About Shawn Hessinger

Authored 8 articles.

Shawn is a journalist and social media networker with more than a decade of experience in the traditional newspaper business before moving to the digital world. He was the former community manager of BizSugar and the former community editor at AllAnalytics, a site dedicated to professionals in the business intelligence and analytics community.


  • 15 Startup Mistakes You Should Avoid

    Features, November 14, 2014

    Think back to when you started your most recent company. What were the biggest mistakes you made at the time? Or, if you’re in the process of starting a business today, what mistake are you most concerned about making? Expert Market has come up with this infographic listing 15 startup mistakes small business owners and entrepreneurs need to consider.

  • Small Business Loans Reach Post-Recession High

    Features, July 29, 2014

    It isn’t quite the golden days of pre-recession financing. But small business lending has reached a post-recession high. That’s the unvarnished optimistic conclusion of the June 2014 Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index.

  • DOL to Seek Comments on Minimum Wage For Government Contracts

    News, June 30, 2014

    The Department of Labor will seek comments on a proposed rule raising minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10. The comment period is expected to extend from June 17 to July 17.

  • Is the USDOJ Trying to Shut Down Businesses it Doesn’t Like?

    Features, June 09, 2014

    What if government officials suddenly decided they didn’t like your business? Then they went to your bank and warned them you were a bad risk and that the government had its eye on you? Suppose the government brought so much pressure to bear that before long, your bank closed down your account or refused to open new ones in your name or the name of your business. Apparently, this is exactly what is happening with the U.S. Department of Justice initiative called “Operation Choke Point.”

  • Positive Vs. Negative Feedback: Which Would Your Employees Prefer Hearing?

    Features, March 18, 2014

    Maybe you think that’s a trick question. But the results may surprise you. It’s just about even, say leadership consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman.

  • SBA Nominee Talks Marketing to Banks, Businesses at Confirmation Hearing

    Features, February 14, 2014

    If finally confirmed, the newly nominated chief of the U.S. Small Business Administration promised to do more to promote the agency’s services. Maria Contreras-Sweet said at her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship that more must be done to brand the SBA.

  • SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion From Facebook

    News, November 21, 2013

  • Study Suggests That Privately Owned Companies are Better Innovators

    Features, November 07, 2013

    It’s easy to believe that large publicly funded companies are more innovative than their privately owned counterparts, including small businesses. But one study from researchers at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and international business school INSEAD suggests this may not always be so.