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Rieva Lesonsky

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Business Owners Still Uncertain On Overall Economy: Survey Says

(373) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Although U.S. small business owners are optimistic about their businesses, with 69 percent rating the financial health of their own business as "good," "very good" or "excellent" (up from 64 percent in 2011), they aren't feeling as rosy about the state of the overall economy. In fact, nearly three-fourths (71...

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India: Five Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know

(6) Comments | Posted June 30, 2012 | 7:55 PM

Recently, 149 women from 15 nations gathered in Delhi, India, for the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) to learn, network and do business. Although the conference only lasted two days, in the words of one attendee, “That was enough time to cram in a lifetime of knowledge.” I agree. Here...

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Single CEOs Take More Risks: Survey Says

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Single CEOs are more likely to take risks that could boost their businesses' bottom lines, but also increase volatility, according to a study by Nikolai L. Roussanov of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Pavel G. Savor, also at the University of Pennsylvania. Single CEOs...

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Majority Of People Don't Finish Daily To-Do Lists: Survey Says

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 11:15 AM

Is your to-do list mocking you at the end of the day with its barely-crossed-off items or frantic scrawls? For better or worse, you're not alone. A LinkedIn survey of more than 6,000 global professionals found that just 11 percent of respondents regularly accomplish all the tasks on...

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Dell Innovators Credit Fund: 4 Things Small Businesses Should Know

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 11:45 AM

In what it calls a "first-of-its-kind" move, Dell recently launched a major initiative, which includes a credit fund for small businesses. The Dell Innovators Credit Fund is at the heart of this $100 million initiative and is geared towards helping those small businesses that have recently received venture...

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Global Venture Labs Investment Competition at the University of Texas at Austin: NuMat Wins

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Are young entrepreneurs out to change the world? That was the impression I got last month when I served as a judge at the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition at the University of Texas at Austin. This was my first time at the Venture Labs competition, where 37...

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Long Wait Times Harming Retail Experience: Survey Says

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 11:22 AM

How long are customers willing to wait for service in your retail store before they walk out? Not very long, according to the results of a new survey by Great Clips, a hair salon franchise. Almost all (94 percent) customers think waiting 5 to 10 minutes or less...

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Millennials Evaluate Their "Coolness," Cool Brands: Survey Says

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 11:12 AM

Want to market to millennial consumers? Then play up their sense of themselves as "cool." According to a new report from Insites Consulting, "Cool Today, Gone Tomorrow?", 43 percent of American millennials (aged 15-25) think they're cool. The least confident nation? China, where only 30 percent of youths...

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Small Businesses Still Reliant On Paper In The Digital Age: Survey Says

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Small-business owners often say they want to use cloud computing solutions or mobile technology to make their businesses more efficient, but they're not walking the talk, according to a Sage survey on how entrepreneurs with 0 to 9 employees manage their companies. In fact, Sage found many small-business...

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Paranoia Over Online Security Risks Is Increasing: Survey Says

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Today's consumers are highly aware they’re subject to Internet security risks. In fact, they're so conscious of it they feel safer meeting a stranger in person than opening an email attachment from someone they don’t know, and think using a computer without security software is a bigger risk than leaving...

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Small Businesses May Be Ready To Spend: Survey Says

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Small-business owners who have been hoarding cash as a hedge against the uncertain economy are loosening their purse strings a bit, a new survey from Brother International shows. The third annual "Brother Small Business Survey" found that 44 percent of small business owners are stockpiling cash instead of...

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National Small Business Week: 5 Things I Learned

(7) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Every year since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy first made it official, the Small Business Administration has saluted the nation’s top business owners during National Small Business Week, usually held in Washington D.C. each May.

Many of the attendees, including the state winners of the SBA’s Small...

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Small-Business Owners Most Stressed By Running Business: Survey Says

(32) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Running a small business is more stressful than anything else in a small-business owner's life -- including raising children -- according to a new survey by Bank of America. Small-business owners polled by the Small Business Owner Report say maintaining a small business causes twice as...

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Mobile Strategy A Big Weakness For Small Businesses: Survey Says

(11) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Small businesses are starting to recognize the importance of mobile marketing and m-commerce, but they still have a long way to go. According to the Small Business Mobile report, more than 61 percent of small businesses have no mobile search strategy.

Only 60 percent...

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Lost Data A Growing Concern For Small Businesses: Survey Says

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 2:00 PM

The growing trend toward BYOD (bring your own device) in the workplace is putting company data at risk, according to a survey by Mozy and Compass Partners. Most (87 percent) small and midsize businesses have no formal policy in place regarding employees’ use of personal devices for work...

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Small Business Tips From My Father

(9) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 9:30 AM

I’ve met some of the most renowned entrepreneurs and business experts of our day. Some were disappointing in person, while others lived up to their reputation. But I realized some of the best business lessons I’ve learned were from watching (and sometimes working with) my father in the store he...

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Older Workers May Become More Common As Many Push Back Retirement Age: Survey Says

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Everyone’s buzzing about how Gen Y is taking over the workplace, but the offices of the future are more likely to be populated by older, not younger, employees. The average age at which Americans expect to retire has hit 67, up from 63 a decade ago and age...

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Email Overload Takes A Toll On Your Health: Survey Says

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Email overload may be doing more than driving you crazy -- it could be sending you to an early grave. Research from the University of California at Irvine and the U.S. Army found that study subjects with access to email remained in a continual state of "high alert,"...

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Moms Love Mobile Phones, Social Media: Survey Says

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 12:30 PM

How much do moms love their smartphones? Let's put it this way: Their husbands have good reason to be jealous. According to a new study about how moms born between 1977 and 1994 use media from Meredith Parents Network 21 percent use their smartphones in the bathroom --...

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Frequent Flyers Describe Air Travel As 'Extremely Frustrating': Survey Says

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 2:45 PM

If you dread business travel, you're not alone. A survey of frequent international travelers by Priority Pass found that trips typically get off to a bad start at the airport, where more than 90 percent of travelers agree that slow check-ins and security lines are “frustrating” or “extremely frustrating.”...

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