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It's Feast or Famine for U.S. Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 10.08.2014 | Small Business
Ray Leach

We cannot beg, shame or coerce venture capitalists into putting their money on the table in more diverse regions. But if we stay focused on building our own world-class entrepreneurial ecosystems, we won't have to. It will happen naturally.

Simplification Is a Beautiful Thing: How to Simplify Your Business and Life

Franziska Iseli-Hall | Posted 09.24.2014 | Small Business
Franziska Iseli-Hall

Declutter and organize your computer, your office, your work-space: A few weeks ago I bought myself a new laptop because my old one kept crashing (I admit it, it was way too cluttered).

Another Gender Gap: Business Ownership

Claudia Viek | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Claudia Viek

Women-owned businesses are booming, starting at three times the rate for men. But imagine a world where women had equal access to capital, a fair shot at government procurement and capacity to grow beyond $500,000 in revenue, and the economic potential is far more exciting.

5 Tips for Sending Cold Emails That Receive a Response

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 09.23.2014 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

I'm no expert in email marketing, but having been a blogger for so long -- it has taught me some invaluable lessons and skills, especially when it comes to working with people closely, asking them for favors and, in general, trying to be a good associate.

The Power of Speaking Positively

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 09.24.2014 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

So, how can you build trust and create a more positive work environment in your organization almost immediately? First, remember that what you focus on expands. By recognizing that focusing on the positive will move you forward, you can begin to eliminate the negative from your organization.

10 Productivity Tips, Tricks, Hacks for Entrepreneurs

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

New, old, stale. Entrepreneurs get to have many tag-names added to their title. I believe that entrepreneurs are the people who build something of value, perhaps something that anyone could have built before, but didn't because the time wasn't right. Are entrepreneurs known for their perfect timing?

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.

On the Rebound: 5 Steps To Recover From Failure

Jose Vasquez | Posted 09.22.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Failure is -- and should be -- a natural part of business ownership.

Another Step Toward Ecological Seafood Menus

Tim O'Shea | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Tim O'Shea

In the seafood trade, you can reassert your civic right, whether chef or consumer, to know what you are buying, where it is from and how the fish you want was harvested, or raised. Still, your rights are only real if exercised.

Hannah! and Her Shop: Lessons from a Career Retailer

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.25.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Despite what they say, customer service is alive and well. You just might have to go out of your way to find it sometimes. But if you venture ...

Reinvent Your Business Model or Die

Vala Afshar | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

One of the key components of transformation and innovation is the business model, and since the ability of companies to transform and reinvent themselves is crucial to their lifeline, I went straight to the source.

A Guide to Getting the Most of Going to Conferences

Jacqueline Wolven | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Wolven

Don't leave it up to memory. Take a moment to reflect on the goals you made for the conference and decide if it is something that you want to repeat next year. If you really didn't get something awesome from it maybe your time and money would be better spent in another way.

Long-Term vs. Short Term: Which Lease Is Right for Your Business?

Frank Chalupa | Posted 09.19.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

While there's no right answer -- every company's needs are different -- there are certain advantages to each that, when carefully analyzed with the help of a commercial broker, can help steer businesses toward the best option.

How You Can Be A Valuable Partner To A Global Company

Hope Neiman | Posted 09.19.2014 | Small Business
Hope Neiman

Large companies increasingly rely on a strategic rolodex of industry experts to help them stay ahead of the industry. They recognize that they can't b...

This Week's Marketing Lesson? Go Topless!

Gene Marks | Posted 09.22.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

It's about publicity. And marketing. Take note fellow business owners: there's no better way to get PR in this world then to pick a fight with someone.

The Secret Lives of Start-Ups

Bob Deutsch | Posted 09.22.2014 | Small Business
Bob Deutsch

For the most part, SUs are a wild bunch. They don't have passion. They have kooky passion: they will not take "no" for an answer, are fussy about doing things in a particular way and vanquish all doubt.

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Bloomberg: Detroit Is Just Like 1970s New York, And That's A Good Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business

The 1970s are remembered as dark days for New York City, as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy amid rampant crime, urban decay and population loss....

Here's How a Light Bulb Raised $1.3 Million on Kickstarter in 6 Days

Michael Price | Posted 09.19.2014 | Small Business
Michael Price

According to LIFX founder Phil Bosua, the team didn't use any marketing or PR to launch their Kickstarter project. So how then did they raise $1.3 million in just six days?

Einstein's Entrepreneurial Spirit, and the Pros and Cons of Starting Your Business

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.19.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Like his son, Einstein's father excelled at math but unlike Albert, he pursued a career in business, following in the very successful footsteps of his...

When it Comes to Our Economy, Washington Can Do Something Before the Mid-Term Elections

John Arensmeyer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Small businesses have been doing their part -- outperforming big business on the job creation front every month for the past year. But, they can do more if Washington will only step up and take a role in helping fuel this engine for growth.

8 Ways to Develop a Successful Online Brand for Your Small Business

David L. Brown | Posted 09.18.2014 | Small Business
David L. Brown

Today's most successful businesses are memorable brands because they have a trusted reputation that keeps customers buying products again and again. As a small business owner, creating a clear-cut brand will increase the effectiveness of your company's advertising and marketing efforts.

Want to Launch a Successful Business? Start by Unearthing Yourself

Adrienne Arieff | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Adrienne Arieff

Developing a brand signature means figuring out what, specifically, you are good at, what you want to provide or produce, as well as what you stand for, what you want to devote your time, love and attention to, and what you wish to say to the world.

Don't Ignore Your Company's Blog -- It Can Produce Long Term Revenue

Jonathan Long | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

There is absolutely no reason why your business shouldn't be blogging on a regular basis. Keeping your website updated with new blog posts gives your visitors new fresh content to engage with each time the visit.

My Business-Triggered Breakdown and Lessons Learned

Leanne Faulkner | Posted 09.17.2014 | Small Business
Leanne Faulkner

Despite reminding myself that I was a smart, invincible, solutions-driven entrepreneur I could feel that failure was headed my way. Sales had dropped significantly and profits dried up. I found myself crying every day in the car on the way to work.

A Ballerina Steps Off The Stage And Into The Ring -- At 40!

Posted 09.23.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...