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Vehicle Fleet

Definition: Vehicles owned by a company and used for business purposes

Venture Capital

Definition: Funds flowing into a company, generally during pre-IPO process, in the form of an investment rather than a loan. Controlled by an individual or small group known as venture capitalists, these investments require a high rate of return and are secured by a substantial ownership position in the business.

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Creativity

This Man Started His Own Content Company and Got 20 Million YouTube Views With Kevin Hart

Michael Ratner started off with his dad's VHS camera and now runs a company that produces content for some of the biggest stars on the planet. Here's how.
Gig Economy

Side Gigs Are a Thriving Part of the Economy That Economists Probably Aren't Measuring Very Well

The dog walker you hired online is an example of the personalized and localized economy traditional economic measures might not be capturing.
Franchises

More Women Are Entering Franchising -- and It's Changing the Industry

Women are buying franchises at a rate far faster than men. Now the industry is asking itself: Why?
CEOs

The Founder of Panera Bread: 'I Wish I'd Fired More People'

After stepping down as CEO in January, Ron Shaich looks back on what he wishes he'd done differently.
Branding

To Be Successful, Your Brand Needs a Clear, Simple Focus

Think about Volvo, which stands for safety, or Ferrari, which is all about speed and excitement.
Branding

Sadly, It's Time to Break up With Your Brand and Move on

Be honest, get help and know what you want in a new brand.
FinTech

Fintech Disruptors are Changing How Entrepreneurs Invest and Raise Capital

Toss traditional out the window. Be creative finding funding.
Conversational Intelligence

3 Ways to Make Memorable Small Talk That Gets People Interested In Working With You

The easiest way to be intriguing is listen closely after you've asked someone to tell you about themself.
Cannabis

Colorado Starts a 'Cannabis Conversation' On Driving While High

More than half of marijuana users surveyed said they "consistently" drove while high in the last 30 days.
Business Taxes

5 Tax-Deduction Changes in the Trump Tax Plan You Need to Know About This Tax Year

Deduction changes are coming for meals and entertainment, business automobiles, mortgage interest, alimony and medical expenses.
Branding

Your Competitive Advantage Is Not Your Product -- It's Your Story

Customers aren't loyal to a product. They're loyal to what's behind the product.
Apps

How to Promote Your Mobile App for Free

There are a number of options for marketing your app for free, as well as advertising on a small budget.
Mentorship

4 Questions to Ask About Networking Mentors

What should you expect when looking for a mentor?
401(k)s

Younger Team Members Often Don't Enroll in Retirement Plans -- But That Can Hurt Your Company

Plan participation is never guaranteed, especially for entry-level workers
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