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7 Marketing Lessons We Can Learn From Politicians

Steve Sipress | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Steve Sipress

It's likely that no matter how hard you tried, you weren't able to avoid being bombarded with non-stop nonsense from various contestants in the high-stakes game of running for political office.

Clear and Present Danger

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

As a business owner, my most empowering experience was firing my first manufacturer and walking away from a toxic relationship. Sometimes the very people you're writing checks to are your gateway to an early grave.

9 Things Successful People Won't Do

Dr. Travis Bradberry | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Dr. Travis Bradberry

I went back to the data to uncover the kinds of things that emotionally intelligent people are careful to avoid in order to keep themselves calm, content, and in control.

5 Blog Promotion Tactics for Small Businesses

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

Anyone can become a blogger in literally a couple of minutes, but only those who're dedicated enough to blog on daily basis can hope to achieve some sort of success. The success, of course, translates to opportunities, money-earning capabilities, and the development of your community.

The Competitive Edge: Grow Your Business by Growing Your Professional Skills, Knowledge, and Network

Ciara Pressler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

In your career and your business, moving forward is about what you know and who you know. Are you dedicating enough time and energy to growing both ...

5 Reasons Every Content Marketer Should Attend the FunnyBizz Conference

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
M. Shannon Hernandez

When I heard about the FunnyBizz Conference taking place in Brooklyn, I knew that I had to attend. As a content strategist who helps businesses plan...

5 Essential Tools for When You're Working from a Remote Location

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

Learning to work from anywhere you like isn't as difficult as it sounds. Learning to handle clients from a remote location isn't really all that hard, and once you get past that, you truly can work from anywhere you like.

The Importance of Consumer Insights in Today's Marketing Strategies

Jure Klepic | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Jure Klepic

Businesses need to culturally understand why each group is different. What was going on as each generation was growing up? What shaped their values and morals? How do they interact with each other and corporations?

Women Entrepreneurs: An Exploding Small Business Demographic

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

With just days until the midterm elections, you can definitely count on one demographic group to show up at the polls: women small business owners. By an overwhelming margin -- 86 percent -- women entrepreneurs intend to go to the polls to cast their ballots across this nation.

The Characters in Your LinkedIn Network

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Sajeel Qureshi

LinkedIn started as a wonderful tool to professionally develop with avenues such as social selling, recruiting and B2B advertising, but now it is in a dark place. Kind of like that place the Cleveland Cavaliers went after LeBron James left. This is our fault a lot more than LinkedIn's.

My Lawyer, My Friend: A CEO's Guide to Working with an Attorney

Jack Garson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Almost every business has the pleasure or torture of dealing with a variety of outside advisors, from accountants to attorneys to brokers. Here's your insider's guide to a heavenly relationship with your attorney.

Evolving As An Entrepreneur

Richard Lorenzen | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Richard Lorenzen

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with real estate investor turned tech entrepreneur Ney Torres.

Scaling in Real-Time: How Businesses Can Maintain High Availability during Growing Pains

Miranda Marquit | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

Most businesses are designed to grow. Even my business, which I intend to operate mainly as a one-woman show, has had its issues of scale. In fact, I expanded just enough to make room for a virtual assistant. Most business owners, though, start their businesses intending to "make it big." They know that they will have to scale up at some point.

Sales Goals Will Help Boost Your Small Business to the Next Level

Melinda Emerson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

You can't expect to see your sales improve if you're not prioritizing your time in the right areas of your business. The core of your organization's g...

5 Questions to Answer Before Raising a New Investment Fund

Ray Leach | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Ray Leach

Many community leaders believe one of the best ways to create real growth (wealth, jobs and opportunities) is to invest capital (debt or equity) in hi...

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

4 Lies Small Business Owners Tell Themselves to Avoid Ecommerce

Ian Mills | Posted 11.03.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

As your customers move online, are you hiding behind excuses to avoid investing in an ecommerce channel for your business? By avoiding and investing in ecommerce, you may be selling yourself short. If you find that you tell yourself the following four lies, it might be time to reconsider your position.

10 Tips to Handle Difficult Customers in Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

You must know by now, repeat customers are key to building a successful small business. But, it isn't always easy to build a relationship, and you need to have a plan in place to deal with bumps in the road when customers are unhappy.

7 Ways For Women to Win and Succeed in Business

Colette A.M.Phillips | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women
Colette A.M.Phillips

One of the downfall of many business and professional women is the "Superwoman Complex." Once you hang up the Superwoman cape and the Wonderwoman belt and recognize and accept this fact, your job will get a whole lot easier.

What Small Business Owners Need to Know About an IT Security Breach

Ashley Massis | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Ashley Massis

If you are the owner of a business or a freelancer like I am, a lot of your work and information is kept through a variety of internet platforms. Additionally, a lot of your transactions are internet based.

Top 5 Fears that Paralyze Small Business Owners and Stop Growth

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 10.30.2014 | Small Business
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

But the truth is, there's a huge roadblock that paralyzes our growth in its tracks. No, I'm not talking about being denied a loan from a bank, not getting a contract or even receiving a bad review on Yelp. Rather, small business owners are plagued with fears the size of a mustard seed, which grow, paralyze and harm their business growth.

3 Misconceptions About Your Company's HR Professionals

Erin Daruszka | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

There are numerous misconceptions about the human resources function. I know this firsthand, because throughout my career, I have been in situations where I had to make unpopular choices for the greater good.

12 Must-Read Small Business Blogs

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

We've narrowed down the myriad of blog options to 12 that spell out information pertinent to aspiring business owners, new business owners, and seasoned business owners alike.

New Wealth Mindset for the Conscious Entrepreneur

J V Crum III | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
J V Crum III

No longer can we afford the small-minded view of disconnected self-interest. Because we are all in this together, we all win together and we all lose together. A conscious entrepreneur takes a wide view of the stockholders of their business, which includes everyone directly and indirectly affected by corporate decisions and policies.

What NOT To Do When Starting A New Business After 50

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.30.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

The allure of starting a business is strong. That's part of the American dream for many, especially those in their 50s and older who are looking to leave their lifelong jobs in the corporate world or retire from a small-to-midsize company. The reality is that 27 percent of start up businesses fail within the first year and are at continued risk after that first year.