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Talking Sports and Business with Brandon Steiner

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Growing up poor in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brandon Steiner (pictured) never dreamed that one day he’d own Yankee Stadium, the home field of the New York Yankees. As CEO of Steiner Sports, the entrepreneur counts himself lucky to live and breathe his passion for sports as he continues to grow the marketing and memorabilia empire he [...]
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Pizzeria Owner Turned Book Author Dishes on His Success

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Nick’s Pizza & Pub is more than just a restaurant for owner Nick Sarillo (pictured), who started the small business in Crystal Lake, Ill., in 1995 and opened a second location in Elgin a decade later. Beyond making delicious pizzas, his goal has been to create a rustic, family-oriented atmosphere that’s inviting and fun. In [...]
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Author Carol Tice on What Makes a Great Company

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Entrepreneurs often know — based on intuition and experience — that they’re sitting on a great idea, whether it’s tangible (like a clothing line) or intangible (like a groundbreaking service). The challenge is how to turn their concept into a business model and put it in front of investors or consumers. In their book How [...]
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Stand-Up Paddleboard Company Rides Waves with Multiple Income Streams

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Sales were swimming along at a fast clip, but in order to keep growing their business, Tom Losee and Jeff Archer knew they needed to pick up the pace. So, the founders of YOLO Board, among the first stand-up paddleboard companies in Florida, launched 15 new boards that other outfitters around the U.S., plus countries [...]
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5 Relaxation Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

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There’s simply no way around it: You must sit at your desk to get work done. So, what do you do when all that chair time causes pain to erupt in your shoulders, wrists, or lower back? Kate Hanley, author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide: 77 Simple Strategies for Serenity, recommends doing some quick, [...]
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Adam Brownlee on Catching Warren Buffett's Eye

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For many small-business owners, Warren Buffett is a role model for turning an entrepreneurial dream into a wildly successful career. The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, whose net worth is $44 billion, consistently ranks among the world’s wealthiest people. What if you could build your small business into one that he might invest in? [...]
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3 Creative Camps for Small-Business Owners

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To spark creativity, you might need to sign up for camp. Yeah, camp! Creative camp is a grown-ups gathering modeled after kids' summer camp, where hands-on arts and innovative thinking are of the utmost importance. Perhaps you’re thinking of launching a new brand or reaching out to an untapped demographic. You need inspiration, not another [...]
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Pierre-Louis Giacotto on Bringing the Radisson Blu Brand to America

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Introducing Americans to a brand from another country is no easy task. Even if consumers are vaguely familiar with its name, tweaking and lots of explanation — whether through a product’s design or packaging — may be necessary. Spending time on positioning can be frustrating when you are eager to start selling. But it’s essential. [...]
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