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Using Goodwill to Source Employees

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Need to hire new staff for your business? Consider calling the Goodwill Job Center in your community. Goodwill uses the funds raised from selling donated goods to finance job-training and support programs. The nonprofit organization provides regional programs throughout the United States and Canada for senior workers, people with disabilities, ex-convicts, and other disadvantaged applicants. [...]
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Shoe Designer Sheena Garg Edwards on Maintaining Work-Life Balance

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Sheena Garg Edwards seems to do it all. Lately, her daily routine includes designing shoes for the next season, planning for the holidays, and running three kids to and from after-school activities. Since 2008, the San Antonio-based entrepreneur has run Lizzie Lou Shoes, an international business that specializes in high-quality women’s footwear (made in India) [...]
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'The Lean Startup' Rewrites the Entrepreneur Playbook

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When one of Facebook’s founders endorses a new how-to book on entrepreneurial methodology — because it helps “answer the tough questions about business” — entrepreneurs listen. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries, currently ranks fourth on The New York Times Best Sellers list. His insightful [...]
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How and When a CEO Should Apologize

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Gone are the days when being a CEO meant never having to say you’re sorry. Lately, it seems we’ve been deluged with corporate apologies — ranging from Mike Lazaridis, founder and co-CEO of Research in Motion, for BlackBerry’s worldwide outage to Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon, for a New Year’s deal gone wrong in Japan. [...]
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Adobo Nation's Michelle Valeriano on Adding Video to Your Online Marketing Mix

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Michelle Valeriano has worn many hats over the course of her career. The former model and video jockey is now a video producer, a TV hostess, and the founder and CEO of marketing consultancy Ampliphi Media. She currently focuses on video production, taking advantage of her deep industry knowledge, passion for creative marketing, and ties [...]
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How to Become an Online Video Star

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Dina Kaplan (pictured) was holding down her dream job as a reporter for WNBC in New York City in 2005 when she received a call from a friend, Mike Hudack. He and a few engineers were building a platform that would enable talented producers to showcase videos online, and they needed her help launching the [...]
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Entrepreneur Jim Kukral on Crowdsourcing His Book Advance

Marketing consultant Jim Kukral (pictured) had already published a book the traditional way when he decided to try self-publishing. “Being a marketer and an entrepreneur, I can’t wait nine months to have a new piece of content come out,” he says. But instead of doing all the work upfront and hoping to earn money later, [...]
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Does How You Look Affect How Well You Lead?

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When the media spotlight briefly focused on a possible presidential run by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, several pundits branched out from conventional political analysis to focus on his weight. Bloomberg columnist Michael Kinsley bluntly stated, “Look, I’m sorry, but Gov. Chris Christie cannot be president. He is just too fat.” Frank Bruni, in The [...]
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