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Scott Leonard

Author Scott Leonard on Freeing Yourself From the Office

In 2011, Scott Leonard began living what for many small-business owners is only a dream: He took a “working sabbatical,” managing his financial-services firm remotely for nearly three years while sailing …

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Leadership Lessons From the Sea

Crane Stookey brings a unique perspective to coaching business leaders and organizations through individual and systemic change. As a former tall-ship officer and founder of the Nova Scotia Sea School, …

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Melonie Dodaro on Using LinkedIn as a Lead Generation Tool

As founder and CEO of the marketing firm Top Dog Social Media, Melonie Dodaro has her finger on the pulse of everything social. But LinkedIn is where she really shines. Her …

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Why Cash Flow Is King (and Other Lessons in Small-Business Finance)

Nearly a third of new employer firms fail within the first two years [PDF], according to the Small Business Administration. There’s no single reason for their failure. But after working with …

Tim Williamson

New Orleans Nonprofit Offers Local Lessons on Building a Small Business

Tim Williamson left his native New Orleans in 1987 to pursue a career in finance and then in television/video marketing. When he returned to his hometown in the late 1990s to …

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Mari Smith on Building Facebook Engagement for Small Businesses

Mari Smith, a Canadian-born Scot who currently lives in San Diego, is widely respected as a social media leader, particularly when it comes to Facebook. She’s the author of The …

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Kimberly Palmer on Why and How to Start a Side Gig

Kimberly Palmer is a successful author and personal-finance writer for U.S. News and World Report. But that didn’t stop her from becoming an entrepreneur as well. Looking to increase her …

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Dan Antonelli on Building a Big Brand for Your Small Business

You deliver an excellent product or service, employ top-notch people, and have a good location. But business isn’t going as well as you’d hoped. Maybe it’s time to rethink your …

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Ted Rubin on Creating a Social Media Strategy and Brand Evangelists

Ted Rubin has been influencing the online world since 1997. Back then, he worked with Seth Godin at the direct-marketing firm Yoyodyne, which was later acquired by Yahoo. Rubin now runs …

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Career Coach: 4 Lesser-Known Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Toni Littlestone, owner of Work Vision, has met a lot of entrepreneurs in the past 25 years. As a career coach and counselor, she has worked with hundreds of professionals …

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J.D. Roth on Managing Fluctuating Self-Employment Income

When GetRichSlowly.org founder J.D. Roth quit his job selling cardboard boxes for his family business in 2008 to run his website full-time, he was faced with a new financial challenge: …

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Peg Fitzpatrick Imbues Social Media Strategy with Positivity

“Social media is the new television,” says social media marketing expert Peg Fitzpatrick. “[You have to] make sure that you have a channel that people would like to watch.” That means …

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Rebekah Radice’s Secret to Social Media Success

Rebekah Radice loves to share her passion for all things social wherever and whenever she can. As founder and CEO of a digital marketing agency in Los Angeles, Radice (pictured) …

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Robert Goetz on Small-Business Trends to Watch in 2014

As the new year begins, small-business owners need to look at the big picture. While many business owners are concerned with making the monthly payroll, other issues — such as …

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“Zentrepreneur” John Murphy on Running a Peaceful, Meaningful Business

“Not every entrepreneur is making good change, and not every entrepreneur is at peace — balanced, so to speak — and living in the now,” says John Murphy, a self-proclaimed …

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