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7 Business Tools That Will Save You Time

Miranda Marquit | Posted 01.29.2015 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

If you are looking for business tools that will help you handle some of the more mundane tasks, saving you time and allowing you to focus on what's really important, try these.

Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 01.29.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

During his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that "21st-century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American pro... Chief Strategy Officer: Companies Must Innovate Around The Customer

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.29.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

What do you need to successfully build a long-lasting relationship with your customers? As the Chief Strategy Officer for, the #1 most ...

5 Areas of Focus Your 2015 SEO Strategy Must Include

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.28.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

A search engine optimization strategy that isn't constantly adjusting is destined for failure. While there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution when it comes to SEO, here are five areas of focus that can help improve your overall search visibility campaign.

Say I Can't and I'll Prove You Wrong

Chelsea Berler | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Berler

Living with a "can't" mindset can be debilitating and prevent us from reaching something truly great in our lives. But how do we shake it? How do we use the word "no" as fuel for our creativity and power for overcoming our obstacles? I'm going to tell you how I did it.

The Multimodal CIO for the Digital Business Era

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Today, in the data-driven era of digitalization with outsourcing, the cloud, and consumerized IT, the CIO can potentially influence the organization more than ever.

Product-Based Businesses Expect Increase in Revenue in 2015

Andre Bourque | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

This report highlights the optimism many small businesses have as 2015 begins. With the economy gradually improving, SMBs have a prime opportunity to reach out to new consumers and convert them into return customers who will continue to buy from them for many years.

Business Continuity: 4 Core Principles to Be Successful

Patrick Duroseau | Posted 01.27.2015 | Small Business
Patrick Duroseau

Business continuity is a plan put in place to keep a business running in the event of a disaster, and is most important to organizations that are transaction-based. Transaction-based organizations rely on user input to produce user data in a timely manner.

3 Savvy Business Strategies From a Broadway Star

John Bowen | Posted 01.27.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we may not technically be actors. But we are always on stage -- communicating, presenting ourselves and our ideas, and trying to connect with our customers, partners and teams.

The United States' First CTO: 6 Business Innovation Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.27.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Most people do not associate innovation and the notion of a lean startup with government, but former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States Aneesh Chopra shares his insights about data and how government data can be a force of positive change to enable the private sector for the benefit of everyone.

5 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About 'Facebook At Work'

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

After a small bit of fanfare and conjecture, Facebook rolled out a limited beta for its 'Facebook At Work' service. And while not much has leaked out of the limited testing, people have wondered just what Facebook is offering with this new app.

What a 6 Year Old Taught Me About Marketing a Business

Jeremy Sandow | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Jeremy Sandow

There are times when I envy the life of a six year old. Who wouldn't want to have their only responsibility be to aim when they pee? That's the life if you ask me.

How to Really Connect With Customers

Matt Rissell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Matt Rissell

To click with customers in a way that sticks with them, think of every interaction as the ultimate first impression. If your brand was at a party, would people be drawn and completely engrossed in conversation, or would they be hiding behind the bean dip?

Avoid Content Marketing Until You Can Answer "Yes" To These Two Questions

Casey Wright | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Casey Wright

When you read most content marketing case studies, you get the idea that any company that employs content marketing can expect dramatic, positive results. The reality is more nuanced.

12 Small Business Tools for Smooth Sailing in 2015

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 01.25.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

The big news were, of course, LinkedIn Pulse going public, allowing the millions of networks users to express their voices freely, connect with each other, and learn from each other.

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

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 01.23.2015 | 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!

3 Key Business Lessons I Learned in 2014

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 01.26.2015 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

The start of a year affords us all the opportunity to reflect back on the good and bad times of the previous 365 days. What were your highs and lows? What lessons did you learn professionally? For me, 2014 was a year of re-evaluating how all of us at Nextiva communicate with one another.

Business Owners: Here's How the President's SOTU Proposals Will Affect You

Gene Marks | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Good speech? Bad speech? That's irrelevant. And it's not important what you think of the president either. What's more important is what will actually impact your company. And based on the above, some of what the president discussed will impact you. That's what you should be thinking about as you begin this new year.

3 Surefire Branding Secrets

Timothi Jane Graham | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Timothi Jane Graham

There's a lot to consider when building a Personal Brand. What you're selling, your audience, web design, photos, copy are all part of the big picture. But really before you can get to any of that you have to start with you. Here are three major things I consider when building my client's Personal Brand...

I Don't Want a Promotion to Management

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

In my previous post with Steve Snyder, CIO/CTO of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, we discussed delegation and dealing with failure. Ana...

What It's Like To Start Your Own Firm, According To The Subway Slapper's Lawyer

Erin Kelly | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business

Do you ever dream of quitting your job, throwing caution to the wind and beginning a business venture of your own? Aside from the whole 'throwing c...

The 3 Rules to Leverage Your Expertise and Increase Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Whether you're a one-person consulting operation or a 100-person manufacturing business, you've had to work hard to build the knowledge you need to make your business a success. Why not maximize your return on your expertise by leveraging it to create more cash flow?

Immigration Reform Needed to Boost Small Business Workforce

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.22.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Rather than working against steps to improve our broken immigration system, we need Congress to move forward on comprehensive reform. This would create a more stable workforce -- something small businesses desperately need right now -- and pad our country's coffers.

3 Ways to Protect Your Business from Rent Increases

Frank Chalupa | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

For many businesses, the start of a new year holds exciting opportunities as they look toward the future. But for companies that signed leases on or around January 1, the new year can also bring unexpected challenges in the form of rent increases that can cause real estate budgets to soar.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.