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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Choose the Right Vendor For Your Business

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 09.24.2013 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

Dive deep by setting up a meeting with your management team and department heads to hash out what you love, hate and want. What is on your wish list?

10 Rules of Thumb for Naming a Business

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Lululemon, TED Talks, Coca-Cola, and hey, even Kim Kardashian -- all brands (and people) that exercise the use of alliteration well and stake out a place in our memory banks while they're at it.

The Top 100 Most Social Customer Service Pros On Twitter

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

As the chief customer officer for Enterasys, I am very fortunate to be a member of an award-winning global customer service and support organization. ...

The Marketing and Digital Talent Gap - the Search for Agility

Andy Betts | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Andy Betts

Most marketers today operate in a multi-dimensional, multi-functional and multi-channel ecosystem. The role of the CMO has changed and the rise of the Digital CMO and CIO are part cause, and part consequence, of the convergence and growth of digital marketing.

How a Contest Can Spur Innovation and Grow Your Business

Daniel Burrus | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

While I use many innovative strategies to help companies accelerate, I've always liked the approach of running a contest. When was the last time your...

Small Businesses Support President Obama's Climate Plan

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

In the widening post-Obama "Climate Plan speech" conversation, small business owners are becoming vocal on what their needs and beliefs are. I was on ...

With A Half-Billion Dollar IT Budget, She May Be The Best U.S. Gov CIO

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Casey Coleman, the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) knows a thing or two about the challenges that private...

Tips for Networking Effectively

Anjali Varma | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
Anjali Varma

Making connections and leveraging relationships is critical whether you are a mompreneur, working mom, or stay at home considering re-entering the work force.

Afghan and Rwandan Women Learn Entrepreneurial Skills From U.S. Mentors

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
Susan Wilson Solovic

Entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda are spending three weeks in the United States, gaining valuable skills and insight they can use to build and expand their own businesses, as well as to train others in their communities to do the same.

Our Message Is Our Brand

Faisal Hoque | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Faisal Hoque

An inspirational message is far more influential than one that just makes a point. As leaders, it doesn't matter how smart or confident or talented we are. If we can't offer inspiration with every message, we won't influence the people involved in building and growing our enterprises and communities.

Working for Money Shows Poverty of Ambition

David Hassell | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
David Hassell

Seek to be fulfilled by a career meaningful to YOU. Working for money shows a poverty of ambition. Don't let it happen to you. Make sure your career (your "WHY") is worthy of your life.

Accountants: Health Care Law Makes New Hires Less Likely

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

The Affordable Care Act makes it less likely that businesses will be hiring in the next year, roughly two-thirds of accountants surveyed recently said...

Has the Mainstream Media Unwittingly Helped the Government Cheat Small Businesses?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I think the mainstream media has unwittingly helped the government cheat American small businesses out of over two trillion dollars in federal contracts over the last decade.

Great Businesses Are Not Managed, They Are Led

Matthew Ricketts | Posted 07.22.2013 | Small Business
Matthew Ricketts

I recently wrote an article titled "Business Should Always Be Personal." I wrote that we need to maintain our humanity in business -- to maintain ...

Mavens' Advice On Digital Influence [INFOGRAPHIC]

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.21.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The world's best business and leadership experts share their insights to help CMOs, CIOs, and CEOs bolster their digital influence. This interactive i...

Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Crisis on Social Media

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 09.18.2013 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

You wake up at 4 a.m. to the sound of your phone ringing off the hook. Your subconscious knows before your body can fully register: something is seriously wrong with your business.

Oakland: Opening of the Oscar Grant Film + Zimmerman 'Not Guilty' Verdict + Vandalism = A Sad, Mad City

Pamela Mays McDonald | Posted 09.18.2013 | San Francisco
Pamela Mays McDonald

Breaking windows, spraying graffiti and setting fires to garbage cans isn't original; it hasn't worked in the past and it isn't working now to alleviate our sorrow. Living amidst nightly violence weakens our unity.

Assembling the Right Hiring Tools for Your Small Business

Brian Honigman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Small Business
Brian Honigman

When you've got a small team, a limited budget and little time on your hands, it's crucial to streamline every business process to get the most value ...

The World Is Going to Hell in a Handbasket... And Why I Am Excited About It

Janet M. Neal | Posted 09.17.2013 | Small Business
Janet M. Neal

Spend five minutes watching or reading the news these days and you will come away in either disbelief, horror or gloom and depression. And this makes me very excited. No, I am not some sadomasochist. I am someone who sees a need and a HUGE opportunity for change.

4 Ways to Handle the Inevitable Negative Review

Jay Gierak | Posted 09.17.2013 | Small Business
Jay Gierak

Negative reviews from unhappy customers, peeved ex-employees or close competitors are a challenge for local businesses, legitimate or not.

Stuck In A Revenue Rut? 5 Ways To Influence Employees Into Their "Smart State"

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

After talking with Christine Comaford , a Leadership and Culture Coach who helps mid-sized and Fortune 1000 companies navigate growth and change, an e...

The Four Questions: A Daily Small Business Inventory

Matthew Ricketts | Posted 09.16.2013 | Small Business
Matthew Ricketts

The first question we ask is "What's Working?" Simple enough question, but applied on a daily basis it allows us to focus on our daily wins.

Revitalizing Our Historic Areas: Seattle's Pioneer Square

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Stanley Hainsworth

It's the rich heritage and historical aesthetic of Pioneer Square, coupled with the modern, colorful graffiti and artistic murals that make this area of Seattle truly stimulating. One can simply step outside for inspiration.

Superhero Business Leadership Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

Most business leaders are learning about the explosive impact of technology mega trends - cloud, mobile, social, apps, and big data - and their potent...

Preserving Community Banks Should Be Bi-Partisan Priority

Tanya D. Marsh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Tanya D. Marsh

The regulatory framework for financial institutions in the United States, including many provisions of Dodd-Frank, impose significant costs on community banks without providing benefits to consumers or the economy that justify those costs.