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People Are Coming Around to Mobile Payments

A new study of consumer and merchant sentiment on social media suggests that businesses that have yet to adopt mobile payment systems would be wise get on board.<p>Merchants and consumers have both become much more open to mobile payment systems over the past two years, according to a recent study.<p>The …

Why Slow Growth Is Smart Growth: A Lesson in Patience

Grocery chain MOM's Organic Market grew slowly at first, but now slow and steady is paying off.<p>It took Scott Nash three years to get his organic grocery business from its launch phase in his mother's garage to the opening of an actual store. Thirteen years later, he was up to a whopping three …

5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Best People

Your top performers are the lifeblood of your company. Recent surveys suggest many of them are looking for new jobs. To hang on to them follow this essential action plan.<p>No matter how carefully you hire, inevitably your employees will differ in important ways. Some will be good-humored, …

How to Bring Your Company's Values to Life

Your company's values may look great as a poster on the wall, but are they actually being put into practice? Ask these four questions to help your team bring those values to life.<p>As with a building, a team is only as strong as the foundational values on which it is built. And just as in a building, …

How To Keep Your Startup Alive Through Its First 3 Years

The early years of a startup's life are grueling, but there are ways to ensure your company makes it through its growing pains.<p><i>Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of personal finance website LearnVest, set out on a mission in 2008: She wanted to create</i> <i>an inexpensive platform that would</i> <i>connect the 99</i> …

Critical Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

Social media can be a great benefit, or it can be a detriment if not handled properly. Here Inc. columnists keep you from embarrassing yourself or worse.<p>Most people have been told that overselling on social media will get you ignored.<p>But constant solicitation isn't the only Facebook faux pas or …