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Why Choosing to Be Sold Out of Its No. 1 Bestseller Was the Right Decision for This Startup

When faced with a difficult decision, Nina Faulhaber the co-founder of ADAY, a technical clothing line for womenNina Faulhaber, the co-founder of ADAY, a technical line for women's clothing, took the motto 'the customer is always right' to heart -- and it was the best decision she made. #StaplesForSmallBiz
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From Innovative Idea to Thriving Business: How One Woman Is Taking Her Industry by Storm (And You Can, Too)

Steeped in tradition, the wedding industry is not an area of enterprise we typically associate with cutting-edge innovation. However, sometimes it's the areas that you least expect that are primed for innovation. (Perfect example: Uber taking on the taxi industry.)
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Unpacking Innovation from Businesses You Know and Love

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How to use Customer Feedback to Fuel Small Business Innovation and Growth

Handling the ups and downs of small business ownership can be a challenge. While it feels great when your business is thriving, momentum may fade over time, requiring you to find new ways to keep your business fresh. If you're not sure where to start, consider tapping into customer feedback.
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5 Tips to Help Prepare Your Business for the Holidays – Starting Today

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7 Ways to Avoid Small Business Data Disasters

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Harness the Power of Customer Feedback with Hashtags

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How to Attract Investors With a One-Page Pitch

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10 Things Your Logo Might Be Saying (and You Don't Even Know It)

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6 Ways to Cultivate Goodwill on Yelp

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Does Your Logo Match Your Business?

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Let's Talk Logos With Branding Expert Debbie Millman
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Let's Talk Logos With Branding Expert Debbie Millman

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Make Professional Videos on a Small Business Budget

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Not Having a Phenomenal Entrepreneurial Journey? Here's What's Missing.

It's easy to get lost in the hype. Stay focused on the crucial elements that distinguish an entrepreneur who is on fire.
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10 Simple Productivity Tips for Organizing Your Work Life

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A CEO's Tips for Raising Work-Smart Kids
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A CEO's Tips for Raising Work-Smart Kids

One way parents can instill a love and appreciation of work in their children? Let them fail.
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How to Find Your Profitable Idea

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Why Choosing to Be Sold Out of Its No. 1 Bestseller Was the Right Decision for This Startup
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Why Choosing to Be Sold Out of Its No. 1 Bestseller Was the Right Decision for This Startup

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4 Ways to Bring Your Organizational Values to Life

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5 Simple Mindsets Powerful Enough to Assure Your Success

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The Art of Ruthless Prioritization

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6 Secret Tricks to Decrease Your Shipping Costs

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Everything Small Businesses Should Know About Holiday Shipping
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Everything Small Businesses Should Know About Holiday Shipping

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Revealed: The Online Holiday Shipping Deadlines for This Year
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This Founder Shares the One Trait He Looks for in Every Hire

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The Mistake General Assembly Made When It Scaled Too Quickly

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Snapchat Will Sell Its Spectacles Camera Glasses Through Pop-Up Vending Machines

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Pretty Soon, Chatbots Will Be Able to Understand How You're Feeling

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5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Shaping the Future of Ecommerce

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7 Ways Snap Could Break Open Social Media in 2017

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How Ecommerce Is Changing Warehouses for the Better

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When Staying the Same Wasn't an Option, This Founder Found Success Mixing Things Up

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