Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund

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Unless your organization explicitly endorses Bridgewater’s set of cultural norms and every employee signs up to live by that social contract, you will never use all of the Principles.

Sick Leave for Your Employees: Why it Matters

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Beginning next month businesses in New York City that have 20 or more employees will be required to provide a minimum of 5 paid sick days for those workers every year. Businesses large and small can also benefit from reduced employee turnover rates and a healthier, happier workforce.

How to Get Your Employees to Give You Their Billion-Dollar Ideas

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It''s easy to talk about the need to innovate, create new ideas , and build new avenues of revenue, but if your employees aren''t submitting ideas, it may mean they are holding on to them. You need to show your employees a concrete example of what innovation really means at your company.

Paid Sick Leave in California: Understanding the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014

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The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 was passed to allow most types of employees in California to be eligible for paid sick leave. With this passage, California becomes the first state in the Union to require all employers, regardless of size, to offer sick leave to its employees. Unlike a similar law in Connecticut, which requires only companies of more than 50 employees to offer paid sick leave, this law affects even the smallest of startups.

The Employees Most Likely to Embezzle

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A female employee above age 40 without a prior criminal history working in finance or accounting—and living in Vermont. Nearly three quarters of crimes were committed by employees who held finance and accounting positions, with an average age of 47.9

4 Ways to Be a Force for Good

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Like many of you, I am still reeling from the events in Connecticut a few weeks ago. When you treat an employee with respect and kindness, you are empowering her to parent her children with respect, or to be a little kinder to her spouse or neighbor.

4 Good Reasons Why Small Businesses are Dropping Health Insurance

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But so far, it has kept mum about the number of small businesses that have enrolled in group plans via SHOP marketplaces, designed to help companies with 50 or fewer full-time-equivalent employees find affordable coverage. Employees don''t appreciate it.

Feb. 28, Stamford, CT: HBS Event on Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices

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Stefanova’s entrepreneurship experience includes being the Founder of Delta Business Consulting, an idea incubator company for start-ups in the technology and telecommunication industry and being one of the early employees at AdRelevance, an Internet Advertising Measurement Company. Angel investing Connecticut HBS Alumni AngelsI hope you can join us 6:30 pm EST, February 28th in Stamford, CT for a HBS Alumni Angels event on Angel Investing 101 – Best Practices.

How to Kickstart Your Company's Idea Market

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The system (patent and trademark pending) is already installed in some 300 school buses in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Employees pitch answers in the form of ideas and then rate each pitch with one to five stars. The reputation of "idea markets" for driving innovation is growing.

Why I Started a Business: 5 Unusual Founder Stories

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An employee gets fired, goes on to launch a successful business, and never looks back. Now PrettyPushers is thriving with seven employees and $300,000 in annual sales. For these founders, launching a company was about a lot more than just becoming their own bosses.

Nigerian man living in Durham charged in U.S. school districts phishing scam

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A Nigerian citizen has been arrested in a phishing scheme that targeted school districts in Connecticut and Minnesota in an effort to get employees' personal information and file bogus tax returns, federal authorities said Friday NEW HAVEN, Conn. —

Nigerian man charged in school districts phishing scam

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AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Nigerian citizen has been arrested in a scheme to obtain the personal information of school employees in Connecticut and Minnesota and file bogus tax returns NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)

7 Ways Top Performers Train Themselves to Win

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After exploring several franchising opportunities, he decided against it and invested $750,000 of his own money to start Launch trampoline parks in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The same habits elite athletes learn on the field can help you become more successful.

How To Start A Startup – For Busy People


Airbnb knew their first employee would be critical to their culture, so to find their first engineer they conducted hundreds of interviews over four to six months. They also love hiring creative minds, so they ask potential employees about their hobbies at the interview stage.

29 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


7- To prioritizes employee and client retention. The three of us had the exact opposite mentality and created a company that prioritizes employee and client retention. Each business has a story.

Leadership Lessons from UConn Coach Kevin Ollie

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Kevin Ollie, the head coach of the University of Connecticut men''s basketball team, has proved to his players that patience , faith, and hard work pay off. To be at the top of your industry, you and your employees need to believe in your company, your team, and your mission.

Paid Sick Leave Laws? No Problem, Say Small-Business Owners

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Financially, companies have hardly been touched by legislation requiring they pay their sick employees. and Connecticut already had sick leave laws. Many already gave employees paid sick time before the laws were passed. And having paid sick time makes employees happy. "If

Raising Funds to Help People Raise Funds

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Seth Bannon always loved politics, and in 2010, the 26-year-old Harvard junior spent the summer working on the Connecticut gubernatorial campaign of Ned Lamont. million Amicus has 14 employees, an office in SoHo, and clients such as Human Rights Campaign and the AFL-CIO.

Made by Entrepreneurs: 8 Great Gift Ideas

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John Brandon A gift basket is a great way to show appreciation to your employees over the holidays. Spread some holiday cheer in the office. Here are eight unique gift ideas that won''t break the bank. Plus, by supporting these companies, you''re helping owners like yourself stay in business.

