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Learning Opportunities Expand for Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs

The benefits chronicled by graduates of training programs for entrepreneurs are many and varied. In its press release announcing that 1,000 entrepreneurs have now graduated from the Kauffman FastTrac program it sponsored, New York City lauded both the new levels of growth achieved by individual entrepreneurs and the benefits to the city’s economic recovery.

It’s Valentine’s Day: Are Your Condoms Socially Responsible?

Better sex for a better world: Now there’s a Valentine’s Day sentiment we can all support. The more you indulge, the better the world seems … and actually is, thanks to “Love Begins With L.”

Social Media Week and Ventureneer’s Social Media Library: Lots to Think About!

Oh, my! It’s like a smorgasbord: So much good stuff to choose from, I don’t know where to begin! And if I choose too much, I’ll explode!

Social Media Week events (February 7 - 11) are free, including one focused on using social media for social good here in New York. But Social Media transcend borders so this is global: San Francisco, Rome, Paris, Toronto, Sao Paulo, London, Hong Kong and Istanbul will all host events throughout the week. Updates will be available via social media for those who cannot attend.

"Change the Scope of Your Dreams" This Year

It's never too soon to start "changing the scope of your dreams," whether you are a small business or a nonprofit. For inspiration, start with The Story of Orabrush. Note two things: Persistence in looking for options and an upside-down way of looking at statistics.

Social Responsibility is a Fiduciary Duty For Businesses Large and Small

The common excuse for bad business behavior – such as laying off employees despite record profits –  is that the sacrosanct and sole fiduciary responsibility of management is to increase current shareholder profits.

Nothing else matters, the mantra goes, except profit and dividends. (Odd, how this concept doesn't seem to be violated by excessive executive compensation or political contributions but that's another story.)

Lawsuits "for the cure?" That's Wrong

Cranky, self-serving competitiveness can undermine values-driven enterprises and waste a lot of scarce resources.

Yes, it's Susan G. Komen for the Cure again but Komen's flaunted, vaunted pink is just the most noticeable example.

Be David, Take on Goliath: Social Media Can Make Winners of Small Businesses

Small business owners, take note: For the $99,000 it spent on social media marketing and public relations, Seventh Generation, the eco-friendly laundry detergent, had sales of $27.5 million (not including sales at Walmart), a 1 percent share of the laundry detergent market.

How do Small Businesses Grow? Experience and Money

"The U.S. economy looks to be in better shape, but a full recovery will only be achieved once small firms begin to prosper" and "We do want businesses that are viable and have good business plans and lots of experience backing them up to get loans."

Both those statements come from Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve as quoted in The Wall Street Journal.

Collaboration, Social Media: They're Happening Already

Synergy: That's the word that comes to mind when I read about the new micro-finance program to help women businesses here and abroad that brings together the knowledge and skills of a nonprofit, a for-profit, social media, and public figures who generate a lot of buzz.

Wikileaks Raises Questions For Nonprofits, Small Businesses

The Wikileaks controversy no longer is just about state secrets. It now involves Twitter, Google and Facebook as well as internet freedom, and limits on journalism. Anyone who uses social media or email should be concerned.

I certainly am.



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