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Just Released Report Shows Large Companies Out-innovate Start-ups by a Factor of Nearly 3 to 1

Outthinker, a leading growth strategy consulting firm, releases fresh findings from its innovation study showing how and why large incumbent organizations out-innovate smaller start-ups and are behind 22 of the 30 most transformative innovations of the last three decades.

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Small Business ExpertA DVD authoring house gets some good advice on how to attract their first customers from marketing expert, Laura Wiegert. See if her advice can help you too.

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I live by two simple rules: Rule #1: Never sit in the front row of a comedy or dolphin show. In both cases, you’re liable to be more involved than you’d like. Rule #2: Never shop for food when you’re hungry. Here, you’re apt to buy

Don’t Lead, Inspire: 8 Strategies to Get More Out of Your Workforce

Are you an inspirational leader? Even if you lack the oratory skills of a great politician or the impeccable grace of a royal figurehead, you can stir your employees’ souls and inspire them to produce transcendent work. Not convinced? Perhaps it

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Entrepreneur of 2016: Voting Time

Important News for Small BusinessCome and cast your vote for the entrepreneur who most deserves this award, and you will be eligible to win an iPod Touch.

Vote now and you may earn both a bit of distinction for your preferred business owner, and a new gadget for yourself.

$1,000 Small Business Grant: Applications Deadline Extended

Important News for Small BusinessThe application deadline for the 18th Idea Cafe Grant was extended till 9 Feb, 2017. This way we will give everyone one last opportunity to register for the Grant.

The 18th Small Business Grant will award $1,000 in cash, a total of $1,500 in advertising credits and tons of free publicity.

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