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Do you know how many different types of toothpaste are offered in the average grocery store?  A recent Consumer Reports article said 27 — and that’s just under the Crest brand. Colgate added another 25. It’s no wonder that their survey of subscribers shows that 36% of those responding said they were overwhelmed by the information they had … (read more…)

hand in yellow glove cleans window by squeegee

I saw one of the employees at our local grocery store up on a ladder dusting the top of a display last week, and I immediately thought: the franchise’s inspector is coming soon.  I could be wrong — I didn’t interrupt his hard work to ask — but it got me thinking about the advantage of having to pass inspection from time to time.

Most of us don’t have anyone from the outside coming to check up on us, … (read more…)


“Caffeinating an entrepreneurial nation” is the slogan of 1 Million Cups, a program developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012. In just four years these weekly meetings have expanded to over 100 cities across the US, where they are made available at no charge to participants.

The Kauffman Foundation, established in the mid-1960s by the la … (read more…)