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Remembering Apple's Steve Jobs
Innovation

Remembering Apple's Steve Jobs

Reactions to news of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs emerged within hours from his competitors, fellow entrepreneurs and others influenced by his work and life.
Wall Street Protest Hurts the 'Little Guys' Nearby
Business Management

Wall Street Protest Hurts the 'Little Guys' Nearby

Area businesses call protestors camping in a lower Manhattan park a menace. Lost sales are only the half of it.
What Does Occupy Wall Street Mean for Your Business?
Business Management

What Does Occupy Wall Street Mean for Your Business?

Entrepreneurs may want to consider whether these gatherings are business signals about present or future customers, employees and economic policies.
How Online Retailers Can Ride the Exports Growth Wave
Shipping Center

How Online Retailers Can Ride the Exports Growth Wave

Online sales are still booming in Spain, Brazil, China, Russia and Mexico, and their ecommerce growth rates are expected to outpace U.S. growth in the next four years. Here are eight tips for e-tailers seeking to improve their appeal to overseas shoppers.
Why You Need to Flatten Your Organization
Business Management

Why You Need to Flatten Your Organization

If you're micromanaging your business like a pyramid with you at the top, consider flattening it by giving managers more responsibility.
Jungle City's Ann Mincieli on the Secret to Staying Competitive
Innovation

Jungle City's Ann Mincieli on the Secret to Staying Competitive

The groundbreaking recording engineer talks about how her studio stays on the cutting edge. Her advice: Hire a motivated team with passion and a hunger to try new things. Part of our Insights series.
Four Ways to Cut Small Employer Health-Care Costs
Compensation and Benefits

Four Ways to Cut Small Employer Health-Care Costs

Health-insurance premiums in the U.S. surged substantially in 2011. Here's how small companies can reduce costs.
How a Business Emergency Plan Paid Off in Tornado-Struck Joplin, Mo.
Insurance

How a Business Emergency Plan Paid Off in Tornado-Struck Joplin, Mo.

When a tornado ravaged the town of Joplin, Mo., few businesses were left intact. Here's how one owner and his employees made it through the storm. And what you can learn from their story.
How 'Working Spouse' Rules Can Save a Company Money -- And Headaches
Human Resources

How 'Working Spouse' Rules Can Save a Company Money -- And Headaches

Employers can save money by creating 'working-spouse carve-outs' encouraging employees to use their spouse's health-insurance plans.
Five Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Qwikster Split
New Ideas

Five Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Qwikster Split

Customers were downright irate when Netflix announced it would separate its DVD and streaming offerings. Here are some lessons to take away from that business bungle.
'Bar Rescue' Asks: Is Your Business Name Hurting Your Business?
Business Management

'Bar Rescue' Asks: Is Your Business Name Hurting Your Business?

Sometimes the only way to save a business is to start over, even down to changing its name. Here's how bar owners learned that lesson on Spike TV's 'Bar Rescue.'
Richard Branson on Time Management
Business Management

Richard Branson on Time Management

The celebrated entrepreneur shares tips from his experience on staying focused on the big picture for your business.
At LinkedIn Town Hall, Entrepreneurs' Questions Go Unanswered
Growth Strategies

At LinkedIn Town Hall, Entrepreneurs' Questions Go Unanswered

In the President's LinkedIn Town Hall, Barack Obama answered many questions about how to help the unemployed. But some small-business owners say he didn't discuss their needs enough.
Three Business Lessons from 'Moneyball'
Growth Strategies

Three Business Lessons from 'Moneyball'

Here are the top takeaways from the story of how the Oakland A's changed the way baseball teams do business.
Obama Asks for Entrepreneurs' Questions on LinkedIn
Growth Strategies

Obama Asks for Entrepreneurs' Questions on LinkedIn

President Barack Obama is currently taking questions on LinkedIn. The request brought more than 700 comments within hours, and lots of them aren't very polite.
An Entrepreneur's Guide to Brainstorming
Business Management

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Brainstorming

Brainstorming meetings don't have to hurt your brain. Here's how to to lead an effective session for cultivating new ideas. Tip: Bring snacks. And beer.
What's the Secret to Better Brainstorming?
Business Management

What's the Secret to Better Brainstorming?

Ah, the brainstorming session--who came up with the idea for that, anyway? The Esquire guy offers up some advice on how to cultivate better concepts.
Five Ways to Give Your Seasonal Business an Off-Season Boost
Growth Strategies

Five Ways to Give Your Seasonal Business an Off-Season Boost

There are a number of ways to keep the money coming in, even after your high season has passed. Think creatively, learn more about the needs of your customers, and test new ideas, even if they may seem a bit zany.
Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Fostering Innovation
Innovation

Docstoc's Jason Nazar on Fostering Innovation

A successful Internet entrepreneur talks about the virtues of failing fast when creating a new product or trying to do something new. Once you learn a lesson, incorporate it in your routines. 'Don't fail at the same thing more than once,' he says.
Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Bootstrapping a Growing a Business
Human Resources

Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran on Bootstrapping a Growing a Business

Shark Tank judge and angel investor Barbara Corcoran describes how she grew the Corcoran Group, one sales person at a time. Starting from her couch, her real-estate firm eventually expanded to 1,000 people. Her bootstrapping followed a simple formula.
Three Ways to Streamline Shipping for the Holiday Rush
Shipping Center

Three Ways to Streamline Shipping for the Holiday Rush

Small-business owners share their time-saving strategies for the upcoming season.
Puppets, Poetry and Other Entrepreneurial Studies
Business Management

Puppets, Poetry and Other Entrepreneurial Studies

What do entrepreneurs study in school? Here's a look at some of the highlights that the leading schools boast about.
Jonathan Fields Knows What's Killing Your Business Growth
Forward Thinkers

Jonathan Fields Knows What's Killing Your Business Growth

Bold movers are often just as scared as you are. Here are author Jonathan Fields' tips for conquering uncertainty to move forward.
Steve Case, Martha Stewart and Tony Hsieh Trade Views on Entrepreneurship
Leadership

Steve Case, Martha Stewart and Tony Hsieh Trade Views on Entrepreneurship

High-profile business leaders talk about the challenges facing entrepreneurs at a recent conference in New York.
A Lesson in Growing Your Brand from the 'Pawn Stars'
Growth Strategies

A Lesson in Growing Your Brand from the 'Pawn Stars'

Here's a look at the many ways the stars of 'Pawn Stars' have leveraged their fame.
Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'
Growth Strategies

Why Portland's Beer Economy Is 'Hoppy'

The right mix of ingredients makes Portland's brew economy one of the biggest in the world.
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