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.

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

David Teten

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.

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.

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

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

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)

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.

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

Mastering Restaurant Safety: Tips and Tricks

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For example, in Connecticut, you would need a license to sell frozen foods (like ice cream or frozen pastries). The ACA, which is currently up for debate, mandates health insurance for businesses that have 50 or more employees.

Entrepreneurs, Don't Just Create Products or Services?Create a Legacy!

Small Business Force

Why do folks flock to a store like Stew Leonard's in Connecticut? To do that you have to build a company that is founded to be customer-sensitive and employee-focused. My Dad was a builder.

Entrepreneurs, Don't Just Create Products or Services.Create a Legacy!

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Why do folks flock to a store like Stew Leonard's in Connecticut? " - Stew Leonard "Your culture is your brand, your employees are your brand ambassadors." To do that you have to build a company that is founded to be customer-sensitive and employee-focused.

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.

How to Prepare Your Office for Bad Weather

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your employees will cringe at the thought of coming in to work. Everything from torrential downpours to blizzards to hurricanes will affect your employees'' productivity, especially if they travel often or work outdoors. Step 1: Form a Plan Dust off that employee handbook.

10 Best Apps For Small Business Owners

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Want to be able to make a note that one of your employees is celebrating his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary next week? Gusto helps you to manage all kinds of administrative work, including any employee scheduling and payroll tasks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How We Compete With AOL

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In early 2010 , journalist Jane Bryant Quinn and her entrepreneur husband, Carll Tucker, launched a community-based news website called The Daily Norwalk in southern Connecticut. In early 2010, Jane Byrant Quinn and Carll Tucker launched a community-based news website.

Are Obamacare's SHOP Exchanges Doomed?

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Colorado and Connecticut had each enrolled about 100 small businesses. In New York, about 5,000 small business employees had signed up for plans. Due to technical glitches and limited plan options, relatively few small businesses have signed up for health insurance via SHOP exchanges.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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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.

Best Way to Navigate Online Health Exchanges: Go Offline

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Throughout the day, the chat board of the Certified Employee Benefits Specialists lit up with reports of glitches, slowdowns, and temporary shutdowns in many states. The health insurance exchanges finally made their big debut. Small-business shoppers are not impressed.

Serving Greens for Green: The Little Salad Shop

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Seven of the shop’s 12 employees are Yale students and two are from nearby Southern Connecticut State University. Future plans now include opening a second and a third location in Connecticut, and then expanding into bordering states.

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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.

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.

Big Money for Cheap Legal Services

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Traditional lawyers may not like it, but venture capitalists are pouring money into one of the last industries to commit commoditization on the web," Fred Ury of business law firm Ury & Moskow told The Connecticut Law Tribune.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Can a Smartphone-Based Ultrasound Raise $4 Million?

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Myles Greenberg | General partner | CHL Medical Partners |Stamford, Connecticut Security is Critical I'm concerned about security, both on the device and when data is transmitted into the cloud. Can Your Phone Do This?

How to Make a Ton of Money in Politics

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61 million : Amount that Linda McMahon, the GOP nominee for Senate in Connecticut, has spent on her two campaigns so far: a 2010 losing effort against Democrat Richard Blumenthal, and her primary victory earlier this week, which allows her to face off against Democrat Chris Murphy.

9/11?s 10th


I had left the city that morning to drive to a meeting in Danbury, Connecticut at Pittney-Bowes with our then head of sales, Dave Paulus. We had one junior employee in our New York office who got into his car on the afternoon of 9/11, drove to New Hampshire, and never contacted us again. 9/11′s 10th. I wasn’t yet writing this blog on 9/11 (no one was writing blogs yet), and if I had had one, I’m not sure what I would have written.