Small business

Startup Tips: Ask Your Customers For Feedback. Then Act.

Mike | October 15th, 2012

A few months ago, veteran crowdSPRING Buyers may have noticed something new when they completed wrapup on a project. Instead of just asking them to rate their experience with the winning Creative in their project, we started asking them to also rate us. It’s a simple survey – just 4 questions and a comment box […]

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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: Simplytapp

Amanda | October 3rd, 2012

Quick, look in your wallet.  If you’re anything like the average American, you probably have three or four credit cards (and between $3,000 – $7,000 worth of credit card debt) making your billfold pretty thick and uncomfortable to sit on.  Now look at your phone and imagine if you could leave your credit and bank […]

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How To Grow Your Business With Content Marketing

Ross | October 2nd, 2012

If you’re not creating content on the web, you don’t exist on the web. A 140 character tweet is content. A 1,000 word blog post is content. A commend to a blog post is content. Your website is content. Some content is compelling, reflects your knowledge and authority on a subject, and earns trust and […]

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Small Business and the Death of Newspapers

Mike | October 1st, 2012

“We’re in one of those strange eras where the words of the last century don’t have meaning. What does news mean to you, when the vast majority of news is created by amateurs? Is news coming from a newspaper, or a news group or a friend? ” ~ Chris Anderson, editor Wired Magazine  People, and businesses, […]

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What Customers Want Most From Small Business Mobile Websites

Ross | September 26th, 2012

Nearly half of U.S. consumers use smartphones. In fact, among young adults (18 to 29) and adults in households with incomes of over $75,000, smartphone use is even higher (66% and 68%, respectively). In a July 2012 study, two independent research firms surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adult smartphone users. The findings are not surprising: […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Bicyclette

Amanda | September 26th, 2012

It’s time to admit something embarrassing:  I never learned how to ride a bike.  There was a string of events that lead to this, but it’s mostly a result of crashing into the corner of my house, an aversion to physical pain, and a stubborn “streak” approximately a mile wide.  Some additional fun trivia: our […]

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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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