Jonathan Michael

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She Does: 21 Quotes on Why Women Should Embrace the Challenge and Thrive as Entrepreneurs

To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, we’ve collected 21 quotes from women about the challenges and fulfillment they’ve found in entrepreneurship. Featuring iconic business women and trailblazers like Oprah Winfrey, Coco Chanel, and Arianna Huffington, to small business owners who are etching out a path of their own and reaping the rewards. Do you have a quote... Read more »

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Free Webinar: PR Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Do you want to build your visibility? Grow your brand? Get your “unfair share” of attention? And are you at a loss at how to do so? Any size business can benefit from public relations, and PR expert Jennefer Witter is here to provide you with nuts-and-bolts tactics that PR pros use. The best part?... Read more »

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The Millennial Entrepreneur: Idealistic or Realistic? [With Infographic]

Earlier this spring, studies in both the U.S. and the UK have reported declines in entrepreneurship: more startups failing, fewer getting off the ground, and low growth expectations for those currently open. After all this time, is it possible that entrepreneurs are now an endangered species? I hope you can sense the sarcasm in my... Read more »

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Social Media Response Flow Chart for Small Businesses

Have you ever discovered a mention of your business on social media and thought, “How should I respond to that?” If the post is negative, you may be especially anxious to answer that question. Should you delete negative comments, respond with a counter-argument, or ignore them altogether? The following flow chart offers a helpful way... Read more »

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Women at Work: 11 Reasons Why We Are Still Talking about This in 2014

We’re nearing the end of 2014, and it’s an unfortunate reality that gender discrimination is still an issue in our society. After all the progress women have made in the professional world, there are still plenty of reasons why we need to fight for workplaces that support women and men equally. In fact, we’re hosting a... Read more »

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The 22 Best Blogs to Help Grow Your Business (That You May Not Be Reading)

There are plenty of popular business-advice websites that make it on these kinds of “best of” lists, but I wanted to take a different approach. The problem with many of the popular sites is that they often offer little more than fluff pieces that don’t actually help you improve your business. They’ll share entrepreneur success... Read more »

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Unique Workspace Photos from 11 Entrepreneurs

No two entrepreneurs are alike. Sure, other articles may suggest that all successful entrepreneurs do the same 12 things before breakfast, but we know better. Some entrepreneurs wake up before dawn, while others burn the midnight oil. Still, many others burn the candle from both ends. Some are precise and methodical in their pursuit of business success,... Read more »

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I Went on Vacation and Increased Our Facebook Traffic by 300%. Here’s How:

I’m not going to be shy with my opinion on this topic: you need to take more time off of work. I took a week off in August and was able to increase our Facebook referral traffic by over 300%—all while being completely unplugged from work. I want to show you how, but first, let’s take a... Read more »

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The Pixar Way: 37 Quotes on Developing and Maintaining a Creative Company

In his book, Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of Pixar, one of the world’s most famous creative animation studios. More than that, Ed offers a number of starting points to help those that wish to work in an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving, to create it. We’ve collected... Read more »

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[FREE WEBINAR] How to Lose an Employee in 10 Days

Employees form the heart of any company, so attracting and holding onto the right ones can make or break a startup or small business. Matt Rissell, CEO of TSheets, outlines his secrets for success in the employee-focused arena. The leader behind a fast-growing and innovative technology company known for customer and employee love, Matt Rissell has... Read more »

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23 Quotes on the Value and Danger of Money

Ask ten people what they think about money and wealth, and you’ll likely get ten different answers. Wealth may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, but at the same time, who doesn’t want a few extra dollars in their pocket? We’ve gathered 23 quotes from some of the world’s most famous authors,... Read more »

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[SlideShare] A Brief History of Labor Day…

When was the first Labor Day? When did it become a national holiday? Who “invented” it? Take a light-hearted look back at the origins of Labor Day, a holiday where we can kick our feet up, enjoy a burger or beer, and celebrate our own hard-working awesomeness. A Brief History of Labor Day: How will... Read more »

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Pause: 10 Quotes on Why You Should Take Breaks, Relax, and Play

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are almost always working, whether they’re in the office or not. But is it possible that taking time off and resting is better for your business? Here are 10 quotes from famous authors, poets, and speakers on why time away from work could be just as important to your bottom... Read more »

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[Slideshare] What Robin Williams Taught Us About Life

As we mourn the death of Robin Williams, I wanted to take a look back to remember the life lessons we’ve learned from some of his most notable performances on film. Featuring images and quotes from Hook, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam, Jumanji, Aladdin, Patch Adams, Good Will Hunting, Bicentennial Man, and... Read more »

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[Slideshare] What is the Right Age to Start a Business?

It seems like today’s hottest startups and small businesses are being led by 20-something wunderkinds. So, if you’re over 30, does it mean that it’s too late to start your own business? We asked our Bplans.com executive team, as well as friends on LinkedIn, and they had some interesting answers. “What is the right age... Read more »

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Fail Hard: 15 Quotes on Failing to Succeed

Is it OK to fail? Most people believe that failure is something to be embarrassed about, or to sweep under the rug. But is there something about owning our failures that gives us the keys to succeed? Included below are 15 quotes from some of history’s greatest known thinkers and leaders on why failure doesn’t have to... Read more »

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5 Things You Should Do With A Business Loan [Free Webinar]

Thinking about getting a loan? Trying to grow your business but you’re unsure of where to start? Join us on Thursday, August 14 at 1pm ET/10am PT for “Five Things You Should Do With a Business Loan”—a free webinar that will help you understand how to get the most out of every dollar you get... Read more »

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TV&#8217s 5 Most Famous Bars [Small Biz Pop Culture]

I recently posted a question to the Small Business subreddit asking, “What are some of TV’s most famous small businesses?” The group offered up some great ones, like the junkyard from Sanford and Sons, Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. from The Office, or Central Perk from Friends. The conversation inspired me to start putting together some... Read more »

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The Art of Leadership: 11 Quotes on Leading Well

Are great leaders born to lead, or have they learned what it takes to be great? Included below are 11 quotes from some of history’s greatest known thinkers and leaders on what it takes to lead well. Featuring quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Homer, Vince Lombardi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and more. Do you have... Read more »

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Bad Boys and the Fab Five: Business Lessons from Basketball History

In 2009, to commemorate their 30th anniversary, ESPN released a new sports documentary series called “30 for 30.” The series included 30 full-length documentary features that highlighted sports history’s most memorable moments and personalities. The series was so popular that ESPN decided to release a second volume of 30 more documentaries, produce 30 new digital... Read more »