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The Science of Persuasion: How To Persuade Others To Do What You Want

Ross | December 13th, 2012

Most successful entrepreneurs and small business owners are skilled at persuasion and negotiation. Those skills are critical when hiring employees, negotiating with co-founders, investors and vendors, acquiring customers, and in many other situations. Did you know there are six scientifically validated principles that explain how you can better persuade others to do what you want? […]

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12 Questions: Meet Ana Grigoriu (Germany)

Audree | December 11th, 2012

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Dalla Terra Winery

Amanda | November 14th, 2012

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (next Thursday– it’s early this year). And right after you turn the Thanksgiving corner, you’re staring directly at a bunch of other major holidays. It’s just that time of the year. Besides turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and family there is one more key holiday component: wine! This week’s Small […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simply Smart Tech

Amanda | October 24th, 2012

If there’s one thing all business owners, from Fortune 500 to the one-man shop small businesses, can agree on, it’s this: security and IT support are absolutely vital. Finding a trustworthy and reputable outside source– or even in-house support– can be an overwhelming endeavor. Well, if you happen to be a company in Chicago, search […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Art Students

Mike | October 8th, 2012

My younger son is a high school senior this year and I find myself in awe of his ability to manage an wildly complex and demanding existence. First semester of senior year is an overwhelming time – college visits and applications to schedule and manage, final rounds of SATs and ACTs to prepare for, a […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: MyCorporation

Amanda | September 19th, 2012

Let’s face it: most of us are rubbish at knowing what’s going on when it comes filing legal documents. You tell us to file our taxes and we respond with TurboTax. We’re not well-versed on the process, what forms need to be filed, when and where said forms should be filed, and what the expense could […]

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Panel Discussions. Ugh. Or Not.

Mike | September 17th, 2012

On occasion I find myself in attendance at a conference or other event that has, as a part of its programming, a panel discussion. The topics can be phenomenal; “How to Succeed Where Other Fail,” “Your Startup Can Save Civilization,” “Best Practices for the Care and Feeding of Tigers,” or even “Why Do Birds Sing […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Olander Group

Amanda | September 12th, 2012

There’s this myth out there in the world of professional services that the traditional agency model and crowdsourcing are mortal enemies.  Trying to get the two of them in the same room is like smashing two south pole magnets together.  If the traditional agency model and crowdsourcing were families, their fourteen-year-old children would enter into […]

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Nerdfighters Build a Community of Awesome

Audree | August 20th, 2012

Last week, I attended LeakyCon here in Chicago with my daughter and her best friend. LeakyCon is a conference for Harry Potter fans, and much, much, more. One of the panels we went to was run by John & Hank Green, a.k.a. the VlogBrothers, and creators of many things awesome. They are also the founders […]

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