President Obama, Make 2013 the Year of the Entrepreneur

Innovation is essential to the growth of any economy. As President Obama officially kicks off his second term in office today, I wanted to offer him some ideas for how to make entrepreneurship and innovation the centerpiece of his second administration. It is critical for the future of our nation to intentionally foster the next […]

6 Reasons Why You Should Contact Your Existing Customers

October is my birthday month.  Many retailers that I shop with online and offline have started sending me birthday greetings even through my big day isn’t until the middle of the month.  But how could this be a good marketing move?  One retailer sent me a 15% off coupon for my birthday and another only […]

Deciding When and Who to Hire in Your Small Business

To quote an old economics professor of mine, “the fundamental economic problem is the efficient use of scarce resources”. I tend to look at most of my business issues from this perspective – does it make sense to do this task myself? Do I have the skills needed to do it well? Or can someone […]

SmallBizLady’s Summer Reading List 2012

For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I love reading books about running a business. To be successful in business, you must be a lifelong learner. Reading is a great way to sharpen your personal skills to run your business better. If you’re counting down to your summer vacation, (even if you’re staying […]

Your business could win $25,000 and a strategy to make your dreams a reality

Sponsored post American Express OPEN and Facebook are giving five small businesses a Big Break® to make their dreams a reality. You could be one of them.  Get $25,000 and more You’ll get: $25,000 to grow your business and drive customers to your door, and a one-on-one strategy session with the experts at American Express […]

Help @SmallBizLady: When do You Need to Create a Trademark for Your Business Concept?

Every week I’m asked questions by small business owners, and sometimes I get a question that makes me want to call one of my experts to get the perfect answer. This week’s question:  When do you need to create a trademark or register a patent for your concept? How do you determine which one to […]

Presentation Communication – Your Quest to Impress

Sponsored Post All businesses depend on sending the right messages to their customers. Whether it is a brick and mortar office, retail store, online enterprise, a direct sales business or some type of consulting firm, you have one chance to make a first impression, and your business message must be clear. Customers will focus on […]

12 Bible Verses Every Small Business Owner Needs For 2012

I normally do this post at the top of the year, but I was inspired to wait until now.  With Easter upon us, I though this post would be particularly meaningful at this time of year.   My religious theme for 2012 is, “Either I win or I learn, but with God’s help I never lose.” […]

7 Great Digital Tools to Help Your Small Business

Most small business owners have a to do list that is way too long. Let’s face it, running a business has become more difficult than ever. The good news is that technology is now making some things about running a business a lot easier. There are a number of free and low-cost digital tools that […]

How to Grow Your Small Business Using Google+

Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with@KimBeasley. Kim Beasley is a speaker, author, educator and web developer who knows first-hand the trials and tribulations of starting a small business. […]