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Why Entrepreneurs Should Use The Strategy Plan Instead of The Business Plan

Yura Bryant | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

What is one of the first things people say you need before going into business? A business plan. The basis of this statement is that the business plan is supposed to be instrumental in guiding your business's path towards continual growth.

Gartner: Successful Sales and Marketing in the Empowered Customer Era

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don't. --Seth Godin Tiffani Bova is a vice p...

22 Ways to Motivate Your Team

David Finkel | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Do people like the feeling and atmosphere of your office? Do they feel good when they are at work? After all, they are spending 8+ hours a day there, give them an work environment that brings out their best.

Unlock Your Business Success With Your Mind

Jo Sweeney | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Jo Sweeney

It's said that success is 99% an inside job. Yes, success really does stem from the inside. But, how many of us are actively creating success through cultivating a success mindset?

More Personality, More Business

Chuck Boyce | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Chuck Boyce

About five years ago I was sold into a program that was based upon making me a "celebrity" as part of our marketing. I was skeptical, and more than a little uncomfortable being the spokesperson and face of the business. All of this stuff looked cool on the walls, but was it really going to help? The short answer is, it did.

When Reinvention is the Best Remedy for Your Small Biz Ailments

Melinda Emerson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Only you know which is the best solution for your business (and your budget). But sometimes just the act of writing out your problems -- as well as their solutions -- is enough to nudge you toward making change.

Map Out Your Email Marketing Game Plan - Part Two

Erik Harbison | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Erik Harbison

Now that you've made that initial connection with a few people by welcoming them to your email community, you've found yourself feeling inspired. You're comfortable enough with the concept and value of email marketing and you really want to grow your reach. At this point, you've done the basics and are happy with your results but now you're asking, "Where do I go from here?"

Lights, Camera, Action! Why Video Is Your Best Marketing Tool in 2015

R. Kay Green | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
R. Kay Green

What do YouTube, Snap Chat, Instagram, Vimeo, Daily Motion, Veoh, and Vine all have in common? All of these platforms have maximized the use of video to capture massive worldwide audiences.

3 Reasons to Love Periscope, Budget Friendly Biz Tool of the Month

Nancy Laws | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

Talk about Budget Friendly...Periscope is creating a lot of buzz in the business community, and although it may simply be because it is still the "NEW" tool on the playground, we are IN LOVE, and hopefully you will have the courage to join us by the end of this article.

The 10 Words That Could Mean Millions to Your Business

John Bowen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
John Bowen

Here's some of Fred Catona's best advice for getting your message out to ideal prospective customers and getting their attention right away.

The Fifth Element of Influence Is You

Janine Garner | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Janine Garner

There are four key elements when it comes to life: water, earth, air and fire. But we often talk about a 'fifth element', that connecting point whic...

The Secret to Turning Life Into an Everyday Vacation

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamilah Corbitt

When you shift your mindset to a non-traditional way of thinking, you will learn to invest your time in activities that have the greatest return on investment, and will also surround yourself with people who inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

Small Businesses Were Missing From Last Week's GOP Debate

Gene Marks | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

My prediction is that as long as the economy continues to hobble along in its less-than-impressive-but-upwardly direction, you can expect to see more attention given to immigrants, the LGBT community, Iran and of course Donald Trump's latest bombshells and less attention to the small business community in the months ahead.

The 5 Stages Of Your Sleep Cycle

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Long

Have you ever wondered what happens in our brains and bodies while we are sleeping? Want to know how much sleep you really need in order to be productive and alert?

Will the New Overtime Regulations Impact Your Small Business?

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

On July 6, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) notified the public of a proposed change in laws regarding overtime exemption, and this is expected to affect more than 4.6 million workers--including those who work at small business locations.

How to Overcome Your Inner Fear and Just Start Your Own Business

Lisa Froelings | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Lisa Froelings

I have failed so many times -- even before I started my own business. Remember those times when you were on the idea stages and you kept having those internal battles whether to pursue or not?

The Importance of Attitude for Business Success

Alex Pirouz | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

We all have a choice. We can choose an inner dialogue of self-encouragement and self-motivation, or we can choose one of self-defeat and self-pity. It's a power we all have. Being in business is very similar to going on a roller coaster ride, there will be plenty of ups and downs. We will all encounter hard times, heartache, success, failure etc.

The Story Behind a Baby Product Designed For First-Time Parents

Chris Barnes | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Chris Barnes

SleepBelt creators Hayley Mullins and Ashley Wade. Photo courtesy SleepBelt. Sisters can not only be best friends; they can also be business partner...

Regulation Could Be a Blessing in Disguise for Online Lenders

Brayden McCarthy | Posted 08.07.2015 | DC
Brayden McCarthy

Regulators have thus far permitted online small-business lending to flourish with minimal oversight. But several recent developments suggest that may be changing.

New Clean Energy Standards Will Give Boost to Small Business Community

John Arensmeyer | Posted 08.10.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

We hope states will move forward with implementing the new EPA standards soon. It's the best thing for small businesses and our economy.

3 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Failure and Shine in Any Industry

Gaynete' Edwards | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Gaynete' Edwards

One thing that is inevitable when chasing a huge goal is the arrival of occasional self-doubt. Fear can paralyze us, preventing us from succeeding in a big way. For entrepreneurs especially, succumbing to fear is not a viable option.

WATCH: 4th Generation Business Thrives With Unbreakable Bond

HooplaHa | Posted 08.05.2015 | Good News

Tim Currie is a devoted family man, just like the two generations that came before him. He is the proud owner of Currie's Tires of Norwalk, CT, which ...

When Black Business Matters #BLACKBIZSCOPE

Nancy Laws | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

It's a movement that I am proud to be a part of, and this fun interview with Christine St Vil, was exciting for me. As a woman, and black business owner, it is thrilling to see our community join together to allow black businesses to shine.

Data Overload: The Growing Demand for Context and Structure

Claire Topalian | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
Claire Topalian

In a world inundated with information, data, and content, businesses are facing a demand to implement new, adaptive strategies to mitigate their growing mass of unorganized information.

In Michigan and Across America, Businesses Support Clean Energy, Cutting Carbon Pollution

Bob Keefe | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Bob Keefe

Don't believe the naysayers who claim the federal Clean Power Plan is bad for business. Because when you talk to businesspeople -- people creating jobs, fostering innovation and driving economic growth all across America -- they're likely to say the opposite.