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January 4, 2013
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Get with the flow. How payment processing affects cash flow.
Cash flow is the lubricant of business. Without a healthy cash flow, business dries up. It stops. It can't function. Which is why it is vital to keep the revenues coming in as the expenses go out. But there's one aspect of cash flow that many of us are not aware of. It is how managing credit cards and other such non-cash payments affect cash flow. Turns out it has a huge affect. Download the free guide today.
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Leading the Pack 
  • Get personal to engage your team
    When John Bossong's 17-year-old daughter picked up her first paycheck, she found that her boss had added a brief handwritten note welcoming her and encouraging her to give her all. That simple act showed the boss' commitment to achieving a "higher purpose" and keeping workers motivated and engaged, Bossong writes. "If you want a team that is unified and aligned, make leadership personal," he adds. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • How La. shed its anti-business image
    Louisiana, once thought to be a poor place to open a business, has made great strides toward fixing that problem, Adriana Lopez writes. Economic-development programs and government reforms were key in producing a more favorable business climate. "If you really step back and look at it, it's not just one or two things that have been a catalyst for this growth in Louisiana," said Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development. "There are about nine or 10 different factors that continue to contribute to making the state an economic powerhouse." Forbes (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to develop the perfect media pitch
    If you're trying to attract media attention for your startup, it's important to use a short pitch and to describe the obstacles you have faced, Colleen DeBaise writes. "The more candid you are, the more interested we'll be in working with you," she writes. Also, explain how your story could be instructive for other people, she advises. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Why innovation slows as startups grow
    Some companies struggle to remain innovative once they have identified a business model and are attempting to scale their operations, according to Steve Blank. "Instead of running around 24-hours-a-day trying to figure out who your customers are, ... growing companies are trying to figure out how to make what they've already done repeatable and profitable," he notes. OpenView Blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
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A lot of entrepreneurs aren’t aware of this, but as soon as you accept outside funding or venture capital, a metaphorical secret memo is sent out that metaphorically puts their heads on the chopping block."
--Steve Blank, as quoted by OpenView Blog
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