned to make sure business growth doesn't inadvertently suffer when performance wanes.

The 3 Pitfalls of Building Your Company the 'Traditional' Way

David Finkel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
David Finkel

The traditional way to build a business is to build an owner-reliant business. You, the business owner, gather up the reins of power -- you manage the key activities of the company, you make all the key decisions (or at least review them), you create the plan, and you lead the execution of that plan.

Why Are You Working So Hard? (and How This Might Be Hurting Your Company)

David Finkel | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
David Finkel

As business owners we cast big shadows in our respective organizations. Sometimes we need to leave the company for a week or two, or even longer, to give other people room to step up into the sunlight and take on more responsibility.

Trump's Tax Plan Is Justice for Small Businesses

Jamil Bouchareb | Posted 10.02.2015 | Small Business
Jamil Bouchareb

There's no doubt that Trump understands business, and he also knows that small businesses are creating a hefty amount of jobs. These high taxes are killing small businesses and making it hard for them to flourish.

5 Secrets to Build Your Business Without Sacrificing Your Sanity

Noelle Bloom | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Noelle Bloom

Have you ever dreamed of building your business to the level you want without going crazy? Don't think you can have your cake and eat it too? I get it, it's one of those dreams where you think to yourself, there's got to be a trap!

How to Know if You Are Out of Your Comfort Zone or On the Wrong Track?

Maria Arredondo | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Maria Arredondo

There are many times in your business when you doubt. There are multiple learning curves, and the learning and stretching beyond your comfort zone often causes discomfort. That's natural.

Micro Niche Your Way to Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

Creating business growth isn't what it used to be. Gone are the days of being everything to everybody. Even focusing on a niche is no longer enough to break into the world of big profits.

How Building a Brand Like Starbucks Sparks Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

How do companies like Starbucks, whose coffee is highly overpriced for its quality, get away with increasing prices without experiencing the slightest drop in loyalty? They've mastered the art of creating a brand that resonates.

5 Powerful Ways To Grow Your Business

Alex Pirouz | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

When you first started your business, you probably did a lot of research. You may have sought help from advisors; you may have digested information from books, magazines and other readily available sources.

Ignoring Your Product/Service Lifecycle Is Costing You Clients

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

Just as your business moves through stages of growth and development, products and services undergo a cycle of life from development to decline. Knowing where each of your products stands in the product/service lifecycle is crucial to the ongoing success of your business.

10 Reasons Entrepreneurs Achieve Greater Coaching Success Than Others

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

Taking the courageous step to engage a strategic business coach is a big deal for many entrepreneurs. For some, it means admitting they can't grow their business alone--no matter how smart they are. It also means coming face-to-face with beliefs and behaviors that are getting in the way of success.

5 Tips to Drastically Improve Your Email Marketing

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.23.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Email marketing provides a huge opportunity for business growth when done correctly, so I wanted to put together a list of tips that you can easily adapt to your strategy.

5 Ways Social Enterprises Can Finance Growth

Don Shaffer | Posted 05.24.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social entrepreneurs seeking growth funding often get caught up in the culture of venture capital -- they position their enterprise as a rocket business, look for a miracle angel investor, and start giving away equity.

How Blogging for Your Small Business Drives Traffic to Your Website

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

Looking to double your web traffic? Bump your total number of blog articles from a total of 11 to 50 posts and enjoy the ride!

The Dwelling Impact of Indecision on Small Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

What entrepreneur hasn't dealt with indecision throughout the day. It swirls around our cranium, creates confusion, erodes confidence, and creates unnecessary stress.

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?

Fatigue: The Worst Possible Growth Strategy for Your Small Business

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 05.09.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

Let's face it. Every small business owner needs - and wants - an "edge" to grow as quickly and easily as possible. We dig through industry secrets, plow through top business blogs, and cajole our colleagues into spilling the beans on what makes their business tick.

10 Tricky Ways You Might Self-Sabotage Your Small Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 05.09.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

From a failure of morale to a failure of methods and logistics, more often than not, the inhibition comes from honest good intentions meeting bad ideas. How might your small business growth be subject to self-sabotage? It's frightening easier than one thinks.

Can Finding Your Market Tier Spark Small Business Growth?

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

The value in knowing about market tiers is the ability to make a conscious decision of the tier in which you want to operate your business.

Scale Your Business to $1 Billion+, Part 1

Val Jon Farris | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Val Jon Farris

The challenging news is that there are literally hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs just like you who share your extraordinary conviction. So what will ensure that you seize the competitive advantage? Let's find out.