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10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

Seeking money for a start-up from friends, family, angel investors, venture capitalists or lenders is an exercise fraught with pitfalls. Many first-time entrepreneurs approach it with great optimism and belief in their business idea, only to fall flat on their face. Reasons vary, but often it’s just that the entrepreneur hasn’t taken the time to […]

The Right Way to Reject a Job Candidate

The Right Way to Reject a Job Candidate

Most small businesses today know about the importance of online reputation and the power of social media to help or hurt that reputation. Dozens of websites and rating services, from the majors such as Yelp, Twitter and Facebook to those serving specific business sectors such as travel, are open for anyone to express an opinion. […]

5 Ways Business Owners Scare Their Employees

5 Ways Business Owners Scare Their Employees

Whether you know it or not, being a business owner also requires being a leader – especially if you have employees. If you don’t display good leadership skills, you won’t get the most from your employees, and your business will suffer. Despite good intentions, many business owners and managers unknowingly strike fear into employees simply […]

6 Preventive Steps That Could Save Your Business

6 Preventive Steps That Could Save Your Business

In our fast-paced, ever changing business world, the notion of “prevention” – which generally means doing something you don’t absolutely have to do right now – often gets lost or set aside. But with so much riding on how smoothly things run at your business, that ounce of prevention can indeed far outweigh a pound […]

Top 10 Internet Security Tips for Small Business

Top 10 Internet Security Tips for Small Business

High-speed Internet, interconnected mobile, desktop and laptop devices along with web-based tools and digital applications are making small firms more productive than ever.  But all that online speed and efficiency can come at a stiff price if your website, financial information, social media accounts, business or customer data fall victim to cyber thieves or troublemakers. […]

8 Keys to Re-energizing Your Business

8 Keys to Re-energizing Your Business

It’s a tough world out there. Customers are demanding more. Competition is keen – sometimes from unexpected places. Your business must work harder and smarter to improve profits. And on top of it all, there always seem to be new taxes and regulations to deal with. Sometimes however (not that this includes you, of course), […]

5 Ways Mistakes Can Make a Business Better

5 Ways Mistakes Can Make a Business Better

With little cash, and even less wine industry experience, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey launched Barefoot Wine in – where else – their laundry room. They built the brand and later sold it to wine giant E&J Gallo. Now the business owner duo share what they learned along the way with other business owners. One […]

10 Things Wrong With Your Website

10 Things Wrong With Your Website

In this age of social media and digital everything, you can’t afford to be a website weakling. If your competition has a killer online presence, and you don’t, you lose. Today’s consumers look online more than ever before.  Even business owners who think they don’t really need a “best in class” website are missing more […]

13 Business Resolutions for 2013

13 Business Resolutions for 2013

Here they are, along with some of our best tips and strategies to help you pull each one off: Resolution #1: Fix my website! Here are 10 things that are probably wrong with your site, and how to fix them: 10 Things Wrong With Your Website Resolution#2: Improve our customer service! Here’s how: 8 Ways to […]

6 Customer Feedback Essentials for Small Business

6 Customer Feedback Essentials for Small Business

Small business owners hear it all the time: To find out how your business is doing, including what people like or don’t like and what you need to adjust, ask customers for feedback. But your quest for feedback can either produce a magic elixir or simply be an annoyance to customers and prospects, depending on […]