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Tips to help small businesses find the staffers they want

Small business owners who compete with large companies as well as each other for job candidates find they need to be creative to get the staffers they want. Some have given up on online job boards and develop their own strategies. Here’s what they do: Never stop recruiting. Many owners are always on the lookout for people who look like a ...

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Small businesses learn hard lessons when they’re not prepared for disaster

When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn’t contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware. Melendez learned a lesson that would help his business during the next storm, that disaster preparedness includes being able to communicate with people when the emergency is over. He quickly signed up with an online messaging ...

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University of Nebraska team creates cornfield robot system

Plant science students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are still taught to phenotype by hand, wading into muddy fields to record the differences in physical characteristics between varying corn hybrids with a small set of tools and a pen and notebook. But like the rest of 21st century life, technology is on track to render humans obsolete. A team of ...

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A quick how-to guide for businesses preparing for a downturn

Forecasts of slower economic growth during the second half of the year have many small business owners turning more cautious. While economists’ predictions aren’t dire, owners who remember the lessons of the Great Recession are nonetheless becoming even more careful about increasing their risks than they have been in recent years. Here are steps owners take when they’re uneasy about ...

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Confusion and challenges: Blockchain technology brings struggles for lawyers and regulators

Story by Scott Lauck At a recent conference on the promises and perils of blockchain, a cartoon by artist Tom Fishburne flashed up on the screen. A business owner asks an employee, “Where should we focus this year?” “’Blockchain,’” the employee responds. “It will change everything. Everybody is talking about it. The potential applications are endless. We don’t want to ...

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The Photo Bus Company: More than just a bus

Photo Bus Company

This is part of a series about Missouri entrepreneurs, their products and their retrospective advice for others who dream of launching their own startup businesses. Cate DePrisco’s husband, John DePrisco, was a wedding photographer in 2011 when he decided he needed to find a way to stand out from his competition. Melding a passion for photography and a family history ...

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Man seeks funds for incubator to help minority entrepreneurs

A Columbia man launched a business, published a children’s book and created a nonprofit after serving eight years in prison. Cory Crosby now has his heart set on opening a business incubator that welcomes Columbia’s minority entrepreneurs. Crosby is trying to fundraise $100,000 to open an incubator. The facility would expand upon the mission of his nonprofit, Innovated Dreamz, which ...

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She Suite celebrates women in business

The Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis observed International Women’s Day on March 8 by hosting its second annual She Suite event to highlight the success of professional women in leadership roles. Five Olin alumnae and one professor conducted a wide-ranging panel discussion on issues facing women in business, including a theme of International Women’s Day: social ...

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