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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.

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

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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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Alarm Over the U.S.’ Crumbling Transportation Infrastructure Begins to Pull in CEOs

There’s quite a political donnybrook going on in Michigan right now, as business leaders froth at the crumbling condition of the state’s roads, while politicians scramble to finger new funding sources after voters in early May solidly rejected the idea of boosting sales taxes to pay for the repairs. But some experts—in particular Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who wrote the book, Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead—believe other states and cities easily could find themselves in the same place.

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