4 Reasons Why Your Best Employees Leave for New Opportunities

Meet Mary. She’s a motivated, hardworking employee. Mary’s been with her current company for more than three years. She loves her job and her co-workers and feels like she’s paid fairly and receives great benefits. But Mary’s still looking for a new job with a new company. What’s scary for a lot of employers is […]

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What Small Business Can Learn From Force of the Star Wars Marketing Blitz

It almost seems unfair, doesn’t? I’m talking about the Disney-Lucas film connection and therefore also the Star Wars franchise. But instead of sitting here wallowing in envy of this super-heavyweight marketing marriage, let’s look at what Disney is doing to promote the upcoming and eagerly awaited installment in the Star Wars series, “Star Wars: Episode […]

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The Best Advice for Small Business Owners This Thanksgiving

You don’t have to look hard to find the list of grievances small business owners face today. Taxes, health insurance costs, regulations – there is a laundry list of things that frustrates small business owners that the nightly news cycle and political pundits love to flame. I openly share many of those grievances. But, like […]

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5 Employment Law Tips for Startups

As a business owner of a startup, you wear many hats. In all the rush of running a startup, it’s easy to forget one of the most important hats you’ll ever wear: the employer. Here are five employment law traps that every startup founder needs to know. 1. Know the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Many companies prefer […]

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The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re bootstrapping it or looking for outside funding. The best sorts of business plans tell a clear story of what […]

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Hurricane Joaquin Highlights the Importance of Plans to Keep Operating

Hurricane Joaquin’s wild ride up the East Coast over the last week stirred up chilling memories for William Bauer, managing director of Royce Leather in New Jersey. The family business already went through Hurricane Sandy, which flooded the fulfillment center in Secaucus, ruining many fine leather goods like wallets and briefcases. A $100,000 server, which […]

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5 Insights For Introverts Who Want To Thrive In The Workplace

What tips do you have to prevent extroverts from dominating the conversation in business meetings? – Connor J., DC This is an important question, Connor! A recent study conducted by the Kellogg School of Management found that in a typical six- to eight-person meeting, three people do 70% of the talking. Here are a few […]

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Being Your Own Boss Is Great Except for the Hours

The primary complaint with the typical 9 to 5 schedule is that it simply leaves you TOO FREAKING TIRED to do anything personally fulfilling after work. From the moment you wake up, to the moment you go to bed, you’re in constant motion — either preparing to show up somewhere, plowing through something, or preparing […]

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5 Almost Effortless Ways to Become a Morning Person

Do you have a “love-hate” relationship with the morning? Yeah, yeah, you already know that getting up early can make you more productive, focused and motivated — which is why successful entrepreneurs like Sir Richard Branson and CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies like Tory Burch and Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo) wake up before the sun rises. The only problem […]

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