9 Billionaires Who Are Stepping Up During the Pandemic

These nine billionaires are proving its possible to do well and do good at the same time. April 3, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The headlines seem to be everywhere these days: billionaires running off to sequester themselves and their families in lavish bunkers, laying off hundreds of workers with little notice and generally removing themselves from the world community as the rest of us struggle to meet the challenges of the current pandemic.  The prevalence of these negative stories shouldn’t really surprise anyone. Dramatic news sells. Good news and more positive stories don’t seem to generate the same kind of buzz. This skewed perspective can lead to gloomy pessimism.  Related: A PR Checklist For Entrepreneurs Dealing With The COVID-19 Crisis In fact, there are lots of people doing all they can to help others in this crisis. That includes everyday heroes such as doctors […]

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The 5:30 A.M. Warrior Call: How Are the Markets Faring Against COVID-19? (4/03/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning conversation breaks down the pandemic’s effect on the economy and global pollution. Read_More Related posts: First 45 U.S. Volunteers Get Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine VPNs Are a Valuable Tool in COVID-19 Times What Role Will AI Play in This Pandemic? (4/02/2020) COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) The 5 Best Call Center Services – 2020 Review The 7 Best Call Center Software – 2020 Review COVID-19 Will Fuel the Next Wave of Innovation Hackers Just Attacked US Health Agency to Slow COVID-19 Response

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3 Financial Steps Small-Business Owners Should Take Right Now

An industry expert shares how to secure cash flow and keep operations running during difficult times. April 3, 2020 5 min read The nation’s small businesses are struggling, and there’s no clear picture of when the current crisis will be over and things will be back to normal. It’s a tough situation for any company to be in, and even a $2 trillion stimulus package won’t be able to alleviate the worries for many small businesses yet.  Ben Richmond, U.S. country manager for accounting-software platform Xero, shares the three financial steps small-business owners should take to get their companies in the best possible position. Read on for his tips.  Optimize cash flow “We’re in unprecedented times,” Richmond says. “Businesses will really need to put their soft skills to use. A lot of the techniques they need to use — which I’ll call ‘peacetime tactics’ — they need to apply in […]

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This App Helps You Get as Much Info on Your Users as Legally Possible

Monitor and analyze user behavior in real time with this streamlined tool. April 3, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. If you operate a website or sell things online, you know how valuable it is to understand each visitor’s journey. It pays to know how people engage with your site — how else will you be able to optimize it to convert more visitors into buyers? Understanding customer behavior is crucial for any entrepreneur — the question is how to get it. There are a lot of tools out there, but not many as simple, streamlined and straightforward as SPYsession Visitor Analytics. SPYsession lets you search and replay individual visitor sessions on your website, allowing you […]

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5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About Slack

Master Slack to improve your company’s communication. April 3, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re transitioning your team to remote work or simply want to improve team communication, consider looking into project management software. Knowing where to start is a challenge, and there are several different programs you can choose from. Some apps may fit your team better than others. This article aims to explain the benefits of one program in particular: Slack. What is Slack? Slack is a free-to-use project management software that’s used to promote team communication. It’s primarily a messaging app used for connecting your team together and is available for desktop and mobile devices. Besides messaging, it allows for file sharing and app integration to increase productivity and efficiency. It’s also a useful tool for project managers to view all the communication and progress surrounding the projects they […]

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3 Leadership Principles for Cultivating Company Culture

The captain sets the culture that leads the team toward victory or defeat. April 2, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While entrepreneurship can be lonely, no one makes it entirely on their own. Even the most brilliant minds are backed by their teams, large or small. After all, who would Steve Jobs have been were it not for the genius minds at Apple executing on his ideas? Business is a team sport, and every team needs a strong captain to exhibit necessary leadership. The captain sets the culture that leads the team toward victory or defeat. In business, the company culture you establish as a leader will drive everything from employee morale to performance and overall growth.  According to former U.S. Army Ranger turned author, entrepreneur and leadership coach Jeramiah Solven, “There are poor, good and great leaders. Great leaders have the ability to […]

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How Three Best Friends Are Looking to Revolutionize the Dental Experience

Maximize results and the profits will come. April 2, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Ahmad K. Osman, Mahmoud Elmedani and Islam Sery, founders of Scotch Plains Fanwood Dental Care. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Ahmad K. Osman, Mahmoud Elmedani, Islam Sery: We are friends who became business partners, which turned into family. We’re dreamers and achievers — the guys everyone thinks are crazy when sharing their goals. We founded our New Jersey dental practice to challenge the status quo about how people perceive dentistry. No one likes going to the dentist, so we built ultra-high-end, luxurious offices for a relaxing, stress-free patient experience. We’re growing and look forward to coming to a town near you. What are you more skilled at than most people […]

