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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 Your Shipping for the Holiday Rush
Shipping Center

Three Ways to Streamline Your 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.
An Employee-Tracking App to Manage a Mobile Workforce
Shipping Center

An Employee-Tracking App to Manage a Mobile Workforce

A new fleet-management tool can help business owners improve their logistics.
The High Cost of Sales Team Turnover
Human Resources

The High Cost of Sales Team Turnover

Lost sales, time and money: High turnover in your sales department is a serious problem. Here's what to do about it.
Terminal Discomfort: Staying at an Airport Hotel
Business Travel

Terminal Discomfort: Staying at an Airport Hotel

Once you check in to an airport hotel, can you ever leave? Um, yes. Just not fast enough. But not all are as bad as you might think. Our look at the five best airport hotels.
The Importance of Office Aesthetics
Business Management

The Importance of Office Aesthetics

How should startup entrepreneurs with limited resources furnish their work space? Start with common sense and consider your company culture.
The Hidden Costs of Employee Turnover
Human Resources

The Hidden Costs of Employee Turnover

A revolving door of workers can take a toll on your company in surprising ways. Here are four that you might not notice.
A Small-Business Owner Who Survived the World Trade Center Attacks Looks Back After 10 Years
Leadership

A Small-Business Owner Who Survived the World Trade Center Attacks Looks Back After 10 Years

Greg Carafello looks back at how Sept. 11, 2001, changed him as a business owner.
Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?
Human Resources

Are We on the Verge of a Small-Business Hiring Boom?

A new study shows 40 percent of small business owners plan to make a hire in the next six months. Could this be the start of a turnaround in unemployment?
How to Build a Stellar Team at a High-Potential Startup
Human Resources

How to Build a Stellar Team at a High-Potential Startup

Ready to add an employee or 12 to your roster? Put these recruiting and hiring strategies to work for your growing company.
Five Ways Small Businesses Can Beat Rising Mail Costs
Shipping Center

Five Ways Small Businesses Can Beat Rising Mail Costs

With USPS nearing insolvency, prices may rise as service levels decline. Here are some suggestions for keeping mailing costs down.
Spanx's Sara Blakely on How She Created an Inspiring Work Environment
Leadership

Spanx's Sara Blakely on How She Created an Inspiring Work Environment

The inventor and founder of the body-shaping undergarment company talks about how the headquarters design motivates and inspires employees. Part of our Insights series.
Six Ideas for Immediate Job Creation: Will They Work?
Growth Strategies

Six Ideas for Immediate Job Creation: Will They Work?

How can we get the economy back on track and create jobs? Here are six ideas from the President, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others.
Free Shipping: Seven Ways it Can Hook Your Customers
Shipping Center

Free Shipping: Seven Ways it Can Hook Your Customers

If there's one thing Americans love, it's free shipping. Here are seven popular ways to offer this much desired perk.
How Can I Make a Comeback?
Business Management

How Can I Make a Comeback?

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, shares tips on how struggling businesses can turn it all around.
Mike Wolfe of 'American Pickers' Is the New Americana Idol
Innovation

Mike Wolfe of 'American Pickers' Is the New Americana Idol

Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the TV show American Pickers, is leveraging a popular passion for the past to build the multimedia empire of the future.
Insights: Spanx's Sara Blakely on Finding New Ideas
Growth Strategies

Insights: Spanx's Sara Blakely on Finding New Ideas

Inventor and founder Sara Blakely on how she comes up with new ideas for her body-slimming undergarment company.
Top Seven Mistakes Business Owners Make Filing Insurance Claims
Insurance

Top Seven Mistakes Business Owners Make Filing Insurance Claims

In the chaos that follows a natural disaster, here are the top mistakes business owners make in filing insurance claims.
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