Kelly K. Spors

Kelly K. Spors

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

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

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.
What You Can Learn From Nintendo's Weird and Wonderful 125 Years
Grow Your Business

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.
Century-Old Businesses: Their Secrets to Success
Growth Strategies

Century-Old Businesses: Their Secrets to Success

It's getting harder to reach 100. We explain what's worked.
Bitstrips' Founder on the Importance of Mobile and the Year Ahead
The 'Treps

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.
What Mobile Gifting Will Look Like in 2014
The 'Treps

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.
A College 'Trep's Plans for 2014
Forward Thinkers

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.
Building a Sustainable Brand -- One Thoughtful Step at a Time
Forward Thinkers

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.
Why This 'Trep Will Start School in 2014
Forward Thinkers

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.
Manufacturer Thinks 'Lean' to Cut Waste, Boost Efficiency
Grow Your Business

Manufacturer Thinks 'Lean' to Cut Waste, Boost Efficiency

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

How Online Direct Sales Saved This Luxury Business

The financial crisis forced Vero Linens to find a new target market.
For Agility, A Shift to Freelancers
Management & Operations

For Agility, A Shift to Freelancers

Shedding overhead helped this North Carolina marketing agency refocus and become profitable after a merger.
More Reasons to Rethink Paper Records
Business Management

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.
When Manufacturing in China, Face Time Can Be Critical
Growth Strategies

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.
Are Small Businesses Being Heard This Election Year?
Leadership

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

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

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.
How to Take Your Business to the Next Level
Growth Strategies

How to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Consider these three successful strategies to kick-start growth in your company.
Five Ways to Build Business Credit
Money and Finance How To Guides

Five Ways to Build Business Credit

Consider these options to start building an enviable credit history for your small business.
Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity
Productivity

Five Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

Follow these common-sense tips to get more stuff done -- faster.
Three Ways to Find an Edge in a Crowded Market
Innovation

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.
Three Ways to Prepare for a Business Launch
Success Stories

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.
How a Microbusiness Rebounded from the Recession
Women's Center

How a Microbusiness Rebounded from the Recession

A fashion startup survives cash-flow problems and redesigns itself for a comeback.
Banking on a New Business Model
Leadership

Banking on a New Business Model

How an online party glassware company saved its business by revamping how it goes to market.
Rallying the Team for a Recovery
Women's Center

Rallying the Team for a Recovery

How encouraging employees to come up with ideas helped one company get creative in serving its clients.
HomeAway's Super Bowl Ad Game
Advertising

HomeAway's Super Bowl Ad Game

As the young company bets on a new commercial, co-founder Brian Sharples opens his playbook.
Tech-Gear Company Makes Traditional Trendy
Starting a Business

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.
Franchise Zone

For Franchises, Growing Rapidly Isn't Always Best

Not so fast: When expansion trumps controlling costs and other goals, operations can turn sloppy.

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