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05Sep

Legal or Not, the Pot Business is Still Wacky

Legal or not, the business of selling weed in the U.S. is as wacky as ever. The tangle of rules and regulations that govern whether and how it can be grown, bought and sold cause major headaches for marijuana businesses–and enticing opportunities for those who want to exploit it. At […]

05Sep

Court: Yelp Can Lower Ratings for Businesses Who Don’t Advertise on its Site

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Yelp Thursday, saying it could manipulate businesses’ ratings. Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by […]

05Sep

Incomes Drop for All But Top 10 Percent

Median incomes dropped for all Americans except for the richest 10 percent and the poorest became poorer, the Fed says. The richest 10 percent of Americans were the only group whose median incomes rose in the past three years, the Federal Reserve said Thursday in a report on consumer finances. […]

05Sep

Fast Food Higher-Pay Protests Lead to Arrests

Workers were arrested yesterday as fast food employees across the country protested their low wages. A protester demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers is arrested by police near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in […]

05Sep

How to Beat Your Achilles Heel

Entrepreneurs often devise methods to address their personal weaknesses, which could impede their entrepreneurial journeys if left unchecked. We asked members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) to share their Achilles Heel and how they addressed it. Prevent Boredom through Strategic Planning “I love chasing the next great thing. However, starting […]

05Sep

5 Surprising Things the US Open Can Teach You About Starting a Company

The US Open is arguably the biggest tennis tournament in the world. While the players are inspiring to watch, there are also lessons at the Open for any entrepreneur chasing a big goal. As I kicked back to watch the coverage of the last few rounds of the US Open, […]

05Sep

9 Really Annoying Things Your Mom Said (That Just Might Be Holding You Back)

Some of the things our moms said to us in anger can come back to haunt us. Don’t allow these words to interfere with your working relationships. If your mom is like my mom, you may remember her saying things like, “A little birdy told me that…” Of course, these […]

05Sep

Never Ask This Dumb Interview Question Again

“Where do you want to be five years from now” may be the most worthless interview question you can ask. How can you say that, an executive recruiter (and long-time buddy) responded when I told him that. “Asking someone where they expect to be in five years is a great […]

05Sep

5 Ways To Communicate More Clearly

When communicating with employees, bosses, customers or colleagues, you’ll be more effective if you follow these simple guidelines. The winner in every business competition is always whomever communicates the clearest. Whether you’re dealing with employees, bosses, colleagues or customers, your ability to get what you want hinges on how well […]

05Sep

How to Get the Ultimate Music Pick-Me-Up

Science shows that just listening to your favorite tunes is great for your mood and productivity, but this is even better. We all know from lived experience that music can have a profound effect on our moods, but if you were in any doubt that rocking out to your favorite […]

05Sep

6 Ways to Relieve a Serious Case of Writer’s Block

Stuck with a writing project. Don’t just go for a walk or drink coffee. Try these tips. Stuck. Stagnant. Can’t break out of a rut. Frozen. OK, let me start over. As a writer, it sometimes feels like I’m stuck to a large piece of Velcro that won’t let go. […]

05Sep

How the Cronut Became a Global Pastry Sensation

You won’t find this recipe in any cookbook. Here’s how chef Dominique Ansel created one of the most disruptive dessert items in years. Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series that examines the lessons behind disruptive products through the lens of design. Even if you’ve never bitten into […]

05Sep

Why Good Leaders Fire People

Can we please just fire people? Every week I get two or three emails like this one: “I was just told, I must resign by October 1st, due to a policy change. Can they actually do that even if I haven’t seen the new policy hand book? Will I be […]

05Sep

The Exact Language You Need to Say No Nicely

Time use experts stress the importance of controlling your schedule by saying no. Now one finally arms you with the language to do it. Here on Inc.com we’ve covered why it’s so important to and say no more often, and even how you should decide what to say no to […]

05Sep

Never Forget Your Network: How To Successfully Manage All Those Friends, Associates And Acquaintances

A structure and process to formalize personal long term relationship management I’ve been in business over 20 years now. In that time I’ve worked at a host of companies, forming stronger and weaker personal relationships with colleagues along the way. Add to this the individuals I’ve met from clients and […]

05Sep

Use Tech These 4 Ways to Modernize Your Stale Sales Strategy

If you work in sales, you know that few things help build a good client relationship like an old-fashioned in-person meeting. But if you’re not using cloud software or mobile devices to make your deals, you’re sales techniques are perhaps too old-fashioned. Throughout history, businesses have relied on sales professionals […]

05Sep

How Launching Under Fire Made This Company Stronger

The recession and a vicious lawsuit made this startup healthier and more profitable than it would have been without them. When the company Ross Edwards worked for was sold, he and four colleagues, who all had shares, planned to use their proceeds to start Build Group in San Francisco. But […]

05Sep

Marie Forleo and the High Art of People Pleasing

The author and personal-development trainer may think “networking” is a dirty word, but she’s incredibly good at it. Here is the ultimate relationship builder in action. Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series that looks at the top 10 traits exemplified by Inc. 500 entrepreneurs. Gallup says relationship […]

04Sep

The Right Time for a Leader to Go Crazy

In their response to ISIS, President Obama and Vice President Biden offered two distinct leadership styles: one was methodical and the other was, well, crazy. Sometimes you learn the most about leadership through contrast. Yesterday, I could not help but observe the two distinct, leadership styles of President Obama and […]

04Sep

Indiegogo Founder: Company Culture Is Your Means of Survival

Once upon a time, Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals walked the Earth. “We all know from our history classes that one of them survived and became all of us today–human beings. And one of them didn’t,” Indiegogo founder Danae Ringelmann explained to the audience at Inc.’s GrowCo conference in May. Cro-Magnons withstood […]

04Sep

Insightful Ways to Make the Fourth Quarter Incredibly Productive

There are only 60 productive business days left until 2015. Now is the time to push hard. Here Inc. Columnists share their productivity tips for the homestretch. Another summer vacation has come and gone and everyone is getting back to work, but not for long. The holiday season is just […]

04Sep

3 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Learn from Joan Rivers

If more artists and entrepreneurs approached their craft with Joan’s authenticity, our companies and our chief executives would be juggernauts, much like her career. This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the best lessons we can learn from Joan Rivers and her life? Answer by Jonathan Brill, Start-up specialist, […]

04Sep

It’s Official: Networking Makes People Feel Sleazy

No, it’s not just you–research suggests networking really makes everyone feel like a used car salesman. Here’s why. Admit it: The idea of networking has always made you cringe. But you made yourself do it, shaking hands and forcing a smile, even though deep down you felt like a sleazebag. […]

04Sep

6 Tools That Will Help You Build a Site with Minimal Skills

It’s easy to build a .com website for you or your clients with these drag-and-drop website platforms. Sometimes, a client needs to build a website to begin their online presence, but they simply don’t have the budget to hire a web design company. You can give them ideas, but it’s […]