Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shark Tank

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Just When you Thought it was Safe to Startup ABC TV’s Shark Tank returned to the airwaves. When this show debuted, I had misgivings about the concept because it seemed as if billionaires were profiting from the work of cash-strapped … Continue reading

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Money Matters & Business Start-Up

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Avoiding Financial Pitfalls Traveling salesman Ray Albert Kroc started the McDonald’s empire after buying the name and concept from the McDonald brothers in the 1950s, but turning a profit proved to be a challenge, despite the popularity of the hamburgers. … Continue reading

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Growing Power

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Will Allen Many ventures are largely inspired by a single idea, but the founder of the nonprofit Growing Power used several diverse sources of inspiration in order to develop his international organization. After leaving the corporate world, Will Allen began … Continue reading

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Adele

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Marketing Research She doesn’t have runway model looks, doesn’t dress provocatively, and has no gimmicks added to her music, says 60 Minutes reporter Anderson Cooper. However, what Adele does have, besides talent, is a grasp of business principles. Consider: after … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking for the Budding Entrepreneur

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What Would You Do?  You open a pizza parlor in a small college town, and business is great. However, the following summer, 20,000 students, your customers, leave town for several months. It’s vacation time.  *You overlooked this detail when you … Continue reading

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The Business of Books

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The Pitfalls of Statistics Editor Sarah Weinman of Publishers Marketplace discusses the industry’s hits and misses for the year. It’s an important overview for aspiring entrepreneurs who are considering entering the industry in one form or another. Weinman also explains … Continue reading

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John Brown: Entrepreneur and Abolitionist

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John Brown struggled throughout his life is a businessman, living near the poverty level. Few influential historical figures have failed so miserably at so many different pursuits, says American studies professor and historian David S. Reynolds. Brown was a tanner, lumber … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking for Potential Entrepreneurs

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  Class Notes Using Sound Judgement The ability to reason well, to question and confirm the validity of information or data is a key skill at lacking in many entrepreneurs and business school graduates. Some experts believe that there is … Continue reading

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The Cutthroat World of Management Consulting

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Don Cheadle The Oscar-nominated actor explains how he’s broadened his skill set and philanthropic efforts. Cheadle dishes background info on his new comedy for Showtime TV’s House of Lies. It’s about the underbelly of the consulting industry. Just a guess, … Continue reading

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Otis SpunkMeyer

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Cookie Dough Niche In the late 1970s cookie chain store founder Ken Rawlins, wanting to remain competitive, switched from retail sales to manufacturing and supplying his pastry dough to restaurants and other food service operations who wanted to offer their … Continue reading

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