Introducing Doggles, one of the 7 Most Surprising Business Success Stories 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.
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.
Sometimes turning down what’s seems like a good opportunity is actually the best decision.
From The Power of Saying “No” on OPENForum.com.
With November 30th - Small Business Saturday - fast approaching, here are some ideas for how non-retailers can also take part:
Individual memberships in USA Archery, the sport’s national governing body, have soared 48 percent since the first Hunger Games movie came out last year, with youth participation in the national championships up by more than a third.
These days I spend about 40 percent of my time recruiting. I think that when it comes down to building any great business, it is about your ability to recruit talent. You don’t want to outsource that to someone else. One of the things you can most affect as the CEO is whom you hire. It is important to always be out meeting new people.