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Startup Industrious Eyes Growth With Its Flexible Office Space Model

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Industrious differs from other co-working companies in that they sign agreements with landlords to manage portions of their buildings and then share a percentage of the revenue. — Industrious

We’re collectively witnessing a reimagining of the work experience, reconsidering the purpose, design and location of the office itself.

In light of the pandemic, many things about the co-working office model in particular seem especially flawed: utilities and resources are shared among many people, while new and different visitors are in and out of the building every day. However, though the past year has been a tough one for the commercial real estate business, there’s at least one bright spot in the coworking sector that disruptor Industrious is tapping for growth: flexible office spaces.

Since the pandemic, seven-year-old “workplace as a service” startup Industrious has found itself in an interesting position. On one hand, it’s technically in a category of

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How to Support Employee Wellness: Business Owners Share Strategies

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Employee stress, anxiety and burnout are not new concepts in the workplace. They have always existed and they have always played a role in overall employee health, satisfaction and productivity. In the wake of the pandemic and a shift in how we work, employers at the helm of companies of all sizes are prioritizing employee wellness as they reevaluate and redefine their culture and, in many cases, proceed with a “people-first” ethos. From mental health and stress management to nutrition coaching and fitness classes, these five business leaders share their approaches to a healthier business from the inside, out.

Wellness credits, gratitude practice, journaling, unlimited time off and mental health messaging are some of the ways The Inspirant Group integrates wellness into company culture. — Inspirant

Who we are: Naperville, IL-based “unconsultants” specializing in services focused on strategy & operations, talent & organization and technology & data.

One of

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How Jam Hops Connected With Staff & Customers During the Pandemic

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Brenda Nolby, CEO of Jam Hops, successfully pivoted to online classes and at-home services during the pandemic with continuous communication. — Jam Hops

For Brenda Nolby, CEO of children’s enrichment company Jam Hops, communication was crucial to running her business during the pandemic.

“You have to stay in front of your customers so they don’t forget about you, and you have to communicate often with your staff so they don’t feel left in the dark,” Nolby explained.

She also encouraged new and aspiring entrepreneurs to hire employees who are a good culture fit for their company.

[Small business owners can apply for this year’s Dream Big Awards, presented by Spectrum Reach, here.]

“As you grow, seek out the best people who have the same values that you do, so you can depend on them,” said Nolby. “Spend time creating, defining and refining your culture. Otherwise, it will be created

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How 5 Small Businesses Are Planning for Holiday Success Amid COVID-19

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The holiday season is officially in full swing, and this year is unlike any that have come before it. For months, and under extraordinary circumstances, small business owners have been planning how to deliver big on great gifts and even bigger on much needed safe and easy shopping, with a side of holiday cheer. Here are five businesses who are getting into the spirit and inspiring the small business community and customers alike.

A magical display of Christmas trees and sparkly decor among organic plants curated by Richmond, Virginia-based Sneed’s Nursery. — Sneeds Nursery

Jenny Jenkins-Rash, operations manager, Sneed’s Nursery

Who we are: A Richmond, Virginia-based organic plant center and florist where you’ll also find beautiful and festive baubles and decor.

A lot of the changes we made this spring are helping us as we go into the holidays. July and August are when we start planning for

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10 Hugely Successful Companies that Reinvented Their Business

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From Play-Doh to Netflix, many companies required radical pivots in order to grow and succeed in the business world. — Netflix

While the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked many recent conversations about companies pivoting into new areas, there is a long history in the United States of businesses radically changing strategies to find success. Over the years, many of the nation’s largest companies reinvented how they operated, whether they changed core services, types of products they manufactured, target audiences or distribution strategies.

Here are 10 massively successful companies that reinvented their core businesses.

Amazon

Amazon, one of the world’s highest-valued companies, originally started as an online retailer for physical books. When operations began in July 1995, it promoted itself as “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore,” and focused on competing with sizeable in-store book retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Waldenbooks. This approach was moderately successful, with Amazon carrying more than 2.5

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