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How to Maintain Clients' Trust While Managing a Crisis
Insurance

How to Maintain Clients' Trust While Managing a Crisis

Don't wait until trouble hits to plan a response to an emergency. Here are some long- and short-term strategies to help you weather any storm.
Toshiba America's CEO on How to Embrace Risk
Leadership

Toshiba America's CEO on How to Embrace Risk

Mark Simons, CEO of Toshiba America Information Systems, discusses how a business can go from good to great by taking risks, not being afraid of failure -- and learning from mistakes. He talks with Bryan Elliott for 'Behind the Brand.'
How to Make Employee Training a Winning Investment
Training

How to Make Employee Training a Winning Investment

Entrepreneurs who help their team strengthen important skills, and add to them, can see a boost to their bottom line.
Three Ways to Get More for Your Business-Travel Dollars
Business Travel

Three Ways to Get More for Your Business-Travel Dollars

As the business outlook for the travel sector improves, the cost of getting around could go up for travelers. Here's how to get more out of your allocated expenses.
Five Steps to Painless Inventory Management
Management & Operations

Five Steps to Painless Inventory Management

A look at common mistakes entrepreneurs make with inventory, and how to fix them.
Entrepreneurs: Are You a Mover -- Or a Head-Shaker?
Business Management

Entrepreneurs: Are You a Mover -- Or a Head-Shaker?

The downturn has created two classes of business owners, according to a recent survey. Here's what the movers do that the head-shakers don't.
How Can I Reduce Shipping Costs?
Shipping Center

How Can I Reduce Shipping Costs?

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, shares his best advice for keeping shipping costs down. Part of our Coaches Corner series.
Richard Branson on Investing in Clean Energy for a Greener Future
Going Green

Richard Branson on Investing in Clean Energy for a Greener Future

Entrepreneurs can play a leading role in solving environmental problems, the British mogul says.
Are You Irreplaceable?
Leadership

Are You Irreplaceable?

How to make sure your business can thrive without you, and five steps to get there.
Seven Steps to Coaching Your Employees to Success
Training

Seven Steps to Coaching Your Employees to Success

Don't just rely on annual reviews. Create an ongoing communication with your employees to help them be their best.
Calling All Independent Merchants
Grow Your Business

Calling All Independent Merchants

From now until Thanksgiving, tell us about one item that you sell that is the perfect gift for someone special. We'll consider it for our upcoming Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.
How to Uncover Exceptional Talent
Hiring Center

How to Uncover Exceptional Talent

Three ways business owners can spot the rare find when making that next important hire. Hint: Take the contrarian path.
How the Business of Halloween Grew Up
Growth Strategies

How the Business of Halloween Grew Up

Halloween is a booming business in the U.S. that's captured the imaginations of both children and adults. But that hasn't always been the case. We spoke with the president and CEO of Rubie's Costume Co., and asked him how the holiday became so supersized.
The Family Business Behind Charlie Sheen, Batman and Other Halloween Favorites
Family Business

The Family Business Behind Charlie Sheen, Batman and Other Halloween Favorites

From humble roots, Rubie's Costume Co., has grown into a global enterprise while staying family-owned -- thanks to ghosts, goblins and Lady Gaga.
Five-Step Guide to Marketing a Business As Green
Going Green

Five-Step Guide to Marketing a Business As Green

Use these tips to avoid common pitfalls and strike the right balance for eco-conscious marketing.
Is an Office Vampire Draining Your Productivity?
Managing Employees

Is an Office Vampire Draining Your Productivity?

Workplace vampires can quickly diminish the energy and time you could be using to run your business. Here, three ways to ward them off and get your company back on track.
How Steve Jobs Saved Apple
Innovation

How Steve Jobs Saved Apple

When he returned in 1997, one of Jobs' first goals was to review the company's bloated product line. Part of our blog series this week on the autobiography of Steve Jobs.
Video Conference Etiquette for Dummies
Leadership

Video Conference Etiquette for Dummies

Video calls come with their own set of rules, which boils down to: Remember, everyone in the meeting can see you. The Esquire Guy explains.
Is There Proper Etiquette for Videoconferencing?
Leadership

Is There Proper Etiquette for Videoconferencing?

The Esquire guy tackles the subtle art of the video call, from where to look to which headset to wear to how loudly to speak to, well, whether or not pants are optional.
How to Start New Hires on the Right Track
Managing Employees

How to Start New Hires on the Right Track

Hiring an employee is just the first step. Create a development plan for all new hires so you can set them on the path to success in your company.
How Can I Make the Most of a Mentor Relationship?
Business Management

How Can I Make the Most of a Mentor Relationship?

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, shares tips for building a successful relationship with a business mentor. Part of our Coaches Corner series.
Building a Business Base for Creative Entrepreneurs
Business Management

Building a Business Base for Creative Entrepreneurs

One Seattle organization provides back-office guidance and services to artists short on business savvy.
A Focus on Sustainable Building in Providence, R.I.
Going Green

A Focus on Sustainable Building in Providence, R.I.

Two architects in Providence, R.I., contained their plans and found new reasons to recommit themselves to their city along the way.
How to Create an Ecommerce Shipping Strategy to Win Customers
Shipping Center

How to Create an Ecommerce Shipping Strategy to Win Customers

Follow this three-phase process to help convert online visitors into paying, loyal customers.
Occupy Wall Street Is No Friend of Small Business (Opinion)
Leadership

Occupy Wall Street Is No Friend of Small Business (Opinion)

Op-Ed: While many small-business owners share some populist anger at Wall Street banks, they should look closely at the protestors' positions before aligning themselves with the movement.
Five to Follow on Twitter for Company Culture
Motivation and Retention

Five to Follow on Twitter for Company Culture

BetterWorks co-founder Zao Yang reveals his top picks.
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