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Management Expert Adam Grant on the Benefits of Being Nice

The business world can be a cutthroat, dog-eat-dog kind of place, but it’s OK to be nice. In fact, it may even benefit you, says Adam Grant, a management professor …

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Hire Smart: Increase Your Income by Hiring an Employee

Some entrepreneurs — such as restaurateurs — start out with a team of employees in place, but many others launch their companies as sole proprietors. These independent small-business owners often …

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Hire Smart (or How Not to Spend Your Holiday Weekend Reading 175 Resumes)

When most small-business owners decide that it’s time to hire an employee or two, their work is typically piled up and their to-do list is often a mile long. The …

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Is Your Workplace a Happy Place to Work?

Anyone who has ever had the unhappy experience of working with a disgruntled fellow employee (or has been one themselves) knows the personal value of maintaining a positive work environment. …

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Bill McBean on the Facts of Business Life

Bill McBean built one of the most profitable General Motors dealerships in Saskatchewan, Canada. He later helped turn around an underperforming auto dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now he runs …

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Privacy Policy

Having a privacy policy can protect your small business from potential pitfalls and give it a competitive edge. Consumer privacy concerns affect businesses large and small, says Chris Babel, CEO …

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John Warrillow on How to Make Your Business Attractive to Potential Buyers

You love your small business, but you wouldn’t mind if somebody showed up and offered to purchase it. After all, it could be the ultimate payday — and help prove …

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Expert Advice on Small-Business Credit Cards

A small-business credit card can be a valuable tool, but it can also be a source of financial pain (or even ruin) if used irresponsibly. Rosemarie Clancy is editor-in-chief of …

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Kathy Sidell on Living the American Restaurant Dream

Kathy Sidell grew up in a family of foodies. In 2005, the producer-turned-restaurateur opened the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Since then, she’s expanded the upscale burger bar to …

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Finance Expert Coaches Etsy Sellers in New Book

When Etsy launched in 2005, the e-commerce site turned thousands of hobbyists into professional craftspeople. Woodworkers, knitters, seamstresses, and others suddenly had a virtual storefront through which they could sell …

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Author Brad Feld on Building Sustainable Startup Communities

Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley get ample credit for fostering startups. But they aren’t the only places conducive to business launches. In his new book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial …

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How ‘Sellable’ Is Your Business?

Ever dream of selling your business for a profit? Or maybe you’d like to know what prospective buyers think of your company’s potential? Entrepreneur and angel investor John Warrillow developed …

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Ramon Alvarez Takes On Detroit with Electric Vehicles

Fascinated with cars all his life, Ramon Alvarez is finally realizing one of his longtime dreams: bringing affordable electric vehicles to the masses. “My conviction and my passion … fuel …

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Susan Battley

10 Things Every Leader Should Say

As a business owner, what you say reveals as much about your leadership skills as what you do. Using the right words at the right time will increase the odds …

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How to Master the Elevator Pitch

“People love their businesses, but when it’s time to sell who they are and what they do, there’s a reluctance to sound too ‘salesy,’” says Terri Sjodin, founder of Sjodin …

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