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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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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Management Expert Adam Grant on the Benefits of Being Nice

The business world can be a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog kind of place, but it’s OK to be nice. In fact, it may even benefit you, says Adam Grant, a management professor …

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Hire Smart: Increase Your Income by Hiring an Employee

Some entrepreneurs — such as restaurateurs — start out with a team of employees in place, but many others launch their companies as sole proprietors. These independent small-business owners often …

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Hire Smart (or How Not to Spend Your Holiday Weekend Reading 175 Resumes)

When most small-business owners decide that it’s time to hire an employee or two, their work is typically piled up and their to-do list is often a mile long. The …

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Is Your Workplace a Happy Place to Work?

Anyone who has ever had the unhappy experience of working with a disgruntled fellow employee (or has been one themselves) knows the personal value of maintaining a positive work environment. …

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Bill McBean

Bill McBean on the Facts of Business Life

Bill McBean built one of the most profitable General Motors dealerships in Saskatchewan, Canada. He later helped turn around an underperforming auto dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now he runs …

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Privacy Policy

Having a privacy policy can protect your small business from potential pitfalls and give it a competitive edge. Consumer privacy concerns affect businesses large and small, says Chris Babel, CEO …

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John Warrillow on How to Make Your Business Attractive to Potential Buyers

You love your small business, but you wouldn’t mind if somebody showed up and offered to purchase it. After all, it could be the ultimate payday — and help prove …

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Expert Advice on Small-Business Credit Cards

A small-business credit card can be a valuable tool, but it can also be a source of financial pain (or even ruin) if used irresponsibly. Rosemarie Clancy is editor-in-chief of …

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Kathy Sidell

Kathy Sidell on Living the American Restaurant Dream

Kathy Sidell grew up in a family of foodies. In 2005, the producer-turned-restaurateur opened the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Since then, she’s expanded the upscale burger bar to …

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