Today, as we in the U.S. observe Martin Luther King Day (MLK Day for short), one entrepreneur talks about what the day means to him and we share some other ideas to be considered to improve the businesses and lives of all entrepreneurs.
Martin Luther King Day
Why one entrepreneur won’t be taking off Martin Luther King Day. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Nelson Davis has decided his business will be open today. Though he grew up with the Civil Rights Movement, Nelson says King stood for opportunity and dreams. For Nelson, that means operating his business. Making It!
Progress for black entrepreneurs notable. One business leader says that while progress for black business owners and entrepreneurs has been notable over the past 20 years, he has yet to see the massive success he would like to in the black business community. MLive.com
Macy’s creates incentives for minority small business. In a an effort to attract minority customers to its stores, the huge retailer is reaching out to small minority-owned businesses already serving the market, even creating a mentoring program to help them succeed. Bloomberg Businessweek
SBA elevation sends mixed signals. You might think small business leaders would be thrilled with a recent proposal to elevate Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to a cabinet level position, but Small Business Trends founder Anita Campbell looks at what this really means. Small Business Trends
Looking for vendors? The ones you choose will make a difference and set the tone for your company, but how exactly do you choose the right vendors for your business and be sure of the quality they will provide? Business leaders and experts provide some options. WSJ
Choosing a new office. It’s going to happen sometime, either when your home based business outgrows your kitchen or living room or when your current office no longer suits your needs. Here is an incredibly detailed guide to hunting for your new home base. FeeFighters
Small biz Websites to watch. We are very humbled to be included by Kevin Haines in his “Online Marketing Blogs for Your Small Business: 10 Must Reads” post. Kevin also includes other great titles like Social Media Examiner, ProBlogger, ChrisBrogan.com, Duct Tape Marketing, Copyblogger, ReelSEO, The Thesis Statement, HubSpot and The Sales Lion. Thanks, Kevin! WebMaxed
Building online authority. You’ve probably heard a lot about the importance of search engine listing, but there are some other things that factor into getting to the top of Google. Take a look at some ideas that can get you there. A Website Designer
Who’s looking out for your business? No, it won’t make a profit or hit projections on its own, no matter how clever your organization. There are plenty of things to watch in your business when trying to make sure everything goes well. Open Forum
Making yourself better in your business. It’s not your average advice for entrepreneurs. But it’s true that there is more to life than work and that financial success isn’t everything. Here are some other things you should consider. Tweak Your Biz