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7 Ways Successful Product Managers Track Their Competitors

Brian de Haaff | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

Product managers may understand why competitor research matters. But it is possible to internalize this and still not know what to look for during you...

The State of Small Business Security: A 2016 Survey

Joe Ross | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Joe Ross

Small business cyber security continues to be a huge focus for us here at CSID. They are an especially vulnerable group for cyber threats because they...

Husband & Wife Entrepreneurs Scale Kids' Sunglasses Company

Renny McPherson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Renny McPherson

Molly and Ted Fienning's company Babiators is a leading brand of children's sunglasses. Babiators was born on a jet tarmac, developed at the kitchen t...

The Pot Shop Problem: Why Don't Lenders Like Me?

NerdWallet | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

If your small business deals in products or activities that are illegal in some states, financing can be a huge challenge.

Five Steps to Begin Networking for Business Success

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 05.16.2016 | Business
Peter D. Rosenstein

There's a saying to get ahead 'It's not what you know but who you know' and when building a new business 'It's how many people get to know you'. Recen...

How to Hire an IT Team to Avoid Humiliating Moments [Alarming Statistics]

Yatin Khulbe | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Yatin Khulbe

Do you want your company to go through this pain? Target, a second-largest discount retailer in the United States, paid $19 million to banks issuing ...

How to Win at Networking

Shari Medini | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Shari Medini

When we hear the phrase "business networking," we picture a room full of men in suits swapping business cards and reciting canned elevator pitches. However, you can set yourself apart from the crowd in a professional and memorable manner by doing a few simple things.

It isn't just a Good Product that Sells.

Valerie L. Dodson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Valerie L. Dodson

When I want to purchase a new product, either a car, a refrigerator,or a cell phone, I have learned to do my research about the company. Of course, I...

Should You Join the Gig Economy?

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Not too many years ago, it was more commonly called "freelancing" or "moonlighting" - the idea of picking up a few extra dollars outside of what used ...

5 Ways Your Family Can Fuel Your Business Success

Nellie Akalp | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Nellie Akalp

The demands of taking care of a family and building a business can seem overwhelming. But even under the most challenging circumstances, focusing on how our families make us better entrepreneurs can help put things back into positive perspective.

Mobilegeddon 2.0 and Why You Should Make the Move to Responsive

Ariel Rule | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Ariel Rule

In April of last year, Google released an update that was a push for a mobile-friendly user experience. This update gave favor to sites in mobile search that had incorporated responsive design by ranking them above others that had not.

5 Tips on Becoming a Mighty Mompreneur

Melinda Emerson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Melinda Emerson

"Mompreneur" is the contemporary label given to a mom who goes after her dreams by starting a business. Increased cultural emphasis on work-life balan...

Living the American Dream: From Immigrant to Entrepreneur

Julie Barnes | Posted 05.10.2016 | Women
Julie Barnes

Imagine relocating to a new country, not knowing anyone, not understanding the language, or having few resources. Now imagine starting a business under those circumstances.

Why Everybody Can't Start And Own A Successful Startup

Kc Agu | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Kc Agu

The stakes are high. The media and the world have always celebrated the next Wunderkind, the next "revolutionary" business, the next Google.

The 3 Biggest Myths About Being An Entrepreneur

Chanel Cumberbatch | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Chanel Cumberbatch

I've been a full time entrepreneur for just shy of 4 years now. And let me tell you, it's been a WILD ride, to say the least! By now, I've heard prett...

For High-Growth Firms, Cash Is Still King

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

When people find out that Bluedrop is a "high-growth firm", they are often impressed. I am guessing they feel that the company has "arrived" and that ...

A New Weapon in the War on Terror: Owner-Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Part 1 of a three-part series on using owner-entrepreneurship education to win the war on terror. Look for Part II next Monday. At NFTE France's ann...

5 Lessons Every Business Owner Can Learn From Sir Richard Branson

Hanna Fitz | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Hanna Fitz

I recently watched a documentary about Sir Richard Branson and how he built his Virgin empire. His life continues to be both a source of inspiration a...

Women in Business Q&A: Joni Fedders, President, Aileron

Laura Dunn | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business
Laura Dunn

Joni Fedders Joni serves as President of Aileron, a national small business training institute, headquartered just outside of Dayton, formed by billi...

How to Strengthen Your Bottom Line

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

Profits are the gas that keeps businesses running. Low profits mean more layoffs, fewer days off work, and dissatisfied business partners. If you're r...

How Playing Video Games Made Me a Better Entrepreneur

Ross Resnick | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Ross Resnick

When I was a kid, I frequently tried to explain to my parents why video games were very important to my development. I vividly remember discussing thi...

Dreaming Big for Small Business Week

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Elizabeth Gore

Where did you get your coffee today? Where did pick up your dry cleaning? Where did you drop your children off for childcare? Where did you get the ne...

12 Ways Your Small Business Might Be Huge

Beth Lapides | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Beth Lapides

Happy Small Business Week fellow Small Business Owners! I actually find it shocking that I'm a small business owner. I set out to be an artist/enterta...

What Does Local Marketing Mean?

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

You just opened up a vintage clothing store in Detroit. You're on a shoestring budget and can only afford to advertise in one market. Which one are y...

Could Harriet Tubman be the face of your next marketing campaign?

Erika Dickstein | Posted 05.05.2016 | Business
Erika Dickstein

Even if you weren't part of the campaign, you are probably aware that Harriet Tubman will take Andrew Jackson's place on the 20-dollar-bill being the ...