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How and Why We Avoid Discussing Our Flatlining Business

Ashley Behnke | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Ashley Behnke

I uttered, "Yes, the business is doing great! We just hit this milestone," when at the forefront of my mind disappointment, missed deadlines and unmet goals were blaring. The intent was not to speak half-truths, but why burden someone with how I'm feeling?

How to Inspire More Women to Become Entrepreneurs

Nellie Akalp | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

As a mother of four, pursuing a career as an entrepreneur gave me the flexibility raise my kids without compromise, and financial freedom to live life on my terms. So how can we inspire more women to consider entrepreneurship? First things first, sell them on the benefits.

How a Top Startup Expert Turned a Book Into a $50M Company

Harry Red | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business
Harry Red

Picture a circle. Imagine it represents your future startup, transformed into a wildly successful company.

Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur? Ask These 5 Questions

Jose Vasquez | Posted 11.17.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Entrepreneurship is an appealing idea to many, but few go through with starting their own companies, and even fewer end up being success. Why is this? The challenges of entrepreneurship are tough, multifaceted, and daunting--and not everybody's cut out for the work.

'Nice' Policies Boost Morale and Retention

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Even more important than the presence of employee-friendly policies is the implementation of those policies -- providing an atmosphere in which employees feel they will not be penalized for work-family conflicts, and they will receive reasonable, affirmative support in their attempts to address work/non-work life issues.

Are You Risking Your (Small) Business By Taking An Online Loan?

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Shunit Harpaz

In our last blog post I stressed how small businesses are constantly looking for cash infusion. A positive cash flow for a small business provides breathing air much needed to grow, to renovate, to buy new equipment or just to free some needed capital.

6 Holiday Ideas to Bring People Into Your Store

Diana Mackie | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Diana Mackie

The holiday season is a great time to try to maximize your exposure amongst your local community, whether you're hoping to attract holiday shoppers or network with potential new business clients.

Entrepreneurs Wanted: No Experience Necessary

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 11.11.2015 | Small Business
Kali Kasprzyk

No one and nothing can prepare you for starting your own business. Sure you can take classes, buy fancy software, lease office space, and "get your ducks in a row"; but when it comes down to it you have to simply have the drive to keep moving forward.

Don't Let Your Startup Fail

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Lee Schneider

Startups are almost like real businesses, except they often lack a long term plan, a stable customer base, a staff and money. Finding those crucial ingredients is part of a startup's journey toward profitability and stability. From what I have seen, many startups find those things out of order.

Expert Grammar Techniques to Help You Spell Words You Don't Know [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Jonathan Long

Have you ever found yourself frozen in the middle of typing out an email or writing a blog post because you weren't completely sure how to spell a word? This is something that everyone experiences at one point or another -- and spell check isn't always a sure bet.

Giving Veteran Entrepreneurs a Better Chance With Loans, Grants, and Good Advice

NerdWallet | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business

By Steve Nicastro Opening your own business is always tough, but American veterans who become small-business owners have added challenges. ...

Still Looking for the Perfect Social Media Management Tool?

Katyan Roach | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Katyan Roach

Today's internet savvy consumers can within seconds of walking into your business, tweet about their experiences, good or bad, and if keeping up with what's being said about you online isn't enough, add to the mix, managing the conversations and the content your customers consume.

4 Benefits of Accurate Job Descriptions for Small Businesses

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

The stresses and responsibilities that come with running a small business aren't so "small." In fact, there are a lot of issues that quickly arise when systems and procedures aren't properly implemented. And it all starts with the expectations you set for your employees from the beginning.

How to Become an Inspiration to Yourself and Others

Megan K. McAvoy | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Megan K. McAvoy

What if you found out today that you only had one more day to live? Would you feel happy with the way that you have lived your life? Would you look back and be satisfied that each day you woke up excited, inspired and passionate?

7 Startup Warning Signs You Can't Afford to Ignore

Jose Vasquez | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Entrepreneurs take huge risks to bring their ideas to life. Unfortunately, most startup companies fail within the first few years of operation -- and even good businesses built on great ideas can suffer that ultimate end.

Growing Chicago's Economy One Small Business At A Time

Rahm Emanuel | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Rahm Emanuel

There is a lot more work to do and many more Chicago entrepreneurs who are ready to succeed. Our challenge as a city is to continue thinking of ways that we can support them, because by helping more small businesses grow, in turn we will help more neighborhoods succeed all throughout the City of Chicago.

5 Essential PR Tips for Small Businesses

Gillian Small | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Gillian Small

Elaborate public relations campaigns can often be an expensive undertaking. Creating a PR campaign to fit the needs of your small business will require focused time and effort, but doesn't have to break the bank. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when considering a public relations push.

For Entrepreneurs on the Verge of Giving Up, Risto Lähdesmäki, CEO of Idean, Has a Few Suggestions

Ramon Nuez | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

Risto Lähdesmäki is the CEO of Idean, a Palo Alto, CA, based global design firm. While interviewing Lähdesmäki, I quickly came to understand tha...

3 Tools to Grow Your Local Business Online

Danielle Sabrina | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Danielle Sabrina

Starting an online local business isn't easy. You've got to build your website from the ground up, fill it with content, check for technical glitches and ultimately, launch it to the public. And the work doesn't end with your grand opening.

The American Dream Is Authored By Entrepreneurs Part 3

John Swanciger | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
John Swanciger

For the third and final installment in this series, we reached out to small business owner Manuel Mendoza, owner of La Patisserie Cafe, to find out what he considers to be the American Dream, how it resonates with him, and why running a business is so meaningful.

Finding Your Niche, Ex-Pat Style

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Last year, a chance encounter with Einstein's legacy and its keepers, the Landau brothers reignited my passion for physics and math. My search for cl...

Survival Kit for Entrepreneurs

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

When you decide to start a new business, at first everything is happiness, enthusiasm and energy to start your project. Nevertheless you need to take into consideration that only 15% of new businesses make it past the first two years.

Etsy Entrepreneurs Share 7 Secrets to Their Success

NerdWallet | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business

Claudia Lucero was up to her ears in student loans, and she needed some extra cash to make her payments. So in 2009 she took her hobby - making homemade cheese - and launched an Etsy business selling cheese-making kits.

This One Tip Should Make You Rethink Your Social Media Strategy

Katyan Roach | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Katyan Roach

There are so many messages floating around on how to get the best out of your social media marketing. Messages that sing the praises of fan engagement, social media platforms, tools, trick and tips. However, many Entrepreneurs are finding that for as much effort and these days money; that they pour into their social media campaigns, there still seems to be something missing.

We're Bringing Unsexy Back to Entrepreneurship

Andrew_Yang | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business

What is Unsexy Entrepreneurship? It's the unglamorous, obscure, brick-and-mortar business with an unclear ceiling.