Lee Polevoi is an award-winning business writer specializing in the challenges and opportunities facing small business. He is former Senior Writer at Vistage International, a global membership organization of CEOs.
on September 19, 2013
Taking a client out to dinner can be a smart business move. The shared experience can create a bond between you and lay the foundation for a long-term relationship. Meals are also an effective way to thank customers for their loyalty.
However, to ensure that …Read » Views: 431
on September 6, 2013
Congratulations! Your PR efforts have paid off and you’ve landed an interview with a reporter. It’s important to realize that, unlike at your small business, where you call the shots, someone else will control the interview. In order to succeed, you’ll w…Read » Views: 384
on August 30, 2013
All of those stories you read online or see on TV — the ones quoting or interviewing small-business owners like you — don’t happen by accident. Someone at those companies did something to catch the media’s eye.
You could hire a public relations firm t…Read » Views: 291
on August 19, 2013
More than 3 million businesses have set up company pages on LinkedIn, where they can connect with some 225 million professionals in major industries across the globe, says Aviad Pinkovezky, a LinkedIn product manager.
Does your small business have a LinkedIn …Read » Views: 336
on August 8, 2013
It can be a challenge for any small-business owner who hosts a blog to keep coming up with fresh content. First, there’s finding time to create posts on a daily, twice-weekly, or once-a-week basis. Second, sooner or later you may struggle to find new things …Read » Views: 679
on August 6, 2013
People who feel welcome at your place of business are far more likely to return than those who don’t. Beyond that, both satisfied and dissatisfied customers are bound to share their experiences with others, so you always want to strive for the former — and…Read » Views: 894
on July 29, 2013
Mistakes made in the course of running a small business are sometimes minor, sometimes costly. But with the right mindset, you can turn these errors — both your own and those of your employees — into opportunities to learn and improve future performance.
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on July 26, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook is known for sending company emails at 4:30 in the morning. Lexy Flunk, chief executive of Brooklyn Industries, is usually up by 4 a.m. And Virgin American CEO David Cush wakes up at 4:15 to send emails, read the paper and work out at the gy…Read » Views: 345