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Small business brand value is more than the Q factor

Have you noticed that every new on-air person hired by a TV network looks like a soap opera actor? They’re all young and pretty. We’re left to think that non-beautiful people need not apply. That is, unless you’re familiar with a certain marketing measurement. Marketing Evaluations Inc. is the proprietor of [...]

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Forget Personality Tests And Measure What's Really Important

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? There are two big reasons why personality tests are probably not the cure-all you've been looking for. The first reason is that employees, understandably, tend to be a little possessive of their personal information. Let’s face it: these tests do constitute at least a measure [...]

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How to Freelance Without Fear

Your boss is driving you crazy. You never get opportunities to pitch your big ideas. You’re dying to feel passionate about your work. You have a long list of inventive solutions to problems that could make you millions. You know you could make your creative dream come true, if you [...]

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Become A Cash-Flow Ninja

Cash--the oxygen that fuels small business--is flowing again, and that's giving many entrepreneurs a chance to breath easier. The Wells Fargo Small Business Index for the third quarter found that cash flow in the firms it surveyed had reached a six-year high. Among respondents, 55% of owners said their cash flow [...]

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Microsoft Is Rising Again

Disclosure: I own shares of MSFT After remaining in the shadows of Apple, Google, and other rising technology companies for several years, Microsoft is rising again, as evidenced by the release of new products and improving financials.  Today, the company announced its own system for consolidating health and fitness data from [...]

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How Virtual Reality Could Transform Society

Will we soon be living in a virtual world? Facebook’s headline making $2 billion investment in Oculus, a virtual reality (VR) system, started a large amount of speculation about the field. By Christmas Samsung is expected to release Gear - a mobile-based VR system built in collaboration with Oculus that runs [...]

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Why The 'Entrepreneurial Drop-out' Stereotype Needs To Go Away

Currently there is an annoying tendency to assume that success as an entrepreneur is tied to dropping out of the conventional education stream and forging your own path. The assumption is based off a few noteworthy successes - Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and university drop-out Bill Gates for example. But it [...]

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Emerging Markets Are Leading The Way On Clean Energy Growth

It is easy to think of the clean energy revolution as largely a developed world phenomenon – Germany’s Energiewende scaling up the solar power sector, offshore wind turbines in the North Sea and Tesla’s electric sports car are some of the images that come to mind. Partly this is because there [...]

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Intro - In Photos: Seven Common Small Business Mistakes And How To Deal With Them

Sizing up younger, privately held firms is very tricky: Their fortunes can change very quickly, and they aren’t obliged to share their plans and finances with the public. With the help of CB Insights, a Manhattan-based research firm that tracks investment in high-growth private companies, we found 100 up-and-comers with serious growth potential. Seven of them shared their biggest mistakes, and how they dealt with them. For a full list of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies, go to...

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Growth on Track - Factors Raising And Hampering Economic Growth

  Recent Questions – Growth Sustainability The Commerce Department issued their report of the most recent GDP growth rate – our economy grew by 3.5% (real, after inflation) during the 3rd quarter of this year. The rebound continues from the odd first quarter GDP report, which showed the economy actually contracted. While visiting [...]

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5 Workplace Irritations That Can Boost Productivity - In Photos: 5 Workplace Irritations That Can Boost Productivity

Most full-time employees spend more than 2,000 hours per year in the office–so, there’s no question that irritations develop specific to the workplace. Tom Gimbel, president and chief executive of LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based staffing firm, says some workplace irritations are actually productive–not destructive–and lend to innovative efforts. “These irritants provoke different facets of your brain, subsequently igniting a flame far quicker than if they weren’t present,' he explains.

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