2011 February

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The Manager’s Pocket Calculator

Not every small business owner has the benefit of a friend or spouse with an accounting degree or a MBA. If you find preparing and justifying budgets, or even sitting down with accountants and financial advisors intimidating, pick up The Manager’s Pocket Calculator: A Quick Guide to Essential Business Formulas and Ratios by Michael C. Thomsett. The former accounting and finance professional

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Houston Llew adapts what he calls life’s “aha” moments to his Spiritiles. They depict everything from your favorite ice cream flavors stacked on a cone to a walk on the beach or a roller coaster ride—each with a perfectly paired quote. “Ms.,” for example, depicts bright red heels and repeats Marilyn Monroe’s famous words, “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” And “Aloft” quotes Hodding Carter, “to our children we give two things—one is roots, the other is wings,” shown with an image of birds in flight.

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Passing the “Window Shopping” Website Test

We’ve all been window shopping, and not just during the holidays. Whether you’re walking the streets of Manhattan or cruising down Main Street in your hometown, the experience can be moving, and cause you to walk in. Chances are, you put a lot of thought into creating appealing window displays. But does your website offer a similar experience? It should. If you have an e-commerce store, or

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Lisa Cimino

"My collections are handcarved interpretations of nature … land, sea and sky,” explains Lisa Cimino of Chee-me-no Art Jewelry in Baltimore, Md. Instantly drawn to the primitive feel of a jewelry torch’s flame, Cimino knew it would be her career at the start of her first jewelry class. She launched her studio in 2004.

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