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The First 6 Months With Your New Digital Marketing Specialist

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.22.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You need a marketing person that understands digital and how your business can benefit from it. Instead, 6 months ago you hired a techie and trapped them in a marketer's body.

The Future Of Digital Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.26.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You don't need a crystal ball or a 1985 DeLorean to see where the future of digital marketing is headed. Just look at another one of your business areas for insight: IT.

5 Insider Strategies On How To Grow Your Small Business In Government Contracting

Helen Callier | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

It is a must-go time for minority businesses to take calculated risks to expand their footprint through government contracting

Why You Should Outsource Your Digital Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.05.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

You need someone in-house to keep the digital agency utilized and take the marketing campaign to the web, but not to do the work in house.

Next Tech Boom May Be Fueled By Grandpa Power

Daryl Rowland | Posted 08.04.2014 | Technology
Daryl Rowland

Programs Provide Help For Gen-X and Boomer Entrepreneurs CLEVELAND: When we think of tech entrepreneurs, we tend to envision 20-something coders wit...

7 Key Ways to Increase Your Small Business Chances of Winning Government Contracts

Helen Callier | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

As your small business starts swimming in the Federal market while continuing to grow on the local and state levels, know that there are key strategies required for success in winning contracts.

5 Sites That Make Your Small Business Life Easier

Ebong Eka | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Ebong Eka

Starting a business is easy... If you're thinking I'm nuts, I will explain. Running your business is the difficult part.

8 Content Marketing Tips for When No One Reads Your Content

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.13.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Congrats on posting your infographic, blog, video or webinar. One problem: Uncle Jeb is your only reader. So what should you do?

Obama Asking Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

AP | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small...

What Digital Marketing Activities Should and Shouldn't Be Outsourced

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.01.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

SMBs staff their teams with digital marketing specialists. This reaffirms businesses understand digital marketing's significance. It reaffirms another thing too. Lots of businesses are clueless about digital marketing.

5 Mistakes That Cause Poor Email Marketing Performance

Jonathan Long | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Email marketing is still very effective when done correctly, but many businesses are watching their open rate tank because of careless mistakes.

2 Tricks to Get Any Customer or Job You Want

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.19.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

If you are employed then chances are you applied for a job and were the fortunate applicant to get it. If you own a business then you've probably responded to an open call for proposals. Congrats if you've won a few (you should also buy a lottery ticket).

Small Business Social Selling -- Recruit Customers and Get Anyone to Return Your Call

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.09.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Most small businesses would rather wrestle a tiger then dial for dollars. Cold-calling hurts; it's like going to a single's bar and hitting on everyone you see there. You will come out with more bruises or hang-ups than phone numbers or leads.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

Are You An Entrepreneur Or Small Business Owner? We Want You To Show Us Your World

Posted 05.23.2014 | Small Business

Small businesses may not make headlines as often as their big corporate counterparts, but their stories are the ones that truly encapsulate the Americ...

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.18.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Ben Thornley | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Cathy Clark and Jed Emerson. Some may be surprised to hear it, but impact investing would barely exist -- certainly not at its curr...

An Open Letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet

Chris Hurn | Posted 03.25.2014 | Small Business
Chris Hurn

A small business owner's wishlist for the new SBA Administrator Dear Ms. Contreras-Sweet, I have a vested interest in the U.S. Small Business Admin...

Analyze The ROI Of Your Innovation Idea, Step By Step

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Bobby Grajewski

In our experience, those who view their invention as a business opportunity (and keep their emotional attachment to their idea out of the equation) are the most successful.

Obama To Nominate California Businesswoman To Lead Small Business Administration

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rounding out his Cabinet, President Barack Obama intends to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned communit...

Are We the Land of the American Dream, or the American Decline?

Hector Barreto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Hector Barreto

That was a very important lesson my father taught me at a very young age -- how important it was to have a vision, have a dream, work hard and build something for your family and community.

Entrepreneurs Are the Playmakers for our Economy

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

If you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, now is not the time to stay on the sidelines. As one popular saying goes, "If you do not step forward, you'll always be in the same place."

SBA Shuts Down, but Real Small Businesses Aren't Benefiting Anyways

Brendan Ross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Brendan Ross

The fact is that the SBA generally targets "large" small businesses -- with full-time accounting staff that can handle all the paperwork and can wait months for a loan.

Obama's Closing the Small Business Administration, Why Is the Media Helping?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Here is the truth that you will never hear or see in any story in the mainstream media about why President Obama wants to close the SBA.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: SBA Finally Walks Back From Misleading Report on Regulations

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
Sidney Shapiro

After handing this Christmas gift to the anti-regulatory forces, SBA's Office of Advocacy owes the public something more than burying a begrudging acknowledgment of the report's weakness on an obscure webpage.