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Gene Marks is an opinionated small business management columnist, author, speaker, and business owner.

He writes weekly online columns for The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post and Philadelphia Magazine.
Gene's books include In God We Trust: Everyone Else Pays Cash (CreateSpace, 2011), the #1 Amazon Small Business Best Seller The Streetwise Small Business Book of Lists (Adams Media, 2006), The Small Business Desk Reference (Alpha Books, 2004), Outfoxing The Small Business Owner - Crafty Techniques for Creating a Profitable Relationship (Adams Media, 2005) and The Complete Idiot's Guide To Successful Outsourcing (Alpha Books, 2005).
Gene is a CPA and regular guest on national radio and TV talk shows including FOX News, FOX Business Channel, MSNBC and CNBC. He has authored dozens of articles for major media publications and is quoted frequently in the national media including the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and USA Today.

He owns and operates The Marks Group PC, a highly successful ten-person firm that provides expert customer relationship management and technology consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. The Marks Group PC, launched in 1994, has grown to help more than 600 companies and more than 5,000 individuals throughout the country do things quicker and better. Prior to starting The Marks Group PC, Gene spent 9 years in the entrepreneurial services arm of the international consulting firm KPMG in Philadelphia where he was a senior manager.

Gene regularly presents his Quicker! Better! Wiser! keynotes, workshops, seminars, and executive retreats across the U.S. He is also a board member of the National Speaker’s Association.

You can follow Gene on Twitter (genemarks) or visit his website.

Entries by Gene Marks

Will 3D Printing Be Staples' Field of Dreams?

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:21 AM

"If you build it, they will come."

It worked for Ray Kinsella. Maybe, just maybe, it'll work for Staples too. The office supply company is now bringing their brand recognition to the field of 3D printing. They're building it. And now they're hoping that entrepreneurs will respond. Staples is...

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So What if the Republicans Win the Senate?

(75) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 8:17 AM

It's still very early, but that's not stopping many pundits from making their mid-term election predictions. All 435 House seats are up for grabs and 35 seats in the Senate are in play. Most experts agree that the Republicans will maintain a majority in the House. The big battle is...

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How to Meet the Pope

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Does it surprise you that Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter and Pennsylvania's Governor Corbett were blown off by the Pope? Doesn't surprise me at all.

There's a pecking order to life. You blow off the financial services guy who calls during dinner. A beautiful girl gets hit on by...

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An Enormous Change Is About To Hit This $15 Billion Industry

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Leaky pipe? Toilet running? It's time to call the plumber. But wait. Before you do, you better pull out the Rubik's cube. Dust off that Donna Summer LP. Put on some clogs. You need to be ready. You're about to take a trip back to the 1970's. Here we go...

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6 Reasons Why You Should Be An Engineer

(5) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 12:53 PM

They are the geeks. They are the nerds. They are the kids who are last picked for the team. They build robots. They join the math club. They watch "Star Trek" (even the ones from the '70's). They are socially awkward.

They are engineers. And I wish I was one.

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5 Ways to Save St. Joe's University

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 7:53 AM

St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia is facing financial problems. Revenue is not as high as projected. Expenses continue to rise. So they're implementing budgetary cutbacks. Last year the university ran a $4.4 million deficit. Wow, what a huge surprise, right?

I don't mean to pick on St....

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Why Does Google Care About Breastfeeding?

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 8:07 AM

Google's into a whole bunch of cool technologies -- driverless cars, glasses that record videos, robots, home automation, breastfeeding.

Wait... breast feeding?

I'm not kidding. And neither is Google. Millions of women struggle with lactation issues. Sometimes doctors have the answers and sometimes they don't. But there are people who...

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Is It Really Under Armour's Fault?

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 7:39 AM

It has not been a good Olympics for the U.S. Speedskating team at Sochi.

As of this writing, the team has no medals. None. It was expected to win many. This is a team that has won more speedskating medals than any other country in Olympic history. They won an...

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If Tom Corbett Wants to Get Reelected, He's Going to Have to Move to Philadelphia

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Governor Corbett, you've got a mountain to climb. But I believe I can help you win re-election here in Pennsylvania.

For the most part, you'd think I'd be a big supporter of yours. You're a Republican. I'm a Republican. You're a fiscal conservative. I'm a fiscal conservative. You want less...

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These Are 16 Things CVS Should Also Stop Selling

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 4:33 PM

This past week drugstore chain CVS announced that it will no longer sell tobacco products at its stores. The move will cost them upwards of $2 billion in revenue and is part of their effort to be more of a healthcare company. Many are applauding the move. I agree. But...

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A Philadelphia Artist Fights An Epic Eminent Domain Battle

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 6:11 AM

Would someone please help James Dupree already?

For weeks I've been following this story. Hopefully you know it by now. In case you don't, he's the artist who owns a building in West Philly and he's being forced out, under the city's "Eminent Domain" rules, in order to...

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The Rise of the Taboo Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Is your business risqué? Taboo? Your time has come.

Wendy Strgar's company, Good Clean Love, sells organic lubricants and oils used by people to enhance their sex lives. Can you believe you're reading about this on The Huffington Post? Believe it. It's 2014. The world has changed. And...

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Why Are Interns Sleeping on Toilets?

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:36 AM

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times... for the lowly intern.

As the economy improves, there are certainly more internship opportunities. And many of those opportunities are now being paid, particularly in light of a ruling last year in favor of interns who...

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How Cannabis Could Be Your Key To Riches

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 6:50 AM

It's time to take a trip into the future. It's no longer 2014. It's the year 2030. We are chauffeured in driverless cars. The Chinese now occupy most of the Middle East and have made peace with the Israelis by offering them unlimited sweet and sour chicken by drone in...

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Why You Want To Work For A Small Company

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 12:38 PM

People of San Francisco: resist! You are right to protest the busses that are ruining your town and transporting your brightest souls away to the dark campuses of Google and Facebook. Resist them! And resist Yahoo's efforts to lure you to their downtown offices too by...

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10 Things to Be Certain About in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 10:11 AM

We are small business owners. We complain about uncertainty. We don't like surprises. Well, this year we can stop complaining. Because here are 10 things you can be absolutely certain about in 2014.

Washington will continue its gridlock. The Republicans are working to win back the senate in this year's...

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Thank God for Al Sharpton

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Thank God for Al Sharpton. I'm not a big fan of his. But that doesn't matter. Society needs people like him.

Because it's guys like him that reminds us all when businesses make mistakes, particularly when it comes to race. Macy's and Barney's made this mistake recently. And now they're...

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This Is Why the Baby Boomers Are the Worst Generation Ever

(19) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Wow, so it looks like we have a budget deal in Washington. A debt ceiling and spending crisis has been averted. It's good news. But let's all calm down. It's only temporary. The agreement does not address the long-term fiscal problems we have. Problems that were mostly created by none...

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Why the Pope Is Wrong

(8) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:02 AM

"The Pope... has the responsibility, as Christ's ambassador, to remind the rich to help the poor, not to endorse any government to force people to. This is what Christians call free will."

This was said to me yesterday by a close friend and long time client of mine, Andrew. He...

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Get Used To It: Thanksgiving Shopping Is Here to Stay

(50) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 5:41 AM

Do you think that retail stores, or any business for that matter, should be allowed to open on our national holidays? Apparently Target, Walmart and other big box stores do. They'll be starting the holiday season even earlier than Black Friday this year, with most opening their doors on Thanksgiving...

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