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    New Business Accelerator Will Take Veteran-Owned Businesses to the Next Level

    by on May 20, 2015

    The City of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Miami incubator and accelerator Venture Hive are partnering to offer an innovative accelerator and pre-accelerator to help military veterans transition to entrepreneurship, with programs beginning this summer.

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    How to Research Competitors to Boost Your Market Share

    by on May 18, 2015

    One thing standing between you and your goal to gain as much market share — and revenue — as possible is your competitors. When you have a thorough understanding of how they operate, it will help you develop better marketing strategies, identify underse…

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    4 Ways Writing a Book Can Boost Your Business — and Your Personal Brand

    by on May 8, 2015

    Many business leaders are now turning their experience and expertise into books. Some of those books even end up on The New York Times bestseller lists, according to the CEO of Greenleaf Book Group, Tanya Hall. Greenleaf, which works with business thought lead…

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    How to Ensure Sales Leads Aren’t a Waste of Time

    by on May 6, 2015

    A great lead can result in a sale and improve your bottom line, but a bad lead is typically just a waste of time. Luckily, there are things you can do to help ensure your leads are worth your time. Here is a simple five-step plan that will help you turn more o…

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    4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ditch Business Cards

    by on April 24, 2015

    The Alley is an old piano bar in the Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland, California, that has been in operation since just after Prohibition. Upon entering, guests soon notice that the walls are plastered with some 50,000 business cards. Stapled to the walls…

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    6 Tips for Improving Vendor Relationships

    by on April 15, 2015

    A thriving small business cultivates strong, healthy relationships with both customers and employees. Sometimes, however, small business owners overlook the value of maintaining positive relationships with another constituent on whom they absolutely rely — t…

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    In the Trenches: Testing a New Business Practice

    by on April 8, 2015

    Since Cranky Concierge started more than five years ago, the process for flight monitoring has been pretty much the same. Someone signs up and we assign a concierge to monitor that flight. It has worked well, but as we grow, we’ve been reviewing whether it mig…

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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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