Small business

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Penn Brewery

Amanda | May 23rd, 2012

For some reason (probably age discrimination), I have the reputation at the office for being a booze hound. But in reality, I have one true love: beer.  If you haven’t gotten the memo, craft beer is is a huge movement in the United States.  The Brewer’s Association reports that in 2011, craft beer had blossomed […]

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Small Business and Startup Tips: Analyze This (a Data Primer)

Mike | May 21st, 2012

Our awesome Customer Service Master, Bianca, came to me last week with a simple request: “Let me have more responsibility.” Well it’s not everyday that a member of the team asks for the opportunity to do more, and it’s not every person in the world who expresses interest in learning new skills. We had a […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: AppMonsta

Amanda | May 16th, 2012

I was recently blessed with an iPhone and have fallen into the world of apps.  Lord knows all of us here at the cS offices love our apps.  Just last week Ross insisted all of us download SayHi Translate and speak to him in Swedish.  This is a true story, I encourage all of you […]

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Small business Congress-watch: Three Reasons to Vote Next November?

Mike | April 23rd, 2012

A few times a year I take a browse through current legislation that has been introduced in our Congress. The idea is to stay current on what the folks in Washington are doing for small businesses and startups and to briefly analyze some of those priorities and efforts. As business owners and operators who live […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Academics

Mike | April 9th, 2012

As college graduation weekends and summer business incubator announcements loom, I thought I would take a few minutes to consider the connection between the entrepreneurship and academia. Entrepreneurs, by definition,  take an idea or a concept and strive to make that idea into a operating business. To do this, we spend a great deal of […]

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I’m in Unicode Love: The Curator’s Code

Mike | April 2nd, 2012

Attribution on the web is a controversial topic; ideas, stories, videos, graphics are copied and pasted over and over again, propagating their way across the virtual universe. As an entrepreneur and blogger, I am always pleased when I see my articles shared on other sites, or linked to in the social media. While I would […]

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Work From Home Fridays

Ross | March 28th, 2012

We encourage our team to work remotely when they want. We care about performance, not face-time in the office. Did you know that the average commute is 45 minutes each way and that telecommuters report having 25% less stress? We leverage technology to work remotely: Basecamp and Campfire from our friends at 37signals, Skype and […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Hyperlocal Marketing Channels

Mike | March 26th, 2012

We write often about marketing strategies and tactics for small business and startups. These companies typically have limited budgets, thin resources, and strained capacity which combine to create a challenge for managers and owners: how to develop an effective marketing campaign using tactics that will work for their business. The Lean Startup movement provides a […]

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Ross | March 6th, 2012

When we come across successful products, services or startups, we often wonder – where did the idea come from? Why didn’t WE think of Pinterest, Facebook, or Google? In the following video, Steven johnson discusses ideas, innovation and how entrepreneurs and companies can groom environments to help incubate and promote good ideas. How do you […]

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Small Business Tips: Foreign Payments, The Patriot Act, OFAC, and you.

Mike | March 5th, 2012

Every time I find myself on the security line at the airport, I watch the folks ahead of me anticipating that someone will be pulled from the line because their name appeared on the TSA “no-fly” list. I have yet to see this happen, but I sympathize with the poor schlub whose name matches that […]

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