Entrepreneurship & Love: 5 Tips to Keep Your Spouse Happy

Entrepreneurship means working too many hours, taking too many risks, and riding a financial roller coaster from one season to the next. It’s no wonder then that behind most great entrepreneurs is a supportive and patient partner. Walt Disney had Lillian. Sam Walton had Helen. Oprah Winfrey has Stedman. Phoenix entrepreneur Jonathan Cottrell has Nicole. […]

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Should You Add Ecommerce to Your Brick-and-Mortar Operations?

If you’ve been operating a physical store for a while and are ready to take your retail business to the next level, consider adding an ecommerce component to your operations. You’ve already got the inventory, so it’s a simple matter of getting set up online, readying your shipping process, and marketing to a wider audience […]

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End Any Event on a High Note: 3 Tips From the Founder of Startup Week

I spent most of the weekend following Phoenix Startup Week sleeping or dazed. My brain was mush after helping to organize the massive inaugural event. Phoenix Startup Week is a celebration of small business and entrepreneurship that included five full days of events in 31 different venues around the metro area. There were over 100 […]

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You 2.0: Become the Best Version of Yourself in 5 Steps

Want to become a better, more productive version of yourself who continues to aim higher and achieve more every day? Well, the way to that new, improved you is easier than you might think. Check out the 5-step personal development plan below that’ll help you get what you want out of life, whether professionally, personally, […]

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Productivity Hacks From a Startup Guy and Efficiency Freak

My three years as marketing director for a software startup were the busiest three years of my life. After a few years in a fluffy corporate gig, my role with the startup forced me to learn how to be productive. And I do mean forced. I had no choice. Some people say you should work […]

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10 Twitter Accounts That’ll Make You a Better Business Owner

When you follow the right people on Twitter, your stream will become less food pics and political rants and more educational tweets and implementable advice that is actually worthy of your time. Whether it’s a motivational quote, a quick tip, or a link to a helpful blog post, there’s a wealth of free advice waiting […]

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job — Until You Answer These 5 Questions

By this time next month, I will have been my own boss for just over two years. It was March 2013 when my last company was acquired, freeing me to set up shop as an independent marketing consultant. Because I’ve been at this for a while now, I’m often asked for advice from folks who […]

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Become the Master of Your Email Domain With Inbox Zero

I loathe email. Not email marketing, mind you. I love that! I loathe the BCCs, the reply-alls, the incomplete responses, and the mind-numbingly long threads of email communication. Some people use email and use it well. I don’t mind that. I actually rather like it. Others abuse it. That’s why I embraced Inbox Zero after […]

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How to Get Influential People Talking About Your Business

Once upon a time, a big local public relations win was a cover story in the daily newspaper or a spot on the local morning show. Those goals are still worth pursuing. I mean, who doesn’t want to see their product on TV? However, the rise of social media has created a new class of […]

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A Business Owner Shares Her Biggest Mistake of 2014

As 2014 rapidly comes to a close, taking time to reflect on the successes and failures of the past twelve months can help you to develop a more vigorous plan of action for 2015. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a small business owner can usher both you and your clients into the new year […]

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