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10 Questions to Ask When You Design or Redesign a Process

David Finkel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Here are 10 questions you can use to help you redesign and upgrade your internal company systems.

5 Ways to Encourage Friendly Competition

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Small Business
Diane Gottsman

If you're an entrepreneur working to make a name for your business, chances are good you're aware of your competition. The challenge is to channel that awareness into positive momentum as you grow your brand. Here are five tips to get started...

How to Make Every Meeting Wildly Productive

Honoree Corder | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Honoree Corder

I've gotten much more effective regarding meetings over the years, and I've identified three ways to help you make every meeting wildly productive and worth having:

Today's Currency, Your List

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 04.19.2015 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

I can almost guarantee, before reading this post, several times today, you checked out what your friends, followers and connections were doing on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

An Interview With Seth Berkowitz | How the Founder of Insomnia has Revolutionized The College Experience Armed Only With Cookies

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.16.2015 | Small Business
Rajat Bhageria

In his book Zero To One, Peter Thiel says that you should never open a restaurant since you'll just be one fish in a large pond. And that makes sense. You're probably not going to really "change the world" with a restaurant.

Want Results? What Every Small Business Gains From Business Coaching

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

Someone who is not as emotionally invested in your business venture can often see your business with greater objectivity. It's good to have a head in the game who can tell you - from an unbiased point of view - how your target audience will respond to your marketing strategies.

How Large Companies Can Leverage Startups to Innovate

Vala Afshar | Posted 04.19.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

While the word "innovation" means different things to different people, our expert panel agreed that startups can help large corporations develop and offer new products, new processes and ultimately cultivate a more innovative mindset.

Candy Can Actually Be Good For You. Yeah. We Know.

Posted 02.20.2015 | Small Business

Sweets aren’t synonymous with “healthy,” but that’s exactly the stigma that Cracked Candy is looking to shatter. Serving “sugar free, vegan ...

4 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out Among the Crowd

Jeremy Sandow | Posted 04.18.2015 | Small Business
Jeremy Sandow

So how do you differentiate yourself from the pack? How do you ensure the crowd comes to you instead of the guy down the block? I have you covered. Here are four ways you can break the mold to boost your biz.

The Fountain of Youth: A Childhood Lesson in Healthy Competition

Katy Blevins | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Katy Blevins

I'm a big fan of reality tv. There, I said it. Shame on me. I love nothing more than to be sucked into the relentless drama of the human race, captured in minute, ridiculously over-the-top egotistical fashion. Me, me, me. I, I, I. Everyone for themselves. Survival of the fittest. Kill or be killed. I love it.

Women in Business Q&A: Inna Marzan, CEO, Marzan Flowers

Laura Dunn | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Inna Marzan is the definition of the american dream. Born in Russia during very trying times, her family moved a few times and ultimately ended up in the U.S., where her parents hoped to provide a better more stable life for their daughters.

The Top 3 Open-Office Myths

Frank Chalupa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

What's the best way to promote teamwork and collaboration in the workplace? In recent years, the answer has been open-plan offices, in which employees work side-by-side with their colleagues in a configuration that not only encourages face-to-face interaction, but requires it.

12 Productivity Hacks to Get Control of Your Business Day

David Finkel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Start your day by asking what one thing could you do today that in 30 minutes or less would have the biggest impact on your business? Then do that one thing before you do anything else.

How a Self-Healing Network Can Save Your Company Time & Money

Patrick Duroseau | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Patrick Duroseau

Productivity is seriously hindered once an internet blacklisting is placed on a company as a result of zombie attacks or low security posture. Don't let this happen to your company.

Why I'm Starting A New Business Instead Of 'Winding Down'

Deborah Gaines | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

Last month, at the age of 54, I left my full-time job to start a communications consulting firm. Why now? For me, there were four compelling reasons.

How to Build Skills That Are Valuable: Lessons Learned From Selling Matches

James Clear | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
James Clear

Ingvar Kamprad focused on getting good at business before he tried to get big at business. Think about that for a moment. Many people (and I've been guilty of this as well) want to get big more than they want to become good.

Global Entrepreneurship Trends: What Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know

Erica Nicole | Posted 04.14.2015 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Last week the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) released their 2014 report on the global state of entrepreneurship. Here's an inside look at notable findings and five of 10 key takeaways you can apply to your small business.

For Small Businesses, Funds are Now a Click Away

Shindy Chen | Posted 04.14.2015 | Small Business
Shindy Chen

Businesses live and die by it. Growing up the daughter of small business owners, and for anyone who's owned a small business, we can certainly attest to the daily anxiety of taking in enough cash to pay vendors, overhead and employees.

10 Invaluable Web Apps and Tools for New Startups

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

Every day there are new startups launching, and beginning their -- hopefully successful -- journey, but not all startups consist of teams that are big...

5 Channels to Find Reliable Millennial Employees

Anjali Varma | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Anjali Varma

Finding reliable, talented, hard-working employees is a continual challenge for most small business owners. Many will argue that finding reliable, talented, hard-working millennial employees is even more of a challenge.

12 Email Tips to Increase Your Productivity

David Finkel | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
David Finkel

What's the single greatest interruption that kills your productivity? Most of us are drowning in email, never realizing that the very way we habitually use it has made it much harder to get it back under control.

Small Businesses' Infinitesimal 'Tort' Problem

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

For years, Big Business lobby groups have been advancing a legislative agenda to limit the liability of corporations that cause injuries. One of their principal arguments is that tort restrictions are needed to allow small businesses to survive. Yet internal business surveys have consistently shown this view to be utterly groundless.

The Top 3 Biggest Leadership Challenges CEOs Face

Mike Harden | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Mike Harden

If being a CEO were easy, everybody would be one. CEOs are expected to know what to do -- and to do it without falling down. There is a reason few in business rise to this position. It is your responsibility as CEO to ensure you're fostering your company's growth and value.

Building a Strong Startup

Lisa Chau | Posted 04.12.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Chau

Failure is a part of the learning experience. Most successful startups are usually not an entrepreneur's first attempt. Almost every thriving business can point to a history of peaks and valleys.

Fall In Love With Social Media Management

La Tanya Williams | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
La Tanya Williams

The relationship between those who recognize the value of social media and the tools themselves can be likened to a single person desiring a mate. You may wish for a companion or a life partner, but feel clueless when it comes to choosing the right partner.