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Apr 29, 2015

When starting a business, not all locations are equal. Success or failure can depend on businesses per capita, accessible financing, annual income levels, average workday length, office space costs and workforce education levels. Smith School professor Christine Beckman considers these factors for Wallethub’s Best Cities to Start

Apr 29, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

Keeping your employees from frittering away their days on social media should involve more tact and art than heavy-handed restrictions. That's one insight from a study that Smith School professor Christine Beckman and a colleague at California Polytechnic State University did of the Navy's experience in keeping people on task (and off email) while on duty. The idea behind the study was to explore how an extreme case,

Apr 29, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

Smith School Professor and Assistant Dean Rebecca Ratner talks with Huff Post Live today, Wednesday, April 29 at 4 p.m./EDT.

Many people feel embarrassed about doing fun activities alone, such as dining out or going to a movie. Ratner's research finds that when solo consumers do venture out, they enjoy themselves more than they expect. The challenge for companies that offer fun experiences is to figure out how to market to solo consumers.

Watch the show.

Apr 29, 2015
Experiential / Reality-based Learning

As tax season comes to a close, the new Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) chapter at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business celebrated their first season of operation, and almost 100 returns filed successfully.

The VITA program was established by site coordinator Samuel Handwerger and professor Martin Loeb, with help from Wei Wu ’13 and 12 core student volunteers.

Apr 29, 2015
Entrepreneurial Spirit

Profit-driven entrepreneurs do more to help low-income families than many activists with social missions, keynote speaker Iqbal Quadir said April 24, 2015, at the fifth annual Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C.

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