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Sales -- Moving Beyond LinkedIn

Anne Zink | Posted 12.15.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

LinkedIn is a fabulous tool. But it is important to understand that there is a difference between your professional network and the Opportunity Network of the sale you are pursuing. Ideally, there is overlap, but they should be viewed as two separate entities.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #7, Cut Taxes and Provided Capital for Small Business

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

President Barack Obama understands just how critical small businesses are to the American economy. That's why he's cut taxes for small businesses eighteen times since taking office.

A Small Business Lesson: Romney Was Right to Admit He Was Wrong

Gene Marks | Posted 12.14.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Maybe Romney only admitted his mistake because he had a little extra political capital to spend after his successful debate. Or maybe he just did it because it was the right thing to do. Smart business people admit their mistakes immediately.

Why Your Company Needs a Chief Dissent Officer

Fast Company | Posted 10.12.2012 | Small Business

Big companies get a bad rap. We think of them as creativity-killing machines that constantly crush the world-changing ideas of their hardworking emplo...

Summing Up Your Startup in One Minute

Hulya Aksu | Posted 12.12.2012 | Small Business
Hulya Aksu

For all the ideas I implemented, there have always been a dozen more I thought about that others also later thought about -- and made a killing implementing them. Feeling the atmosphere in business terms and making predictions is a talent one is born with.

Branding Your Business the Creative Way

Clarissa Burt | Posted 12.11.2012 | Small Business
Clarissa Burt

With the right strategy, it is possible to have a website that generates a consistent, income stream of ideal, high-paying, ready-to-get-started clients and customers.

An Inclusive Vision of Entrepreneurship

Karen Mills | Posted 12.11.2012 | Small Business
Karen Mills

Forty years ago, women owned just five percent of all small businesses. Today, it's 30 percent. And as part of National Women's Small Business Ownership Month, the SBA will host a series of webinars to help educate and empower women entrepreneurs.

New Poll of Micro Businesses: Who They Are and What They Do for the Economy

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.11.2012 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Despite being one of the most respected constituencies in the country, small businesses are a group that many people understand little about -- the very smallest ones, especially. Micro businesses are vital contributors to the economic recovery ahead.

Dealing With 3 Breeds of Bad Bosses

Fast Company | Posted 12.11.2012 | Small Business

If you and your boss disagree over a course of action but share a solid working relationship, you might be able to respectfully make your case by pres...

Two Sisters Make Millions With a Product Every Woman Needs

Posted 10.11.2012 | MarloThomas

Sarah and Jenifer Caplan grew up in a very strict household in which they were taught to strive to be the best at whatever they did. As a result, the...

Streamlined and Simplified: The New SBA

Karen Mills | Posted 12.10.2012 | Small Business
Karen Mills

The goal is to build a more inclusive and resilient economy, one that expands the entrepreneurial playing field to more regions, more players and more industries. Because we know that's how you create good middle class jobs and an economy built to last.

Here's How Important Crowdfunding Is to Innovation and Jobs

Beverly Macy | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Beverly Macy

it's still hard to get that $15,000-$250,000 seed capital to get your idea off the ground. Enter crowdfunding.

Social Entrepreneurs Must Achieve Not Survive

Rich Tafel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Small Business
Rich Tafel

Businesses are built to last; social entrepreneur efforts should not be -- they should shed light on necessary reforms, offer solutions, and change systems.

The Hiring Guru: Companies Are Hiring! So Why Aren't You Getting the Job

David Jensen | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
David Jensen

The first "Truth" is you must decide before accepting the interview that you want the job and you are going to be hired.

Walmart's Small Strategy Could Kill Your Business

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 12.10.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. gave investors what they were looking for: a promise that it will keep delivering strong results even as it becomes m...

Uncomfortable Tension for Small Business

Anne Zink | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Anne Zink

Regardless of who wins the presidential election, entrepreneurship will pick up. But growth will be highly controlled unless government starts to recognize the financial realities of small business.

Startup Communities -- Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank | Posted 12.09.2012 | Small Business
Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten its first "here's how to do it" book.

The Most Demanding Age Group When It Comes To Money

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.09.2012 | Small Business

Gen Y catches a lot of flack for being the "entitlement generation," but new research reveals that they're not the most demanding age group when it co...

President Obama Needs to Make Good on His Promise to Invest in the Middle Class

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 12.09.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

To knowingly divert that money to large businesses that have created few, if any, net new jobs in recent years and that are shipping jobs overseas and that are not paying their fair share of taxes, is economic lunacy.

Why The End Of Tax-Free E-Commerce Is Good For Small Business

Reuters | Lou Carlozo | Posted 12.08.2012 | Small Business

In this season of non-stop mudslinging and campaign acrimony, there's a hot-button issue on which Republicans and Democrats actually agree. Stranger s...

Huge Share Of Small Business Owners Have No Health Insurance

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.08.2012 | Small Business

Obamacare won’t only affect employees of small firms. For a significant portion of small business owners, the new health care law will also affect t...

This Election, Let's Remember: It's Ridiculous How Good Small Business Has It

Gene Marks | Posted 12.07.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

We all work as hard as those guys last century. But our working conditions are cleaner and healthier. Sure, we've got challenges. But would you prefer to be running a business in 2012 or 1906?

Small Business Growth Plummets: Report

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Small Business

National employment may be on the rise, but Main Street is still paralyzed by uncertainty and weak demand, according to a new report. Private com...

Why Entrepreneurs Need Mentors and How to Find Them

Frank Farwell | Posted 12.05.2012 | Small Business
Frank Farwell

Sure, entrepreneurs can eventually succeed without mentors. But it will cost extra time and wasted resources. So, how does a small business start-up find a mentor? Or, better yet, a handful of them?

Money Can't Buy Success

David Geller | Posted 12.05.2012 | Small Business
David Geller

Success for a private business should be based on building the kind of life you desire. Once you are able to support your family, a private company serves only one purpose -- to enhance your happiness.