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How’s Your Elevator Pitch?–That Bad?

By on November 15, 2014 in Starting a Business
How’s Your Elevator Pitch?–That Bad?

As someone who works with a lot of startups, one of the things I’m most adamant about is if you can’t get me excited about your business in less than a minute, it’s probably not an exciting business. Seriously. I mean that. Think about it, when you hear a song for the first time, you […]

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7 Ways to Create a High-Energy Workforce

By on November 12, 2014 in Business Smarts

As an entrepreneur, you work hard. Very hard. But make no mistake about it–you can’t be the only one. To succeed in the long run, you need the active and engaged participation of your employees. This means unleashing the energy that is within each one of them. Here’s how. Catch Them Doing Something Right Outstanding organizations share […]

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High B-School Test Scores Do Not Predict Great Entrepreneurs

By on November 6, 2014 in Business Smarts
High B-School Test Scores Do Not Predict Great Entrepreneurs

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal published an article titled, “On B-School Test, Americans Fail to Measure Up.” It was referring to the infamous GMAT test required of candidates for MBA programs. It seems that Chinese and Indian students ace the quantitative portion of the test, which is skewing the scores upward and making U.S. students […]

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ADP Small Business Grant Contest — Canada

By on November 3, 2014 in Growing a Business
ADP Small Business Grant Contest — Canada

Back in September, I mentioned that ADP Canada would be starting a new contest soon. That day has officially arrived with the launch of its latest small business grant contest. The contest is open to Canadian small businesses with 1-99 employees, and six winners will each receive $10,000 in cash and one year of waived payroll fees […]

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We Have to Do the Hard Stuff

By on November 1, 2014 in Starting a Business
We Have to Do the Hard Stuff

In a world dominated by mobile apps and social networking platforms, I’m a huge supporter of people who do the hard stuff; and there are not too many places tougher to succeed in than space. That was evident this week when entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic suffered a huge setback in its effort to take […]

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American Airlines Business Extra Travel Sweepstakes

By on October 28, 2014 in Business Smarts
American Airlines Business Extra Travel Sweepstakes

Here’s a contest that’s a bit easier than usual to enter (and potentially win). In this case, it’s an American Airlines sweepstakes to win 10 roundtrip tickets to your choice of destinations. All you have to do is watch a short video (a comedy based on common business jargon) and then provide your name, your […]

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