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5 Online Marketing Must-Dos to Drive Traffic to Your Local Business

Kenny Kline | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Kenny Kline

Many turn to the internet. But for most small business owners that just opens a whole new set of questions and possible directions.

How Exceptional Leaders Push Star Performers Out the Door

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I once managed a guy named Tim (name changed). His work was strong and I considered him a key player on our team. But I noticed shortly after his two-year review that he was losing steam. His work was barely making it in on time, he was less collaborative in meetings, and folks were starting to wonder whether he was on his way out.

The 4 Make-or-Break Partnership Questions

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

How do you define success? Why are you bringing them into the business? Is it to dramatically increase revenue, for their back office expertise or perhaps to enable your company to expand into other areas?

Stop Being So Boring! A Simple Way to Have Better Conversations and Relationships

Danielle Di-Masi | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Di-Masi

If you want to be heard, to be in the moment with someone, and connect with others then you must break out of slipstream conversations and interrupt expectations. That means ditch the boring and expected chitchat in favor of compelling relationship-building dialogues.

Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Spotlight at White House Today

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

America's greatest innovators come from all states, not just from Silicon Valley. They can be students in Boise, a farmer in McMullen or a single parent in Anchorage. Unfortunately, securing the resources they need is often a daunting task.

See the Future of Your Business -- Right Now

John Bowen | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
John Bowen

The future is coming. It's where we're going to spend the rest of our lives. We might just want to do our best to determine how it will unfold so we can position our companies to generate huge results.

My Biggest Tip for High-Speed People (and Companies)

Tania Yuki | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Tania Yuki

One of the biggest challenges for any entrepreneur or team leader, is to keep a sense of urgency among your team.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward to Attract the Right Job Candidates

Erin Daruszka | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Often getting through the first step of the job application process is so cumbersome that you lose viable candidates right out of the gate. Here are some remedies for common first impression issues.

8 Steps To Living Your Passion Full-Time

Danielle Sabrina | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Danielle Sabrina

"Do what you love." It's simple advice, yet so many of us find ourselves taking on jobs we don't enjoy, spending our valuable time half-asleep in front of our desks, and living our day-to-day lives with no real sense of passion or purpose.

6 Reasons Your Next Hire Should Be a Millennial

Lindsey Graff | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Lindsey Graff

Millennials aren't lazy, spoiled, or entitled. Sure, we're known for taking selfies, instagramming food pics, and questioning norms, but when harnessed correctly, millennials can be a powerful force for growth in any organization.

Five Ways A Trump Presidency Would Affect Your Business and Mine

Gene Marks | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Donald Trump's run for the Presidency is serious and should be taken seriously by business owners like you and I.

ASO: A Must for App Creators & Developers

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Ashley Wren Collins

So you've created and developed an app that's now out there in the world. Congratulations! You're one of one million. You've told all your friends and family, the people you went to school with, your neighborhood and friends of friends about how it will change their lives so they'll download it.

As the "Gig Economy" Hits the Headlines, What Does it Mean for Small Businesses?

Jamie Sutherland | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Jamie Sutherland

If you're a small-business owner, chances are you're hiring contractors as well. Just make sure they're not employees. Or else your business expenses could take an unexpected leap--courtesy of the IRS.

6 Tips to Scale Your Service Business

David Finkel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Owning a service business can be tough, and running a service business day-in and day-out can be even tougher. For many service business owners, bu...

Where a Michigan Street and Change Meet

Maja Tosic | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Maja Tosic

Time travel exists. Just travel down Division Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Medical Mile to 28th Street, the city shifts from the recently ne...

Making Systems Part of Your Company Culture

David Finkel | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Building systems can't be a one-person, one-time effort. It's got to be an ongoing company-wide culture of creating, using, organizing, refining, and if need be, deleting your business systems.

5 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Should Share Their Story

Sarah Cannata | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Sarah Cannata

It's now been four months since I took the plunge and decided to drive my own professional writing business. So how would I describe my past four months in business?

Get a Leg Up in Advertising by Purchasing Your Own Ad Server

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Ashley Wren Collins

The combination of the vastness of the Internet, proliferation of social media and 24/7 technology use have increased the competition when it comes to eyeballs.

5 Obstacles Facing Retail Small Businesses

Jared Hecht | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Jared Hecht

If you're struggling to keep your retail small business afloat, know that you're not alone. Here are five of the top challenges your fellow retail small business owners are consistently facing, along with some encouragement to make your business the best it can be.

Exit Interviews: Useful or Waste of Time for Small Business Owners?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Over the last three years, John has been an integral part of your small business, helping grow it from a tiny number of people working from home to a moderately successful corporation just starting to really get noticed.

Unique Selling Point: Does Your Business Possess it?

Yura Bryant | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

Let's face the facts, developing a business is a tough task to manage. Between operating, managing and promoting your business; at times it seems like there is absolutely no time to think in a calm manner.

Employment Tools: Twitter Is a Hungry Bird

Greg White | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Greg White

When did invisible social media become the indivisible job deciderer? I thought a resume, experience and references made me an attractive candidate. I had no idea that my popularity in the ethosphere impacted how well I might perform for an employer in the real world.

When Taking a Different Path Leads to Self-Discovery

Shalini Datta | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Shalini Datta

After six years in the software industry, I began to question what difference I was making to society through my work. The values of service and giving which I carried deep inside influenced my thinking and kept me socially conscious. The social disparity that I witnessed all around disturbed me, and I asked myself how I could use my knowledge and skills to change it.

3 Ways Helpdesk Indifference Will Kill Your Small Business

Jun Loayza | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Jun Loayza

Everything seems to be on track when you notice a new and disturbing trend: some customers have started to complain about your helpdesk support on Twitter and Facebook. They're disappointed or angry that you "don't seem to care" and worse, some have vowed never to do business with you again. Just what is going on?!

Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Doug A. Sandler

It's time to shay shay shake your outdated policies, procedures and practices like a Polaroid picture. Here are a handful of ways to keep your business on track and focused on a future with positive results.