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by Douglas Edwards c.2011, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The meeting is at 4. You’re giving a presentation. It’s not done. But you know what to do: you go online, type a few words into a rectangular box, hit “enter” and — ta da! — find what you need and save your own bacon. Oh, and you… Continue Reading Book Review: I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

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The drug testing business is booming, and local drug-screening company Conspire2Hire is set to expand into four states by year’s end. Conspire2Hire, which began selling franchises in 2010, sold its second franchise to an operator in Fort Worth, Tex., which is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The Texas drug-testing business will open in an industrial area,… Continue Reading Local drug-testing business eyeing 200 nationwide franchises

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Local bankers say they are eager to make loans to small businesses. Trouble is, not many small businesses are asking. Continue Reading Banks shine a light on why small business lending lags

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment expressed by Winston Churchill so long ago is heartily embraced by many Americans today. In fact, nearly 27 percent of adults volunteered 15 billion hours in 2009 to U.S. nonprofits. Of these, many are proven business… Continue Reading Serving on a nonprofit board is serious business

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Take steps to be more productive

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Would you like to be more productive? Most likely you would. In fact, we can’t recall ever discussing this issue with a business owner who didn’t wish he or she could find ways to be more productive. Ways to get more done in a day, have more time off, or have more time to just… Continue Reading Take steps to be more productive

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Groninger Concrete: Solid during recession

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When Doug Groninger took over his father’s concrete business in 2004, he followed his father’s advice. Continue Reading Groninger Concrete: Solid during recession

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Small businesses could be held legally responsible if customers use Wi-Fi internet access for illegal downloads. That’s the word from the National Federation of Independent Business, which noted that record labels and movie studios struck a deal this month to issue warnings to Internet providers whose accounts are used to steal content. Small businesses that… Continue Reading Business could be responsible for customers’ Wi-Fi use

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Many business owners have had to tighten their belts in the past few years and bootstrapping has become a hot topic. In fact, a Google search of the phrase “business bootstrap” showed more than 3 million entries. For those of you who didn’t grow up hearing about people “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps,” the… Continue Reading In hard times, bootstrap to conserve your cash

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SpectWare owners Eric and Tabitha Skinner were en route to the biggest construction expo in the country and their stomachs were in knots. They were about to debut their new crane inspection management software, SpectWare Pro, to 120,000 experts in the crane and rigging industry at the March 2011 ConExpo in Las Vegas. Everything they… Continue Reading Crane software sees lift in national business

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I think about “it” every day, but I just can’t seem to get “it” done. I know how important “it” is to my business, but I just can’t seem to get around to “it.” I feel stressed because “it” is hanging over my head. If you’re like most business owners, you’ve got an “It.” We… Continue Reading There are different ways to go about getting “It” done

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