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Why We Won't Be Participating in Black Friday

David Dietz | Posted 11.30.2014 | Small Business
David Dietz

The holidays are a time for reflection. An opportunity to give thanks while keeping in mind those who are less fortunate. It should be about spending time together with our families and friends and celebrating what we have.

Picking Experts and the Quest for Great Weight Loss Surgery

Don McNay | Posted 11.28.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The best way to have a successful weight loss surgery is to treat it like a business project. I have definite goals, measurements, objectives, benchmarks, time frames and a vision on where I want to be within a year.

5 Ways to Raise the Accountability Bar Inside Your Company

David Finkel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
David Finkel

It's one thing to create a grand plan to grow your company, it is a whole other thing to get your team consistently executing.

50 Ethical Businesses to Support on Black Friday

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Shannon Whitehead

If you're going to shop on Friday, why not choose quality, craftsmanship and durability over cheap, imported and disposable. It's clear by now that our relationship to fashion has some dangerous implications, but we can all start creating a solution in the way that we shop this holiday season.

Small Business Saturday Is Back!

Brittany Hodak | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Brittany Hodak

This weekend will mark the fifth installment of Small Business Saturday, a holiday designed to shine a spotlight on small business owners across the United States and increase retail sales during the weekend that falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Innovation and the Unknown

Scott MacFarland | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

It seems that companies are tossing around the innovative word like it's a piece of candy to be chewed on and enjoyed because it tastes so sweet. Maybe some companies can innovate that way and actually benefit from the process. However, I am not quite so sure the innovation process works that way.

'Life Is Not a Dress Rehearsal': Are You Ready to Pursue Your Entrepreneurial Dreams?

Nellie Akalp | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Certainly, starting a business is hard work. It typically involves long days. But there's one major difference: you will be putting all your time, creativity, and effort toward fulfilling your own dream, not someone else's.

Small And Minority-Owned Businesses: Seven Tips To Rebound And Rebuild After Unrest

Helen Callier | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

History has shown repeatedly that business dreams are birthed through chaos and from the ashes of despair, new business ideas rise. I encourage all the small and black-owned businesses impacted by looting and fire in Ferguson, MO to stay in the game and to know that their customers are waiting for them.

Meaning Is the New Money: Pivoting Towards Your Purpose

Bianca Rothschild | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Bianca Rothschild

Time and again I have witnessed people choose to act according to a higher purpose and their lives change. And it's not always the circumstances that change, simply changing one's attitude and gaining clarity on your WHY can make a huge difference to your happiness.

Top 20 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Books of 2014

Erica Nicole | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

What do successful entrepreneurs read? Here's an inside look at this year's most talked-about books and hidden gems -- YFS Magazine's roundup of the best books for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

5 Collaboration Tools for Your Small Business

Miranda Marquit | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

There are a lot of tools out there that make long distance collaboration simple for small business owners. Here are five collaboration tools that can make your life easier...

LA's Best Thanksgiving Centerpieces

BloomNation | Posted 11.25.2014 | HuffPost Home
BloomNation

Below are 10 of the best Thanksgiving centerpieces in Los Angeles. This group of designs have been handcrafted by top Los Angeles florists and are as diverse as the city itself. Whether you're hosting the gathering or looking for a gift to bring along, a centerpiece is always appreciated.

8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Pay-Per-Click Advertising Ad Copy

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

If your business is running a pay-per-click campaign and experiencing low click-through rates and conversion rates your ad copy is likely the problem. PPC ads have limited space to work with, so you need to use the available character space wisely to create ad copy that attracts clicks and leads to conversions.

For Uber, Dealing With Critics Is Par for the 'Entrepreneur' Course

Erica Nicole | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Startups and the media don't always play nice in the sandbox. One journalist talks dirt about a company and the company lashes out, "lets go get some dirt and throw it back." And so the saga continues ...

Is Your Office Making a Bad Flu Season Worse?

Frank Chalupa | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

By implementing one or more of these practices, businesses of all sizes can take a proactive approach to flu prevention, maximizing productivity and boosting employee morale.

8 Challenges Facing Ecommerce Retailers This Christmas

Ian Mills | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

With the increase in the amount of consumers completing their Christmas purchases online, this has presented multiple challenges for online retailers and other stakeholders involved in the logistics of purchasing online.

International Operators of Equity Crowdfunding Sites Beware -- The SEC May Come After You

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

Until the adoption of SEC rules to implement the crowdfunding exemption, operators of crowdfunding platforms should tread with extreme caution to ensure compliance with U.S. securities laws. Eureeca discovered this the hard way.

Outsider Wine Merchant Transforming Intimidation into Excitement Shoppers

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.26.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Through friends in Princeton and the guys at Tigerlabs, I got to know Mark Censitis--an entrepreneur who turned his outsider status in the wine industry into a successful business that grew from Princeton to the greater New York Metro area.

The Journey of a Juicing Entrepreneur

Sandy Abrams | Posted 11.25.2014 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

People are making their post school drop off, post exercise, late afternoon energy stop at the local juice bar instead of the usual coffee spot. Going 'green' doesn't just mean being eco-friendly anymore, it's all about the juice.

6 One-Time Tricks to Boost Your Small Business SEO Campaigns

Jose Vasquez | Posted 11.24.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Put these six tricks to good use in your SEO campaign, and watch your rankings climb. Back up your efforts with a strong content marketing and offsite backlink building campaign, and you'll be a force to be reckoned with.

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 11.24.2014 | 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?