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Business Sales to Continue Booming Through 2014

Greg Voakes | Posted 04.08.2014 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

As the old adage goes, "The best time to sell a business is when it is doing well."

Mentoring Mom: Home Handicrafts Business Expands to Hire Youth

Suzanne Skees | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

A stressed, angry wife struggling to support a seriously ill husband and three children figures out a way to mechanize her output and produce four times as much merchandise in four hours a day.

Congress Could Use a Lesson From America's Innovators

Marc Joseph | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Marc Joseph

These budget impasses remind me of the movie Groundhog Day. There have got to be some innovative thinkers outside and inside government who can get us out of this rut of repeating the same mistakes over and over again.

It's Time We Rise From the Sunken Couch

D.J. Wilson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Small Business
D.J. Wilson

Whether you've been unemployed, one week, one month, one year or even longer, it's time to rise from the sunken couch you've resigned yourself to and engage the world around you, beginning with your neighbors just beyond the front door.

Launch a Contest, And Your Business Could Be The Real Winner

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 04.07.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Brian Klotzman, Organized Prepper It's a well-known fact that people love to get stuff for free. Couple that with everyone wanting to feel lik...

Sustainability Squared

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

How can the world attain a decent, sustainable lifestyle, one that doesn't wreck our land, water, and air? In fact, we already have the necessary technology -- technology that can create more and better jobs. Here are examples from farms, cities, and businesses.

How to Write More and Write Quickly

Carol Roth | Posted 04.06.2014 | Small Business
Carol Roth

Small business owners have a lot of writing to do. Keeping up with writing for social media, blog posts, books or client presentations can be one of the most challenging things to do effectively. Here are a few ways to cast aside your writer's block and write more prolifically.

5 Ways to Play Your Career Like an Olympic Athlete

Robert Jordan | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Robert Jordan

I'm not ready for the ski jump anytime soon (or ever), but studying how these athletes got to the top can provide us with some great takeaways. Here are five traits of Olympians that you can apply to your career right now.

Obama's Mistake in the State of the Union Teaches a Valuable Lesson

Ian Altman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Small Business
Ian Altman

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama made a common mistake that many businesses make, too.

Trade Yes, But a Different Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Voters overwhelmingly expect the TPP to be a good deal for large corporations at the expense of small businesses:

The Home Office Worker's Tale

Robin Hardman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Technology
Robin Hardman

I sat down to work a couple weeks ago, ready to tick off the first in a long to-do list. From what I could tell, this was a spectacular crash. An hour of frantic booting and rebooting, phone calls and "system restore," and I had to face the truth: My computer was one with the angels.

How to Say Thank You After a Job Interview

Kristian Schwartz | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Kristian Schwartz

Should I send an email or handwritten thank-you after a job interview? It's a question I get asked almost daily as an executive search consultant. My answer is, yes and yes.

There's a Time and a Place for Everything

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

If you've seen The Wolf of Wall Street, you probably wouldn't be surprised to know it holds the record for the number of "F" bombs during a movie -- 5...

Five Legal Myths That Can Cost You a Fortune

Jack Garson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Your mom already warned you: Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you should. Remember the bridge?

The Super Bowl Creates Super Inspiration for Business Marketers

Heather Whaling | Posted 04.05.2014 | Small Business
Heather Whaling

Rather than simply spending $4 million for 30 seconds of in-the-moment hype, brands like M&M, Axe, Jaguar and Sodastream are using their Super Bowl advertisements -- and the corresponding hype -- to launch year-long integrated marketing campaigns.

Private-company growth slowed in 2013

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

U.S. GDP might have grown more than expected in the fourth quarter, but data from Sageworks, a financial information company, indicates there's still ...

The Basics of Care and Feeding For Your Startup

Gil Laroya | Posted 04.05.2014 | Small Business
Gil Laroya

Startups can be a joy to have, and fun for everyone involved. But they can be finicky, sensitive to changes and in many cases, their health can go downhill in no time.

Small Businesses Willing to Go the Distance on Long-Term Unemployment

John Arensmeyer | Posted 04.05.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Despite recent improvements in the economy, the average time people are out of work is still twice as long as any recession since the 1950s.

Gary Vee Answers Your Questions

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 04.05.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

Gary Vaynerchuk is a social media maverick who engages people online in a big way. He's one of the mentors in Shopify's Build A Business Competition,...

How to Stick to Your Niche

Zach Cutler | Posted 04.02.2014 | Small Business
Zach Cutler

When you launch your startup, you'll face many challenges and bumps in the road. Rather than allowing these to daunt you, welcome them. Each one will help you build a stronger sense of identity as a company and guide you closer to your niche within your industry.

Stop Dangling The Carrots and Throw Out The Sticks

Lolly Daskal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

The old carrot-and-stick motivation is not working for business anymore, so why are we leading and managing like we are still in the 20th century?

Sales Channels: How To Achieve Success With Independent Sales Reps

Ian Altman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

If you help your channel partners discover how to make the most effective use of their time and put more money in their pocket working with you, then you'll have their attention.

Is Facebook 'Dead' for the Small Business Owner?

Kim Garst | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Kim Garst

With new social networking sites springing up constantly, it is tempting to spend what little time you have for social media hunting in more fertile grounds -- if there are any, right? Not yet and I will tell you why.

5 Ways to Inspire an Entrepreneurial Kid

Meg Seitz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Meg Seitz

We think kids with entrepreneurial tendencies are pretty cool. Curious, adventurous and fearless, they filter the world differently. And I can't think of a more hopeful future than one built by people who started thinking like entrepreneurs before hitting a double digit age.

Reefer Madness: Why the Feds Shouldn't Force Pot to Be An All-Cash Business

Adam Levin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Adam Levin

If it's going to be legal, small business owners who sell it should have the same access to the financial system (and the protections that system provides them) as any other small business owner in America.