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Katherine Duncan

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Despite Challenges, Franchising Continues to Rebound in 2014

The sector created an estimated 11,000 new establishments and 150,000-plus jobs in 2013, outpacing the overall U.S. economy in business formation and job growth.
December 20, 2013 in Franchises
Digital or Traditional Marketing? Depends on Your Business

Digital or Traditional Marketing? Depends on Your Business

Base your marketing strategies on what you're selling.
November 18, 2013 in Marketing
Connect With Angry Customers Before They Yelp

Connect With Angry Customers Before They Yelp

The app OwnerLists establishes a direct line of communication between business owners and their customers, allowing them to respond directly to negative reviews.
November 15, 2013 in Customer Loyalty and Retention
Tracking Customers Beyond Google Analytics

Tracking Customers Beyond Google Analytics

A marketing shop gleans powerful insights on visitors to clients' sites, filling in the details where Google Analytics leaves off.
November 9, 2013 in Online Marketing
3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

You may have a great idea, but your company's fate depends in large part on the strength of your team.
November 7, 2013 in Managing Employees
How an Ad Agency Fixed Its Call-Center Marketing

How an Ad Agency Fixed Its Call-Center Marketing

Using the RingRevenue platform, buyCalls was able to sniff out some major discrepancies in their campaigns.
October 20, 2013 in Grow Your Business

How Keeping Wine Cold Became a Hot Business

Ben Hewitt created the Corkcicle to ensure "perfectly chilled wine every time."
October 12, 2013 in Business Ideas
Find the Right Hires for Each Stage of Your Startup

Find the Right Hires for Each Stage of Your Startup

From your business partners to full-time staff, here is what to look for at three critical stages of your startup.
July 8, 2013 in Hiring Center
Revolutionizing the Way We Watch TV and Movies

Revolutionizing the Way We Watch TV and Movies

HitBliss, an online streaming site, allows users to pay for movies and TV shows with cash earned from watching ads.
June 28, 2013 in Marketing Ideas
The Serial Entrepreneur Who Is Tackling E-Waste With EcoATMs

The Serial Entrepreneur Who Is Tackling E-Waste With EcoATMs

Automated kiosks that buy back used electronics aim to ease the electronic waste burden and put cash in consumers' pockets.
May 23, 2013 in Business Ideas
A Mobile App That Makes Hailing a Taxi Easier and More Efficient

A Mobile App That Makes Hailing a Taxi Easier and More Efficient

No more waiting for a ride. Hailo aims to connect passengers and taxis within two minutes in cities all over the world.
May 22, 2013 in Apps & Software
How to Bring Life Back to Your Office

How to Bring Life Back to Your Office

Are you in need of some recharging? Is your staff looking a little drained? We've got the tools and tips to help you get back in action.
March 19, 2013 in Lifestyle
How to Spread the Word Through Content Marketing

How to Spread the Word Through Content Marketing

Five tips for getting your online content marketing message right.
March 13, 2013 in Online Marketing
How to Build an Advisory Board

How to Build an Advisory Board

Why you should consider building an advisory team alongside your business plan -- and how to get started.
March 11, 2013 in Choosing a Business Structure
How to Stay Excited About Your Business

How to Stay Excited About Your Business

A motivational psychology expert suggests strategies to put into play once your initial enthusiasm about your startup starts to waver.
February 26, 2013 in Growth Strategies
How to Combat Identity Theft

How to Combat Identity Theft

Two small businesses team up to combat fraud.
February 6, 2013 in Technology
App Aims to Satisfy Real-Estate Lust

App Aims to Satisfy Real-Estate Lust

A photo of any house reveals treasure troves of app-generated info.
January 9, 2013 in Apps & Software
iPad App Sources Travel Photos From Facebook

iPad App Sources Travel Photos From Facebook

A crowdsourced code allows a travel-photo app to take off.
November 27, 2012 in Apps & Software
New Tool Gauges Pinterest Mentions

New Tool Gauges Pinterest Mentions

Social media marketing dashboard MarketMeSuite can show you how many pinners are promoting your company on the popular social sharing site.
October 10, 2012 in Social Media
How a Pint-Size Entrepreneur Solved a Sticky Toy Dilemma

How a Pint-Size Entrepreneur Solved a Sticky Toy Dilemma

When he was just 9 years old, Greyson Maclean discovered the key to his Lego frustrations on a pair of sunglasses.
September 30, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
Four Fitness Startups Find a Unique Workout Niche

Four Fitness Startups Find a Unique Workout Niche

Boutique health clubs are competing with established players like 24 Hour Fitness by creating unique ways to break a sweat. Here are four that are changing the way we work out.
July 28, 2012 in Success Stories
JetSuite Brings Efficiency and Speed to the Private-Jet Set

JetSuite Brings Efficiency and Speed to the Private-Jet Set

JetSuite's founder sees smaller planes as the solution to the "broken" $14 billion private-aviation industry.
July 25, 2012 in Profiles
Carving a New Niche in Craft Beer

Carving a New Niche in Craft Beer

How the Growler Station is building a business on a new beer-to-go concept.
June 22, 2012 in Success Stories

A Fork in the Road

Two experts weigh in on career transitions
June 2, 2012 in Magazine
BeachMint Carves a Retail Niche with Celebrity Appeal

BeachMint Carves a Retail Niche with Celebrity Appeal

How Myspace veteran Josh Berman and serial entrepreneur Diego Berdakin are using personal recommendations for exclusive merchandise by celebrity design partners.
May 23, 2012 in Profiles
Companies to Watch in the Mom-and-Pop Space

Companies to Watch in the Mom-and-Pop Space

Is parenthood inspiring your entrepreneurial instincts? Consider the stories of these cool companies for modern parents from a range of industries.
March 21, 2012 in Success Stories
How to Build a Brilliant Team

How to Build a Brilliant Team

A Dale Carnegie top executive reveals who you need and where to find them.
March 15, 2012 in Hiring Center
How Shopify Became the Go-To Ecommerce Platform for Startups

How Shopify Became the Go-To Ecommerce Platform for Startups

Dissatisfied with options for online storefronts, a snowboard seller and his friend built one themselves. Now thousands of other businesses use their customizable store builder.
March 13, 2012 in Your Website
Designing a More Work-Friendly Workspace

Designing a More Work-Friendly Workspace

A company ditches its traditional office for a cost-effective space that better reflects the way it does business.
February 21, 2012 in Management & Operations