Start ups

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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Lean Marketing Tips: Public Relations and Focus

Mike | August 13th, 2012

“The three main elements of public relations are practically as old as society: informing people, persuading people, or integrating people with people” ~ Edward Bernays  Most startup entrepreneurs and marketing professionals will agree that a robust public relations strategy is crucial for startups and many small businesses. While there is no argument that these efforts […]

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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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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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