This week in small business: More than enough inspiration to keep you motivated!

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Need a little inspiration? There’s enough to go around this week: A small business owner who has given more than $2 million to charity, a woman of influence who looks back at the last seven years, and an entrepreneur who’s been hard at work since he was 12 years old.

Leadership, management, and productivity

Millennials are now the largest, most educated, and most diverse generation in the United States and this article says that they are more prepared for the future.

Do you need an office to run your business? This article by Katherine Purvis says no.

Have you considered digital and interactive sign guides to improve your customer experience?

Maine’s Laura Benedict sets the bar high. This small business owner has donated more than $2 million to charity.

Maria Coppola was named a 2009 Woman of Influence. This article catches up with what has happened with her over the last seven years.

Marketing and sales

Sometimes we get carried away with the technology and forget the psychology of pitching – the business kind, not the MLB kind. This article will help you weave a story of your vision and journey.

Here are five questions to ask to help you determine if it’s the right time to scale your B2B sales team.

Want to connect with perhaps the 50 top content marketing influencers? You’ll find this list handy.

If you’ve been letting your commitment to online marketing slide. You need to read this. And, if you’re ready to recommit, check out this article on how to use social media to market your business.

Rejoice! As a small business, you have six SEO advantages over major firms! Just be sure you’re using them.

Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation

Stress comes with the job of being an entrepreneur, so most of us need these five ways entrepreneurial business pros can manage stress.

Need a little inspiration? Check out this young entrepreneur who has been working hard since the age of 12.

A new study says that women entrepreneurs ask for less financing and when they do get loans, they pay higher interest rates.

In this piece, entrepreneurs tell other entrepreneurs what they need to know when they’re about to launch their startup.

Politics, government and the economy

Small and medium-sized businesses in the global economy will go from strength to strength if they collaborate, leverage digital solutions, and lobby for less restricted trade, says Gianfranco Casati.