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Companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are doing things that collectively, they could not do individually – they are creating dynamic platforms that are stable – yet in motion. Phil Simon, Author of “The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined ...
Karla Hakansson feels that enough cannot be said about the importance of having an online presence for small businesses.  And if you think that most small businesses already know the importance of an online presence – think again - many do not even have one. Karla Hakansson, Director of Global ...
Ety Rybak feels that nothing beats a memorable experience – from tickets to a Broadway show and a backstage meet and greet to 50 yard line seats at the Superbowl. Ety Rybak is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Inside Sports and Entertainment Group, a provider of once-in-a lifetime ...
Today’s smartphones and tablets have influenced a new generation of mobile workers, new ways of doing business and the emergence of a new type of office – the mobile office. The mobile office is about cutting the ties to physical office space and making all the tools and technologies available to ...
Most people who have closets find them bulging with unworn clothing, shoes, etc. Businesses have the same exact problem with products, services, customers and suppliers. In the quest for growth in no-growth markets, they confuse proliferation for innovation. They expand adding more products and services.  Complexity ...
Susan Payton is passionate about content and focuses on helping small businesses become experts through their content.  As John Batelle, CEO of Federated Media said, “Every small business is in the publishing business today.”   And with the Internet leading the way, this is very true.  ...
Selling can be intimidating for many people – especially those that are not professionals at doing so. Entrepreneurs need to sell, whether they’re comfortable with it or not. After all, if they can’t sell their business or service then how can they expect others too? Human behavioral ...
The emerging “Cloud Workforce” – the segment of the workforce that works virtually, operating their businesses in the online cloud. It’s no secret that this new way of working requires new types of tools, systems and processes to maintain a competitive advantage. Ray Grainger, ...
Small Business Finance has been a hot topic this year. While several large banks have boasted about devoting more staff and financial resources to their small business lending programs, in fact, their loans to entrepreneurs have decreased. With capital being harder to secure, entrepreneurs need to be ...
Kevin Hartford and Ed Newell started their business, Alle-Kiski Industries, in 2005 with loans guaranteed by the SBA. A year later, a second SBA loan was granted to buy the building that houses their manufacturing shop. Kevin and Ed saw the economic downturn coming when business at their company took ...
Dennis Jarrett has driven the growth of his business to make them the #1 Fastest Growing Franchise in the country in less than 10 years. Dennis feels that the key factors for this growth include value, quality, reliability and their commitment to environmental stewardship, which continue to drive the ...
Is marketing dead? No - but it’s definitely changing! Today’s modern marketing is less about convincing and much more about educating.  And, as luck would have it, self-employed professionals are actually the best suited to capitalize on this newest trend. Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Author ...
Susan learned the hard way that “you never know the skills and personality of others until you partner with them.  That’s when all the warts come out–in business and in love–and then it’s too late.” Susan lost her first business because she fired her partner and had ...
Bobbye Brooks & Tonilee Adamson are entrepreneurs with a desire to help people learn how to start and grow a successful business – particularly women. Media 4 Women has grown from a small startup company to a nationwide business, servicing every type of industry from the new entrepreneur to ...
Cybercriminals, like all predators, gravitate towards the weakest targets. With an arsenal of easily-distributed malware at their fingertips, hackers can infect your office with malware that will wipe out your machines, steal the financial data of your customers, or worse, hijack bank transactions. For ...
Kristin Intress is leading the hospitality industry beyond e-commerce and into social and mobile commerce. The hotel market is among the fastest growing segments of online travel and hotels must evolve their strategies in order to build a solid relationship with customers to increase revenue. Kristin ...
Deborah Shane launched her business in 2007, as a solution to a thoughtful, voluntary career transition from a 20 year career in broadcast radio.  Unemployment is currently running high and Deborah feels that entrepreneurship is a viable solution to a career transition.
Deborah Shane, Author of “Career ...
The Wall Street Journal has referred to Office Arrow as the “Groupon for business.” It’s a fact – the group buying phenomenon looks like it’s here to stay.  And why not?  After all, the economics make sense and your small business can truly benefit from it.
Robert Ball, ...
Small businesses are particularly vulnerable when a crisis strikes close to home.  And crisis can come in many forms – illness, death, divorce, fire, flood, a move.  Trying to keep everything afloat during a personal crisis in a small business, all while managing seriously heavy stress loads, ...
Hiring a lawyer is challenging for many small business owners because most know very little about the law and even less about the costs involved.  If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, you’ve come to the right place – we’re going to help demystify attorney fees for ...
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