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Survey says small business optimism is back

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A survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses found that small business optimism is now higher than the time before the partial federal government shutdown. The Small Business Optimism Index, which is computed from survey responses from a random ...

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Want your video ad to go viral? Keep these points in mind

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Researchers from the University of Southern California, University of Houston, and Uber Technologies, Inc. tested five hypotheses about what provokes sharing of video ads across social media.

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A number to know: The value of data visualization

$15.3 billion The value of stock Salesforce paid to acquire Tableau, which Salesforce intends to use to provide data visualization for companies that need to track their business operations. READ MORE AT CNBC >

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Business news roundup

A YouTube star’s cosmetics set was recalled by the FDA because eyeshadow inside tested for asbestos. PAGE SIX > The leaders of 187 companies placed a full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing abortion restrictions sweeping southern states.  BUSINESS INSIDER > Small businesses ...

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Study: Prolonged enthusiasm may undermine your business pitch

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When pitching to investors, it's good to be enthusiastic about your business idea, but too much enthusiasm could hurt your chances of being funded, according to new research led by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers.

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Study: Belief that God makes followers wealthy doesn’t make people into entrepreneurs

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A person's belief in the idea that God bestows financial blessings on the faithful doesn't make him or her into a successful entrepreneur, according to research from Baylor University. But such a belief can fuel values linked to entrepreneurial thinking, according to the study.

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Business news roundup

MacKenzie Bezos has pledged to give at least half of her $36 billion fortune to charity. YAHOO FINANCE > Pizza Hut spent three years working on a total re-engineering of its 40-year-old pan pizza. CNN BUSINESS > Small businesses’ cultures are becoming a priority as ...

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Happiness at work doesn’t just depend on your employer

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When Google promoted a software engineer named Chade-Meng Tan to the role of “Jolly Good Fellow”, his career – and the entire culture of Silicon Valley – took a sharp turn. Meng, a cheerful employee valued for his motivational qualities, ...

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A number to know: A proposal for debt collectors

7 The number of times per week a debt collector may place phone calls to a debtor, under rules proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (No limit is proposed for contacts by electronic mail or text message, though the bureau has ...

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Business news roundup

Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb is taking on $19 billion in debt to pay for its planned acquisition of biotech company Celgene BARRON’S > Bird has released new electric scooters and claims they can last more than 10 months in a sharing ...

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Business news roundup

Ford is investing $500 million in an electric truck maker, Rivian. CNBC > The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfuctioning air bags, adding 12.3 million vehicles to the inquiry. NPR > When small business owners hire their teenagers, keep ...

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Just thinking about coffee may be enough to boost your focus

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Workplaces of all kinds are places where you can smell coffee's fragrant aroma, appreciate its brown color and her the sound of its percolation. It's no secret that business and coffee go well together, because caffeine has been shown to help with focus.

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