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4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail

Yura Bryant | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Yura Bryant

It can be hard to get an accurate temperature of the small business climate. Some experts will tell you that small businesses are doing quite well; while others will say small business owners are struggling.

Five Things I Love About Having a Strategic Growth Plan for My Small Business

Helen Callier | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Helen Callier

A Leader that works on the business guiding a team to achieve an established vision versus working in the business i.e. hands on in producing a widget or doing the actual hammering. By working on your small business you are in a better position to lead your organization through its mission, goals and strategies.

10 Ways to Keep Your Visitors on Your Website Longer

Mui Tsun | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Mui Tsun

The real challenge is making your visitors stay on your website long enough to find out more about what you have to offer and, even better, come back for more. So, what makes people click the back button? What can you do to make your visitors stay beyond the first few seconds?

The Truth Nobody's Telling You About Entrepreneurship

Tova Payne | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Tova Payne

People want what they want and they want it now--instant gratification sells, even though it doesn't work. The simple truth is: Perseverance is Painful.

Small Businesses: Potential Antidote To Income Inequality -- And You Can Help

Beth Sirull | Posted 06.04.2015 | Small Business
Beth Sirull

Small businesses can carry the weight of rebuilding our economy and fighting income inequality, but whenever possible, let's help lighten their load.

Write Better Blog Headlines & Titles Using Data-Driven Strategies [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.14.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Think about the last blog post you published on your blog -- did you put a lot of thought into writing the title? Don't worry if you didn't, as it's one of the most over looked elements of a blog post.

From Athens To The U.S., This Greek Startup Wants to Make Hiring Easier

The Huffington Post Greece | Despina Trivoli | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

Nikos Moraitakis and Spyros Magiatis established Workable in October 2012. Their aim was to create a software that would relieve the burden small...

Our Conversation on the Challenges and Possibilities of the Next 10 Years

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Arianna Huffington

On Monday night we celebrated HuffPost's 10-year anniversary with a party at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. And since HuffPost and Goldman Sachs have partnered for nearly three years to spotlight solutions around the world, we had a conversation about what we've learned and what's in store for the next 10 years. Here is a lightly edited transcription of our conversation.

Bringing Customers Inside: What Many Businesses Can Take From Non-Profits

Andrew_Yang | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Andrew_Yang

Not too long ago a café, Good and Plenty, abruptly closed in my neighborhood. There wasn't any warning - I just showed up and there was a sign on the door saying "Thank you for supporting us these past years. We have closed."

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?

5 Tips to Drastically Improve Your Email Marketing

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.23.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Email marketing provides a huge opportunity for business growth when done correctly, so I wanted to put together a list of tips that you can easily adapt to your strategy.

Why There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be an Entrepreneur

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Small Business
Vivek Wadhwa

The advice I give to today's graduates is to decline the job offers from big companies and instead join promising start-ups. Better still, if they have the ideas and ability, I encourage graduates to start their own companies and be masters of their own destiny.

5 Basic Local SEO Tips for SMBs With No Budget

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

As a small business owner you know that you must have a website -- but what good does it do if your potential customers can't find you online?

6 Tips to Increase Social Media Shares

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.25.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

You would love if your blog content received more social shares, right? When your content is shared on social media it introduces a new audience to your brand. Social shares are essentially free exposure and advertising for your business -- use these six tips to help increase the number of social shares your blog content receives.

Annoying Clients -- How Do You Get Rid of Them?

Franziska Iseli-Hall | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Franziska Iseli-Hall

If someone sneaks into your tribe who is not a fit, have an open and honest conversation with them (trust your gut on this!).

10 Productivity Hacks Every Small Business Owner Can Benefit From

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Running a business is not an easy task -- it can be extremely stressful. You need to be as efficient and productive as possible. Here are 10 productivity hacks to help you kick into gear and come out swinging as we enter Q2 of 2015.

Send Better Emails Using These 7 Data-Backed Tips [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

One of the most effective forms of online marketing, email marketing, is constantly evolving. As a small business owner you need to stay current with the trends in order to fully maximize the effect of your email campaigns.

Improve Your Online Customer Service With These 5 Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.02.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

These days, the average consumer isn't going to call your business for customer support -- when they have a question or an issue, they are going to visit your website or reach out to your company through social media.

Get New Clients: Overcoming the "Money Excuse"

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 05.04.2015 | Small Business
Kim Pisolkar

When a prospective client declines to work with you because of money, the reality is that they don't view your services as an investment in themselves and their goals. They don't see how working with you will deliver added value, so they view your services as an expense they can do without.

4 Reasons Your Business Should Consider AdWords Paid Search Marketing

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.22.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

If you haven't given paid search a try yet or if you are on the fence still then take a minute to read through the follow four reasons that your business should start an AdWords campaign.

Voting Pink: How the Female Economy Can Change the World

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

Since the feminist movement began, the power and position of women has changed drastically. Today, women not only make up 51 percent of the population, they also influence 85 percent of all consumer spending in the U.S.

SBA Launches Online Matchmaking for Small Business Loans

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.13.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

If there's broad agreement that small businesses are the engine that powers the American economy, shouldn't it be easier to fuel the tank?

How to Use Visual Content to Trigger More Engagement [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.12.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Images and visual content attract more social shares, but they also engage your customers, potential customers, and website visitors -- causing them to stay on your website longer.

Increase Business Blog Traffic With These 5 Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 04.05.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

A lot of businesses will publish blog content that rivals advertisements. Give you helpful free information on your blog and your audience will appreciate it. This helps to build a relationship based on trust. Consumers are going to return to blogs that aren't constantly jamming offers down their throat. Focus on providing value and the leads and sales will follow naturally.

Time Management Isn't the Answer

Mary Albright | Posted 04.05.2015 | Small Business
Mary Albright

How many times have you heard that the secret to success is, "You need better time management skills?" It's not uncommon advice in any sphere. You may have even thought about it yourself.