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Tory Johnson - Spark and Hustle Atlanta

Tory Johnson's Spark and Hustle is coming to a city near you!

From SparkandHustle.com, this full-day program is for passionate, purpose- and profit-driven women who are committed to boosting their bottom line.

Women attend these events for two main reasons...

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A Successful Woman in My City

We're rolling out a city features section where you'll be able to post stories, business resources, or your own listing for your specific city.

We invite you to join us as a new member and contribute your own items...

We Can Do It, Rosie the Riveter
Four Priorities for Women-Owned Businesses Contracting with the U.S. Government

For small, women-owned, and minority-owned companies, consider government contracting as a way to expand your existing business. If you're wanting to break into the market of supplying federal and state needs, here are four items to review during your pre-planning...

Options for Securing a Small Business Loan Even If You Don't Have Collateral

Small businesses are what make our country work. But if you're a small business owner, times are tough. Consumer spending is down, and cost of living continues to rise. Sometimes the difference between closing your doors and a long, productive life for your company...

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Writing Off Your Vehicle for Business

Tax season is not exactly the most welcome time of year for most people, especially those with businesses to run. And one of the more pressing demands is trying to determine how much of your annual vehicle usage can be successfully claimed as a business expense. Its a...

5 Things to Consider Before You Get an Office

As your home-based business starts to grow, it could take on a life of its own. Soon you may find that your once-manageable operation has ballooned beyond your ability to effectively contain it to your personal property. In short, you may need an office space to house...

Best Ways to Market Your New Business With Little to No Budget

If there's one thing new business owners usually don't have in spades, it's cash. And yet, you have to spend money to make money, especially where marketing is concerned. After all, if nobody knows that you exist you're probably not going to realize...

Does Your Small Business Need Public Liability Insurance?

No two businesses are exactly alike. Even amongst franchises there is some amount of flexibility when it comes to operations. So there is no one set roadmap for success when it comes to starting your own company. But you don't exactly have to reinvent the wheel...

Sue Kasson - Zero Stress Selling
How to Get Clients by Building your Email List, Part Four

We have been discussing just how you go about building a list. Building a list comes down to four steps:   

  1. Targeting an audience.
  2. Getting targeted traffic.
  3. A targeted offer.
  4. Targeted follow-up
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Starting a Side Business - Begin Small and Grow Big

For women thinking of starting a side business as an additional income stream, there are a number of lifestyle factors to consider before going through the process of incorporating or starting up. It may make more sense for you to get a side job. Here are seven factors...

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Deciding Whether to Start a Business

For many in the marketplace, the prospect of starting up a business is appealing. Want to work for yourself, call the shots, be the big boss, set your own prices?

Here are some questions to ask as you go through the pre-evaluation process.


Sue Kasson - Zero Stress Selling
How to Get Clients by Building your Email List, Part Three

We have been talking about the best ways to build your email list. The 4 steps are:   

  1. Targeting an audience.
  2. Getting targeted traffic.
  3. A targeted offer.
  4. Targeted follow-up

Today we will talk...

Sue Kasson - Zero Stress Selling
How to Get Clients by Building your Email List, Part Two

We have been talking about the best ways to build your email list. The 4 steps are:   

  1. Targeting an audience.
  2. Getting targeted traffic.
  3. A targeted offer.
  4. Targeted follow-up

We have already...

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Digital Entrepreneurship

As women outnumber male college graduates and enter the workforce, they’re finding new ways to make their mark on the business world. And the rise of technology in both education and...

Be Irresistible Online
3 Ways to Make Your WordPress Website Irresistible

Your WordPress website can be a powerful tool for marketing your business online. It can help you share your big message and attract the people that most need what you have to offer and that you most love to work with. WordPress is a wonderful platform for creating a...

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6 Tips on How to Avoid Malware on your Machine

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Norton Small Business by Symantec for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Top Tips to “Break the Tax Code” And Stretch Your Do-It-Yourself Dollar


With the current state of our shrinking economy, financially squeezed consumers are turning more toward “Do-It-Yourself” projects on everything from landscaping, to car maintenance, and even taxes – all to save more and hang on to...

Basic Branding Principles for Your Small Business

If you own a small business, you may not think that branding is a major consideration; it’s not like you’re Coca Cola or Apple, after all.  But every business can benefit from attention to building a brand, whether it operates in a small community, on...

Inspiration and Success: Meet Rachael


It’s not often (if ever) that I have encountered someone online who inspired me as quickly, readily and thoroughly as Rachael McCracken.  When I first found her not long ago, I was simply a content writer for an online heating & cooling...

Recruiting the Best and Brightest Women for Your Organization

These days there are more women than men entering colleges and universities, which means that businesses that want to move into the future need to start thinking about how they can recruit these qualified candidates.  In addition to filling a quota in the...

Workplace Equality: Laws Women Should Know About

We all know that America is a land of freedom in which all people are guaranteed equality, regardless of gender, race, religion, and so on.  But while this ideal permeates our society, it’s not always so easy to live up to.  People have their own...

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Career Advice from your Future Self

If you're at mid-life (which I define as anywhere from 30 to 50) and starting to ask deep, existential-level type questions about your job, occupation, and current employment outlook, I invite you to consider the fact that the average lifespan for a healthy adult...

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Growth Doesn’t Have to Equal Inefficiency

Expanding your business is like a dream come true.  It’s more than you could have hoped for when you started out in a run-down building with patched walls and bars on the window (all you could afford).  Now you’ve got the money to move into a...

The Importance of Packaging for E-Commerce

When you go to a retail store, you browse through items on a shelf, select what you want, purchase it from a friendly and helpful clerk, and walk away with a bag full of goods. 

Do you ever stop to look at the cheap plastic bag or plain brown parcel you...

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How to Draft and Refine a Business Plan

The key to starting your business off on the right foot is a smart and savvy business plan, as any business-school graduate will tell you.  You’ll need it to determine your immediate and short-term course of action, decide if you need investors or partners,...