For the next few weeks things are going to be slowing down as the holiday season arrives. Don’t let that stop you from taking advantage of what the season has to offer. This is a great opportunity to plan your own holiday events, Christmas parties, and get-togethers. Say thank you to your employees, clients, and partners as the year comes to a close. Once January hits, things are going to pick up again, so look forward to an eventful year. To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar. Read Full Story

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The new year is a time for new beginnings, both in life and in business. If you haven’t already, it may be time to consider making a new year’s resolution for your business. Members of our small business community have some suggestions for things you should consider in the new year, whether it be new tech trends or simple tips for a better workplace. Read on for a full list of tips in our weekly Small Business Trends community and information roundup. Prepare for the End of Credit Cards (Monitor.us) Technology is opening new doors for payment options. Read Full Story

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Written by Shawn Parr I have the privilege of working with a diverse range of leadership teams at both multibillion dollar corporations and passionate, early-stage startups. As a strategic guide I work closely with senior executives around brand, innovation and cultural transformation, operating more like a big brother to the founders of startups. I love the scrappy can-do attitude of early-stage companies—simply walk through the doors and the energy is infectious. Their optimism, agility and ingenuity to create something special and new to the world keeps them hyper-focused. Invariably everything is being rapidly prototyped and refined with the latest round of learnings. There is a competitor to beat and an incumbent technology to displace, so the focus is outward-facing with a closely connected team running to cross a milestone for funding or in a fight for survival. The startup mentality focuses the mind, challenges the body and can be good … Continue reading →

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Vine presents a unique opportunity to visually promote your brand. It’s a great way to connect with your customer base as well as branch out to extend your business’s reach. However when talking about such a short span of time, the challenge is clear. When you only have six seconds, how can you make it count? To help answer this question, take a look at these Vine marketing examples of brands that are making Vine work for them. Vine Marketing Examples Target Target has made a game out of their Vine videos. By utilizing hashtags, fans create their own videos based on a game of tag. Read Full Story

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Moonlighting can be big business. As Americans,  the idea of moonlighting isn’t new. We know of many business people who started off working on the weekends or in the evenings after work. For some, this brought in a little extra income or possibly even a new career path. For others, though, it could be the path to a $3 or even a $130 million business. In Bootstrapping with a Paycheck: Entrepreneur Journeys, business consultant, Sramana Mitra, tackles the issue of how full-time employees managed to create these million dollar empires as moonlighters. Read Full Story

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Actor Liam Neeson made news this week with a unique offer on LinkedIn. And LinkedIn itself recently announced some new changes to its profile section. Meanwhile, Adobe acquired a service aimed at giving customers on its Creative Cloud more options. Read on for a full list of headlines in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup. Social Media Liam Neeson Could Endorse Your Particular Set of (LinkedIn) Skills In the 2009 movie “Taken,” Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills boasts about his “very particular set of skills. Read Full Story

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Small business owners and other independent authors interested in publishing their own books have traditionally had a couple of options. They can find a more traditional publisher, then help promote the book on their website, through speaking engagements or in any other way and be paid an advance and eventually a royalty for their work. They can create an ebook for download from Amazon and other sites and digitally distribute it making money from a percentage off each online sale. Read Full Story

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What do Mao Zedong, Huawei and WeChat have in common? Their expansion – encirclement – strategy. Continue reading →

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Most people don’t go out of their way to buy apparel they consider to be ugly. But over the last few years that has changed, at least around the holiday season. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and ugly sweater parties have gained popularity in recent years. At first, people had to ask their grandmas or scour the racks at thrift stores to find sweaters with gaudy bells or cats wearing Santa hats. But now, retailers big and small have grabbed onto the trend and made it much more accessible for everyone. Read Full Story

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I would like to describe a model for developing an effective strategic planning process. Most organizations do a poor job at planning and even poorer at execution. One of the major reasons that most strategic development plans fail is that most strategy models are one or two dimensional. SWOTs, Boston Consulting Matrix and the famous 7S model are all deficient in that they… Continue reading →

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