Category Archives: Tools and Information

Check Out These Podcasts to Keep Up With the Latest Business and Industry Trends | AllBusiness.com

Many entrepreneurs make a point of following the emerging trends within their industries. If you’re looking for something beyond traditional trade publications, there are a number of rich sources of information and discussions available, including industry-specific podcasts.

To help you learn about some of these resources, we asked a panel of Young Entrepreneur Council members the following question:

Q. What is one podcast or other resource you recommend entrepreneurs follow for industry insights? Why is this resource so valuable?

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How Local Franchises Can Differentiate (While Conforming to Standards) | Small Business Trends

It doesn’t matter if you run a fast-food restaurant or a hardware store. A franchise owner gets the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship. But this happens without the higher risk levels generally experienced in traditional startups.

However, running a franchise gives several advantages. For example, you get less room for innovation than in a startup. The brand has an image that it needs to maintain, and that means that you won’t have the ability to make decisions regarding things like the product lineup, signage, décor or uniforms.

But it’s still possible to differentiate your location without jeopardizing your commitments to the franchisor brand. By improving your management skills and fine-tuning your approach to your local market, you can cultivate the sense that your business has something special to offer, while still delivering the standardized experiences that attract people to do business with franchises.

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Four Day Workweeks Won’t Lead to Increased Productivity | business.com

Shortening the workweek isn’t the answer to increasing productivity.

Shortening the workweek isn’t necessarily the answer to increasing productivity.

Giving employees more autonomy can often allow you to expect more from your employees.

Not every business can offer a four-day workweek. If you can’t offer a four-day workweek to employees, there are other steps you can take to help your employees feel supported and valued.

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Houseparty Could Be a Digital Privacy Nightmare: Experts | Digital Trends

Video chatting app Houseparty has boomed in popularity in the last two weeks, but experts say users could inadvertently be sharing more personal data than they realize.

“Anybody who decides to use the Houseparty application to stay in contact during quarantine needs to be aware that the app collects a worrying amount of personal information,” Ray Walsh, digital privacy expert at the U.K.-based ProPrivacy, said in a statement to Digital Trends. “This includes geo-location data — which could in theory be used to map the location of each user.”

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Busch offering three months of free beer for dog adoptions | UPI.com

The makers of Busch Beer are teaming with a Minnesota animal rescue to offer three months worth of free beer to anyone who adopts or fosters a dog from the group.

Busch announced 500 people who adopt or foster dogs from Midwest Animal Rescue will be awarded a three months supply of beer in the form of a $100 pre-paid debit card.

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Nudge in a new direction? The Whole Coffee Co unveils edible coffee bars, butters | Food Navigator

Until the 19th century, chocolate (cocoa) was something you drank, not ate, notes David Burke. “And then we figured out how to turn it into a food. Now we’re on the cusp of exactly the same thing with coffee.”

The IP underpinning this transformation is enshrined in a suite of process and equipment patents assigned to Miami-based The Whole Coffee Co, to which Burke was brought in as CEO in May 2018 after the company (a chocolate manufacturer formerly known as Tierra Nueva) was acquired by private equity firm ProspEquity.

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Elon Musk’s brother wants to pioneer the future of farming | CNN

Plant-based foods are all the rage right now, and vertical farms are capitalizing on the trend.

Vertical farming is an indoor farming method in which crops are grown in stacked layers, often without soil. The practice is becoming more popular and important as urban populations grow dramatically and available farmland decreases.

While vertical farming isn’t a new concept, these eco-friendly indoor farms are now rapidly expanding

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Male vs. Female Entrepreneurs: How Are They Different? | Business News Daily

Nearly all entrepreneurs are self-starters with passion and goals for their business. However, there are a few differences in how male and female entrepreneurs choose to run their businesses.

In a survey by Bank of America, male and female entrepreneurs were questioned about their business practices and views of their lifestyles.

While some characteristics, such as spending time with loved ones, were the same, males and females had different opinions regarding other ways they run their businesses.

Female entrepreneurs might be outdoing men when it comes to running successful businesses.

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Conscious Mind vs Subconscious Mind: How to Improve Them? | Life Hack

The mind is one of the most fascinating and powerful aspects of ourselves. It is stronger than any supercomputer that we have ever created and can store practically an infinite amount of information.

How we get access to all of that information stems from the levels of the mind. There are three in total, but here the focus will be on the relationship between our conscious mind vs subconscious mind. By uncovering what is going on in our heads, we can best achieve our goals by tapping into the various minds.

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How to run a better Zoom, Skype or Google hangout meeting | Fast Company

One of my colleagues posted a meme the other day calling the coronavirus the “Zoombie apocalypse” after the group videoconference app that has been the basis of a lot of meetings since people started working from home to slow the spread of the disease.

On the one hand, apps such as Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts have made it fairly easy for people to engage from a distance with each person in their own space. On the other hand, meetings online can be pretty chaotic, especially if someone forgets to mute themselves. Here are a few things you should do to make them better:

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