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September 17, 2014

Alibaba: A Company Small Businesses Need to Know


Alibaba Group Holding Ltd launched an IPO on Monday of last week. By Wednesday, they received enough orders to cover the entire deal, which is on track to be the largest stock offering in U.S. history.

Who is Alibaba?

Alibaba …

September 16, 2014

#291 Peter Shankman, David Pride, Matt Sapaula, Dafna Michaelson

Peter Shankman is an entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, globally recognized for radically new ways of thinking about marketing, customer service, advertising, PR, and social media. He is the author of the new book Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans. Peter discusses what is holding small businesses back from providing strong customer service. He provides actions companies can take to improve their customer service and create rabid fans. David Pride is the Owner and Chief Relationships Officer of Social Impressions - a social media marketing agency that crafts strategic content for companies. David gives small business owners ideas for content to post on social media and provides insight into advertising on Facebook and gaining an Instagram & Twitter following. Matt Sapaula is America's money smart guy; he has been the co-host and feature finance-expert on MSN Money's reality television series The Invested Life for two consecutive seasons. Matt discusses how to successfully make the tough transition from a corporate career to starting your own entrepreneurial venture. Dafna Michaelson is the co-founder and president of the Journey Institue for the 50 in 52 Journey, a project for which she traveled across America to all 50 states, spending 52 weeks to find and share the stories of ordinary people doing incredible things in their communities throughout the country. Dafna gives advice for posting pictures on social media and how it can benefit your company. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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September 11, 2014

Change Just ONE Thing to Be Awesome

re-launch you cover smallGuest Post by Catherine Morgan

Most small business owners are very busy and commit to a lot of things. In fact, they frequently commit to too many things, and then stuff starts falling through the cracks.

A very easy

September 09, 2014

#290 Charles Houghton, Scott Brandt, Jill Salzman, Dafna Michaelson

Charles Houghton is founder and owner of Charles T. Houghton, P.C., a law firm dedicated to providing business, compliance, licensing and regulatory advice to the recreational and medical marijuana industry. Charles discusses “cannabusiness” - a new and emerging industry of innovative businesses and business opportunities evolving around both the medical and recreational marijuana use - and opportunities for entrepreneurs. Scott Brandt is the vice president of marketing at SurePayroll, where he oversees many levels of technology, including the company website, email marketing, social media,, and SEO. Scott talks about how small businesses can benefit by outsourcing payroll and which technology is most useful for small business owners. Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of offline meetups and online resources for mom entrepreneurs. She is also the author of Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs. Jill talks about the first Founding Moms Conference taking place on Monday, October 6 and how people can attend, sponsor, and partner. Dafna Michaelson is the co-founder and president of the Journey Institue for the 50 in 52 Journey, a project for which she traveled across America to all 50 states, spending 52 weeks to find and share the stories of ordinary people doing incredible things in their communities throughout the country. She discusses the importance and best practices of social media etiquette for small business. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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September 04, 2014

Andrew Mason: Comeback or Bust

Andrew MasonA year and a half after his board fired him from Groupon, Andrew Mason has invested $3 million of his own money in a new start-up venture – a comeback attempt that everyone in Silicon Valley is watching.

Mason …

September 02, 2014

#289 Ryan Blair, Jeffrey Krames, Steven Bowman, Mark Satterfield

Ryan Blair is a former gang member turned serial entrepreneur, self made millionaire, and CEO & Co-Founder of ViSalus. In March 2013 he became the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, which is now also a documentary. Ryan talks about his Nothing To Lose Mindset as well as the importance of finding a mentor. Jeffrey Krames has spent more than three decades in the world of publishing as editor, publisher, literary agent, and author. During this time, Krames has personally authored---or edited---more than 400 books, including his most recent book Leading with Humility about Pope Francis. Jeffrey explains what others can learn from the leadership style of this prominent religious figure. Steven Bowman is an internationally recognized strategy, risk, and leadership advisor to CEOs and boards worldwide. His is the author of a book called No More Business as Usual and is on the show to discuss where to start when you want to make a change in the way you do things every day. Mark Satterfield is the founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing, Inc where he specializes in working with consultants, advisers, and small businesses on how to get consistent streams of new business. Mark outlines a 5 step marketing system small businesses can use to get a consistent line of customers outside their front doors. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 28, 2014

The Pefect Tool for Small Business

Sage One logoSage One is an accounting and invoicing solution designed for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers with simple needs and little-to-no accounting experience.

In a November 2013 study, Sage One found that 37% of small businesses use Excel/spreadsheets to track

August 26, 2014

#288 Bernd Schoner, Simon Lyons, David Sternlight, Ben Cherby

Bernd Schoner received his PhD from MIT and upon graduating, he co-founded a high-tech startup, which he sold nearly ten years later. His is the author of the new book The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success (McGraw-Hill, May 2014). Bernd discusses the harsh realities of a tech startup and how to emerge successful. Simon Lyons, founder of the product design company Version 22, developed Geco Hub - a colorful organizer that hangs on the wall and serves to make sure you always find what you want when you need it. Simon talks about his journey through designing, manufacturing, and distributing a new product and gives recommendations to fellow entrepreneurs.  David Sternlight is CEO of Cabeau, Inc., a travel goods company that sells innovative travel pillows, comfort products, accessories, and on-the-go gear. David's company has surpassed the 10 million dollar mark in just 4 years. He discusses his success and the keys to distributing a new product. Ben Cherby runs a franchise called Floor Coverings International, which provides flooring solutions for residential floors and commercial flooring. Ben talks about the advantages of running a franchise and what it takes to be successful at running one. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 20, 2014

#287 Jared Hecht, Lloyd Shefsky, Jeff Hoffman, Alex Feldman

Jared Hecht, co-founder of GroupMe, is now the co-founder and chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. Jared explains the problem small businesses are facing with access to capital and provides a solution for both borrowers and lenders.  Lloyd Shefsky, in addition to serving as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, is cofounder of several businesses and nonprofits and author of the new book INVENT REINVENT THRIVE: THe Keys to Success for Any Start-Up, Entrepreneur, or Family Business. Lloyd discusses the importance of reinventing yourself and how to do so effectively. Jeff Hoffman, a founding team member and former CEO in the family of companies, is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully scaled and sold multiple companies. Jeff provides insight into how to scale your company to build a real sustainable business.  Alex Feldman is CEO of CrowdsUnite, a resource for online funding. He helps small business with raising money online by educating them about crowd funding and connecting them to the best possible websites and professionals. Alex discusses crowdfunding and whether or not it is a viable alternative for start up entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 20, 2014

Spam: An Annoyance Since 1864

spam emailWhat started out as a popular canned meat has become one of the most loathed terms in popular culture. Thanks to a Monty Python skit and the adoption of the term by computer programmers, “spam” is now used to describe …

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