From wiredinsider: Welcome to the busiest travel time of the year, where millions of your fellow Americans will be taking to the air and streets for the the holiday season. If you’re joining them, make sure you think about internet before you take off.
Once employing as many as 60,000 people in 9,000 stores, Blockbuster was once the king of video rentals. Now, only about 300 of the company-owned stores remain, and those will all be shuttered by January 2014. Read more about why Blockbuster failed and lessons to be learned from that and the other Biggest Business Flops of 2013.
When Veronica DiLullo’s collie had trouble catching a Frisbee in the glare of the sun, she created a custom pair of sunglasses for him. When other dog owners saw her invention, they wanted a pair. So she launched Doggles, a company that sells eye protection designed just for dogs. It has generated millions of dollars in sales for DiLullo.
Want to send a client or partner a gift they’ll remember? How about a catered lunch for their team? Or a personalized experience to match their interests, like a round of golf? Here are some suggestions for Extraordinary Gifts Your Clients Will Never Forget.
…there’s always something wrong. It’s usually something small. At any moment, the probability of failure is high. Ultimately, you can’t let the small details derail your big vision. Keep your heart, and head, on track, and your potential will be limitless.
Small-business owners can learn a lot from the rise of Malcolm Gladwell’s star, not to mention his collected works of nonfiction.
There is, for example, his undaunted persistence in the face of early rejection. While most people now know Gladwell from his insightful articles for The New Yorker and his bestselling books, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, few know that his undergraduate grades didn’t qualify him for graduate school, which led to his decision to pursue advertising … a career he never actually entered because he couldn’t get a single agency to hire him.
Since the dawn of space flight, the industry has been dominated by large firms essentially writing their own paychecks. Only the biggest communications companies and national governments could afford launches costing hundreds of millions of dollars. That’s changing now, in large part because of SpaceX. Read More
Communities regularly rally around foundering businesses facing sudden rent hikes, for example, or owners struggling with medical issues. Strong community support like this isn’t a replacement for smart management — when industries change or business models don’t show profits, then it’s up to the business owner to find long-term solutions. But even solid, profitable operations can hit random snags that threaten to sink the whole venture. That’s often when they find out just how strong their community ties are.
“It turns out that a lot of what we’re told about Black Friday is invented by retailers and the marketing experts they hire. Retailers like Black Friday because the earlier customers start their holiday shopping, the more they are likely to spend over all.”
At that time of year for giving thanks, OPEN Forum recognizes those small businesses that give back year-round. Like Conner Brothers, which rehabs donated cars and then awards them to people who’ve been nominated by their community.