Eating More Chocolate Might Make You Smarter, New Study Suggests

A huge study links weekly chocolate consumption to better brain function. Thanks, science! If you’re looking to improve your physical and mental health, science has no shortage of recommendations. Exercise more, about a million studies suggests. Quit multitasking. Eat more whole grains. These are clearly all worthy findings and we’d do well to heed the advice, […]

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How to Create a Meaningful Morning Routine

Author and CEO Nellie Akalp discusses her morning routine: Setting the right morning routine provides the energy to tackle whatever comes in the day. For entrepreneurs, there’s never enough time in the day — which is why we need to be mindful of how we spend every moment. There are countless ways to craft your […]

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How to Deal With the Stress of a Small Business

Nick Bradfield shares his perspective on small business stress: When people ask me how I’m doing, I often reply: “I’m living the dream!” That phrase has many meanings and I’m sure people take it in different ways. Some may think I’m being sarcastic and just trying to get through the daily dose of boredom. Some get […]

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How to Conduct an Effective Performance Review

A proper performance review can be a very useful tool for both managers and employees. Ideally, a performance review should help drive employee development, it should establish clear expectations, and help motivate employees. While the idea of a review can create anxiety for both a manager and employee, it doesn’t need to be that way. […]

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How This Company Bounced Back After a Toxic Hire

It takes time, but it’s possible. “Culture fit” is the Holy Grail of hiring, but when Tracy Lawrence launched the catering startup Chewse, in 2011, she gave experience an inflated importance. “We’re really into transparency and talking truth to power, but we didn’t always have a way to vet it,” she says. That led to […]

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5 Financial Mistakes Business Owners Can Avoid

Dave Rowan gives advice on how to avoid financial disaster: As a business owner, my guess is you’re quite busy. Hopefully your company is growing and your days are consumed with marketing your business, caring for your customers and running day-to-day operations. I get that you have a million things to do. But I also know […]

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An Introduction to Business Plans

A business plan is a written description of your business’s future. That’s all there is to it–a document that describes what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you’ve written a plan, or at least […]

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7 Easy Steps for Launching a Venture that Will Fail

“I don’t like to invest in entrepreneurs that have not failed at least once.” I have heard this statement from a number of venture capitalists. Their reasoning is simple: failure makes you humble, more teachable, and less likely to make critical mistakes next time around. I also hear these phrases from entrepreneurial gurus: “Fail fast.” […]

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