Category Archives: Small Business

Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

What do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years. Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they … [ more ]

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Business Truisms You Shouldn’t Believe

A lot of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur is the same today as it was 30 years ago—grit, vision, initiative, willingness to take risks. But how we start and run a business is very different. “We used to do market research, write a business plan, seek money and resources, build the product—and then execute the plan and hope we were right,” says Mark Coopersmith, senior fellow of … [ more ]

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Trade Secrets of a Tech-Savvy Entrepreneur

A word to the wise: If you ever take a meeting with Tiffanie Stanard, make sure you’re fully caffeinated. The marketing and branding strategist and CEO of Prestige Concepts in Philadelphia talks fast, thinks faster—and does what most people consider a full morning’s slate (i.e., sends emails to current, past and prospective clients, updates her to-do list, prepares for meetings and exercises) before she has even arrived at her office.

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Business Advice for Optimists

Before The Life Is Good Company was a going concern, let alone a $100 million business selling positive messaging on apparel and accessories, it was two brothers—Bert and John Jacobs—peddling their artwork on T-shirts at a trade show. They had decided to wear suits to look more mature, but toward the end of that day, a customer asked what was with the suits—they didn’t seem like the kind of guys … [ more ]

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Free Teleclass: Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Simply and Live Fully: Strategies to Work Smarter, Not Harder Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 12:00 pm CDT REGISTER HERE

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Inspired By: Norine Yukon

“Am I meeting my leaders’ and stakeholders’ expectations?”  [ more ]

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Leading Innovation and Increasing Creativity: Marla Capozzi

Innovation remains an important priority for enterprises small and large as well as a major driver of our economic prosperity, if not even more important than ever.  As a result, individuals and leaders continuously seek to increase creative output and improve innovation results.  Yet we find ourselves, especially as women, mired in the never-ending search for continuous improvement – those elusive productivity gains allowing us to maximize our time and … [ more ]

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