Mauri Miller

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My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

My parents’ home, in Umujieze, Nigeria, stands on a hilly plot that has been in our family for more than a hundred years. Traditionally, the Igbo people bury their dead among the living, and the ideal resting place for a man and his wives is on the premises of their home. My grandfather Erasmus, …

Black History

The Future of America’s Economy Looks a Lot Like Elkhart, Indiana - WSJ

ELKHART, Ind.—The self-proclaimed RV capital of the world gives a glimpse of what the American economy looks like when operating at full tilt.<p>High-school students around here skip college for factory jobs that offer great pay and benefits. For-hire signs sprout like roadside weeds. And workers are …

Wall Street

Funders must give minority founders a fair deal

I learned a shocking statistic recently: Less than 1 percent of venture capital funding goes to black founders. This must change.<p>Minority founders are, in general, more in need of outside financial support. For many people of color, the “friends and family” plan for raising seed money, which so …

Venture Capital

6 Simple Ways to Increase Sales for Your E-Commerce Website

Credit<p>The way people shop around the world is changing. More of us are turning to purchasing our goods online rather than in a brick and mortar store. In fact, 40% of the world's online population has bought something on the web. And it seems this trend is only set to grow.<p>Worldwide B2C e-commerce …

Brilliantly Mundane: 9 Ways Boring Brands Turned Ugh, Meh, And Bleh Into Big Business

Oscar, Acorns, Dollar Shave Club: Boring brands are the new cool kids. Here are nine key insights into their success.<p>Health insurance. Bras. Tax prep tools. Investment products. Chinos. These aren’t products that people are typically excited to talk about, let alone shop for. Yet these product …

How We Grew Our Web Traffic By 5,000% In 3 Months (With Zero Advertising)

<i>554.</i><p>That’s how much monthly website traffic we had to our website three months ago.<p>Hard Fork?Hard Fork.HARD FORK<p>20 visitors a day may sound encouraging if you’re starting a personal project, but when your goal is to build a successful business with a team counting on you…<p>Well, you’re probably …

5 Invaluable Sales Tips From a Former Door-to-Door Salesman

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I tell people that I was a door-to-door salesman -- yes, in this century -- some are shocked. They didn’t even know that kind of work still exists.<p>Granted, it’s rare. But it’s the best sales education I could have received. Knocking …

Selling

7 lessons from entrepreneurs who kept their day jobs while starting their businesses

Even better, working for someone else gives you a front-row view of the best (and worst) ways to run a company, from managing time and money to handling customers and employees.<p>We asked some successful entrepreneurs who founded companies while holding down a 9-to-5 to share the lessons they learned.<p>…

Entrepreneurship

Is Your Website's Viewport Configured for Mobile Users? Here's How to Do It

Learn how to configure a mobile viewport so the folks visiting your website on their mobile devices have great user experiences.

Your Office Space Should Be Basic, Functional And Shared

"I see this a lot more in Miami than Silicon Valley but you shouldn’t be spending money on an office that screams ‘Look at my nice office! Look at the view!’" says 500 Startups adviser Navid Zolfaghari, one of the original employees at social media startup, Wildfire which sold to Google. You’d be …

7 Simple Google AdWords Hacks That'll Drive More Qualified Leads

Let’s face it: driving qualified leads using pay per click (PPC) advertising is a great way to generate more leads.<p>According to Sitewit, “Businesses …

How to Design An Irresistible Facebook Page

11 million people use Facebook every 18 minutes…<p>7,246 new users are added to the social media mammoth every 15 minutes and 936 million active users …

Social Media

How much money you need to save each day to become a millionaire by age 65

"Becoming rich is nothing more than a matter of committing and sticking to a systematic savings and investment plan," financial adviser David Bach writes in his book "Smart Couples Finish Rich."<p>"You don't need to have money to make money," he writes. "You just need to make the right decisions — and …

Retirement

5 Things Small Business Owners Need To Do This Second

When you're doing most of the work for your company, you'll sometimes lose focus of what will really get you growing - here's how to avoid that.<p>Running a large company must be annoying, but running a smaller one often makes you miss the trees or the forest depending on the day. You're going up …

12 amazing content marketing ideas -- no blogging allowed

Are you set up for success in 2016? Join 2,500 real estate industry leaders Aug. 4-7, 2015, at Inman Connect in San Francisco. Get Connected with the …

14 Ways To Make Your Blog Get Real Attention

11 Industries For Hot Start-Ups

According to the Kauffman Foundation, 2010 and 2011 saw the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the past 15 years --.34% of Americans start a new business each month. IBIS World ranks the best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs to get in the door—and score big. Based on barriers to entry, the …

'I Read This 20 Times:' Five Founders Pick The Best Books For Startups

Five founders pick the best books for startups. One French entrepreneur recommends a literary classic she’s read 20 times and says the principles within it have everything to do with her business. Entrepreneurs from around the globe weigh in with their most inspiring business books.<p><b>Gabriel García</b> …

Startups

How to Promote Your Business with Brand Ambassadors Using Visual Content Marketing

Passionate brand advocates can provide marketing on steroids.<p>On a social web they boost sharing, enable crowd sourced marketing and they do it for …

4 Web Design Trends Your Small Business Should Follow

In today's digital economy, a good website is essential to the success of small businesses. Trends are ever changing, so are client needs. While businesses are busy focusing on their core product or service, most do not understand the value and importance of staying on the cutting edge of web …

Web Design

Why Today's PR Must Change or Die

Why Today’s PR Must Change or Die<p>We often hear Sanjay Dholakia’s quote, “Marketing has changed more in five years than the past five hundred.” What …

Public Relations

51 Ways to Acquire Your First 100,000 Customers Without Any Marketing Budget

Most startups are strapped for cash and the majority of them don’t have the budget to dedicate any serious funds to marketing.<p>So I’ve compiled a list …

12 Things You Should Never Say to a Potential Investor

If you're intent on going the VC route, then what you do say in your pitch is just as important as what you don't.<p>While venture capital isn't right for the vast majority of businesses, if you've decided to go that route then I'm going to assume you're doing your homework on how to put together a …

5 Ways You Can Position Yourself As A Leader (Before You Have Any Followers)

There’s never been a better time to develop your leadership skills. According to Deloitte’s 2014 Millennial Survey, Millennials will comprise 75% of the global workforce by 2025.<p>Think about that statistic for a moment, because the implications are huge: Within 10 years, Baby Boomers will have all …

Content Marketing 101: All You Need To Know To Grow Your Business

It was a paperback book that someone I trusted and respected had recommended.<p>Its title was good but not <i>great</i>.<p>The headline wasn’t so compelling that …

Operating on a shoestring? Twenty inexpensive ways to market your business

The prospect of marketing your business can be overwhelming, especially when you are a small business with an even smaller budget. The good news is that marketing doesn't have to cost thousands or even hundreds of dollars.<p>Here are 20 ways you can market your small business on a shoestring budget – …

Four Daily Habits Of A Good Boss

A lot of factors go in to making someone an effective leader, but establishing these habits is a good start.<p>Consistency is key, and a strong leader stands firm in what they practice. Each day, great people wake up and follow a specific personal routine that pushes them to be the best entrepreneur …