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Understanding the Difference Between an Investment and an Expense

Mike Harden | Posted 04.30.2015 | Small Business
Mike Harden

What's the difference between an investment and an expense? The difference is simple: one will start paying you back, and the other is a drain on your resources.

The 5 Biggest Financial Strains of Young Startups

Jose Vasquez | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There are many stresses of being an entrepreneur of an emerging company. You worry about hitting your revenue goals. You worry about being viable or competitive in the marketplace. You worry about growing at a rate that's neither too fast nor too slow.

Planning to Sell Your Business? Here's How to Get Maximum Value

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 04.30.2015 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Developing a plan for the sale or transfer of the business is only part of the challenge for baby boomers who own businesses. Many owners may also need to adjust their business models in order to be able to sell or transfer ownership at all.

What It Means to Never Give Up

Sue Davey | Posted 04.30.2015 | Women
Sue Davey

Sometimes I thought it would be a lot easier to give up on my dreams and go back to a career in finance. It certainly would have been easier -- but I wouldn't have been fully fulfilled. I vowed I would never, ever give up on my dream.

The 10 'Bottom Lines' When Formalizing Any Partnership

David Finkel | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I wanted to build on my last article about the 30 must-ask questions before you enter into a partnership by sharing the most essential bottom lines to cover when you formalize the partnership.

5 eCommerce Startups You Can Learn From

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 04.30.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

In the language of business, eCommerce can be compared to being one of the best things since sliced bread made it's debut.

Business Owners: Be Paranoid, There's Always Someone Ready to Outshine You

Sharon Rowlands | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Sharon Rowlands

How do successful CEOs, presidents and business owners drive systemic change, keep their business model relevant and stay competitive?

4 Reasons Your Business May Need to 'Rightsize'

Frank Chalupa | Posted 04.29.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

Whether U.S. businesses are still on a staffing pause due to the recession, or feeling optimistic about the economy, there is a new trend reshaping office markets across the country: rightsizing.

For Startups, the Most Important Question Is Why? What the San Francisco Tech Market Taught a Swiss Brand Consultant

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 04.29.2015 | Small Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

The numbers don't lie: more than 75% of venture-backed startups fail. The most common reason? Failure to understand target-audience motivations and to communicate effectively to them.

How To Use Marketing Technologists in Small Business

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 04.28.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Most people may think that marketing technologists are people reserved only for big businesses with huge budgets, but if anything, this new type of hire is exactly what small businesses need. Here are a few ways small businesses should use marketing technologists:

Here's How You Build a Successful -- and Engaged -- Company

John Bowen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

Building a great organization is hard work. Reaching your goals as an entrepreneur requires a strong framework, an engaged team and a strategy to measure your success. For many entrepreneurs, any one of these can be a major challenge.

Small Business Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Claudia Viek | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Claudia Viek

Main Street, back street, home-based business owners, freelancers, mompreneurs, Etsy artisans - all should hail the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet providers as utilities and fight to keep the newly published rules intact.

Louisiana, It's Time for Change!

Brent Tippen | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Brent Tippen

Mr. Jindal is telling corporations and small businesses "don't waste your breath," when the economy in Louisiana under his watch is failing. His economic development strategy combined with his backward worldview on social issues does not show that Louisiana is open for business.

30 "Must Ask" Questions Before You Form Any Partnerships

David Finkel | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Over the years I've moved into and out of literally dozens of joint ventures and partnerships. And over this time these partnerships and joint ventures have created millions of dollars of market value. But with any partnership, be it long term or a one-off, the stakes are high.

Decoding the New Face of America: An Interview With dlR USA CEO Carlos de León

Ernesto Sosa | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Ernesto Sosa

To help businesses understand and adapt to the new, emerging multicultural reality, Carlos de León, CEO of dlR USA, recently shared with me his insights on this interesting yet controversial topic.

3 Surprising Life Lessons to Cultivate Your Calling

Ramon Nuez | Posted 04.28.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

Shhhh! Did you hear that? There it goes again. It's a faint whisper. I can barely make it out, but I think it's your calling! What's a calling you ask -- it's the reason why you were born.

3 Ways Long Term Federal Transportation Funding Help Small Businesses Grow In America

Helen Callier | Posted 04.27.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

While many are able to benefit from public transportation, the reality is short term federal funding bills for transportation infrastructure for more than 10 years has left small businesses at the curve impacting job creation in our nation.

Why Small Businesses Are Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Increasingly, small businesses are installing electric vehicle charging stations as a way to attract new and loyal customers.

6 Eye-Opening Steps to Create Your Best Work Week Ever

Ramon Nuez | Posted 04.26.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

I did not believe that a reevaluation of my time could add value to my busy schedule. But after using the process for the last few months, I am making considerable progress. I'm creating more control over my time and resources. As a result, I am more productive.

Building Your Brand or Startup Company Requires This Type of Person

Tim Morehouse | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Tim Morehouse

Look, I'm an Olympic fencer, so unless I'm positioning myself to let my unique value proposition shine I'm never going to garner a sponsorship against athletes like Michael Phelps or Shawn Johnson let alone professional athletes in the NBA or NFL.

5 Tips to Drastically Improve Your Email Marketing

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.24.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Email marketing provides a huge opportunity for business growth when done correctly, so I wanted to put together a list of tips that you can easily adapt to your strategy.

3 Dirty Secrets Your Marketing Agency Hides From You

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You may love your marketing agency, but I'll let you in on a secret. If you're a business owner or director of marketing that's paid 5, 6 or even 7 figures for a 'marketing rebrand' lately call your accountant! Your marketing agency is cheating on you.

5 Signs Your Team is Dyfunctional

Rosalind Cardinal | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Rosalind Cardinal

Patrick Lencioni in his work The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team outlined the key things that contribute to ineffective team outcomes. Let's explore those and what you, the leader, can do to create a fully functional team.

How to Build an Enterprise Software Startup

Vala Afshar | Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Ignoring all the stresses of founding a company, Lemkin says that if you can close 10 paying unaffiliated customers (that are not your ex-bosses or friends from the enterprise or from where ever), you have something.

Why There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be an Entrepreneur

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 04.24.2015 | Small Business
Vivek Wadhwa

The advice I give to today's graduates is to decline the job offers from big companies and instead join promising start-ups. Better still, if they have the ideas and ability, I encourage graduates to start their own companies and be masters of their own destiny.