Jonathan Michael

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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’s 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 »

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How to Run a Business in Prison (Orange is the New Black, Season 2)—Minor Spoilers

The Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, takes a gritty, poignant, and hilarious look at life inside a women’s federal prison. The show premiered in 2013 to critical acclaim, and in June 2014 Netflix released all 13 episodes of its second season. The show recently won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy... Read more »

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4 Things You (and Every Small Business) Should Know About Taxes

Recently our Bplans audience had the chance to attend a free webinar on Small Business Taxes, hosted by the CEO and founder of TaxAlli.com, Zach Olson. The webinar was extremely informative, and we had a lot of great questions from our attendees. As a follow up for our registrants, and in case you didn’t have a... Read more »

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Innovate! 7 Quotes About the Value and Risk of Innovation

Forget about a “case of the Mondays.” Most weeks, it’s Wednesday when you start to wonder why you’re doing what you do. To get you through hump day with a little more pep in your step, we’ve gathered seven thought-provoking quotes from some of the most famous innovators and trailblazers. Maybe they’ll inspire you to... Read more »

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8 Quotes to Motivate You to Make a Plan and Stick to It

Forget about a “case of the Mondays.” Most weeks, it’s Wednesday when you start to wonder why you’re doing what you do. To get you through hump day with a little more pep in your step, we’ve gathered eight inspirational quotes from some of history’s greatest minds. Maybe they’ll inspire you to stick with what... Read more »

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7 Quotes from Famous Americans About Business and Success

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again,... Read more »

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4 Things You (and Every Small Business) Should Know About Taxes [FREE WEBINAR]

Do your quarterly taxes fill you with the dread of what you don’t know, or do you feel confident when it comes to reporting your numbers to the IRS? Join us on Thursday, July 10 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET for this free webinar presentation by Zach Olson, the founder and CEO of Tax... Read more »

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Should You Use LinkedIn Showcase Pages? – Level Up Fridays

Every Friday I’ll provide basic tips on how to improve the way you promote your business online and increase your audience engagement. There’s one important element missing though, and that’s your voice. What tactics are you trying? Are they working? Tell us about them in the comments below. It’s Friday, so kick your feet up, grab your... Read more »

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11 Words of Wisdom for Your Business

Forget about a “case of the Mondays.” Most weeks, it’s Wednesday when you start to wonder why you’re doing what you do. To get you through hump day with a little more pep in your step, we’ve gathered eleven quotes shared by today’s entrepreneurs, influencers, authors, and speakers. Maybe they’ll inspire you to stick with... Read more »

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4 Tips to Create a Killer Slideshare Presentation – Level Up Fridays

Every Friday I’ll provide basic tips on how to improve the way you promote your business online and increase your audience engagement. There’s one important element missing though, and that’s your voice. What tactics are you trying? Are they working? Tell us about them in the comments below. It’s Friday, so kick your feet up, grab your... Read more »

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Mid-Week Inspiration: 10 Quotes from Entrepreneurs & Influencers to Motivate You

Forget about a “case of the Mondays.” Most weeks, it’s Wednesday when you start to wonder why you’re doing what you do. To get you through hump day with a little more pep in your step, we’ve gathered ten quotes shared by today’s entrepreneurs, influencers, authors, and speakers. Maybe they’ll inspire you to stick with... Read more »

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9 Compelling Reasons to Start a Business (+ BOOK GIVEAWAY)

The following article is an adaptation from the book “Own Your Future” by Paul B. Brown with Charles F. Kiefer and Leonard A. Schlesinger. Paul B. Brown is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and a former writer and editor for BusinessWeek, Forbes, and Inc. Want to win a copy of the book? Scroll to the... Read more »

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Smells Like Money: The Business of Waste Management

With the bright lights of Las Vegas reflecting in his rearview mirror, Keith Ferguson listened to his wife, Cheryl, who was convincing him to finally start his own business. “Why don’t you do it? Just do it,” he remembers her saying. “If it doesn’t work out in 6-8 months, then you can just go back to... Read more »

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The Basics of Small Business Loans [FREE WEBINAR]

Are you a small business owner or thinking about finally starting your own business? If so, then you have probably wondered about your financing options. Join us on Friday, June 13 at 12pm ET/9am PT for “The Basics of Small Business Loans,” a free webinar that will give you an overview of financing for small... Read more »