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Lessons Employees Can Learn From the NCAA's March Madness

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

Believe it or not, allowing your employees to get wrapped up in March Madness is actually a good thing, and in the long run will increase productivity and expand the way your employees approach their jobs.

Netflix Is Genius. Spacey is Brilliant. I Am Just Lazy.

Gene Marks | Posted 05.28.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Damn you Netflix! You've shown how lazy I really am about social media. And how in the world can I get off the sofa and take any action if you keep making brilliant shows like House of Cards?

You're Building a Business -- But Can You Sell It?

Jack Garson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

You can build a business that people will clamor to buy. It takes know-how and discipline. Here's the info -- you supply the willpower.

6 Surprising Things You Can Do Online

Denise Gosnell | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Denise Gosnell

Long gone are the days when computers were bulky pieces of equipment that costs thousands of dollars apiece. Today's smartphone and iPad devices can now do more than the large, bulky computers of the 1990s.

Which Web Host Should You Choose for Your Small Business?

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 05.27.2013 | Small Business
Jeff Hindenach

If you want your business to stand out, you need a solid e-commerce tool, a useful and well-designed interface, and a reliable site that users can always access. A solid web hosting service can give you all three of those. So which web hosting is the best?

Customer Service: The New Proactive Marketing

Hulya Aksu | Posted 05.26.2013 | Business
Hulya Aksu

Being in business means more than just selling your services or goods. In 2013, being in business means selling, monitoring, engaging, social sharing, online reviewing, reputation managing, generating, and -- most importantly -- listening.

The Unseen Bean: Roasting Coffee in the Dark

Dark Rye | Posted 05.25.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

When you lose the use of one sense, the others become heightened. That's certainly true for Gerry Leary of Boulder, Colorado. Leary has been blind since birth, yet he operates a successful coffee roasting business and a café near Boulder's main pedestrian mall, Pearl Street.

Business Plan Yes, But Comprensive and Detailed, Not So Much

Tim Berry | Posted 05.25.2013 | Small Business
Tim Berry

Of course you should know your business, your team, your strengths and weaknesses, and your market. That's absolutely essential. But do you take the business time to describe it in comprehensive detail, with edited text, statistics and formal research? No.

From Idea to IPO

Daniel Newman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

To create the jobs, the careers and the environment where "The Employee" can flourish. There is something about that in which cannot be easily put to words. But is rewarding unlike anything else for an entrepreneur.

Trying to Lean In, Sheryl, but Facebook's Not Making it Easy

Catherine Ventura | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Catherine Ventura

Sheryl Sandberg's advice -- Lean In -- is a positive and valuable one. It's ironic, however, that the company she helps run makes it hard for women business owners to do just that.

John Celock

Senators Back $23.3 Billion Online Sales Tax | John Celock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A measure to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes from online purchases received key support in the United States Se...

Help on the Way for Small Businesses Struggling With Health Care Costs

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

It's critical small business owners are aware of the many benefits the new law offers. The fact that small businesses have been suffering from high health care costs for decades isn't front-page news, but that something is coming online soon to help them is.

Startups Must Adapt to New Customer Buying Dynamics

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

Learning how to craft and nurture great customer experiences around your product is critical. The future of your business these days depends on it.

A Sick Leave Bill Is an Insult to Employers and Employees

Gene Marks | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

I can't be trusted to come up with my own policy for my employees? I care so little for my people that I would try to take advantage of them when they're feeling ill? I need the city to tell me when I should pay them for staying at home?

How to Stop Copycats in Their Tracks

Denise Gosnell | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Denise Gosnell

Today's technology makes it so easy for people to steal content from others and then hide behind their remote location to try and get away with it. Nearly every business owner I know has faced piracy problems like this, and the problem continues to get worse.

The Next "No"

Aron Susman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Aron Susman

It seems like when anyone gets into the startup game, one of the first things that they begin to hear is that they need to have thick skin.

Three Tips for Getting a Business Loan: What You Need to Know

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.18.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Applying for a business loan can be intimidating and stressful, and it can be confusing to have an application rejected with little explanation. Three of these steps are described below, and should be completed prior to approaching a financial institution about a loan.

5 Ways to Manage Higher Small Business Shipping Costs

Melinda Emerson | Posted 05.18.2013 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Justin Amendola, Pitney Bowes' shipping expert, shares tips on how we as small business owners could keep our shipping costs under control.

Boosting Your Startup's Performance

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 05.18.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

Being a mentor and an investor at an accelerator is also a wonderful opportunity to invest in smart people that bring innovation and have an impact in society's welfare by supporting small businesses that create new jobs.

The Secret Weapon of the Rich

Denise Gosnell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Denise Gosnell

The "secret weapon" is called leverage. By using the power of leverage, you can skyrocket the growth of your business. Leverage is the idea of using other people or resources in a way that produces far more results than the amount of effort you have to expend.

How to Fix the Unemployment Rate

Gene Marks | Posted 05.15.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

We need to change the way we measure employment and do it sooner rather than later if we want those numbers to be relevant to us in the future.

Fighters vs. Arms Dealers

Andrew_Yang | Posted 05.14.2013 | Small Business

One reason the finance business is always busy is that it functions much like the arms dealer. You don't need to figure out precisely who's going to win or lose. Some fail, some succeed. If they succeed, they wind up building an army that's accomplishing something.

The Cold Call Isn't Dead

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Kevin Ducoff

It's an issue communications professionals have been grappling with for years -- does outbound marketing really work to drive leads and sales? The answer may surprise you.

What Qualities Gauge a Woman's Success in Business?

Ellen Rohr | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
Ellen Rohr

In 1963, Mary Kay Ash was passed over for a promotion by a man she had trained. Frustrated, she quit and made a list of everything that was wrong with company.


Dark Rye | Posted 05.13.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

People are still lining up for the green tea crème brûlée, warm chocolate mochi cake, miso chocolate brownies and black sesame sweet tofu.