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Growing Your Business™ discusses the opportunities and challenges that leaders of privately owned businesses face, suggesting ways they can make the most of both.

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Cyber attacks on the rise: Are private companies doing enough to protect themselves?

Cyber attacks on the rise: Are private companies doing enough to protect themselves?

Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting midmarket companies and startups in hopes of easy access. The cost to a business can be high, ranging from financial loss to reputational damage. With heightened awareness, private companies can fight back.

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Profitability 2.0: A bigger vision than cost-cutting

2014 CEO Survey: A private-company perspective

Private company CEOs are assessing and preparing for the various ways their businesses will be changed by – and can capitalize on – long-term trends such as technological advances, demographic movements, global economic shifts, resource scarcity, and urbanization.

Profitability 2.0: A bigger vision than cost-cutting

Profitability 2.0: A bigger vision than cost-cutting

Is your company as profitable as it could be? Reconciling the need to trim with the need to grow entails working through a much more complex set of considerations than in the past. For many companies, it might be time to abandon conventional wisdom and do things differently.

 
Customer engagement: Reaping the rewards of digital outreach

Customer engagement: Reaping the rewards of digital outreach

Private companies are leading the charge in making entrepreneurial use of social media, mobile devices, and other digital avenues to get closer to their customers. While these companies are still in the minority, more are likely to follow suit as competition for customers continues to heat up.

 
Risk Resilience: Reckoning with a New Era of Threats

Risk Resilience: Reckoning with a New Era of Threats

Globalization, economic realignment, and rapid technological change are likely to drive volatility for years to come. Against this backdrop, private companies need to rethink their approach to risk so that shocks to the system won't derail corporate strategy and undermine growth.

 
Innovation imperative: Keeping your company relevant

Innovation imperative: Keeping your company relevant

In today’s world of emerging technologies, emerging markets, and emerging consumer demands, companies must emerge too — out of old molds and into new ones — if they are to survive and thrive. For some companies, that means reinventing themselves. For others, it’s about seeking innovative ways to make their business newly relevant. Read about why 75% of US private companies are prioritizing innovation, with growth as their top objective.

 
Emerging markets calling: Growth beyond the comfort zone

Emerging markets calling: Growth beyond the comfort zone

Businesses are going where demand is growing. That means venturing into new markets abroad — a move that doesn’t come naturally to all private companies yet may be more manageable than they think.

 
Cyber security: Why you can’t afford to ignore it

Cyber security: Why you can’t afford to ignore it

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting private companies in hopes of easy access. The cost to a business can be high, ranging from financial loss to reputational damage. With heightened awareness, private companies can fight back.

 
Succession planning: Delaying could cost you

Succession planning: Delaying could cost you

A clearly communicated succession plan signals that the business is here to stay. Lack of a plan, on the other hand, may suggest an uncertain future for the business in an already uncertain economy. Early planning can nip that concern in the bud.

 
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