New semiconductor player scores venture funding. Spectra7 Microsystems announced today that it has secured a first closing of $11-million in venture captital funding. The public analog semiconductor company, which formed on July 17 through the merger of Toronto-based Fresco Microchip, RedMere Technology and Chrysalis Capital VIII Corporation, will use the funding to accelerate product development. Marketwire.
Mostly gloom for U.S. small business owners. While the appointment of Paul Ryan as Republican vice presidential candidate may be good news for small business owners, optimism in July continues its steady descent, according to the National Federation of Independent Business’ confidence index. Dragged down by concerns about earnings, optimism dipped 0.2 points following a 3-point plunge in June. Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
Business clichés to avoid at all costs. A clever roundup of some of the most worn out platitudes around. Inc.com.
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Start it up
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Small Business Summit
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EDITOR’S PICKS FROM REPORT ON SMALL BUSINESS
Edelman Toronto shows off clean, contemporary office
In this month's The Amazing Space, Lisa Kimmel, general manager of Edelman Toronto, walks us through the public relations agency's fresh, fun and funky workspace
FROM THE ROSB ARCHIVES
Beyond free snacks: What the best firms offer their staffs
How five companies are reducing turnover, raising productivity and other workplace-related challenges
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