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Five things you need to know today, and books, authors and business ideas.

One event I’m looking forward to, in particular, is the annual Authors & Innovators event, the brainchild of business lawyer Larry Gennari, founding partner at Gennari Aronson. Larry is a voracious business-book reader and writes an occasional column in the BBJ about the latest books he’s read.

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People Love Co-Ops But Don’t Really Know What They Are

Greg Brodsky, 42, founder of, a startup accelerator for co-ops, says the interesting thing about co-ops is that people love them but don’t know what they are. He’s working to keep the former and change the latter by helping social entrepreneurs launch successful ones.

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What Is Your Backup Retirement Plan?

You’re happy in your career. You’re earning enough for now and putting money away for later. You feel productive. You like working. When asked, you say you have no plans to retire until you’re at least 65.

click to read more Accelerating co-op businesses to expand ownership for workers and customers:

Greg Brodsky grew up watching his father build a local carpet store into a 2,000-store chain that buys and sells floor coverings on par with Home Depot and Lowes. A key difference: the stores were cooperatively owned by local independent carpet dealers. Later, Brodsky used the same model to create a purchasing co-op for bicycle stores.

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Meet the new startup: It’s a co-op, keen to spread that model:

The term “co-op” might bring to mind a small-town natural-foods store, a commonly owned apartment building, or maybe the bookstores at Harvard and MIT. A start-up? Not so much.

But a Boston program for entrepreneurs is pushing young companies to consider cooperative ownership, nurturing a handful of promising firms with the goal of showing that the model can help them grow quickly while attacking the growing social problem of economic inequality.

click to read more – The Nuts-and-Bolts of Boston’s First Co-op Accelerator:

Startup accelerators are commonplace in the Boston tech/entrepreneurial space, with each of them bringing their own perspective to how to grow a business.

For example, the recently launched focuses on helping companies that are utilizing the co-op model. The organization currently has five startups in its initial cohort that are working in different fields.

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Lawn Care In A Box? It’s Subscription Season:

Entrepreneurs are sometimes inspired to start a company for one or two reasons, but the co-founders behind lawn care subscription box Lawn Serv had a few observations to start their company. After talking with friends, family and co-workers, co-founders Troy Scarbrough and Nick Morwood discovered that people had no idea of the quantity of lawn care products they should buy, because, as Scarbrough told PYMNTS in an interview, “they didn’t actually know how big their lawn was.” So to start, the co-founders built a lawn-sizing tool at My Yard Size that they link to from their Lawn Serv site.

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The Best Things You Can Do for Your Lawn and Garden in Under a Minute:

Americans spend about 70 hours a year on lawn and garden care, ensuring that their lawn is lush and weed-free and their flower bed is brimming with color. But even if you’re short on time, there are plenty of quick tasks you can perform to keep your yard in tip-top shape, and some that take just a minute! Here are the 13 best things you can do for your lawn and garden in under a minute—less time than it takes to brush your teeth!

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How to Make the Most of a Solo Business Trip:

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