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Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Why Male Investors Should 'Get' Women-Led Companies

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

The world of angels and VCs is still a boy's club, and men apparently tend to invest in other men -- something investor Adam Quinton of Lucas Point Ventures (who actually does invest in women-led companies) calls "unconscious bias."

How to Bulletproof Your Reputation in the Digital Age

Michael D. Simmons | Posted 08.21.2014 | Small Business
Michael D. Simmons

Entrepreneurs who have the courage to authentically share their unique story and the generosity to share their best insights have an amazing opportunity to quickly build a world-class, antifragile reputation.

Keep CALM and Manage On

Erin Daruszka | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold.

Your Small Business Needs SEO: Here Are 6 Reasons Why

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.20.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

SEO plays such a major role in the online success of a business, contributing to high rankings in the search results as well as helping with the branding of a company as well. Here are six reasons why your business needs SEO.

Young Mother Goes From Working In Jails To Designing Wedding Veils

Posted 08.20.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

In The Pink: From Pejorative to Positive in Business -- and in Life

Diana Bianchini | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Diana Bianchini

Very early on I rejected the color pink. I remember that as a kindergartner I didn't want to dress in pink because my older sister did so. I stubbornl...

Why a Good Business Partner Can Be Bad

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Alicia T. Glenn

Too often we hear reasons as to why business partners can be bad. If you have an argument, then who gets the business? What if one partner doesn't pull their weight? However, I'm coming from a different perspective.

Fun Read: How to Work With An Accountant

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

To learn how to make the most out of this relationship, Fundastic interviewed Celina Lam, a CPA with three decades of experience working with small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is the Q&A.

The 5 Biggest Small Business Marketing Mistakes

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Like many small businesses, it's tough to know how to effectively get your message out to your ideal customer. Regardless of your level of marketing expertise, you can follow this advice to avoid these five biggest small business marketing mistakes.

The Balancing Act: Your 9-5 vs. Your Passion-Based Business

Roshell Rosemond | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Roshell Rosemond

Pace yourself. I challenge you to master one of these items every 6 months. On this journey you will learn that "No" is in fact a complete sentence. In order to make room for the things that are really important in your life you will have to become comfortable with saying no.

Time Management for the Self-Employed

Debbe Daley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Debbe Daley

If simple everyday work tasks are becoming daunting and difficult to accomplish due to the lack of available time in the day, developing an effective work plan for your business is a necessity.

Green With Envy and the Change of Success

Debbe Daley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Small Business
Debbe Daley

One day you'll look back and realize that your hobby has turned into a thriving business. Others will frown upon your business creation and judge without knowing or understanding how years of hard work and determination prevails.

Top Keys to Mitigating Risk in Your Startup

Jose Vasquez | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

No matter what, you're going to face risks as an entrepreneur of a startup company, but there are always ways to minimize those potential risks.

6 Key Logo Design Factors for Good Branding

Ian Mills | Posted 08.18.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Your logo is the visual symbol of your brand. It encapsulates your identity and creates a sense of trust and familiarity in the minds of your audience.

Why B-Schools Should be Teaching Market Basket

Judith Samuelson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

New England is home to scores of world class business schools, and Boston is teeming with management theorists who make their living teaching the next...

Venture Capitalist: 6 Step CIO Digital Transformation Guide

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The explosion of mobile smart devices, adoption of social networks, use of mobile applications and cloud enabled services has consumerized IT and sign...

4 Reasons Why New Jobs Are Paying Less

Gene Marks | Posted 08.15.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So there are more jobs. But they're paying less. I'd frankly rather pay my existing people a little more to get things done in order to avoid hiring a new person at a higher wage. This is why new jobs added since the recession are not paying well.

5 Ways to Avoid a Difficult Landlord

Frank Chalupa | Posted 08.14.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

As any entrepreneur will tell you, starting and growing a business isn't for the faint of heart. Add a difficult landlord to the equation and an entrepreneur's dream can quickly turn into a costly, time-consuming nightmare.

How Entrepreneurs Can Quickly Get Over Anxiety

Brian Horn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

Understanding how to manage your stress is important, because it will always be part of your life as an entrepreneur.

The Major Difference Between Intuition and Fear

Mike Harden | Posted 08.14.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

Fear is a powerful, reactive emotion that also compels people to make decisions quickly - which are less likely to be the best decisions. As a leader, it is essential that you know the difference between intuition and fear.

Women and the Small Business Workforce

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 08.14.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Just as women face challenges at leading companies and within its ranks, the situation is strikingly similar among the small business community. Again, women are a growing and dominant group among the self-employed, but encounter challenges in opening and growing their own small business.

3 Things I Unlearned To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Yun-Fang Juan

I was an early Facebook employee. I joined Facebook in 2006 when the company only had 150 employees. I helped create Facebook Ads, which generated $7 billion of revenue in 2013. It was an incredible experience and, when I left Facebook in late 2011, I was cocky.

Shared Economy, Unshared Wealth

Dean Soukeras | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Dean Soukeras

In my opinion, the stock market is a variation of the shared economy. It's an opportunity for everyone to own a piece of a company, and benefit from its growth.

Seeking New Link Building Opportunities? Try These 3.

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.12.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Today, effective link building requires a well thought out creative strategy in order to earn links from high quality websites that will provide both ...