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3 Tips for Giving Professional Advice in a Genuine Way

  • Posted on: 5 August 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

It’s valuable to have mentors, advisers or consultants to support your initial business development and guide you through various challenges, from creating a marketing strategy to implementing new technology. Getting the right type of support and the right advisers is key. Often, we come across experts who would point out what we might be doing wrong without providing any specific steps or suggestions for improvement. If you are a mentor, adviser or a consultant to someone else, avoid giving advice that does not create any value for the recipient.

5 Key Tips to Plan Well for Business Meetings

  • Posted on: 27 July 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

Business meetings at the workplace are not the most desired working engagements. When it comes to business meetings with potential new clients or partners, however, such meetings present new business and career opportunities, as well as the potential to establish exciting new business relationships. Therefore, it’s important not to take such business meetings for granted and to prepare for them in advance. Here are some key tips for preparing for an important business meeting.

1. Learn more about the person/people you plan to have a business meeting with

3 Key Changes You Should Know About Small Business Loans

  • Posted on: 12 June 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

With traditional employment losing popularity and the increased interest in entrepreneurship, more people take the leap to start a small business. However, low-dollar loans have not been easy to obtain, especially in underserved communities. Not until now. While small business owners still have to meet loan qualifying criteria, the government has made some key changes to the loan application and approval process, which will streamline some of the requirements banks use to grant SBA-backed loans.

Here are the changes you should know as a small business owner:

Box of Rain Helps Get Out DEM Votes Connect with Its Audience

  • Posted on: 6 June 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

Get Out DEM Votes, a Linda Incorporated venture, will launch tomorrow, June 7th, at the Democratic Convention in Raleigh, NC. The Get Out DEM Votes slogan and its tagline “Because being RIGHT has never been so WRONG” was conceived by copywriter Linda Gutin in the summer of 2010 when she heard that there had been a shift in polls to favor the Republican party, even though there are more registered Democrats than Republicans. The venture aims to increase voter turnout among liberals and progressives.