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    “The Happiness Business”

    The founder of Stella & Dot discusses leadership, emotional intelligence, and an "angel in a cowboy hat." Jessica Herrin is the founder and chief executive of Stella & Dot, a jewelry maker that sells its wares online and through over 10,000 independent, in-home sales reps dubbed "stylists." Herrin founded the company in 2003, offering both [...]  View More

  • Productivity: Choose your distractions, don’t let them choose you

    Everyone has distractions: Projects need to be completed Emails need to be answered Phone calls need to be returned When you allow distractions to take over your day it’s kind of obvious that your productivity drops. The challenge is to manage the distractions that come at you from every direction. The points mentioned above are [...]  View More

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    As a small business owner you will need to determine whether to hire full time employees or use independent contractors. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are basically the same thing. They aren’t.  View More

    Could Your Business Be More Profitable with Women at the Helm?

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    When a small business can’t get a loan from a bank, they’ve increasingly been turning to alternative lenders. These lenders — OnDeck, CAN Capital, DLJ Financial, and many others — are willing to take on more risk, provide capital faster, and require less documentation than the big banks. But why exactly has alternative lending exploded so much in [...]  View More

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