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The Answer to New Hampshire’s Job Crisis: Start-ups!

Information compiled by the New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center (NH-ICC) and confirmed by the Kaufmann Foundation reveals a powerful but little-known reality of economic development: From 1977 to 2010, start-ups accounted for nearly all net job creation in the U.S. As companies mature, job creation levels off and declines with operational efficiencies. But the natural progression of [...]

February 1st, 2012|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Translating Sports to Entrepreneurship

Anytime that you make a generalization about any group of people, you are destined to be off base. Generalizations by definition never cover the individualism that makes all humans so special. But at the same time, generalizations do help identify trends and garner understanding about people's thoughts. One of the generalizations we often discuss at [...]

January 1st, 2012|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Business Blogging: Is it Worth the Time and Effort?

By Melissa Albano-Davis, Grapevine Marketing LLC We regularly hear these questions and comments from small business owners and marketing directors: “How could blogging help my business?”; “No one reads blogs”; and “I have written a few posts, but don’t think they’ve really had any effect”. The answer to these and similar questions is, yes, active [...]

December 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Efficiencies – Let Technology Earn You a Week Off

If technology is good at anything, it is at creating efficiencies.  Think of it this way: if a faster or better process saves you 10 minutes per day, the time savings equals over 40 hours per year – one full work week! How many careless processes, slow computers, frequent downtime, and hourly Facebook checks are [...]

November 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Proactively Protect Confidential Information

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Three can keep a secret if two are dead." If you are an employer, then protecting the confidentiality of your proprietary information - whether that information is stored in written materials, electronic form or memorized - can be critical to the success of your business. In the employment context, there are [...]

October 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Waging an Online Content Campaign

You might be surprised, even blindsided by just how much work it takes to create and disseminate topnotch online content consistently and effectively because doing so takes writing ability, online savvy, and persistence. An online content campaign requires a workable plan that can challenge the most stellar organizations. I recommend that you start with these [...]

September 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

Key Elements for Writing Winning Sales Proposals

To capture new business and retain existing clients, salespeople are writing more sales proposals than ever before. An increase in the volume of RFP’s, information requests, competitive pressure, and a greater need for transparency and due diligence in the business sector has created the perfect proposal storm. For salespeople the thought of writing a proposal, [...]

August 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

A Global Perspective Enriches Entrepreneurs

Skype, an eight year-old Luxembourg startup, founded by Niklas Zennström from Swedenand Janus Friis from Denmark, was acquired by Microsoft for a startling $8.5 billion. The price of the internet communication service made headlines, but lost in the news was a more significant message for entrepreneurs. The U.S. may not be the launching pad for [...]

July 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments

For Startups, the Forecast is Cloudy

The timing couldn’t be better for starting a new software company. Not because the economic environment may have a cloudy forecast, but rather because of the economics of being “cloudy.” For a startup, being cloudy means using or consuming infrastructure and services over the Internet, on-demand, as needed. Gone are the days of having to [...]

June 1st, 2011|Ask the Expert|0 Comments