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Gain Control of Your Email Without Losing Control of Your Life

June 25, 2013 by John Rydell

You know what really grinds my gears? People in business who don't respond to emails reliably, or who don’t even bother responding at all. In everyday life, being ignored can be a nuisance, but in business it’s just downright unproductive.[read more]

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Is It Time to Step Up My Game at Work?

March 2, 2013 by Dave Thomas

In looking back at your recent work performance, how have you stepped up your game in order to make yourself a better employee, one who could potentially run their own small business one day?[read more]

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Who Really Owns Your Brand?

March 1, 2013 by Rebel Brown

Do you think you have control of your brand? If you answered yes, you might want to think again. That's one of the biggest status quo beliefs around.[read more]

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Doing Business in North Asia

February 27, 2013 by Aidan Healy

The combined forces of shifting investments to Asia, strength of the Asia economies, the size of Mainland China’s population and technological advancements have contributed to the success, and potential, of China. But achieving the potential will require continued reform, workforce development and incentive programs to attract foreign investment.[read more]

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The Right Financial Software Is Your Business

February 19, 2013 by Dave Thomas

In order to have the best shot at making a go of your business, what kind of financial software you use is an important factor, one that can be overlooked at times.[read more]

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Excelling as an Underdog

February 15, 2013 by Mark James

As an aspiring start-up, your path to prosperity can feel blocked from the onset. Lacking the huge promotional budgets of the major players, as well as the economies of scale, markets can seem impenetrable.[read more]

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How to Use QR Codes to Market a Business

February 14, 2013 by Gretchen Cathey

Before QR codes, the only way for business owners to encourage customers to go to their website or print out their coupons was to provide a link. While links are easy to follow for customers already online, they are less likely to be used by those not at a computer.[read more]

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Use the Rule of Ten to Convert Social Media into Sales

February 10, 2013 by William Newman
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Is it impossible to convert social media contacts into sales? A seasoned management consultant says not so fast and shows a case of how a software client did just that.[read more]

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The Lean Startup - Planning Your Way to Business Success

February 5, 2013 by Jacob Dawson

Most businesses fail. It’s a harsh reality to accept, but the awful truth is that the odds are against you as soon as you decide to play the game. How can you avoid being on the wrong side of those statistics?[read more]

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Motivating Unmotivated Employees

February 1, 2013 by Lance Trebesch

A little attention is all it takes to motivate an unmotivated employee. So how do you get unmotivated workers more interested in their job?[read more]

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3 Simple Mind Shifts for 2013 Success

January 30, 2013 by Rebel Brown

Do you still believe the negative and contracting assumptions that have been our guidance system for the past few years? You're not alone. Yet those assumptions won't drive growth in 2013. Here are 3 simple mind shifts to get yourself thinking out of the box and your business growing.[read more]

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Mobility is Key for the Smart Small Business Owner

January 29, 2013 by Dave Thomas

If your small business offers more mobility in 2013, you could see it pay off with more customers and better sales.[read more]

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The Power of Play

January 22, 2013 by Adam Chapman
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Last month, JWT released their eighth annual “10 Trends Report”, a compilation of research performed in the preceding year in a variety of areas that “point to trends that will help define and shift the near future.” Topics range from “Peer Power” to “Predictive Personalization”, but all address the continued convergence of business,...[read more]

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American Airlines: How Not to Adapt for Advantage

January 20, 2013 by Rebel Brown

Rebrands usually happen when we have a big business problem we can’t solve. We turn to the corporate comfort food of colors and logos to distract us from the overwhelming issues that most likely stem from being stuck in our status quo. Rebranding is expensive. It’s wasteful. And it’s rarely the solution to the problem the business is facing.[read more]

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Time to Better Monitor Your Employees?

January 8, 2013 by Dave Thomas

In some cases, employees forget why they are working for you in the first place, leading to wasted time on the job.[read more]

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Season's Greetings from My Venture Pad

December 25, 2012 by Sierra Bellows

Best wishes to you and yours from us and ours![read more]

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Does a Bad Credit History Spell Doom for Your Small Business?

December 14, 2012 by Dave Thomas

Given that a bad credit history is not all that uncommon, don’t automatically think you are doomed from the start in obtaining a merchant account.[read more]

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My Morning Report

December 13, 2012 by Adam Chapman

Condaleeza Rice gets involved with startups, 5 things VCs want in their CEOs, Android moving to enterprise, and more.[read more]

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My Morning Report

December 12, 2012 by Adam Chapman

LinkedIn advertising guide, taking a good hard look at your startup, a new $100mm VC fund is born, and more.[read more]

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My Morning Report

December 11, 2012 by Adam Chapman

Important entrepreneurial skills, how not to screw up your startup, Facebook's preferred marketing companies, and more.[read more]