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Starting a Business That People Need

Businesses succeed by solving real problems. Here’s how to determine what problems you can solve to make your new business a success. April 2, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Rick Terrien’s Ageless Startup. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound All businesses succeed by solving real problems. But most people have no idea where to start. How do you pick the products or services you’ll turn into your problem-solving enterprises? Here’s an idea I can roughly guarantee: Look at the work you’ve done in the past. Where were the choke points? What were problems people avoided because of the work you did? No matter how you spent the first part of your life and career, you’ve learned to be good at something. It can be anything from gardening in small spaces to designing fire safety systems. We all […]

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How to Access Your Retirement Account Funds Under the new Stimulus Act

Small business owners, like yourself, are wondering how you can access your retirement account funds under the new Stimulus Act. Well join Mark J. Kohler and Mat Sorensen, Nationally respected Tax Lawyers, will dive deep into the impact IRS extensions have on your plans and what you can do to help yourself. During this webinar, Mark and Mat will cover: What are my options for taking distributions from my 401k? How much can I borrow from my 401k and what are the payback terms? When can I make contributions this year and how much? What retirement plan is best for my business? About the Speakers Mark J. Kohler is an Entrepreneur Press author, CPA, attorney, co-host of the Podcast “Refresh Your Wealth”, and a senior partner at both the law firm KKOS Lawyers and the accounting firm K&E CPAs. Kohler is also the author of “The […]

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5 Things Advertisers Should Consider Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

There’s never been a more crucial time to message your brand carefully. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The current COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for the business community, including those in the advertising industry. Amidst the huge human toll and ongoing suffering, businesses are having to change the way they operate, as well as the way they market their products and services. Given the gravity of the current situation and the worldwide panic surrounding it, it’s easy for advertisers to make critical mistakes — blunders that could stay with them long after the coronavirus crisis has passed. Here are five things all advertisers should consider when navigating the tricky waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. 1. The public is deeply worried.  Marketing in the midst of a global pandemic is always a delicate proposition. First and foremost, you need to know where people are coming from and […]

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Marketing in Times of Uncertainty – Whiteboard Friday

Our work as marketers has transformed drastically in the space of a month. Today, we’re grateful to welcome our good friend Rand to talk about a topic that’s been on the forefront of our minds lately: how to do our jobs empathetically and effectively through one of the most difficult trials in modern memory. We hope you’ve got a cozy seat in your home office, a hot mug of coffee from your own kitchen Keurig, and your cat in your lap as you join us for this week’s episode of Whiteboard Friday. Video Transcription Howdy, folks. I’m Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz and co-founder of Sparktoro. And I’m here today with a very special edition of Whiteboard Friday.  I think that now is the right time to talk about marketing in uncertain epochs like the one we’re living through. We obviously have a global crisis. It’s very serious. But most of you watch […]

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Amid Pandemic, Microsoft Alerts Dozens of Hospitals Vulnerable to Ransomware Threat

Microsoft said it warned ‘several dozens of hospitals’ about vulnerabilities in their networks that could be used to deliver ransomware to their IT systems. April 2, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag As doctors care for the sick during the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft is trying to protect their hospitals from ransomware attacks.  On Wednesday, Microsoft said it warned “several dozens of hospitals” about software vulnerabilities in the online systems they use. The company is concerned hackers could end up exploiting the same flaws to deliver ransomware to hospital computers.  “To help these hospitals, many already inundated with patients, we sent out a first-of-its-kind targeted notification with important information about the vulnerabilities, how attackers can take advantage of them, and a strong recommendation to apply security updates that will protect them from exploits of these particular vulnerabilities and others,” the company wrote in the blog post.  The vulnerabilities Microsoft […]

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Paul Krugman Warns of Fiscal Time Bomb If Relief Is Insufficient

The Nobel Prize-winning economist says we will likely need a stimulus bill as large as $4 or $5 trillion. April 2, 2020 15+ min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and the author of many books including the recently published “Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future.” Krugman spoke with the Business Insider editor-at-large Sara Silverstein to discuss why this recession was different from any we had ever dealt with. Following is a transcript of the video. Sara Silverstein: Paul, your newest book is about zombie ideas, which are basically things that we know are false. We can prove they’re false, but people still believe and they still impact our policies and our economy. How does this idea of zombie ideas apply to the coronavirus crisis? Paul Krugman: This is new. No one was — I mean, it’s […]

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Long Beach Beer Lab Could Have Closed; Instead, They Became Essential

