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Author Brian Moran on Massively Increasing Your Productivity

Brian Moran got his first brush with true leadership in high school, when he worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. The job led to a management position in college. …

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Kevin Eikenberry

Kevin Eikenberry on Harnessing Your Leadership Power

When eager entrepreneurs open their own businesses, many don’t think about or fully understand the shift in mindset that’s required: They must quickly transition from subordinates into leaders, even if …

micheal burt

Business and Ex-Basketball Coach Offers Tips for Staying on Top of Your Game

Whether he’s coaching small businesses or corporations like Dell and State Farm, Micheal Burt helps managers learn how to stand out in a crowd. “As a small-business owner and entrepreneur, …

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mitchell weiss

Expert Advice on Small-Business Lending

You’ve probably read plenty of articles about small-business lending. But what if you could talk to a lender and get inside information that might not appear in the advice columns? …

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s Fresh-Brewed Tips for Business Owners

At the National Restaurant Association trade show in May, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz discussed how the coffee conglomerate strengthened its brand and solidified its customer base after the company opened …

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Crosby Noricks

Young Women Entrepreneurs Offer Some Advice to Their Peers

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise. “Women entrepreneurs lead one in five startups around the globe,” Forbes reports. “The ratio of female founders to male soared 30 percent over the …

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How to Get a Handle on Your Clients’ Creditworthiness

Being too trusting of your clients will cost you, according to Pam Krank (pictured), president of The Credit Department, a credit-management firm in Minnesota. Service-oriented small businesses that agree to …

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Attorney Ruth Carter on Avoiding Lawsuits Related to Your Company Blog

It’s just a blog, right? Wrong. Untold thousands — even millions — of people may read the contents of your company’s blog over its lifetime. So it’s far from “just …

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Jeff Korhan

Jeff Korhan on Humanizing Your Business Through Social Media

Jeff Korhan (pictured) is on his third career — as a marketing speaker, trainer, and coach — after working for a petroleum company, then launching a small business (a landscape-services …

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Should Women Entrepreneurs “Lean In” Like Sheryl Sandberg?

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” It’s one of the provocative questions Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg asks in her best-selling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will …


The Most Common Questions About Hiring Answered

Few business-related responsibilities are as daunting or stressful as hiring employees. Perhaps you’ve conducted interviews before, but the stakes are higher when you’re hiring for your own company, says Alison …


Entrepreneurs Sound Off: “What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiring Employees”

Hiring employees is a rite of passage for many small-business owners, because it represents growth. But, of course, expanding your operation comes with a few financial and professional risks. To …

Susan Baroncini-Moe

Author Susan Baroncini-Moe on Adopting Your Own Business Style

“My job is to look at what’s not working and make it better,” explains Susan Baroncini-Moe, the business and marketing strategist behind the firm Business in Blue Jeans in Indianapolis. …

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Debra Sterling

GoldieBlox’s Debbie Sterling on the Importance of Asking for Help

Entrepreneur Debbie Sterling (pictured) says the secret to her startup’s success is that she didn’t try to go it alone. “When I was first starting out, I had this big …

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How to Become a Local Media Darling

Newk’s Express Café franchisee Todd Jackson first appeared on Good Day Alabama as a solo act, but he has no misconceptions about why the producers keep asking him back. His …

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