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Don't Let Bad Credit Keep You From Starting a Business

NerdWallet | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business

You have a great idea for a small business based on a promising market opportunity. You're ready to take the plunge. But there's a problem: money. You don't have any.

Shark or Bait? At Risk in the Shark Tank

Jack Garson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

People who have money usually made it at their job or in their own business. The problem arises when they think they have the Midas touch--that they will multiply their savings by investing it with others.

Small Business Saturday -- Just How Naive Are You?

Gene Marks | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this is the day that all of America is supposed to be honoring small businesses. It's our moment. We're hanging signs and putting out the displays. "Support us!" we demand to our communities. "We're small businesses!"

The Thankful CEO

Brian Walker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Brian Walker

Traditionally, this is a week during which most Americans enjoy gorging on turkey, feasting on football and diving into a smorgasbord of shopping deals. But as the CEO of a small business, it's also a time for me to reflect on everyone that I'm so grateful for having in my life -- not just on Thanksgiving, but every day of the year.

6 Ways You're Being Tricked Into Saying Yes

Shauna Mackenzie | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Shauna Mackenzie

We are triggered to say yes all the time to things we don't want. Savvy sales people and marketing professionals have a few tricks up their sleeves to sell you, and if you know what they are, you can avoid falling into the trap by embracing the power of no.

Create Your Ideal Conscious Life

J V Crum III | Posted 11.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
J V Crum III

Many people are so busy worrying about what is happening in their lives, that they never actually sit down and define what it is that they WANT mos...

Shaken, Not Stirred: 6 Brand Lessons from Bond

Andrea Callanan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Andrea Callanan

With the new Bond film Spectre newly released, many of us are gripped with anticipation and what the next instalment holds. So what brand lessons can we learn from big film franchises like Bond that we can apply to our businesses?

5 Marketing Principles Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Jose Vasquez | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Building a company isn't easy. You need to maintain consistent operations while steadily growing your customer base, but how can you get more customers if the vast majority of your target audience hasn't ever heard of you? The answer is marketing.

You can never have too many contacts

Catriona Pollard | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Catriona Pollard

When I worked from home, I vividly remember walking out my front door into a freezing cold rainy night to go to a networking event. All I wanted to d...

The Gift Guide for Small Business Owners You Can't Live Without

Melinda Emerson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

If you're racking your brain to find a gift for a fellow small business owner -- or looking for gifts to put on your own list to Santa -- here's a great place to start. Here, I share my annual Holiday Gift Guide for small business owners.  

5 Financial Tech Insights for Small Business Owners

Sandy Abrams | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Sandy Abrams

Small business owners wear a lot of hats while learning to build a solid business foundation. One that may not fit so comfortably is the financial technology hat. Learning how to get all systems in place for successful eCommerce can be complicated and there is not a 'one size fits all' solution.

6 Selfish Acts That Will Make You an Extraordinary Leader

Noelle Bloom | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Noelle Bloom

Some of the world's greatest leaders have learned that taking care of themselves first gives them the advantage needed to support, impact, and ins...

Blogging 101: How to Rapidly Increase Your Traffic (Without Spending a Dime)

Sarah Peterson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Sarah Peterson

You love your blog. You enjoy writing weekly posts. You've experimented with doing an occasional podcast episode. You've even tried video.

3 Ways to Practice Gratitude in Your Business

Saudia Davis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Saudia Davis

During this time of year we tend to focus our thoughts on the importance of gratitude and while that usually centers on being thankful for things in our personal lives, practicing the art of gratitude is also good for our entrepreneurial souls.

Account Management and Telemarketing ...Hello, What's the difference?

Tanya Williams | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Tanya Williams

Okay, I'll admit it. I have done them all. I've generated detailed leads for Client A. I have managed accounts for Client B. I've made thousands of ...

World's First 24 Hour Small Business Channel

Ian Mills | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Ian Mills

On the 1st of September, 2015 Dale Beaumont and Business Blueprint launched an innovative new resource for the small business community, and it is already generating buzz.

2015 State of Analytics - 20 Key Business Findings

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.20.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

A 2015 PwC survey of 1,300 CEOs in 77 countries, ranked data mining and analytics as the second most strategically important digital technology and organization capability, only behind mobile technologies for customer engagement.

4 Tips for Women Looking for Small-Business Grants

NerdWallet | Posted 11.19.2015 | Small Business

Although free cash to start or grow a business sounds like the dream solution, small-business grants are difficult to obtain because there just aren't many available. But if you're determined to try for a grant, there are some earmarked for women entrepreneurs.

Doing Better: The $80 Billion Shift We Need Now for Economic Democracy

Michelle Long | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Michelle Long

Today, the literature is clear -- an economy with fewer big players does a good job of funneling wealth into few hands, but the best path to the most jobs and the most wealth for the most people is directly correlated with the density and diversity of local ownership per capita.

How to Handle the Holiday Shopping Rush: 3 Tips for Small Businesses

NerdWallet | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business

Follow the Goldilocks rule when stocking up on seasonal inventory. Don't order too much -- aim for "just right" to meet customers' demands. The Beetses learned this lesson the hard way when they were starting the business in 2010.

How To Attract The Best Team To Your Lean Startup

Adam Greenwald | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Adam Greenwald

Lean startups face many challenges, from securing seed funding to creating marketable products and services to developing sound marketing plans. For many startups, the number one challenge is recruiting and hiring top talent.

5 Helpful Tips for Introverted Entrepreneurs

Syed Balkhi | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Syed Balkhi

Silicon Valley is overflowing with misconceptions. And while, by nature, every misconception is misleading, few are more deceptive than this one: Introverted people cannot be successful entrepreneurs.

How I Stopped Giving My Work Away For Free

Erica Gellerman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Erica Gellerman

With my current business, I felt myself falling into the free or discounted trap again. Somehow conversations that I started with the intent of research were evolving into me slowing giving away my services.

4 Qualities Angel Investors Want to See in Startups

Neil Patel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Neil Patel

Every startup needs funding somewhere, somehow, and someway. Angel investing is one of the main methods of gaining needed funding. Entrepreneurs who ...

Mompreneur Spotlight: Alli Webb, Founder of Drybar

Anjali Varma | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Anjali Varma

When Alli Webb started her business 5 years ago she was a hair stylist and a stay home mom simply "looking for something to get out of the house". How...