In Case You Missed It: Must-Reads You Need This Weekend

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In case things have been a bit hectic for you during the holiday, or you decided to take a break from the internet and go offline, here’s a round-up of some of the best stories you may have recently missed from BlackEnterprise.com. Plus, as a special bonus, we’ve listed two additional stories from around the web that you must check out this weekend.

The Obama Presidency: Sitting in the Front Row of the White House

 

Take a journey from President Obama’s rise in politics to his tenure in the White House, through the eyes of BE Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle.

 

White House (Image: iStock.com/graZnar )

 


 

The Future of Cannabis: 9 Experts Share Their 2017 Predictions

 

In light of eight new states legalizing cannabis and President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-cannabis cabinet appointment, experts discuss where cannabis is going, and what we need to do to prepare

 

2016 Rewind Image: iStock.com/OpenRangeStock

 


 

Use an Allowance to Raise Money-Smart Kids

 

Want to raise money-smart kids? Use an allowance as more than an act of bribery for good behavior. It’s a great long-term investment.

 

With just a few minutes online, you can buy stocks for the children in your life for as little as $20. 3 Investment Gifts For Kids That Cost As Little As $20

 


 

Serena Williams Announces Her Engagement to Reddit Co-founder … on Reddit

 

On Thursday afternoon, tennis legend Serena Williams announced that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

 

Serena Williams

via The Washington Post


 

Could Debbie Reynolds Have Died of a Broken Heart?

 

Is it possible for a person to actually die of a broken heart?

 

Debbie Reynolds (Image: Wikimedia/Commons)

via USA Today

In Case You Missed It: Must-Reads You Need This Weekend

weekend

In case things have been a bit hectic for you during the holiday, or you decided to take a break from the internet and go offline, here’s a round-up of some of the best stories you may have recently missed from BlackEnterprise.com. Plus, as a special bonus, we’ve listed two additional stories from around the web that you must check out this weekend.

The Obama Presidency: Sitting in the Front Row of the White House

 

Take a journey from President Obama’s rise in politics to his tenure in the White House, through the eyes of BE Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle.

 

White House (Image: iStock.com/graZnar )

 


 

The Future of Cannabis: 9 Experts Share Their 2017 Predictions

 

In light of eight new states legalizing cannabis and President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-cannabis cabinet appointment, experts discuss where cannabis is going, and what we need to do to prepare

 

2016 Rewind Image: iStock.com/OpenRangeStock

 


 

Use an Allowance to Raise Money-Smart Kids

 

Want to raise money-smart kids? Use an allowance as more than an act of bribery for good behavior. It’s a great long-term investment.

 

With just a few minutes online, you can buy stocks for the children in your life for as little as $20. 3 Investment Gifts For Kids That Cost As Little As $20

 


 

Serena Williams Announces Her Engagement to Reddit Co-founder … on Reddit

 

On Thursday afternoon, tennis legend Serena Williams announced that she is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

 

Serena Williams

via The Washington Post


 

Could Debbie Reynolds Have Died of a Broken Heart?

 

Is it possible for a person to actually die of a broken heart?

 

Debbie Reynolds (Image: Wikimedia/Commons)

via USA Today

SYMPOSIA, More Events Aim to Help Businesses in 2017

Now that 2016 is coming to a close, it’s time for business owners to turn their attention to the year ahead. And there are plenty of great business events that could help entrepreneurs and professionals make necessary changes going forward.

In January, for instance, the SYMPOSIA Conference is a two-day event for women entrepreneurs. You can gain inspiration and lessons from successful women across different fields.

And in the Spring, EntreLeadership 1-Day and Secret Knock also offer their own benefits to entrepreneurs across a variety of industries.

You can learn more about each of those events in the Featured Events section. And then check out even more events to add to your 2017 calendar in the list below.

To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.



Featured Events, Contests and Awards

SYMPOSIA Conference for Women EntrepreneursSYMPOSIA Conference for Women Entrepreneurs
January 27, 2017, San Francisco, California

Skyrocket your business with two days of inspiration and lessons learned from 7 powerful women entrepreneurs who have found the courage to follow their dreams and build 7+ figure businesses with perseverance, determination and grit! #symposia2017


EntreLeadership 1-DayEntreLeadership 1-Day
April 11, 2017, Los Angeles, California

Grow yourself, your team & your profits! At EntreLeadership 1-Day, you will learn the six essentials of business: leadership, people, money, time, team, and higher calling. Dave Ramsey will be joined by business experts Chris Hogan & Christy Wright.
Discount Code
SMALLBIZ10 ($10 off)


Secret KnockSecret Knock
May 22, 2017, Los Angeles, California

Secret Knock is going to be the single greatest event for the top entrepreneurs and action-takers in the world to connect, share ideas, and help take each other to the next level. Each of the attendees have believed in themselves enough to get to where they are, and they are not stopping now. Secure your application for one of the few spots left at the Secret Knock.


More Events

More Contests

This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.

This article, “SYMPOSIA, More Events Aim to Help Businesses in 2017” was first published on Small Business Trends

7 Most Effective Ways to Prepare for the New Year

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As we close out the year’s holiday’s festivities we begin to open ourselves up to the endless possibilities that reside in the New Year.

