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Five Secrets of Employee Retention: How small businesses can ensure they keep their best and brightest

Great employees are the lifeblood of any small business. However, as the job market accelerates, even happy workers may be tempted to explore whether the grass is greener at another company. Losing employees is a concern for most small businesses, not least because of the cost: a study from the Center for American Progress estimated […]

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7 Tips for Creating the Best ‘About Us’ Content

Entrepreneurs who are successful at fundraising understand one overarching principle: Investors put their money in people, not in business plans. At the end of the day, the top venture capitalists invest in the people they believe in. Folks with fantastic ideas and business plans can walk through the door, but if the investors don’t believe […]

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This Week in Small Business: Untapped content marketing resources, Apple’s 22-year-old whiz kid, and more

Leadership, management and productivity UPS is getting behind Small Business Week and sponsoring a contest that will give winners $5,000 to invest in their businesses. Tired of dealing with your customers who are always asking for a “special deal”? Try these tactics. Hiring? Check out these four things you need to do before posting a […]

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12 experienced bloggers: How to crowdsource a killer article for your blog

I need to start this out with a little confession: I’m not going to feature the tips from 12 experienced bloggers here. I used that headline because that’s the kind of headline you’ll be able to write when you follow up on the tips I’m about to share with you. A curated collection of advice from […]

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Understanding micro-moments for online small business success

Remember how you used to spend hours casually surfing the Internet? Those long, online sessions have been replaced by thousands of “micro-moments” on our mobile devices – mostly on our smartphones. Understanding this changed behavior is critical to your small business online marketing and advertising success. Google is probably the single biggest driving force behind […]

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5 Safety issues cause 65 percent of workplace injuries. Are you prepared?

Are you a betting person? Whether or not you play the lottery or hit Vegas on occasion, you should know what the odds are for any of your employees to get injured on the job and take all the smart steps you can to prevent those injuries. Counting up workplace injuries reveals these five heavy hitters […]

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This Week in Small Business: Cloud apps to boost your small biz and a cloudy economic crystal ball…

Get your head – or at least your small business – in the clouds, get a better understanding of virtual teams, and decide if the U.S. economy is a basket case or Mr. Reliable. All of these topics, and much more, are explored in this week’s collection of curated content. Leadership, management and productivity If […]

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8 Stress Control Tips for Small Business Owners

One of the most important parts of learning how to manage a small business is learning how to manage stress. Because small businesses are by definition “small” it makes ownership and management one of the most challenging jobs on the planet – virtually every issue and decision rests on your shoulders. With those truths in […]

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How to use your loyalty program for savvy market research

Most small business owners appreciate the value of a loyalty program. However, the word “loyalty” often blinds them to other benefits they can enjoy from these strategies. They think that if they can squeeze a few extra sales each year out of a punch card or some similar gimmick, that they’re doing okay. Frankly, they’ve […]

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How to get a small business startup loan the easy way

There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes like this: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. The same reasoning applies to new business startup loans, but with one big exception: “Now” is often not the “second best time.” Now may be too late. I say this […]

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