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To Megan Hargroder, Social Media Is All About Conversations

The recession hit many young college graduates especially hard as they were left wondering how and why their anticipated careers and dreams could have vanished so prematurely. Yet, there are …

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Mindflash CEO Donna Wells on the Future of Employee Training

Ten years ago, “employee training” often meant a conference room filled with bored employees watching a PowerPoint presentation or participating in lame “trust-building” exercises. Not anymore. Companies like Mindflash are …

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Should You Test Your Employees For Drugs?

Workplace drug screening can be a touchy topic. Sure, you want your employees to be healthy and productive. But if you’re not careful you might break their trust — and …

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Dr. Henry Cloud on “Necessary Endings”

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the mere thought of ending a relationship with an employee, product line, or a less-than-productive business strategy is a taboo subject often associated …

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Commerce Sec. Gary Locke on Small Business, Taxes, and Saving Money

The Intuit Small Business Blog is pleased to present a guest post from Gary Locke, the United States Secretary of Commerce. Since Day One of the Obama administration, the empowerment …

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Does Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s Management Style Work?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hit headlines nationwide recently with his tough stance against public employee unions — legislation he pushed through despite massive public protests against it. Regardless of what …

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What Does FrontierVille Teach You About Running a Small Business?

When you first log on to Facebook.com/Frontierville from Zynga, the San Francisco digital game giant, the welcome message reads: “Howdy Pardner! Come join us on the frontier, where you’ll carve …

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How to Keep Your Business Running After a Natural Disaster

Earthquakes. Fires. Floods. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Power outages. Tsunamis. No matter where you live, some kind of natural disaster can probably strike at any time, resulting in serious unscheduled downtime for …

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B Lab Pushes For Legal Recognition Of Socially Responsible Corporations

Today, there are few safeguards in place for investors and consumers to distinguish the socially responsible business apart from the company that simply markets itself in a better light than …

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For This Teenpreneur, Running a Jewelry Business is a “Snap”

Maddie Bradshaw came up with the idea for Snap Caps and M3 Girl Designs when she was 10 years old. Now 15, Maddie teamed up with her mom and 11-year-old …

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The Business Guys that Try to “Keep Austin Weird”

Where did “Keep Austin Weird” come from? While the term’s origin is unclear (and could date back decades), the term was adopted as a campaign slogan  in 2002 by Steve …

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Austin’s Hottest Startups: Food Trailers, Trucks, and Carts

The mobile food trailer, food truck, and food cart are the new wave of Austin eateries, and they’re taking off like gangbusters, accounting for many of the official startups in …

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How Important Is Word of Mouth To Your Business… and How Do You Get It?

The number one reason people pick one product over another — or even pick up a product in the first place — is due to recommendations from people they know. …

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6 Ways to Get Your Little Business Noticed at a Big Event

Whether you’re exhibiting or just attending, conferences cost a lot of money. South by Southwest (SXSW) entrance fees start at $450 just to attend the first half of the nine-day …

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