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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.

Hiring: Get it Right the First Time

Erin Daruszka | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Not planning carefully and unwittingly hiring the wrong person can be more detrimental than not having a person in the position at all -- it makes you "worse than one person short."

Turning Small Details Into Big Business

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Ashlee Kozel, The Dandy Lion Boutique November 18, 2011 was the annual Christmas parade in downtown Enterprise, Alabama. Right outside what is n...

How to Find an Intern Who Will Make an Impact for Your Business

Matt Hunckler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Matt Hunckler

It's a coin toss. At least, that's how some feel about hiring interns. And if you didn't have any tools for finding an intern and coaching them, you'd be right. Lucky for you, you really can find interns who add more to your business than tweets, blog posts and their newfound knowledge about Snapchat.

10 Ways to Increase Conversions on Your Website

Jonathan Long | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Jonathan Long

Driving conversions online, whether sales, leads, or clicks to a particular page, requires extensive testing, analyzing, and optimization. These 10 simple tips can help improve that conversion rate significantly.

Mark Cuban Answers Your Questions

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.30.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

What if we let you ask anything to any of our 10 mentors? Recently, we crowdsourced some questions for Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of ABC's Shark Tank. Here's what he had to say in response to the top five questions we received.

When Good People Quit, It's Not Them, It's You

Renny McPherson | Posted 03.30.2014 | Small Business
Renny McPherson

Being self-critical is never easy, but it's paramount to understanding how your company is functioning, and what you can do to improve it.

Exchanges, Exchanges Everywhere: Understanding the Role of Private Exchanges

David Blumenthal | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Just when we thought we'd gotten the health insurance exchange part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) down, along comes a curve ball: private exchanges.

Cognitive Analytics: Kevin Greaney With Innovation Assessment Saves Great Minds From Bad Testing

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Have you recently completed a pre-employment assessment? One of the typical Myers Briggs or DiSC tests where you were identified as an 'extrovert' or 'ISTJ' or 'achiever?' If so, you are part of the 33 million people who endured workforce evaluations last year.

How to Make Quick and Easy Custom Email Signatures

Kelley Sanabria | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Kelley Sanabria

Using your actual signature instead of just typing your name gives a fun and personal touch to your business documents, like newsletters, blog posts, client letters and holiday correspondence.

Women Entrepreneurs Are Pretty Happy -- Here's Why

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 03.29.2014 | Women
Colleen DeBaise

The rigid corporate model doesn't accommodate the needs of women, who remain by far the biggest caretakers of children and the elderly.

How We Turned Pinterest Into Our Biggest Traffic Driver

Harley Finkelstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Small Business
Harley Finkelstein

By Joey Nelson, Southern Swim This past December, we launched Southern Swim on Shopify. Southern Swim represents the culture and lifestyle...

You? An Expert? Really?

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 03.27.2014 | Small Business
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Various online sources claim the word "expert" is from the Latin "expertus," which means, loosely, having tested, proved or experienced. And that's just what we expect from experts -- that they learn and discover better ways to do things we can't do ourselves.

Long Live the Art of Handwritten Notes (In the Business World)

Kristian Schwartz | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Kristian Schwartz

I work in executive search. It's a relationship business. Period. Yet, to reinforce these relationships and truly thank someone for their time, whether a referral or even a search assignment, nothing comes close to a handwritten note.

Lil Jon: 'Grab Your N*** And Make It Happen'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.27.2014 | Small Business

Want to find success? Hip-hop star Lil Jon has some rather pointed advice for you. The 42-year-old rapper and businessman behind the early 2000s hi...

On the Horizon: Small Business Spending Predictions for 2014 | Posted 03.25.2014 | Small Business

One of the best indicators of how well an economy is doing is the strength of small businesses. With that standard, 2014 is looking to be a good year for the U.S.

10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs From an Expert Looking for a Global Impact, Sylvester Chisom

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

All entrepreneurs must overcome fear to start their endeavors. Sylvester Chisom overcame this fear early on, when he founded his first business at age 17. Now, 11 years later, he is committed to helping other young entrepreneurs take the leap.