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12 Online Marketing Blogs Every Small Business Owner Needs to Read

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Online marketing is an industry that is constantly changing. The search engines are constantly rolling out updates and data refreshes, pay per click advertising platforms are always revealing new features and social media marketing is always evolving.

10 Tips for Year End Strategic Planning

David Finkel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Strategic planning is essentially making the tough decisions on where to invest your business's resources (money, staff time, staff focus, customer attention) and where you won't invest your business's resources. Here are 10 tips to do it better.

Take Charge of Your Small Business Finances This Year

Nellie Akalp | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

You started a business in order to follow your passion. And even though you're fortunate to work at something you love, you still need to contend with pesky back-office tasks and financial bookkeeping.

Five Smart B2B Business Moves for 2015

Amit Bhaiya | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Amit Bhaiya

The B2B eCommerce growth rate is about 400% and with these figures stored in the future suppliers and business owners are all moving swiftly to get themselves on board. So whether you sell paper or pumps it's time to get your product in the shoppers cart.

6 Lifestyle Changes That Will Make You a Better Business Person

Jeremy Sandow | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jeremy Sandow

Being your own boss will expose all of your weaknesses, and if you don't take fast action to fix them, they can bury your business alive. Lucky for you, you can catch all these bad habits and terminate them before they terminate your business. Here are six changes to make to your daily life that will directly translate to business success.

Making Wisdom a Permanent Resident in Your Business Brain

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

Each one of us draws good lessons or teachings of life from experiences which hopefully we apply in our everyday life decisions and actions.

Tools to Stay on Top of the Latest Small Business Tips and Trends

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

You're going down the road at 90 miles an hour. Music is blaring. The kids are hanging out the window. You're moving through the beautiful countryside so quickly, in fact, that the scenery is just a blur. Feels a lot like running a small business, doesn't it.

7 Digital Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015

Kim Garst | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Kim Garst

The transformation is so great that the line between traditional and digital marketing has been blurred and a great many companies are finally accepting the fact that to win in marketing they MUST have a digital strategy and that strategy should probably include using social media.

How Being Broke Can Feel Richer Than Ever

Celia Ward-Wallace | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Celia Ward-Wallace

I'm broke. OK, not totally broke. But broker than I have been in a while. And yes, I am abundantly blessed overall, but today we are talking down an...

How to Build Your Startup's Online Community and Why That Matters

Ilina Dimitrova | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
Ilina Dimitrova

Building online brand communities that allow customers to engage, share their feedback, ask questions, and establish real touch points with the business can help startups overcome marketing fatigue. Here are some universal tenets of effective community building.

Creative Approach Needed to Address Job Skills Gap

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

The president recently announced a plan to make two years of community college and technical school free to responsible students, which underscores a serious problem that not only affects unemployed youth, but small business owners, as well.

New Year, New Chance to Tackle the Old Problem of Workplace Inequality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

January always presents a fresh start to tackle old problems. And unfortunately, we still have our work cut out for us going into 2015 when it comes to tackling the problem of gender inequality in the workplace, according to a just-released report from Pew Research.

A King's Dreams

Nelson Davis | Posted 01.19.2015 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Since I launched my TV production business in 1988, I've celebrated the life of Dr. King by being open for business on his federal holiday because I believe that he and his fellow activists put themselves in harm's way so that I could live a life rich in opportunities.

The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015 [SLIDE DECK]

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

  TOP 100 MOST SOCIAL CIOs on TWITTER 2015 - SLIDESHARE 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015 from Vala Afshar The 2015 State of the...

How to Use Brand Emotions to Make Your Brand Come Alive

David Finkel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Your brand is simply the emotional associations and gut level "sense" of how your company, product, or service is intuitively perceived by your market.

Why a Good Mentor Can Help Take an Entrepreneur's Business to the Next Level

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

Most entrepreneurs know that the skills needed to launch a new business are often quite different from the skills needed to maintain a growing enterprise. That's what Marc discovered after he launched his first business venture 15 years ago.

How Publishing a Memoir Has Helped Grow My Business

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 01.15.2015 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

Publishing a book that helps you build a larger platform and become more visible in your brand is a great idea if you are looking for growth and bigger opportunities. I am forming friendships with authors around the world. That, is priceless!

Shared Office Sprawl Creates Conveniences -- And Headaches -- For Business Owners

Frank Chalupa | Posted 01.15.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

In business, it's all about location, location, location -- a mantra that rings especially true when it comes to finding and leasing office space. While office centers in non-core locations may look similar to their downtown counterparts, they often lack the one thing that matters most to clients and employees: accessibility.

Appify Your New Year's Resolutions

Erika Dickstein | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Erika Dickstein

How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Mock these annual promises we make with ourselves as you wish; 45 percent of Americans usually make them. Sadly, we aren't great at keep them. The good news is that there are a lot of tools and apps that can help with some of the most common New Year's resolutions.

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

Last Business Standing: 5 Truths About Startup Failure That Will Shock You

Erica Nicole | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Studies have shown time and time again that there are a variety of reasons why small businesses fail. But some reasons are less obvious than others. Here's a look at four of five common reasons startups fail; reasons that are rarely discussed:

The ABCs of Recruiting: Always Be Considerate

Erin Daruszka | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Erin Daruszka

A considerate attitude is also important because the persons doing the hiring are the face of your organization and often provide the candidate's first impression of the company. Put yourself in the candidate's place and provide a good experience. Here are some tips...

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

Start Your Engines: Be Part of the 5 Percent Club

Janine Garner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Janine Garner

Success is a lonely journey if you do it by yourself. Those who do stand by themselves rapidly realize that, and also miss out on that amazing cross-pollination that a team brings.

Don't Let Personnel Files Wear You Down

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

When you hear an employee come into the office and say, "I want to see my personnel file," does your heart sink a little? Are your personnel files in good order, or are they a task you've prioritized based upon the glamour and sheer joy you get from doing filing work?