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Web page offers small business news, features

A new Web page on msnbc.com offers small business owners and entrepreneurs a place to get expert advice, network with other entrepreneurs and learn how to grow their companies.
/ Source: msnbc.com

A new Web page on msnbc.com offers small business owners and entrepreneurs a place to get expert advice, network with other entrepreneurs and learn how to grow their companies.

The page, at yourbusiness.msnbc.com, is the new online home of “Your Business,” a 2-year-old show that airs on MSNBC cable Sundays at 7:30 a.m. ET.

The site features a standalone video player and links to related content including a new online discussion club at yourbusiness.newsvine.com. The discussion club, where members can discuss the show and share their small business tips, is hosted by Newsvine, msnbc.com’s social media news site.

“Your Business” is hosted by JJ Ramberg and focuses on the world of America's small business entrepreneurs, featuring profiles, news, advice and tips. The Web site includes all the stories seen on air plus a wealth of exclusive Web-only content including a small business quiz feature.

"We know that small business owners and entrepreneurs are always looking for advice and inspiration," said Martin Wolk, business editor of msnbc.com. "The Your Business show and Web site offer all that plus a forum to share tips, ask questions and connect with other like-minded readers and viewers."

When small business owners visit the new site, they’ll find a range to important topics, from funding and marketing to sales and HR, as well as the following features:

  • Small Business Secrets: An exclusive video of panel members from “Your Business” who will share secrets, which they didn’t reveal during the show, for small business success.
  • Entrepreneurial Expertise: Leading experts, including Steve Martin, author of the “Power of Persuasion,” will share insights on topics that affect small business owners. Upcoming topics include, “how to sell successfully” and "how blogging can help your business."
  • Small Business Stories: Business owners share why they started their business and explain how they keep their passion for it alive.
  • Biz Quiz: A fun, exclusive video feature with panelists battling each other game-show style, complete with podiums and buzzers, as they answer questions about small businesses. Users can play along online while they’re watching the video.
  • Elevator Pitch Success Stories: Stories of previous elevator pitch candidates that show the successes they have achieved by having been allowed to pitch their business concepts on “Your Business.”