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Small Business Social Selling -- Recruit Customers and Get Anyone to Return Your Call

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 06.09.2014 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Most small businesses would rather wrestle a tiger then dial for dollars. Cold-calling hurts; it's like going to a single's bar and hitting on everyone you see there. You will come out with more bruises or hang-ups than phone numbers or leads.

The Daily Innovator: Nine Ideas for Sparking Curiosity in Your Collaborators

Amy Radin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

Are some people just born curious? Or can curiosity be cultivated? The answer matters because curiosity is a necessity for innovation. If curiosity isn't instinctive among your collaborators then you need to bring it to life.

This Small Business Went From Scented Candles To A Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.02.2014 | Small Business

A Portland-based couple won this year's National Small Business People of the Year Award for their vegan and cruelty-free beauty line. The couple join...

Demystifying Online Marketing For Local Business Owners

Court Cunningham | Posted 07.22.2014 | Small Business
Court Cunningham

To help local business owners understand the online marketing landscape, I've boiled it down to three simple categories that I see as essential for both getting and keeping customers.

Show This To The Next Person Who Says High Minimum Wages Kill Jobs

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 05.15.2014 | Business

If you need more evidence that a higher minimum wage won't kill the economy, consider this: The city with one of the highest minimum wages in the coun...

You Won't Want To Take Your Business Anywhere Else After You Read These Shops' Hilarious Chalkboard Signs

The Huffington Post | Nicole Edine | Posted 05.01.2014 | Small Business

Admit it: Wit makes all the difference. When it comes to advertising a business, the more clever you are, chances are the more shamelessly customers w...

New York State's Leadership in Providing Health Insurance

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

New York has distinguished itself through the creation of NY State of Health. The marketplace has excelled, despite a very tight timeframe, while other state marketplaces and the federally facilitated one faltered.

Rules and Growth (and a Little Consciousness Thrown in

Alison Cayne | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Alison Cayne

Ultimately, I believe in rules. Not rules for rules' sake. Not arbitrary or unnecessary rules, not punitive rules. It isn't as simple as needing to gi...

Taking Stock of SHOP Insurance Marketplaces for Small Businesses

David Blumenthal | Posted 05.27.2014 | Small Business
David Blumenthal

Why did the Affordable Care Act (ACA) create the SHOP program in addition to the marketplaces for individuals and families? And is it likely to succeed?

The Future of Ecommerce for Small Business

Ian Mills | Posted 05.03.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

For small businesses managing online stores, in order to remain relevant and successful, the key will be to keep ahead of the curve and implement focused strategies that ultimately drive sales and customer satisfaction.

The Innovation Act Would Squash American Innovation

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

Sometimes well-meaning legislation is passed that has unintended consequences that are harmful. This is the case for the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, pa...

Important Obamacare Provision Is Delayed

AP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is giving another delay to business groups concerned about the health care law's requirement that larger ...

Achieving Small Business Success in 2014

Kristy L. Campbell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Small Business
Kristy L. Campbell

This year, establish a vision for your business that is aligned with your personal vision. Your personal health and professional health impact each other, so it's important for you to maintain both with goal setting.

How My Pineapple Became a Computer Lab

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heritage Radio Network

It starts with a banana that turns into a college scholarship for a young woman in Rwanda. Or a pineapple that becomes a computer lab. It's women who have started their own businesses in the poorest areas of Central America, and pineapple farmers who are learning to read.

Entrepreneurs Are the Playmakers for our Economy

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

If you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, now is not the time to stay on the sidelines. As one popular saying goes, "If you do not step forward, you'll always be in the same place."

Increase Competition Among Banks to Help Small Businesses

Jess Cornaggia | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jess Cornaggia

After discussing the IBBEA, a few colleagues and I became curious if there was a correlation between banking regulation and the overall impact on state-level innovation. Following previous research on how this expanded access to credit improves productivity and makes it easier for producers to manager operational risk, we wanted to explore if expanded access to credit (via greater competition amongst banks) had allowed firms to become more innovative.

How the Government Shutdown Would Affect Food in America

Bon Appetit | Posted 10.01.2013 | Taste
Bon Appetit

Here, in no particular order, are the ways this debacle may alter your plate.

Can Your Business Afford Celebrity Endorsements?

Forbes | Susan Gunelius | Posted 09.20.2013 | Small Business

Forbes Celebrities have been endorsing brands, products and services for a very long time. However, as useful as a celebrity endorsement is for gen...

Small Business Lending Hits 6-Year High

Reuters | Ann Saphir | Posted 09.05.2013 | Small Business

(Reuters) - Small U.S. businesses took on more debt in July, pushing an index of borrowing to a six-year high and adding to evidence that the economic...

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.

Small Businesses Are Losing Their Optimism

Reuters | Paige Gance | Posted 07.10.2013 | Small Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Small business optimism fell in June from its one-year high as an uncertain recovery continues to unfold. The National Feder...

6 Things You Need to Know About Raising Capital for a Small Business

Michael Lewis | Posted 08.23.2013 | Small Business
Michael Lewis

Entrepreneurs are often wild-eyed optimists, an often necessary attitude to get their ventures off the ground. But instead of a unique product, record sales, and slow competitors they usually envision, the real world is quite different.

It's Small Business Week! Here's 5 Ways To Show Your Support

Forbes | Ty Kiisel | Posted 06.19.2013 | Small Business

Forbes Since 1963 when President John F. Kenney first officially introduced Small Business Week, every president has signed the proclamation to rec...

Five Things Social Entrepreneurs Should Talk About

Cedric Hodgeman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Cedric Hodgeman

Being a social entrepreneur can be such a demanding effort that you may forget what's really important. You need to remember your best customers are the people who love you, your family and friends. Don't forget about yourself either.

Arthur Delaney

Self-Employment An Escape From Long-Term Joblessness For Some Older Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.17.2013 | Small Business

Three of every 10 self-employed workers older than 45 turned to entrepreneurship after being laid off, according to a new AARP survey. And the fi...