Small Business SEO Basics

Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wed on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @WayneHurlbert. Wayne is a well known SEO and internet marketing consultant. He is also a highly regarded speaker and business book reviewer. […]

#SmallBizChat Celebrates 1 Year of Ending Small Business Failure

This week marks the one-year anniversary of #SmallBizChat. For the past year, every Wednesday at 8pm ET, I have had a standing appointment on Twitter with small business owners — to answer their small business questions. The focus of #Smallbizchat is to end small business failure by helping business owners with issues and challenges as […]

Magazines and Newspapers Every Small Business Owner Should Read

Every business owner should subscribe to at least one industry trade publication and local Business Journal newspapers to generate leads to stay connected with the regional business community. Recommended publications: American City Business Journals – Bizjournals is the new media division of American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers. It […]

Can You Afford to Become An Entrepreneur?

Everyone has good ideas.  Some of them may even be million dollar ideas, but if you live from paycheck to paycheck or way beyond your means, you may never be able to quit your job and start a business. As the Smallbizlady, often I get emails, facebook messages and DM’s on Twitter from people asking me […]

What Health Care Reform Means for Your Small Business

Last night, Congress led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, succeeded in finally passing legislation that will empower 31 million people with a new right to health insurance and remake the nation’s health care system. Many of those people without healthcare are small business owners, who have been struggling to keep their businesses afloat. Just after […]

Working With The One You Love

When you are first starting out in business, you will need help.  Good help is especially hard to find when you have very limited resources.  Other than interns, you may be forced to look around your personal network to see if you have any friends or family that can jump in and help you build […]

Good Start President Obama, But More Change Needs To Come

My first guest post for Smallbiztrends went live this week.  “Will 2010 Be the Year of Start-Up America?” generated much interest, prompting many people to ask for my opinion about President Obama’s State of the Union Address — and what impact it will have on the nation’s small businesses. My ears perked up when I […]

10 Bible Verses Every Small Business Owner Needs

As a Christian and a family focused entrepreneur, I believe that faith is a key ingredient in small business success.  In this current economy, the people of God must remember that if you honor God through your business he will direct your path. Each year, I pick a bible verse as my theme for the […]

The Entrepreneur’s Job Description PART I

It will take every bit of enthusiasm and energy you have to grow your business into a viable enterprise and a powerful brand.   If you think you work hard now with a job working in corporate America, you are in for a rude awakening once you start your small business, particularly if you are used […]

Best of Melinda Emerson™’s #SmallBizChat Interviews in 2009

My interview with Sherri Garrity on how to quit a job to start a business: Sherri is the founder of Corporate Fugitive. Her company provides business coaching to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who want to go from overwhelmed to extraordinary.  In 2007, she walked away from a successful marketing career to start her own […]