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Careless SBA Lending Tells Same Old Story

Chris Hurn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Chris Hurn

One of my favorite quotes comes from Spanish philosopher George Santayana who said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Believe it or not, we can draw a connection between this 110-year-old quotation and small business lending today.

Entrepreneurs: William P Forni, Esq., Helpful Tips for Lawyers, Creative Types and Small Business Owners

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"I grew up on Cape Cod in MA, my father passed away when I was pretty young. My mother, June, is a bit of a feminist, so I would say that early on I definitely gained a sense of social justice, empathy, compassion and respecting all different people sans judgment."

8 Characteristics of Great Leaders

Alex Pirouz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Good leadership is essential to business, to government and to the numerous groups and organisations that shape the way we live, work and play. Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture.

Want to Lead? Enable Others to Flourish

Faisal Hoque | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Faisal Hoque

A growing body of research shows how the correlation between monetary wealth and self-reported happiness drops off over time. Our treatment of each other as humans is what ultimately brings success.

30 Big Ideas to Make Your Blog Pop

Melinda Emerson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

While this list should help you come up with at least a dozen great topics for your business blog, you want to ensure that you get a strategy in place to keep the content flowing.

In FY14, Uncle Sam Breaks Record for Small Business Contracting

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

This past Friday at the Pentagon, SBA released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard, and I was delighted to report that in Fiscal Year 2014 the federal government awarded the highest percentage of contracting dollars to small businesses since we started keeping score.

The No. 1 Reason Businesses Fail

Mike Brcic | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Mike Brcic

Often, as entrepreneurs, when things are going poorly, we tend to think the problem is with our marketing, or with our sales process. Latch on to the right marketing plan, goes the thinking, or improve our sales funnel, and customers will start pouring in.

5 Tips To Cultivate Your Intuition

Ebonie Allard | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Ebonie Allard

So how do we turn up the volume on our intuition and how do we know when it's good information, worth trusting and taking a punt on without reason? These are my five top tips on strengthening intuition:

Big Companies Can Avoid Disruption by Partnering With Startup Accelerators

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

David Cohen started as a software programmer at age 13 and since then he has had only one job interview. Cohen started three startups and now is the f...

IPO for All or How to Create Your Own Currency

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Okay, let me state upfront that I am completely biased when it comes to running a compelling business: for I believe if you happen to live in the 21st century, your company's stock should be worth money, and you should be able to turn around and sell it.

Why You Should Tell Everyone Your Startup Idea

Kevin Siskar | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Kevin Siskar

While it is common among founders to be hesitant about divulging their startup secrets, the truth of the matter is that your company can benefit greatly from telling people what your idea is about and what you hope to achieve.

6 Lessons My Mother Taught Me About Business

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

It was my mom who armed me with the motivation and confidence to be a better man. All of my success can be traced back to the lessons she taught right in our living room. And while she's no longer with us, her wisdom, principles and legacy will surely long outlive me.

Calling All First Time Entrepreneurs! The Time Is Now

Sandy Abrams | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Sandy Abrams

The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) niche used to refer mainly to home renovations or arts and crafts projects. Today, it applies to creating and building your own career as well. Thanks to technology, 'CYO' (Creating Your Opportunities) is the new DIY.

Concrete Map to Successfully Scale Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Have you ever wanted to scale your company but held yourself back because you feared that to get that growth you'd have to sacrifice your life?

6 Questions You Must Ask Before Building Your Billion-Dollar App

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

When launching a successful app, execution is everything. Before you delve into development, ask yourself whether you're truly ready to guide developers as they bring your idea to life. It's your vision -- and your business -- on the line.

Forget Your Bank -- Here Are Four New Sources of Capital You Probably Didn't Know

Gene Marks | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Sure, all the traditional means of raising money are still there. And approval rates at big banks and institutional lenders have hit new highs according to a popular monthly credit index report. But banks and those traditional financing options are no longer the only game in town.

Charles Lee, Co-Founder of Genee, Talks About His Biggest Letdown

Ramon Nuez | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

The journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur is never clear. In all honesty, the journey is more of an expedition, where failure, not success is the only guarantee. You must approach entrepreneurship with a few basic assumptions.

A Little-Known Leadership Lesson to Retain Your Top Talent

David Finkel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Bob owned a successful industrial products company with sales of $2 million per year. Things were getting into a rhythm with small but consistent growth when two of his key people gave notice within a five month period.

Are Serviced Office Coworking Spaces Your Next Smart Investment?

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

The coworking space has seen a lot of media coverage over the past few years, with many claiming that traditional office life is on its way out, replaced by business lounges, coffee-shop-inspired spaces and short term serviced office lets.

What Everyone Else is Doing in Marketing and What You Should Do Differently

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

You need to find something that sets your business apart and makes it unique. So just how do you do this? You have already created a website, social media accounts and plenty of buzz. What else can you do?

Andrew Lord

City Of Charleston Steps Up To Help Victims' Families In A Big Way

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Lord | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business

And donations are pouring in from local businesses.

5 Conversion Rate Platforms for Generating Leads

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

Where do you go from launching a business website, to acquiring potential customers? It would clearly be a more popular choice to start an online business if the task was as easy as that.

"Goal First" -- A Product Roadmapping How-To

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

The best boss I ever worked for (who was also one of my early mentors) beat into me the following "she with a plan wins." I hold on to that lesson today and typically am the first in a meeting to ask the 'wet blanket' question "why are we doing this?"

What to Eat to Be More Productive Daily [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Jonathan Long

Proper nutrition has a direct impact on our performance. The biggest hurdle facing many is figuring out exactly what "proper nutrition" means -- there is so much information online about eating healthy, much of it contradicting, so what's the answer?

Is Confidence The Key To Success For Female Entrepreneurs?

Anjali Varma | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Anjali Varma

When interviewing successful female entrepreneurs I often ask the question "what are the secrets to your success" and "what are the must-haves for successful entrepreneurs". Diane von Furstenberg, Stella&Dot founder Jessica Herrin, Tory Burch and several others have indicated that confidence is one trait that is critical to success.