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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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Savvy Sales and Branding Manager Grows Companies One At A Time

As a marketing, brand, and sales consultant, Erin Fray lives out of a suitcase – by choice. Though she resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, her organic and natural …

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How One Austin Designer Fashioned a Business Through Collaboration

In anticipation of South by Southwest, we caught up with Megan Summerville of Austin’s Sew Sister Lingerie. Summerville received a $30,000 “Love a Local Business” grant from Intuit last summer, …

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Digital Media Guru Dishes on How to Start a Podcast Business

Gone are the days when the podcast community was marginalized as a digital repository of programming for people without adequate talent to break into mainstream radio or television broadcasting. Today, …

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