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Learn from the Best: Psychoanalyzing the Top CEOs

If you steal ideas from one person, it’s called plagiarism. If you steal ideas from a lot of people, it’s called research. So let’s do some “research” and crawl into the brains of a few Inc 500 CEOs to dig up some nuggets of business and marketing wisdom that we can apply to our own [...]

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Is it Really Worth it? The Most Important Question to Keep You Out of Debt

There is one thing I do better than anything else in the world and that’s work hard.  I’ve been working for as long as I can remember.  My parents were entrepreneurs in a very small town in southern Missouri, and in the early days of my childhood, things were pretty tough. So mom and dad [...]

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Small Biz Startup Grants and Other Tall Tales

If you received a robo-call one evening around dinner time and the recorded voice on the other end of the line boasted that there was “free money” available, what would you do? Most would hang up the phone and go back to the dinner table. The simple fact is that there really isn’t such a [...]

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Focus Forward Survival Skills: Character, Perseverance and Determination

“The time you could spend wondering ‘Why me?’ is the time you could have spent working your tail off to get better,”  — Austin Hatch, two time plane crash survivor. If you’re a basketball fan, you’ve probably heard of Austin Hatch.  He is a two-time plane crash survivor who is the only remaining survivor of [...]

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Now Is the Time To Act on App Threats

Not a day goes by that we aren’t warned about threats to our privacy online. As I’m writing this, the current dustup is over the Facebook messenger app, which apparently knows everything about you down to the color of your unmentionables. For small businesses the threat posed by the panoply of apps employees carry around [...]

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How to Put Real Meaning in ‘Thank You’

Sometimes both the “old fashioned” way and the new web-savvy Internet way miss the mark. Let me give you an example. It’s standard procedure – and good business – to take note of your customers each year with some kind of “thank you.” Traditionally this might be a card during the holiday season, or at [...]

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Be Committed to Your Success: Only You Are Stopping You.

Have you made a commitment to prosper in your small business or your personal life?  Successful people make a commitment to themselves to not just dream big, but to take the necessary actions to make their dreams a reality. Success isn’t built overnight and Outrageous Success! isn’t one single achievement.  Set your goals high and [...]

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How to Use Instagram Video in Your Marketing, Branding

We’ve already looked at ways major corporations are getting good marketing results using Instagram and discussed how you can adapt their strategies to your small business. Here I want to move away from the standard picture posting and talk a little about video and give you a quick update about the social medium. Video is [...]

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And the Third Runner Up is………So I Lost!

If you follow me regularly or have Googled me you know I was Miss Missouri and third-runner up to Miss America.  A few years after I gave up my crown, I started seriously dating a young man who couldn’t wait for me to meet his parents.  His mother, Betty, was a great cook and always [...]

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