Small business

Small Business and Startups – 13 Great Reads From The Business Press

Mike | September 24th, 2012

One of my daily pleasures is to read the paper, the blogs, and the magazines. I typically scan the major stories domestic and international, take a dive into the political coverage, read the opinion pages top to bottom, skim the sports and entertainment sections and then head over to the business section to see what’s […]

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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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Small Business and Startups: The True “Lean” Movement

Mike | September 10th, 2012

Last week, Ross was contacted by an old friend, Ron May, who publishes an industry newsletter in Chicago and writes extensively about technology, startups, and small business in our region. Ron gets in touch periodically for updates on crowdSPRING so this was no great surprise. Ron’s email asked, “What the heck is going on with crowdSPRING? […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Bridge The Gap Villages

Amanda | September 5th, 2012

If you live in a large, tourist destination or if you’ve even take a trip to, well, anywhere, something quickly becomes apparent: there is a huge divide between locals and those just visiting.  It’s clothing, it’s language, it’s demeanor, and it’s very pervasive.  Whether you’re walking down the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, buying a sandwich […]

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Labor Day! Let’s Celebrate the Workers

Mike | September 3rd, 2012 Labor Day New Your 1882

“The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.” ~ Samuel Gompers  Most of our posts on the crowdSPRING Blog focus on managing businesses and startups; we often write about best practices, and offer plenty of practical tips for managers. Today is a little different, because in the US, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Gelatini

Amanda | August 30th, 2012

Well, the time has come.  The sun is setting earlier and earlier; kids are filtering back into school; summer is ending.  And while many of us are looking forward to finding our flannels and getting ourselves to an apple orchard, the end of summer is always bittersweet. But! Before September 21st rolls around, there is […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Good Migrations

Amanda | August 22nd, 2012

Let’s not mince words here: moving abroad is rough, rough stuff.  After someone finds their House Hunters International perfect home, they are faced with packing up their stuff and trusting strangers– who may or may not speak their language– to ship it safely half-way across the globe. As the founders of this week’s Small Business […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Orazure Hand Roasted Coffee

Amanda | August 15th, 2012

I recently got back from a cross-country road trip where I drove from Chicago to Portland, OR. Besides putting nearly 5,000 miles on our rental car, my travel companion and I also became connoisseurs of gas station coffee.  We became well-versed in the difference between “pot has been sitting here since yesterday, “tastes like dirty […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Eventual Millionaire

Amanda | August 8th, 2012

So… would you like to be a millionaire someday?  Most people would be hard-pressed to say no.  However, most people would also be hard-pressed to come up with an effective game plan to accomplish this goal. That’s where this week’s Small Business Spotlight, Eventual Millionaire, comes into play.  The blog was started by Jaime Tardy […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Olympic Athletes

Mike | August 6th, 2012

When Gabby Douglas climbed on the balance beam last week en route to her gold medal for individual all-around women’s gymnastics she was the picture of calm focus. She was smiling, but she was also tense, and as she began her routine it was clear that she had completely tuned out everything around her. You […]

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