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Creative Approach Needed to Address Job Skills Gap

John Arensmeyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

The president recently announced a plan to make two years of community college and technical school free to responsible students, which underscores a serious problem that not only affects unemployed youth, but small business owners, as well.

New Year, New Chance to Tackle the Old Problem of Workplace Inequality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

January always presents a fresh start to tackle old problems. And unfortunately, we still have our work cut out for us going into 2015 when it comes to tackling the problem of gender inequality in the workplace, according to a just-released report from Pew Research.

A King's Dreams

Nelson Davis | Posted 01.19.2015 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

Since I launched my TV production business in 1988, I've celebrated the life of Dr. King by being open for business on his federal holiday because I believe that he and his fellow activists put themselves in harm's way so that I could live a life rich in opportunities.

The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015 [SLIDE DECK]

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

  TOP 100 MOST SOCIAL CIOs on TWITTER 2015 - SLIDESHARE 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2015 from Vala Afshar The 2015 State of the...

How to Use Brand Emotions to Make Your Brand Come Alive

David Finkel | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Your brand is simply the emotional associations and gut level "sense" of how your company, product, or service is intuitively perceived by your market.

Why a Good Mentor Can Help Take an Entrepreneur's Business to the Next Level

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

Most entrepreneurs know that the skills needed to launch a new business are often quite different from the skills needed to maintain a growing enterprise. That's what Marc discovered after he launched his first business venture 15 years ago.

How Publishing a Memoir Has Helped Grow My Business

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 01.15.2015 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

Publishing a book that helps you build a larger platform and become more visible in your brand is a great idea if you are looking for growth and bigger opportunities. I am forming friendships with authors around the world. That, is priceless!

Shared Office Sprawl Creates Conveniences -- And Headaches -- For Business Owners

Frank Chalupa | Posted 01.15.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

In business, it's all about location, location, location -- a mantra that rings especially true when it comes to finding and leasing office space. While office centers in non-core locations may look similar to their downtown counterparts, they often lack the one thing that matters most to clients and employees: accessibility.

Appify Your New Year's Resolutions

Erika Dickstein | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Erika Dickstein

How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Mock these annual promises we make with ourselves as you wish; 45 percent of Americans usually make them. Sadly, we aren't great at keep them. The good news is that there are a lot of tools and apps that can help with some of the most common New Year's resolutions.

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 01.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

Last Business Standing: 5 Truths About Startup Failure That Will Shock You

Erica Nicole | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Studies have shown time and time again that there are a variety of reasons why small businesses fail. But some reasons are less obvious than others. Here's a look at four of five common reasons startups fail; reasons that are rarely discussed:

The ABCs of Recruiting: Always Be Considerate

Erin Daruszka | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Erin Daruszka

A considerate attitude is also important because the persons doing the hiring are the face of your organization and often provide the candidate's first impression of the company. Put yourself in the candidate's place and provide a good experience. Here are some tips...

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

Start Your Engines: Be Part of the 5 Percent Club

Janine Garner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Janine Garner

Success is a lonely journey if you do it by yourself. Those who do stand by themselves rapidly realize that, and also miss out on that amazing cross-pollination that a team brings.

Don't Let Personnel Files Wear You Down

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

When you hear an employee come into the office and say, "I want to see my personnel file," does your heart sink a little? Are your personnel files in good order, or are they a task you've prioritized based upon the glamour and sheer joy you get from doing filing work?

Emerging Trends -- Commercial Real Estate and the Future of Work

David A. Singer | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
David A. Singer

The world of work as it exists demands flexibility from a real estate industry built around rigidity. Hence the rise and expansion of third place workspaces in various sizes, permutations, and aesthetics.

5 Old Rules of Business Success That Have Changed for 2015

Jeremy Sandow | Posted 01.14.2015 | Small Business
Jeremy Sandow

Reach beyond the confines of self-satisfaction, and in to a purpose that stretches far beyond yourself. Lets redefine what it means to be a success in business.

12 Twitter Tips to Help Increase Your Conversion Rates [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

The majority of business owners understand that Twitter is a viable source of revenue -- and not just a social platform for branding. It is possible to attract and engage with prospects via Twitter that can turn into leads, sales and ultimately revenue for your business.

The One Reason Why the 114th Congress Will Benefit Your Business

Gene Marks | Posted 01.09.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Unemployment is down. GDP is up. The economy has grown and business owners are overwhelmingly optimistic about 2015. Lots of economists offer many good reasons why things look so rosy. But there's one thing underlying it all: the do-nothing 113th Congress.

How Is Your Network Increasing Your Net Worth?

Ellevate | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business

Think about everywhere you go each day, and ask yourself how many missed engagements and connections are all around you? Then ask yourself, if a connection opportunity presented itself, how ready would you be?

Build Your Business With a Memoir

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 01.08.2015 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

It's a new year and that means everyone seems to be raring and ready to go with big goals and high aspirations! I love this type of energy that is flying around right now, and I've spoken to a lot of business owners who have "write a book" on their lists for 2015.

7 Marketing Lessons From A Fortune 250 CMO

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Chris Hummel, a globally-recognized thought leader who is widely-respected among senior executives in the t...

9 Steps to a Profit-Boosting Sales Calendar

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 01.08.2015 | Small Business
Rosella LaFevre

There are several considerations that go into creating your 2015 sales calendar for your business. These include nationally designated days and holidays, your business history, your customers and their financial behavior, and social media tie-ins.

27 Reasons to Start a Business in 2015

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Michael B. Fishbein

The economy is changing. Jobs are not as secure as they once were. Software and globalization has made it significantly easier and cheaper to start a business. Here are the biggest reasons why 2015 can be the year you take the leap.

7 Questions to Help You Determine the Best Business Strategy to Scale Your Business

David Finkel | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
David Finkel

The whole idea of this process is to help you intelligently iterate your business strategy until you find the right formula that works, at which point you feed that strategy with focused energy and enjoy the ride up the scaling curve.