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Leadership, management and productivity

Are you getting fewer than six hours of sleep per night? It could be killing your chance at small business success. And when you get up, why not try doing these four things that successful small business owners do each morning?

Small business wants to hire, but many owners are having a hard time recruiting the talent they need. Here are four ways to level the playing field in the hiring game. And when you do find candidates, be sure you’re making the best decisions.

Management secrets from Winston Churchill (maybe), mom, and “Red” Smith. Eternal truths in these three pearls of wisdom.

If you have a to-do list, double check it and see if these three things are on it for today.

When you’re able to see rejection as a gift, you can dramatically improve your odds for success, says Ron Karr.

Likeable people have a far better chance at becoming successful people. Here are 10 behaviors of incredibly likeable people.

Marketing and sales

Creating long-form content that is also “evergreen” helps solve a lot of problems in your content marketing program. And, of course, you’ll want to measure the real impact of your content marketing on your small business.

If you want to know how your small business brothers and sisters are marketing this year, check out the results of this thorough survey.

Images can turbo-charge your content marketing program. Here are image rules for the top seven social networks. Clip ’n Save!

Marketing a small business with multiple locations complicates the picture a bit. Here’s the right way to get it done.

Personalized marketing is essential, but sometimes expensive for small businesses. Here are six low-cost ways to personalize.

Are you beginning to think that this whole social media marketing thing is a hoax? Here are four reasons your efforts may be failing.

It’s trade show season and your small business really needs to get heard and seen above all the noise and distractions. John Ruhlin gives us five tricks.

The more you know about your customers, the better able you are to sell. Rachel Krug, senior researcher at Constant Contact, offers a simple approach to conducting customer research.

Entrepreneurship, startups and innovation

Are you trying to raise capital? Here are four steps required for success.

Before you get too far into marketing your startup, look over this startup marketing strategy guide.

The people at QuickBooks know something about managing money. In this article, they discuss funding your new business without using your savings.

Keeping the main thing the main thing is not always easy. Don’t let these three entrepreneurship essentials slip off your radar screen.

Are Lyft and Uber drivers the new face of entrepreneurship?

Before you dive into your startup, here are five things every potential small business owner needs to know…and understand.

Leaders differ. Read this article on the Personal Branding Blog and see if you fall into either of these three leadership styles.

Are you mistaking patience for persistence in your startup. Don’t.

I always prefer learning from someone else’s failure. Here’s a post-mortem on the venture-backed startup, Sonar.

Politics, government and the economy

Los Angeles recently passed a law to raise the minimum wage there to $15 an hour over the next few years. It looks like the opinion of small business owners on this issue is evenly split.

There’s the regular economy they talk about on CNN and then there’s the “misfit” economy where hustling, hacking, copying, provoking and pivoting rule the day. Learn from how it operates.

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