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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.

Digital Business Transformation Is a Team Sport

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Matt Preschern is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of HCL Technologies, a US$6.0 billion global information technology services company.

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Undermine Your Leadership Integrity

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When you possess leadership integrity, people trust your decisions. They understand you have a vision, and because of your positive influence they take ownership in the plan, the process and the product.

Map Out Your Email Marketing Game Plan -- Part Three

Erik Harbison | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Erik Harbison

Once you've recognized and acted on the power of email marketing, others will be coming to you for advice. You may have even started to build an audience of other marketers as they want to pick your brain and hear your thoughts.

How One Family Business Strengthened Its 'Core' -- and Saw Profits Take Flight

Verne Harnish | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Verne Harnish

Successful athletes work every day to build a strong core. Family-run growth firms must do so, too -- only their core is their culture. Building a strong culture depends on articulating their core values in a meaningful way, so these principles don't end up as just a Boy Scout-like, generic list posted on a wall.

Mahi de Silva, CEO of Opera Mediaworks, Discusses Transformational Growth

Ramon Nuez | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

We live and die by helping our customers do more. Sometimes it's a small change that could be implemented in hours, other times it takes months, even years to fully realize.

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

Maria Arredondo | Posted 08.26.2015 | 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.

Small Business and Non-profit Social Media Marketing Strategy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Small organizations often have a large problem. Social media have become more important for branding, awareness, engagement and business goals, but one community manager can only do so much.

Toastmasters: My First Step in Launching a Hedge Fund

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

What was my first step in creating a socially responsible hedge fund? Did I engage attorneys and accountants, generate capital provider interest, prep...

The Biggest Mistake Most Entrepreneurs Make When Implementing Business Controls

David Finkel | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
David Finkel

When you build a business versus a job, you want your team to have the authority to get tasks done without running everything past you. At the same t...

Why You Need an Exit Strategy Today

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Maybe you want to run your business until you're ready to retire in your 60's. Perhaps your dream is to pass your business on to your children. Now is the time to really decide which path you'd prefer to take when the time comes.

Beware! 13 of the Best Lies Told By Job Candidates

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

How do you make sure you're hiring the right candidate for the job? It's not as easy as it may seem. In fact, many employees lie on their resumes and in interviews for the sole purpose of landing a position.

Is Social Media Worth the Risk for Small Businesses?

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

As a small business, you might have heard horror stories about social media. For every story about a waitress funding a wheelchair for her father after paying for a fire fighter's breakfast, there are many more stories about business owners behaving badly and their reputation being trashed online.

Starting a Business With Your Spouse? Define Your Roles and Stick to Them

Nellie Akalp | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Running a business with your significant other creates an incredible sense of teamwork and togetherness that many couples don't get to experience. But don't let anyone fool you: working with your spouse is like riding a roller coaster. It's not for the faint of heart.

Give Your Prospects Some TLC -- Thought Leadership Content

John Bowen | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
John Bowen

All entrepreneurs want to get their branding message out and attract more customers. But traditional hard-sell techniques no longer cut it with ever-more cynical consumers.

5 Lessons I Learned My First Year In Business

Lauren O. Victoria | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Lauren O. Victoria

Your business should not come first. You come first. You can't be successful in business if your physical and mental health is failing. Now my mornings look like this: wake up, go for a walk while listening to a podcast, shower and get dressed, eat breakfast and journal.