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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.

5 Ways Mobile Search Has Changed the Game for Local Businesses

Ian Mills | Posted 01.08.2015 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Business owners who want to stay competitive need to shift their strategies to focus on local SEO, no matter what. Even if your business doesn't have an online store and you have only one physical location, it's important that the growing group of mobile users can easily find you.

What We Can Learn From Mom Bloggers When It Comes to Wielding Spaghetti

Laura Wellington | Posted 01.08.2015 | Small Business
Laura Wellington

To entrepreneurs, spaghetti throwing is a way of life. As women-owned businesses are currently thriving, we women seem to be grabbing a few handfuls of that starchy delicacy more readily than ever before.

Managing the Four Challenges of the Dispersed Workforce

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.07.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Employees are demanding faster, uninterrupted access to data; and the freedom to work anywhere, anytime, at the device of their choosing. While it is ...

8 Simple Steps to Starting Your Business in 2015

La Tanya Williams | Posted 01.07.2015 | Small Business
La Tanya Williams

The next time that you have that million-dollar aha moment, don't brush it off. Consider the name of your business. Envision your logo, and the colors you'd like to use. Who will your audience include? Think about your potential customer.

Roadmap to Leaving Your Corporate Job and Starting a Creative Business Part 4

Sumeera Rasul | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Sumeera Rasul

Now that you've laid the groundwork and have a unique product that your customers want, you are ready to launch. So what does 'launching a product' entail and how do you make the most of this challenge?

Using Health Care to Fuel Your Company's Growth

John Bowen | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we have the power to fundamentally redesign health care within our companies -- and turn what's traditionally been an expensive burden into a tool to generate stronger growth and healthier, happier employees. But to get there, we have to rethink our approach.

5 Storefront Solutions for Your Small Business

Miranda Marquit | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

I don't do a lot in terms of selling products and services. My small business revolves around providing content to clients, and collecting later by invoicing through FreshBooks or PayPal. However, I know plenty of small business owners who need storefront solutions.

When Should Your Small Business Use an Employment Contract?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

While you may think that employment contracts are only for large companies, you may want to think again. They can benefit even the smallest business, especially if you have valuable trade secrets you need to protect.

The Beginning of the Year Checklist Every Small Business Owner Needs

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 01.07.2015 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

Once you've taken the time to reflect on the year that's passed, turn your attention towards succeeding in 2015 right off the bat. Here are four actionable items to check off of your beginning-of-the-year to-do list right away.

'Should I Start a Small Business?'

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Carlota Zimmerman

Perhaps, instead of asking yourself if 2015 will be the year you start a small business, ask yourself if 2015 will finally be the year you start listening to and respecting your own voice. Perhaps 2015 will be the year you'll commit to making yourself happy.

The Evolution of Business Networking @huffpostblog

Julie Barnes | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Julie Barnes

I recently heard Brett Labit speak on this very topic. Brett is the founder of Local Impact Zone (LIZ), whose mission is to create unified communities where giving, serving and caring are at the core of interaction. Brett stops by to share how social responsibility makes an impact in life and business.

Why Work-Life Balance Is a Myth

Mike Harden | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Mike Harden

The idea of balance is that it is equal -- that we spend equal time, energy, and stamina on home life, on work, on our health. That's a losing battle. Work on what you need to work on, give what you can to the rest, and keep reevaluating and shifting your priorities.

Get a Jump on 2015 With This Easy 30-Minute Marketing Plan

Julie Niehoff | Posted 01.01.2015 | Small Business
Julie Niehoff

I've asked many small business people the seemingly unwelcome question, "Do you have a marketing plan?" Most, about 90 percent, don't want me to ask.

How to Be a Healthier and Happier Entrepreneur in 2015

Nellie Akalp | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Nothing could be more exciting than following your dreams and launching your own business. Yet all too often, that initial excitement is dampened by the realities of running a company.

How to Develop Your 2015 Small Business Goals

Melinda Emerson | Posted 01.01.2015 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Developing goals for the new year is always something good to do. However, there are plenty of people out there who believe it is not a productive use of time. It's probably because they do not develop smart goals that they can actually accomplish.

How Successful CEO's Keep a Great Team

Amy Wright | Posted 12.31.2014 | Small Business
Amy Wright

One of the top complaints of successful business owners is that it's hard to keep good people. That revolving door of mediocre help is taking precious time and money and it's frustrating as Hell.

Quick 5-Step SEO Tune Up Before the New Year

Jonathan Long | Posted 03.01.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

A website is often one of the most valuable assets a business owns. If you plan on improving its performance in 2015 then you will want to make sure that you start the year off with a solid base.

Hand Delivered Love, Great for Business

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 03.01.2015 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

The connection made by a handwritten note lasts much longer than an email, text message, Facebook post or any other type of communication between sender and receiver.

Why Your Small Business Needs a Social Media Policy For Your Employee Handbook

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Creating a clear-cut policy lets your employees know what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors could result in disciplinary action up to termination.

SHOP Includes Some New Small-Business Friendly Features for Entrepreneurs Looking for Health Coverage

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.01.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

As small business owners consider renewing their health care coverage, it's important for them to know there are some small business-friendly features of the new health care law coming their way.