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5 Lessons on Hiring Your First Employee

Chelsea Berler | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Chelsea Berler

There are five important lessons in hiring your first employee that I learned the hard way. So after the fact, trust me, these are important and suggestions you want to take to heart:

4 Ways To Recharge Your Socially Conscious Spirit

Saudia Davis | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Saudia Davis

Staying inspired and passionate about what drives you and your mission is critical to the success of your business and more importantly, making headway toward the cause behind your company. Nurturing my social side--as well as my team's--is a top priority.

What Business Leaders Can Learn From The Marines

Julia Neumer | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Julia Neumer

With Veterans Day approaching, it's the perfect time not just to celebrate and honor our U.S. Armed Forces, but also to consider how their example might apply to our daily lives -- including how we conduct ourselves in business.

Helping Your Small Business Go Social

Lauren Vaccarello | Posted 10.30.2014 | Small Business
Lauren Vaccarello

There's so much more potential we can tap into, so much more that social can do, across virtually every aspect of our businesses. That's as true for small companies as it is for large enterprises.

6 Keys To A Successful VoIP Implementation

Jason Volmut | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Jason Volmut

Voice-over-Internet (VoIP) has the potential to both improve on existing phone technology, and greatly reduce phone costs. Yet, many SMB owners are understandably wary of the technology, having heard horror stories from their peers, or having had poor experiences due to bad VOIP implementations.

The Art of Employee Termination

Debra Schindler Boltinghouse | Posted 11.30.2014 | Small Business
Debra Schindler Boltinghouse

Employee termination is a big topic that entrepreneurs don't get to read about very often or maybe don't want to read about very often. This is a subject that many would rather avoid until the moment actually arrives.

6 Ways to Make Visitors Fall in Love With Your Website

Ian Mills | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

If you are familiar with your website analytics you would have heard of a metric called "bounce rate." The bounce rate is the percentage of website visitors that leave your website after visiting one page.

5 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

David S. Bunton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Small Business
David S. Bunton

It's vital to understand how various choices will impact your business from a valuation standpoint so that you can make informed decisions that will put you on the path to future success.

Wild Turkey Maker Reaches 60th Year In Business

AP | Posted 09.11.2014 | Small Business

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) -- Jimmy Russell strolled into a roomful of tourists, and soon the patriarch of Kentucky bourbon was surrounded by fans, posing...

Business Growth Beyond Survival: Why You Can't Stand Still

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 10.19.2014 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

Business growth is a lot like a human being -- you need to keep growing for survival. In fact, ask 60 percent of businesses that were listed on the stock exchange since 1980 that are no longer in existence. You'll quickly learn the importance of growing your business beyond survival.

6 Key Logo Design Factors for Good Branding

Ian Mills | Posted 10.15.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Your logo is the visual symbol of your brand. It encapsulates your identity and creates a sense of trust and familiarity in the minds of your audience.

What's In Your Family Recipe? Seven Ways To Set Your Family Business Apart From The Competition

Frank Stefano, Sr. | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Frank Stefano, Sr.

Here are seven ways to set your small family-run business apart from the competition.

Scheduling Fireworks: Five Ways to Prepare for Summer Vacation Season

Joyce Maroney | Posted 09.22.2014 | Small Business
Joyce Maroney

Finding the right formula for managing employee time off during the warmer months -- especially in northern cities -- is like a favorite summertime cocktail: one part planned vacation, one part ad hoc request, with a dash of playing hooky.

Clean Your Plate!: Things My Mom Taught Me About Small Business

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 09.07.2014 | Small Business
​Jackie Nagel

In the course of an entrepreneurial journey, there are likely a number of people who influence your slant on business. Have you ever considered the pivotal role your mom played in shaping your approach to running your small business?

Your Key to Success Lies in Your Strengths

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

One of the keys to high-performing individuals in any arena is their ability to shut out the noise -- the things they don't think worthy of their focus -- and concentrate on what they love.

5 Important Reasons to Redesign Your Website

Ian Mills | Posted 08.20.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Technology and design styles change quickly and so too can the focus of your business. It is important that your website remains current with these changes and that your business is getting the most out of the new online opportunities that are available. Here are five excellent reasons to consider a website redesign,

4 Things Businesses Can Learn From Sports

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

For us, sports is a recreational activity to alleviate work stress. However, if you apply the lessons learned from playing sports, you'll learn the board room and the basketball court have lots in common.

8 Best Tips for Working With Graphic Designers

Ian Mills | Posted 08.10.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

From working extensively on both sides of the fence I have put together the following eight tips to help make the process a lot smoother and to give the client insight into how they can contribute to a successful outcome.

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.

4 Essential Tips on How to Grow Your Consulting Business

Brian Horn | Posted 07.05.2014 | Small Business
Brian Horn

For many successful entrepreneurs, the business that can deliver many lucrative rewards is a consulting practice.

Accounting for Startups: Why Cash is King

Ryan Buckley | Posted 05.26.2014 | Small Business
Ryan Buckley

The thing you need to understand is exactly what "revenue" means. It's a word that gets tossed around a lot, but for accountants, it has a very specific definition.

Secret Recipe for Startup Success

David Mandell | Posted 05.06.2014 | Small Business
David Mandell

Building a startup is, with absolute certainty, one of the most difficult journeys someone can embark on. Sleepless nights accompany early mornings and the looming taste of coffee and whiskey never quite leave your taste buds.

Minimize Morning Stress And Four More Great Small Business Tips

: Inc. | Laura Montini | Posted 02.27.2014 | Small Business

Even for morning people, let alone night owls, it's difficult to start the day right. Many spend the mornings getting the kids off to school, rush...

Jedi Mind Tricks to Boost Your Business

Natalie MacNeil | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Natalie MacNeil

Whether you realize it or not, every experience your customers have with you and your brand is training them to view you (and your products) in a certain way. Unfortunately, often times what you're doing -- without even knowing it -- is training your customers to expect access to you and all your goodies dirt cheap, or even free!

Business Sales to Continue Booming Through 2014

Greg Voakes | Posted 04.08.2014 | Small Business
Greg Voakes

As the old adage goes, "The best time to sell a business is when it is doing well."