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Where a Michigan Street and Change Meet

Maja Tosic | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Maja Tosic

Time travel exists. Just travel down Division Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Medical Mile to 28th Street, the city shifts from the recently ne...

Making Systems Part of Your Company Culture

David Finkel | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Building systems can't be a one-person, one-time effort. It's got to be an ongoing company-wide culture of creating, using, organizing, refining, and if need be, deleting your business systems.

5 Reasons Every Entrepreneur Should Share Their Story

Sarah Cannata | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Sarah Cannata

It's now been four months since I took the plunge and decided to drive my own professional writing business. So how would I describe my past four months in business?

Get a Leg Up in Advertising by Purchasing Your Own Ad Server

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Ashley Wren Collins

The combination of the vastness of the Internet, proliferation of social media and 24/7 technology use have increased the competition when it comes to eyeballs.

5 Obstacles Facing Retail Small Businesses

Jared Hecht | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Jared Hecht

If you're struggling to keep your retail small business afloat, know that you're not alone. Here are five of the top challenges your fellow retail small business owners are consistently facing, along with some encouragement to make your business the best it can be.

Exit Interviews: Useful or Waste of Time for Small Business Owners?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Over the last three years, John has been an integral part of your small business, helping grow it from a tiny number of people working from home to a moderately successful corporation just starting to really get noticed.

Unique Selling Point: Does Your Business Possess it?

Yura Bryant | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

Let's face the facts, developing a business is a tough task to manage. Between operating, managing and promoting your business; at times it seems like there is absolutely no time to think in a calm manner.

Employment Tools: Twitter Is a Hungry Bird

Greg White | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Greg White

When did invisible social media become the indivisible job deciderer? I thought a resume, experience and references made me an attractive candidate. I had no idea that my popularity in the ethosphere impacted how well I might perform for an employer in the real world.

When Taking a Different Path Leads to Self-Discovery

Shalini Datta | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Shalini Datta

After six years in the software industry, I began to question what difference I was making to society through my work. The values of service and giving which I carried deep inside influenced my thinking and kept me socially conscious. The social disparity that I witnessed all around disturbed me, and I asked myself how I could use my knowledge and skills to change it.

3 Ways Helpdesk Indifference Will Kill Your Small Business

Jun Loayza | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Jun Loayza

Everything seems to be on track when you notice a new and disturbing trend: some customers have started to complain about your helpdesk support on Twitter and Facebook. They're disappointed or angry that you "don't seem to care" and worse, some have vowed never to do business with you again. Just what is going on?!

Shake it Like a Polaroid Picture

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Doug A. Sandler

It's time to shay shay shake your outdated policies, procedures and practices like a Polaroid picture. Here are a handful of ways to keep your business on track and focused on a future with positive results.

This San Francisco Cafe Is Just Fine With The $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- If the opponents of a $15 minimum wage were going to devise a hypothetical small business to illustrate their arguments, they'd prob...

What Is a Business Model

N. Kimron Corion | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
N. Kimron Corion

The term business model has been used repeatedly by many especially during the dot com boom. Some business models are basic and straight forward and date back many years depending on when the business was established.

How Well Are You Maintaining Your Personal Brand?

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

In today's world, developing and managing your personal brand is critical. Think about the high profile business leaders you know. How would you describe their personal brands?

Do Millennial Workers Want to Have Their Cake and Eat It Too?

Lindsey Graff | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Lindsey Graff

There's a lot of talk about millennials lately. Business owners and hiring managers want to know how to select great millennial workers, how to mentor and train those workers, and how to deal with this generation's unique quirks.

The Good and the Bad About Being a #Girlboss

Deborah Stachelski | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Deborah Stachelski

We all have an inner #girlboss. But taking the leap to have your own business is a whole 'notha story! We can all agree that working for yourself is the ultimate dream, right?

Petition Started to Challenge Lapse of SBA's 7(a) Small Business Loan Program

Marc Prosser | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Marc Prosser

Yesterday, the U.S. Small Business Administration halted its flagship 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program after hitting the $18.75 billion funding ceiling set for the fiscal year.

4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail

Yura Bryant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

It can be hard to get an accurate temperature of the small business climate. Some experts will tell you that small businesses are doing quite well; while others will say small business owners are struggling.

The One Piece Of Job Advice You Need To Hear Again And Again

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business

This job advice is so rarely taken it deserves repeating: “Tell people what you want, and then go out and get it,” Eileen McDonnell, the C...

A Storm of Change: Business Resilience, Rebuilding and Recovery

Betsie Gambel | Posted 07.23.2015 | Small Business
Betsie Gambel

New Orleans celebrates life through its fairs, festivals and parades, and even celebrates death with its jazz funerals. Take time to celebrate, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Whether you celebrate your company's anniversary, employee milestones or some recognition of the company, shout it out!

How Do You Measure the Success of Your Business? -- Hint It's Not How Much You Made Last Year

Keri Vaca | Posted 07.25.2015 | Business
Keri Vaca

In our society it seems like our success is measured by how much we earn, how many promotions we get or how big our bonus is.

How Gratitude Can Super-Charge Your Success

Denise Gosnell | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Denise Gosnell

Your attitude about your life and how much gratitude you show on a daily basis can greatly impact your success. In fact, the more grateful you are for what you already have (however minimal it may be), the faster you can achieve the success that you are looking for.

Avoid the 5 Biggest Management Mistakes

David Finkel | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Sometimes the most effective thing you can do is to slow down and spend a little more time with your team instead of rushing them out the door so they can get back to work.

When Was the Last Time You Wrote Someone a Handwritten Note?

Ramon Nuez | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Ramon Nuez

It's no wonder why very few people are sending thank-you notes. But the inefficiency of this process is kind of the point.

Why the obsession with social media needs to stop

Lyndon Wood | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Lyndon Wood

Let's get to the point then: social media has become so saturated that it is on the brink of implosion. A bit extreme, you may think? But let's consider it -- it is hardly an even playing field for small businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups.