Leadership Profiles

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Spark & Hustle's Tory Johnson on Her Entrepreneurial Success

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Tory Johnson’s career trajectory should provide ample inspiration for anyone with an entrepreneurial dream. After being fired unexpectedly from a steady job 14 years ago, Johnson had next-to-nothing going for her: no Rolodex, little money, and no college degree, let alone a MBA. She decided to set out on her own, starting Women For Hire out of [...]
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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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Digital Media Visionary Says 'Blindness' Is Key to Success

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Anthony Soohoo has the type of resume most entrepreneurs dream of possessing. The UC Davis grad and Harvard MBA rose to prominence in the digital media industry by first cutting his teeth in brand-management positions at Inktomi and Apple. A standout from the start, Soohoo also illustrated his business prowess as COO of ALWAYSi, helping [...]
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Why 3 Serial Entrepreneurs Help Other Small-Business Owners

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Susan Zimmerman operates a retail store on Cape Cod and a small tech-consulting business in Wellesley, Mass. Lori Richardson does sales consulting from her Boston office and started a successful Seattle networking event. Melody Biringer organizes networking events, celebrates women’s success in city guidebooks, and runs Biringer Farm Products, a specialty food company in the [...]
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Paying It Forward: Fishbowl CEO David Williams on Mentoring

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Running a small business often requires shifting your competitive spirit into overdrive. But there can be equal value in stopping for a moment to offer advice and guidance to your peers, particularly new entrepreneurs who want to join you on the fast track, but are struggling with challenges you’ve already overcome. Fishbowl, which makes the [...]
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Intuit to Acquire Demandforce

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Expanding its effort to help small businesses succeed, Intuit today announced its intention to acquire Demandforce, a provider of software as a service (SaaS) solutions that help local businesses engage, attract, and retain customers. Demandforce shares Intuit's mission to help small businesses save time and make money by leveraging the benefits of SaaS technology. Read [...]
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Should You Hire a Celebrity to Endorse Your Business?

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Business owners know the limitless value of positive word of mouth. But is it worth paying a celebrity to generate that buzz? Endorsement deals cost money — sometimes millions of dollars — and imprudent business owners can get burned. Nike can afford to hire Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and a litany of other NBA superstars [...]
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Indie Connect's Vinny Ribas on the Value of Free Space

Most business owners rent more space than they can realistically occupy, leaving plenty of vacant space around the office. Renting your facility’s unused space to others for meetings and classes can generate easy income, but offering that space free of charge may actually prove to be a more valuable business move in the long run, [...]
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