You don’t need me to tell you that 2009 was a bad year. Even when positive news broke through the doom and gloom this year, it had the Great Recession-era gallows humor that doesn’t make us chuckle or even pause anymore. We could all go a long time without having to hear “flat is the new up” ever again.So I’d like to slam the door shut on this year by discussing a more optimistic, long-term business initiative that’s stuck with me since this summer and came back to the forefront a few weeks ...

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