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Five Hidden Company Killers

Jack Garson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

Some company killers are obvious. Competition. Obsolescence. Too much debt. They're sexy problems. They make the headlines and you're already aware of them. But there are hidden threats that you don't even know exist.

Top Preventable Causes For Small Business Failure

Melinda Emerson | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Yes, the economy was rough on commerce for a while, but still many businesses fail unnecessarily. If I've gained any wisdom about business, it's that there is a learning curve and you must always improve your skills for your business to thrive.

Networking Your Startup

Hulya Aksu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Hulya Aksu

Being unafraid to put yourself out there and networking at every opportunity shows that you've rolled up your sleeves and are ready to get to work, that you've got big plans and big moves in your future and that you're a startup worth noticing.

An Easy Way to Resolve Startup Disputes: Lessons From Company Connector

Joseph Bubman | Posted 06.25.2013 | Small Business
Joseph Bubman

Conflict presents an opportunity to leverage differences to generate creative solutions and improve relationships. This first in a series of posts on startup negotiations shares one approach for overcoming disagreements effectively.

Seizing Opportunities

Malene Barnett | Posted 06.23.2013 | Small Business
Malene Barnett

Turn your abilities into resources to help you grow your business. Don't be afraid to set a trend rather than follow one; and be bold, the rewards it brings are immeasurable!

Growing a Small Business with 5 Essential Principles

Faisal Hoque | Posted 06.22.2013 | Small Business
Faisal Hoque

Behind every "overnight success" is a story of a person or a team toiling away for years, with very few people except themselves and perhaps a few friends and partners supporting them. Consider the following two stories.

Is It Time? Considerations for Would-Be Founders

Wendy Torrance | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Wendy Torrance

Making the choice to found without considering professional capabilities and personal circumstances could lead entrepreneurs to found too early, or too late, and find themselves in untenable circumstances (or full of regret about a path not taken).

5 Ways to Boost Morale on Your Start-up Team: Lessons From Company Connector

Joseph Bubman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Small Business
Joseph Bubman

Maintaining morale can pose an ongoing challenge, particularly when it feels like you have undertaken a Sisyphean effort burdened by a never-ending series of roadblocks. Here are five ways to boost morale on your start-up team.

7 Steps To Starting Your Own Business Over 50

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM The New Retirement Thinking of starting a business? You’re not alone. According to The Kauffman Foundation, an o...

In Business and in Health: Running a Business With Your Spouse

Nusha Balyan | Posted 06.05.2013 | Small Business
Nusha Balyan

Going into business with the person that you married may seem like a great idea but it doesn't always end up in happily ever after. Some recent high profile divorces and business splits may make you think twice before you tie the co-working knot.

Are You Making These Mistakes on Your Business' Social Media?

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 06.01.2013 | Small Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

What is the #1 mistake you see business owners make on social media, and what can they do to fix it?

How to Get International Angel Investors for Your Startup

Steve Strauss | Posted 05.29.2013 | Small Business
Steve Strauss

How are you going to change the world, even your little part of the world? Angels play a big game, and if you want to play with them, you have to play a big game too.

You're Building a Business -- But Can You Sell It?

Jack Garson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Small Business
Jack Garson

You can build a business that people will clamor to buy. It takes know-how and discipline. Here's the info -- you supply the willpower.

Startups Must Adapt to New Customer Buying Dynamics

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.22.2013 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

Learning how to craft and nurture great customer experiences around your product is critical. The future of your business these days depends on it.

The Next "No"

Aron Susman | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Aron Susman

It seems like when anyone gets into the startup game, one of the first things that they begin to hear is that they need to have thick skin.

The Secret Weapon of the Rich

Denise Gosnell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Denise Gosnell

The "secret weapon" is called leverage. By using the power of leverage, you can skyrocket the growth of your business. Leverage is the idea of using other people or resources in a way that produces far more results than the amount of effort you have to expend.

Chasing Euforie

Tara de Nicolas | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Tara de Nicolas

Early in my career, I did not quite understand the entrepreneurial calling inside of me. There always was this constant nagging I felt pushing me to think differently, create, and innovate.

Top Three Ways to Move Through 'Stupid' to Stupendous

Kathy Caprino | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women
Kathy Caprino

As a women's career and leadership coach, I work with hundreds of women each year helping them reclaim the direction of their lives and work, and find...

Make a Connection, Make a Career

Pamela Ryckman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Pamela Ryckman

The night Dina Kaplan met two geeks in a bar on the Bowery, she wasn't looking to switch careers.

Startups Search for the Best Ed-Tech Business Model

Kevin Ducoff | Posted 04.29.2013 | College
Kevin Ducoff

The world of ed-tech is booming, as 2012 was a big year for startups in the industry. Now, plenty of industry analysts are wondering: just what is the best model for ensuring students across the world have access to online courses?

WATCH: Amanda Haas On Helping Families Eat Together

Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents

Amanda Haas believes families benefit from eating healthy, homemade meals together -- so she's made it her life's work to help them do just that. T...

Starting the Journey of Entrepreneurship

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

I always wanted to start my own business, but I kept postponing it because it was never good "timing." Now I realize that the "right time" never comes. This expression is more of a distraction to justify one's indecision and lack of courage.

Why Good Companies Fail

Lili Balfour | Posted 04.22.2013 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

One of the top reasons companies fail is that they run out of money. That seems easy to avoid, right? Oddly enough, many entrepreneurs do not have clarity around their revenue sources and even fewer have a strong grasp of their operational costs.

Businesses Take Time to Build

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.16.2013 | Small Business

One of my mentors once said to me, "It takes at least four or five years to see if a company is going to work. Generally more. If you're really fast, maybe you can get a sense of where things are going by the end of Year Three."

Building a Revenue Model Is As Easy As 1-2-3

Lili Balfour | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Lili Balfour

Understanding finance empowers you to build your company, motivate your team, attract customers and secure capital. So let's dive in!