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    1. Main Street Morning: Uber vs. Ben & Jerry’s

      Main Street Morning: Uber vs. Ben & Jerry’s

      ways Obamacare its critics wrong. Technology After a backlash, Lenovo will adware on its PCs. Online How to with Alibaba. Around the Country Alaska U.S. state for well-being according to a Gallup report. Maryland’s governor a property tax on Maryland small businesses. A Florida beer battle turning point. An Illinois restaurant that goes out of business on its gift certificates. Around the World The U.S. with China continues to grow wider.

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    2. Why Facebook's New Cybersecurity Site Is Trouble For Obama

      Why Facebook's New Cybersecurity Site Is Trouble For Obama

      President Obama on Friday gave an interview to Re/code Co-CEO Kara Swisher about the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. and the need for the tech sector to combat hacking threats from across the globe. Unsurprisingly, the president pushed for an even cozier relationship between private companies and the government.

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    3. Mass Gov. proclaims 'Valentine's Week' to help small businesses

      Mass Gov. proclaims 'Valentine's Week' to help small businesses

      'We want to encourage everyone -- once the storm passes -- to get out and visit your Main Street businesses, restaurants, your small businesses, to bring life and vitality back into our communities,' Baker said.

      The region is still digging out from as much as 6 feet of snow that has fallen in the last few weeks, with several more inches predicted to fall this weekend.

      That's having a major impact on restaurants that depend on Valentine's Day business to help them recover from winter.

      Waiters and waitresses said they're losing out on tips.

      'We can feel it,' said waitress Tracy Witkin. 'We don't want to get sent ...

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    4. What Valentines Day Haters Can Teach Your Small Business About Holiday Selling

      What Valentines Day Haters Can Teach Your Small Business About Holiday Selling

      Valentine's Day is coming and you are probably getting ready to increase your small business sales with hearts and love. But have you thought about Valentine's Day haters? They might complain and say they hate hearts and cheesy V-Day stuffs but the truth is, they'll likely buy into the holiday shopping craziness too.

      Looking at how they shop can teach you a LOT about holiday selling and marketing in general.

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    5. Measure what you care about (re: the big sign over your desk)

      Measure what you care about (re: the big sign over your desk)

      It's not always easy to measure what matters. Sometimes, the thing that matters doesn't make it easy for you to measure it.

      The easiest path is to find a stand-in for what you care about and measure that instead. For example, websites don't actually care about how many minutes someone spends on the site, they care about transactions or ad sales or making content that moves people to take action. But those things might be harder to measure at first, so they focus on minutes.

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    6. Hyperlocal Marketing: A Way to Find (and Keep) Your Best Customers

      Hyperlocal Marketing: A Way to Find (and Keep) Your Best Customers

      Do you sometimes feel that you’re living in a world where “everything old is new again”?

      In marketing, new terms to describe old ideas come along all the time. Such is the case with “hyperlocal marketing”—marketing to a defined local geographic area, usually a small area such as a region, city, neighborhood, zip code or even a block.

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    7. These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Will Replace Angel and VC Investors

      These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Will Replace Angel and VC Investors

      Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. According to articles on Entrepreneur last year, there are almost 1,000 crowdfunding platforms in existence, currently estimated to add more than $65 billion and 270,000 jobs to the economy.

      It still seems to be one of the least understood approaches to startup funding, with more myths than accredited angels and professional venture capital investors combined. The crowdfunding term is used to encompass so many different concepts that everyone is confused.

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    8. These 5 Charts Show The Decline of American Entrepreneurship

      These 5 Charts Show The Decline of American Entrepreneurship

      By many accounts, the American economy is roaring back. Hiring is accelerating, wages are rising and the labor force is growing. Confidence among business leaders regarding the year ahead is on the rise, too.

      In one area, though, the economy seems to be in serious trouble – and that’s entrepreneurship.

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    9. The History of Valentine's Day in Under Three Minutes

      The History of Valentine's Day in Under Three Minutes

      How did Valentine's Day become the holiday we pin our romantic hopes (and purchases) to? Watch the video above to see how a saint, a Pope, some enthusiastic Victorians and a whole bunch of entrepreneurs are to blame. Part nostalgic trip down memory lane, part master class in advertising, this series traces the evolution of some of the world’s most beloved brands from their inception to today.

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