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November 12, 2012
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Bold Ventures 
  • Website helps people's conscious -- socially and fashionably
    Adriana Herrera developed her outlook on responsible fashion while growing up in San Diego and now she has turned that point of view into a business that helps customers to find clothing that was produced under fair conditions. Her company, Fashioning Change, doesn't actually produce the merchandise; instead, it helps to set up deals between consumers and responsible brands. San Diego Union-Tribune (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Secret Weapon to Driving Employee Success
People don't leave companies, they leave managers. With this much impact on your workforce, effective managers can be the difference between business failure and business success. In this whitepaper, "The Secret Weapon to Driving Employee Success", you'll learn how to train your managers to drive recognition, emphasize engagement, and leverage their influence to obtain key business objectives.
Leading the Pack 
  • Leaders make mistakes, David Petraeus said before we knew his
    Shortly before their affair was revealed, retired Gen. David Petraeus was interviewed by Paula Broadwell about his thoughts on leadership. Among the disgraced general's tips: Be willing to admit your failings. "We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear­ view mirrors -- drive on and avoid making them again," Petraeus says. The Daily Beast/Newsweek (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Finance & Growth 
  • Cleveland cultivates pop-up retail cluster
    Cleveland's St. Clair Superior Development Corp. launched an initiative this year designed to revive a two-block stretch of downtown with pop-up shops, offering entrepreneurs business training and six months free rent in exchange for setting up temporary shops. The first lineup of about 10 businesses will include a bakery, pizzeria and furniture shop. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Tips for creating a popular pop-up shop: Retailers and brands are getting more innovative in their efforts to showcase new products and raise brand awareness with the teens they hope will become their next generation of loyal customers. Read how some including GameStop and U.K.-based One Direction can use pop-ups to reach their audience. MediaPost Communications/Engage: Teens (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to find the right techie hire
    If you're a nontechie looking for a technical employee to build your company's product, there needs to be someone on your team who can read code, according to Debbie Madden of Cyrus Innovation. If there isn't, you should employ a technical adviser on a part-time basis to help you make a good hire. You should also think about your goals for the hire and be willing to spend the time it will take to find the right candidate. Forbes (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Whole Entrepreneur 
  • What you need to stop worrying about
    It's easy to get caught up in what other people think of you, but you can't let their opinions get you down, Royale Scuderi writes. "We care way too much about what other people think about us and far too little about what we think about ourselves," she writes. You should also let go of your need to be right, stop obsessing over things you can't change and cease to worry about your weight, she writes. (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Ideas for Innovators 
  • What inventive entrepreneurs need to know about patents
    Patent law has attracted scrutiny in recent years, but many people fail to fully understand the rationale behind patents or the process that goes into acquiring them, Brad Woodcox of Novak Druce + Quigg writes. Patents are designed to encourage innovation, and they were introduced early in the country's history, he notes. It can take years to get a patent, but there are ways to expedite the process, he notes. TechCrunch (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Fortune from Failure 
  • Is your e-mail marketing destined for the trash?
    Your e-mail marketing campaign might be headed for failure if you choose poor topics for your messages or fail to write engaging subject lines, according to Patrick Murphy. "If your subject line is too long or just dull, it's not going to get you traffic," he writes. The message itself also has to have interesting copy, he notes. B2C Marketing Insider (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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