Leadership Profiles

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Hire Smart (or How Not to Spend Your Holiday Weekend Reading 175 Resumes)

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When most small-business owners decide that it’s time to hire an employee or two, their work is typically piled up and their to-do list is often a mile long. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently talked with Leslie Barber (pictured) — former owner of prenatal nutrition company NutraBella and current group marketing manager of employee [...]
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Is Your Workplace a Happy Place to Work?

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Anyone who has ever had the unhappy experience of working with a disgruntled fellow employee (or has been one themselves) knows the personal value of maintaining a positive work environment. It turns out that there’s a professional reason to keep everyone content, too: Happy employees are better performers, according to the 2011 Gallup Employee Engagement [...]
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Bill McBean on the Facts of Business Life

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Bill McBean built one of the most profitable General Motors dealerships in Saskatchewan, Canada. He later helped turn around an underperforming auto dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now he runs McBean Partners, a family-owned investment company, and frequently mentors other entrepreneurs, offering his hard-won wisdom from the trenches. McBean’s four decades of business experience led [...]
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Why Your Small Business Needs a Privacy Policy

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Having a privacy policy can protect your small business from potential pitfalls and give it a competitive edge. Consumer privacy concerns affect businesses large and small, says Chris Babel, CEO of TRUSTe. Just look at what happened with the startup Path, which in February was fined $800,000 by the Federal Trade Commission for storing the [...]
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John Warrillow on How to Make Your Business Attractive to Potential Buyers

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You love your small business, but you wouldn’t mind if somebody showed up and offered to purchase it. After all, it could be the ultimate payday — and help prove that you did what you set out to do, as in build a successful enterprise from the ground up. However, just because your balance sheet [...]
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Kathy Sidell on Living the American Restaurant Dream

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Kathy Sidell grew up in a family of foodies. In 2005, the producer-turned-restaurateur opened the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Since then, she’s expanded the upscale burger bar to four more locations. Sidell (pictured) also published a book in which she offers insights into the notoriously tough restaurant industry. When I Met Food: Living the [...]
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Finance Expert Coaches Etsy Sellers in New Book

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When Etsy launched in 2005, the e-commerce site turned thousands of hobbyists into professional craftspeople. Woodworkers, knitters, seamstresses, and others suddenly had a virtual storefront through which they could sell their handmade wares for a profit. Their efforts thoroughly impressed Jason Malinak, a CPA who watched wife Katie’s crafting career blossom after she debuted on [...]
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Author Brad Feld on Building Sustainable Startup Communities

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Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley get ample credit for fostering startups. But they aren’t the only places conducive to business launches. In his new book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City, author Brad Feld (pictured) reveals other cities and regions that have nurtured sustainable startup environments. Since the late 1980s, Feld has [...]
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