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December 19, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • St. Louis entrepreneur helps breathe new life into his city
    Joe Edwards opened a restaurant in his hometown of St. Louis in 1972 after attending Duke University. Since then, he has been instrumental in helping to revitalize an area of the city known as The Loop. "We're now the kind of city our kids can eventually decide to come home to," said Edwards, whose daughters eventually moved back to the city. "But I hope we're on the way to becoming the kind of city that they never have to leave." The Christian Science Monitor (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • To thine own self be true
    It can be hard standing up for your beliefs day after day through all kinds of situations, but business leaders must focus on being honest about who they are and what they value, writes Dan Pallotta, president of Advertising for Humanity. "Your ability to stand up for your truth is a muscle, and the more you exercise it the stronger it gets," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Who are all those online shoppers?
    Learn more about online shoppers:  
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    Every year, online shopping plays a growing role in powering the U.S. economy. Forrester Research predicts that 167 million consumers in the U.S. will spend $226 billion online in 2012. Consumers shopped online in full force on Black Friday in 2012. ComScore reports that Americans spent $1.04 billion to kick off their holiday shopping. What type of consumer is most likely to shop online and where do they live? While people from all sorts of backgrounds from across the country will shop online, some people are much more likely than others to buy online. Find out who they are. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

  • Federal government considers support for striving entrepreneurs
    Federal officials are backing a program that would allow people to collect unemployment benefits as they work to launch their own businesses. This isn't a new idea, but only a handful of states have enacted such programs. States that create self-employment assistance programs might be able to get access to some federal money in the future. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • Is networking cutting into your workday?
    Wasting half your day in a coffee shop is not an efficient way to network, Ryan Estis writes. Instead, try scheduling early morning meetings, stick to an agenda and use e-mail when possible. Also, avoid happy hours or dinner meetings that involve alcohol unless they're critical, he writes. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Holiday drinks to quench your thirst for festivity
    Whipping up a batch of delicious holiday-themed drinks can help you get into the right mood this holiday season. Lana Winter-H├ębert shares a list of 10 such concoctions, which includes a candy cane martini, a cranberry mimosa and a pomegranate punch. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Why you shouldn't watch the news
    You might feel more optimistic about your chances of making a difference if you avoid watching news broadcasts, which tend to have a heavy focus on the negative, Mike Maddock writes. "We need people who believe that they can change the world," he writes. "At age seven, I bet you thought you could change the world. ... You still can." Forbes (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Pervasive myths that damage your decision-making ability
    Certain pervasive myths tend to affect how people make decisions, according to Betty Sue Flowers, former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library. Among these are the heroic myth -- the idea that every circumstance has a winner and a loser -- and the scientific myth -- the idea that we can always reason ourselves to the perfect solution. Business Insider (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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