Here are this week’s links to a few good stories that we found and selected because we feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to medium size businesses.

  • Vanessa Merit Nornberg, founded Metal Mafia in 2004 which became an Inc. 500 company in 2009.  In her piece for the magazine 5 Effective and Genuine Techniques to Motivate Employees she shares her thoughts and experiences.  Interestingly, the inference is that personal growth, status and recognition can trump compensation.  This article was one of several interesting articles found this week on the Exabyzness website.
  • Reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Healthcare Act is mixed among small business owners according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.  Emily Maltby and Sarah Needleman share thoughts from business owners in Mixed Small Business Reaction to Health Ruling.  The owner of a small but growing small business in Maryland expressed concerns that rates would increase even more than the 26% average increase his company has experienced over the last four years.  Others, however, remain hopeful.
  • Lastly, now that the 30th Olympiad of the modern era has commenced in London, we thought it appropriate to acknowledge some Olympic athletes who have become entrepreneurs once the cheering stopped.  Erik Rhey, in his blog post for Open Forum, updates us on Shannon Miller (gymnast), Michael Johnson (sprinter), Kristi Yamaguchi (skater) and Mary Mazzio (rower) in Olympic Entrepreneurs: Champions of Small Business.  Mazzio, a rower on the 1992 team owns a Boston based independent film company, 50 Eggs Productions.