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Why You Need an Exit Strategy Today

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Maybe you want to run your business until you're ready to retire in your 60's. Perhaps your dream is to pass your business on to your children. Now is the time to really decide which path you'd prefer to take when the time comes.

Beware! 13 of the Best Lies Told By Job Candidates

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

How do you make sure you're hiring the right candidate for the job? It's not as easy as it may seem. In fact, many employees lie on their resumes and in interviews for the sole purpose of landing a position.

Is Social Media Worth the Risk for Small Businesses?

Debra Carpenter | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

As a small business, you might have heard horror stories about social media. For every story about a waitress funding a wheelchair for her father after paying for a fire fighter's breakfast, there are many more stories about business owners behaving badly and their reputation being trashed online.

Starting a Business With Your Spouse? Define Your Roles and Stick to Them

Nellie Akalp | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Running a business with your significant other creates an incredible sense of teamwork and togetherness that many couples don't get to experience. But don't let anyone fool you: working with your spouse is like riding a roller coaster. It's not for the faint of heart.

Give Your Prospects Some TLC -- Thought Leadership Content

John Bowen | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
John Bowen

All entrepreneurs want to get their branding message out and attract more customers. But traditional hard-sell techniques no longer cut it with ever-more cynical consumers.

5 Lessons I Learned My First Year In Business

Lauren O. Victoria | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Lauren O. Victoria

Your business should not come first. You come first. You can't be successful in business if your physical and mental health is failing. Now my mornings look like this: wake up, go for a walk while listening to a podcast, shower and get dressed, eat breakfast and journal.

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.

How to Power Network Like a Relationship Coach

Laurie Davis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Laurie Davis

As the founder of a digital dating consultancy, I know that relationship development really begins when you meet offline. To create meaningful connections, you need to put the phone down. Face-to-face is the new FaceTime. But even for me, saying hello at a networking event isn't always easy.

Entrepreneurs Are Losers

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Small businesses fail every day. According to Bloomberg, about four out of five small businesses collapse within their first 18 months. From the cupcake store in the boutique district to software ventures, the carcasses of failed dreams pile up all around us.

Three Things Local Governments Can Do to Support Small Business

Jon Lieber | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Jon Lieber

Some conventional wisdom might suggest that the government does best that does least, but when it comes to local for support for small business, this isn't always the case.

9 Ways to Strengthen and Protect Your Online Credibility

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

You may not realize it but if you are engaged in social media you are building a reputation. In fact you are quite possibly building one that will last a lifetime.

What the Heck Is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence?

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Elizabeth Gore

I have the best job in the world. Every day I talk to entrepreneurs, who are working on the next Periscope, and help them figure out how to grow their businesses.

Why Do So Many Small Business Owners LOVE Donald Trump?

Gene Marks | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
Gene Marks

Trump's bravado, honesty and straight talking is not what you get from a typical politician, is it? Which is why most small business owners don't relate to politicians. But we do business with guys like him all the time.

3 Keys for Building a Powerful Online Persona

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Jamilah Corbitt

As an executive living in the digital age, communicating your value is an essential task if you want to establish yourself as a credible authority and build trust with potential customers.

Why Every New Business Needs An Email List (And How to Build One)

Kenny Kline | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Kenny Kline

In the words of online marketing guru Neil Patel, "Email marketing is here to stay, and it can help you generate more visitors and increase your income."

15 Films Every Entrepreneur Must See!

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.24.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Mariotti

Movies are magical. The good ones hold you captive in a great story, to a different time and place, and then bring you back home. In two hours, they leave you changed, having learned new things and lived a different life.

The Best Question You're Not Asking

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

What frequently gets lost in the exchange of competing drafts is honest-to-God, real life communication -- not between the lawyers, but between the people who really matter.

The 3 Types of Business Controls

David Finkel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
David Finkel

If you find yourself checking on your team's work, with no plan in place to help develop them and your business to be self-sufficient, you'll likely always be needed to check up on your team's work.

Scaling From Scratch

David Simnick | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
David Simnick

If you Google "Scaling a Company", you'll get over 43 million hits on the subject. There are so many voices advising on how to take a start up past proof of concept to a well-oiled growth machine, and there's a reason. It's hard.

Should All Businesses Have Trusted Advisors?

Jennifer Love | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Jennifer Love

The truth is, our peers, friends, family and staff can provide helpful insight, and you don't want to discount the importance of their advice. But, you also want to seek out formal trusted advisors who have a deep understanding of your business, along with the wisdom you need to compensate for your blind spots.

8 Ways for Your Small Business to Get Paid Faster

Jared Hecht | Posted 08.19.2015 | Small Business
Jared Hecht

You built a stellar reputation for your business. You sold your heart out bringing in a new client. You gave that client your best work. And months later, you're still waiting to see the money in the bank.

Detailed Look at Business Systems to Handle 3 Common Company Situations

David Finkel | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
David Finkel

As a business owner we understand that implementing systems is a key ingredient to help us scale. What isn't always so obvious is how to do this. ...

3 Things That Can Hurt Your Business's Valuation

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Studies have shown that sizable numbers of business owners look to transfer their ownership interests in the next decade, and a major concern for many...

The Entrepreneur's Guide to World-Class Customer Service

John Bowen | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we're constantly trying to encourage more people to buy what we're selling. But of course, we can't succeed until we learn how to deliver a truly world-class client experience that differentiates us from our competitors.

It's Time To Rein In Shady Small Business Loan Brokers

Brayden McCarthy | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Brayden McCarthy

Nearly every other consumer product sold in America has passed basic safety regulations well in advance of reaching store shelves, so why don't business owners deserve the same protection when looking for a loan?