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12/8/2016

Former Office Depot CEO Steve Odland believes that the tariffs planned by President-elect Donald Trump could harm the US economy. Odland stressed that the US represents only 5% of the world's population and that the country relies on exports as well as imports to function properly.

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CNBC
12/8/2016

People often remain silent when confronted by workplace problems such as strategic mishaps, abusive bosses and abrasive co-workers rather than voicing their concerns. However, leaders can encourage workers to speak up constructively by setting a positive example and engaging in dialogue.

12/8/2016

Consider whether any of your customers have budgets available for use only through the end of the year when focusing your sales efforts for this month, writes Rhonda Abrams. Take the time to visit your most promising prospects in person, and track what worked this year as you build toward 2017.

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USA Today
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Rhonda Abrams
12/8/2016

If your sales representatives are failing to connect with prospects, chances are that they're focusing too heavily on features and functions, writes Rachel Clapp Miller. Make sure that they differentiate themselves not through lists of features, but through the value they can provide while meeting a specific customer's needs.

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Business 2 Community
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Rachel Clapp Miller
12/8/2016

President-elect Donald Trump's tax cut and deregulation plans could boost the confidence of US businesses, writes economist Kenneth Rogoff. While US growth could stumble, "it is far more likely that after years of slow recovery, the US economy might at last be ready to move significantly faster, at least for a while," Rogoff writes.

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The Guardian (London)
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Donald Trump, Kenneth Rogoff
12/8/2016

Criteo's Kinetic Design will allow companies to create real-time ads that can easily be contextualized for their customers, writes Sam Del Rowe. Over 17 trillion visual design variations are possible through the technology, which uses companies' aesthetics and requirements to generate campaigns.

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DestinationCRM.com
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Criteo
12/8/2016

Big businesses tend to have more resources and established brands, which can give them an advantage when it comes to making online sales. But it's possible to compete with large companies on the internet, writes Larry Alton, who offers solutions to seven common problems.

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Entrepreneur online
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Larry Alton
12/8/2016

Tax time for small businesses is always trying, but there are things you can do over the coming year to minimize the pain, writes Paro CEO Michael Burdick. Begin by keeping your financial records in order and establishing early communication with your accountant, he writes.

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Forbes
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Paro CEO Michael Burdick
12/8/2016

Trying to please everyone as a manager can backfire if it causes you to avoid tough conversations or conflict. This article examines the downsides of trying to accommodate everyone and suggests remedies.

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Fast Company online
12/8/2016

After spotting a new business opportunity, Chris Fisher began offering holiday-light installation services at his window-cleaning business in 2006. Now Shine Window Care and Holiday Lighting is a franchise with 21 units with plans to expand.

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Entrepreneur magazine
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Chris Fisher