How a Desire to Save Endangered Species Became the Foundation of This Entrepreneur’s Business

Gianluca De Stefano is the founder and “sock maestro” of Gorilla Socks, a company that sells high-quality bamboo socks to support gorilla conservation through The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International and The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Gorilla Socks are sold mostly online, though the company is beginning to expand into zoo and aquarium gift shops through its partnership with AZA. Starting Out Why did you start the company? My background is actually completely away from fashion. I work Read More

Western Governors University: A Guide for Entrepreneurs Looking to Learn More

As a business professional, you are aware that you are in a position of continual learning, where what you knew yesterday is constantly being reshaped with new information based on more developments in the marketplace. As a result, many professionals take it upon themselves to acquire a business degree, be it solely an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree as well. But should you decide to journey down this path, which institution should you choose? After all, a business degree Read More

7 Changes To Make Your Business More Profitable

A successful business isn’t necessarily one that brings in a lot of revenue. Sometimes robust sales can hide the fact that a business isn’t doing well financially. Why? Because there’s a big difference between sales and profit— but entrepreneurs sometimes confuse the two. If you want your business to be successful, you need it to be profitable. “From a 30,000-foot accounting standpoint profit/loss is what you have left after deducting all expenses from revenues,” explains John Bartelme, a Chapel Hill Read More

The Best Business Checking Account Perks

If you own a business, you should absolutely consider getting a business checking account to separate your personal finances from your business finances. But your business checking account offers more than just that! Business checking accounts may come with a list of perks that make the account less expensive and easier to use. When you are busy running a business, saving time and money is a big deal. Here are some of the best business checking account perks to look Read More

5 Ways Business Credit Cards Can Hurt Your Credit

Credit cards can be an indispensable tool for small businesses. These products offer companies a secure and convenient method of payment while providing a valuable means of financing and being more readily available than other options like a small business loan. But with a small business credit card, its balance and payment information will be recorded on the credit histories of the primary account holder, just like a consumer credit card. This isn’t a problem when your small business cards Read More

19 Email Newsletters That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

It’s true that some of the best things in life are free– and it’s especially true of some of the excellent educational resources available to entrepreneurs. Case in point: there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of free email newsletters that can help you learn whatever it is you need to know to help grow your business. Here, small business owners and marketing pros share their picks for the best email newsletters for entrepreneurs— the ones they open and read every time. Read More

How To Dump Your Accountant

You’re likely a subject matter expert in what your small business deals with specifically. You’re ready to work with customers to answer their questions and provide quality service to them. When it comes to taxes, however, chances are you’ve got more than a few questions and need the help of an accountant. With the complexities of filing taxes for a business, it’s not only common but recommended that you use the services of an accountant, and the best you can Read More

Small Business Owners Carry Twice As Many Credit Cards As Consumers

Business owners are leveraging their personal credit in a major way, according to new data from Nav. Nav analyzed anonymized personal credit card usage data from 143,004 of its small business customers and 128,281 of its consumer customers. Business credit cards were excluded from the data. While consumers carry an average of 2.32 credit cards, small business owners average at 4.78 cards. The average total limits on those cards among the two groups mirrors this as well, as average consumers Read More

Everything You Need to Know About the AmEx/SPG Partnership

For years, the American Express SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) portfolio has included some of the most coveted business travel credit cards on the market. Cardholders were able to use their points to book rooms at great hotels with excellent perks, including suite upgrades for SPG Platinum members. Earlier this year, Marriott International acquired SPG, creating the world’s largest hotel company. While this is clearly great news for Marriott, what does it mean for SPG cardholders? Some have worried that their Read More

Everything Small Business Owners Need to Know About GDPR

News of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been floating in our peripherals since it was passed by the European Parliament back in 2016, but as of May 25, 2018, the privacy-focused piece of legislation will finally go into effect. And, though it’s specifically designed for those in the EU, American business owners are not exempt from impact. As an American business owner with your own set of privacy rules and regulations to contend with, the GDPR may not Read More