10/30/2022 How to Become an Entrepreneur: Tips From Meal Prep on Fleek Founder Nick Quintero (Fee.org, Joshua Glawson) “One challenge with entrepreneurship is staying motivated after the initial excitement about an idea wears off.”

10/28/2022 50 Core Values Examples to Help You Build a Strong Company Culture (ClickUp, Leila Cruz) “Our core values of hope, community, empowerment, and transformation make this success much more likely to happen.”

10/25/2022 Expert advice on landing the salary you want (Fast Company, Brett Farmiloe) “When people feel threatened, the natural response is to get defensive. So, framing a request for a salary increase in this way is unlikely to be persuasive and may work against you.”

10/4/2022 E-commerce CRO Agencies Guide: How to Win Clients Without Promising (Ridiculous) Uplifts (Convert.com) “When it comes to Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), math can be very persuasive. Ask your e-commerce client to share some metrics including traffic volume, the current conversion rate, the average order value, and the average lifetime value of a customer. Plug these numbers into a spreadsheet with a few formulas. Then show them the effect of an increase in the conversion rate by a fraction of a percent, or the average order value by a few dollars.”

10/4/2022 How to Overcome Burnout If You’re Thinking of Quiet Quitting (The Frisky, Wendy Stokes) “If you’re feeling fatigued, irritable, and find yourself frequently missing deadlines or delivering work that’s below your own standards, you could be experiencing professional burnout.”

9/15/2022 How local governments are surveilling workers (daily dot, Camryn Garza) “Instead of measuring the hours that people work, it’s much more effective to measure the value they produce.”

8/19/2022 Reverse Mentoring for Businesses (Hubspot/The Hustle, Saphia Lanier) “Start with a team meeting to brainstorm your core values and give younger members a platform to express their ideas. Tell them why their voice matters and ask open-ended questions that get people talking. Ask for stories and then draw conclusions as a group.”

7/12/2022 Beyond Crypto: The Tech Behind the Blockchain And How to Invest in It (Nasdaq, Ari Zoldan) “Pay attention to the utility of blockchain technology in new spaces. For example, Web 3.0 is a movement towards a decentralized web. I would take a hard look at companies that use blockchain technology to connect people in new ways.”

6/6/2022 12 Tips for Changing Marketing Careers (American Marketing Association, Colorado) “When you want to switch careers within marketing, start by leveraging your existing relationships.”

6/1/2022 17% of 2022 college grads run their own businesses; another 43% plan to follow suit (Intelligent.com) “The gig economy is booming, decentralization is entering every aspect of our lives, and in our mobile-first society, young people are wired for life on the go. Business ownership will enable this generation of workers to maintain flexibility while exploring their passions in ways they couldn’t previously.”

5/21/2022 A psychologist explains why negativity dominates your daily thoughts, and what to do about it (Fast Company, Merilee A. Kern) “The media sensationalizes stories to drive clicks and views. Negative people often project their negativity on the rest of us, too, both in person and over social media. When this happens, it’s best to focus on those things that are within your control to get the positive outcomes you want.”

3/31/2022 Pain At The Pump: How Companies Are Helping Employees Offset Surging Gas Prices (Forbes, Emmy Lucas) Dennis Consorte, a small business consultant at review website Digital.com, says the record-high gas prices have taken the greatest toll on small businesses and lower-income workers, who “have the most barriers to success.”

2/2/2022 How to Invest in NFTs (Nasdaq, Ari Zoldan) “The next frontier for ecommerce is the metaverse. Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton are already inserting RFID chips into their products, making every item unique. Once brands cross over into the NFT space, they’ll be able to sell non-fungible products that have digital counterparts in the metaverse with special characteristics.”

1/31/2022 Dreaming of starting your own business? You’re not alone. (Crain’s Chicago Business, H. Lee Murphy) “If you’re working from home, your overhead is low and that makes the jump to starting up your own business easy. Technology has made it all possible.”

1/31/2022 The Pandemic’s Toll on Retirement Accounts (Nasdaq, ETF Trends) Dennis Consorte, a small business expert, cautions, “with two in five Americans planning on starting a business this year, a good portion will likely pull from their retirement accounts to fund these ventures.”

1/30/2022 Great Resignation could fuel more withdrawals from retirement accounts (Yahoo Money, Vera Gibbons) “With two in five Americans planning on starting a business this year, a good portion will likely pull from their retirement accounts to fund these ventures.”

1/25/2022 The Most Common Small Business Mistakes (Forbes, Caroline Castrillon) “One of the drivers for The Great Resignation is that people want to feel a sense of purpose. Business ownership can give you the flexibility to pursue what matters to you in a way you believe will be most meaningful and impactful.”

12/2/2021 Companies are pocketing their fattest profits in more than 70 years, even as they complain about inflation (Business Insider, Dominick Reuter and Andy Kiersz) “Businesses are inflating already inflated prices in order to turn a bigger profit amid people’s fears over uncertain times.”

11/8/2021 ‘The Great Resignation’ is creating more entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and freelancers (Yahoo Finance, Vera Gibbons) “Some (companies) are even giving employees ultimatums if they don’t come back, they’re going to get fired. I think this will result in more people reaching their tipping point and throwing their hat into the entrepreneurial ring.”

