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ZinePak co-founders Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe explain how they got ready to pitch Mark Cuban, Daymond John and more. Their appearance on ABC's Shark Tank broadcasts tonight. 

How to Create a Happy Work Environment in Any Space

Alicia Navarro, founder of Skimlinks, explains how incorporating personality into your office space can have a positive effect on your employees.

The Right Way to Think About Vendor Relationships

Jesse Lipson, founder of Sharefile, describes the one key trait that he looks for when selecting a vendor.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Trusted 'No' Person

Leila Janah, founder of Sama Group, says you need to have someone who act as a smart filter to your boundless ideas.

The Hard Truth About Keeping Your Best Employees Engaged

Kip Tindell, founder of The Container Store, says you need to release employees who aren't adding to the productivity and culture of your team. Do it quickly, but compassionately.

Don't Let Acquisition Interest Harm Your Business

Jesse Lipson, founder of Sharefile, explains who you need to hire to optimize both the business and its acquisition.

How to Spot the Next Big Industry

Abe Issa, founder of Global Efficient Energy, says by listening to his customers he found the seed for his next big idea.

3 Attributes That Strong Leaders Have in Common

Leila Janah, founder of Sama Group, describes the character traits that qualified leaders possess.

Learn to See Yourself as You Are, Not as You Were

Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author and executive coach, explains how to shed your prior understanding of yourself and begin to redefine your leadership skills.

The One Thing You Need to Do Before Raising Venture Capital

Jesse Lipson, founder of Sharefile, describes the beneficial role of venture capital when used at the right time with the right strategy.

Be Cautious If You Outsource Production With Alibaba

Brandi Temple, founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle, had a good experience with Alibaba, but there are horror stories too.

The Galvanizing Power of a 'Big Hairy Audacious Goal'

Jesse Lipson, founder of Sharefile, describes the importance of having both a one-year goal and a 20-year goal.

Brandi Temple: My Faith Is the Reason for My Entrepreneurial Journey

The founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle finds comfort in knowing that her entrepreneurial successes and failures are all part of a larger plan.

Why Seed Funding From Family Is a No Good, Very Bad Idea

Thomas Koulopoulos, founder of Delphi Group, explains why it's a terrible idea to ask family members for seed funding, especially if your company ends up doing really well.

How Chicago's Legendary Second City Theater Got Into the Business Game

Tom Yorton, CEO of Second City Works, talks about how the renowned improv group got involved with the corporate community.

Ask Yourself How You're Going to Give Back

Jourdan Urbach, founder of the Mark Cuban-backed video app Ocho, explains how all of his entrepreneurial ventures stemmed from wanting to do good for society.

3 Highly Practical Social Media Tips for Every Business

Brandi Temple, founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle, found immense success selling through social media--but warns business owners not to count on a specific platform being around forever.

Don't Be Held Hostage by Monetary Success

Thomas Koulopoulos, founder of Delphi Group, says money is only a means to help you arrive at your desired destination, but that's often hard for entrepreneurs to remember.

How Great Leaders Use Humor

Tom Yorton, CEO of Second City Works, explains how humor and improvisation are great leadership tools that move your team forward.

Why My Biggest Mistake Is Also My Biggest Success

Brandi Temple, founder of Lolly Wolly Doodle, explains why you want to build a core team that's a true fit for your company.

How to Engage in Servant Leadership

Jourdan Urbach, co-founder of Ocho, says there's a difference between telling your employees what to do and encouraging them to accomplish what needs to get done.

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