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Jan Erickson woke in the middle of the night from a dream and sketched a design for a loose fitting woman’s jacket that would become a signature piece of her future business, Janska clothing … Continue Reading Local clothing line, Janska, filling national niche

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by Charles Duhigg, c.2012, Random House If there’s one thing in the world that everyone can count on, it’s that you’ll be in your office by a certain time each morning. You get there via the same route, without fail. That’s, of course, after you get up at the same time each day and eat… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in business”

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Nonprofit board structure

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Last month we looked at the eight critical functions of an effective nonprofit board. This article will focus on the various types of boards one often encounters and the type of board that is more effective for a given organization. Organizations go through stages of development, and their boards evolve as well, often belatedly. Since… Continue Reading Nonprofit board structure

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A new public-private partnership will allow small businesses access to more than $300 billion in supply chain spending. The partnership involves 15 of the United State’s largest corporations and the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a press release about the new collaboration. Called the Supplier Connection, the effort was created by the IBM Foundation… Continue Reading Public-private partnership offers small biz opportunity

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Paper products company fills local gap

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A former Xpedx general manager is taking his knowledge about commercial paper products and starting his own business. The Paper Hive opened this week, said owner Steve Petrohoy. The company specializes in premium paper products, delivered to businesses – it’s not a retail store. Despite his former employer’s pull out from the local market, Petrohoy… Continue Reading Paper products company fills local gap

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Focusing on ‘big rocks’ achieves goals

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How’s this for a reality check — we’ve already gone through nearly an entire quarter of 2012. You probably started January with some business goals in mind for the year. Have you made any progress in these first three months? If not, you need to focus on the big rocks. If you’ve never seen this… Continue Reading Focusing on ‘big rocks’ achieves goals

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Great Storm brewing hails on North Nevada

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Without a lick of advertising, Great Storm Brewing owners still spent their first week pouring a healthy share of pints for revelers who found their way to the little storefront tucked into the corner of an old strip mall on North Nevada Avenue and Mount View Lane. Lynn and Jeff Jacobs have been working toward… Continue Reading Great Storm brewing hails on North Nevada

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Legislation that weakens some federal controls to help startup companies raise capital and help small-scale investors put money into promising new ventures is set to pass the Senate Thursday. President Barack Obama supports the measure, which stands to be one of few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this politically contentious election year. The final… Continue Reading Senate moves to final vote on small business bill

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Social networks as the new leadership?

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More than 75 million people — and counting — around the world have viewed “KONY 2012,” the video about the horrific treatment of children in Africa. Social networks provide leadership across the world, raising global awareness. You might say, “That’s great, but what does this have to do with leading our businesses?” Everything. Social networks… Continue Reading Social networks as the new leadership?

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by Jonah Lehrer, c.2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The painting you hung on the wall near your desk relaxes you. Looking at it reminds you of a happy memory, and you wonder how the artist managed to create such a vivid emotion with colored goo. It’s pretty amazing, and it makes you wish you could paint like… Continue Reading Book review: “Imagine: How Creativity Works”

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