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NBA Owner Vivek Ranadivé: Welcome to Civilization 3.0

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

"A little bit of the right info, just a little beforehand, is more valuable than all the info in the world, 6 months after the fact." - @Vivek What d...

4 Tips for Crafting an Effective Elevator Pitch

Gillian Small | Posted 11.21.2014 | Small Business
Gillian Small

As a publicist, my day revolves around pitching. From pitching my clients to the media to pitching my business to potential new clients, I spend hours each day carefully crafting statements and ideas that quickly communicate key business messages.

Not All Entrepreneurs Own a Business

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.21.2014 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

If most people were asked to define the word entrepreneur, many would envision a person alone perhaps in their garage or spare bedroom working on something they think will revolutionize the world.

Overcome Time Poverty: How to Become the Most Productive Person You Know

Kim Pisolkar | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Kim Pisolkar

Being in time poverty is a very common occurrence among entrepreneurs, but it is not at all conducive to running a thriving, profitable business. In order to be successful, you have to be productive, and overcoming time poverty is absolutely crucial to achieving that goal.

Here's How to Tell If Your Management Team Is Filled With Winners or Losers

Mike Harden | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Mike Harden

Do you know who the winners and losers are on your management team? Sometimes it's hard to tell. But there is one obvious way to identify your winners and losers. All you have to know is who wants the ball?

8 Lessons When Selling Your Company That Every Business Owner Should Know

David Finkel | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
David Finkel

There you have a list of the eight lessons I wished I would have known before I sold my first company but had to learn the hard way.

Improve Holiday Conversion Rates With These 13 Email Marketing Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Consumers are becoming immune to email marketing and most emails get deleted without even being looked at. The following 13 email marketing tips can be used to create emails that capture your customers' attention, receive a high open-rate and result in holiday sales for your business.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Cash Flow Challenges (and what to do about them)

David Finkel | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
David Finkel

Before you rush off to sell your way out of a cash flow challenge, make sure you take a moment to see if that is the real root cause of the crisis.

5 Startup Secrets For Women

Susan Liang | Posted 11.20.2014 | Business
Susan Liang

You'll never know what you're capable of until you take yourself not just to the edge, but jump off of it entirely. Take a risk on yourself: go after your dream and dream big while you're at. Go big or go home.

Should Employees Review Their Bosses?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Asking your employees for a review is an amazing opportunity for you to grow as a leader and manager. Just keep an open mind, write down any feedback, and be willing to change.

Why Do You Do What You Do? 5 Ideas to Reconnect to Your Passion and Purpose

Maria Ross | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Maria Ross

Your business is an extension of you. It started with an idea and a hope and problem you were itching to solve. A vision of how you could improve someone's life, work, relationships, self-esteem or home.

Small Business Poised to Receive a Big Holiday Gift This Year

David L. Brown | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
David L. Brown

With high-profile security breaches continuing to hit major national retailers, affecting tens of millions of shoppers since the 2013 holiday season, it's no surprise to see the that these events are influencing consumers to shop small businesses this year.

Why Instagram Matters

Jeff Pulver | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Jeff Pulver

The success of Instagram is disruptive to marketing strategies, which are passive. The idea of building bottom up community is still foreign to many. Yet in 2015 community will have an even bigger role.

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

A Thirst to Create Leads to Kickstarter

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

Funny how limitations can expand your horizons. Nathan Resnick was a college sophomore when he started his first Kickstarter campaign. He wanted to make watches, but he had no way of meeting the minimum order quantities set by manufacturers.

10 Holiday Marketing Trends Every Small Business Can Leverage

Erica Nicole | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

If you haven't kept these ten holiday consumer trends in mind, it's not going to be such a wonderful life once sales reports hit your desk.

Why You Shouldn't Wait to 'Feel Ready' to Make Your Business Leap

Kate McCready | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Kate McCready

Are you waiting until you 'feel ready'? Ready to break out of your current career? Ready to go out on your own? Ready to start that business you've always wanted to start? Ready to shift the direction of your business to that thing that feels right in your gut? Ready to take a leap?

Tips to Network Like a Pro and Grow Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

People want to buy products and services from businesses run by people they like, know and trust.  This means that as a small business owner, your pe...

The Next Business Frontier: Networks of Record

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.16.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Systems of Record, Systems of Engagement, and Networks of Record - so many systems that describe how we work, who we work with, and where we work, fac...

My 'Arianna Huffington Wakeup Call'

Shampa Bagchi | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Shampa Bagchi

Thanks to leaders like Arianna Huffington who are lending their own life experience to sound the alarm bell for overworked, exhausted, love-my-work, head-buried-in-sand people like us. But an alarm bell is only as good as our response to it.

Small Business Owners Think Big Business Gets More Bang for its Political Buck

John Arensmeyer | Posted 11.14.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

New poll shows small businesses believe our current campaign finance system puts large corporations at a competitive advantage; entrepreneurs support significant reforms to level the playing field between small employers and big business.

No Online Marketing Budget? Use These 7 Tips to Grow Your Business In-House.

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.17.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Every small business would love to dive head first into online marketing, but many hit a roadblock when exploring the many options available: their budget.

5 Tips for Launching Holiday Social Media Campaigns

Lisa Parkin | Posted 11.14.2014 | Business
Lisa Parkin

During the holidays, brands try to get consumers' attention more than ever. As one of the biggest shopping times of the year, sending out the right message to the right people is key. These tips will help businesses make the most of marketing during the upcoming holiday season.

Reinventing: Your Follow-Up and Follow Through

Nancy Michaels | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Nancy Michaels

My clients spend a lot of time on the pre-planning and on-site work for prospect presentations, trade shows, conferences, networking events and on and on. Here's where they fall short: It's all about the follow-up people!

7 Ways to Deal With Overwhelm in Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
David Finkel

According to a recent survey we conducted of 500 business owners, over 70 percent reported feeling "overwhelmed" running their companies. They felt pulled in too many directions, like they were wearing too many hats, with no time to take a breath and regroup. Here are seven concrete tactics to deal with overwhelm in your company.