Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky is a staff writer for Small Business Trends covering employment, retail trends and women in business. She is President and Founder of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media, Lesonsky was Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. A nationally known speaker and authority on entrepreneurship, Rieva has been covering America’s entrepreneurs for more than 26 years.

Lesonsky has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and numerous local and national television programs, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox Business News, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah and can regularly be seen on MSNBC’s Your Business. Lesonsky has written several books about small business and entrepreneurship, including the bestseller, Start Your Own Business. She is an editor-at-large at AllBusiness.com and contributes to The Huffington Post and numerous business Web sites.

Many organizations have recognized Lesonsky for her tireless devotion to helping entrepreneurs. She served on the Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council for six years, and was honored by the SBA as a Small Business Media Advocate and a Woman in Business Advocate. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization honored her for helping drive “the entrepreneurial revolution in secondary education.” The ASBDC awarded her a “Champion of Small Business” award. In 2003 Lesonsky was inducted into the Business Journalism Hall of Fame.

Lesonsky’s newest eBook, Startup 101, is available at SmallBizDaily. You can follow her on Twitter: @Rieva.


What’s in the DNA of an Entrepreneur?

Hiscox Insurance has released its 7th annual DNA of an Entrepreneur report. The report contains some interesting insights on the makeup of an entrepreneur and the state of small business in the U.S.

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6 Things You Need to Know About Generation Z

Soon, the youngest adults will become a majority portion of the American workforce. But these Gen Z-ers don't work like the Baby Boomers and Gen-X and Gen-Ys before them. Here are ways to attract and keep them.

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Should You Offer The Retail Service Customers Are Clamoring For?

Your customers may love the ease of buying products from your business from their phones or tablets but a growing number of consumers want the ability to pick up their purchases themselves. Will your retail business offer this trending service to your customers?

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What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

Small businesses need to establish a communications plan, even if most of the team is working remotely from home or on the road. A recent study found that companies keeping in touch with their team members regularly and effectively have happier help.

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Keeping Up With the Customer Service World Today

A warm greeting and a nice smile will only get you so far in the customer service game these days. Today's savvy consumers are looking for a lot more from their experience with your small business. Here's how to help make them feeling a little better when they're dealing with your company.

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How to Use Pinterest to Grow Your Store Sales

Pinterest only recently added Buy buttons to its platform and capabilities. Outside of that obvious benefit to small businesses, the social media site is also a great resource to determine what you should be buying for your small business next season.

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What Should You Do When an Employee Isn’t Working Out?

Dealing with an employee who just isn't working out can be stressful for any business manager. But for small business owners, the situation can be critical. With a small team, it can be extremely detrimental to have anyone functioning below par. So how do you go about handling an under performing employee?

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Thermostat Wars and Stolen Lunches – Little Things Mean a Lot

You may think you're running an office of professionals but at times even the best pro can get a little bratty. Turns out things like dirty refrigerators and fights over the office thermostat can cause any office environment to break down. Here are ways to curb that adolescent behavior before it starts.

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Should You Hire a Career Changer?

If you're looking to expand the size of your small business team, you will inevitably run across someone making a total career change. Here are some reasons why a career changer may be the right fit for your growing company.