5 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Contractors

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If you're using contractors because they are cheaper than employees, you may be in big trouble. But, you need to make sure that your contractors are actually contractors and not, what the IRS calls, "common-law employees." Are you treating your contractor as an employee?

Is This the End of Silicon Valley?

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You don't have to be physically face-to-face with your employees or customer base anymore. So far, Startup America has launched in six regional centers: Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Florida.

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail: Designing An Implementation Process


What is your budget for items, employees and equipment? It takes setting goals and milestones that you and your employees can reach successfully. by Lewis Robinson. Every business venture needs a solid plan to gain success.

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Look no further than public sector employees and their unions. If public sector pension plans earn 8% on their investments, four states - Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and Indiana - are predicted will run out of assets to pay retirees by the end of the decade.

Best 3 Gifts You Can Give

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The horrible events in the quaint and quiet community of Newton, Connecticut last week have been weighing heavy on everyone's mind. Today, we are sending humble notes of encouragement to the families in Connecticut. Here are three (completely free) ways to bring back the holiday cheer.

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

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7 Companies Older Than America

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We have about--probably 35 to 40 employees, depending on the time of year," she says. "We Field View Farm was established by the Hine family in Orange, Connecticut, in 1639.

A Love Story: Start-ups & Ultimate Frisbee

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Nan Gao, an engineer at Facebook, says that many of the early employees at Facebook—including Will Chen, Ari Steinberg, Josh Wiseman, Charlie Cheever, and Carolyn Abram—played Ultimate in college. "A New employees get indoctrinated every year and the virtuous cycle continues."

'Made in the USA' Gets a Makeover

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Now at 30 employees and growing, Made Movement has a client roster that includes New Belgium Brewing and Seventh Generation. American manufacturing has a new artisanal image--and a new ad agency from the creative team of Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

Memo to Mitt: Fix Your LinkedIn Page!

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Halpert, managing partner of Connect2Collaborate in Fairfield, Connecticut, disagreed. A good company profile should have their employees [use] consistent key words in their own profiles."

Minnesota's Minimum Wage Hike and Why It's Important

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Minnesota follows Connecticut and Maryland in raising state minimum wage. They warned it would be a crushing blow on grocery stores and restaurants, causing them to raise prices or pare back employee rolls. "I''m

A Win for California's Chef Entrepreneurs

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Connecticut, on the other hand, generally prohibits the sale of homemade food across the board, though the legislative wording suggests a bit of wiggle room. California's new Homemade Food Act went into effect this month, making it legal for entrepreneurs to sell food made at home.

Meet the Start-up Sending Newtown Messages of Hope

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While we spoke--unbeknownst to the three of us on the phone--a tragedy was ravaging the quiet, middle-class town of Newtown, Connecticut. Few people outside Connecticut have perhaps worked as closely with the Newtown community in as have Seay and his co-founder Caden.

Small Businesses Behind the Big Game

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Today, the $1 million business has 10 full-time employees who screen and die-cut decals in the company's 8,000-square-foot production facility in Houston. Entrepreneurial companies will be working in the background when the Superbowl kicks off at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in February.

What the Latest Quiet Delay in Obamacare Really Means for Your Business

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That’s great if your workforce is relatively high risk: You are no longer at the mercy of one or two catastrophic family illnesses among your employees. The SHOP program was designed for employers with fewer than 50 employees who wanted to offer insurance.

Subway's Fred DeLuca: Nail the Basics, Then Expand

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Forty-nine years ago, at the age of 17, Fred DeLuca used $1,000 of a friend's money to open a sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut. If we'd taken all the money from the register we couldn't have paid an employee, much less the food or the rent or all that.

America's Coolest College Start-ups 2012

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The three-employee company accomplishes this through their conferences and incubators on the West Coast. They hope to open new Connecticut locations this year.

The Rise of the Robotic Workforce

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An employee patiently reboots Baxter, as one would a balky laptop or cell phone. Baxter is designed to work right alongside ordinary employees. Our main target will be the 107,000 manufacturing companies with between 10 and 500 production employees," says Eckert.

Alekstra To Disrupt Everything You Hate About Your Mobile Carrier


Alekstra now has about 12 large customers onboard, such as McDonalds, G4S, the state of Connecticut, and others. AT&T for example has 3500 employees per one million customers. A Finnish company is quietly laying the groundwork to disrupt a trillion dollar industry by providing better services for only 10% of the cost.

Hard Lessons in Modern Lending

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Bliss had dismissed half of his 96 employees, cut wages across the board, and slashed his own salary to almost nothing. Bliss had restored his employees' salaries, repaid lost wages, and begun hiring again. He will keep the 50 employees he has and cap hiring there.

Growth & Arrogance vs. The Power of a Customer Centric Culture | Art Papas, Bullhorn | BoS USA 2015

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In this talk, Art Papas shares his journey as founder and CEO of Bullhorn – a company that has grown extremely rapidly to more than 500 employees and nearly $100 million in revenue. But we’re fast growing, we have 525 employees, we have a great product and it’s a very exciting time at Bullhorn. I got inspired and I said alright employees we have a mission. I would ask employees ok you’re a new employee what is the mission? Look at our employees.