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How Empowered Women Make It Happen

Susan Liang | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Susan Liang

The environment for women is better, yet my fellow female entrepreneurs and I find that the way we look still plays more of a role in how we are perceived than we would like. We're not necessarily taken seriously until we speak and even then, we have to prove our merit over and over again.

The Impact of Leadership on Business Success

Alex Pirouz | Posted 03.11.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

When it comes to achieving business success, most people think it is mostly because of the strategy that the business comes up with. Strategy is one part of a whole range of reasons but not the only reason for success.

Sharat Menon: Propel Your Career or Business by Going Above and Beyond

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

With great passion for successful innovation and deep understanding of businesses and consumers needs, Sharat Menon, how Vice President, Digital Payments and Remittances at DBS, shares how he started his career and shares some golden nuggets on how one can fast track his career and succeed in their own fields.

Finding Time in Unexpected Places: 11 Tips on Productivity

Simon Tam | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Simon Tam

By managing your time as you would a small business, you can cut the excess and focus on what you really find most rewarding.

How a Shark Turned Lobster into Big Money

Sandy Abrams | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis turned their fond childhood memories into a business called Cousins Maine Lobster. It started with a simple conversation, reminiscing about idyllic afternoons spent in their backyards boiling lobster and enjoying the local delicacy surrounded by family.

10 Tricky Ways You Might Self-Sabotage Your Small Business Growth

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

From a failure of morale to a failure of methods and logistics, more often than not, the inhibition comes from honest good intentions meeting bad ideas. How might your small business growth be subject to self-sabotage? It's frightening easier than one thinks.

Venture Capital Made the Few Wealthy; Similar Tools Can Make the Many Less Poor

Beth Sirull | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Beth Sirull

We need more incentives to encourage investment in intermediaries like PCV that invest in small businesses, particularly in lower-income neighborhoods.

A Big Confession About Feeling Small

Chelsea Berler | Posted 03.09.2015 | Women
Chelsea Berler

Today I want to remind you that... YOU ARE ENOUGH. There is no reason to make yourself feel small.

Players Gonna Play: How to Handle Professional or Business-Related Criticism Like a Pro

Victoria Olubi | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Olubi

It's true that even the most thick-skinned of individuals wince when criticized and struggle to cope with the blow to the ego that it causes. Whilst criticism of any sort is never fun, there are ways to lessen its impact. Here are four highly effective rules that make criticism hurt a bit less.

6 Qualities You Need As An Entrepreneur

Jose Vasquez | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Building a company from the ground up can take its toll on you, but these six qualities will lead you to success.

Find Your Business's Voice Before a Parody Account Does

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

If Arby's themselves tweeted with self-deprecating, dark humor, I'm not sure if they'd get the same following. People who follow and respond to Nihilist Arby's aren't necessarily Arby's food fans.

How to Prepare Your Business for Tax Season

Melinda Emerson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

The IRS gives us until April 15 to turn in personal tax information, however for businesses, March 15 is the date they are due to be filed. It's time to get moving.

10 Effective Business Tools for Entrepreneurs

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

I'm always intrigued to learn about new, accessible tools and applications that can help me to drive more sales, accelerate my business growth, or simply help me with gathering insights and new ways of doing things.

IDG's Chief Content Officer: Separate Content Marketing From Marketing

Vala Afshar | Posted 03.07.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Gallant's message is clear, "Like everything else, the media has gotten to be less about mass and more about targeted, and it's all about targeting the message and targeting the people that you're trying to reach." He offers incredible advice in terms of content and marketing and how to sustain and grow relevancy.

7 Keys to Small Business Success

Kathleen Long | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Kathleen Long

As part of my job to help small businesses implement Saas software solutions, I have counseled thousands over the years. As a part of this conversation, I often came to know the business in more depth, and I have visited many of the great ones in person.

Your Business Needs a Legacy

Kara-Anne Cheng | Posted 03.06.2015 | Small Business
Kara-Anne Cheng

As entrepreneurship gets more and more popular in recent years, it seems almost impossible to make your business stand out naturally.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.16.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

5 Shortcuts to Productivity for Entrepreneurs

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

The one true purpose of taking a short break from work is to forget that you were actually working, which sounds kinda weird, but trust me -- it can have immense results on your overall work performance.

Improve Your Online Customer Service With These 5 Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 03.05.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

These days, the average consumer isn't going to call your business for customer support -- when they have a question or an issue, they are going to visit your website or reach out to your company through social media.

Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health With At-Home STD Testing

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Unlike standard testing services that can be inconvenient and intrusive, Simply Aware is a testing service that provides access to certified lab testing in the comfort and privacy of the customers' own home.

How to Get a Lower Rent

Jack Garson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
Jack Garson

Nowadays, too many leases are 50-100 pages of complicated, mind-numbing provisions filled with costly traps for the unwary. No sane businessperson reads them. No wonder you overpay.

10 Tips to Leverage Your Personal Assistant to Get More Done in Less Time

David Finkel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I get it. On the one hand you say, "I know I need help managing the details and leveraging my time." But on the other, handing off more to your personal assistant takes time and effort too -- especially in the beginning as you train him or her.

Why You Need Interns, and Why You Should Pay Them

Mike Harden | Posted 03.04.2015 | Small Business
Mike Harden

I'm a big believer in the value of interns. I've gone to different graduate schools and looked through databases of student resumes, searching for people who could help me do market research, financial analysis and other projects. It's one of the smartest moves a business can make.

Get New Clients: Overcoming the "Money Excuse"

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 03.05.2015 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

When a prospective client declines to work with you because of money, the reality is that they don't view your services as an investment in themselves and their goals. They don't see how working with you will deliver added value, so they view your services as an expense they can do without.

4 Things Michael Jackson Knew About Content Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 03.11.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

What comes to your mind when you think of Michael Jackson? Entertainer? Definitely, controversial? Probably, content marketer? Absolutely.