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4 Things Your Boss Will Never Tell You About Getting a Raise or Promotion

Eric Barker | Posted 05.04.2013 | Small Business
Eric Barker

Hard work isn't all it's cracked up to be. Performance is only loosely tied to who succeeds.

Good Food, Good People: Tim's Place

Posted 03.04.2013 | Taste

Breakfast, lunch and hugs.

Grim Reapers: How Republicans Are Killing Small Business in America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The Republican stance on the sequester and beyond is an abomination and needs to be repudiated. Otherwise we can kiss America's cherished small businesses goodbye, and with it, our economic future.

Small Group, Big Impact

Venture For America | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's hard to imagine what Downtown Project was like before the Venture for America Fellows joined our team. I'm not really sure how we functioned without them.

The Northeast Kingdom: Cellars at Jasper Hill

Dark Rye | Posted 05.01.2013 | Taste
Dark Rye

Today, The Cellars At Jasper Hill is a 22,000-square-foot labyrinth of vaults that sits beneath the pastures where the Kehler brothers raise their herd of Ayrshire cows.

3 Alternative Hiring Approaches for Small Businesses

Patrick Richard | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business
Patrick Richard

Companies have traditionally approached hiring in cut-and-dry, inflexible ways. But it may be time to shake up the traditional recruitment model to help small businesses land more efficient hires.

11 Questions to Ask Your Work From Home Employees

Gene Marks | Posted 05.01.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

How can Marissa Mayer (and you, if you're an employer) determine whether an employee can really and truly be productive from their home office? That's easy. All you have to do is ask these simple questions.

Good Food, Good People: Calozzi's Cheesesteaks

Posted 03.01.2013 | Taste

Pour your heart out and tell us about the special food people in your neighborhood.

Why It's Time to Rev Up America's Innovation Engine

Valiant Lowitz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Small Business
Valiant Lowitz

What's the likelihood of Startup 3.0 passing the Congress? Given the demise of Startup 2.0, the odds are certainly against it. But let it be known to all who place politics before the well-being of America: Pass this bill now.

Former Wall Street Executive Turns Icing Into An Art Form

Posted 02.27.2013 | MarloThomas

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 Pumpkin Plan for Stuck Entrepreneurs

Blake Landau | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Blake Landau

Whether it's celebrities or successful entrepreneurs we like things served up picturesque. We hear about kids who never went to college raising millions, we hear about platforms generating hundreds of thousands of users overnight, but do we hear about failure?

SBA Resorts to Propaganda and Pixie Dust

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 04.27.2013 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

Small businesses continue to struggle and have been the hardest hit by the economic conditions of the last several years. Promoting propaganda and sprinkling pixie dust won't change a thing. Shame on the SBA.

Leading With Vision: The Importance of Painting the Picture to Success

Nick Friedman | Posted 04.28.2013 | Small Business
Nick Friedman

The key to effectively leading with vision is to be able to communicate your vision as effectively as possible in an inspirational manner.

Kick the Habit, Congress

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a vacuum operated by billion-dollar corporations to siphon what little money local small business owners still have left to further dominate our economy and political process.

Private Manufacturers Growing Sales, Profitability

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 04.27.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Private manufacturing companies in Sageworks' database have an average net profit margin of 6.5 percent, according to current estimates for 2012. That compares with an average net profit margin of just over 5 percent in 2011 and a recessionary low average of 2.7 percent in 2009.

How to Engage the 5 Senses of Your Audience for Increased Sales

Britt Michaelian | Posted 04.27.2013 | Small Business
Britt Michaelian

In business, we need to make sure that we are tapping into as many of the senses as possible so that we can really connect with our audience. The more pleasurable the experience is for our audience, the better.

What Business Leaders Can Learn from ‘Generation Mobile’

Jerry Cuomo | Posted 05.29.2013 | Technology
Jerry Cuomo

About four years ago, we started hiring high school interns. The idea was to introduce basic software development skills and help create interest in the field. What we didn't anticipate was how much we'd learn in the process. In many ways, the teachers became the students, and the experience continues to transform the way we view risk, reward -- and the user experience.

Exit Here: 7 Steps to Successfully (and Profitably) Leaving Your Business

Bill McBean | Posted 04.26.2013 | Small Business
Bill McBean

Being in a position to dictate your own exit strategy should be the highlight of your career because it epitomizes the entrepreneurial dream: Go into business, be successful at it, and leave under your own terms.

Is Niche the New Start Up Route?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Laxmi Hariharan

To be successful today, emerging start-ups must find a niche. They have to solve a very specific consumer need and add tangible value to their customers' lives -- in as social and engaging a fashion as possible.

These Four Companies Think Online Video Can Help Your Business

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 04.23.2013 | Small Business
Kevin Ducoff

Check out these four companies -- from big-name contenders to newly formed startups -- that think online video can help your business.

The Hiring Guru: Hiring New Employees? Start With a Phone Call

David Jensen | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
David Jensen

Screening candidates by phone helps narrow the field. This process can be tedious as there are many outgoing and incoming telephone calls. The conversations themselves can also be deceptive but will save a great deal of time in the long run as you'll eliminate some potential time-wasting interviews.

Packaging -- How to Land Yourself on Time Magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People List

Peter Sheahan | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Peter Sheahan

We've all heard the notion that a single great idea has the capacity to change the world. But in truth, ideas don't manifest change. People do, specifically people who can elevate those ideas by clearly articulating how they can be put into practice in the real world.

When Delegating Feels Like More Work for You

Lauren Bacon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Lauren Bacon

A lot of bosses are terrible at delegating. Yes, the first time you delegate, it will cost you more time and energy than if you did it yourself. But before long, all it takes is the effort to forward the email, stop at their desk, shoot them an instant message. "Could you take care of this?" "Sure." Done.

The Art of Divorce Recovery

Don McNay | Posted 04.22.2013 | Divorce
Don McNay

I equated divorce to failure. I don't mind telling the world about my business failures (and success), but there was something about my marriage ending that I wanted to keep to myself.

Kiva Zip Joins Forces with Innovative Mentoring Programs for Small Business Entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities

Kiva Zip | Posted 04.15.2013 | Small Business
Kiva Zip

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifOur entrepreneurs are mostly people who see starting a business as an avenue to a better life. They have an idea, a vision and a lot of passion.