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Marriott Gets Bullish on Content Marketing and New Talent Is Grabbing the Horns, Part I

Gordy Grundy | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Gordy Grundy

Content Marketing demands great skill and subtlety. I am grateful when Pillsbury offers me a new recipe, but helpful tips on cleaning the bowl are too much. Like a progressive parent hovering over their only child, Content Marketing is a delicate balance of good advice and harassment.

Send Better Emails Using These 7 Data-Backed Tips [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 03.13.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

One of the most effective forms of online marketing, email marketing, is constantly evolving. As a small business owner you need to stay current with the trends in order to fully maximize the effect of your email campaigns.

8 Ways to Still Have a Life While Working Long Hours

Kim Garst | Posted 03.13.2015 | Business
Kim Garst

There are ways, however, to make sure work stays at work. This post will go over eight ways to cut down on work, be more productive while you are at the office, and to really enjoy the free time you do have!

Yoga at Local Shops Builds Business and Community

Lauren Coles | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Coles

If you are a business looking to offer yoga into your space, go to another shop's yoga event for inspiration. Find a yoga teacher or yoga company that you trust, and collaborate on creating an event to remember. When local shops offer yoga in their space, they welcome new faces and build a strong community.

10 Rules of Fighting

Dr. Shannon Kolakowski | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shannon Kolakowski

The workplace often brings out conflict. When you are passionate about your work and good at your job, you're not always going to agree with everyone. In fact, conflicting viewpoints are part of what makes a workplace creative and productive. But conflict doesn't have to ruin your day or damage your relationship with your colleagues.

How to Save 10 Hours a Week on Content Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 03.12.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Content marketing is incredibly time-consuming! You know blogging, doing videos and infographics can help you win more business, but who has time for all that when there are other fires to put out!?

Is SEO or PPC Right for Your Business? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

Ian Mills | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Often SEO and PPC are approached with separate strategies. And while they are dissimilar in many ways, it is still important to remember that they are part of the same domain: search.

Why Companies That Know Their Ideal Customer Grow Fast

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

What your company offers and the way it operates will make it very easy for some people to work with you, but much harder for others.

Using Formalized Referral Systems to Grow Your Sales

David Finkel | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Here are six specific referral systems you can use to grow your sales, increase your cash flow, and build up your business. These ideas are for any business with an existing customer base who feel strong and positive about the value they got from your company.

5 Secrets of Mind Blowing Tantric Entrepreneurialism

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Jeff Steinmann

Too often, we believe that business has to be boring, stuffy and confined to the daytime, so we can spend our evenings doing what we are really passionate about. As Aprille showed us, your business can be filled with the same passion and excitement as a good old-fashioned roll in the hay.

Get Smart: Five Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Nellie Akalp | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Over the past year, I have been making a concerted effort to improve my work habits as a way to improve both my productivity and well-being.

7 Things Self-Made Millionaires Do Differently

John Bowen | Posted 03.10.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

Why do some entrepreneurs soar to the highest heights while others plummet like a lead balloon? If you think there is no single reason for success or failure, you're right. There are, in fact, seven of them.

5 Stages of the Human Resources Life Cycle in Need of Improvement

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Like many other areas of life and business, human resources has a unique life cycle. However, instead of focusing on the biological aspects of development, the HR life cycle involves the stages employees go through and the role HR takes on during those stages.

3 Steps to Take Today to Sell Your Business for Top Dollar Tomorrow

David Finkel | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Are you taking action to mitigate as many perceived buyer risks as possible over the next two to three years before you sell?

How Empowered Women Make It Happen

Susan Liang | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Susan Liang

The environment for women is better, yet my fellow female entrepreneurs and I find that the way we look still plays more of a role in how we are perceived than we would like. We're not necessarily taken seriously until we speak and even then, we have to prove our merit over and over again.

The Impact of Leadership on Business Success

Alex Pirouz | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

When it comes to achieving business success, most people think it is mostly because of the strategy that the business comes up with. Strategy is one part of a whole range of reasons but not the only reason for success.

Sharat Menon: Propel Your Career or Business by Going Above and Beyond

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

With great passion for successful innovation and deep understanding of businesses and consumers needs, Sharat Menon, how Vice President, Digital Payments and Remittances at DBS, shares how he started his career and shares some golden nuggets on how one can fast track his career and succeed in their own fields.

Finding Time in Unexpected Places: 11 Tips on Productivity

Simon Tam | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Simon Tam

By managing your time as you would a small business, you can cut the excess and focus on what you really find most rewarding.

How a Shark Turned Lobster into Big Money

Sandy Abrams | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis turned their fond childhood memories into a business called Cousins Maine Lobster. It started with a simple conversation, reminiscing about idyllic afternoons spent in their backyards boiling lobster and enjoying the local delicacy surrounded by family.

10 Tricky Ways You Might Self-Sabotage Your Small Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

From a failure of morale to a failure of methods and logistics, more often than not, the inhibition comes from honest good intentions meeting bad ideas. How might your small business growth be subject to self-sabotage? It's frightening easier than one thinks.

Venture Capital Made the Few Wealthy; Similar Tools Can Make the Many Less Poor

Beth Sirull | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Beth Sirull

We need more incentives to encourage investment in intermediaries like PCV that invest in small businesses, particularly in lower-income neighborhoods.

A Big Confession About Feeling Small

Chelsea Berler | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Chelsea Berler

Today I want to remind you that... YOU ARE ENOUGH. There is no reason to make yourself feel small.

Players Gonna Play: How to Handle Professional or Business-Related Criticism Like a Pro

Victoria Olubi | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Olubi

It's true that even the most thick-skinned of individuals wince when criticized and struggle to cope with the blow to the ego that it causes. Whilst criticism of any sort is never fun, there are ways to lessen its impact. Here are four highly effective rules that make criticism hurt a bit less.

6 Qualities You Need As An Entrepreneur

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Building a company from the ground up can take its toll on you, but these six qualities will lead you to success.

Find Your Business's Voice Before a Parody Account Does

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

If Arby's themselves tweeted with self-deprecating, dark humor, I'm not sure if they'd get the same following. People who follow and respond to Nihilist Arby's aren't necessarily Arby's food fans.