Sprout

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Sprout

Jeremy "Sprout" Brautman is a writer, problem solver, and big fan of growth. When he's not trying to solve problems to help small businesses grow, he can be found developing amenities to increase occupancy at his urban Ladybug Hotel.

BEI Net.works

April 6, 2016

How BEI Makes Time for Its Two Missions: Service and Diversity

With technology constantly changing, how can businesses stay relevant? One answer is to hire a skilled technology partner—an experienced team to manage the very backbone of technology: the network. Founded in 1991 by network engineer Kris Bruno, BEI Net.works focuses on providing full service and staying ahead of the curve. Businesses both big and small—from […]

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Edify music education

March 29, 2016

How Edify is Changing The Way That Kids Learn Music

What if every child had the opportunity to make music? It’s a sound mission: after all, music education has been shown to improve academic skills, cultivate social behaviors, boost self esteem, and teach discipline and patience. Children who undergo musical training also have better verbal memory, second language pronunciation accuracy, reading ability and executive functions. […]

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DIY entrepreneur Brooklyn Tweed

March 22, 2016

Balancing DIY & SOS: A Modern Tale of an All-American Business

Brooklyn Tweed is on a mission to change the way you think about knitting. Yes, knitting. The Portland-based small business makes 100% breed-specific, all-American yarn on a large scale, along with fashionably hip patterns for women and men. Ten years ago, it was rare to find wool yarn sourced and produced within the U.S. Wishing […]

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Robust RIA

March 10, 2016

Time is Money: How This Early Stage Startup Found More Time to Focus on Product

Robust RIA has a clear mission within a complex industry: they make institutional quality investment advice and management available to individuals and foundations. Simply put, the NJ-based startup gives independent advisers more time to spend with their clients by handling trading, technology, and administration. But where can they carve out more time? Like most small business […]

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FiscalNote

March 1, 2016

How Finance and Ops Teams Are Making Data More Useful With Zenefits

FiscalNote is building a platform that allows organizations to better plan and execute their government risk strategy by leveraging real-time legislative and regulatory data, as well as cutting-edge machine learning analytics. As Fortune recently wrote, FiscalNote is aiming to use its software “to predict the future of law,” augment human predictions and, save businesses from […]

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how to keep your high performers

February 17, 2016

How to Keep Your High Performers

Turnover is a costly reality of doing business, but why you’re losing headcount should never be a mystery. When employees leave the company, their departure is either voluntary (quitting, retiring) or involuntary (termination, layoff). High voluntary turnover is often due to workplace policies, and high involuntary turnover can be a result of poor training. Reducing […]

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