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Small-Business Owners Still Waiting for a Rebound (Opinion)
Go Forward

Small-Business Owners Still Waiting for a Rebound (Opinion)

Business owners have been hit harder than others in the Great Recession, largely due to their greater share of home-equity debt. Here's what's needed for a small-business recovery.
How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the Environment
Going Green

How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the Environment

Tips on making the move to green energy, from wind and solar power to renewable energy credits.
How to Train Your Creative Mind
Leadership

How to Train Your Creative Mind

Four techniques to help you become a more creative business leader.
Must-Read Books to Fuel Your Summer -- And Your Startup
New Ideas

Must-Read Books to Fuel Your Summer -- And Your Startup

Even if you can't get away this summer, consider these top tomes to help make the most of your downtime.
3 Tips for Leading Your Business During a Personal Crisis
Leadership

3 Tips for Leading Your Business During a Personal Crisis

Business lessons from a resilient entrepreneur who fought his way back from a brutal attack.
The Twisted Logic Behind the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (Opinion)
Growing Your Business

The Twisted Logic Behind the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (Opinion)

To spur job creation, Congress is voting soon on a moratorium on regulation. Columnist Scott Shane says it's not the answer to our business problems.
How to Start Conversations That Make Instant Connections
Leadership

How to Start Conversations That Make Instant Connections

Follow these 12 steps to become a better communicator and build productive business relationships.
Should the U.S. President Have Business Experience? (Opinion)
Leadership

Should the U.S. President Have Business Experience? (Opinion)

Why success in the private sector doesn't necessarily translate into an effective leadership.
From $200 Million to $500K: Lessons from Digg's Slow Demise
Leadership

From $200 Million to $500K: Lessons from Digg's Slow Demise

Here's what you can learn from the former social media darling's decline.
Trying to Win a Government Contract? Avoid These 3 Mistakes
Growth Strategies

Trying to Win a Government Contract? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Doing work for the federal government can help a small business grow, but figuring out how to secure a lucrative contract can be tricky.
Five Steps to a Successful Business Turnaround
Growing Your Business

Five Steps to a Successful Business Turnaround

A comeback starts with a vision for reinventing your company for the post-recession era.
Finally, Guidance on Employer Social-Media Policies
Managing Employees

Finally, Guidance on Employer Social-Media Policies

A federal agency for labor practices offers long-awaited guidance to employers on social-media guidelines at work.
Need Help Retaining Employees? Some Apps for That
Motivation and Retention

Need Help Retaining Employees? Some Apps for That

Social media-style programs give workers public kudos when they go above and beyond. Consider these employee rewards-and-recognition apps.
The Biggest Mistake Small Businesses Make in Brainstorming
Leadership

The Biggest Mistake Small Businesses Make in Brainstorming

Here, a four-step process to make sure your team is using the best approach to solving problems.
How to Give Employees Independence Without Losing Control
Managing Employees

How to Give Employees Independence Without Losing Control

Every business owner knows how to wear a lot of hats. But at some point you have to stop being a control freak. With a nod to Independence Day, here are three tips to empower your team's ideas.
How to Know When It's Time to Walk Away
Go Forward

How to Know When It's Time to Walk Away

Starting a business takes passion -- and often a reality check. Here's how to know when moving on might be the best thing for your business.
It's OK to Lie Online in Rhode Island and Other Quirky New State Laws
Business Management

It's OK to Lie Online in Rhode Island and Other Quirky New State Laws

Happy hour pricing is now legal in Kansas thanks to a new state law. It's just one of many now taking effect with an impact on small businesses. We offer this sampling.
Need a Vacation? 4 Steps to a Business That Thrives Without You
Management & Operations

Need a Vacation? 4 Steps to a Business That Thrives Without You

If your operation falls to pieces when you're not there, you're doing something wrong. Use these tips to create a sustainable system.
Richard Branson on When Workers Rebel Against a New Manager
Training

Richard Branson on When Workers Rebel Against a New Manager

Second-guessing a newly hired manager can be tricky business. The British billionaire offers advice on how he works with managers.
4 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from RIM's Downfall
Leadership

4 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from RIM's Downfall

From ignoring the competition to not making changes, don't fall victim to these business blunders.
How the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling to Uphold 'Obamacare' May Affect Small Businesses
Insurance

How the U.S. Supreme Court's Ruling to Uphold 'Obamacare' May Affect Small Businesses

After the High Court moved to keep the individual mandate, economists expect lower insurance costs overall, yet some businesses may still get burned by the employer mandate.
How to Attract -- And Retain -- Staff When You Can't Pay Big Bucks
Compensation and Benefits

How to Attract -- And Retain -- Staff When You Can't Pay Big Bucks

Here are the basics every entrepreneur needs to know about creating an employee benefits package.
How to Play to Your Company's Strengths
Leadership

How to Play to Your Company's Strengths

Companies tend to be predisposed toward sales or technology, but rarely both. Still, you can make the most of your company's DNA.
4 Ways to Weed Out Rotten Clients and Grow Your Business
Growth Strategies

4 Ways to Weed Out Rotten Clients and Grow Your Business

The best pumpkin growers churn out prizewinners. Here's how you can use their best-kept secret to create a winning business.
Why Your Company's Founding Principles Matter
Leadership

Why Your Company's Founding Principles Matter

5 ways your business values set you apart -- and set you up for success.
A Secret to Healthy Eating for Business Travelers
Business Travel

A Secret to Healthy Eating for Business Travelers

Feeling sluggish? Avoid the next overindulgent business meal and get back on a healthy track in two quick steps.
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