Helping Businesses Thrive and Grow

Are Grants Available to Start a Business?

The answer to this is No. Not unless you have invented a new technology that is of value to a federal agency or you have developed a new way to utilize natural resources. Otherwise, there is practically no grant money out there for ordinary for-profit small businesses. Somehow the fantasy persists that there is a…
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Retaining Good Employees

Keeping Good Employees Idea of the Day:  Getting people (and companies) to change is hard. And the “carrot-and-stick ways of ‘motivating’ people are so ‘last century,’” says Keith Ferrazzi of Ferrazzi Greenlight — even a financial incentive won’t necessarily get people to embrace a new way of working. So what does motivate workers to embrace change? It’s all about the personal…
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How to get a Meeting with Anyone

By Stephanie Vozza We all have that one person who we’d love to meet—the best business contact or our biggest creative inspiration. When Brad Lawrence and Michael Zach started the art apparel and body paint company BLVisuals in 2010, they dreamed of getting their goods in front of music star Macklemore. “He inspires us and we’d love to meet him,” Zach told…
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The Paradox of Innovation And Why Innovation Labs Rarely Work

The term “innovation” has lost its meaning – it is one of the most overused and abused terms in the human lexicon. Making a few photo filters isn’t innovation. A startup with zero revenues, zero paying customers and merely a lot of buzz isn’t innovating or disrupting anything. Real innovators are risk takers. They challenge…
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Bill Gates – 12 quotes on Life and Business

1.  Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of LEARNING. 2.  Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. 3.  I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friends passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft. 4.…
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