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Are You Treating Social Media as an Afterthought?

Nika Stewart | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Nika Stewart

Studies show that the biggest mistake entrepreneurs and businesses make on social media is not investing enough. Though experts continue to espouse the virtues and benefits of social media, many businesses and thought leaders have failed to make it a priority.

Can You Trademark a Sound?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

The first successful application for a sound mark was registered in 1978 and was filed by NBC. Thirty-five years out, it is still a notoriously long and difficult process. So when I'm asked by another business owner if they can trademark a sound, I always have to give a "yes, but..." answer for the following reasons.

Giving Small Businesses a Bigger Chance

Venture For America | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Kate Catlin, Venture for America Class of 2013 How Internet Companies Could Potentially be Good for Your Favorite Local Boutique Instead of Just R...

A Philanthropist and a Nonprofit ED Walk Into a Bar...

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

The philanthropist sighs and says she has money to give, but no nonprofit will agree to carry out her intent as she envisions it.

Build a Community Around Your Business Quickly

Brian Horn | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

Marketing your business online is like marketing it in the real world -- if you can't convince customers to come to your store, you bring your merchandise to them. You have to be dynamic and sensitive to the market.

If My Kids Ever Appeared on Shark Tank

Greg Schwem | Posted 07.30.2014 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

My kids' current favorite show is Shark Tank, where budding entrepreneurs pitch ideas to a team of corporate tycoons who double as potential investors. While listening to concepts for, among other things, collapsible kayaks and colored fur spray for dogs, my daughters vigorously interrogate the television.

Why Your Business Needs a Tennis Player

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

We've all been part of a group or team where everything clicked. Everyone knows things a great team needs -- leadership, ownership of solving problems, camaraderie and integrity.

It's Time to Quit

Dean Soukeras | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Dean Soukeras

I've been in the self-employed game and startup world my entire adult life. And unless I get an incredible offer from a company that I admire (you know who you are), I'll probably always work for myself.

The Apps We Use to Run Our Startup

Lauren Rotman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Lauren Rotman

We are happy to share our must-have apps below. We have no affiliation to these companies, no kickbacks, just our pure honest opinion on what we pay for and use on a monthly basis.

The Magic Bullet of Crowdfunding

Marc Prosser | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

If you're thinking about investing via a crowdfunding platform, do it with only money you can afford to lose, and realize that you have a high probability of losing your money.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

The Calculated Entrepreneur

Heather Rosen | Posted 07.28.2014 | DC
Heather Rosen

Every day I meet people who dream about starting their own business, but wonder if they have what it takes. Some have been in corporate jobs for year...

How the Small Compete with the Big

Venture For America | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Taylor Sundali, Venture for America Class of 2013 "Would you be able to have my website open by September?" "Won't it cost a lot of money?" ...

Beat Procrastination Before It Beats You

Alex Charfen | Posted 07.28.2014 | Small Business
Alex Charfen

So why is it that not even the entrepreneur is immune to procrastination?

What I've Learned About Putting Profits First

Josh Patrick | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Josh Patrick

I've written many times about why profits are more important than growth. It's funny how the people who respond negatively to these posts are advisors or people who used to be in business.

6 Scary Questions You'll Have to Face When You Start Your Own Business

Jose Vasquez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Before you start building your dream company, you'll need to face these six difficult questions.

The SHEvolution Is Coming

Faith Popcorn | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Faith Popcorn

This trend is changing the world, and I'm thrilled. At first, it tiptoes in quietly. On stilettos. Then suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, comes its deafening blast. Women are rising. Never before have we so aggressively, efficiently, fearlessly and successfully pursued our goals.

There Is No Right Way, Just Write

Michelle Ghilotti Mandel | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Michelle Ghilotti Mandel

To anyone who wants to be in many places at once, write. To everyone who doesn't think they're a "good writer," write. To those wanting to connect to their soul and inner wisdom, write.

How to Find a Business Mentor

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 07.25.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

Quite a few entrepreneurs have asked Fundastic how they can find a business mentor to help them through the journey of creating a successful company. The answer is surprisingly simple!

How To Avoid 'No Vacation Nation' Burnout

Frank Chalupa | Posted 07.25.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

Entrepreneurs are known for working long hours, so it's no wonder they have a hard time stepping away from their business long enough to take, much less enjoy, a summer vacation.

20 Content Ideas to Brand Yourself as an Expert

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 07.24.2014 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

Content marketing gives you the ability to let your individual and unique light shine in the business world. When you focus on what you want to be known for, over and over, and over again, your brand becomes stronger and more cohesive.

Go West Young Man (or Woman)

Dean Soukeras | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Dean Soukeras

I've always had a kind of love affair with the idea of the West. The freedom, the open spaces, the rugged individualism, and no rules, always attracted me.

Relationship Marketing 1-2-3: Why Building Relationships Matters Most

R. Kay Green | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
R. Kay Green

The reality is that it takes time to nurture your clients into loyal customers, but not if you remember that business is all about Relationships, Relationships, Relationships!

7 Ways To Practice Positivity And Optimism Every Day

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Positive and optimistic people lead themselves by constantly finding encouragement within their soul. The more you give out positively, the more you get back. Here are my seven essential mantras that I find helpful to keep myself on a positive track.

The Right Digital-Marketing Partner in 5 Steps

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 07.24.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Most small-medium businesses (SMBs) would rather pick potatoes than pick a digital-marketing partner. Digital marketing is filled with clutter and confusion. SMBs know digital can help but are unsure of where to start. Having a great partner helps, but finding a great partner can be expensive and counterproductive to your goals.