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Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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By Rachel Gillman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How (and Why) Two Moms Built a Granola Business

How (and Why) Two Moms Built a Granola Business

Motherhood can be a full-time job, but Chicago moms Mandy Fayne and Kim Strauss decided to add “entrepreneurs” to their resumes. Less than a year ago, they turned Mandy’s healthy homemade granola recipe into... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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By David Wolinsky

What Guy Fieri Can Teach You About Buying Domains

What Guy Fieri Can Teach You About Buying Domains

In my experience, everyone loves Guy Fieri. Either you love him and his ridiculous TV show ironically, or you sincerely appreciate him going to out-of-the-way greasy restaurants and occasionally “exotic” places... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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By Danny Wurst, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Yelp's Guide to Responding to Negative Feedback

Yelp's Guide to Responding to Negative Feedback

A recent sketch on the IFC show Portlandia highlighted a humorous series of events that began when bookstore owners Toni and Candace discovered they have a dreaded one-star review on Yelp. After scouring the... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why Groupon Might Be On The Rebound

Why Groupon Might Be On The Rebound

A few things happened last week in Castle Groupon that lead to many in the media saying they are optimistic about the daily deal giant’s future. Before we dip into the reasons for this newfound enthusiasm,... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Jon Porter, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Engage Your Audience on Social Media

How to Engage Your Audience on Social Media

A common mistake small businesses make is jumping in full force in social media before defining what their goals should be for each platform. The lure of Facebook and Twitter are so appealing because they are... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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By Chris Campbell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

4 Myths About the Impact of Online Reviews on Business

4 Myths About the Impact of Online Reviews on Business

With sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Foursquare and Google+ Local, consumers rely more than ever on online reviews to make better purchase decisions. It’s no surprise that these reviews are also directly impacting... Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Shiftgig's Jeff Pieta on How to Hire Smarter

Shiftgig's Jeff Pieta on How to Hire Smarter

You know how it's pretty difficult to find a job when you already have one? Well, it's also pretty tough to satisfactorily fill a job, too, because it's a huge time-suck that has no shortcuts on either side. So... Read »

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Terlato Wines' CEO on Watching Your Competition

Terlato Wines' CEO on Watching Your Competition

There's a lot to keep your watchful eye on when you're running your own business. But something to not overlook is your competition -- it can blindside you or even lead to unexpected collaborations or partnersh... Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Restaurateurs Can Get Started with Their Online Marketing

How Restaurateurs Can Get Started with Their Online Marketing

A strong, persuasive online presence can spell success for your restaurant. According to Search Engine Land, 85 percent of consumers use the Internet to find local businesses. This makes it critical for you... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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By Chris Campbell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Encourage Positive Online Reviews

How to Encourage Positive Online Reviews

More than ever, customers are posting online reviews and rants, which, in turn, can make or break a business. According to a recent Harvard study, a one-star Yelp rating increase can boost revenues by five to... Read »

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