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Life After Bankruptcy: When and How Your Business Can Get Its Financial Groove Back

Jared Hecht | Posted 09.02.2015 | Money
Jared Hecht

When you're in the trenches of a financial failure, filing for bankruptcy can feel like the end of the world. But if you take a step back, evaluate your situation objectively and make a plan, you'll quickly realize that your situation is not as bleak as it feels right now.

How's Your Data Security? The FTC Now Wants to Know

Gene Marks | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Are you taking "reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information"? I certainly hope so. If not, the U.S. government can now come after you.

The 3 Questions Every Business Owner Must Ask

David Finkel | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
David Finkel

You can grow your business and get your life back. And the way you do that is by stop focusing on what you personally produce, and instead focus some of your time on getting your business (your staff, systems, and internal controls) to produce more.

5 Questions to Answer for Your Small Biz Before Summer's End

Melinda Emerson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Rather than getting caught up in another game of Words with Friends, use these fleeting long days to take a look at your business operations. Likely you could make a few changes for the better.

CEO of RealMassive, Craig Hancock, Talks About Company Culture

Ramon Nuez | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

I have found that companies who focus on product, only, are destined to fail. Why, because the market will shift, customers are fickle, and sometimes the product is ready before there is a need.

Construction Success

Jack Garson | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or - worse - expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a "minor" mistake can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess.

5 Things Unhappy Employees Want Their Company To Know

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Kimanzi Constable

The average workweek is even longer today. A recent Gallup poll tells us we now work 47 hours a week on average. That is a significant portion of our week spent doing a job we either love or hate. One way or another, our work has an effect on every other area of our life.

4 Questions Entrepreneurs Ask Before Starting a Business

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Asking questions is a sign of a curious mind. Every entrepreneur worth his salt asks many questions before starting out, and keeps asking questions throughout his journey. The toughest questions are the ones you ask yourself, so keep asking and listen carefully to your own answers.

5 HR Solutions for Recognizing Employees That Won't Break the Bank

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

All right, so you want to do some employee recognition and make sure people who work hard get properly rewarded. Most employees want to know that their efforts on your behalf are noticed, and few things are more depressing than the belief that the company doesn't care about them.

5 Easy Steps to Top-Notch Customer Service

Cheryl Scott | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Cheryl Scott

Providing top-notch customer service isn't really that hard, but even the best of the best need a reminder or coaching now and then. In golf, keeping one "swing thought" in mind during a shot can have great results. Here are five "customer service thoughts" that can help us and our work teams hit a hole-in-one.

Fear of Missing Out: My Journey From the Spotlight to Small Business

The Modern Femme Movement | Posted 08.31.2015 | Women
The Modern Femme Movement

There comes a time, no matter what industry you're in, whether you have a steady and ready desk job, whether you live the exciting life of a traveling food show host, or whether you stay at home, you make a choice. You feel as if you are prepared to do more. You can stay where you are and do more there or you can do more in another separate arena.

Why Women Need Permission

Mia Redrick | Posted 08.31.2015 | Women
Mia Redrick

The most fulfilled women I know are the ones who have given themselves permission to be vulnerable enough to say they need support, and who have the clarity to ask for exactly what they need without seeking approval from anyone else.

How a City's Business Culture Helps Mold Its Startup Scene

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

By all accounts, 2015 is a strong year for startup companies; I know this first hand, having worked with more than a few. When consumer confidence rises, companies seeking funding to meet those consumer needs rise as well.

CEO of Lotame, Andrew Monfried, Examines His Career

Ramon Nuez | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

You have to take massive action because by not doing so you risk becoming stuck in an unfulfilling situation; that may lead to regret. Monfried realized this circumstance and left his good paying job at the legal photocopying business.

Doing Business in Nigeria: How Technology Is Changing the Way We Operate

Mary Olushoga | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Mary Olushoga

Africa is rising and technology is changing the way we do business. We as entrepreneurs have a responsibility to operate at the highest level of professionalism and excellence.

Telecom Engineer Becomes Biodegradable Shoe Designer

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Sandy Abrams

In the very back of one of the halls of the fashion trade show called MAGIC, I came across an entrepreneur in the footwear section whose enthusiasm made me stop in my tracks. He couldn't have been more happy to share information on how his shoe line was completely different from all of the other exhibitors.

Hurricane Katrina 10 Year Anniversary: 2 New Orleans Family Business Updates

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Sandy Abrams

"Our story is just one. Add those of a hundred people I know and then multiply that by ten thousand and you will be getting close to getting the picture of the more than a million people with dramatic stories from this massive disaster."

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Business

Mo Seetubtim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Mo Seetubtim

Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. But if you feel it in your blood and feel an itch to start your own thing, you must do it.

3 Parts of Business Every Entrepreneur Needs to Understand

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

Whether you need to get better at learning how to source investment capital, increase the sales of the firm, brand your business, or talk to clients, there are plenty of areas to focus on to polish your entrepreneurial skills.

4 Common Loan Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

If it's time to seek a business loan for your company, you're probably worried about whether or not you can actually make it happen. After all, funds have dried up significantly since 2008 and it's very challenging to secure investment from banks and many other types of lending organizations.

The Real Cost of 'Free'

Lisa Larter | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Lisa Larter

Have you ever gotten something for free and it fell apart and you thought, "I should have just paid for that stupid thing"?

The Name Game: Is a Branded Coworking Space Best For Your Business?

Ron Bockstahler | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Ron Bockstahler

While some coworking spaces heavily promote their own brand, selling themselves as an exclusive club for "members," others stay in the background and, in some cases, even limit the amount of signage their clients are allowed to display in hallways and other common areas.

The Best Leaders Are Not "Born Leaders"

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

I have been a team captain for as long as I can remember. It started in my youth in athletics, carried over to student government, and continued on as I started working. I am grateful for these opportunities.

What Having Bipolar Disorder Has Taught Me About Business

Heidi Thompson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
Heidi Thompson

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18 made a lot of sense to me and was long overdue. It may sound kind of odd but having bipolar disorder prepared me to become an entrepreneur and has actually taught me a lot of lessons that I would later apply to business.

Case Study: Stephanie Harkness on Scaling Her Manufacturing Business and Life Post Exit

David Finkel | Posted 08.27.2015 | Business
David Finkel

By 2010 the company was incredibly successful, generating millions in profit, while allowing Stephanie and Jack to take 3 months or more of vacations a year. Three years later in 2013, they sold their company for a large 8-figure price.