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Meet the Board of Directors featuring Richard Branson

Meet the Board of Directors

As part of the relaunch of AOL Small Business, we have recruited a world class group of entrepreneurs and members of the entrepreneurial community, including Sir Richard Branson, the legendary founder of Virgin Group (center), who will regularly sound off on a variety of issues, offer advice, and create a smart, ongoing conversation not found anywhere else on the Web. It's time to meet the Board of Directors. Continue Reading


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NBC

Should Bosses Crack Down on Office Romances?

8/02/11 at 6:30 PM

The majority of people admit to dating a co-worker at some point. But are these cubicle courtships a inevitable reality of office life or a recipe for disaster? We asked our Board of Directors to play Cupid. Continue Reading

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AP

Are We Headed for a Double-Dip Recession?

6/22/11 at 4:30 PM

Whether they choose to slap an official label on it or not, our usually bullish Board of Directors has some serious concerns about the economy. So is the worst really over? Continue Reading

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What We Can Learn from Recession -- and How It Can Help Us Prosper

6/22/11 at 4:00 PM

Jennifer Hill, an attorney, entrepreneurial advocate and member of our Board of Directors, offers lessons from past recessions -- including the recent Great Recession -- that will propel us to growth in the future. Continue Reading

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Is There a Right Way to Fire Someone?

6/08/11 at 3:00 PM

Sooner or later, every entrepreneur has to let employees go. But the tough task can also serve as a learning experience. Our Board of Directors weighs in. Continue Reading

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AFP/Getty Images

Questioning the SBA

5/26/11 at 5:30 PM

Armed with questions from our Board of Directors, we recently sat down with Karen Mills, administrator of the Small Business Administration, for a wide-ranging conversation about the agency and its work on behalf of entrepreneurs. Continue Reading

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Texas Venture Labs

Writing a Business Plan? Better Talk to This Guy First

5/17/11 at 2:00 PM

The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition is one of the nation's best. Rob Adams, the competition's director and a member of our Board of Directors, shares lessons learned from this year's installment -- and a career spent catching companies on the rise. Continue Reading

AOL
AOL

You've Got... Rob Dyrdek

5/13/11 at 1:00 PM

Rob Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder, serial entrepreneur, MTV star and member of our Board of Directors, shares the secret to his entrepreneurial success. Continue Reading

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AFP/Getty Images

How Do You Stay Positive?

5/10/11 at 7:00 PM

Being an entrepreneur brings many ups and downs. Our Board of Directors, with a little help from the Dalai Lama, shares their advice for staying positive. Continue Reading

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AP

5 Things You Can Learn from Warren Buffett

5/06/11 at 1:00 PM

The "Oracle of Omaha" has plenty of advice to impart to entrepreneurs and investors alike. Clint Greenleaf, the founder and CEO of Greenleaf Book Group and a member of our Board of Directors, shares some takeaways from the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting. Continue Reading

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AP; jpistudios.com; FilmMagic

Should Companies Have Dress Codes?

4/20/11 at 6:00 PM

The American workplace has become increasingly casual over the years. But does comfort foster creativity or reduce productivity? Our always-stylish Board of Directors weighs in. Continue Reading

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What Is the Most Important Quality an Entrepreneur Should Possess?

4/07/11 at 8:30 PM

Nothing guarantees success, but unwavering determination, authenticity and optimism can carry you a long way in business and in life, according to our Board of Directors. Continue Reading

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Go Daddy

Go Daddy's Bob Parsons Brushes Off Criticism Over Elephant Killing

3/31/11 at 8:00 PM

The outspoken entrepreneur and member of the AOL Small Business Board of Directors has been branded "Scummiest CEO of the Year" by PETA, over a hunt he says helped African villagers. He plans to hang the certificate in his office. Continue Reading

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MCT

What Advice Would You Give Young Entrepreneurs?

3/17/11 at 7:30 PM

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs got their starts mowing lawns and selling lemonade. With Girl Scout Cookies season in full swing, our Board of Directors offers some advice for little kids with big business dreams. Continue Reading

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AP

How Would You Deal with Charlie Sheen (and Other Problem Employees)?

3/01/11 at 11:45 PM

The embattled star of Two and a Half Men, who has embarked on a full-fledged media assault after CBS shelved his show for the season, insists he is "winning." Our Board of Directors enters the Sober Valley Lodge. Continue Reading

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Who Are Your Role Models?

3/01/11 at 5:00 PM

From their parents to strip club pioneers to Richard Branson, the members of our Board of Directors reveal the people who help inspire their success. (But wait, if he's already on the list, who does Sir Richard look up to?) Continue Reading

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