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Can We Get Back to Facts?

By on August 28, 2014 in Business Smarts
Can We Get Back to Facts?

Once again recent events have brought to light another problem that is permeating society as a whole as well as the stories entrepreneurs tell about their startups. I call the problem “Dealing with Inconvenient Facts.” It seems that the human tongue has become a weapon of mass destruction, waging war on civil forms of disagreement […]

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Fundable and Staples #Crowd2Shelf Contest

By on August 24, 2014 in Growing a Business
Fundable and Staples #Crowd2Shelf Contest

Here’s another contest with a quick fuse. Fundable and Staples have teamed up to “crowdsource the next great innovation” by way of their #Crowd2Shelf contest. The reward? The lucky winners (there will be three of them) get the opportunity to pitch to sell their awesome product on Staples.com, or in real, live Staples stores. The catch? The […]

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Following the Rules Doesn’t Mean You’re Ethical

By on August 17, 2014 in Business Smarts
Following the Rules Doesn’t Mean You’re Ethical

A number of recent events have caused me to think about the state of our culture (business and society in general) when it comes to ethics. From New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who seems to think it’s OK for taxpayers to pay for his personal travel, to ethics violations in the World Cup bidding […]

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$50,000 North Texas Business Pitch Contest Presented by Comerica Bank

By on August 13, 2014 in Starting a Business
$50,000 North Texas Business Pitch Contest Presented by Comerica Bank

I don’t know if it’s just my imagination, but it’s been really hard to find any small business contests to present on this blog lately. For the past couple of years, there’s always been something going on out there — AMEX this, SBA that — but not for the past couple of months. I was […]

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5 Ways Your Business Model Can Change

By on August 9, 2014 in Business Smarts
5 Ways Your Business Model Can Change

No business model, no matter how well tested, ever survives first contact with the market. Something will need to be tweaked—that’s a given. But it’s also true that your business model will likely change anyway over time as customers’ needs change. eBay is a great example of a company that took advantage of a changing […]

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Your Team Can Make Better Decisions (with Your Help)

By on August 4, 2014 in Business Smarts
Your Team Can Make Better Decisions (with Your Help)

Every day, your employees are making decisions. While some are more important than others, it’s in your best interest to help them develop a strong ability to make good ones. How can you do that? Read on for a few helpful tips. Lead by example. To help your employees make good choices, you should make […]

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