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Why Your 'To Do' List Is Failing You
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Why Your 'To Do' List Is Failing You

Instead of listing to-do's, try keeping a "done" list.
4 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump
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4 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump

Between summer vacations and the wanna-be-outside blues, summertime can be a productivity drag. Here are four ways to keep the summer slump at bay.
No Longer Hawkers, Modern Street Teams Can Help Build Your Online Presence
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No Longer Hawkers, Modern Street Teams Can Help Build Your Online Presence

There's nothing like a real live person to greet and assist customers upon arrival to your location.
Instead of Hoping Your Startup Will Be Acquired, Maybe You Should Be Acquiring
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Instead of Hoping Your Startup Will Be Acquired, Maybe You Should Be Acquiring

Even when a company is small, it can grow in a hurry by acquiring a compatible company that is even smaller.
How You, the Local Business Owner, Can Take on Amazon
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How You, the Local Business Owner, Can Take on Amazon

You can slay the online giant (somewhat) -- by doing these eight things consistently.
Open Carry Controversy: Businesses' New Rock and a Hard Place
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Open Carry Controversy: Businesses' New Rock and a Hard Place

Before your company takes a side on a controversial issue, consider these three things.
Hook New Customers With an Online 'Hopeful Greeting'
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Hook New Customers With an Online 'Hopeful Greeting'

To get ahead of the competition, your attention should be focused on making a great first impression, then building positive reviews and testimonials.
How Companies Can Leverage Influence to Create Trust
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How Companies Can Leverage Influence to Create Trust

The online world is a crowded space for brands – all vying for your attention (and money). With some companies turning to a rewards program to gain trust, others are using their influence.
New Study Dismantles Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule
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New Study Dismantles Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule

The principle that 10,000 hours of 'deliberate practice' are needed to become world-class in any field may not be what it seems.
The 5 Things Gen Y Really Cares About in a Job
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The 5 Things Gen Y Really Cares About in a Job

Millennials crave purpose, growth and connection, and it has to be real.
How Fair Trade Went From a Crazy Coffee Concept to a Global Sustainability Trend
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How Fair Trade Went From a Crazy Coffee Concept to a Global Sustainability Trend

When Paul Rice initially brought his idea for Fair Trade certified products to suppliers in the U.S., they either met him with intense skepticism or rejected him outright. Today, his model is flourishing.
Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.
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Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.

When do you stick with an idea, and when do you eliminate it altogether? As an entrepreneur, this can be a life-or-death decision for your startup.
Choices Can Become Overwhelming, So Make It Easier for Customers
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Choices Can Become Overwhelming, So Make It Easier for Customers

Use these strategies to increase click-through rates and purchases when presenting choices.
3 Questions Every Business Owner Needs to Ask Themselves In July
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3 Questions Every Business Owner Needs to Ask Themselves In July

With summer in full swing and the start of the third quarter, it's time to take an honest look at your progress.
Richard Branson's 5 Fashion Startup Secrets They Don't Teach You in Business School
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Richard Branson's 5 Fashion Startup Secrets They Don't Teach You in Business School

It can be difficult to make an impact in the fashion industry, but following these steps will get you off to the right start.
The Science Behind Why Small Teams Work More Productively
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The Science Behind Why Small Teams Work More Productively

A look inside Jeff Bezos’ two pizza rule and what you can learn from it.
5 Ways to Woo Customers With Special Attention
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5 Ways to Woo Customers With Special Attention

Adding personalized touches to customer interactions can help not only develop a strong relationship but also snag future sales.
How to Spot the Ideal Franchise Opportunity for You
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How to Spot the Ideal Franchise Opportunity for You

No franchise is perfect, but some can come pretty close -- you just have to go in with your eyes open.
Take a Page From Hollywood, Improv Your Next Brainstorming Session
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Take a Page From Hollywood, Improv Your Next Brainstorming Session

Actors often improvise during scenes. Entrepreneurs should be imploring this same tactic for brainstorming sessions.
4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure
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4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

If you at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and TED again. These inspiring talks will get you back on your feet in no time.
What Do Great Leaders Discuss With Their Employees?
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What Do Great Leaders Discuss With Their Employees?

Research shows a great return on the time spent by bosses talking directly with their staffers. Here are four conversations you could have.
Here is One Way to Grow Your Customer Base
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Here is One Way to Grow Your Customer Base

Getting customers to notice your startup in a sea of competitors can be tough. Using the ‘roll-up’ strategy, entrepreneurs are able to acquire new customers -- quickly.
Making the Jump From Employee to Owner
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Making the Jump From Employee to Owner

How do you all of sudden handle the responsibilities of leading after buying the company you work for?
There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This
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There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This

It takes hard work to get the best team players engaged in the right tasks and to resolve the inevitable conflicts.
7 Tips to Stay Afloat When Times Get Tough
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7 Tips to Stay Afloat When Times Get Tough

Businesses can survive a cash-flow crunch, but the wrong move can be fatal.
Hire Better Talent With a Big-Data Scientist
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Hire Better Talent With a Big-Data Scientist

This new breed of HR employee will integrate data sets, interpret findings and compare different data sets to make new discoveries.
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