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Growth Strategies

Growth Strategies

How Fair Trade Went From a Crazy Coffee Concept to a Global Sustainability Trend

When Paul Rice initially brought his idea for Fair Trade certified products to suppliers in the U.S., they either met him with intense skepticism or rejected him outright. Today, his model is flourish...
Business Ideas

Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.

When do you stick with an idea, and when do you eliminate it altogether? As an entrepreneur, this can be a life-or-death decision for your startup.
Sales

Choices Can Become Overwhelming, So Make It Easier for Customers

Use these strategies to increase click-through rates and purchases when presenting choices.
Business Plans

3 Questions Every Business Owner Needs to Ask Themselves In July

With summer in full swing and the start of the third quarter, it's time to take an honest look at your progress.
Team Work

The Science Behind Why Small Teams Work More Productively

A look inside Jeff Bezos' two pizza rule and what you can learn from it.
Customer Service

5 Ways to Woo Customers With Special Attention

Adding personalized touches to customer interactions can help not only develop a strong relationship but also snag future sales.
Run a Better Business

How to Spot the Ideal Franchise Opportunity for You

No franchise is perfect, but some can come pretty close -- you just have to go in with your eyes open.
Brainstorming

Take a Page From Hollywood, Improv Your Next Brainstorming Session

Actors often improvise during scenes. Entrepreneurs should be imploring this same tactic for brainstorming sessions.
worth-knowing

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

If you at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and TED again. These inspiring talks will get you back on your feet in no time.
Managing Employees

What Do Great Leaders Discuss With Their Employees?

Research shows a great return on the time spent by bosses talking directly with their staffers. Here are four conversations you could have.
The Grind

Here is One Way to Grow Your Customer Base

Getting customers to notice your startup in a sea of competitors can be tough. Using the ‘roll-up' strategy, entrepreneurs are able to acquire new customers -- quickly.
Run a Better Business

Making the Jump From Employee to Owner

How do you all of sudden handle the responsibilities of leading after buying the company you work for?
Take It From The Pros

There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This

It takes hard work to get the best team players engaged in the right tasks and to resolve the inevitable conflicts.
Run a Better Business

7 Tips to Stay Afloat When Times Get Tough

Businesses can survive a cash-flow crunch, but the wrong move can be fatal.
Inspiring Your Team

Hire Better Talent With a Big-Data Scientist

This new breed of HR employee will integrate data sets, interpret findings and compare different data sets to make new discoveries.