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How to Build a Brand for Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

When it comes to your business, how do you figure out what your brand will be? Businesses should always know how people would recognize their business by developing a clear brand. Is it really just about your logo? No!

Firing Is Your Heaviest Burden As a Leader. Here's How to Handle it Gracefully.

Mike Harden | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Mike Harden

Letting an employee go, no matter what the reason, is never an enjoyable task. The truth is - and leaders should never say this to someone who is losing his or her job - that it's tough on the boss. This is one of the heaviest burdens a leader has to shoulder.

4 Sports Rituals That Can Make Your Business Better

Jenny Dearborn | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Jenny Dearborn

In our culture we often associate ritual with sports -- a little backside pat before every meeting doesn't work in the boardroom.

The 5 Biggest Complaints About Open Coworking Spaces

Frank Chalupa | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Frank Chalupa

It's estimated that the average worker spends about 90,000 hours on the job. That's a long time, especially if you're stuck in an office environment that isn't enjoyable or conducive to your day-to-day activities.

3 Ways to Maximize Control of the Image of Your Business

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Ashley Wren Collins

In a world where information travels with the agility of a fast food order and your individual on-line presence thrives long after your death, controlling your image on the Internet, to the extent of what is possible, is imperative, particularly for career success.

6 Tips to Build Company Culture

David Finkel | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
David Finkel

One way to think about culture is it is the invisible hand that shapes your team's behaviors when no one is looking. Here are six tips to help you and your leadership team establish and reinforce your company culture.

Entrepreneurship Lessons From the Father of Modern Cheerleading

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

You might not look to cheerleaders as a source of entrepreneurial wisdom...yet. But those pom-poms, the cheer camps, and the signature moves are acts of branding genius. And the cheeriest cheerleader of them all, Lawrence Herkimer, has much to offer a budding business leader.

This Hyperlocal New York Magazine Is Rallying Around Small Businesses

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.22.2015 | Media

The Lo-Down's Small Business Survival Campaign The community news organization The Lo-Down has launched a crowdfund campaign to raise money to ...

The Freelancer's 3-Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Workplace

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Danielle Wolffe

Know yourself. Ninety percent of artist retreats are offered in rural locations. If country based solitude is the key to your artistic soul, wonderful, congratulations. You have so many great options. If you are part city mouse -- consider alternatives.

The Secret to Eliminating Your Insecurities and Increasing Your Self-Confidence

Brian Whetten | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Whetten

Insecurity is an emotional reaction that comes from our stored collection of fears and self-judgments. Self-confidence is a rational assessment that comes from our grounded assessment of competency in a given domain.

Business Etiquette: The Benefits of Gratitude & Simple Thank-You Guidelines for Professional Contacts

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Etiquette rules may dictate that you have one year to send a wedding gift, but when it comes to business gratitude, your communication must be nearly instantaneous.

How to Prep Your Business to Survive Your Summer Vacation

Nellie Akalp | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Study after study stress the connection between vacation time and your health, mental wellbeing and productivity. While the average American now takes the least amount of vacation time in the past four decades, time off is even more elusive for the small business owner.

Why Gender Matters to Your Business

Saudia Davis | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Saudia Davis

The statistics are baffling--while women earn 60% of college degrees and now hold 52% of professional-level jobs, they are still in the minority when it comes to running Fortune 500 companies and holding executive positions in industries such as finance, law, medicine and technology.

Avoiding Service Business Burnout (Top 5 Leverage Points)

David Finkel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Whether you're working business-to-business or business-to-consumer, service business owners have one of the highest incidents in getting caught in the Self Employment Trap of any category of business owner.

12 Simple Tools That Will Turn Your Smartphone Into a Virtual Assistant

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

You could hire an actual virtual assistant who would manage your day-to-day, but there is a cost associated, not to mention the learning curve. And many entrepreneurs are looking to save money with little time to train a virtual assistant. But there is an alternative.

3 Things Will Smith Can Teach You About Content Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

When you think of Will Smith, you either think of a guy rapping about the niceties of Miami, or on the silver screen blasting aliens. What you really should be thinking about is a guy that mastered content marketing. Here's why Will Smith is a content marketing expert.

JP Labrosse: Former iPod Engineer's Newest Innovation & Future Vision

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

From his earliest days, JP Labrosse says, "I've been interested in doing work that has the potential for positive impact." Labrosse was the engineering team lead for two of the early Apple iPod products.

The Five Most Important Career Lessons I've Learned Since Leaving Corporate America

Holly Rust | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Holly Rust

Leaving the corporate world to go out on my own was a life changing experience. I remain grateful to all the mentors I had the pleasure of working with during my time in a traditional role, as their guidance has proven to be invaluable.

How Oprah Built Her Influence In The Marketplace

Alex Pirouz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Whether you're about to start your own business or operate an existing one, remember when building your online authority simply ask yourself one question: What would Oprah do?

If They Only Knew: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

"My career just hasn't gone the way I wanted it to," a friend just told me over lunch. He quickly followed up with "but everything seems to be working for you." He didn't say it to be snide or even envious, just as I don't recount that conversation now to be boastful. He was just stating what was, to him, a fact. I hear it a lot.

Outdoor Workspace: The Next Workplace Frontier

Amanda Schneider | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Amanda Schneider

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go? This is how Kirt Martin, VP of Design and Marketing for Landscape Forms, starts every conversation. Not surprisingly, nearly everyone answers somewhere outdoors.

Predicting the Future Google

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

While these changes will certainly take time and a multitude of other shifts will happen in the meantime, it's always good to keep a pulse on where Google is going. It effects us all, for better and for worse.

The 10 Most Common Startup Marketing Mistakes

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Some marketing mistakes are inevitable, but these all-too-common startup marketing mistakes can be avoided if you know what to look for.

6 Top Productivity Trends for Business Owners

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Jonha Revesencio

If you're a business owner, you know that productivity is one of the keys to making your business grow. If you're not running a productive business, chances are you're running your business into the ground.

The Inevitability of Regulation?

Jim Salters | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Jim Salters

Let's face it: many alternative small business lenders, funders and brokers have developed a bad reputation. Widely used labels such as "dishonest" and "predatory" are putting the industry at risk.