How to Build Business Credit

Credit is the ability your business has to borrow money.  Just as with personal credit, it allows your business to buy something now and pay for it later. As business credit expert Marco Carbajo notes, good business credit is a business asset: A tangible business asset is when you purchase [...]

Why Salespeople Need a CRM

How would your business change if your salespeople were better informed about your potential (and current) customers? Your salespeople must foster relationships to generate sales. Far too often, without a CRM, your salespeople are caught without the optimal information to do that. Active, informed and efficient salespeople keep your business [...]

The Rise of the B Corporation

B Corporation status for a business is much like what a Fair Trade certification is for coffee products that are shipped internationally. It indicates that the business adheres to certain practices and standards. B Corporation is short for “benefit corporation.” It's a designation that is given to a for-profit company [...]

The 5 Stages of Small Business Growth

In the United States, 99.7% of all businesses qualify as a small business (defined as having fewer than 500 employees). They are responsible for the employment of almost 57 million people. During the average year, 60% of all new employment opportunities are created from the efforts of small businesses. Even [...]

11 Inspired Content Marketing Campaigns

Our world is filled with content. In just one second, there are more than 40,000 web searches that happen, 2 million emails sent, and thousands of tweets and social media posts happen. In 2014, we reached the 1 billion total websites mark on the internet for the first time. The [...]

How to Read Financial Statements

Reading financial statements empowers you to understand the health of your business and, really, to speak the language of business. It may not be the thing you most love about business, but it is an important part of financial literacy and helps you as a business owner. Although financial statements [...]

Using Success Visualization in Business

Success visualization is the practice of picturing yourself being successful. Though business owners are necessarily practical people with lots of time constraints, don't dismiss success visualization out of hand.  It can produce concrete results and deliver great ROI on the time invested. Some of the most successful people on earth [...]

Why Realtors Should Use a CRM

Every successful realtor knows that taking care of customers and building lasting relationships is the key to enduring success. Real estate is a referral-driven industry. And the modern home buyer expects fast responses and and an attentive customer relationship.   Today, more and more of the most successful realtors are [...]

Resources for Minority-Owned Businesses

Minority-owned businesses in the United States totaled 1 million locations for the first time in 2016. This number has been growing rate at close to 5% each year since 2007. Payroll within minority-owned businesses has grown even faster, at 7% in some years. In total, more than 8 million people [...]

How to Assemble a Great Management Team

Whether your business is young or well-established, focusing on assembling a great management team is key to building a successful, enduring business. Having a great management team also makes your business more valuable and easier to sell. Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE and one of the most respected [...]