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So Crazy, These Small Biz Ideas Might Just Work!

Even smart venture capitalists swing and miss far more often than they hit home runs. It’s difficult to predict which business ideas will make money and which will tank. A friend bought extra tickets to this year’s PGA Championship tournament figuring he’d be able to resell some to help defray his cost of going. When [...]

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You Are Your Company’s Culture: Three Essential Qualities

Have you worked for any large corporations? Some are great to work for; others make employees feel more like the number on their security badge than the smiling face on the badge. Often the difference between those ecosystems is this: In the first, the original founders are still active, while in the second, the founders [...]

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5 Cheap or Free Tools That Will Magnify Your Small Business

Big business managers can do something small business owners can’t afford to do: They can throw money at a problem or project until they’re satisfied with the results. Small business owners have to be smarter and today you are blessed with a wide variety of technology-based solutions that allow you compete with bigger businesses without [...]

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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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