Small Business

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs

News for entrepreneurs to turn good ideas into great businesses

SmartBrief on Entrepreneurs

When spending is cut too far, service suffers

9/18/2014

  • Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network

Don't let your focus on reducing expenses interfere with the need to offer top-notch service, advises Karen Firestone, president and CEO of Aureus Asset Management. "[I]ncremental expense cutting in a… Read More

SmartBrief on Main Street

News and advice for small-business owners

SmartBrief on Main Street

Mich. coffee shop owner shares lessons learned

9/18/2014

  • MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration)

The Cuppa coffee shop in Jackson, Mich., has been in business for three years. Evan Farmer, one of the business' owners, says it can take a while to ensure a new business is on sound footing. "It took… Read More

NAWBO® SmartBrief

Information and advice for women business owners

NAWBO® SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: National Association of Women Business Owners

Gender pay gap prevalent, but strides made

9/16/2014

  • Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.)

Women make only 73% as much as men in Indiana, which came in 46th in a state-by-state ranking of gender equality by WalletHub. However, women entrepreneurs and executives are making their mark in the … Read More

SmartBrief on Small Business

Small-business news

SmartBrief on Small Business

Small gestures can make a big difference

9/18/2014

  • SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership

Leaders should seek to show appreciation for employees with small but telling gestures, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Offering a kind word or taking the time to listen can make a big difference. "How might yo… Read More

IFA SmartBrief

The latest franchising news and trends

IFA SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: International Franchise Association

Opinion: Block would vote in favor of unions if confirmed to NLRB

9/17/2014

  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

President Barack Obama has renominated Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board, despite a Supreme Court ruling that rejected her nomination in January 2012. "Now she will be back, rewarmed … Read More