Category Archives: Small Business

9 Mantras to Help You Turn Your Idea into a Business

While starting a business, you’ll find yourself talking yourself into, and out of, a lot of choices. From idea to full-fledged enterprise, these mantras from real founders and executives will help you stay strong along the way. Pick and repeat the ones that speak to you the most. #1. Corner yourself with courage—and go.

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5 Smart Steps For Future Entrepreneurs

So you have a great idea for a business. What’s your next move? First, take an honest assessment of your personality. Claire Lee, head of early stage banking at Silicon Valley Bank, has noticed three traits in successful entrepreneurs. “Number one is adaptability: the ability to pivot, really be open to feedback and advice, knowing which to take and which to ignore,” Lee says. “Number two, and perhaps as important, … [ more ]

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How Every Woman Can Be “Self-Made”—with Nely Galán

Click Play below to listen in your browser. After emigrating from Cuba at the age of 4, Nely Galán became the first Latina president of entertainment for a major TV network, an Emmy award-winning producer, and New York Times best-selling author. In her words, she became “Self-Made,” and now she wants to teach every woman how to do it. Tune in to hear her story, the strategies that drove her success, … [ more ]

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Podcast | Make 2019 Your Year to Be Fearless

Click Play below to listen.  If someone, with the track record to prove it, offered to share the five principles of fearlessness with you in 30 minutes—in a conversation you could listen to anywhere—would you tune in? Well, here’s your chance. We’re launching a new podcast series this month, with our first episode: a conversation on fearlessness—or really how fearlessness is not the lack of fear, but the courage to … [ more ]

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This Entrepreneur Was Sued for Hosting Events for Women

Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, a career development platform, is committed to closing the wage and leadership gap. If anyone is about equity and inclusion, it is Claire. So imagine her disbelief when she was informed last October that she was being sued for sex discrimination.  “At that point, we were hosting events in 18 cities, including San Diego,” Wasserman says. “The idea was to provide a safe … [ more ]

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Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

What do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years. Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they … [ more ]

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Business Truisms You Shouldn’t Believe

A lot of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur is the same today as it was 30 years ago—grit, vision, initiative, willingness to take risks. But how we start and run a business is very different. “We used to do market research, write a business plan, seek money and resources, build the product—and then execute the plan and hope we were right,” says Mark Coopersmith, senior fellow of … [ more ]

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Trade Secrets of a Tech-Savvy Entrepreneur

A word to the wise: If you ever take a meeting with Tiffanie Stanard, make sure you’re fully caffeinated. The marketing and branding strategist and CEO of Prestige Concepts in Philadelphia talks fast, thinks faster—and does what most people consider a full morning’s slate (i.e., sends emails to current, past and prospective clients, updates her to-do list, prepares for meetings and exercises) before she has even arrived at her office.

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Business Advice for Optimists

Before The Life Is Good Company was a going concern, let alone a $100 million business selling positive messaging on apparel and accessories, it was two brothers—Bert and John Jacobs—peddling their artwork on T-shirts at a trade show. They had decided to wear suits to look more mature, but toward the end of that day, a customer asked what was with the suits—they didn’t seem like the kind of guys … [ more ]

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Free Teleclass: Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Simply and Live Fully: Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 1:00 pm EDT REGISTER HERE

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