Category: THE Small Business Expert Blog

Small business survey affirms positive U.S. economic outlook

I think Wells Fargo and Gallup could have used a Magic Eight Ball to summarize the findings of their most recent Small Business Index Scores: Outlook good. The 2018 Q1 index came in at 106, down merely one point from its decade-high level of 107 notched in the final quarter of 2017. Some highlights of […]

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How to become your own best business idea generator

All the good ideas have been taken! This is an often-heard complaint that is about as far from the truth as the earth is from Alpha Centauri. The problem is that we live in such a stimulus-rich environment that it dulls our imaginations. John Steinbeck said, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and […]

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Head to Holland (Michigan) if you want to launch your startup in the #1 rated small city

Hate the big city life, but you still want a good chance at success when you launch your startup? Wallethub surveyed cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. They graded these cities on a 100-point scale on 18 metrics within three key dimensions: Business Environment (50 points possible), Access to Resources (25 points possible), […]

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The tragedy at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno highlights a new danger posed by the reach and pervasiveness of online relationships. While I don’t have any special information and don’t want to offer “the last word” on this person’s motives, it seems that she was prompted by her anger toward YouTube and that anger […]

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The Facebook Fiasco Lesson: Don’t let ‘big data’ steamroll human concerns

#Deletefacebook How do you think Mark Zuckerberg – and dedicated Facebook employees – felt when they woke up one morning to discover that trending hashtag? It had to be their worst nightmare, right? In the immediate wake of the data-control controversy, Facebook stock lost almost 20 percent of its value, government officials on both sides […]

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