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3 Ways To Cripple Your Startup From Day 1

Harry Red | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Harry Red

photo credit: © david_franklin / DPC Painful to watch. Passionate entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams, full of energy and hope, trying to...

How to get started with social media

Amanda Mock | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Amanda Mock

We've all be there, in the beginning, you make your first Facebook Business page or Twitter account, you fill out your profile, and then upload your c...

3 Updates Your Ecommerce Business Plan Needs Now

Allen Burt | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Allen Burt

Business models are a crucial part of any company's success. The standard format of business models have changed over the past few years, from lengthy, detailed documents to concise, informative presentations.

Your Office is Making You Sick -- Here's How to Fix It [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Jonathan Long

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 25 percent of office buildings in the U.S., both new and renovated, could be classified as "sick buildings."

Are These Three Women the Key to Your Business Success?

Kate Wan | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Kate Wan

If you have an online business or intend to start one and you overwhelmed by all of the technology and millions of courses being offered I would suggest you start following these women pronto.

How Video Marketing Will Change the Game for Marketers in 2016

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.13.2016 | Technology
Vala Afshar

As we're all now seeing first-hand, video has emerged as the medium of choice, not only for peer-to-peer content sharing and broadcast media, but also for brand-to-customer communications in both B2C and B2B markets.

Things I Know To Be True About Craft Chocolate & Small Business: As The Dust Settles On Mast-Gate

Shawn Askinosie | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Shawn Askinosie

Much has been written in response to the Mast Brothers scandal (or what our team refers to as "Mast-gate"). Nearly every perspective, rebuttal, or defense has been shared, so much so that I debated whether to publish this post, concerned I'd be adding to the noise. But there's one perspective that's missing and it's that of a (fellow?) chocolate maker.

Bulletproof Your Business Against Counterfeiters

Janice Celeste | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Janice Celeste

If you're a small business and you find yourself with an easy to replicate successful invention or product, it's only a short matter of time before it will likely be copied and sold right from under you.

Why I Want to Put Myself Out of Business

Gary Vaynerchuk | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Gary Vaynerchuk

So many people who sit in the world of giving advice, who retweet articles on Twitter and have the word "guru" somewhere in their bio, monetize a small subset of their audience at the highest levels and for the best information. Monetizing my community is not what motivates me.

2016 Is a Year of Hope

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

Modern and forward-looking programs like these serve as reminders that we all play a role when it comes to creating economically-inclusive environments that allow people to follow their dreams. Job creation is a big part of the equation.

How To Start Booking Jobs Online and Expanding Your Business

Margarita Hakobyan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Margarita Hakobyan

Most small, local, service oriented businesses grow through word of mouth. Someone asks for the name of a good painter, or house cleaner, or lawn maintenance company, and they get recommendations.

Some New York Politicians Are Not Truthful to the Working Class

John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John Burnett

It's not easy to explain viable alternatives to sharply raising the minimum wage. Anything to the contrary makes a person sound like a scrooge. Who doesn't want to see people earn a higher wage, right?

Is Your Small Business Ready to Adopt 'Facebook at Work'?

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

The question of whether instant messaging and social media in the workplace are productivity killers or loyalty enhancers has been an intense topic of debate for the last several years.

7 Steps to Becoming a Recognized Expert in Your Industry

Brian Horn | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Brian Horn

Once you are seen as an authority, or expert, in your particular field, it can open up the door for higher paying jobs and other business opportunities like speaking engagement that can grow your business and fuel your success even more. Here are seven simple ways for you to do just that.

4 Ways to Build Authentic Connections With Clients and Prospects

John Bowen | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
John Bowen

When we create a sense of community by surrounding ourselves with like-minded people, we feel that we are living life to the fullest -- and we make the people around us feel that way, too.

Why Most Entrepreneurs Fail to Attract Paying Clients and What You Can Do About It

Hurera Sheikh | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Hurera Sheikh

Have you ever wondered what makes some entrepreneurs so magnetic that people are automatically driven to them and are ready to hand them cash, with closed eyes?

Lost In The Stories

Sara Lindberg | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Sara Lindberg

I must confess -- I LOVE books. I love how they smell when you open them up for the first time. I love how they feel in my hands. I love how heavy ...

Dear Tech Startups: What Makes You Different?

Allison Kugel | Posted 01.13.2016 | Technology
Allison Kugel

How is your tech startup different? Do you hear the Jaws theme music when someone asks you that dreaded question? If so, you are not alone. Because...

Using Service as a Competitive Advantage: 5 Ways to Help Customers Love You

Shuly Oletzky | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Shuly Oletzky

As a business or entrepreneur, if you truly care about your customers and their experiences with your company, customer service should be at the top of your "important things to do" list, and not approached like an afterthought.

3 Networking Strategies You Can Learn from Billionaire Elon Musk

Christopher Kai | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Christopher Kai

During my 30-minute interview with Musk I asked him about three areas: How did growing up in South Africa affect his life, was his driving purpose what kept him afloat all these years, and what people helped him achieve his current success.

Top 5 Small Business Trends for 2016

Steve Strauss | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Steve Strauss

Every year for the past 20 years over at my USA TODAY column I look at the top trends for the upcoming year for small business. It's an interesting and ever-changing list, that's for sure, as, I suppose, that's the very nature of a trend. Consider some of the developments that were emerging in years past:

How Helicopter Parents Are Destroying the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Joe Kapp | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

If we want to create the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers, we need to give our children greater room to fail and recover on their own.

[Video] You Will Never Achieve Your Dreams Until You Do This

Ramon Nuez | Posted 01.10.2016 | Business
Ramon Nuez

At the end of your life, when you are lying are on your death bed you want to look back at your life and say "I lived full, and I am dying on empty." That is what it means to hustle.

Scaling Your Business to Balance Your Life

Rudy Vidal | Posted 01.08.2016 | Business
Rudy Vidal

When you're building your business, you may have to do almost everything yourself. But getting your business off the ground is only the first step; after that you've got to achieve sustained flight through consistent growth.

How to Create Your Best Year Ever

Michelle L Evans | Posted 01.08.2016 | Business
Michelle L Evans

How many times have you done this? You start a new year by creating new goals because you're about to have the BEST. YEAR. EVER. And then a week or two into the new year, it starts.