Deven Software, based in Chantilly, Va., helps guide companies through the maze of complications that come with mergers and acquisitions. But with plenty of potential clients and a need for funding, the company has reached an awkward stage at which it's too big for angel investors but too small for most venture capitalists. The University of Maryland's Elana Fine advises on how the company can get the capital it needs.
LinkedIn can be a major help for developing high-quality business leads. Shivankit Arora runs through five tips for using LinkedIn to find prospects, engage with website visitors and accomplish other tasks.
Earning a spot on QVC is all about having the right product. "We must determine if it will be better than something else we sell, and is it going to resonate with our customers," said Rich Yoegel, QVC's vice president of merchandising. This article describes a pitch session that took place in November in Philadelphia and how the entrepreneurs who participated have fared since.
Leadership can be a lonely endeavor, but bosses who learn to look within themselves can turn the solitude born of social isolation into an opportunity for self-reflection, contemplation and insight, writes Naphtali Hoff. Loneliness can even be a source of moral courage, with leaders giving voice to unpopular but important truths, Otis White writes.
Meeting consistently with employees -- even when there is no specific issue to address -- is important for keeping the lines of communication open within a company. These meetings are a chance to build deeper bonds, identify potential problems and offer informal feedback.
Small businesses can take a number of simple steps to keep their tax bills to a minimum. Financial adviser Anna Sergunina offers several tips, including establishing a retirement plan for employees and working with independent contractors.
Excel has more features than many business owners realize. Sam McIntire explains six features that can make your life easier, including tools to help you with quick data analysis, unit conversions and trend identification.