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Doug and Polly White

Doug and Polly White

Contributor / Entrepreneurs, Small Business Experts, Consultants, Speakers

Doug and Polly are small business experts, speakers and consultants who work with entrepreneurs through Whitestone Partners. They are also co-authors of Let Go to GROW, a best-selling book on growing your business.

Internships

6 Ways to Create a Successful Intern Program

An intern should be so much more to you than free labor. He or she may actually be a prospective employee.
Crisis Management

If a PR Crisis Happens to Your Company, Will You Know What to Do? 5 Tips.

If the time comes when you and your company are in a bad spot, having done some advance planning will help.
Business

5 Tough Steps to Save Your Failing Business

There are no pleasant choices when you're expenses are fatally out of balance with your receivables.
Loyalty

Is Your Loyalty to Your Employees Hurting Your Company?

Loyalty is a fine quality unless it is killing your business.
Accountability

Build a Culture of Accountability in 5 Steps

What do "accountable"employees do differently? They quickly acknowledge their mistakes and failures and learn from the experience.
Business Moving Forward

Feeling the Drain of Business Demands? Focus on These 3 Areas.

Have you considered coordinating your nightly bedtime with your partner? Tactics and rituals are the way to stay physically and spiritually healthy.
Masters of Scale

No One Can Match Silicon Valley, But Other Cities Benefit From Fostering Startups

How Richmond, Va. is building a great entrepreneurial ecosystem, and what other cities can learn.
Inspiring Your Team

Company Culture Comes From Good Leadership

It's important for founders to define culture as their company scales.
Masters of Scale

Acquisitions Can Help You Scale, but Come With Risks

Sometimes the only shortcut to growth is through acquisition, but can you afford it?
Masters of Scale

4 Ways Co-Working Spaces Inspire Innovation and Collaboration

More interaction, ideas, concepts and thinking often lead to more innovation, creativity and a more profitable business.
Inspiring Your Team

Building Your Management Team as Your Startup Scales Is a 'Make-or Buy' Decision

How do you decide to let someone go, when there is a heartfelt attachment and perhaps a family or friend connection involved?
Masters of Scale

4 Times 'Fail Fast, Fail Cheap' Is the Wrong Advice

Used at the wrong time or taken to an extreme, failing fast and failing cheap can result in significant destruction of value.
Masters of Scale

Sometimes You Need to Let Go of a Bad Idea

When you go into business, especially with a new or unique idea, how do you know when to persist and when to change course?
Team Work

4 Reasons People Procrastinate and a Cure for Each One

With the ever-increasing barrage of distractions, the percentage of people suffering from serious procrastination issues is on the rise.