Small business

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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What Small Business and Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Roger Federer

Ross | July 11th, 2012

A few days ago, Roger Rederer defeated Andy Murray to win his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title. It was a phenomenal match and Federer’s 17th Grand Slam title (the most in men’s singles history). Many consider Federer the best male tennis player of all time. Federer, however, had not won a major tournament since 2010. How […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Increasing Lifetime Value With Email Campaigns

Mike | July 9th, 2012

It is a truism of the business world that it costs more to acquire a new customer than it does to retain an existing one. It is also a truism that every business extracts a relatively predictable economic value from a given customer based on amount of money spent with a company minus the amount […]

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Small business and the Affordable Care Act: 5 Reasons Why Obamacare May Help

Mike | July 2nd, 2012

Last week the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (dba Obamacare). If you are a small business owner or manager, it really doesn’t matter whether you are in the 50% of Americans who were thrilled about this decision or the 50% who were […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Lingua Franca Traducciones

Amanda | June 27th, 2012

This week’s small business spotlight came with a harrowing story about a 700 km taxi ride across western Europe at 3:00 am, racing against the clock to deliver a document on time.  Sounds like the beginning of a Robert Ludlum novel, right? It’s actually just another day in the legal document translation business. Lingua Franca […]

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Startups and Small Business: 5 Things We Really Need From Politicians

Mike | June 25th, 2012

We hear a great deal of talk from the Presidential campaigns about what small businesses and startups really need to succeed. It’s “job creators, this” and “entrepreneurs, that” and “innovators, the other.” First of all we are not monolithic. Every small business has its own distinct needs and it’s own unique problems. For instance, my […]

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