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7 Tips for Creating a Productive Brainstorm Inside Your Middle-Market Firm

I’m sure everyone reading this has fallen victim to a spontaneous brainstorming session. Out of nowhere, you suddenly feel the urge to sit down with co-workers in a conference room and bat around some ideas. Your intentions are good, but what typically follows is a painfully slow-moving discussion that doesn’t get very far. Whether your […]

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Putting the Value Back in Value Innovation

Finance officers achieve their key decision-making status for a reason: it’s their expertise that’s critical to far more than a successful firm’s bottom line. But there’s always room for improvement, and it’s time for CFOs to fine-tune their collective image when it comes to working with entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spark is driving the business culture […]

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Dialing for Innovation: When NineSigma Is on the Line, Ohio’s Middle-Market Firms Are Incented to Listen

Fifteen months after being awarded an Ohio state grant that subsidizes its efforts to engage middle-market firms (ranging between $10 million and $1 billion in annual sales) across the state and incent them to take on innovation challenges, NineSigma has nabbed 24 clients and become involved in innovation projects it expects to result in the […]

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Middle-Market CEO Interview: David Morken of Bandwidth.com Discloses the Seeds of Serial Innovation

As the cofounder and CEO of Bandwidth.com of Raleigh, North Carolina, David Morken first started out as a telecom entrepreneur 15 years ago when he gained a toehold by reselling network bandwidth to small and medium-size enterprises. As the firm grew, so too did its reputation as a disruptive force inside the telecom sector, where […]

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Innovative Offspring: How Three Family-Owned Businesses Charted Paths to New Growth

Tech Electronics Grows One Midwestern City at a Time Fifty years after Jim Canova, along with two partners, started up a St. Louis electronics distribution firm known as Tech Electronics, the middle-market company’s Midwestern roots now appear to run as wide as they do deep. “I think that businesses that last over time are able to […]

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5 Keys to Unlocking Middle-Market Innovation

When it seems that everyone is talking about innovation these days, you would think most firms are already riding the wave. However, most organizations have only begun to dip their toes into the water and are missing a full understanding of the broad range of ways in which they might innovate their enterprise. For most […]

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