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How Relocating Your Business Refreshes Your Mindset

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Two weeks ago, my team and I packed up our headquarters and made the big move to a new building. The whole process took about three days to complete and was entirely "Go, go, go!" momentum based. By the time we arrived, we were tired and still working on getting ourselves 100% up to speed, but we were excited to be there and explore our new surroundings.

Think People Care About Your Success? Think Again.

Andrea V. Schroll | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Andrea V. Schroll

We get it. You created a life you love. And while that's great, it's time to focus on what really matters to your clients and customers: Them!

Elevator pitches that kill it

Javier Saade | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Javier Saade

Elevator pitches are ice breakers that, if successful, lead to deeper discussions about your company. Conventional wisdom says they last 60 seconds. I...

4 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Sales Process

Melinda Emerson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Melinda Emerson

A clear selling framework helps your team members focus on articulating value to buyers. In a small business, you need to leverage every advantage yo...

Why No One Cares About Your Product Strategy

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.27.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

The group returns exhausted from the 48-hour huddle with the "master plan" in hand. (And for some, with an even more inflated sense of self-importance.) And then everyone promptly forgets about it.

Business Struggling? Here's the Harsh Truth About Why

Alexis Pierce | Posted 09.26.2016 | Business
Alexis Pierce

We're both busy people, so I'm going to be straight with you. It may rub you the wrong way, but I'm tired of sugar-coating: When you spend your time looking for reasons why your business isn't working - and how to fix it - you're just strengthening the problem.

Ensuring that all People are Included in the Benefits of Trade

Anabel González | Posted 09.26.2016 | Impact
Anabel González

This week, I will be attending the World Trade Organization's Public Forum in Geneva, which brings together policymakers, business leaders, civil soci...

5 Signs Your Startup Is Going Somewhere

John Rampton | Posted 09.26.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Instead of focusing on the signs that your startup is doomed to fail, I thought it would be an uplifting change of pace to look at the signs that you're startup is going somewhere.

Steps Towards Being More Courageous and Less Afraid of Success

Kelly Benamati | Posted 09.23.2016 | Business
Kelly Benamati

Do you know that it is really harder for others to handle our success than it is for ourselves? Those of us that are really meant to be successful are not afraid of success and usually handle it with grace and embrace failures, challenges and those that don't support our journey.

Connections: An Interview Series with Entrepreneurs

Andi Wickman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Business
Andi Wickman

Rahma Siddiqui is a doctor turned intuitive wellness and habit coach for women. She helps women get intuitively aligned with their bodies through self...

Contrary to Popular Belief, You Don't Need to Know Everything to Be an Entrepreneur

Molly Reynolds | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Molly Reynolds

In my career as a marketer, I've worked alongside dozens and dozens of business owners; as an entrepreneurial writer, I've interviewed at least a coup...

Connections: An Interview Series with Entrepreneurs

Andi Wickman | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Andi Wickman

As a retired trial lawyer from Georgia, Ken Lander has extensive experience in advocating client's interests on long-term projects as well as in compl...

Three Timeless Tips that Entrepreneurs (and Everyone) Need to Know

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
Jack Nadel

1) Time is your most productive asset, and it cannot be recovered. If there is one word that sums up today's business world, it's probably busy. Ever...

4 Tips for Building Employee Loyalty

William Morrow | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
William Morrow

Your employees are the points of contact with your customer. To build customer loyalty you must first build employee loyalty. Your employees can only ...

Commercial Real Estate: How to Finance That Big Buy

Jared Hecht | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Jared Hecht

No matter where you launch your business, you're going to have be careful and smart about handling a commercial real estate purchase. And that starts with knowing the ins and outs of commercial property loans.

5 Basic Questions About Employee Turnover

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Industry and employment news is filled with stories of employees moving on to greener pastures now that the job market has opened up a bit. This coming and going is generally referred to as "turnover." As a small business owner, why should you care? What impact does turnover have on your business? We are going to attempt to answer those questions in this article.

Signs Your Website Isn't Working

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

Think back to the last time you visited a new store. What was the first thing you noticed? And how did it make you feel?

The Most Effective Ways for Entrepreneurs to Save Money

Jeff Charles | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
Jeff Charles

You've heard all the statistics right? 90% of startups fail. Out of all the statistics we hear every day, this is the one that all entrepreneurs remember, isn't it? It's something we all worry about.

Personal Networking is King in Real Estate Investing

Scott Yancey | Posted 09.20.2016 | Business
Scott Yancey

I'm talking about the tried and true human interactions that build relationships that deliver opportunities. Meeting people with like goals or simila...

2016 State of Digital Transformation

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.20.2016 | Technology
Vala Afshar

"Efforts in customer experience often serve as the heart and soul of digital transformation." - Brian Solis In the age of the customer, the next gene...

A Quick and Dirty Way to Make a Work Schedule or Revamp Your Exisiting One

John Rampton | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
John Rampton

Learning how to manage and control your time is integral to success. And if we're being honest, time management is really about making smart choices and accepting that there are only so many hours in a day. 

The Paradox of Goal Setting

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

"Live for your goals without your goals controlling your life." Reading that quote, you may find yourself a little baffled. You ask yourself, "How can I think BIG, set goals, and pursue them without giving into them?"

Nonprofit Provides California Businesses With An Alternative To Predatory Lenders

Pacific Community Ventures | Posted 09.19.2016 | Business
Pacific Community Ventures

Sarah Kersten Studio in Berkeley has been manufacturing heirloom-quality ceramics for Bay Area consumers and restaurants for the past four years. Sale...

The Shift: Business Leaders Choose Connection

Michelle Long | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Michelle Long

We are not meant to be in service to the economy. The economy is meant to be in service to us. Yet today many of us feel powerless to an economic system that is collectively leading to results that no one wants. We have been taught scarcity and hyper-individualism, that it is "us versus them." Nowhere more so than in business.

5 Powerful Quotes About Leadership Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Molly Reynolds | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Molly Reynolds

Leadership is a learning process and sometimes we need a little inspiration.