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Kelly K. Spors

Kelly K. Spors is a freelance writer in St. Louis Park, Minn.

27 Recent Stories

100-Year-Old Jolly Time Pop Corn Offers Kernels of Wisdom

100-Year-Old Jolly Time Pop Corn Offers Kernels of Wisdom

Fourth-generation owners Garry and Carlton Smith share how their family-owned business has stayed fresh for a century.
March 12, 2014 in The 'Treps
What You Can Learn From Nintendo's Weird and Wonderful 125 Years

What You Can Learn From Nintendo's Weird and Wonderful 125 Years

From playing cards, to taxis to love hotels, it’s been a long road to producing iconic gaming systems. We explain what entrepreneurs can learn from this long-running company.
February 26, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Century-Old Businesses: Their Secrets to Success

Century-Old Businesses: Their Secrets to Success

It's getting harder to reach 100. We explain what's worked.
February 14, 2014 in Growth Strategies
Bitstrips' Founder on the Importance of Mobile and the Year Ahead

Bitstrips' Founder on the Importance of Mobile and the Year Ahead

Bitstrips' CEO Jacob Blackstock talks about the company's soaring growth and plans for 2014.
December 30, 2013 in The 'Treps
What Mobile Gifting Will Look Like in 2014

What Mobile Gifting Will Look Like in 2014

2013 was a big year for CEO Matt Brezina whose company Sincerely got acquired. He tells us what he's learned and how this former startup will grow in the new year.
December 23, 2013 in The 'Treps
A College 'Trep's Plans for 2014

A College 'Trep's Plans for 2014

Entrepreneur caught up with College Entrepreneur of 2012 Bryan Silverman and talked about the upcoming year and his plans after graduation.
December 16, 2013 in Forward Thinkers
Building a Sustainable Brand -- One Thoughtful Step at a Time

Building a Sustainable Brand -- One Thoughtful Step at a Time

HAVEN founder Kayce White explains what she’s gleaned from the rapid growth of her all-natural cleaning products business.
December 10, 2013 in Forward Thinkers
Why This 'Trep Will Start School in 2014

Why This 'Trep Will Start School in 2014

Entrepreneur caught up with its past 'Treps of the Year, Emerging Entrepreneur Jason Lucash, about how the year has changed him and how it's prepared him for 2014.
December 2, 2013 in Forward Thinkers
Manufacturer Thinks 'Lean' to Cut Waste, Boost Efficiency

Manufacturer Thinks 'Lean' to Cut Waste, Boost Efficiency

This printing company used methods from Toyota to reduce errors and inefficiencies.
November 11, 2013 in Grow Your Business
How Online Direct Sales Saved This Luxury Business

How Online Direct Sales Saved This Luxury Business

The financial crisis forced Vero Linens to find a new target market.
October 10, 2013 in Grow Your Business
For Agility, A Shift to Freelancers

For Agility, A Shift to Freelancers

Shedding overhead helped this North Carolina marketing agency refocus and become profitable after a merger.
September 12, 2013 in Management & Operations
More Reasons to Rethink Paper Records

More Reasons to Rethink Paper Records

In this case study, RM Foods deployed an ERP system that helps it keep better track of inventory and financials than spreadsheets and handwritten paperwork.
August 8, 2013 in Business Management
When Manufacturing in China, Face Time Can Be Critical

When Manufacturing in China, Face Time Can Be Critical

In this case study, costume company Revolution Dancewear put in the miles to improve its relationship with its Chinese manufacturers.
July 3, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Are Small Businesses Being Heard This Election Year?

Are Small Businesses Being Heard This Election Year?

President Obama and Mitt Romney frequently suggest they're in touch with America's small enterprises. But often, they display a disconnect, Kelly K. Spors writes.
August 28, 2012 in Leadership
An Entrepreneur's Top Leadership Challenges -- and How to Meet Them

An Entrepreneur's Top Leadership Challenges -- and How to Meet Them

As their companies expand, business owners aren't always ready to deal with new management issues.
February 15, 2012 in Leadership
The Method Vision: Green Consumers Want to Have Fun, Too

The Method Vision: Green Consumers Want to Have Fun, Too

This guiding principle helped the founders of an eco-friendly, entrepreneurial company take its cleaning products from the car trunk to the aisles of Target.
December 30, 2011 in Going Green
How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Consider these three successful strategies to kick-start growth in your company.
October 12, 2011 in Growth Strategies
Five Ways to Build Business Credit

Five Ways to Build Business Credit

Consider these options to start building an enviable credit history for your small business.
August 25, 2011 in Money and Finance How To Guides
Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

Follow these common-sense tips to get more stuff done -- faster.
July 29, 2011 in Productivity
Three Ways to Find an Edge in a Crowded Market

Three Ways to Find an Edge in a Crowded Market

Whether you're a pioneer or a latecomer in a competitive industry, here are strategies to stay ahead of the pack.
July 7, 2011 in Innovation
Three Ways to Prepare for a Business Launch

Three Ways to Prepare for a Business Launch

From showcasing expertise to soliciting feedback and offering free samples, consider these tested strategies for startup success.
June 9, 2011 in Success Stories
How a Microbusiness Rebounded from the Recession

How a Microbusiness Rebounded from the Recession

A fashion startup survives cash-flow problems and redesigns itself for a comeback.
May 9, 2011 in Women's Center
Banking on a New Business Model

Banking on a New Business Model

How an online party glassware company saved its business by revamping how it goes to market.
April 25, 2011 in Leadership
Rallying the Team for a Recovery

Rallying the Team for a Recovery

How encouraging employees to come up with ideas helped one company get creative in serving its clients.
April 4, 2011 in Women's Center
HomeAway's Super Bowl Ad Game

HomeAway's Super Bowl Ad Game

As the young company bets on a new commercial, co-founder Brian Sharples opens his playbook.
February 2, 2011 in Advertising
Tech-Gear Company Makes Traditional Trendy

Tech-Gear Company Makes Traditional Trendy

How DODOcase leveraged social media, and the skill of a master bookbinder, to catapult its iPad cases onto the market.
January 12, 2011 in Starting a Business

For Franchises, Growing Rapidly Isn't Always Best

Not so fast: When expansion trumps controlling costs and other goals, operations can turn sloppy.
December 4, 2005 in Franchise Zone