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January 3, 2013
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  • Clothing-challenged man creates a better undershirt
    After experiencing frustration with the way his undershirt fit, Tom Patterson solved the problem by coming up with own design that used micro modal fabric. He received positive feedback from his friends and set up his own clothing business. Today, his Tommy John brand is carried in stores across the country, and he sells underwear as well as undershirts. "I would have never imagined I'd be in this business," he said. Business Insider (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • R&D tax credit survives the "fiscal cliff"
    Lawmakers have extended the R&D tax credit, which was originally passed in 1981. The Congressional Budget Office has previously determined that the credit appears to have a positive effect on innovation. TechCrunch (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How a trusted adviser could help your business
    A trusted business adviser can help companies deal with the challenging business climate, according to Tullus Miller of Moss Adams. "[T]rusted business advice can help make decisions simpler, while shortening the timeline," he said. When evaluating an adviser, you should consider factors such as whether he or she has knowledge of complex issues and whether he or she understands your company, he said. Smart Business (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tips for building a successful business selling your handmade goods
    Small-business owners -- especially those who create handmade products -- might be tempted to ignore marketing and other critical activities, but this is a mistake, Donna Maria Coles Johnson writes. You can address this issue by leveraging technology, working with other business owners and being willing to promote your products, she writes. Small Business Trends (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • A better way to get organized
    Instead of creating one to-do list, you should create three separate lists, according to Laura Stack, author of "What to Do When There's Too Much to Do." One list should describe all the tasks that need to be done at some point; another list should describe what you need to do on a daily basis. The final list should contain activities that you don't want to waste your time on. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Simple ways to step up your creativity
    It is possible to become a better innovator even if you aren't naturally a creative genius, Jeff Haden writes. For example, think of the worst-case scenario that could happen to your business, or give yourself five minutes to come up with a solution to a problem, he recommends. "Speed is also the mother of innovation," he writes. Inc. online (free registration)/Owners' Manual blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Why Target + Neiman Marcus = failure
    A collaboration between Target and Neiman Marcus appears to have been a failure, with some critics noting the product line was full of relatively expensive products that felt cheap. "The selection of merchandise confused me ... the things they were offering were not the kinds that are going to fly off the shelf," retail analyst Jim McComb said. Time.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Often a 'rule' isn't a rule at all; it's just the way you've always done things."
--Jeff Haden, writing at Inc. online's Owners' Manual blog
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