Business Development Articles

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    In the Trenches: Debating Rapid Growth

    by on February 18, 2015

    Ever since I started Cranky Concierge in 2009, I’ve been very careful about managing our rate of growth. But now, five years in, we have an opportunity to grow quickly. I think the time is right.

    When I started the business, it was just me. I handled everyt…

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    4 Creative Ways to Integrate the Lunar New Year into Your Customer Engagement

    by on February 18, 2015

    A variety of cultures observe the lunar new year — the beginning of a lunar cycle at the time of a major celebration — but the largest lunar new year celebration happens in late January or early February at the beginning of the Chinese lunisolar year. In 201…

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    5 Tips for Getting a Retail Store to Carry Your Product

    by on February 11, 2015

    Creating a great new product is an entrepreneur’s first challenge, often followed by a campaign to get that product on the shelves of a boutique shop or other bricks-and-mortar retail outlet. This is where focused research, knowledge of market conditions, an…

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    12 Ideas to Inspire Your Next Press Release

    by on January 28, 2015

    While some are quick to proclaim that the press release is dead, others argue it has simply evolved since the early days. Either way, the only way your press release will get attention is through a compelling hook. But sometimes the hardest thing about wr…

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    How to Create a Signature Speech in 7 Simple Steps

    by on January 22, 2015

    The fastest way to build credibility with your target audience is by teaching it something valuable. And the best way to grab your audience’s attention and communicate your credibility is by speaking in person at an event.

    As adult learners, we automaticall…

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    How to Create a Winning Guest Blogging Strategy

    by on January 20, 2015

    If you’re looking to find new leads without digging deep into your pockets, consider guest blogging. People who might not otherwise stumble upon your website can find you through the quality content you write for other popular blogs. You can brand yourself as …

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    How to Get Government Contracts for Your Small Business

    by on January 19, 2015

    The U.S. government purchases an astonishing volume of products and services each year, and luckily for small-business owners, 23 percent of the $500 billion in yearly contracts are legally required to go to small companies. So why don’t all small businesses w…

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    In the Trenches: Being Open to Change

    by on January 14, 2015

    Late last week, I received a voice mail from one of our Cranky Concierge partners. She’s a travel agent who sends a lot of her clients to us for help with air travel, but she didn’t sound happy. Apparently she’d had a couple issues over the holidays with our s…

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