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Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

NEW YORK – Amazon (AMZN) is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer in competition with Square and […]

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An overlooked secret of great companies

An overlooked secret of great companies

I had one of those increasingly rare, faith-in-humanity moments the other day, in an unlikely place: an auto repair shop. There were two people behind the counter, and one of them was clearly having a stressful day. Though he was doing an admirable job appearing happy and being helpful to customers, as I sat in […]

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Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

NEW YORK – A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses. Work requiring an attention to detail and with repetitive tasks is ideal for an autistic person who wants to start a business, says Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary Ventures, a Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based organization that […]

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Lessons from an “amazing” evangelist

Lessons from an “amazing” evangelist

Shep Hyken has watched, chronicled and traveledthe world speaking about customer service for more than three decades. Hisbooks have made The Wall Street Journal,USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, his client roster reads like a who’swho of top companies and he was recently featured on SAP’s list of the Top60 Customer Experience Influencers. […]

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10-year-old CEO builds bite-sized empire

10-year-old CEO builds bite-sized empire

You’ve heard of Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Jay-Z; all big names in the business world. Now, meet Cory Nieves, a pint-sized entrepreneur who’s making his name in cookies, one bite at a time, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller reports. Every Saturday, on the streets of Englewood, New Jersey, Nieves pulls his wagon cart around […]

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Colorado agrees to cannabis “credit co-ops”

Colorado agrees to cannabis “credit co-ops”

Colorado’s pioneering marijuana industry continues to break new ground, especially when it comes to confronting financial and legislative issues surrounding cannabis. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law HB 1398, a bill that allows legal marijuana businesses in the state to create what the measure calls “marijuana financial services cooperatives,” referred to in […]

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