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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.

A New York Lawyer Popular With Entrepreneurs Becomes One Herself

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 11.14.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

Lori Hoberman is a New York City lawyer, but doesn't look or act like one. She dresses casually, wears her hair long and unfussed, and takes enorm...

The Perks of Peer-to-Peer Lending

Ilana Greene | Posted 11.13.2014 | Small Business
Ilana Greene

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a fairly straightforward concept: networked lending between people who want to borrow money with those who want to invest money. Also known as social lending, this form of crowdfunding is facilitated through specialized investment firms and websites.

The Top 5 Reasons Employees Quit

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 11.13.2014 | Small Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

Employees leave when they perceive their work environment as an unhealthy one. Managers and employees must learn how their words and actions can set the tone for an unhealthy workplace, how to determine whether their department is on the verge of toxicity and how to implement techniques to boost morale and foster a healthy workplace.

Why Small Businesses MUST Focus on Net Neutrality

Erika Dickstein | Posted 11.13.2014 | Small Business
Erika Dickstein

Why does it seem that no one in the small business community is discussing or getting active about a policy issue that has the potential to seriously impact our livelihoods?

The Most Vulnerable Relationship You'll Ever Have

Lubna Najjar | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Lubna Najjar

It's not your friend nor is it your enemy. It's the one constant that we have in this world. It's the one notion created by man and gauged by the sun and moon. It's the one thing we cannot escape. We cannot buy it, sell it or trade it. No matter how much financial stability you may have, you cannot afford it. Y

CEO Notebook

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

Henry Schein, one of the world's largest health care supplies company, delivers consistent and, in some cases, above industry growth in each of its business areas of dental, pet care and medical supplies.

3 Ways a Cell Phone Can Torpedo Your Company's Reputation

Frank Chalupa | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

The flexibility and affordability of cell phones make them a seemingly logical alternative to a traditional office line but they can also end up costing companies over the long term if they don't phase them out when scaling their businesses and bringing on new employees.

4 Things Obamacare Has Actually Changed For Small Business

Marc Prosser | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

Some Obamacare features have appeared as expected, but others have been delayed or changed from how they were originally written. To clear the air, here's four ways Obamacare has actually changed the law since 2010.

6 Steps to Successfully Managing Your Online Reputation

Ian Mills | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Almost every business is going to have problems with customers at some point. If you're proactive, you should be able to resolve most issues directly ...

5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Business, From a Cookie Dough Entrepreneur

Omar Mamoon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Omar Mamoon

I'm in no position to tell anyone to quit their job and start their own business, but if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to start your own thing, here are some crucial things that I've done in my life that have helped me come to a place where I was ready.

Why Control Is a Trap That Will Slow Your Business Growth

David Finkel | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
David Finkel

Have you ever felt like you're trapped by your business? Either you continue to put in the hours and make all the key decisions, or you step back and the business might falter? This is a false dilemma.

Widowed Mother Of Three Finds A Creative Way To Support Her Family

Posted 11.12.2014 | 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...

Is It Worth a Drive? Four Questions to Ask When Deciding on a New Message Vehicle

Heather Piedmont | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Heather Piedmont

The moral of this story can be summed up in a very well-known sales phrase: Buyer Beware. While it is new and possibly a good communication vehicle for business success..make sure it will create the success you desire and not just become another item on the Marketing To-Do List.

Management: Your Version, Your Team's Version, and the Truth

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

There are very few people, if any, who like being micromanaged. The discrepancy between managing and micromanaging is simple, a perspective difference -- the perspective of the business owner and perspective of the team members.

3 Steps to Finding Yourself After You've Broken Up With Your Job

Fabiola Giordani | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Fabiola Giordani

It's time for you to take a break and relax already. Even if you don't have a big vacation planned, it's OK to take a few days off and unplug from it all.

Shark Tank Contestants Share Their Top Lessons Learned

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jeff Steinmann

I asked former Shark Tank contestants to share their biggest lessons, they generously agreed and candidly shared these 15 valuable business lessons learned from bravely putting their businesses in front of "the sharks."

Business Success Depends On Smart (Not Just Big) Data

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.11.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Companies are heavily investing in acquiring and developing talent, technology and business processes aimed at collecting and analyzing massive amount...

5 Keys to a Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset

Giovanna Garcia Malagon | Posted 11.10.2014 | Small Business
Giovanna Garcia Malagon

The fear of taking action almost always disappears shortly after you begin moving forward. You suddenly realize that you were worrying over nothing, and you actually begin to enjoy making progress.

4 Ways to Find More Time for Sales in Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Every element of your business screams for your attention, but few have nearly the impact that sales do. To that end, make sure it's priority for you and move things around so you can focus on increasing sales.