From social networks to mobile apps, the digital tools at your disposal are numerous and varied. But with so many resources at the ready, how can you be sure that your small-business toolbox contains what you really need to establish an online presence and promote your company? Having a business and promotional plan is critical [...]
Brandon Rives is a busy young man. When he isn't studying computer science and business at Tuskegee University or running his upstart entertainment and management company, Rives is actively involved in his community and helping other youngsters find their passion and live their dreams. It's a good thing Brandon still had time to answer his [...]
Ask anyone in the Downtown Creative District of Salem, Ore., where you can find the hottest, most laid-back coffee shop in town, and they’re bound to send you to Clockworks Cafe & Cultural Center. Clockworks Cafe is owned and operated by the Culture Shock Community Project, a nonprofit organization that hosts arts and entertainment events. [...]
For more than 15 years, Vern Firestone of Redford, Michigan has followed his professional passion. As a freelance marketer, Firestone developed such an impressive body of work that he and his equally marketing-savvy wife, Joni, finally went into business for themselves just last year. Offering customized websites, graphic design, writing services, and book design, Blue [...]
Anthony Soohoo has the type of resume most entrepreneurs dream of possessing. The UC Davis grad and Harvard MBA rose to prominence in the digital media industry by first cutting his teeth in brand-management positions at Inktomi and Apple. A standout from the start, Soohoo also illustrated his business prowess as COO of ALWAYSi, helping [...]
Kelly LeFevre loves to make her clients feel happy, pampered, and confident through jewelry. These days, however, LeFevre is feeling the same way. But it has nothing to do with jewelry and other fashion accessories. LeFevre's Aurora, Illinois-based Kele & Co. is the latest Love a Local Business winner and the recipient of a $25,000 [...]
Many small-business owners are wondering what impact the JOBS Act could have on their businesses. It mostly depends on whether or not you go public.
Alicia Haynes still remembers the phone call she received in November 2010. It was a call that would profoundly impact her business, Todali Tackle, a maker of custom, hand-poured fishing baits that "fishermen like and the fish love." As it turned out, Haynes was being notified that Todali Tackle was the winner of a $25,000 [...]