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Five Steps to Building Your First Sales Funnel

Brian Horn | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Brian Horn

As a business person, you likely understand the importance of marketing when it comes to the ongoing success of your business.

Business Website Essentials

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 06.15.2015 | Technology
Kali Kasprzyk

As the owner and designer at HostMamas, we have seen our fair share of sites in desperate need of help. Let's face it. The Web is full of pitiful sites, and we're not just talking about bad design.

How to Be Fearless in Your Small Business

Ashleigh Ryan | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Ashleigh Ryan

My advice to you is to realize that what other people think of you is none of your business. You can't please everyone is this world and that is ok!

Amplify Your Video Marketing Success With YouTube

Irina Jordan | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Irina Jordan

There are tons of benefits to incorporating YouTube into your video marketing strategy. The main one is: Google owns YouTube, which means videos published on the platform rank really well in search results.

Despite Dire Predictions, Health Care Reform Hasn't Hurt Employer-Sponsored Coverage Rates

John Arensmeyer | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
John Arensmeyer

Despite the obvious need for reform, critics pushed back hard against the new health care law. Opponents made dire predictions about its effects; chief among them was an allegation that the new health care law would force employers to drop coverage, leaving workers to secure insurance on their own.

What I Learned About Life Growing and Selling My Business

Sheila Viers | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Viers

Since the sale finalized, I've been bouncing between pure bliss, happiness, relief, and peace to an overwhelming desire to go take a nap. But you know what? Every one of these emotions are okay.

3 Simple Steps to Take Back Control of Your Business Day

David Finkel | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Debbie owned a $12 million/year marketing firm that worked with fortune 500 clients. She had so much opportunity to grow, but because she was totally overwhelmed he left each day feeling drained and disempowered to continue to scale.

Six Lessons in Critical Thinking from a Professional Critical Thinker

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

We sat down with Risa Mish, Professor of Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Leadership at Cornell University, for Spartan Up! The Podcast to find out how to maximize our own critical thinking.

The Most Common Fears About Publishing, and 3 Ways to Conquer Them

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Jamilah Corbitt

My name is Jamilah Corbitt, and I have publishing anxiety. Publishing anxiety is the feeling of fear that occurs before you hit the publish button on that piece of content you've poured yourself into.

3 African Entrepreneurs Raise $70K, 7 Things They Want You To Know About Crowdfunding

Mary Olushoga | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Mary Olushoga

Over the years, crowdfunding has become an effective alternative for entrepreneurs to raise funds for their business ideas. Crowdfunding allows entrepreneurs to raise capital without giving up too much equity.

The One Sign Your Employees Will Leave

Brian de Haaff | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Your department is growing quickly. Life couldn't be better. Everyone is present and accounted for...hmmm...except Joe is not at his desk. In fact, it looks like he might be gone for the day. Again.

How to Best Handle Challenging Clients

Chelsea Berler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Chelsea Berler

Some of the best and worst parts about my job is working with clients. There is nothing more rewarding or challenging than making a client happy. Sometimes, I get really lucky and work with people who are gracious, respectful, and even excited to work with me.

Tech Entrepreneur Uses Intel Background to Help Ordinary People Secure Email

Renny McPherson | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Renny McPherson

Will Ackerly, the founder and CTO of Virtru, left the NSA in 2012 to solve a big problem: securing personal digital communications.

Caitlyn Jenner in the Breakroom: A Question of Organizational Leadership

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

What if, instead of conversation about Caitlyn Jenner in your company's breakroom, there she sat, drinking her coffee and munching on a bagel? What then? How would your company handle it? Would people praise her bravery, or, at the very least, adopt a live-and-let-live attitude? Would they welcome her, ostracize her or vote with their feet by leaving the company?

What It Takes to Be a Great Leader

Alex Pirouz | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Few things are more important to human activity than leadership. Effective leadership helps our nation through times of peril. It makes a business organisation successful. It enables a not-for-profit organisation to fulfil its mission.

The Power of Imperfect Starts: How Good Do You Really Need to Be to Get Started?

James Clear | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.

The Blueprint of Business Strategy Is the Business Model

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Osterwalder's mission is to help companies innovate with the best tools using sound business models and value propositions. In order to better understand his vision and mission, I asked Osterwalder to provide a high-level overview of business model innovation.

World Environment Day: Trade More, Trade Greener

Arancha González | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Arancha González

Today is World Environment Day, a day that should warrant some reflection on how we relate to our surroundings. For me, working in trade, it is an occasion to think a little bit harder about how we can make international commerce greener without compromising on its potential to improve people's livelihoods.

4 Technology Trends for Small Business

John Rampton | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
John Rampton

While simple tools such as spreadsheets may have been enough to get your business rolling in the beginning, it fails in manipulating information that allows small businesses to see the "big picture." Implementing a proper BI tool can help small businesses analyze high volumes of data across multiple sources, and more easily identify how they're all connected.

Sales: Never Dirty, Always Soulful

Asha Ramakrishna | Posted 06.04.2015 | Small Business
Asha Ramakrishna

I had just left the comforts of my corporate world biotech career, and it was time to help my husband with this photography business. I spent four years helping him grow his business, and it served as a launching pad to flying solo in my business consulting venture.

10 Father's Day Gifts for the Business Owner

Diana Mackie | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Diana Mackie

Let's be honest -- his business is basically is baby, a younger sibling for you!

3 Reasons Saying 'Good Job!' Isn't Good Enough to Motivate Your Team

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Kim Pisolkar

When someone tells you "good job", what can you actually do with that? Sure, it's nice to hear, but don't you want to know more information? For instance, what exactly was good? What should you continue doing? What might you need to do differently next time?

Spreading Cultural Education From Middle America

Lola Olley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Black Voices
Lola Olley

This Nigerian-born mother of four has Polish School to thank in part for her most recent life change -- yes, Polish School.

The 4 Keys to Sustainably Scale Your Online Business From Co-Founder

David Finkel | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
David Finkel

When you increase your Sustainable Growth Rate you'll no longer have to settle for less growth than you are are capable of simply because you don't have the cash on hand to seize those opportunities.

A Text Message from 1909

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

We tend to think of 1909 in sepia tones. Buggy whips were still hot sellers, as were those bicycles with the absurdly huge front wheel. But with all the changes from that day to this, three things remain the same.