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'Twas the Night Before Big Business, Once Started Small

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.21.2014 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

The SBA's mission is to help small businesses grow. When companies that were once small become some of America's biggest brands with our help, it gives all of us here at the agency a reason for holiday cheer.

Bootstrapping A Venture Capital Fund

Jon Gosier | Posted 12.19.2014 | Small Business
Jon Gosier

With a fund we could collectively share the risk of investing and the burdens of legal compliance, the costs, and the necessary due diligence. We could also leverage more capital than any one of us could on our own.

A Customer-Centric Business Is A Social Business

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

Customers have always been the compass of how successful businesses operate; business exists to serve the customer - it always has and it always will....

Two Responsibilities a CEO Should Not Delegate

Mike Harden | Posted 12.18.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

You are responsible for growth and value, and for creating worth within your organization. If it's a task other than the aforementioned, get out and don't let it pull you back in.

5 Things Your SEO Strategy Needs to Focus on Entering 2015

Jonathan Long | Posted 12.19.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Yes, it is that time of the year again when everyone starts to predict what SEO will look like in the coming year. Google's algorithm is constantly changing. There are public updates as well as refreshes and tweaks that occur on a regular basis.

Director Lesley Chilcott's New Film Spotlights Female Coffee Revolutionaries

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Colleen DeBaise

In the early 1990s, the price of coffee fell below the cost to grow it. Many local farmers had to abandon their fields. Men in the village left in search of work. All the women were left with their kids and their babies. They said, 'We can sit around and wait, or we can do something.'

3 Unshakable Laws of Systems That Actually Work in Your Business

David Finkel | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
David Finkel

Too many business owners simply hand their team ready made systems to which their team had little input. To your team it can feel like they have no control nor say in the matter. 'Thou shalt follow this system as prescribed!'

2015: An Opportunity to Redefine Your Identity

Corey Blake | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Corey Blake

Have you ever been surrounded by friends and family cheering you on and telling you you're living the dream, only to feel invisible and broken on the inside?

What The US-Cuba Deal Means for Your Small Business

Erica Nicole | Posted 12.18.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

If you are considering doing business in Cuba, when (and if) the embargo is lifted, keep these five expansion tips in mind.

The Single Most Important Metric to Measure to Improve Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
David Finkel

Most businesses carelessly fall into cash crunches because they let their receivables slip longer and longer before being paid. But the longer you let your receivables slip, the more damaging this can be to your company's cash flow.

Flour Power: Women Chefs Reap Just Desserts in Food & Wine and White House

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

The proof is in the pudding this year. Women chefs cracked the glass ceiling repeatedly to achieve record "first female" milestones in culinary history, magazines, James Beard Awards, the White House and Michelin guides.

Why Tommy Chong Is Fired Up About Marijuana

Gene Marks | Posted 12.17.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

At 76 years old, Chong is adding entrepreneur to his resume as he launches a namesake new line of medicinal marijuana called CHONG STAR and is also releasing Tommy Chong's Smoke Swipes which instantly rids clothes and hair of smoky smells from cigars, cigarettes and cannabis.

An Introduction to Responsive Web Design: The Future of Websites

Ian Mills | Posted 12.17.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

The growth of the use of mobile devices and smartphones to browse the internet has grown exponentially over the past 5 years. Morgan Stanley estimate that by 2015 Mobile internet traffic will overtake desktop traffic.

How Successful Entrepreneurs Start the New Year

Nellie Akalp | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Nellie Akalp

With any luck, you will be able to take a few days off to relax with family and good friends, but it's never easy to get back into the swing of work after all the celebrations.

Are You Too Old to Start a Business?

Keyon Bayani | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business
Keyon Bayani

In this episode of SYS Chat, we touch on numerous topics and provide helpful tips.

3 Secrets for Staying Positive Every Day

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

Willie Nelson once said, "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." He is absolutely correct. I believe that businesspersons can maintain positive attitudes every day if they just follow my three simple secrets.

Business Travel Logistics: How to Make Your Next Trip as Smooth As Possible

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

The act of traveling for business can either be a massive hassle or a headache-free joy; it all comes down to preparation. I clock tens of thousands of miles per year for business and, through each of those experiences, have learned valuable lessons for making my trips feel more like walks in the park.

Big Business: Buying Fake Instagram Followers

Shayla R. Price | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Shayla R. Price

Did you know that you could purchase Instagram followers for just a couple of bucks? Social networks are aware of this new phenomenon, and they are clamping down on this questionable practice because some believe it deceives fans.

Five Ways to Make Holiday Marketing a Year Round Activity

Court Cunningham | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Court Cunningham

Here are five ways that you can focus on improving business during the holiday season, and tips on how to continue these activities even after every gift has been opened and the leftovers are gone.

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Businesses Try To Rebuild After Protests | Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Ten businesses here were completely destroyed by fire and several others were vandalized on Nov. 24, following protests over a grand ...

Considering Cloud Accounting? 5 Reasons Why You Should Make the Switch in 2015

Jamie Sutherland | Posted 12.12.2014 | Small Business
Jamie Sutherland

There is no doubt that cloud computing is the future. If you haven't made the switch, your competitor probably has. So make it your 2015 resolution to take the first step by moving your accounting to the cloud or at the very least give it a test run by using a free trial.

6 Expert Marketing Tips for Startups

Shayla R. Price | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business
Shayla R. Price

Across the world, startups are emerging in a variety of industries -- from healthcare to education. Brands are constantly fighting for consumers' attention to download their cool apps or purchase eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

Business Partnership Best Practices: Creating and Cultivating Valuable Alliances

Ciara Pressler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

The best partnerships are organic, beginning when you meet someone who approaches business the same way you do, forming an instant connection. It's not always clear how those partnerships will pan out, but building the relationship is always beneficial.

3 Ways to Protect Your Company from Fraud, Theft, and Embezzlement

David Finkel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
David Finkel

Private companies are prime targets for fraud. According to the Association of Fraud Examiners in 2010, 42 percent of fraud cases happened in privately held companies, with the majority being in companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Why I Don't Worry About My Competition (And You Shouldn't Either)

Kristan Braziel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Kristan Braziel

The areas of differentiation on your chart indicate why your competition is moot. These are the areas you need to capitalize on and market the hell out of. Now you just need to get out there and do it: Market that beautiful secret sauce of yours.