Managing yourself: A smarter way to network
Harvard Business Review
The old adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is true. But it’s more nuanced than that. In spite of what most self-help books say, network size doesn’t usually matter. Individuals who simply know a lot of people are less likely to achieve standout performance, because they’re spread too thin.
Food trucks 101: How to start a mobile food business
The industry is booming with approximately 3 million food trucks in the U.S., and more than 5 million food carts. From an entrepreneurial standpoint, mobile food businesses have a lower overhead and require fewer employees than restaurants and can be easily moved if one location does not generate enough business. Here’s a quick rundown of nuts and bolts of the food-truck business, including the basics for getting started.
Brownfields bloom in Seattle
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Seattle was highlighted as a hotbed for cleaning up abandoned — and often contaminated — industrial sites known as brownfields and redeveloping them for office buildings, shopping centers and other uses. Seattle’s brownfield boom is centered around the once-decaying South Lake Union district, where 6.4 million square feet of office, retail and residential space have been built on reclaimed properties since 2004, city officials estimate. Much of the work has been done by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc., which says it has redeveloped 21 sites on about 60 acres in the district, including construction of a new headquarters for Amazon.com. Brian Surratt, Seattle’s business-development director, said so much development went into the district that it helped cushion Seattle during the last recession. “This was one of the bright spots,” he said.
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