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How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work

by Angelique O'Rourke

With the holiday season in full swing, you might be looking for some creative ways to liven up old traditions in your office. Maybe your office needs a fresh way to bring the giving spirit of the season into your typical holiday activities. Here are some simple things your company can do to foster a... Read more »

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The United Nations Headquarters, pictured here, will hold the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Conference.

Here’s to You, Women in Business

by Angelique O'Rourke

If you’re an active part of your city or town’s community, you may have noticed a sudden spike in the number of activities and events relating to business and entrepreneurship. That’s because we’re now in the midst of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); a week wholly dedicated to inspiring people to unleash their ideas and take the... Read more »

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Affordable Ways to Create Creative Workspaces

by Lisa Furgison

If the free flow of ideas is important to business operations, regardless of whether you’re a sole-trader or a business with 20 employees, you’re going to want to build an environment that breeds creativity. You’ve probably already heard about Google’s crazily creative office setups, each one different from the last—an indoor slide, chalets inside the office,... Read more »

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Relationships Matter: Strategic Account Management (SAM) in Business

by Mike McAtavey

“Relationships matter in this business.” It’s an old maxim we’ve heard repeated since time immemorial—in reference to, it seems, just about every business under the sun. But at the end of the day, do better relationships actually translate into revenue? A growing body of research suggests that they do—and the difference is staggering. A study... Read more »

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How to Keep Your Team Productive Around the Holidays

by Kayla Matthews

As Halloween comes to a close and attention turns to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, you’ll probably notice a perceptible dip in employee productivity. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations—and expectations—your team members are pulled in many different directions. Unfortunately, work productivity tends to suffer during this period. Although it’s impossible to... Read more »

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Ten Tools You Can Start Using Today to Maximize Your Productivity

by Angelique O'Rourke

Everyone wants to be productive. In fact, most people are looking for ways to become more productive than they already are. Just this morning, we posted about ways to be productive even during your down time and I have to say, having tried the Pomodoro Technique myself, I can vouch for the efficacy of that method.... Read more »

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How to Be Productive, Even During Downtime

by Belle Beth Cooper

With all the updates from Apple being released lately, I’ve been spending more time than usual sitting at my desk waiting for files to download or for my computer to restart. It’s a common time-waster for me, even when it’s not release season at Apple. I’m often sitting at my desk waiting for a file... Read more »

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Google Headquarters has become known for it's vibrant company culture, including such things as an Irish pub themed lounge.

What Defines Your Company Culture?

by Angelique O'Rourke

Company culture is a hot topic lately, and for good reason. Recent research shows that especially among younger generations, people want their employers to not only provide them with an income, but meaningful work, and a positive environment. We’ve all heard the famous phrase: Culture eats strategy for breakfast. In short, your company culture determines much of... Read more »

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Sleep Your Way to Higher Productivity

by Belle Beth Cooper

I’ve been feeling really tired lately. It’s that tired feeling that drags on for days and days until you finally give in and have a real rest from work (I’ve planned a week off in October). Trying to work on projects that require lots of thought, mental clarity, and—I can’t even think of the word... Read more »

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What a Famous Comic Artist Can Teach You about Starting & Running a Business

by Candice Landau

I have always believed that if I want to learn something, I need to DO something. I need to take action. This is how I learned to cycle, how I learned to solder metal jewelry and how I learned to write fiction. That said, I find equal value in first reading about and learning as... Read more »

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Use the Power of Positivity to Gain the Competitive Advantage

by Matt Rissell

The founding fathers were onto something. The pursuit of happiness matters more than ever, especially in business. To boost the productivity and performance of every employee (even the CEO) from the inside out—and the overall perception of a company by customers—get happy. In “The Happiness Advantage”, author Shawn Achor outlines a decade’s worth of research on... Read more »

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6 Ways to Maintain an Impressive Online Reputation

by Jeremy Gin

Warren Buffett famously said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” For this reason and many more, there is often no worse feeling for an entrepreneur than to see the brand he or she spent years building tarnished by a bad review online. But take heart! There are... Read more »

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heartcup

Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

by Angelique O'Rourke

For many consumers and small business owners in the U.S. and western Europe, the knowledge that the people producing their coffee were usually struggling from poverty, in rural areas, and vulnerable to exploitative practices by powerful middlemen who gave them prices far below market value, is disturbing. People in the western world wondered, is there... Read more »

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The Pixar-inspired Guide to Managing a Creative Company

by Candice Landau

Unless otherwise stated, all quotations can be attributed to Ed Catmull.  Creativity needs to be protected. This is never more true than in the workplace, in which a creative culture is something precious and in danger of being stamped out if not nurtured. In his book, “Creativity, Inc.,” Ed Catmull shares his experience as a manager of... Read more »

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#NotEqualYet: The Infographic

by Sabrina Parsons

We’ve come a long way toward gender equality, in the workplace and elsewhere, but every day, there are still women feeling the negative effects of sexism in their lives. One of the arenas where change has been slow and large disparities still exist is the workplace. Especially for working moms in the United States, navigating... Read more »

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#NotEqualYet: The Reality of Gender at Work

by Sabrina Parsons

It’s easy to think we’ve achieved gender equality. Women, so iconic we know them by first name and initials—Oprah, Hillary, RBG—have shattered much of the glass ceiling. The floor is coated with shards, but there is still work to be done. Equality is not a world in which Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits receive more attention than... Read more »

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story of microaid

MicroAid: Helping Entrepreneurs Rise Out of Poverty

by Angelique O'Rourke

For those living in extreme poverty in developing nations, even the most entrepreneurial people face challenges. While in recent years, the rise of microloans and microcredit programs have certainly done some good, there are new ideas cropping up about ways to create sustainable change using education, business planning skills, and technology. To learn more, we... Read more »

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What is a benefit corporation?

What Is a Benefit Corporation?

by Angelique O'Rourke

I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... Read more »

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Creating a Positive Work Environment

by Scott Huntington

When it comes to managing your employees, one of the most important things you can do for them involves setting the right tone at work.  We’ve all heard some of the horror stories about terrible jobs or bad managers, and the one thing each of these stories has in common was the negative workplace environment.... Read more »

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Should you join an industry association?

Finding an Industry Association for Your Small Business

by Arlene Soto

Industry associations, also known as trade groups or business associations, are organizations founded and usually funded by businesses in that specific business or industry. Thousands of industry trade groups are in existence worldwide, and every industry has at least one trade group. Industry associations often provide access to certification, education, information, trends, political lobbying, group... Read more »