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Marisa Smith

Marisa is the owner and founder of The Whole Brain Group, a web design & internet marketing company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marisa is a board member of The Small Giants Community, and she and her team are committed to helping growing businesses develop and execute digital marketing plans with focus in web design, social media, content, and inbound marketing.
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6 Steps to Growing a Great Business With Mojo

I’m getting ready to speak at the 2015 Small Giants International Summit — an amazing opportunity to be inspired by some of my heroes and to learn from fellow business owners who are striving to build great companies that are full of business mojo.

So what is this elusive mojo, and why should you care? It turns out that companies who pursue this philosophy also tend to attract and retain great employees and customers, and have highly sustainable and profitable business models … and have a heck of a lot of FUN doing it!

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Topics: Business, Small Giants Summit


The concept of a Small Giant can be hard for people to grasp, unless they've experienced a Small Giant - as a customer, partner, or employee.

Bo Burlingham felt it when he first walked into Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, MI back in 2003 and quickly identified them as the "Coolest Company in America" – which also started his quest to see if there were other companies out there who had the same kind of "business mojo", and eventually led to the book Small Giants.

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Topics: Business, Community, Values, Company Culture

We talk to a lot of people who have developed their view of marketing & advertising from watching episodes of “Mad Men” - pretending to be something they’re not in order to market themselves to the customers they think they want. But all too often, these businesses end up attracting customers that drive them crazy, or employees that don’t fit their culture. Their slick marketing materials may look nice, but the image & message they’ve crafted doesn’t represent who they really are. And there’s too much business out there the eschews the value of being authentic in search of signing the next income stream.

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