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Passion: The Leading Motivation for Women Business Owners

David L. Brown | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
David L. Brown

When addressing the reasons that drive people to open a small business, it seems that we've always assumed women, specifically, leave corporate America to achieve a better work-life balance. A new survey of 300 women business owners (WBOs) suggests differently.

National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

How Educating a Market Can Grow Your Small Business

Steve Van Till | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Steve Van Till

I recently wrote about how switching gears could save your small business and realized something while writing -- sometimes entrepreneurs need to educate a market, and not change a product.

5 Strategies to Deal With Negative Comments on Your Blog Posts

Kat Gal | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Kat Gal

When was the last time you've received a negative, hurtful comment on your blog, article or even your Facebook post?

The Seven Habits of Organizations Who Truly Value People

TJ Trent | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
TJ Trent

Studies show that top organizations are successful because they make their employees feel valued. Thriving organizations make their people feel valued by practicing these seven habits.

The Least Profitable Industries in the U.S.

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held companies, on average, are generating some of their healthiest profit margins of the last 10 years. However, it's not a banner profitability year for every industry.

4 Types Of Entrepreneurs: Where Do You Fall?

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

I've found that successful entrepreneurs generally belong to one of four different categories, each with a different area of expertise and with a different set of approaches and unique challenges.

3 Ways High Achievers Can Develop Better Habits

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.03.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

You are failing at being a successful entrepreneur and it has nothing to do with your ability to effectively run your business. But it does have everything to do with your poor habits.

7 Ways to Build a Community Using Data-Driven Narratives

Vala Afshar | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

The bottom line: If you can adopt the mindset of what matters to your customers and how you can empower them, then the rest will follow.

3 Keys for a Whole New Entrepreneurial Mindset

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

The market is saturated with men and women who want to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or the next Sheryl Sandberg. Unfortunately, the odds of you b...

Why the French Are More Productive Than Americans

Gene Marks | Posted 05.01.2015 | Small Business
Gene Marks

As Americans, we sometimes poke fun at the French (and other European countries) for their long lunch breaks. Perhaps we're misguided?

As Atlanta's Startup Scene Goes, So Goes Atlanta

David Cummings | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
David Cummings

With southern charm comes a humble nature. While Atlanta has a number of great entrepreneurial success stories, very few were known nationally -- until recently.

Understanding the Difference Between an Investment and an Expense

Mike Harden | Posted 06.30.2015 | Small Business
Mike Harden

What's the difference between an investment and an expense? The difference is simple: one will start paying you back, and the other is a drain on your resources.

The 5 Biggest Financial Strains of Young Startups

Jose Vasquez | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

There are many stresses of being an entrepreneur of an emerging company. You worry about hitting your revenue goals. You worry about being viable or competitive in the marketplace. You worry about growing at a rate that's neither too fast nor too slow.

Planning to Sell Your Business? Here's How to Get Maximum Value

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.30.2015 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Developing a plan for the sale or transfer of the business is only part of the challenge for baby boomers who own businesses. Many owners may also need to adjust their business models in order to be able to sell or transfer ownership at all.

What It Means to Never Give Up

Sue Davey | Posted 06.30.2015 | Women
Sue Davey

Sometimes I thought it would be a lot easier to give up on my dreams and go back to a career in finance. It certainly would have been easier -- but I wouldn't have been fully fulfilled. I vowed I would never, ever give up on my dream.

The 10 'Bottom Lines' When Formalizing Any Partnership

David Finkel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
David Finkel

I wanted to build on my last article about the 30 must-ask questions before you enter into a partnership by sharing the most essential bottom lines to cover when you formalize the partnership.

5 eCommerce Startups You Can Learn From

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 06.30.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

In the language of business, eCommerce can be compared to being one of the best things since sliced bread made it's debut.

Business Owners: Be Paranoid, There's Always Someone Ready to Outshine You

Sharon Rowlands | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Sharon Rowlands

How do successful CEOs, presidents and business owners drive systemic change, keep their business model relevant and stay competitive?

4 Reasons Your Business May Need to 'Rightsize'

Frank Chalupa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

Whether U.S. businesses are still on a staffing pause due to the recession, or feeling optimistic about the economy, there is a new trend reshaping office markets across the country: rightsizing.

For Startups, the Most Important Question Is Why? What the San Francisco Tech Market Taught a Swiss Brand Consultant

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

The numbers don't lie: more than 75% of venture-backed startups fail. The most common reason? Failure to understand target-audience motivations and to communicate effectively to them.

How To Use Marketing Technologists in Small Business

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.28.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Most people may think that marketing technologists are people reserved only for big businesses with huge budgets, but if anything, this new type of hire is exactly what small businesses need. Here are a few ways small businesses should use marketing technologists:

Here's How You Build a Successful -- and Engaged -- Company

John Bowen | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

Building a great organization is hard work. Reaching your goals as an entrepreneur requires a strong framework, an engaged team and a strategy to measure your success. For many entrepreneurs, any one of these can be a major challenge.

Small Business Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Claudia Viek | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Claudia Viek

Main Street, back street, home-based business owners, freelancers, mompreneurs, Etsy artisans - all should hail the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate Internet providers as utilities and fight to keep the newly published rules intact.

Louisiana, It's Time for Change!

Brent Tippen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Brent Tippen

Mr. Jindal is telling corporations and small businesses "don't waste your breath," when the economy in Louisiana under his watch is failing. His economic development strategy combined with his backward worldview on social issues does not show that Louisiana is open for business.