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Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

Watching Larry Ellison become Larry Ellison — The DNA of a Winner

In Oracle’s early days Kathryn Gould was the founding VP of Marketing, working there from 1982 to 1984. When I heard that Larry Ellison was stepping down as Oracle’s CEO I asked Kathryn to think about the skills she saw in a young Larry Ellison that might make today’s founders winners.

Though I haven’t talked to Larry face-to-face for 20 years, and haven’t worked at Oracle for 30 years, he’s the…

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Quote: Maya Angelou
“You want me to do something—tell me I can’t do it.” 

Maya Angelou (An African-American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.)

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Small Businesses with Big Customers [Series 1] - MAKING IT! TV (Special Edition)

Small Businesses with Big Customers [Series 1] – MAKING IT! TV (Special Edition)

Watch how Gabriel Garcia recycles scrap metal for a profit. Ezekiel Pattern purchases and sells energy for various companies. Haider Nazar supplies engineering solutions for the aerospace industry. International trade expert Charles Woo talks about importing and exporting strategies. Get insights from our studio guests: Don Kincey and Norma Clayton.

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Five Essential Travel Tips For Small Business Owners

Five Essential Travel Tips For Small Business Owners

If you’re a small business owner, there’s not really the option of closing the office when traveling on business. I know this firsthand. As a speaker and trainer on productivity and attention management, I’m on the road a lot. Here are the tools and strategies I’ve found that keep me calm, comfortable and productive when I’m away from my home base.

1. Tame e-mail

E-mail doesn’t stop when you…

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Can You Write That Off?!

Can You Write That Off?!

One of the most common questions I hear from self-employed individuals begins with the phrase, “Can I write off…?” I’m often surprised by what follows the question.

Sometimes the answer is obvious. Of course, you can write off office supplies. Sometimes the answer is not so clear.

That later situation happened to me recently when a reader, who is a licensed massage therapist, inquired whether or…

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7 Essential Principles of Small Business Success

7 Essential Principles of Small Business Success

Why does one small business owner flourish while another one fails? In all my years of being in business, reading all I can about business, and surrounding myself with successful entrepreneurs (large and small), I have come to believe there are 7 essential principles that all successful small business owners have in common.

  1. An entrepreneurial mindset
  2. Strict fiscal discipline
  3. A kitchen cabinet of…

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How Virtual Office Technology Changes Everything

How Virtual Office Technology Changes Everything

We’re in the middle of a sea of change that’s upending every aspect of computing as we know it. One of the biggest trends driving this change is the rise of the virtual office – the ability to relocate our workspaces from central offices to just about anywhere in the world. In every aspect of business, from file sharing to tech support, new tools and services collapse the entire world into an…

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10 Popular Myths About Marketing Your Small Business Online

10 Popular Myths About Marketing Your Small Business Online

When it comes to online marketing, there are a lot of popular misconceptions as to what one should or shouldn’t do, and whether it’s even necessary. To clear up some of the confusion, here is the skinny on some of the most common myths about marketing your small business online.

1. I Don’t Sell Online, So I Don’t Need Online Marketing

Let’s face it, unless you live in a third world country, just…

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Quote: Vince Lombardi
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”

Vince Lombardi(An American football player, coach, and executive. He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total National Football League championships in seven years, including winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and…

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Superb Service Businesses [Series 2] - MAKING IT! TV (Special Edition)

Superb Service Businesses [Series 2] – MAKING IT! TV (Special Edition)

See how Jimmy Williams designs and creates unique gardens. Cyndi Romero-Turk provides floral arrangements for special events and corporate accounts. Nien-Ling Wacker establishes the industry leader of standard document imaging solutions. Arlene Thomas specializes in translating media into more than 150 different languages and dialects. Get insights from our in-studio guest: Christine Kloser and…

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