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November 13, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Veteran brews up success with coffee shop
    Military veterans aren't starting businesses at the same rate they once did, but some such as Carl Churchill are still taking an entrepreneurial path after they re-enter civilian life. Churchill, an army veteran, and his wife Lori started Lock-n-Load Java about two years ago, and the coffee shop is expected to generate more than $120,000 in revenue this year. Meanwhile, organizations such as the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University are offering resources to help veterans achieve success. Inc. online (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Leading the Pack 
  • Tactics that make you seem untrustworthy
    You may be making yourself appear untrustworthy if you employ euphemisms, try to spin information to serve your own interests or share only the details that support your position, writes Rodger Dean Duncan. You can avoid these pitfalls and protect your credibility by communicating in a clear, honest manner, he writes. Using your position to force people to agree with you can also hurt your credibility, he notes. "Whatever the reasons, pulling rank is never effective in engaging peoples' heads, hearts, and hopes." Fast Company online (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • A to-do list for your first 3 months after finding funding
    Entrepreneurs should focus on communication, look to hire talented employees and celebrate with their teams after successfully securing funding for their startup, Matt Fates of Ascent Venture Partners writes. "Share the news with your employees," he recommends. "Explain the potential and also share the credit, ensuring everyone is aligned and pulling 100 percent toward the same goals." VentureBeat (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to impress a "Shark Tank" investor
    Entrepreneurs who are persistent and adept at problem solving make the most attractive candidates for investment, according to Daymond John, one of the sharks on ABC's TV show "Shark Tank." It's important for entrepreneurs to go it alone for as long as possible before asking for help, he said. "[T]ry to make all the mistakes with your own money and on a small level so that when you are responsible for a partner's money or assets you've learned and you don't make bigger mistakes," he advises. Business Insider (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • How to win over a skeptical audience
    Persuasion is a key skill for any leader, writes former Ogilvy & Mather CEO Charlotte Beers. It takes an ability to speak with passion, humility, humor and flashes of unexpected wit to win over a tough audience or persuade skeptical employees to follow your lead. "Speaking with passion born of your own authentic experience and belief is always persuasive," Beers writes. Fast Company online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • Survey: Apple is still the most innovative company
    Apple again has been named the most innovative company in the world, according to a survey by Booz & Company. "A big distinction for Apple is the breadth of areas in which it innovates: hardware, industrial design, software, usability, retail," Charles Golvin of Forrester said. "Many of its competitors are strong in one or more of these areas but not across the board." CNN (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Valuable lessons from prominent business failures
    As MySpace's rapid decline shows, you have to know when to cut your losses, according to "The Wisdom Of Failure" by Laurence Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey. Meanwhile, Netscape's example demonstrates that you shouldn't ignore your core product as you pursue new opportunities. Business Insider (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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