Small Business Week in Review

Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights.
September 28, 2012 Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights.

The 9 Rules of Haggling

Changing the way you think about buying, can help you save money on big ticket items. Plus: With more entrepreneurs competing for investors' dollars, it's important to make the most of every opportunity.  

How to Hold Meetings That Nobody Hates

Prevent employee eye rolls at yet another meeting invitation on their calendar. Here's how to make them truly productive. Plus: Placing the focus on employee satisfaction over customer satisfaction can yield happier, more loyal customers.

Springsteen: What the Boss Can Teach About Business

The rock-and-roll legend's career and performances hold a number of lessons for the average small-business owner. Plus: Use rewards strategically to cultivate relationships with all your customers. 

Why You Should Reveal Everyone's Salaries

How much everyone makes is no secret at one New York startup. Here's why they do it. Plus: When it comes to your bottom line, there's nothing that will make a better impact than hiring the best people your business can find. 

The Biggest Branding Mistake You Can Make

Sometimes you can brand yourself too well, causing you to be typecast. Here's how to change course and build a lasting brand. Plus: There's a new option for getting your tweets out to the right audience, but is it the right choice for your business? 

Gender-Bending Small Businesses That Break Stereotypes

Breaking into an industry dominated by the opposite sex isn't always easy, but it's happening more and more. Plus: Looking for some entrepreneurial inspiration? Link up with this roving event that's inspiring entrepreneurs from east coast to west.

Drive Good Reviews With Social Media 

An angry customer armed with a Twitter handle is a business owner's nightmare, but you needn't fear social media if you take an active role. Plus: Dial up your business's publicity with these ten press release alternatives. 

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