Dale Buss

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

SOTU Raises Profile of Bootstrapping Female Entrepreneur

Founder and CEO Andra Rush has assembled and grown an auto-parts-manufacturing and shipping firm whose success captured the attention of the President of the United States.

Leveraging Wholesome Mac-and-Cheese Into Prosperity

Success in “better-for-you” foods for kids has led the company to a crossroads: how to build on it without sacrificing its ethical vision or its organic formula.

CEOs on Journal’s Most-Stressed List Aren’t All the Same

Dissatisfied activist investors helped put several heavyweight CEO pelts on the wall last year, including Procter & Gamble’s Bob McDonald, JCPenney’s Ron Johnson and Groupon’s Andrew Mason. So, despite record-high overall stock-market values lately, these hedge-fund maestros and other influential investors are sure to join with restive board members to put pressure on other CEOs in 2014.

Herschend Family Entertainment: From Dolly Parton to the Harlem Globetrotters

After growing steadily by running mid-market theme parks such as Silver Dollar City, Herschend Family Entertainment is making a growth play with the Harlem Globetrotters.

It’s Too Early for CEOs To Presume 2014 Boom

Heading into 2014, many economists and pundits are full of optimism that the U.S. economy finally will kick into a solid-growth mode that it hasn’t enjoyed since before the 2008 financial collapse and that global growth will re-ignite as well. But there remain plenty of reasons for caution, and American CEOs are among those positing them.

State Economies Are Improving in the Upper Great Lakes

The Great Lakes states are riding a manufacturing boom, an increasingly right-to-work environment and the business-friendly campaigns and policies of Republican governors. Can they claw their way back into the economic-development derby and spark above-average growth despite a slow national economy?

New GM CEO Barra Is More Than a Symbol

The real reason Mary Barra was just named the next CEO of General Motors is reflected in another Motor City news development this week: GM vehicles scored three of the six finalist spots that were announced in the prestigious North American Car and Truck-Utility of the Year awards given at the Detroit auto show next month.

Should CEOs Fight Back Against Bad Press?

To fight or not to fight? Tesla Founder and CEO Elon Musk has hammered away at the media’s treatment of his electric-vehicle startup. This brilliant serial entrepreneur is not alone; many CEOs face the issue of bad press. Is this sort of resistance productive for CEOs and the companies they’re trying to protect?

‘Living Wage’ Movement Beckons CEOs To Respond

While the ‘Living Wage’ issue seems to affect only the largest retailers and fast-food giants, the effort, if successful, will alter every business’ ability to enter into basic agreements with individuals resulting in a benefit for both parties.

When Is the Right Time To Step Down?

At some point, many CEOs face this question which confronted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when he grappled with how long to continue to run the one-time leader of the tech world.
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