Now is the time when we should be thinking of a master plan in order to make 2017 as impactful, and exceptional as we know it will be.

Below you will find the first seven steps to take to ensure that 2017 goes as planned. Check the insight.

1.Reflect.

Take a look back on 2016. Figure out what worked, didn’t work, didn’t go as planned, could’ve been a little different, could have been improved on, left behind, developed, and destroyed. Assess this year thoroughly and allow that assessment to inform how you move forward.

2. Kick Hindering Habits

Look yourself in the mirror and acknowledge this: if it is not adding to you, it is subtracting from you. Right now, at this very moment, is the time to lay bad habits to rest. There is no need to hold on to anything that hasn’t been a tangible addition to your livelihood, spirit, or bank account. Let it go.

3. Clean Your Home

You may have come across a few New Year superstitious in your time that suggests that a Happy New Year relies on the cleanliness of your home. Not sure if this is true. Totally sure that tidy spaces allow for the valuable opportunity to think clearly, relax comfortably, and plan accordingly. Wash your clothes, clean under your bed, clean out the fridge and greet the New Year fresh, clean, and renewed.

4. Vision Board

This is where you map out your 2017 plans. Dream big, look far and wide, reach as high as you can and put it all on your vision board. Preparing a vision board helps you to organize your thoughts, dreams, and desires while taking a look at it all, visually, in one place. It is argued that vision boards cater to the law of attraction by letting the universe know where your sight is set thus bringing you a little closer to where you’d like to be. Try it out.

5. New Year’s Resolution

Resolutions tend to get a bad rap, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Though, according to University of Scranton research, just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals, there is nothing wrong with yearly reminders to hit reboot and try to do better. Resolutions allow you to state your intentions and to focus on goals. Even if you happen to go astray after the New Year, your resolutions can serve as a compass to bring you back to where you intend to be.

6. Fish, Black-Eyed peas, Collard Greens.

Eat all three, together, on New Year’s Day, and you’ll have good luck, abundance, and prosperity. These are the rules. It doesn’t have to make sense to work. Just eat it.

7. Put Your Game Face On

You are about to crush 2017. You know this. You can feel it. Go for it.


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Safon Floyd is the Digital Editor at Black Enterprise. Follow her @accordingtofon.

10 Ways to Improve Your Online Marketing Game in 2017

If you plan to run a business in 2017, you need an online marketing strategy. And if you plan to up your online marketing game in the new year, you might be able to benefit from some advice from members of our small business community. Here are some of their top tips for upping your online marketing game in 2017.

Create Awesome Headlines That Convert

When creating content for the new year, you need to make sure you have strong headlines. Those headlines can draw people’s attention and help you ultimately gain more customers. Here, Hassan Ud-deen shares tips on creating headlines that convert on the Hardenbrook blog.

Get Customers to Trust Your Ecommerce Store

If you sell products online, then garnering trust between your business and potential customers is a must. If you’re looking for your store to gain some traction, take a look at this post on Getentrepreneurial.com by Megha Parikh.

Promote Affiliate Offers on Facebook

Affiliate offers can be a great way to increase the income for your business. And Facebook can be a great platform to promote those offers. In this post on the No Passive Income blog, Erik Emanuelli points out a few methods you can use to promote affiliate offers on Facebook. And BizSugar members comment on the post too.

Use This B2B Marketing Strategy That Works

When marketing to business customers, your strategies might vary from businesses that market to consumers. But there’s one simple strategy that you can use to increase your sales, as outlined in this post by Stefan Schulz on the Orpical Group blog.

Maximize Results for Your Products Using Technology

Technology can help you innovate and come up with new offerings. But it can also help you market and maximize results for those products. This Techlofy post by Nitesh Mishra includes some tips for using technology to make the most of your products.

Stop Trying to Innovate With Your Content

While content marketing can be a great strategy for all different types of businesses, some go about it the wrong way. In this Content Marketing Institute post, Marcia Riefer Johnston explains why you should stop trying to innovate with your content. And the BizSugar community also shares thoughts on the post.

Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days

If you want to use blogging to market your business in 2017, then you need to become an expert blogger. And one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read more. This Process Street post by Ben Mulholland explains how you can accomplish that in just 30 days.

Generate More Comments to Your Blog Posts

Blogging is a great way to increase engagement between your business and customers. But if you can’t start conversations, then it isn’t likely to do your business much good. In this post, Ann Smarty of MyBlogU shares some tips for generating more blog comments.

Use These Resources to Up Your Webinar Marketing Mojo

Webinars can be another great resource for small businesses looking to gain traction online. And there are plenty of resources you can use to up your webinar game, like the ones listed in this Resonance Content Marketing post and podcast by Rachel Parker. You can also see commentary on the post over on BizSugar.

Drive More Repeat Visitors Through SEO

Repeat visitors are necessary for any business hoping to be successful online. And you can ensure some of that repeat business through the tips in a post about SEO by Neil Patel.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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This article, “10 Ways to Improve Your Online Marketing Game in 2017” was first published on Small Business Trends