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25 Best Apps For Small Business Owners In 2018

Problem solver. Communicator. Financial whiz. Running a small business involves wearing a lot of hats. If you’re looking to increase productivity and organization — or just make your life as an entrepreneur a little easier — a good app might be just what you need. To help you navigate the seemingly endless sea of business apps, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. These 25 can help you stay organized and in charge, no matter…

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How To Use Big Data For Your Small Business

Business data has existed for ages. But mostly it just sat hopelessly trapped in handwritten ledgers, filing cabinets, and floppy disks, a precious resource untapped. Software from past decades helped only so much. Many such applications could work only with individual databases and were often costly and unwieldy to boot. Until very recently, such data could be used only by the giants. Now, thanks to falling tech costs and new tools that display complex databases…

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7 Surveys To Grow Your Business

Is your business growing as fast as you want it to? Need a boost? Rule number one: don’t make it harder than it needs to be. You don’t need expensive PR and time-consuming consultants. Because here’s how successful businesses grow: by talking to the people who matter most to your business. It’s called feedback. With just a few simple questions, you can save tons of time, money, and other growing pains. Here are seven surveys to…

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3 Symptoms Of A Diseased Product Development Process

Broken product development processes have become pandemic. These diseased processes affect companies large and small. Picture yourself as the head of a product development division at a Fortune 500 company. You and your team are tackling a new project that fits hand in glove with corporate’s new strategic vision. Unfortunately, your team’s deadlines and goals — as well as the product’s features — are all determined by the visionaries. You lack any meaningful control over…

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Final Quarter Of Federal Fiscal Year? Time To Make Moves That Count.

The goal of an organizational selection process is to add people to the organization (fill positions) who will benefit the organization. Likewise, a secondary goal must be to keep out any people who will harm the organization. Another component of this involves assessing and differentiating applicants based on how much they can help (assessing qualifications and future potential). Any selection process also needs to be reliable and fair. When you select an employee, you are…

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Your Employees Determine The FATE Of Your Company

Two in five CEOs fail within their first 18 months of leading an organization, according to a study published in the Harvard Business Review. One-third of chief executives from Fortune 500 companies don’t make it past three years. Achieving goals requires your teams’ support and commitment. If your team is not on board, this could lead to you being unsuccessful in your leadership role. Here are four of the most common pitfalls that can cast…

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Toronto: One of the top 20 tech ecosystems in the world

Toronto is now ranked among the 20 top tech ecosystems in the world, according to the recently released 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report. In Canada, the city is a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, along with nearby Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver to the far west. From the well established to the up and coming, here are seven of the top Toronto-based startups you’ll want to know about. Wattpad First established in 2006, Wattpad markets itself as…

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7 Belgian Startups to Look out for in 2017

Belgium has so much more to offer than just strong beer, French fries and great comics. The rather small country also plays a quite important role in European politics, with Brussels being kind of the capital of the EU. But most importantly, at least for us, Belgium has a blooming startup scene. As you might know by now, we started 2017 with some research and the goal to create a list for each EU country…

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Amsterdam’s Electric StartUp Scene

Amsterdam, Netherlands What is the formula that has allowed the Netherlands to catapult onto the center stage of the global startup scene in these past few years? The answer relates strongly to the Dutch brand of enthusiastic practicality. They aren’t a culture known for tiptoeing around the point if a direct answer can do the job, and what we’re seeing here is the manifestation of this simple quality projected out as a fruitful interplay between…

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Revival Chili: Serving Up Opportunity with Every Bowl

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) “I was actually arrested when I was a freshman in college. I was arrested for two different counts but got convicted of underage drinking,” said Jordan Robarge. This is Robarge’s idea of a conversation starter, as well as the event that led him to create his own business, Revival Chili. Revival Chili is a new food truck on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania serving – you guessed it – chili. But it’s more…