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Teaching To See

Ross | July 30th, 2013

Design is becoming more important in today’s noisy world. Smartly designed products tend to become more popular. Websites with good design practices tend to appeal to more customers. Nicely designed email newsletters and print brochures do a better job conveying the intended message. But what is good design and how can you see it? Here’s […]

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The History Of Typography

Ross | July 17th, 2013

Here’s a wonderful animated short video about the history of typography, from Guttenberg’s printing press to today.

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Summer Business Books: What to Read Now

Mike | July 15th, 2013

I love to read. Books, newspapers, magazine, blogs, comment threads. Put the written word in front of me, whether on a sheet of paper bound into a book or magazine, or as pixels on a glowing screen and I will consume it. But like most small business owners, I have very little time available for […]

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Small Business and Startups: The First Ever crowdSPRING Quiz!

Mike | July 8th, 2013

Now that the 4th of July party is over and we begin the official summer months, many businesses large and small will experience a slowdown in sales, traffic, and customer engagement. Why? Because it’s vacation time, stupid. Because you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, I imagine you’ve probably been asking yourself, “What […]

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How To Say No To People Who Want To Pick Your Brain

Ross | June 25th, 2013

As you become successful, people will want to buy you a cup of coffee and “pick your brain.” Even if  you want to genuinely help, it’s impossible to say “yes” to everyone and not impact your own productivity. Here’s a helpful video from Marie Forleo, a marketing and lifestyle expert. Marie offers good tips on […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Their Interns

Mike | June 9th, 2013

Periodically I post in this series about things that entrepreneurs can learn from others and from the world around them. The older we get, the more we discover that we are not to smart and that the best thing we can do is pay attention to the people around us. From them we can draw […]

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Making the Leap: Old Career to New!

Mike | June 3rd, 2013

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American will have between 7 and 10 jobs. We are a peripatetic bunch, moving from job to job, location to location pursuing exactly what nobody really knows. But there is a difference between changing jobs and changing careers and it is the latter that we will discuss today. Job […]

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Create Your Own Future

Ross | May 23rd, 2013

Some people are stuck in the present and unable to move forward. Use the future to escape the present. Decide where you’d rather be.

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If You Risk Nothing, You Risk Everything

Ross | May 16th, 2013

People fear many things. The fear of failure is perhaps one of the greatest and most dangerous fears. If you risk nothing, you risk everything.

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The First Step, No Matter How Small, Is Crucial To Success

Ross | May 15th, 2013

Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and founder of Chobani, recently talked about how he started Chobani. It’s a wonderful story and well worth your time to watch how an immigrant entrepreneur with a vision others thought was crazy, built a business that grew from zero to a billion dollars in just five years. Ulukaya was born in Turkey and […]

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