Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup SwiftKey, Jon Reynolds is breathing new life into the act of typing on a keyboard.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Kiip, Jason Wong is connecting consumers with brands by rewarding engagement.

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With his startup Everlane, Michael Preysman is cutting out the middleman markups from high quality fashion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With her startup Getaround, Jessica Scorpio is connecting individual car owners with renters.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

How they did it, and how you can, too.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:47:30 -0500

AlleyNYC and Rapp are connecting startups with big businesses.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

If your company culture hasn't yet embraced the power of social media, it is at risk of getting steamrolled by competitors. Here are four tips on staying in the game and building a more social business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

When things get tough, look to these three tips.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Chief financial officers increasingly are the executives charged with setting the stage for growth.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

It all comes back to communication.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

San Francisco-based Cruise Automation has created a new gadget that gives any car self-driving capabilities.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

What if you die? What if you want to take a year-long sabbatical to Africa? Training and succession planning can ensure your company’s long-term survival.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

No company can succeed in executing its bold strategies if the basics aren't being taken care of. Here's how to make sure you stay on track.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

The better your site structure, the better your chance of higher ranking in the search engines.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

In this issue, we celebrate our Young Millionaires. These are the faces and the inspiration of tomorrow.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Here's why Colleen McKenna became a Welcomemat Services franchisee after a 25 year career in PR and communications.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Business owners and employees can increase individual and organizational capacity and agility by focusing on these five key elements.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Some of the words of wisdom that guide my personal life have proved to be just as useful in the office.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Companies need to think deeply about their products and services to shape their profiles to enlist customer support

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Just ask Target, General Motors and the Veterans Affairs Department

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Considering launching a business? Remember this: You can phase in pursuing your entrepreneurship bid while still keeping that day job.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Complex purchases aren’t so much about a product or service as they are about an outcome, a trajectory, a solution or a promise. To gain the right offer from a vendor, ask the right questions and look in the right places.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

To take your operation to the next level, consider these powerful questions.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

An entrepreneur devoted to innovation and protection of intellectual property lets loose about patent trolls and the patent system that enables them.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 -0500

Kids already use Gmail and they're obsessed with YouTube. Now Google wants to make it legit, as in legal.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:04:00 -0500

David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and White House adviser, will now oversee global branding, communications and policy for

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Licensing is a potentially lucrative path for product development and marketing but also a complex, often fraught, partnership.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Thinking about quitting your job and going into business all by yourself? Read this first and reconsider.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

There is nothing like a few meetings with insincere, boastful investors to encourage your embrace of the lean startup strategy.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Ballmer said he plans to devote much of his attention to the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, which he recently bought for $2 billion.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Whether you see it or not, culture is a big deal for several reasons, including your employees' satisfaction.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:00 -0500

Google's YouTube appears set to take on Spotify and Pandora.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 -0500

The COO of Lyft is leaving the company, taking his entire operations staff with him.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Grow your first-time customers into loyal brand followers with these techniques.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

How you can cast aside your writer's block and write more prolifically.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:29:00 -0500

The Coolest -- a cooler that comes equipped with a rechargeable blender for mixed drinks, a smartphone charger and other goodies -- is currently the second most funded project in the crowdfunding site’s history.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:23:00 -0500

It's called Swing Copters, and it looks just as frustratingly difficult to play as Flappy Bird.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Gender bias holds back women in their careers but also keeps men at work instead of with their families. Each person must decide, how much more is there to life than making a living?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:48:00 -0500

As Google celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its IPO, here's a look at the challenges that lie ahead.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

If you want to find the best keywords for your business, avoid these all-too-common missteps.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:15:00 -0500

Do it right, and a trade show can lead to more funding, new customers and lots of buzz.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

While many people may jump on the stealth-mode bandwagon, often they are doing so for the wrong reason. Here are the two times when founders should consider stealth mode.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0500

Getting screwed is part of the game, but it doesn't have to happen as often as it does.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

If your employees don't feel recognized for their work, don't get proper feedback and are overworked, your office will soon turn toxic.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:15:00 -0500

True to his ways, the former Microsoft CEO knows how to get the crowd riled up.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Conferences can either be a complete waste of time or very productive. Make sure your time at these events is well spent with these three steps.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

No business can afford to ignore this trend. Consumers today are plugged into multiple channels and served with content at every turn.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

A leader's personality can have a huge impact on company culture. Make sure your leadership style isn't contributing to a negative work environment.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Some things to consider before you jump to the other side -- you know, the one where the grass is always greener.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Online marketing and SEO expert Neil Patel explains how this listing format can help you rank better in search results.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