The story of how one small brewery and gastropub semi-pivoted on the fly and has been busier than ever. April 2, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Levi Fried barely has time to talk. “It’s never a good moment,” he concedes somewhat wearily. Along with his wife, Harmony Sage, the native Californian owns and operates three-year-old SoCal hotspot Long Beach Beer Lab. And despite the viral pandemic that has shuttered small businesses from coast to coast, Fried’s doors are open and he is, as he puts it, “busy as all get-out.” The reason? By mid-March, he and Sage saw the writing on the wall and temporarily rebranded themselves Long Beach Bodega Lab, semi-pivoting from microbrewery and gastropub to suds maker-meets-sundries store. Thanks to a robust supply chain and some quick thinking, the duo has transformed literally overnight into a bustling enterprise that preps curbside pickup […]

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4 Major Cybersecurity Risks of Working From Home

And how your company should prevent and manage them. April 2, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Unprecedented numbers of people are working from home for the forseeable future, and we’re dealing with everything from childcare to simply trying to find a quiet space for a call or to get work done. Our homes have become our offices, and in the rush to keep things going, we’re using new systems and adhering to security policies in a way that’s spotty at best.  At the same time, the boundaries between work and private life are breaking down: Business is being done over home ISPs, with unmanaged routers and printers, home automation systems in the background and even partners and children listening in on conversations or sharing machines while working for different organizations.  Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to Understand And all the while, new security threats are surfacing. Some are […]

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What Role Will AI Play in This Pandemic? (4/02/2020)

Joe De Sena’s morning briefing bounces around world topics from tennis tournaments to flattening the curve in New York City. April 2, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every morning, Joe De Sena, CEO and founder of Spartan, connects with his worldwide network of leaders and experts to get first-person accounts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These calls are happening in real time, and Entrepreneur has not independently verified the speakers’ reports. Today’s call featured more than 100 participants who discussed artificial intelligence tools and how they might play an important role in the pandemic, the canceling of Wimbledon and White House task force projections moving forward. Related: The 5:30 A.M. Call: COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) Read_More Related posts: COVID-19’s Global Impact, U.S. Airlines and More (4/01/2020) SPI 289: How Live Video Can Play a Role in Your Business (and How It’s Helped Mine) […]

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Your Conference May Be Canceled, but Here’s How to Host a Digital Webinar Instead

As everything goes online, turn the videoconferencing revolution into a marketing tool. April 2, 2020 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. As offices shut down, conferences postpone, and workers confine themselves to their homes, everything is moving online in the age of COVID-19. Unfortunately, nobody can say what the future holds for major conferences and gatherings. That said, there’s no time like the present to learn how to host and manage webinars. Whether you’re looking for a digital substitute to a corporate conference or you’d just like to connect with a few more people in your industry, The Webinar Marketing Mastery Beginner to Pro Overnight Course has you covered. This course is designed to help you […]

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What to Do If You’ve Lost Your Job Because of COVID-19

You’re not alone, but there is an action plan. April 1, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’ve been laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are losing their jobs as businesses across the country shut their doors or cut back on operations at an unprecedented rate. If you’ve lost your job or been furloughed, start with these seven steps to regroup and, eventually, rebound.  1. Ask the right questions The first step is communicating with your employer. There are different types of layoffs. Some may not even be legal, or they may be addressed in your employment contract or collective agreement. Figure out if your employer is willing to commit to your return to work. Knowing the timeline can be very helpful for planning your finances and how you approach the time off. 2. Find the right support There […]

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Free Webinar | April 8: 5 “Keeps” for Business Continuity & Lessons from Past Disruptions

Join us as Jeffrey Hayzlett as he lends his expertise and insights leading over 250 companies from Main Street to Wall Street. April 1, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Today’s obstacles create today’s opportunities. While everyone else waits for tomorrow, leaders and entrepreneurs act in the moment. At this critical juncture in our world, we must focus on and navigate through the next sixty days. These sixty days are critical to survival. It’s go time. We must be ready for a new reality from this point forward. Prepare for immediate and tremendous upswings, big ideas and innovation. Amazing companies and brands have been born as a result of past disruptions due to major global health, political and economic events. Are you ready? Join us on April 8 at 3PM EST as Jeffrey Hayzlett, Chairman & CEO C-Suite Network and Author of The Hero […]

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Let’s Talk About Inventing Your Future

Unusual times bring unique opportunities. For the first time, I’m offering the ability for you to connect live with me to discuss your marketing strategies, what I’m calling Project Live Fanocracy. Instead of worrying about the future, let’s look at how to position for success. Related posts: How to Bring True Diversity to Your Marketing by Eliminating Tokenism How to Turn Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans I Will Speak At Your Live Or Virtual Event For Free! What is Fanocracy? The Power of Fanocracy Free Video Training Course with HubSpot Academy In the Studio to Record our Audiobook of Fanocracy My Thoughts on COVID-19 and Your Business The Lonely Chaos of the Digital Age and the Urgent Need for True Human Connection

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