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Dale Buss
Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

5 Guidelines for Knowing When to Make an Immediate Decision or When to Wait

In recent news, Apple chief Tim Cook responded to criticism by megastar Taylor Swift within 24 hours, announcing that Apple would begin paying artists royalties on their music sales for all free introductory trials. And South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, within 24 hours of the shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, took a stand and demanded that the legislature remove the Confederate flag from outside the capitol building.

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8 Great Family Vacation Spots Recommended by CEOs

Finding and settling on a summer vacation spot for the family can be as difficult as slashing budgets or making that difficult firing. But it’s probably just as important for CEOs and business owners who want to recharge – and take their loved ones with them. Here’s a selection of eight favorite family vacation spots from a handful of CEOs and business owners.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before You Decide to Move or Open Up a Business

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A number of developments have shaken the nation’s economic-development community of late, casting individual states in new or different lights, and underscoring just how heated the competition is among states for major economic-development wins and CEO business. If you are looking for a new location to move or grow your business, make note of these latest events before making any decisions.

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What CEOs Are Reading This Summer

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While every CEO and business owner has his or her own taste, one book that keeps rising above all the rest as one of interest to chiefs is The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. CEOs listed this book the most because of its honesty and helpful lessons on how to survive as a business leader. In addition, one reviewer on Amazon called it “solid advice about running a company from a wartime CEO.” Here’s a handy list of other inspirational books on CEOs’ summer reading list. Print out and stick in your suitcase or on your fridge.

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Starting Up a New Business? Here Are Kauffman’s Top 5 States for Startups

With the largest year-over-year growth in two decades, American startups overall are on the rebound, according to Kauffman. In addition to a western cluster of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado, one eastern state—Vermont—rounded out the top five in the 2015 Index of Startup Activity by the Kauffman Foundation. New York, Washington State and Wisconsin were among states that fared more poorly than a year earlier.

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5 Lessons in Social Media for Mid-Market CEOs

Hundreds of CEOs today use social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more. However, social-media use by mid-market companies often can be a tougher path for CEOs and owners than it is for their counterparts at other companies, because larger firms have more marketing resources, while startups tend to be founded by young and typically tech-savvier individuals and have much less management hierarchy.

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More Companies Are Taking Advantage of New Crowdfunding Equity

Mid-market company chiefs and startup entrepreneurs should be two of the main beneficiaries of new federal rules making it easier for businesses to raise equity privately. “Reg A” allows companies to issue up to $50 million in private equity, up from the government’s previous cap of $5 million, and also provides a state-coordinated review for offerings of up to $20 million.

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How a Mid-Market CEO Is Using the Cloud to Make a Once Dying Business Thrive

Suri Suriyakumar took a print shop—a dying industry—and repositioned it to focus on the only thriving niche left—architecture, which requires the printing of as many of 10,000 drawings per project. After buying several more small shops, ARC Document Solutions, Suriyakumar’s new business, is now a $407-million architectural documents provider with 2,500 employees. And as technology becomes integral to all business today, Suriyakumar is now reinventing his business again, with the digitization of architectural drawings into the cloud.

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4 Lessons in Effective Disruption From Pharmacies’ ‘Telehealth’ Concept

Few businesses are being transformed as quickly and as massively as the drug-store industry. Much as today’s dominant pharmacy chains swept away the independent corner drug store a generation ago, trends based in healthcare, politics, technology and consumerism are rapidly reshaping its biggest surviving players, including Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS and the many other retailers, ranging from Walmart to Wegman’s, that also have pharmacy operations.

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