Start ups

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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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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Small Business and Startup Tips: 5 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Mike | June 4th, 2012

Marketing your small business is simple, right? Just get your web page live, set up a Twitter account and a Facebook page, start building that email list and you’re on your way to endless riches! Well, unfortunately it is not quite that easy and many businesses end up making mistakes that they could have easily […]

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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 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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Small Business and Startup Tips: Managing Remote Employees

Ross | April 19th, 2012

Did you know that more than 34 million Americans already work from home, at least part time? In fact, that number is expected to nearly double in the next five years, according to Forrester. If we have anywhere close to 63 million remote workers by 2016, remote workers will represent over 40 percent of the entire […]

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The Economic Clout of Women-Owned Small Businesses [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ross | April 12th, 2012

Did you know that women start businesses at 1.5x the U.S. national average? While it’s not surprising that certain types of businesses are heavily dominated by men, there are many types of businesses that are well represented by women. Women-owned businesses account for trillions of dollars in sales and employ millions of people, in the […]

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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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