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SmallBizLady's 5 Easy Gift Ideas For Entrepreneurs

Melinda Emerson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

If you need to spend some last-minute cash before the door closes on this year, I have a few ideas for some cool techy gifts you might want to treat y...

The New Norm: Crazy Contracts and How to Fight Back

Jack Garson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses -- large and small -- are producing insanely one-sided contracts. In the past, you could find fair contracts. Most were short and simple, too. You do this and I do that. But now we've arrived at crazy. And these agreements are putting your business in jeopardy.

Do You Struggle to Organize Your Life? Try These Five Steps

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 12.09.2014 | Small Business
Mercedes Maidana

My method of organizing is simple. And I'm sharing the method with you, hoping that it will inspire you. If you like, you can modify any of these steps and develop your own method for organizing your life.

4 Keys to a Productive and Profitable New Year

Mike Harden | Posted 12.06.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

here are four components to getting the year off to a good start. Unlike resolutions, if we neglect these, we might not get the opportunity to make up for them again next year. Here are four keys to a productive and profitable new year.

How Big Companies Can Accelerate Innovation

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

Almost every large company understands that it needs to deal with ever-increasing external threats by continually innovating. To ensure their survival and growth, corporations need to keep inventing new business models. This challenge requires new organizational structures and skills.

Small Businesses Drive U.S. Job Recovery

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.05.2014 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that our economy added 321,000 jobs in November. That's 57 consecutive months we've added jobs -- the longest employment growth streak since America started keeping track.

Protect Inventors or Take Down Trolls? Patent Reform with Senator John Cornyn, CEO Innovestion, and Rackspace

Maya Horgan | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Maya Horgan

Senator John Cornyn, Rackspace, and CEO-General Council Kevin Fiur share their insights on a few impending policies that will liberate the entrepreneur... or facilitate idea stealing.

3 Simple Steps to Get Back in Control of Your Day

David Finkel | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
David Finkel

if you want to sustain your new behavior over time, I urge you to invest the five minutes capturing your weekly victories at the end of each week. Share them with your team. Encourage them to do the same 1...2...3... steps that you are. And watch your business flourish!

That One Overlooked Thing That's Killing Potential Startups

Victoria Olubi | Posted 12.04.2014 | Business
Victoria Olubi

As Steve Jobs said, 'don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.' Therefore, be selective about whose advice you take and don't be afraid to follow your own intuition. It's there for a reason.

Personal And Business Credit Cards: What's The Difference? | Posted 12.03.2014 | Money

Depending on the kinds of purchases you make, and how frequently you make them, a business card might be useful to have, even if you don't run one.

10 Best Qualities of An IT Distributor [INFOGRAPHIC]

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.08.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

10 Best Qualities of a Distributor [INFOGRAPHIC] from Vala Afshar The information technology (IT) distributor is at the center of the IT suppl...

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Employer Brand and Hire Right

Maria Ross | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Maria Ross

By following these three simple tips, you can reinforce your employer brand to be one for which the best people clamor to work. And with great people on your team, your business will go on to create brand magic for your customers, clients and partners.

Why Stopping to Smell the Roses Is Crucial for Your Business

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 12.03.2014 | Small Business
Mercedes Maidana

When one task gets crossed off of the list, three more show up. It is all part of growing your business, dreaming bigger and getting things done. We need to understand that there will never be a final line that we will cross before we are done and can take a break.

10 Affordable Tools to Help Your Business Thrive Online

Jonathan Long | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

There are several tools available to help online businesses operate smoothly and increase productivity, but with so many choices how do you know what ones are worth looking into? It can be extremely overwhelming, so I put together a list of 10 affordable tools that can really help your business succeed online.

How to Raise Capital But Preserve Your Equity: Royalty Based Crowdfunding (Interview With Arthur Lipper)

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

With nowadays technology which keeps simplifying revenue management while making crowdfunding platforms as commodities, I believe royalty based crowdfunding is set to be one of the most popular models in the next two-three years.

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Boutique Raises Nearly $20,000 To Rebuild After Fire | Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

DELLWOOD, Mo. -- As 28 years of hard work burned before her eyes, Juanita Morris looked at her television in shock. Her business, Juanita’s Fashion ...

Passion, Rituals and Entrepreneurial Success

John Bowen | Posted 12.02.2014 | Small Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we often face the seemingly conflicting goals of building a great business and having a great personal life outside of the office. I think we all realize that true success is about more than just huge financial rewards -- it's also about living a rich and fulfilling life, by design. But how do we get there?

5 Recession-Proof Industries to Consider for Your Next Startup Venture

Andre Bourque | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Andre Bourque

Do what you love? Check. Do what you're good at or have experience with? Check. Make sure it's recession-proof? Maybe not--that's where a lot of entrepreneurs drop the ball.

10 Lessons Learned in Corporate That Every Entrepreneur Can Use To Grow Their Business

Kelly Lynn Adams | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Lynn Adams

Some of the most successful people in the world are some of the hardest working people. Once these people reach "success" they don't stop -- they keep on going -- their passions, desires and drive keep them motivated and inspired to do more, help more and give more. So tune into your desires, passions and drive. What fuels your work ethic?

Social Selling Is Simple....When You Follow One Golden Rule

Kim Garst | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Kim Garst

On February 4, 2014 Mark Zuckerberg sent the world a Facebook status update marking his company's 10th anniversary. There are now more than 2 BILLION active social media users worldwide and over 75% of those are active mobile users.

Is Shopping Local Making a Comeback?

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 12.01.2014 | Small Business
Stacy Mitchell

Independent retailers might be on the verge of making a comeback. New data show locally owned stores are increasingly popular with shoppers, deliver more jobs and economic benefits than big retailers, and, in a few categories, like books and groceries, are now expanding in number for the first time in years.

Why We Won't Be Participating in Black Friday

David Dietz | Posted 11.30.2014 | Small Business
David Dietz

The holidays are a time for reflection. An opportunity to give thanks while keeping in mind those who are less fortunate. It should be about spending time together with our families and friends and celebrating what we have.

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 11.28.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

5 Ways to Raise the Accountability Bar Inside Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
David Finkel

It's one thing to create a grand plan to grow your company, it is a whole other thing to get your team consistently executing.

50 Ethical Businesses to Support on Black Friday

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Shannon Whitehead

If you're going to shop on Friday, why not choose quality, craftsmanship and durability over cheap, imported and disposable. It's clear by now that our relationship to fashion has some dangerous implications, but we can all start creating a solution in the way that we shop this holiday season.