SALES & MARKETING

Introducing Facebook Graph Search to Atlanta

Introducing Facebook Graph Search to Atlanta

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently unveiled their latest product innovation, Facebook Graph Search to much fanfare and worldwide buzz. Although only released in limited beta – Facebook has over a billion users, so it’s no wonder that this announcement has created quite a stir among both consumers and the overall Atlanta small business […]

Five Branding Mistakes that Small Business Owners Should Avoid

Five Branding Mistakes that Small Business Owners Should Avoid

Washington Post | Anthony Pappas As any small business owner knows – running a successful business is a juggling act.  Theres hiring, firing, supervising, negotiating, creating, innovating, and last but not least, Marketing.   Marketing Expert  and small business owner Anthony Pappas tells of his extensive experience with world-famous brands – and gives five branding […]

Is Google+ Better for Atlanta Small Business?

Is Google+ Better for Atlanta Small Business?

Is Google+, a new social networking platform from the industry giant – really something that Atlanta small business owners should have in their tool box to better connect with their customers and prospects? And how does Google+ compare with social media leaders Facebook and Twitter? TastyPlacement, a search engine marketing firm recently did a study called […]

MONEY & FINANCE

Sequestration – What Is It and How Could It Impact Atlanta Business

Sequestration – What Is It and How Could It Impact Atlanta Business

“Sequestration”. That’s the word that many Atlanta business owners are hearing more and more these days.  But what is Sequestration?  How much money is involved? When does it start? And how could it impact you and your business? Here’s What Congress Means When They Talk About ‘Sequestration’ One of the most significant issues coming up […]

How Health Care Reform Could Impact Atlanta Small Businesses

How Health Care Reform Could Impact Atlanta Small Businesses

CNN Money | Jose Pagliery The Supreme Court is due to release their decision regarding the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act before the end of the month; possibly within the next few days.  How this impacts Atlanta small businesses is of no small concern. There are three main outcomes that the Court could make.  Health […]

23% of Small Business Owners Forgo Pay For At Least A Year

23% of Small Business Owners Forgo Pay For At Least A Year

A new nationwide survey by Citibank reports that 23% of small business owners went without pay for at least one year to keep their small business running – with the majority of respondants (54%) reported going without at least one paycheck. “Business owners are wearing more hats, working more hours and taking less profit” to keep […]

STRATEGIES & TIPS

Hip Hop Mogul Offers Tips to Small Business Owners

Hip Hop Mogul Offers Tips to Small Business Owners

CNNMoney.com Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam Recordings and the Phat Farm clothing empire says making money is easier than you think.  The business mogul has a net worth of $340 million.  How does his success relate to you as an Atlanta small business owner?  Well, Simmons says small business owners over think their […]

The Uncommon Cure for Time Management Issues

The Uncommon Cure for Time Management Issues

American Express Open Forum | Rajesh Setty     People who have a lot to accomplish feel that they don't have time to accomplish everything so end up not accomplishing much. People who don't have a lot to accomplish don't have to worry much about time but won't accomplish much anyway.   If you are […]

How to Prevent Ideas and Opportunities From Falling Through the Cracks

How to Prevent Ideas and Opportunities From Falling Through the Cracks

SmartBlog Insights | Baron Hanson Today, important business news, potential relationships, great ideas and new opportunities fly at us –– or right by us –– at a considerable speed and volume. Be it a fresh news story or white paper, plum event invitation, potentially huge transaction, brilliant new hire or critical vendor negotiation, all ideas […]

TECHNOLOGY

A Hands-On Look at Google’s Chromebook Pixel

A Hands-On Look at Google’s Chromebook Pixel

Google’s Chromebook Pixel is the latest version of the popular Chromebook laptops.  This premium edition, manufactured by Google, comes with a much higher price tag and Apple MacBook ambitions. Could Google’s Chromebook Pixel be a viable option for Atlanta businesses owners on the go? Hands-on with Google’s Chromebook Pixel Stephen Shankland goes hands-on with Google’s […]

Amazon Kindle Tablet:  Here’s a First Look

Amazon Kindle Tablet: Here’s a First Look

Amazon Kindle Tablet The long-awaited, much-rumored Amazon Kindle Tablet device has been called "a Game Changer", an "iPad Killer" and a "Tech Must-Have".  More details have recently been released about the Amazon Kindle Tablet, that has both consumer and industry-watchers buzzing.  Anticipated to be released in the October/November 2011 timeframe, this Android powered device has […]

Top Ten Key Moments in the Steve Jobs Story

Top Ten Key Moments in the Steve Jobs Story

At 6.34pm EST on August 24th, 2011 as far as most of the tech (and general business) world is concerned the world stood still (and the Twitter fail whale was doing overtime).  Things changed forever when Steve Jobs announced he was stepping down as Apple CEO. As Apple is left behind to contemplate life under […]

LEADERSHIP

Eight Things Stand-Up Comedy Teaches Us About Innovation

Eight Things Stand-Up Comedy Teaches Us About Innovation

Fast Company Design | Paul Valerio   Every comedian has a process — and at some point, they ditch it to follow their gut. This is the ninth piece in the 10×10 series by innovation firm Method. Read more from the series here. Comedy, especially stand-up, is widely regarded as the most difficult gig in show […]

Four Leadership Lessons From ‘American Idol’

Four Leadership Lessons From ‘American Idol’

Washington Post | The Federal Coach The nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post's On Leadership site jointly produce the Federal Coach, hosted by Tom Fox, director of the partnership's Center for Government Leadership. The goal is to "engage, inspire and learn from you, the federal worker, whether you are a new hire, […]

Creating a Crisis

Creating a Crisis

Lead Change Group | Dan Rockwell   Organizations sputter and stall quickly. Insider focus seems to be our default mode. We naturally work to create personal comfort rather than value for customers. How can stalled organizations re-energize their zeal and reinvigorate their vision? One strategy to get a stalled organization moving is creating a crisis. […]

LIFESTYLE

Best Sports Bars in Atlanta for NFL Action This Season

Best Sports Bars in Atlanta for NFL Action This Season

After spending a scary few months worried that their winter was going to have to be spent watching…well who knows what – NFL fans breathed a sigh of relief when the lockout ended and the season could start up on time after all. Now comes the other big question – where is the best place […]

12 Ways To Build Your Business While Keeping Your Family First

12 Ways To Build Your Business While Keeping Your Family First

Dumb Little Man | Andy Fogarty Trying to raise a family the best way you know how is really hard work. It takes a lifetime of loving, understanding, forgiving, supporting, and caring; and there's no real guarantee of anything. Building a business is also incredibly hard work. It takes hours and hours of planning, stressing, […]

Working the Graveyard Shift

Working the Graveyard Shift

NPR Small business owners don’t work normal hours.  There is no basic 9 to 5 schedule for many owners who want to stay on top of their businesses progress. That said, too much work and not enough sleep can seriously effect your business.  So how do you balance it all?  Take some tips from those […]