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Compost Fuels an Iraq Vet’s Future

When Justen Garrity (pictured) returned home in 2009, after serving five years in the U.S. Army, including assignments in Iraq and South Korea, he found himself unemployed in one of the worst job …

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matt slutsky

How Change.org Turns a Profit by Doing Social Good

Change.org, a website that spurs collective social action by hosting online petitions, has become a profitable business by working to change society for the better. Founded in 2006 by Ben …

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How to Make Your Office More Efficient

Every small-business owner could use a few more hours in the day to get everything done. That’s why it’s so important to keep your office running at peak efficiency: You …

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4 Holiday Sales Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

As Black Friday fast approaches, U.S. retailers are preparing for their busiest time of the year. But huge holiday sales may not come easily: The National Retail Federation predicts marginal …

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chris sinclair

Young Entrepreneurs: 4 Highly Successful CEOs Who Started Early

Surely you’ve heard of Mark Zuckerberg, the über-successful entrepreneur who co-founded Facebook in early 2004 at the tender age of 19. Since then, increasing numbers of teenagers have started their …

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Do You Have the Personality of an Entrepreneur?

Do you have the ideal personality to be an entrepreneur? New research by Sophia Chou, an organizational psychologist at National Taiwan University, suggests that you do if you’re a “realistic …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Evernote Business

Evernote is just a simple, note-taking app, right? It’s really nothing more than free software that makes it easier to jot down random thoughts, important or otherwise, on your computer …

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6 Must-Attend Conferences for Small-Business Owners

It’s easy to get caught up in running your business and miss out on networking and training events. But you need to seize at least a few of these opportunities …

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Smartphone Apps That Make Business Travel Easier

Smartphone app developers can’t improve the hours that cost-conscious entrepreneurs spend packed into economy class on commercial airplanes. But they’ve been working overtime to make the rest of your business trip a …

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Why Good Experience Design Is Great for Business

The makers of Roku, a popular device that streams video from the internet to a TV, put just one word on the front of its user guide: “Hi!” The idea …

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Should I Move My Small Business to the Cloud?

Few things tie up a small-business owner’s time and money as much as technology does. The computers, software apps, networks, and other devices that your business relies on are often …

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Be Ready When a Crisis Occurs

A crisis by its very nature is unexpected. An employee may suffer a serious workplace accident or a catastrophic illness. A business scandal could flare up out of nowhere. A …

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8 Essential Apps for Small Businesses

It’s a good problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless: With so many (think hundreds of thousands) mobile apps available, separating the useful from the useless can be a …

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5 E-signature Apps to Consider for Your Business

Does paperwork make you cringe? Do your shoulders sag when you have to print, sign, scan, and email back a contract? Using electronic signatures can save you time, ink, and paper whenever …

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How to Help Your Child Start a Small Business

Perhaps you’ve heard of Tony Hsieh? He’s the founder of Zappos.com, an online retailer that sells more than $1 billion in shoes a year. It isn’t Hsieh’s first venture. His …

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