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What the NFL's Referee Mess Can Teach Small Businesses about Negotiation

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Football fans have returned to a normal level of complaining about the NFL’s referees. That’s because the “real refs” are back after a labor dispute that sidelined them for the first three weeks of the 2012 season. Their replacements were, to put it politely, not good. Like most business disagreements, the NFL’s referee lockout boiled [...]
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How Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant Attracts Sports Fans of All Stripes

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

If you walk into a New York City bar during baseball season, you shouldn’t be surprised to see Yankees or Mets fans watching a game. But what about a large group cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals? Or, heaven forbid, a bunch of folks decked out in Boston Red Sox gear? Neither would be an [...]
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New LinkedIn Company Pages: What Small Businesses Need to Know

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Much like your personal profile, your company page on LinkedIn is getting a makeover. The changes are part of a broader, ongoing update of the professional networking site, which also includes the redesign of its homepage and the launch of the LinkedIn Today social news platform. Earlier this year, LinkedIn launched a Follow Company button [...]
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3 Fast-Growing Technologies Small Businesses Should Pay Attention To

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

Research firm IBISWorld recently picked its top 10 technologies poised for significant growth and the industries likely to reap the bottom-line rewards. It’s the kind of list that tends to make entrepreneurs foam at the mouth with excitement, because today’s success stories — Apple’s iPhone and iPad, Toyota’s Prius, Facebook, and Skype — were fodder [...]
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What Small-Business Owners Should Know about IFTTT

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Is your digital life a disorganized mess? You may want to give IFTTT a try. The free service could help you manage that growing swarm of stuff you do online. IFTTT stands for "if this, then that," which is the service’s basic formula for automating common web-based activities. Each “recipe” contains a trigger (“this”) and [...]
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4 Online Security Reminders for Small-Business Owners

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

A journalist getting hacked by online crooks may not attract the attention of other busy small-business owners. Yet Wired senior writer Mat Honan’s story — who says his “entire digital life was destroyed” in less than an hour — offers some critical lessons about security in the online age. Now that the dust has settled on the drama, [...]
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How to Protect Your Small-Business Assets

Posted In LEADERSHIP PROFILES

You’ve spent years of your life building a successful small business. How do you protect your operation from being destroyed by legal proceedings, natural disaster, or even sudden death? The Intuit Small Business Blog recently presented attorney Michael J. Duffy with several potential scenarios — and asked him what general steps business owners can take [...]
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Meat and Greet: Specialty Butchers Take to the Streets

Posted In BUSINESS PROFILES

Carnivores, rejoice! Local meat purveyors want your business, and they’re willing to come to your neighborhood to get it. An increasing number of artisans and entrepreneurs are mobilizing the traditional butcher shop — and hosting social gatherings called “meat-ups” — to drive sales of their products and awareness of the locavore movement. A typical meat-up is [...]
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