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Amazon HQ2 resistance in Virginia, Nashville, and New York | Fast Company

It’s been just over month since Amazon announced the end of its the protracted search for its second headquarters and announced it would be expanding to Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, and adding an “operations hub” in Nashville. But rather than acclimating to the idea of Amazon in their midst, organizers in the three cities are doubling down on resisting it.

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Abiomed Sells $600 Million Worth Of Its Pencil-Size Heart Pump. But Some Doctors Have Big Questions About It. | Forbes

Lisa Cardillo, then 36, and her husband were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary and had just checked into a bed-and-breakfast when she felt a burning, stabbing pain in her chest. She was having a heart attack.

Cardillo’s heart stopped in the emergency room when she got to the hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Within minutes, doctors used a defibrillator to restart it, but her heart was too weak to push blood to the rest of her body. They put a tiny pump, 6 inches long and shaped like a bent stick, into the left ventricle of her heart. After a few days her heart recovered, and the pump, brand name Impella, was taken out. A year later, “I feel like I’m back to 100%,” she says. “You would not even know what I’ve been through.”

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What Is the Power of One Customer? | AllBusiness.com

At face value, the power of one customer seems rather insignificant. After all, one customer making a single transaction certainly will not make the difference between the success and failure of a small business. On the other hand, can one transaction truly make a difference?

The success factor

One transaction with a company, regardless of the monetary size, rarely means success for the business. Of course, it can if the transaction is a once-in-a-lifetime event for a business, which is normally quite out of the ordinary. So, in the everyday course of business, one transaction or sale that stands by itself as an isolated situation will typically not have a profound impact on the annual net profit of the business entity.

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The Best 30 Examples of Holiday Greetings for Business Owners | Small Business Trends

Christmas is fast-approaching, and it won’t be long before the turkey is roasting in the oven and presents are being opened on Christmas Day. Now’s the time to show your appreciation and gratitude to the most important people in your business – your clients, customers and employees.

Sending holiday greetings is a great way for small business owners to create a personable, appreciative and long-lasting professional relationship with clients, customers and employees. Afterall, if it wasn’t for such individuals, you wouldn’t have a business.

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Meet the 9 Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters | AskMen

Not all holiday parties are created equal. There are those fancy, bougie, dress-to-the-nines types of gatherings that warrant wearing your finest festive attire. Then there are the parties most of us are a little more comfortable attending — the ugly Christmas sweater party. The ugly Christmas sweater party phenomenon has gone from something you heard about in the ‘90s, to a full-blown, multiple parties per year holiday marathon. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are the adults’ way of reliving those Thursday night college costume parties from years back — and that’s OK.

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7 Networking Mistakes to Avoid | Spencertom.com

When it comes to recruiting the three big criteria are: networking, application package (cover letter, resume, and transcript), and interview. Even after you get a job, networking is still one of the most essential life skills to have. Either we shy away from it and allow ourselves to be outshined by others, or we grab the bull by the horns and learn how to thrive.

In today’s article, I would like to share seven (7) tips on “what not to do” from an employer’s perspective.

Networking styles and results can vary so much from person to person, as well as by the nature of the event you are attending. These are mere guidelines that you can adapt to your own personality and field. Some points may not be true depending on the representative talked to – we are all different.

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5 Ways to Combine Traditional and Digital Marketing | Business

As more companies turn to digital marketing, traditional marketing channels have become cheaper and more accessible to businesses of all sizes. Try out these five tactics to combine traditional strategies with digital marketing to increase your reach and appeal to consumers.

Now more than ever, consumers research products and services online before purchasing. Even in brick-and-mortar stores, 82 percent of smartphone users look up reviews or information about the product they are about to buy. So it makes sense that 99 percent of businesses plan to increase their digital marketing investment next year. Marketing messages must be online to reach those customers who actively seek information in digital spaces.

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Choosing the Right Startup Team | The Startup Magazine

Every journey needs a map. Before you begin to build your team, it’s important to identify some key principles that will inform and guide your search. Entrepreneur Magazine notes a few:

Commit to all parties being on the same page.

From small projects to the general company mission, it’s important to ensure that everyone involved is ultimately working toward the same goal. Whether fixing a small issue or tackling a company-wide challenge, every person must understand the direction the company is headed and the plan for getting there. Make sure you know this from the beginning and carry it out by example.

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Theresa May survives confidence vote of Tory MPs | BBC News

Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 to 117.

After securing 63% of the total vote, she is now immune from a leadership challenge for a year.

Speaking in Downing Street, she vowed to deliver the Brexit “people voted for” but said she had listened to the concerns of MPs who voted against her.

Her supporters urged the party to move on but critics said losing the support of a third of MPs was “devastating”.

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Why The Biggest Threat to Silicon Valley Could Be Inside Your Gadgets | Inc.com

Certain intervals of time we accept as givens. The earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours; seven days make a week; a half-hour sitcom is really 22 minutes plus commercials; Apple does a big-deal iPhone launch every other year. You know: the fundamentals.

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore identified one of these intervals in a way we still associate with his name. Thanks to miniaturization, he observed, the number of tran­sistors that could fit onto a single microchip was doubling every year, making computers exponentially more powerful, energy-efficient, and inexpensive. In 1975, he revised Moore’s law, as it was by then known, to set the period of doubling at 24 months, where it has remained ever since.

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