Midweek Reading: Burt’s Bees, Shopping Malls, and Good Jobs


Another week is flying by, while we’re all still coming off the high of Independence Day and World Cup Championships. Here are some of the things you should be reading this week as a small business owner:

Burt Shavitz, the one-of-a-kind entrepreneur who founded Burt’s Bees, passed away this weekend at the age of 80. Read about his story in this brief tribute in The Atlantic.

The latest investment trend is all about retail, as mall operators are putting big money into startups, hoping to find the innovation that will revitalize America’s mall and retail scene.

Zeynep Ton of the Sloan School of Management says that good jobs and profitable businesses are not mutually exclusive; the best companies find that investing properly in employees improves profitability.

Neuroscientist John Kounios talks about the differences between analytical thinking and insightful or creative thinking, and how we can spur more creative thinking.

Jake Wobbrock of AnswerDash was interviewed by Adam Bryant about his entrepreneurial background and approach, with thoughts on the fine line between a hero and a goat, and how to be open about both your strengths and your weaknesses.

The physical work environment has a very real impact on productivity and performance. Chris Cancialosi writes for Forbes about ways businesses can use workplace design to further their goals.

Content marketing is exploding as more and more businesses are realizing the value—and ease—of implementing it. But doing it successfully is not so easy, even as it becomes more important, Tim Berry writes.

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Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens is the Head Writer and Editor for Tarkenton Companies, and the Editor of SmallBizClub.com. With a background in journalism and publishing, Edwin received a 2008 South Carolina Press Association Award for reporting. Developing, producing, and maintaining content across multiple websites, Edwin focuses on helping small business owners find the right match of voice, audience, and medium for every message.