SpikeTV and SCORE Offer New Resource for Food Entrepreneurs

SpikeTV —  which just launched its Sunday night series “Bar Rescue” — and SCORE the non-profit small business mentoring association, have customized a toolkit called “Serve Up Success” available free of charge at http://www.score.org/restaurants/spike-tv-serve-up-success   in order to help aspiring entrepreneurs and struggling businesses find success despite this challenging economic climate. The toolkit is particularly timely as … Continue reading

Hippo Eats Dwarf – Amazing Story

Ok, so how many of you actually believed this story? Come on! It’s on the Internet so it has to be true. Right? This story first appeared in 1999 and has since been widely spread across the Internet. If you want to read more about this fabulous farce check it out on snopes.com For those … Continue reading

A Relatively Inexpensive Way to Drive Traffic to Your Website and Get Leads

I tell people all the time that one of the things that Google really likes is a busy Website site. The more traffic your Website gets, the better it will do in the search result areas. A relatively inexpensive way to get traffic to your Website is to just pay for it. YOU DO NOT … Continue reading

Save time with the Cloud

What’s the one thing we’re all given for free, but once it’s spent, we can never get it back? It’s time, of course.  I can’t believe it – almost twelve months have passed since my last post.  It’s not been entirely a result of procrastination mind you:  In that twelve months I’ve moved interstate, changed … Continue reading

Press Release Headlines to Learn From

It’s the holiday season and the one chance I get to catch up on industry news, bloggers I follow and other social media – not that I’m active on a regular basis, I just read the important stuff first. The question is how do I decide what the important stuff is?  Just like any reporter, … Continue reading

Media’s Feelings About PR Effect Small Biz DIYers

Over the years, I’ve heard over and over the conversation about how journalists hate PR professionals, and essentially anyone calling to pitch their story. It’s enough to leave a novice PR pro shaking in their boots to call media. I, personally, have never had a problem because I worked in the media.  I know what … Continue reading

Two Debate Social Media Relevance

During this week’s Webby Debate, Wine Library TV’s Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) and TechCrunch columnist Paul Carr (@paulcarr) went toe to toe on the value of social media. Carr, who famously quit Twitter and Facebook in August, criticized networks like Twitter for cluttering the Web with inane chatter and giving users false hope in becoming a … Continue reading

Press Release Mistakes Destroy Opportunities

In Journalism school I was taught that, like a resume, even one misspelling could cause an editor to trash your press release.  Good writing makes a huge impact on your ability to achieve PR.  Mistakes make you look unprofessional and too busy to care.  Take heed and avoid these mistakes: Top 25 grammar and language … Continue reading

You Know You’re Busy When…The Economy is Picking Up

Well, you can fill in the blank here, but I think it’s clearly evident that, for us, at Cascade we’ve just been super busy! Hence the incredulous amount of time between blog posts. I call it pathetic but one of my Specialists says “you can’t hold all the balls in the air all of the … Continue reading

5 Ways To Become A Social Media Leader

Great article from Bigis The New Small Can You Recognize The Social Media Influencer? Well the obvious answer is yes, absolutely I can.  You may even think of some of your favorite Social Media Influencers and why you follow them.  Leading and influencing in the world of social media can sometimes be more difficult than … Continue reading

Win $25,000 for Home-Based Businesses

Entrepreneur magazine has partnered with Kodak for a simple little contest that could just earn you some hard cash.  Can you tell the story of your business in a picture?   They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  In this case, it could be worth $25,000.  Click on the logo to learn more.

Sell Without Selling: 5 Social Media Tips

guest post by Joan Curtis, co-author The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media What is your Social Media IQ?  If you’re like most people, it’s pretty low.  Test yourself and find out! Recently, I conducted a marketing workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs.  It amazed me how little those people knew about the power of the … Continue reading

Virtual Business: Affordable Video Chats

If your business is anything like most of ours, you have clients across the country, and the rising cost of travel is forcing us to keep face-to-face meetings at a minimum. We here at Small Business Daily are big fans of Skype.  In fact most of our business, even overseas, is conducted via video conferencing … Continue reading

$30 Million Small Business Lending Boost

Senate Votes to Include $30 Billion Lending Fund in Small Business Aid Package The controversial amendment is now part of a bill that could go before the Senate next week. By Courtney Rubin |  Jul 23, 2010 Small business lending may get a boost thanks to a controversial $30 billion fund for community banks. The Senate … Continue reading

Expert Tips on Raising Capital

Richard Singer, co-founder and CEO of RaiseCapital.com and RaiseCapital TV, both outlets for entrepreneurs with start-ups, or existing businesses, to connect and share ideas with an array of investors regardless of geographic location, says that besides a killer business plan and concept, there are keys to attracting funding. He shares a few tips for success: … Continue reading

Don’t Sell. Train Customers to Buy

One of the great things we all love about social media at Small Business Daily is it’s ability to quickly deliver the latest information.  Information that we can easily deliver back to our readers.  Amongst other things, it helps us stay in touch with what friends and colleagues are up to. This article by Robert … Continue reading

The “Big”, Scary Tax Increase for Small Business: What You Need to Know

The Big Tax Increase Facing Small Business Dean Zerbe, Forbes.com 06.09.10, 10:50 AM EDT Hedge fund taxes get all the attention. Congress is about to raise billions in taxes on some doctors, accountants and architects. While a possible increase in taxes on the “carried interest” of hedge fund and private equity money managers is getting … Continue reading

FamilyPreneurship: 10 Tips for Working with Family

Becoming an entrepreneur is hard enough as it is, but imagine owning a small business and you need to discuss a problem with an employee… and it’s your little brother. When you throw family into the mix it becomes even more complicated to effectively run a business.  There’s an emotion level not found in other … Continue reading

Are You an Asker or Guesser?

A powerful element to help you decide who you are in business and in life, this article strikes at the heart of your success. Are You an Asker or a Guesser? Good Blog Patrick James May 11, 2010 For those who find the odd bit of behavioral psychology as interesting as I do, take a … Continue reading

Growing Your Business: Tax Breaks for Hiring Unemployed

Tax breaks for hiring the unemployed By Catherine Clifford, CNNMoney.com, staff reporter: March 18, 2010 NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A scaled-down, $17.6 billion jobs bill signed into law by President Obama on Thursday features a handful of benefits for business owners, but falls short of the sweeping hiring incentives President Obama and some lawmakers on … Continue reading