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Girl Scouts Go Digital, And Offer Your Favorite Cookies Online

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Now you can order your favorite Girl Scout cookies online, guilt and cash free! Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is finally going digital. The group’s national organization has approved their digital Girl Scout selling program, Digital Cookie, for Scouts to sell and ship their cookies to friends and relatives around the country. Under the program, each Scout… Read more »


Science Can Explain Why You Hate Mondays

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Science can explain a lot of things, even how you hate a Monday like today. So now drink that coffee, and maybe this will help you understand why Mondays are particularly difficult days:   1. Your Sleep Pattern Changes during the Weekend And it’s not in the way you expect. According to an article published on Mental Floss,… Read more »



The Dos and Don’ts of a Productive Morning [INFOGRAPHIC]

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This morning when I first woke up, the first thing I did was stress out about all the things I had to get done today. Sadly, worrying about my to-do list right at the beginning of the day can actually have the paradoxical effect of creating a not-so-productive day. At least, that’s according to a… Read more »


Infographic: How to Make Your First eCommerce Sale

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Ecommerce now accounts for about 10% of all retail sales and in the U.S alone, and online retail sales are expected to easily reach $300 billion over the next twelve months. How ever you look at it, eCommerce is a vital part of running a retail business these days and whether you run a small… Read more »




Being a Better CEO Leads to Better Employee Hires

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We recently hosted our Chicago Speaker Sessions, sponsored by Cars.com, at John Barleycorn. We invited to the stage two dynamic speakers in Joel Trammell of Khorus and Scott Hess of Spark. Trammell was the first one to take the stage, and the central theme of his talk was how to be a more effective CEO…. Read more »


Startups: Creating Your Early Team is Like Drafting for Fantasy Football

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Mike Collett, CoFounder and Managing Partner at Promus Ventures, and apparent fantasy football fan, shared this blog post comparing a fantasy football draft to the hiring of an early team at a startup. I happen to be personally interested in how crucial early team formation is, and I echo his sentiments lamenting the days when we could just enjoy… Read more »



3 Ways to Break Free of an Employee Mindset

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Entrepreneurs run businesses. They call the shots, take on the responsibility, and fulfill the role of boss. At least, they should. But too many of us get tripped up because we think like employees in someone else’s business, not owners of our own ventures. Employee mindset is the collection of beliefs, thoughts, and opinions you… Read more »



A Workaholic’s Guide to Disconnecting

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As we prepare for a few days off to enjoy family and some much needed down-time, one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face when dealing with unwinding has nothing to do with technology: it’s letting go of work.  This is a common issue, especially if you are working too many hours a week for most of… Read more »