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Latest thoughts, insight and tips from industry thought leaders on how to make your business thrive.

13 Tips for Small Business Owners to Avoid Burnout

May 20, 2017

It’s Monday, and you already feel like you need another weekend. If you own a small business, that’s probably because you didn’t really GET a weekend, but even if you did the stresses of the work week have you burnt out before you even get to hump day. And you’re not alone. A report from the American Psychology Association shows that 70%…


Tips for Happy, Stress-Free Employees

May 20, 2017

Studies have shown that happy employees perform better. If your employees are stressed, it's important to question how this is affecting your business's bottom line. Is it part of your job as a business owner to keep your employees happy and reduce their stress levels at work? Some would argue that maintaining happiness and managing stress levels are each individual’s…


How Your Business Can Maximize Unsold Merchandise

May 18, 2017

Did you know that nearly 21 billion pounds of textiles end up in landfills each year? These discarded textiles sometimes include new merchandise that retailers threw in the garbage. And while some of the big box retailers like big boys like Macy’s and Target can afford to do that, your small business most likely cannot. So how can you take advantage of…


Boost Capital Fills the Business Funding Gap in the UK

May 17, 2017

The inability to access working capital is not just a problem suffered by small business owners in the United States. SMEs in the U.K. are encountering the same obstacles in securing funding for their businesses as their American counterparts. That’s why we created Boost Capital. Beginning last summer, we offered our financing solutions to SMEs in the U.K. on a trial…


Top 10 Traits of Successful Business Owners

May 16, 2017

Not all businesses are the same and not all business owners have the same qualities. However, many small businesses and their owners have traits that separate the successful from the less successful. But what are the common traits shared by successful business owners? What behaviors motivate a person to start, sustain and build a successful company? Do entrepreneurial attitudes toward risk, work,…


The Importance of a Family-Friendly Workplace

May 14, 2017

Family-friendly policies in the workplace and work-life balance are always hot topics for discussion, especially with people like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In) and Princeton Professor and former U.S. State Department policy expert Anne Marie Slaughter (Why Women Still Can’t Have it All) weighing in with their own experiences (and often controversial) opinions on working and having a family.…


Determining Price For Your Products And Services

May 13, 2017

We all learned about price as one of the four P’s in marketing, an important component in the mix that makes a product or service a must-have for purchasing. But a lot has changed since those marketing pillars were first put in place, with competition more intense than ever, business moving at the speed of light and all things digital making…


The Explosive Growth of Retail Subscription Services

May 13, 2017

The days of 10 CDs for a dollar long gone. Actually, the days of CDs are more or less extinct too, but there was a time not so long ago when one could order 10 CDs for a penny from Columbia House or the BMG music service, and then get a new one every month after the initial batch. This…


Technology Drives New Loyalty Programs for Small Business

May 10, 2017

Hear ‘loyalty programs’ and we all think of big brands, like airlines, credit cards, and national retail chains. But, as the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported, several start-up companies are now offering sophisticated loyalty programs specifically for small businesses. These companies include FiveStars, Perkville, SpotOn and Belly. And other, more well-known names, like Foursquare, Yelp and Facebook, have made some…


What to Include in Your Small Business’ Marketing Plan

May 5, 2017

Marketing is no longer something to just consider when growing a business. Marketing is now an essential piece for success, but planning for growth and success doesn’t just happen overnight. Your small business’ marketing plan is two things: (1) a blueprint for you and your employees to follow; and (2) a selling document for your company. If thought out and…