Business news roundup – Oct. 21, 2013

Which small businesses are growing the fastest


Are you a small business that’s just getting started? How about an established small business looking to take that next step? No matter where you are there’s something to be learned from those around you who are successful.

According to this article that appeared in Forbes there are some industries where small business growth has hit double digits in the last 12 months despite a slow economic recovery. Management consulting services, computer systems design, and construction are just a few. Click the link above for the full list.

Richard Branson shares keys to success

Image courtesy of Mirror Online

Image courtesy of Mirror Online

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and multibillionaire, recently received a letter from a 12-year-old girl asking him what skills he needed when he was first starting out. According to this article in Entrepreneur Branson took to Linkedin to offer her a response.

In the letter Branson talks about why he started his first business, Student Magazine, his struggles with dyslexia and how having little to no money encouraged his risk taking. You can read the full letter here.

World series ticket prices


Here’s a great lesson in supply and demand. On Wednesday the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox gets underway. According to the Boston Business Journal fans in Boston who head to Fenway Park will spend more than $1,400 on one of the best seats in the house. If they return to Fenway for a game six or seven that number goes up to more than $1,700 and $1,800 respectively.

That’s about 81% higher, on average, than what fans in St. Louis will spend. Of course Fenway only holds about 37,400 fans and the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium holds 48,861.

About Barclay Pollak

Barclay Pollak is an award winning journalist and proud to be a member of the Corporate Communications team at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) in Madison, Wis. Barclay joined the team in April of 2013. Before that Barclay worked as an Anchor/ Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Madison. While at NBC-15 Barclay was recognized by several organizations for his contributions to the television news industry. They include the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow Regional Award) and the Chicago/Midwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (2012 Emmy Nominee). When he’s not working Barclay enjoys cheering for all the sports teams in Wisconsin. Barclay’s a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumnus and a huge fan of Badger athletics. Barclay is fascinated by the ever changing world of technology and spends a fair amount of his free time reading about the latest and greatest developments online. When Barclay’s not learning about technology he’s scouring the Internet in search of freeware. Barclay has an 8-year-old daughter and lives with his girlfriend of almost five years on Madison’s southwest side. Follow on G+.

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