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Mobile Apps for Small Business

Five Must-Have Mobile Apps for Small Business Efficiency Innovative mobile apps are making small business owners more efficient and productive than ever.  Even better, most of the 1.4 million apps available are relatively inexpensive, if not free.  Since there are hundreds of apps worthy of your time, here are five that could help you be more efficient. Streamline Team Communications: Slack When you have multiple people collaborating on one project, the communication can happen through a variety of channels (instant messages, written notes, Google Docs, and phone calls – toRead More

U.S. International Trade Commission Releases Report on How T-TIP Will Benefit Small Businesses

United States International Trade Commission Building in Washington, DC.

Washington, D.C. – A central goal of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations is enhancing the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to participate in transatlantic trade by addressing trade barriers that may have a disproportionate impact on them. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) believes that U.S. trade and investment policies are made stronger when they are shaped by the broadest possible input, including from SMEs, the engines of growth of the U.S. economy. Pursuant to a request by USTR, the United States International TradeRead More

PluggedSolar Releases Innovative Plug-in Kits for Homes, Installs in the USA and Mexico

Houston, TX – Solar energy tappings are made simple with the DIY by Plugged Solar panel kits which plug directly into a standard 120 volt electrical outlet of the home. After a successful expansion across the US, Plugged Solar is now providing innovative and affordable plug-in kits through resellers in Mexico. PluggedSolar already revolutionized the market for solar in 2013 when they released their 1.7 kilowatt system. Designed to be do-it-yourself, every kit comes with all the necessary components for installation including the panels, the racking, the inverter, and anyRead More

Growing Importance of Business Plan Competitions By Tim Berry

Are you aware of business plan competitions? If you’re an entrepreneur, they’re an excellent opportunity to present your business and compete for cash and in-kind prizes or, worst case, really good feedback from serious business people. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to judge, it’s a chance to spend a few days reviewing real-world startups. I’ve been judging business plan competitions for almost 20 years. As I write this I’m looking forward to another season judging venture competitions including the University of Texas’ Venture Labs Investment Competition, the Rice University BusinessRead More

College Students Should Also Run a Business

Entrepreneur Specializing in Internships Shares 5 Benefits These days, it seems as though Americans are spending more for college while getting less value in return – a trend research validates, says entrepreneur Matt Stewart. “The average cost for an in-state public college is $22,261, and a moderate budget for a private college averaged $43,289 for the 2012–2013 academic year; for elite schools, we’re talking about three times the cost of your local state school,” says Stewart, a spokesperson for College Works Painting, (, which provides practical and life-changing business experienceRead More

How the Little Guys Can Win In Today’s David-and-Goliath Business World

Business Intelligence Expert Shares Tips for Using Actionable Data to Gain the Advantage Before the internet, small companies didn’t stand a chance against the Goliaths, says Corrine Sandler, a globally recognized leader in business intelligence and market research. That’s because no war can be won without intelligence and, before the digital era, collecting actionable data and information about one’s competitors, market and customers cost a lot more than most small businesses – the Davids – could afford. “But today, the Davids are taking down the Goliaths,” says Sandler, founder andRead More

Which Social Media Platforms are Right for You? By: Marsha Friedman

If you want to be visible in today’s marketplace, you absolutely must have a presence on social media. But there are so many from which to choose nowadays! In addition to the biggies like Facebook and Twitter, we have lots of newcomers, including Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. Additionally, some of the older platforms have undergone major changes in recent months, which affect how effective they are for different functions. How to know which platforms will best meet your needs? I asked Alex Hinojosa, our vice president for media operations atRead More

How to Be the Boss of Your Own Life

Businesswoman Provides Tips for Being Your Own CEO Entrepreneurship is alive and well in the United States with hundreds of thousands of new businesses opening each year. More than 22 million of our small businesses are one-man (or woman) shops, and the number of those ringing up more than $1 million in sales is growing – it was nearly 27,000 in 2011, the most recent U.S. Census statistics available. “Americans are very savvy business people, and for more and more of us, the rewards of running our own business trounceRead More

10 Things MBA Students Can Learn from Infantry School

Military Principles Significantly Complement Business Tactics, Says Straight-Talking Texas Entrepreneur In many ways, the knowledge gleaned from four years of college does not compare to what a person can learn at infantry school, says successful Texas businessman David M. Smith. “The Army provided me with more fun and interesting experiences and principles than college. I spent a lot of time in the company of officers and immersing myself in reading military classics,” says Smith, author of “The Texas Spirit,” ( “Most students in MBA programs nationwide will never have thatRead More

Insurance as a Hedge in the Unstable Economy

Reginald Hawkins Makes His Startup Insurance Agency Personal by Leo Adam Biga In planning their life together, newlyweds Reginald and Angela Hawkins of Inglewood, Calif. decided to mesh their skill sets in a start-up business of their own. He has years of market research and retail sales experience. She uses her business and management degrees as a County of Los Angeles human resources analyst. “We’re pretty well off, but we still wanted another source of income coming in, especially in this economy,” says Reginald. “You want numerous revenue streams becauseRead More