7 Funding Benefits Entrepreneurs gain from Business Plan competitions

Business plan competitions are valuable in the business world, especially now that the entrepreneurship rate is around 11.3% in the United States*, and it’s undeniable that one of the best parts is the capital that can be received and used to fund a business venture. However, different than any run-of-the-mill funding, the capital that comes from entrepreneurship competitions can be particularly helpful because it comes with things that aren’t just numbers after a dollar sign.


Old-school SEO is out. Are meta keyword tags hurting your rankings?

There are plenty of fashion statements you left in the 90s and 2000s, and there are SEO ‘best practices’ that should also remain in the era they were born into. Yet many business owners cling to the metatag, link building and keyword-stuffing strategies they used in decades past to get ahead in search results, and wonder why they don’t see results today.

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President of AFFC, Mark Scovera on Social Media, Inc. Magazine

by:  Bernard Warner

In 2006, facing low morale and high turnover, the Hills & Dales General Hospital in Cass City, Michigan, introduced a new code of conduct. It forbade gossip, encouraged teamwork, and included an employee pledge to “represent Hills & Dales in the community in a positive and professional manner in every opportunity.”

But the code failed the Facebook test. This April, the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, ruled it illegal after a Hills & Dales employee was punished for defending a fired co-worker in a Facebook post that called the hospital’s managers “douchebags.” The NLRB found the “no gossip” tenet and its broadly worded “positive and professional” pledge-which Hills & Dales cited when disciplining that worker-violated staff members’ rights to discuss work conditions without retaliation.