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Should Employees Review Their Bosses?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Asking your employees for a review is an amazing opportunity for you to grow as a leader and manager. Just keep an open mind, write down any feedback, and be willing to change.

Why Do You Do What You Do? 5 Ideas to Reconnect to Your Passion and Purpose

Maria Ross | Posted 01.18.2015 | Small Business
Maria Ross

Your business is an extension of you. It started with an idea and a hope and problem you were itching to solve. A vision of how you could improve someone's life, work, relationships, self-esteem or home.

Small Business Poised to Receive a Big Holiday Gift This Year

David L. Brown | Posted 01.18.2015 | Small Business
David L. Brown

With high-profile security breaches continuing to hit major national retailers, affecting tens of millions of shoppers since the 2013 holiday season, it's no surprise to see the that these events are influencing consumers to shop small businesses this year.

Why Instagram Matters

Jeff Pulver | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Jeff Pulver

The success of Instagram is disruptive to marketing strategies, which are passive. The idea of building bottom up community is still foreign to many. Yet in 2015 community will have an even bigger role.

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

A Thirst to Create Leads to Kickstarter

Lee Schneider | Posted 01.17.2015 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

Funny how limitations can expand your horizons. Nathan Resnick was a college sophomore when he started his first Kickstarter campaign. He wanted to make watches, but he had no way of meeting the minimum order quantities set by manufacturers.

10 Holiday Marketing Trends Every Small Business Can Leverage

Erica Nicole | Posted 01.18.2015 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

If you haven't kept these ten holiday consumer trends in mind, it's not going to be such a wonderful life once sales reports hit your desk.

Why You Shouldn't Wait to 'Feel Ready' to Make Your Business Leap

Kate McCready | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

Are you waiting until you 'feel ready'? Ready to break out of your current career? Ready to go out on your own? Ready to start that business you've always wanted to start? Ready to shift the direction of your business to that thing that feels right in your gut? Ready to take a leap?

Tips to Network Like a Pro and Grow Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

People want to buy products and services from businesses run by people they like, know and trust.  This means that as a small business owner, your pe...

The Next Business Frontier: Networks of Record

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Systems of Record, Systems of Engagement, and Networks of Record - so many systems that describe how we work, who we work with, and where we work, fac...

My 'Arianna Huffington Wakeup Call'

Shampa Bagchi | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Shampa Bagchi

Thanks to leaders like Arianna Huffington who are lending their own life experience to sound the alarm bell for overworked, exhausted, love-my-work, head-buried-in-sand people like us. But an alarm bell is only as good as our response to it.

Small Business Owners Think Big Business Gets More Bang for its Political Buck

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

New poll shows small businesses believe our current campaign finance system puts large corporations at a competitive advantage; entrepreneurs support significant reforms to level the playing field between small employers and big business.

No Online Marketing Budget? Use These 7 Tips to Grow Your Business In-House.

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Every small business would love to dive head first into online marketing, but many hit a roadblock when exploring the many options available: their budget.

5 Tips for Launching Holiday Social Media Campaigns

Lisa Parkin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Lisa Parkin

During the holidays, brands try to get consumers' attention more than ever. As one of the biggest shopping times of the year, sending out the right message to the right people is key. These tips will help businesses make the most of marketing during the upcoming holiday season.

Reinventing: Your Follow-Up and Follow Through

Nancy Michaels | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Nancy Michaels

My clients spend a lot of time on the pre-planning and on-site work for prospect presentations, trade shows, conferences, networking events and on and on. Here's where they fall short: It's all about the follow-up people!

7 Ways to Deal With Overwhelm in Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
David Finkel

According to a recent survey we conducted of 500 business owners, over 70 percent reported feeling "overwhelmed" running their companies. They felt pulled in too many directions, like they were wearing too many hats, with no time to take a breath and regroup. Here are seven concrete tactics to deal with overwhelm in your company.

A New York Lawyer Popular With Entrepreneurs Becomes One Herself

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Lori Hoberman is a New York City lawyer, but doesn't look or act like one. She dresses casually, wears her hair long and unfussed, and takes enorm...

The Perks of Peer-to-Peer Lending

Ilana Greene | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Ilana Greene

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a fairly straightforward concept: networked lending between people who want to borrow money with those who want to invest money. Also known as social lending, this form of crowdfunding is facilitated through specialized investment firms and websites.

The Top 5 Reasons Employees Quit

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Employees leave when they perceive their work environment as an unhealthy one. Managers and employees must learn how their words and actions can set the tone for an unhealthy workplace, how to determine whether their department is on the verge of toxicity and how to implement techniques to boost morale and foster a healthy workplace.

Why Small Businesses MUST Focus on Net Neutrality

Erika Dickstein | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Erika Dickstein

Why does it seem that no one in the small business community is discussing or getting active about a policy issue that has the potential to seriously impact our livelihoods?

The Most Vulnerable Relationship You'll Ever Have

Lubna Najjar | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Lubna Najjar

It's not your friend nor is it your enemy. It's the one constant that we have in this world. It's the one notion created by man and gauged by the sun and moon. It's the one thing we cannot escape. We cannot buy it, sell it or trade it. No matter how much financial stability you may have, you cannot afford it. Y

CEO Notebook

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

Henry Schein, one of the world's largest health care supplies company, delivers consistent and, in some cases, above industry growth in each of its business areas of dental, pet care and medical supplies.

3 Ways a Cell Phone Can Torpedo Your Company's Reputation

Frank Chalupa | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

The flexibility and affordability of cell phones make them a seemingly logical alternative to a traditional office line but they can also end up costing companies over the long term if they don't phase them out when scaling their businesses and bringing on new employees.

4 Things Obamacare Has Actually Changed For Small Business

Marc Prosser | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

Some Obamacare features have appeared as expected, but others have been delayed or changed from how they were originally written. To clear the air, here's four ways Obamacare has actually changed the law since 2010.

6 Steps to Successfully Managing Your Online Reputation

Ian Mills | Posted 01.10.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Almost every business is going to have problems with customers at some point. If you're proactive, you should be able to resolve most issues directly ...