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Hand Delivered Love, Great for Business

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 12.30.2014 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

The connection made by a handwritten note lasts much longer than an email, text message, Facebook post or any other type of communication between sender and receiver.

Why Your Small Business Needs a Social Media Policy For Your Employee Handbook

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Creating a clear-cut policy lets your employees know what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors could result in disciplinary action up to termination.

SHOP Includes Some New Small-Business Friendly Features for Entrepreneurs Looking for Health Coverage

John Arensmeyer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

As small business owners consider renewing their health care coverage, it's important for them to know there are some small business-friendly features of the new health care law coming their way.

3 Things the X-Men Know About Digital Marketing That You Don't

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.29.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

The X Men are the world's greatest super team. They have a team that works together, trains together and is fueled by a great leader. The only way they could achieve their goals is through teamwork and a slew of skill sets to pull from.

Drawing the Line

Chef Rossi | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Chef Rossi

I'm counting days again, as they say in recovery programs: no work emails at home, reclaiming my mornings to do things like write my column. I'm also reclaiming the evenings I am not supervising events. I have a gym membership, and I damn well plan on using it!

10 Practices of a Great Coach and Why I Broke Up With Mine

Celia Ward-Wallace | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Celia Ward-Wallace

My heart was broken... but now it's healed. No one could heal me but myself. You see, about 12 months ago I was killing it in my coaching business. ...

Holiday Madness: Small Business Survival Guide

Roshell Rosemond | Posted 01.07.2015 | Small Business
Roshell Rosemond

For small business owners the holidays can be a challenging yet financially lucrative time of the year. As a result, the entrepreneurs that have a plan, deploy staff effectively, and make necessary adjustments are able to maximize this time of year. Here are four tips to survive peak season...

Words Of Wisdom From Entrepreneurs

Scott MacFarland | Posted 12.25.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Here are 10 things I found to be some of the most important pieces of advice for an entrepreneur. When I walk the start-up path again, I will make sure to have these at the top of my to-do list.

How I Went From $5 Million to Bankrupt and Finally Free!

Celia Ward-Wallace | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Celia Ward-Wallace

I am not a first time entrepreneur. I became an entrepreneur at 23 in 2000. My husband was an entrepreneur and had the foresight for us to get into th...

6 Ways to Reduce Your Company's Electric Bill This Winter

Brian Horn | Posted 12.24.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

Although the majesty of a pristine white winter landscape is beautiful to behold, it can do some serious damage to a budget, due to the increase in energy costs.

What I Do When It Feels Like My Work Isn't Good Enough

James Clear | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Everyone deals with self-doubt -- artists, creators, entrepreneurs, athletes, parents. But in a way, I was wrong. Self-doubt is not a cost you have to pay to become better. Let's talk about why.

America's Love for Small Business and Other Romantic Notions

Kevin Price | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Kevin Price

Government regulations place limits on the growth of businesses in this country. This is not charming or romantic, but oppressive. It is time to get over the myths and legends of America's "small business character."

8 Tips to Help Convert Your Leads Into Sales

Jonathan Long | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

The majority of your leads won't automatically convert into sales by simply being sent through your conversion funnel. It will often require additional help to produce the conversion. Here are eight tips to help your business convert more leads into sales.

9 Reasons Why Business Owners Hate the Holidays

Gene Marks | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

But deep down inside, behind that smile plastered on your face and your wishes of "peace on earth" and "happy holidays" there's something else you're feeling. It's panic. For a business owner, the holidays churn up fears and bring out the worst of your financial anxieties.

Why Policies and Procedures Manuals Are Dead (and What You Should Replace Them With)

David Finkel | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
David Finkel

I've asked over 1,000 business owners these two questions at the various keynotes I give to business groups and the answers are always the same.

Learning to Let Go

Lisa Duncan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Duncan

Yet, letting go can also be freeing, and full of new surprises.  So what if it gets messy or feels awkward for a bit? Each time you choose to let go, you build up the trust you need in yourself to be better the next time.

What Your Children Already Taught You About Sales

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Good sales people don't have all the answers to customer's problems, but they do everything they can to find them. They don't win your trust and throw you over to an account manager after meeting quota on your dime.

How to Set Prices for Your Small Business

Miranda Marquit | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

Setting prices for your small business is rarely easy. However, with a little research, and with help from emerging technology, it's possible to set prices that customers are willing to pay while providing you with the profit you need to succeed long-term.

8 Lessons for Entrepreneurs From the Philly New Technology Holiday Meetup

David Ongchoco | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
David Ongchoco

Last Wednesday, I got to attend the Philly New Technology Meetup Holiday Extravaganza attended by more than 150 entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders.

'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

Bootstrapping A Venture Capital Fund

Jon Gosier | Posted 12.19.2014 | Small Business
Jon Gosier

With a fund we could collectively share the risk of investing and the burdens of legal compliance, the costs, and the necessary due diligence. We could also leverage more capital than any one of us could on our own.

A Customer-Centric Business Is A Social Business

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

Customers have always been the compass of how successful businesses operate; business exists to serve the customer - it always has and it always will....

Two Responsibilities a CEO Should Not Delegate

Mike Harden | Posted 12.18.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

You are responsible for growth and value, and for creating worth within your organization. If it's a task other than the aforementioned, get out and don't let it pull you back in.

5 Things Your SEO Strategy Needs to Focus on Entering 2015

Jonathan Long | Posted 12.19.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Yes, it is that time of the year again when everyone starts to predict what SEO will look like in the coming year. Google's algorithm is constantly changing. There are public updates as well as refreshes and tweaks that occur on a regular basis.

Director Lesley Chilcott's New Film Spotlights Female Coffee Revolutionaries

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Colleen DeBaise

In the early 1990s, the price of coffee fell below the cost to grow it. Many local farmers had to abandon their fields. Men in the village left in search of work. All the women were left with their kids and their babies. They said, 'We can sit around and wait, or we can do something.'