3 Questions Business Leaders Should Ask Themselves Before Solving ANY Problem

July 15, 2014 8:55 am0 comments
3 Questions Business Leaders Should Ask Themselves Before Solving ANY Problem

A place you can see this lack of forethought in the business world is the rapid-fire manner in which entrepreneurs and business owners solve problems. For those leading a business, it can seem that every day is simply a pinball game in which they bounce from problem to issue to obstacle to annoyance to challenge.

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Mindreading 1.2: 10 More Questions To Take Your Team from 0 to 60

July 14, 2014 9:46 am0 comments
Mindreading 1.2: 10 More Questions To Take Your Team from 0 to 60

How do you discover what is going on in the minds of your employees? Ever wish that you had the power of mind-reading, or mental telepathy?

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When Does It Make Sense to Use Third Party IT Services?

July 11, 2014 5:00 am1 comment
When Does It Make Sense to Use Third Party IT Services?

Some companies either don’t have the capacity or the ability to expand and manage their own IT infrastructure. The potential benefits of moving some IT resources off site can address many of these concerns, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that every company should immediately make the shift. There are a number of factors that could still impact your decision to use a third party service provider.

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Google Launches $100 Million Venture Fund To Invest in European Startups

July 10, 2014 10:36 pm0 comments
Google Launches $100 Million Venture Fund To Invest in European Startups

European entrepreneurs have a reason to celebrate this weekend as Google is bringing its bank account across the pond. Google Ventures announced today that they’re launching a new venture fund to invest $100 million in Europe’s most disruptive startups. “We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential. We’ve seen compelling [...]

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Top 5 Accounting Software For SMBs

July 9, 2014 8:00 am1 comment
Top 5 Accounting Software For SMBs

If you own a small business, you can likely benefit from using accounting software made for the typical SMB. There are so many programs available that it’s hard to choose the best one.

In general, accounting software will reduce your stress by increasing your efficiency. These five programs will do just that.

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SMB Workforce Part 2: Policies and Enforcement

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SMB Workforce Part 2: Policies and Enforcement

One of the greatest fears small business owners express when launching HR initiatives is the loss of their unique, close-knit working environment. Small business owners move away from corporate America because they don’t want to be bound by legislature and regulations, right?

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The South and Silicon Valley: 4 Tips For Bigger, Better Entrepreneurship

June 17, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
The South and Silicon Valley:  4 Tips For Bigger, Better Entrepreneurship

In Nashville last week, LaunchTN gathered entrepreneurs from 10 states and over 70 investment firms for a shindig known as SouthlandSE. The “investor-conference-cum-Southern-festival” goes on alongside Bonaroo. It is gaining steam as the “SXSW” of the South.

This year, CEOs from Silicon Valley companies, such as Box, Bonobos, PayPal, and Pando, shared the stage with top startups from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Memphis, and even Mexico.

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SMB Workforce Pt. 1: Why Hierarchy Matters For Your SMB

June 16, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
SMB Workforce Pt. 1: Why Hierarchy Matters For Your SMB

Small business employees operate more like a family than a corporation. They work alongside each other each day, developing a natural closeness and loyalty.

But what happens when employees become a little too comfortable at work?

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Is Your Position a Bad Fit For You?

June 13, 2014 8:00 am0 comments
Is Your Position a Bad Fit For You?

We have all probably found ourselves at some point in a position that seemed a whole lot better on paper than it actually is in real life. Where we were once excited, we now dread the very thought of walking into the office each day. We have talked to our friends about it, and they all ask why we are still in the position. But still, is it that the role itself is bad? Or is it just these specific circumstances?

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High Sierra Launches ‘#TakebackMondays’ To Engage With Younger Audience

June 11, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
High Sierra Launches ‘#TakebackMondays’ To Engage With Younger Audience

Mondays are difficult to handle, especially if your weekend has been full of play. If one were to take a cursory glance on Twitter on a Monday morning, most tweets will be around Monday morning blues.

Building on this insight for engaging with young adventure lovers, High Sierra has launched the #TakebackMondays campaign on social media.

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How To Handle Unhappy Customers On Social Media

May 20, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
How To Handle Unhappy Customers On Social Media

Social media is widely lauded as a great marketing tool for businesses, especially for small businesses and start-ups. It gives you access to a large pool of people which you can leverage without spending a ton of money on (unlike traditional methods of marketing that are usually expensive).

But social media is a two-edged sword. On the one hand it gives you instant visibility on a grand scale, boosting your marketing efforts and improving your search rankings. But on the other hand, one bad episode can undo a lot of your hard work.

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Good Night Twitter, Good Night Facebook, Good Night Social Media

May 19, 2014 5:00 am1 comment
Good Night Twitter, Good Night Facebook, Good Night Social Media

How can marketers and social media gurus overcome the dilemma of turning the lights off on their social networks while still ensuring that great content gets generated throughout the night?

The answer might seem as simple as implementing the right social media monitoring tool to schedule content during evening hours, but a few more factors must be taken into consideration to ensure that social networks are acting efficiently without actual supervision.

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The Value Of An Honest Business Conversation

May 15, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
The Value Of An Honest Business Conversation

There was a time long ago, when honesty was indeed the best policy. A man’s word was his bond and handshakes closed deals instead of reams of signed documentation.

Unfortunately, honesty and square dealing are no longer guaranteed in business transactions, and plenty of shadiness pollutes the pool of commerce.

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Jim McKelvey: I’m Just Lying To You

May 13, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
Jim McKelvey: I’m Just Lying To You

Jim McKelvey, co- founder of Square, spoke at EE Tennessee today. Contradictory to the majority of the conference’s other speakers, McKelvey was adamant failure shouldn’t be an option.

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7 Unexpected Ways Smart CEOs Deliver Exceptional Value

May 12, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
7 Unexpected Ways Smart CEOs Deliver Exceptional Value

When it comes to delivering value to shareholders or investors, CEOs know the drill—streamline operations, invest in growth, and build a powerful culture.

But did you know your reputation as a CEO can also affect your valuation more directly than you realize?

John S. Varley, CEO of Barclay’s, captured it well when he said that “financials alone are not enough to measure either performance or health. Soft-side strategies are the foundation stones of hard-side strategy success. They are additive, not alternative.”

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Turn Your Failure Into Your Strategy

May 7, 2014 5:00 am0 comments
Turn Your Failure Into Your Strategy

Building a company isn’t easy.

One of the common themes at this year’s EE Tennessee conference was that most of the speakers spoke about utilizing failure. The benefits to failing, it seems, can be the probiotics for your eventual success.

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