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Editor-At-Large — Inc.
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Leigh Buchanan is an editor/writer for Inc. Magazine. Her tenure as crossword puzzle editor at TV Guide remains her proudest achievement.

How Chicago's Weirdest Bookstore Keeps Its Edge

inc.com — On a frosty night last January, noisy, skinny-jeaned crowds pressed into cocktail bars and dance clubs around Chicago's Wicker Park. Meanwhile, inside a small brick neighborhood storefront, about 20 young people sat at tables, laboring to express their visions, their aesthetics, their whimsies, or their true selves with pens, paper, and scissors.
Jul 13, 2015

So glad bizzes like Quimby's still exist, keeping our cities weird and giving our quirkier artists a voice. bit.ly/1K3K0U6

Cowboy Cordage | Inc.com

inc.com — Out West, rodeo gets 'em young. Often it's the ranch kids, who start as early as age 4 riding sheep and tying goats. By 8 or 9 they're dragging calves and branding. The junior rodeo-ers wear pint-sized chaps and vests and swing ropes sized down to fit their hands.

Zambelli FIreworks | Inc.com

inc.com — When America celebrates, Zambelli Fireworks is there. Behind the scenes at presidential inaugurations and national party conventions, Super Bowls and Kentucky Derbys, papal visits and World's Fairs, you'll find teams from this small family business...waiting. Earlier they will have arranged the shells--sometimes tens of thousands of them--to fire according to an elaborate choreography that may have taken hundreds of hours to develop.
Jul 01, 2015

Some 4th of July fun. This will make you appreciate what goes into those fireworks you're watching this weekend. bit.ly/1BR4peI

What You Can Learn About Business From Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

inc.com — In May 2013, a small group of people gathered around a new wellhead on a farm in Malden, West Virginia. Water spewed airward; a man on the drilling team collected some in an empty Gatorade bottle. Nancy Bruns tasted it. "I told them to dig deeper," says Bruns. "It wasn't salty enough."

American entrepreneurship is actually vanishing. Here's why.

chicagotribune.com — Last fall, around the time Facebook announced it was buying WhatsApp for $19 billion, a flurry of studies offered a startling revelation: The U.S. startup rate has been falling for decades. The Kauffman Foundation, citing its own research and drawing on U.S.

This Texas Gas Station Turned Camels and Karaoke Into a $30 Million Business

inc.com — Come for the cheap gas and tacos. Stay for the livestock and karaoke. This is a typical Saturday night at Fuel City in Dallas. Two police officers direct traffic as cars line up for unleaded gas at $2.39 a gallon. All three taco windows are mobbed, as are the carts peddling elote en vaso (corn in a cup).
Jun 01, 2015

For an entrepreneur with imagination there's no such thing as a prosaic business model. bit.ly/1AFhN5f

Jun 02, 2015

I want to pet a zebra here. A Texas gas station that turned camels and karaoke into a $30 million business inc.com/leigh-buchanan… via @Inc

The Sky Factory Put Transparency and Flat Management to the Test--And It Worked

inc.com — For a small city surrounded by corn and livestock farms, Fairfield, Iowa is pretty groovy. It is home to art galleries, ethnic restaurants, green architecture, and the Maharishi University of Management, where twice a day students practice Transcendental Meditation. It is also home to The Sky Factory, a radical experiment in employee empowerment where everyone is treated as an equal.
May 26, 2015

Entrepreneurs innovate more than just products. Sky Factory is a radical experiment in management. bit.ly/1erXT3q

The One Question You Need to Answer for Startup Success

inc.com — You need one piece of data to know if your startup will fly: How many customers' eyes dilate when they hear your idea? In a presentation Wednesday before an engineer-dense crowd at MIT, Steve Blank spent most of his time talking to people about talking to people.

Mastering the Fine Art of Managing People

inc.com — Editor's note: ix founders about what works (and what doesn't). Managing human beings is one of the toughest jobs you'll ever face, especially as your team grows. We spoke with s Eric Ryan vividly recalls the origin of his rigorous hiring philosophy. It was 2005, and his sustainable cleaning-products business, Method, was growing fast.
May 25, 2015

RT @Inc: 6 founders share their secrets on the not-so-simple art of managing people @LeighEBuchanan bit.ly/1AdL6vE

Jun 01, 2015

RT @Inc: Method co-founder Eric Ryan shares his secrets to building a killer team bit.ly/1AfExbY pic.twitter.com/U0WwsexkwI

Jun 01, 2015

RT @Inc: Method co-founder Eric Ryan shares his secrets to building a killer team bit.ly/1FmEYQr pic.twitter.com/YDaTog921J

How the Founder of USA Network Built her Star Team

inc.com — Editor's note: Managing human beings is one of the toughest jobs you'll ever face, especially as your team grows. We spoke with six founders about what works (and what doesn't). How people think about winning is a good indication of how they'll perform on a team.
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Jul 13, 2015

So glad bizzes like Quimby's still exist, keeping our cities weird and giving our quirkier artists a voice. bit.ly/1K3K0U6

Jul 01, 2015

Some 4th of July fun. This will make you appreciate what goes into those fireworks you're watching this weekend. bit.ly/1BR4peI

Jun 01, 2015

For an entrepreneur with imagination there's no such thing as a prosaic business model. bit.ly/1AFhN5f

May 26, 2015

Entrepreneurs innovate more than just products. Sky Factory is a radical experiment in management. bit.ly/1erXT3q

May 18, 2015

Wonderful business: reminds me of the nobility of work. I love Lanier's description of what makes him rich. bit.ly/1FnlPPw

May 12, 2015

Way to grab employees' attention--and follow up with smart practices to control meeting bloat. Well done Dropbox. bit.ly/1dYbiQJ

May 11, 2015

West Paw Design is joining the ranks of great socially conscious companies. bit.ly/1EwWXAg

May 04, 2015

Who knew a company like this existed? I'm glad it does. bit.ly/1IH81Rn

Apr 27, 2015

This whiskey startup--from a Boston Beer co-founder--has one of the smartest product naming strategies I've seen. bit.ly/1Gy7PBL

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