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5 Reasons Most Small Business Owners Suck at Selling (Don't Let It Be You!)

Marc Wayshak | Posted 10.29.2013 | Small Business
Marc Wayshak

The problem is not the small business owners themselves. In fact, I've watched many small business owners go from sales chump to sales star in only a few months' time. Instead, the root problem is that small business owners are following bad advice.

Why the F in Online Business Is So Important for Keeping Visitors Engaged

Don Dodds | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Don Dodds

Virtually every visitor to your site follows a similar reading pattern. They begin in the top left corner and skim quickly across the page to the right.

John's 100th Burger: Food Trucks, the Solution to Every New Yorkers' Midtown Lunch Dilemma

Jane Seo | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Jane Seo

For busy New Yorkers like John, who refuse to walk more than two blocks for lunch, food trucks that show up right outside the doorstep of their office buildings are as convenient as deliveries minus the tip.

The Fortune Is in the Follow Up

Honoree Corder | Posted 10.27.2013 | Small Business
Honoree Corder

You've connected with a potential client, explained your services, and they seem excited to move forward. They even requested a proposal, promised to review it and get back to you posthaste. Then, nothing.

An Entrepreneurial Insight Into Language Education: Lessons From Sarah Farzam

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Sarah first got the idea for Bilingual Birdies while hanging out with her two nieces in a West Village park. She was struck by the number of mothers, babies and nannies speaking a variety of languages around her.

Pentagon PR Heavyweight Takes Over SBA Press Office, Why?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The most powerful and experienced public relations officer from the Pentagon has taken over the Small Business Administration (SBA) press office. Why?

Advocates or Influencers -- Which Are More Important to Your Brand Marketing Success?

Jure Klepic | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Jure Klepic

A true advocate, often a highly satisfied customer, can be priceless. Brand marketers love to find people who are so passionate about a product or service that they promote it solely for the sake of helping others, usually without any type of incentive.

Home-related retail sales building

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 10.26.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held retailers of home-related goods and materials are seeing strong sales growth, according to new data from Sageworks, a financial informa...

Obama's Plan to Close the SBA Will Sink the Economy and His Approval Rating

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

The one and only agency in Washington to assist the 28 million American small businesses is the SBA. The agency is charged with managing the single largest economic stimulus program in U.S. history to assist small businesses.

The New Rules of Advertising, Marketing and PR

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.23.2013 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Brian Solis outlines the future of marketing, advertising, and customer relationship management, and offers hints, tips and advice for meeting the challenges associated with operating in a world of shrinking visibility and growing competition.

Leadership Lessons From Charlie Manuel

Gene Marks | Posted 10.23.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Even as he suffered his worst season yet with the Phillies, Manuel refused to step down. And when it came time to announce his departure he was adamant in saying that the team fired him. To Charlie, that's better than telling the world that he quit.

John Celock

Cake Boss Embraces Christie | John Celock | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has received a boost from the world of reality television with an endorsement from the star of the TLC television s...

Why No One Visits Your Small Business Website

Daniel Newman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

I didn't study SEO in college. I'm not an SEO expert, at least I would never tell anyone that I am. I don't perform any black magic or tricks that will bring you millions of hits to your website. But what I can tell you is this...

Know your place: Find data on peers that pays

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Investors who want to gauge the overall health of U.S. stocks often use major Wall Street indexes such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P...

What Agile Development Taught Me About Life

Michele Serro | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Michele Serro

The start-up world has made a religion of killing the sacred cow: anything that reeks of business-as-usual is frowned upon. Graduating from university? Unnecessary. Cubicles? Please. PowerPoint? Shame on you.

Box CEO Aaron Levie: Riding The Waves of Enterprise Disruption

Vala Afshar | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box, launched the company from his college dorm room in 2005 with the help of CFO Dylan Smith. What started as a c...

Making the Leap From Entrepreneur to Leader of a Professionally Managed Business

Paul Bernard | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business
Paul Bernard

If you choose to see your venture through its transformation from a growing start-up to a professionally managed firm, prepare yourself for a second, equally important, and potentially more challenging transformation.

A $39 Investment Puts Soccer Mom On Her Way To Making Millions

Posted 08.21.2013 | Home

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...

The Hidden Cost of "Free" Wireless Connectivity

Vala Afshar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

In the social and knowledge share era, our customer's connectivity expectations are growing rapidly, challenging both IT and business models to adapt ...

Demystifying Small Business Blogging

Daniel Newman | Posted 10.20.2013 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

Since there are a million experts that will tell you how to use social media, I want to focus on something that can truly help your business reach a targeted audience and translate to sales: not Twitter, not Facebook. Blogging.

Marketing Tips: Building Brand Awareness

Anjali Varma | Posted 10.20.2013 | Small Business
Anjali Varma

Whether you're a new business or an established one, creating brand awareness and keeping your brand top of mind are two critical components of your marketing strategy.

Stop Enabling--Five Ways Saying No Equals Success

Tom Lowery | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Tom Lowery

The worst part of never saying no is that our projects never come to fruition in a way we want them to. And that stinks. Lately there's been lots of arguing and debating about goals, success and leadership, much of it revolving around setting boundaries for ourselves and others.

Small Business Administration Head Leaving Soon, Why No Replacement Announcement?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

It was over six months ago that the Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills announced her resignation. The Deputy Administrator ...

Own a Business? Work in a Business? Then Watch the Little League World Series

Gene Marks | Posted 10.16.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The Little League World Series starts tomorrow in Williamsport and runs through next weekend. And if you want a few lessons about running a business, check out a few games. Here's what you'll learn about winners.

6 Ways To Stay Healthy On A Busy Schedule

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 10.14.2013 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

Americans today are working more than ever--many of them putting in 50, 60, even 100-hour workweeks. With so much time taken up at the office, is it even possible to stay healthy?