Archive for December, 2011

Five Tips To Improve Employee Performance Reviews

Ross | December 21st, 2011

Last week, Mike wrote about Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version. In that post, he briefly mentioned that the end of the calendar year is a good time to conduct employee reviews. I’m not a fan of end-of-year employee reviews. If you waited until the end of the year to give feedback to […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: NinjaDog Concepts

Amanda | December 21st, 2011

I knew that this week, right before the holidays, our small business spotlight had to feature something warm and fuzzy and completely heartwarming. I was going for It’s A Wonderful Life meets The Miracle on 34th Street meets a batch of chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven.  And I think I almost got it. A […]

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10 New Years Resolutions For Small Businesses and Startups

Mike | December 19th, 2011

 The new year is fast upon us and it is time for that ritual known as resolution-time! I am not talking about a new resolve to eat lighter and get to the gym 4 days a week. I am talking about business resolutions – specific actions and efforts you should take over the course of […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #114 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | December 16th, 2011

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Flightwise/ MyRadar Mobile Apps

Amanda | December 14th, 2011

It’s that time of year again, when many of us will wrap our gifts, unsuccessfully try not to crush them while stuffing them in our suitcases, and then hope for the best as we head off to the airport.  Flying during the holidays is difficult not only because airports are packed with every Tom, Dick, […]

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Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version

Mike | December 12th, 2011

For those of you unfamiliar with Yiddish, the word ‘mishegoss’ is defined as craziness or senseless activity, and as small business-people we can certainly relate to that concept, particularly as the holidays loom and the year comes to an end. Of course, every small business is unique and every business owner has their own priorities for […]

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Twitter Link Roundup #113 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

Ross | December 9th, 2011

Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and […]

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Business Owners: Only Two Numbers Matter

Ross | December 7th, 2011

Howard Morgan, the Managing Partner of First Round Capital has a simple and practical view on evaluating Internet-based businesses: If you have a business that’s based around the internet, basically only two numbers we need to know: What’s the cost to acquire a customer? What’s the lifetime customer value? If the lifetime customer value is […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: ThriftyWrench.com

Amanda | December 7th, 2011

There are lot of benefits to owning your own car.  Like not having to haul groceries a mile and then drag them up the stairs to your third floor walk up.  Or not having to limp around town on a sprained ankle. And having the independence to go where you want to go, when you […]

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