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Rebuild Small Businesses on Saturday After Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 10:24 AM

Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy will be tough for small businesses, those workhorses and job-generators of the economy, but the Saturday after Thanksgiving is an opportunity for communities, shoppers and businesses themselves to ratchet up the recovery.

It's a promotion that's worked before and may be even more important this year.

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Putting the Boom Back Into NYC Construction

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:42 PM

Time was when it didn't matter that big development projects built in New York City had whopping cost overages and time delays. NYC was the business and economic hub of the world. If you wanted to do business in NYC, you understood that there were costs of doing business here,...

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Local Network Takes on Community Investing

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 7:34 PM

Recently, investors and entrepreneurs gathered in San Francisco for the 4th Annual Social Capital Markets (SoCAP) Conference, an event dedicated to increasing the flow of capital to social good. It's part of a new form of capitalism that seeks to harness the power of the private market system...

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How Making Friends with Metrics Can Build a Better Nonprofit

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 6:39 PM

Measurement is my thing. I started my career as a TV researcher, moved on to media research then marketing research. However, I know most people don't love numbers as I do. Getting people to understand the benefits of measurement and to actually delve into numbers is no easy task --...

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How to Scale Social Impact

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 10:50 AM

Many corporations are obsessed with scale. It brings efficiencies and effectiveness that small- to mid-sized businesses can't provide. Only a few social ventures -- such as Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers -- have scaled. But scaling is becoming a mantra for some of those...

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6 Ways Companies Can Do Good for Themselves and Society

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 9:11 AM

Social and environmental problems are growing at a faster rate than philanthropic dollars can keep pace. What's the world to do? I've recently written about a couple of ways people and organizations can do more good -- impact investing, crowd funding and scaling effective...

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How Crowdfunding Benefits Nonprofits and Donors

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 10:00 AM

A lot of good is being done around the world and lots of people want to support those good works. But it's hard to expose grassroots organizations to potential donors around the world and it's hard for donors to learn about projects that excite their interest.

Worse yet, sometimes when...

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How Impact Investing Can Revitalize Distressed Communities

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Impact investing -- the balancing of financial returns with social impact -- comes in all shapes and sizes. Recently, I attended an event held by the Community Investing Network of NJ, an organization that is a great example of how government, foundations, and individual investors can come together...

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7 Must-Haves for Nonprofits Planning to Scale

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2012 | 11:21 AM

In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address social problems. For the last three years, the Social Impact Exchange has been convening leaders in the field to address this issue.

"Scaling a...

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Two Lessons Social Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits Need to Learn

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 10:25 AM

So you think you want to be a philanthropist or a social entrepreneur, to use your hard-earned talents to make the world a better place.

This is your cold shower.

Doing good requires more than good intentions, money, an idea, and a perceived need at the bottom of the pyramid....

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Closing the Leadership Gap

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 11:30 AM

What gives? As the Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers, a report from the Kauffman Foundation shows, getting those women-owned businesses on a high-growth track would energize our sluggish economy.

But it's not happening. Why?

I've been asking women who haven't been stopped what they think the barriers are...

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Redesign Business for a Robust Economic Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 10:29 AM

We need more women in leadership roles This isn't a call for a feminist revolt; it's a call for a healthy, growing economy and leadership by women is needed to accomplish that.

If you don't buy that, check out some of the research: The more women in...

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Social Enterprises and Solving the World's Problems: How Impact Investing Needs to Change

(2) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 9:51 AM

Impact investment suffered a blow to its credibility last week with the news about SKS, the Indian company that took micro-credit from the realm of nonprofits to the stock exchange, has been linked by its own investigations to the suicides of over-extended clients who were allegedly bullied to...

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Increasing the Financing for Women-Led Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Your startup may be doomed to failure if you under-capitalize it from the get-go, but friends and family can only do so much and venture capitalists are looking for businesses that are more established with huge growth potential. Bridging that financing gap has been especially difficult for women-led businesses and...

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