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February 27, 2015

No Fluff Allowed: Realism and Rationale Win the Cupcake Wars

How does one with a passion for baking and an entrepreneurial drive enter the gourmet cupcake marketplace without getting burned? Think small, and let “big” happen at its own pace. This is a key lesson to be learned by aspiring entrepreneurs in any industry from the tale of two business owners in the once-booming cupcake […]

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February 24, 2015

Does Apple Really Want to Build an iCar? And If It Does…Should It?

If you took a break from technology media over the weekend, you may have missed news that Apple is moving into the automotive space, though reports on what that means varied widely across editorial sources. While the buzz mill began with a Wall Street Journal article reporting that Apple “has several hundred employees working secretly […]

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February 9, 2015

Deal or No Deal? How to Make the Distressed M&A Marketplace Work for You.

Many factors fueled last year’s robust M&A market, including low interest rates, record stock prices and liquidity to spare. It flooded the market with such a wave of enthusiastic strategic and financial buyers that a few months into the new year, demand has essentially outstripped supply. Despite this environment, it can still be a profitable […]

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February 2, 2015

American Bankruptcy Institute Issues Report Focused on Improving Chapter 11 as Data Shows 2014 Business Bankruptcy Filings Continue Downward Trend

While merger and acquisition activity roared in 2014, Chapter 11 business bankruptcy filings ended the year with a whimper. According to the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), total commercial filings were 34,455 for the year, a 22 percent decline from 2013. These numbers reflect the continuation of a downward trend in business filings over the last […]

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January 15, 2015

Soaring Sales, Falling Fuel Prices and Very Cool Vehicles Dominate NAIAS 2015 Dialogue

The North American International Auto Show is back and it’s proving yet again to be a microcosm of the marketplace. Media preview week has set the stage for bold sales predictions indicative of broader economic recovery, debate about the relevance of fuel-efficient vehicles in the face of plummeting fuel prices, and palpable enthusiasm and optimism […]

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