The list of people willing to receive your marketing messages is a fundamental business asset that you can grow with steady effort.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

How many times have you attended unproductive meetings or meetings you don’t even know why you are there for?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

There is nothing more powerful than goal clarity when it comes to the process of achievement.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

After 19 years as a professor at the University of Portland, Dr. Mind Hsu turned his hobby of tutoring into a second career.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

The frustrating barriers to living legally in the U.S. are keeping out entrepreneurs eager to launch businesses and hire American workers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Successful entrepreneurs hire for the long run -- not just for today -- avoiding the temptation to settle for people who aren’t 'A' players.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Don't break the hearts of your clients by pretending to offer something better than what you really have.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Free trade agreements and millions of newly prosperous overseas consumers have opened large foreign markets to even the smallest companies.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

The foundation for a strong personal brand is seeing yourself as others do and sincerely living your values.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

The is no formula for posts that go viral but you can resonate with your audience consistently.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The last thing you want to do is cause your visitors to quickly leave your website, especially if it is due to something avoidable.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Writing a book is maddeningly difficult but selling it is an even harder job.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

If you want to move beyond others’ preconceived notions about you, ask yourself these questions.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

New companies are cropping up to meet the demand for software developers and programmers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Managing your boss is easy when you hear screaming as a cry for help and recognize egomania as insecurity.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:59:00 -0500

Oh, no! Favorites now appear in your Timeline like retweets. Here's why it doesn't matter.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Start your week with these top tricks and secrets from contributors.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Learning the language of computers is an incredibly useful skill for entrepreneurs to have.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

"Mobile device management'' technology for securing corporate data on personal devices severely comprises employee privacy.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

When a company decides to go beyond its home country's borders, the founder needs to determine which countries are best for business expansion.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Corporate social-responsibility programs have become more commonplace in today's corporate world. Here's why some executives are pursuing them.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0500

Marketers will now have access to more nuanced references, not just explicit mentions.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Ways others have found their own success, and how you can, too.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The fan favorite will be available at the end of August for some dedicated customers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

As a business owner, a large part of your strategy is to outshine competitors but savvy entrepreneurs know that it is also smart to create and maintain relationships with them.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Meetings and introductions don’t always go as planned. When things go wrong, here is how to survive a bad networking experience.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:18:00 -0500

On Monday, Taco Bell launched its first ever dollar menu, with advertising that looked as cheap as the tacos.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Bottom line: Using these words can help you convert readers into paying customers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that these five things are keys to going far in the business world.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Here is where you should be looking to learn new things about your industry, as well as different facets of running a business.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

A startup raises nearly $5 million to match companies with the well-educated consultants they need.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

As a parent, letting go isn't about separation; it's about pushing your child towards a greater sense of freedom.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0500

The tech billionaire and outspoken investor shares the elements he thinks are vital for startup success.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Even if you're a great boss there are a lot of things you don’t know about your employees.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Lessons learned from cancer scientists about how to solve large, complex issues.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Starting a business is hard enough, and these common mistakes can make it even harder.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Legal complexities have resulted in a system where only a judge can determine what a patent covers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

High profile data breaches reported in the media rarely point to the significant threats from employees, either disgruntled or negligent.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

The ability to share across social platforms or within private networks has led to an age of collaboration. What are the best practices to encourage so more employees can execute tasks according to the ideal of the modern office?

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneur's enterprising community of contributors share their favorite ways to work efficiently.

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Here are some companies finding new ways to do business.

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The founders of Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn, N.Y., sought to make the distilling process less wasteful.

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Thanks to problems like rising housing costs, overpopulation, and environmental damage, it seems the solution is to think smaller. Much smaller.

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Some advice for franchisees on how to decide whether a trip to your franchise's home turf makes sense.

Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

When times get tough, it's important to see the humor in things. Every entrepreneur should know these bits of wisdom.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Figure out your burn rate.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

You don't want to start a business that may not survive. Do your homework, validate your idea and make sure you have a real market for it.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Everyone can hone that uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time that distinguishes business greats.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:45:00 -0500

We break down the news business owners need to know in our first-ever video news roundup.

