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Smart Cities Start With Smart IT

Vala Afshar | Posted 10.20.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Gartner estimates that smart homes will have nearly 300 million connected things in use by 2015. That is a staggering number but what about connected ...

Perfect Your Email Marketing in 8 Steps

Ian Mills | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Ian Mills

Email marketing has somewhat fallen out of favor over the past few years, with it's younger, trendier cousin social media growing in popularity. Yet time and again studies prove that reaching your audience via their inbox is still one of the most powerful and cost-effective methods of driving conversions.

Secrets from Successful Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs

MoneyTips | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business

Want more secrets, as well as profiles and survey results of successful home-based entrepreneurs? Then, download The Modern Entrepreneur: Secrets to B...

How SEO Helps Improve Your Web Prominence

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

Lately, I have been talking about why your business needs to be online and creating a website that effectively sells. Now I want to talk about using SEO techniques in order to get your website higher rankings on Google, so that more natural traffic can be generated for your website.

The 3 Best Ways to Love Your Customers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

You have come to expect bad customer service. You hate calling your mobile phone company, right? You just know you will spend a good part of your morning on hold.

4 Ways to Shift Your Brain and Get Fresh New Business Ideas

Maria Ross | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
Maria Ross

If you're bored and new ideas just aren't coming to you, sounds like you need to shake things up. Here are four ways you can shift your thinking and generate creative business ideas -- not to mention contribute to your mental well-being.

50 Important Customer Experience Stats for Business Leaders

Vala Afshar | Posted 10.15.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Customer experience is the last source of sustainable differentiation and the new competitive battleground. -- Tiffani Bova, Gartner Vice President a...

6 Powerful Questions to Help You Scale Fast

David Finkel | Posted 10.15.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Today I wanted to share with you six simple questions to ask each quarter to help you scale your company. We developed these questions as a standar...

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

Are 'Plonkers' Crushing Your Margins?

Verne Harnish | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Verne Harnish

When Jim Harriott walks into one of Rx Management's 18 retail pharmacies in Australia, he usually has four words for his managers: "Show me your plonkers."

Why Isn't Anyone Talking About the Most Frightening Part of Amazon Handmade?

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Shannon Whitehead

To begin unraveling what you could gain and what you could lose by selling on Amazon Handmade, you have to first look at the risks of building your business on a platform that you don't own.

How Well Do You Lead Your Leadership Team? A 6-Point Scorecard to Grade Your Leadership Pillar

David Finkel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I want to let you in on a business coaching secret - simple scorecards not only give you meaningful feedback, but more importantly, they automatically...

Keep Your Small Business Cash Flowing With These Easy Tips

Melinda Emerson | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Cash flow is critical to the success of your business. Without it, you can't pay your own vendors, staff, and expenses. With a little effort and plann...

Holy Haggling! Save At This Gun Dealer By Stating A Religion

The Huffington Post | Whitney Meers | Posted 10.13.2015 | Crime

Here's one store where it pays not to be an atheist.  In the aftermath of the recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oreg...

Why Small Businesses Can't Get Ahead in the Game

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Shunit Harpaz

They are the hardest working Americans, operating their own business, trying to push themselves forward, but somehow they just can't catch a break.

Tech Entrepreneur Takes Pain & Expense Out of Flower Delivery

Renny McPherson | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Renny McPherson

Ajay Kori is one of the founders of UrbanStems, an on-demand flower delivery service created to spread happiness by making gifting fun and easy. UrbanStems launched during a blizzard on Valentine's Day 2014 in Washington DC and has since expanded into Manhattan, Brooklyn and the DC Metro Area.

13 Things You're Going to Like About the New Trans-Pacific Partnership

Gene Marks | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

There's some really good stuff in this agreement, particularly if you're a business owner looking to profit in Asia.

Do Your Absence Policies Make Matters Worse?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

All small businesses want to hire good employees. Unfortunately though, employees can't be available at all times, and your company absence policy may be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to good employee relations.

Franchise or Independent: What's Right for You?

Nellie Akalp | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Once you've decided that you are ready for a career as a small business owner, you'll find yourself faced with another decision to make. Do you want to operate an independent business, or a franchise?

Why Blue Collar Entrepreneurs Have So Much Opportunity to Succeed

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

When you think of entrepreneurship, you probably think of a tech company founder or someone who performs some type of white collar profession. But entrepreneurship has no boundaries and can be developed where any source of great demand can be found.

The 6 Ways to Save a Failing Startup

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

You might hear about successful startups so often you think the odds are on your side. But it's quite the opposite. According to recent data, just half survive five years or more, and only a third make it to 10 years. Starting a business is a risky proposition.

7 Social Media Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Syed Balkhi | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Syed Balkhi

Social media is an amazing avenue for promoting your business, for building your network, and for learning... but it's also easy to make mistakes that cost you time, money, and customers.

Do You Know How to Create the Perfect Content Strategy? Kimanzi Constable Is Killing It.

Ramon Nuez | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Ramon Nuez

Why does this strategy work, because you are writing for an audience of business owners, entrepreneurs and influencers. These individuals are thirsty for mind-blowing articles, and if you are the author of the article, that business owner may ask you to share your article with his company.

What Obama's Overtime Reform Means for Small Businesses

Marc Prosser | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Marc Prosser

The whole point of the overtime reform is to help employees, especially those that are overworked. The idea is that they will either get paid for the overtime they work or have their overtime hours cut so they have a better quality of life.

How to Create a Website That Sells

Yura Bryant | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

When it comes to creating a successful website, small businesses tend to overlook the importance of having one. They believe a well performing website is too expensive to support and design, so they choose to go the cheap route.