Free Facebook Ads for Small Businesses

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According to this Chicago tribune Article, Facebook will begin giving away up to $10 million in advertising credits to small businesses in a partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Independent Businesses.  More details will be forthcoming, but this is something to keep your eye on if you have a small business and want free advertising in a proven medium.

Free Ads

Venture Capitalist Perspectives

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This is a really interesting article on how a venture capitalist looks at an entrepreneur and what they really want.  I see some of the common mistakes listed hit close to home.  People who are unwilling to commit to a business idea until they get funding flies in the face of an investor who wants to see a totally committed leader.  That’s an impasse.

Seeing both sides

Inspiring Amazing Corporate Culture

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Corporate culture is as difficult to define as the human soul.  Yet it exists and it is critical to success in small businesses.  Poor culture can drive away talent and great culture can inspire greatness. The problem is that as companies grow the tendency is to make definable processes out of every task so they can repeat greatness.  Unfortunately, according to Method, too much process tends to stifle a great culture.  So they went to companies they admired and came up with some tricks to help keep the culture alive while they instituted processes.

First they established a “pod” to be in charge of maintaining their culture.

Next they cam up with these tips:

1) Hire great people.  Make sure they have the skills but also the right temperament to fit into your culture and thrive.

2) Emphasize culture from the beginning.  Explain how it works and where they fit.

3) Give regular feedback on performance and how they are fitting into the culture.

It looks like the bottom line is really being honest about what you want your culture to be and then working with it daily.  Culture needs nurturing or it will change to what you least want.

Method Method

Dealing with Interruptions

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This video from the founder of Getting Things Done (David Allen) is an easy method of keeping the interruptions from totally disrupting your workflow.

Dealing with Interruptions

Talk About Big Audacious Goals…

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Here is a story that personifies Big Audacious Goals.  Its a story of a 22 year old inventor trying to get funding and engineers to help her build a company on the concept of wireless recharging of a portable device (like an i-pad). Seems plausible, after all there is a wireless electrical system for flat screen monitors.  Why not?

Young Entrepreneur

The 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation

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Phil McKinney, the President and CTO of HP’s personal systems group wrote these seven laws of innovation in his blog.  They are quite good.  He addresses the following: Leadership, Culture, Resources, Patience, Process, Big Audacious Goals and execution.

Take a read here

Coffee Shop Etiquette for Entrepreneurs

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Those of us who have ever run a small business have done it – sit in a coffee shop using their wifi for half a day while we work. Writers do it, programmers do it and even product entrepreneurs in the planning stages.  This article pulls together coffee shop owners and offers suggestions for keeping your office away from the office happy with your presence.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Coffee Shop Etiquette

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