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Every executive making the leap from a resource-rich company to a startup den should know these five things.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

CenturyLink is a fascinating case study in reinvention. Formerly you’d have been forgiven for lumping the company in with all the other telco dinosaurs – big, old, slow and destined to a painful demise. CenturyLink has a corporate history that spans close to a century and over that time has [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:38:00 -0500

The best look yet at the new iPhone 6 comes courtesy of Feld & Volk, who assembled leaked parts into a finished looking mock up. The smooth-looking result echoes the iPad in many design elements. In addition, an examination of developer files suggest Apple will make modest increases in screen resolution over current models.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

California's decisions today will hurt the national economy for decades

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:48:00 -0500

It's Gartner Hype Cycle time again. And this year, big data is among a handful of technologies pushed downhill to the trough of disillusionment. On the one hand, big G is correct. On The Other Hand, none of this should be a surprise: We've been telling you this for ages...

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Video The Internet is alight with the Ice Bucket Challenge, a silly joke that's being shared on social media by billionaires. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dumped a bucket of ice on his head. He was followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who, in a playful video, built a contraption to do [...]

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:32:00 -0500

Over the past decade, LinkedIn has been transformed into a complete career management resource. Our mindset about how to use LinkedIn, however, has not evolved as quickly as the product. If you haven’t changed your approach to LinkedIn, you’re missing out on some of the biggest benefits. Here are five elements of LinkedIn that most executives I know are not using correctly – or aren’t using at all - along with suggestions for maximizing them.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:35:00 -0500

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—or as many social media users know it, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge—is everywhere. It's annoying. But it's working. Bill Gates dunked himself in ice water to raise awareness and donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research; Mark Zuckerberg did too. LeBron James accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the deck [...]

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:10:00 -0500

Gartner released last week its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Last year, big data reigned supreme, at what Gartner calls the “peak of inflated expectations.”  But now big data has moved down the “trough of disillusionment,” replaced by the Internet of Things at the top of the hype cycle. [...]

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

"Ask for 100% of what you want from 100% of people 100% of the time," and other gems.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0500

We’ve all seen it happen before – bad meeting etiquette. What many people don’t realize is that how they act during meeting can help (or hurt) their career. Check out these Do’s and Don’ts to earn more respect at work…

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Top Quality Goods and Services Are the Hallmark of Chaldean Businesses
By Paul Gori :: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 :: 12066 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Michigan, USA – Chaldean entrepreneurs have always fought to compete against the cold giant retailers.  “We do this on a personal level.  We reach out to our customers and make sure they are happy.  We support the community and give back,” says Eddie Katoola, manager of Grail of Gorcers in Highland Park.  Grail of Grocers fresh produce and meats remind customers of the days long gone, when butchers knew your name and shared community recipes.  

The success of Chaldean business owners is there ability to offer customers wonderful products and services and great prices.  It’s the reason why so many Chaldean businesses have been able to outperform major competitors.  The long standing tradition of offering valued goods is remarkable. 

Across town, Johnny Karmo, owner and manager of Market Fresh is offering his customers a most unique product.  Karmo wants his customers to have the most unique pumpkins on their block. 

The produce market and specialty food store on Southfield Road in Beverly Hills, annually hires a caricature artist to draw the customer’s likeness on a pumpkin, free of charge.  The high-end quality supermarket allows customers to choose a pumpkin from the large display outside the store, then have a caricature artist "personalize" the pumpkin by drawing your image on it with a permanent marker.

In addition to the caricatures of Market Fresh customers, the artists are also immortalizing some of the Detroit Red Wings and local celebrities. These pumpkins will be on display in the store, and then given to the children's ward of Beaumont Hospital for their Halloween celebration.
"Some of the Detroit Red Wings players donated autographed pucks to go with their pumpkin caricatures, so the kids at Beaumont will have a lasting treasure to take home after Halloween," said owner Johnny Karmo. "We did something similar a few years ago, and the kids really got a kick out of it," he added.

Karmo will also fire up the outdoor grills and provide free Market Fresh-made sausages to all customers from noon until 4 p.m., on October 25 and 26.

Customers show their support by remaining loyal patrons.  Some, like school teacher Nikki Wells travel as far as thirty miles to visit the grocery store.  This is what she had to say about Market Fresh:

“When ever I want the best of the best shopping experience I head over to Market Fresh. The worse thing about this store is that the bakery section is filled with deliciously sinful choices. Mm!Mm!Mm! If you are looking for a one of a kind dessert, please, look no further than this store. Absolutely magnificent. This store has a selection like no other.  The prices are slightly higher but the quality makes up for that. Everything about this grocery store is the highest of quality. From the welcoming employees to the brown paper bags. You couldn't ask for a better gourmet shopping experience."