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Common Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Jose Costa | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Jose Costa

To launch your own business, you have to take risks. Period. I learned this first-hand when I started my own marketing agency a few years ago. The hardest step was letting go of the known and taking the first leap of faith, but every second of the journey was worth it.

Women in Business Q&A: Liz Elam, Link Coworking

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Link Coworking came about in a way that many businesses do--a need arose in the market and no one was meeting that need. Liz Elam spent 14 years worki...

Find Out How These 10 Women Run the World

Posted 11.07.2014 | Women

Unless you live under a rock and have never heard the answer to Beyonce’s infamous, “Who run the world?!” question, we’ll tip you off to a lit...

Women in Business: Q&A with Janine Ahlstedt, owner and VP of Sales at Gulf Coast Shippers Unishippers

Laura Dunn | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Janine Ahlstedt started her logistics career in college as a data clerk for Consolidated Freightways. After college, Janine took a position with Wette...

Women in Business Q&A: Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder of CloudFlare

Laura Dunn | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Michelle Zatlyn creates products people love. Growing up in Canada, she earned a degree in Chemistry and now applies the scientific method to improving businesses.

Women in Business: Q&A with Sheila Nazarian and Laura Darrah, Founders of She + Lo

Laura Dunn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Following the success of their first handbag ventures, Treesje and its offspring Joelle Hawkens, fashion entrepreneurs Sheila Nazarian and Laura Darra...

Women in Business: Q&A with Mandy Edwards, Owner, ME Marketing Services

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Mandy Edwards is the owner of ME Marketing Services, a social media marketing company that provides consulting, management and coaching to businesses ...

Women in Business: Q&A with Cindy Bates, Vice President of Microsoft US Small & Midsized Business Group

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

As Vice President of Microsoft's U.S. Small-and-Midsized Business group, Cindy Bates leads the company's efforts to help SMBs realize their full poten...

Women in Business Q&A: Nikki Parker, Regional Director North America & Oceania at Freelancer.com

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Nikki Parker is responsible for marketing and communications at Freelancer.com across North America, Australia and New Zealand. Nikki leads a team of ...

Women in Business Q&A: Lisa Martin-Louro, Brand Experience Manager and Cultural Engineer, Dell

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Previously at MTV, she now serves in a curiously titled role at Dell: Brand Experience Marketing Manager and Cultural Engineer -- a truly unique position that allows her to bring her creative and unconventional methods to an otherwise corporate atmosphere.

Women in Business: Q&A with Barbie Adler, Founder and President of Selective Search

Laura Dunn | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Barbie Adler is founder and president of the exclusive Chicago-based executive matchmaker Selective Search Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Chicag...

Women in Business: Q&A with Anna Phillips, CEO and Founder of The Lash Lounge

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Anna Phillips founded The Lash Lounge in Texas in 2006. After working in IT, Anna worked at Google as a massage therapist. It was here that she realized both her passion for the beauty industry and her entrepreneurial spirit.

What Did You Fail at Today?

Rana Florida | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

We need to create a new definition of failure. Truly successful people embrace failure as part of the learning process, as an opportunity to grow, reflect, reinvent, and ultimately to push forward.

Spanx Billionaire Founder Redefines Failure and Inspires Others

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

If you haven't already done so, I would strongly suggest that you become familiar with the story of Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. Not because she is said to be the youngest self-made female billionaire ever, but because she seems to epitomize the combined power of hard work, persistence, innovation and humility.

1st Woman Billionaire Pledges To Donate Half Of Wealth To Charity

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact

More billionaires showing their benevolence is a business trend we can get behind. Nine new wealthy donors and their families signed on to the Givi...

Coat Designed For Homeless People Draws Attention From Unexpected Characters

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.09.2013 | Small Business

A coat developed by a social entrepreneur and designed for homeless people is now a somewhat hot item in the high-end fashion world. Earlier this m...

Mothers of Invention, Indeed

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 05.20.2013 | Women
Ethlie Ann Vare

Yes, it's Women's History Month, and I'm on the college lecture circuit. Like I tell the students: February is Black History Month, March is Women's History Month, and the rest of the year is for white guys.

Spanx Lawsuit Pits Company Against Yummie Tummie Over Shapewear Patents

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 04.30.2014 | Style

Spanx is currently embroiled in a legal battle with fellow shapewear brand Yummie Tummie. Heather Thomson, creator of the latter brand (and "Real ...

What a Green 2013 Means for the Planet

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Kristi York Wooten

Did you know that just $100 can fund a water-quality test in a stream or river and $500 can provide an inner-city school with plants and tools for an organic vegetable garden? Even smaller amounts can be very meaningful to local recycling or cleanup projects in your community.

Shoe Designer Is A Billionaire?!

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 01.04.2013 | Small Business

Tory Burch, the fashion designer who popularized $200 ballet flats, is officially a billionaire. The 46-year-old designer added nine zeros to her ...

The 'Academy Awards' of Entrepreneurship Is Born: Entrepreneurs Gather for the Inaugural Induction Into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

There's almost nothing I like more than meeting entrepreneurs and hearing their fascinating life stories -- so I was thrilled to head to the 2012 Induction Event for the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in Atlanta recently.

Here Comes The Spanx Store You Weren't Asking For

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 11.02.2012 | Style

“A place where everybody knows your name and your bra size -- kind of like the TV show Cheers.”

PHOTOS: Visible Spanx Alert!

The Huffington Post | Jessica Misener | Posted 04.25.2012 | Style

When most ladies flash their Spanx on the red carpet, we'd classify it as a wardrobe malfunction. But when you're Sara Blakely, the billionaire founde...

15 'Most Influential' Women We Love

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.18.2012 | Women

TIME Magazine released its list of 100 Most Influential People today -- and quite a few of those 100 are women. Women made up about 40 percent of TIME...

Courage Goes to Work

BJ Gallagher | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
BJ Gallagher

I was intrigued by the notion of courage in the workplace, so I asked Bill Treasurer, author of Courage Goes to Work if he would sit down and have a conversation with me about courage at work.