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Who Are You to Call Yourself an Entrepreneur?

Dixie Gillaspie | Posted 05.24.2015 | Small Business
Dixie Gillaspie

For myself and my clients I accept no guru-speak as criteria for their right to wear the badge of Entrepreneur. When I examine the definition as it was originally used, and as it is accepted in our modern dictionary, I see three requirements.

The Independent Gallery That Succeeds in the Era of Internet Shopping

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.24.2015 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

There are several challenges to starting up a small business. Finances are tight. Customers do not know you, or your product that well. You compete against the big guys.

Graceful Exit: Selling Your Franchise or Business

Vasilis Georgiou | Posted 05.23.2015 | Small Business
Vasilis Georgiou

All prospective sellers should begin the exit planning process for their business way in advance, in order to maximize their business valuation. Anything short of that and you are in for a not-so-graceful transition.

8 Tips to Brand Yourself Online to Attract More Customers

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Branding yourself is loaded with gems and takes you on a journey of self-discovery, providing enough insights, tools and valuable information to market your unique brand with what exactly you need to attract more customers to your business.

Are Free Business Training Programs Really Worth It?

Shaniece Bennett | Posted 05.23.2015 | Small Business
Shaniece Bennett

Over the years I have learned that training programs are not intended to be a one stop shop for everything I need to know about a particular topic.

Small Businesses Must Export East to Maintain US Leadership

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 05.23.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The Trans Pacific Partnership offers a unique opportunity to change the analysis for small businesses who believe the costs of exporting outweigh its benefits, and in doing so, create greater opportunity for millions of Americans they employ. We must seize it.

7 Data-Driven Ways to Improve the User Experience

Vala Afshar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

With four math and computer science degrees from MIT, including a PhD, under his belt, Chief Technology Officer of KAYAK, Giorgos Zacharia is a leading expert at applying the hot topics of data, analytics and machine learning to the real world of travel.

Your Business Will Fail if You Don't Accept This

Kate Toholka | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Kate Toholka

We cannot rely on others to achieve our standards of success. It requires a consistent effort in output, regardless of those times when we feel we can't go on any further. It's our own drive and actions that get us out of ruts.

How to Change Service Providers Without Burning Bridges

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

We tend to form special bonds with those who provide personal services to us, whether they're physicians, hair stylists, personal trainers or financial advisers.

Annoying Clients -- How Do You Get Rid of Them?

Franziska Iseli-Hall | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Franziska Iseli-Hall

If someone sneaks into your tribe who is not a fit, have an open and honest conversation with them (trust your gut on this!).

Coworking 2.0: Collaboration Meets Privacy in the Workplace

Frank Chalupa | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Frank Chalupa

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the cubicle, and while few people dispute the impact this workplace wonder has had on office design and culture, most agree that cubicles have come to symbolize the old way of doing business.

10 Productivity Hacks Every Small Business Owner Can Benefit From

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Running a business is not an easy task -- it can be extremely stressful. You need to be as efficient and productive as possible. Here are 10 productivity hacks to help you kick into gear and come out swinging as we enter Q2 of 2015.

Richard Branson: Invite Your Enemies to Lunch

Joe De Sena | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

Life is too short. We are entitled to be human. Sometimes we make mistakes and rub people the wrong way. What defines us is not those who are able to avoid confrontation, but those who are able to deal with it.

44 Taxes I Pay Because I Live in Philadelphia

Gene Marks | Posted 05.18.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

In fact, depending on whether you live and/or work and/or run a business in my city, you might be paying as many as 44 different taxes, fees and tariffs every single year -- maybe more!

5 Ways to Save the Soul of the Internet

Vala Afshar | Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Marketers have gotten "too good" at using the Web to promote their products. Philosopher David Weinberger, a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, warns that we need to be vigilant in order to preserve what the Internet and the Web started out as: a place primarily about connection and not solely about content. He offers these ideas.

Marriott Gets Bullish on Content Marketing and New Talent Is Grabbing the Horns, Part II

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Gordy Grundy

In Los Angeles, artist Malakai was bopping through Facebook. His parents know him as Daniel Cabrera but the street knows him as Malakai. He saw a post that David Beebe had taken a position as Vice President of Creative and Content Marketing for Marriott International. Cool. Malakai knows that guy.

The Power of Really, Really, Really Good Titles

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 05.18.2015 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

Unless you're writing for academia you need to capture your reader's eye in a flash or you'll lose him/her in a blink of that very same eye.

Internet Sensations Explain How to Go Viral

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 05.17.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Viral marketing is the fastest and quickest way you can spread a message. Just ask Justin Bieber. But for every hit content piece that goes viral there is an Internet dump of content that got discarded or deemed irrelevant because no one saw it.

5 Ways To Invite Luck Into Your Life

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 05.17.2015 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

As I speak to people all over the country, one common message remains clear to me -- most people fail to launch because they are so busy getting ready to launch. Stop analyzing what you think you are about to do and just do it.

How to Dismantle Your Investor Pitch With 5 Easy Phrases

Hank Hanna | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Hank Hanna

Know what your cost of customer acquisition is and show investors how you can successfully grow you revenue regardless of raising capital. And don't use the term "conservatively" when estimating a value that is obviously and grossly overblown.

The Day That Changed My Perspective on Entrepreneurial Success

Tamara Holder | Posted 05.17.2015 | Small Business
Tamara Holder

A short time after I had sat at my desk, I heard a familiar sound, signaling that I had received a new message. It was from my supervisor. We needed to have an impromptu meeting. Assuming it would be nothing but a quick pop in, I immediately headed to that familiar office, took a seat and we got right to it. Thirty minutes later, I was in tears.

The Case For Connection

Tamara Romeo | Posted 05.17.2015 | Small Business
Tamara Romeo

Social media, in all of it's various forms, provides ways to build relationships with people in your extended network. For those of us who have businesses of our own, it's also a way to build your brand, communicate your purpose, showcase your unique differences, and sometimes, Lord forbid, even have a little fun.

How the Peace Corps Helped Me Become an Entrepreneur

Kate Solomon | Posted 05.14.2015 | Small Business
Kate Solomon

I am grateful for my experience in Paraguay, and how it gave me confidence and taught me about hard labor, kindness, independence and forced me to be a self starter. With all this on my side, I hope I have many years of "risk bearing" ahead.

The Reason Why Your Business Is Still In The Technician Stage

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

What prevents small business owners from operating as visionary entrepreneurs who hire the right people and implement processes so their company can run like a well-oiled machine?

Marriott Gets Bullish on Content Marketing and New Talent Is Grabbing the Horns, Part I

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Gordy Grundy

Content Marketing demands great skill and subtlety. I am grateful when Pillsbury offers me a new recipe, but helpful tips on cleaning the bowl are too much. Like a progressive parent hovering over their only child, Content Marketing is a delicate balance of good advice and harassment.