10/4/2021 Vaccine Status on Resume Trend Opens Door to Hiring Bias (Bloomberg Law, Erin Mulvaney) “They need to be as flexible as possible getting people in the door.”

8/31/2021 Survey: One-Third of People Who Quit Their Jobs Plan to Start Businesses (Inc Magazine, Gabrielle Bienasz) “By pursuing a passion, work won’t feel like work, but will instead give you purpose, which is far more valuable than the dollars earned.”

08/04/2021 Hiring Is Slow and Talent Is Hard to Find. Should You Start Posting Salaries In Job Listings? (Inc Magazine, Gabrielle Bienasz) “If you’re offering a more competitive salary than other companies, then it’s worth it to list it in the job description.”

7/6/2021 Survey: Nearly Half of Business Owners Say Remote Work Is Hurting Productivity (Inc Magazine, Gabrielle Bienasz) “Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be behind the curve,” Dennis Consorte, Digital.com’s small business expert, said in the survey results. “Otherwise, their most valued employees may seek out remote opportunities elsewhere.”

3/25/2021 What Banning Surveillance Advertising Could Mean for Small Businesses (ValueWalk, Anna Peel) “Banning things is never a good idea. What we need is transparency, so that adults can make decisions about how they choose to share their own information.”

7/17/2022 Urgent warning for PC users as bosses ‘SPY’ on employees – three ways workers are being TRACKED and how to know (The Sun, Leah Chiappino) “As an employer, you could try blocking social media websites and prohibiting text messages and other personal communications, but people will always find a way around your rules.”

3/9/2022 Is Black History Month marketing offensive? (Yahoo, Maiysha Kai) – link only – A survey of 1,300 Black Americans found many feel the answer is the latter; one in five respondents said they find Black History Month marketing offensive, causing them to question the motives of brands that participate in them, reports Digital.com.

2/20/2022 Why the White House stopped telling the truth about inflation and corporate power (The Guardian, Robert Reich) – link only, “In a recent survey, almost 60% of large retailers say inflation has given them the ability to raise prices beyond what’s required to offset higher costs.” (Note: Although I respect his intelligence and influence, I don’t agree with Reich’s views on economics)

9/15/2021 Some Older Workers Switched Jobs During the Pandemic (AARP) “Older founders tend to be more successful, based on their years of experience.”

7/07/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Newsday)
It’s true that in-person, human interaction has tremendous value for certain types of teams, but that’s old-school thinking. Remote work is just an extension of this existing trend, and companies that are stuck in an old mindset will be left behind.

7/6/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Baltimore Sun)
50% of employees said most workers worked on-site full-time, 18% had a hybrid schedule for in-person/remote working. 38% said they had a primarily remote workforce and, as such, were eliminated from the rest of the survey.

7/6/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (NY Daily News)
Consorte believes the pandemic didn’t bring about the shift to remote work since it sped up the inevitable. He also thinks the move will cause small businesses to lose out on valued employees who “may seek out remote opportunities elsewhere.”

7/6/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Orlando Sentinel)
…But, one expert is pushing back. “It’s true that in-person, human interaction has tremendous value for certain types of teams…but that’s old-school thinking. Remote work is just an extension of this existing trend, and companies that are stuck in an old mindset will be left behind,” said Digital’s small business expert Dennis Consorte.

7/6/2021 Digital.com Survey finds 4 in 10 employers will fire workers who won’t return on-site (Boston Real Estate Times)
Digital.com, an independent review website for small business online tools, products, and services, has published a recent survey report on how American companies plan to operate in a post-pandemic workplace.

6/30/2021 4 in 10 small businesses will fire employees who refuse to return to office (WRAL Tech Wire)
“COVID-19 lockdowns didn’t create the move towards a remote workforce—it just accelerated the inevitable,” said Dennis Consorte, an employee of Digital.com that works with small businesses, in the analysis of the data. “Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be behind the curve. They should focus instead on the value produced by their extended teams. Otherwise, their most valued employees may seek out remote opportunities elsewhere.”

6/30/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Caloosa Belle / South Central Florida Life)
Most employers cite decreased productivity and the need to perform job functions in person as major concerns “One critical takeaway from this survey is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to post-pandemic workplace strategies,” says Digital’s small business expert Dennis Consorte. “Many business owners want mandatory in-person attendance. They need to get direct feedback from workers, mitigate fears about the virus, and demonstrate empathy about other concerns before making such an impactful decision.”

3/25/2021 What Banning Surveillance Advertising Could Mean for Small Business (ValueWalk)
Banning things is never a good idea. What we need is transparency, so that adults can make decisions about how…

3/25/2021 How Small Businesses Can Save Big on 2021 Taxes (ValueWalk)
Over $5 trillion has been spent on Covid-relief programs. The money is geared towards funding small businesses, which means…

2/18/2021 Amazon bolsters e-commerce for small business with Selz buy (Tech Target)
Australian e-commerce platform Selz may have caught Amazon’s attention because it employs Liquid, Shopify’s template language, which will…

2/17/2021 Why Amazon Acquiring Selz Is Bad For Your Data (ValueWalk)
In the short term, Selz looks like a great ecommerce platform, and small business owners can do well with it. In the long term, your customer data is…

3/29/2013 ‘Promposals’ turn getting a prom date into creative challenge (Telegram) Interview about prom social media contest

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