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Spotlight: Smart Spark Provides Alternatives to Cigarettes

The hazards of smoking cigarettes are well documented. But some people continue to do it because they don’t feel like there are any great alternatives out there. That’s the attitude that Smart Spark Vape + Lounge is trying to eliminate. Read more about the business’s offerings and its mission in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Sells ...

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5 Ways to Use the 'Trump Effect'

Join us in a city near you at Entrepreneur’s Accelerate Your Business event series kicking off Feb 23. View cities and dates » Like him or not, Donald Trump is one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs. Whether it’s in the board room or the campaign trail, success leaves clues. To better understand why Trump is having the success he is and ...

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Oil rises toward $31 as Russia floats idea of supply cut

LONDON Oil rose toward $31 a barrel on Wednesday after four days of declines, supported by the prospect of OPEC and rival producers cooperating to tackle a supply glut that has sent prices to a 12-year low. Iran’s oil minister said Tehran was ready to negotiate with Saudi Arabia and the Kremlin’s oil tsar Igor Sechin proposed producing countries reduce ...

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How a Lenient Return Policy Can Actually Boost Sales

Did your retail store still deal with returns from the holiday shopping season? If so, you’re not alone. If you’re dreaming of higher sales and fewer returns in 2016, you might want to implement a more lenient return policy. That’s the surprising conclusion of a recent study by researchers at the University of Texas-Dallas. With more than $280 million (PDF) in ...

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Credit Suisse CEO says bank has a strong balance sheet: FT

ZURICH Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX) Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam told the Financial Times the Swiss bank’s capital position has never been better. “What I can say is that we have a strong balance sheet,” Thiam said in an interview published on the FT’s website on Wednesday following several days of sharp drops in its share price. Thiam added that the bank’s ...

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Business Instagram Account

Instagram is a social network continually growing in popularity, so even companies that don’t have photo-driven initiatives and flashy products are getting involved. For many, this obviously means that creativity needs to be at an all time high, but a strategy can happen and it can help you reach your goals faster. I recommend checking out this article to learn ...

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Warner to Pay $14 Million Settlement in 'Happy Birthday' Lawsuit

Finally bringing the fight to an end, Warner Music Group will officially give up its rights to the most recognized song in the English language — “Happy Birthday to You.” Ending the legal dispute that began in 2013, the company will pay a $14 million settlement to those who previously paid fees to use the song, reports The Los Angeles ...

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How Mark Organ's Eloqua Nearly Ended up Bankrupt

Join us in a city near you at Entrepreneur’s Accelerate Your Business event series kicking off Feb 23. View cities and dates » You’ve probably heard more success stories from entrepreneurs than you can shake a VC at. And if you listen to the abridged versions of these stories, you may believe that each of those founders is some kind ...

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4 Key Reasons Local Businesses Fail When Using Google AdWords

In Ultimate Guide to Local Business Marketing, Google AdWords expert Perry Marshall and lead generation expert Talor Zamir introduce you to the basic framework behind a successful local marketing campaign. In this edited excerpt, Perry and Zamir offer four reasons why your Google AdWords campaign may be failing. You’ve likely heard other business owners trashing Google AdWords as expensive, complicated, and ...

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Inventor Artur Fischer, Who Held More Than 1,100 Patents, Dies at 96

Artur Fischer, the prolific German inventor who held more than 1,100 patents — beating Thomas Edison’s 1,093 — died on Jan. 27 in his home in Germany. He was 96. Fischer was honored by the European Patent Office with a lifetime achievement award in 2014, and he was the mind behind the fischer S-plug, a widely used expanding nylon anchor ...

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