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The end of the year is full of celebration (of what was accomplished in 2013), contemplation (of learning and things that did not quite measure up) and anticipation (of what to do better/differently in 2014). But how do we channel these insights and energy into a set of positive actions? Over
Heading into year-end and the busy holiday shopping season, how are small business owners feeling? Very optimistic, according to the Q3 LegalZoom/Kauffman Startup Confidence Index. A whopping 86 percent of entrepreneurs polled are “very confident” their companies will be more
By now you may have heard the statistic that young entrepreneurs 30 years old and younger, also known as Gen Y or Millennials, will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. How can you prepare your business for the rise of the Millennial generation? You can start by learning about how they
I love running a small business.  Even with the challenges that women in business can face, there is something incredibly satisfying about watching an idea go from conception to reality when  nurtured with hard work, focused determination, and passion. Given that my business, Dog is
With Halloween approaching, I have already begun preparing my masks and costume ideas.  For every party and every occasion, I'll need an appropriate mask and cloak; one that will mark the event with the right amount of appeal without distastefully revealing too much of myself. Oh
Once you move beyond the early stages of your start-up, when you’ve validated the business concept, researched the industry, created a basic company structure, and developed a sound business plan, it is time to think about your company’s operations and logistics – the details of
With the official start of fall just a few days away, I think we can all agree that no matter what the thermometer outside reads, summer is really over. The kids have gone back to school—and maybe your business should do the same. Every business owner—and his or her employees
HOW TO: 7 Easy Ways To Improve The Way Your Company Works At my last 9-to-5 job, every time I thought differently from my supervisors and managers about a problem we faced, I wrote down what bothered me and how I would do it differently given the opportunity. Before long, I had a huge spiral notebook filled with ideas. I realized that all these “
HOW TO: 4 Simple Ideas for a More Productive Company When I was in college, I spent one summer interning at a very successful insurance and financial planning brokerage. After getting a tour of the company, which spanned two entire floors in Midtown, I met the general agent (essentially the CEO and owner of the firm). I said to him, “Wow. You
What if your business dashboard looked like this? Would you have any idea where to look first? How one gauge affected another? Whether you were, in fact, getting to your destination? Sadly in this day of numbers overload, we often drive our businesses based on a plethora of vanity metrics

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