Past Issues

Vol. 22 Issue 6

Big Talk: Melinda Emerson

Melinda Emerson is one of American’s leading small business experts, a seasoned entrepreneur, professional speaker, and social media strategist. She’s written the bestseller Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months and is an industry expert on the new CNBC show Crowd Rules. Her blog Succeed as Your Own Boss is syndicated by The Huffington Post, and she hosts #SmallBizChat, a weekly live Twitter show. Melinda also writes a regular column on social media for the New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog.


The Pros and Cons of Buying a Franchise

Just like starting any business, buying a franchise is a major decision—one that demands proper research first. Franchising offers many benefits to entrepreneurs, but it also has special requirements that might not be right for everyone. (more…)

David Bowie and the Power of Clean-Slate Thinking

I was in London with a client a few weeks ago and managed to squeeze in a museum visit between the meetings and the jet lag. The venerable grand dame of decorative arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum, was featuring a much-hyped, 300-artifact exhibit on David Bowie. I have to admit I’ve never been a huge Bowie fan, but I was curious. I assumed I’d see Bowie’s flashy costumes for Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom, but I was not prepared for the astute business strategy behind the spacesuits and performance art. (more…)


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