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Ted Devine
Ted Devine is CEO of insureon, an online insurance agent for small and micro businesses. Prior to joining insureon, Devine held senior leadership positions at Aon Corporation and spent 12 years as a director of McKinsey & Company. He lives in Chicago with his family.

Entries by Ted Devine

Love 'Em or Hate 'Em, the Oscars Offer a Lesson in Talent Management

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:26 AM

The Academy Awards are the year's biggest event in Hollywood, attracting millions of viewers. While the glitz and glamor (and endless thank-you speeches) are not everyone's cup of tea, small-business owners should pay attention to the ceremony for one reason: a lesson in talent management.

Recognition for good work can...

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5 Lessons Brazil Learned the Hard Way (So You Don't Have to)

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Traditional wisdom holds that hosting a major sporting event like the World Cup or the Olympics is inherently good for a country or city: It brings tourism dollars -- immediate and in the future. It spurs infrastructure renovations. It creates jobs. It offers countless publicity opportunities.

But this year's World...

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The 6 Risks for Sharers in the Sharing Economy

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Running a business has inherent risks. A hotel guest falls asleep with the iron on, starting a fire that damages half the building. A baseball fan gets in his car after having several beers at the game and backs into another car in the garage, causing thousands in damage. A...

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Small Businesses Can Show Customers Some Love This Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Ah, Valentine's Day. A holiday of last-minute scrambling, gift-appropriateness worries, and untold millions for the greeting card industry. Whatever your personal feelings about February 14, though, the day is an excellent opportunity for small-business owners to show their customers some love.

Why? Because unlike low prices, a little love...

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Time for Your 2014 Small Business Risk Audit

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 6:01 PM

If you're like most small business owners, you've been devouring "2014 predictions" articles by any analyst, guru or pundit with insight into what you can expect in the next 12 months. Now that you've had a chance to digest the forecasts, it's time to evaluate which of the year's events...

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The Small-Business Owner's Guide to Safe Holiday Parties

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 6:50 PM

This year, a healthy 96 percent of American businesses will have holiday parties, according to research firm Battalia Winston. That's up from an all-time low of 74 percent in 2011, when post-recession penny pinching led many firms to trim the fat, rather than the trees, come December. The...

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Small Business Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 5:56 PM

It's been a year since the East Coast was rocked with one of those "100-year storms" - the kind that have shown up more and more frequently in the last decade. As small businesses found in the aftermath of Katrina in 2005 and are finding in the aftermath of tornadoes...

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