Oldies but goodies.

Software’s Speedy Growth

Earlier this week, we wrote about the the average growth rate for those companies ranked on this year’s Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500 list.  Now we’ll take a look at companies in which industries are seeing the fastest growth. No surprise, the industry seeing the fastest growth is software. Compared’s Speedy Growthsoftware_1

The Happy Small Business

Every quarter Wells Fargo measures the sentiment of small business owners.  This quarter’s data shows small business optimism is generally improving, while small companies added jobs in a wide variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, and business services. Here’s what the index, comprised of 600 small businesses, reported for the Happy Small Businesssmallbizimage_1

The Value of Data in Marketing

Thanks to a new generation of marketing analytics tools, today’s chief marketing officer has the ability to measure the impact of marketing programs, demonstrate a clear and compelling marketing ROI, and ultimately build respect in the executive suite.  We’ve written about the rising role of the CMO here. Marketing analytics Value of Data in Marketingmktingimage_1

Building An “A” Team

Today, we’re looking to our friends to the north — taking a closer look at the results of a study conducted by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), showing that advisory boards have a significant impact on a business’s growth and financial performance.  Makes sense, right?  Here, at Polus An “A” TeamBD_1

Don’t Scale & Fail

Building a successful business is every entrepreneur’s goal – but only 1 in 12 succeed.  Why do startups fail?  The Startup Genome project analyzed data from 3,200 companies and came up with some answers. At the core of any successful business are two things: a good product and a large’t Scale & Fail2scale1

Big Impact on Small Business

As the U.S. encounters macro-economic shifts, the impact on small business revenue and growth can be immediate and take a significant amount of time to recover.  Private companies drive nearly 50% of private non-farm GDP and 65% of new job creation in the United States. Last month, Sageworks, a financial Impact on Small Businessrevenue_1