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Senior Business Columnist — USA Today
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Strauss: Entrepreneurs can give thanks in many ways — Q: I am a manager at a large Fortune 500 corporation and we do a lot of work with small businesses. Not only are they a big channel for us but they are also our vendors and part of our supplier diversity efforts. So I love small business.

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Boost your business this holiday season — Q: With the holidays around the corner and people getting ready to spend, I am concerned that my little business will get lost in the shuffle. Would you have any suggestion for how a small retailer like mine can stand out?

Is There Really Free Money for Your Business? — In 2006, Time Magazine named TruTouch one of that year's best inventions: "Identifying drunk drivers could get a lot quicker and easier after a new infrared alcohol test developed by TruTouch Technologies is launched next year. The device detects alcohol levels by shining infrared light on the subject's skin and analyzing how it reflects that light.

Entrepreneurs, what's YOUR secret sauce? — Q: Steve - I am going to make a long story short because I think it is important to share. Having been in business for 20 years, what I have learned is that you have to differentiate yourself somehow from the competition. Everyone today is so obsessed with social media.

Running a small business like basketball — Q: Steve - Reading your column I get that you are a sports fan. I love to use sports analogies in my business and when I speak with my staff - I find that it is relatable. Glad to see you do the same. Do you have a favorite?

Celebrating the virtue of entrepreneurs — Having just returned from the World Entrepreneurship Forum, there was no shortage of things to worry about before I left and as I traveled, from the mundane to the ridiculous: Was my inbox sufficiently cleaned out so that I wouldn't be overwhelmed upon my return? (The answer, apparently, no.)

Getting your business started with Pinterest — Q: I know that Facebook isn't the only game in town when it comes to social media, even though sometimes it seems that way. I did my research and there really are a lot of social media sites. The issue I face is which other one to dive into for my small biz.

Small Business: Suffering from work burnout — Q: I have owned three businesses over the past twenty years. While I always have really enjoyed being an entrepreneur, I find lately that I am just burnt-out. But I don't want to go work for someone else, and yet I am too young to retire.

Everyone is an entrepreneur in this e-conomy — In my column , we looked at the significant, indeed in some ways radical, shifts occurring in the world of work. Fueled mostly (albeit not entirely) by technology, the decoupling of work from a desk at an office means that we are now free to work anywhere, anytime - for good and ill.
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Nov 24, 2014

RT @SusanSolovic @Hyken Two of my faves! Happy Thanksgiving guys. And ditto for me too!

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