Girl Scout Shares Ingredients for Making More Sales

Business Sales Tips from the Top-Selling Girl Scout

Want to increase your business’s sales? You could probably learn a thing or two about perseverance in the sales process from a 15-year-old Girl Scout in Oklahoma.

Katie Francis has sold more than 100, 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies since joining her current troupe seven years ago, making her the top seller in the whole country.

Business Sales Tips from the Top-Selling Girl Scout

And she has some tips for entrepreneurs and anyone who’s looking to sell more. According to Francis, the most important ingredients to making sales are time, commitment and asking everyone you see.

You can learn even more business sales tips from this top-selling Girl Scout in the video below.

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“A lot of people will say no to cookies throughout the year,” says the pint-sized snack maven, but “you’ve got to keep on moving and keep on getting those yeses.”

Girl Scout cookies are pretty irresistible to a lot of buyers. But that doesn’t mean Francis is any stranger roadblocks in her sales efforts. The important part is that she keeps going and keeps asking more people to get to those who say yes.

And that’s a lesson that you can apply to your small business as well.

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Spotlight: SupportYourApp Helps Tech Startups With Customer Support

SupportYourApp Customer Service Outsourcing

Customer support is an important function for any business. But it can be especially vital for tech startups. And that’s specifically the type of business that customer service outsourcing company SupportYourApp aims to help.

The company provides outsourcing services and other customer support for startups and software companies. Read more about the business in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does

Provides customer support for tech startups.

CEO Daria Leshchenko told Small Business Trends, “SupportYourApp provides customer support outsourcing services exclusively for tech companies. Our company offers tier 1 & 2 support. The company’s main focus is inbound and outbound support, but we also handle social media customer care. Our clients are mostly startups, commerce companies, and SaaS companies.”

Business Niche

Focusing on customer support, even at the top.

This philosophy can be best demonstrated through the company’s CEO, Daria.

Leshchenko says, “Just like all of our employees, [I] started as a customer support agent, so I know all of the ins and out of customer support better than anyone.”

How the Business Got Started

Through a renewed focus on outsourcing.

Leshchenko says, “Our company started in 2010 as an in-house support team for a software development company in Kyiv, Ukraine.”

Due to changes in company management, Leshchenko had been appointed the role of interim Support Manager and told to do whatever she saw fit with the team for an entire month. So Leshchenko restaffed the entire support team and put a renewed focus on outsourcing.

SupportYourApp Customer Service Outsourcing

Biggest Risk

Taking on too many projects at once.

Leshchenko explains, “In the beginning SupportYourApp focused on quantity over quality. At any single time one agent could be handling support for up to 10 different companies. We ultimately decided to reformat the way we operate, thereby losing a large number of clients who did not feel that our new approach was what they needed. Today, SupportYourApp offers dedicated and shared support: each agent supports a maximum of 2 client companies at once. This allows our agents to become true experts of the products they are supporting.”

Lesson Learned

Don’t limit yourself.

Leshchenko says, “In the very beginning, our company was targeted specifically at supporting Mac software developers. While we love Macs and Mac applications, this really limited us in terms of clients and we decided that we should start working with other types of software companies as well as hardware developers. Our only regret is that we hadn’t come to this conclusion sooner, having focused almost three years exclusively on applications for Mac computers.”

How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000

Supporting the team.

Leshchenko says, “We would focus on team building activities and invite speakers to our office for training seminars and lectures, maybe even take the whole team for a corporate vacation. At SupportYourApp, we believe that our employees make our company truly special.”

SupportYourApp Customer Service Outsourcing

Favorite Team Activity


Leshchenko says, “[I’m] an avid runner and love to get the whole SupportYourApp team involved. Every year our employees take part in marathons and charity runs for all types of causes. Last year we took part in the Kyiv Chestnut Run.”

Favorite Quote

“We’re just enthusiastic about what we do.” – Steve Jobs

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Images: SupportYourApp; Top Image: Vitaliy Liakhovich – Dedicated Support Agent, Nikolai Riabchenko – Chief Integration Officer, Bohdan Shevchuk – QA Manager, Victoria Pryshchepa – Dedicated Support Agent, Vladimir Dreval – Supervision Manager, Daria Leshchenko – Chief Executive Officer, Anastasia Burlakova, Ann Kuss – Chief Operating Officer, Oleksii Bulavintsev – Sales Assistant, Mariia Sirychenko – HR Manager, Anna Kryvych – HR Assistant; Second Image: Nikolai Riabchenko – Chief Integration Officer and support agents; Third Image: CEO – Daria Leshchenko and the SupportYourApp team

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Solar Energy is Already Really Efficient — But Still Improving (Watch)

Capturing the sun’s rays and converting them into electricity is a complicated process. But it’s one that humans have actually almost mastered at this point.

The solar industry is still growing and evolving. But basic solar panels, those made from crystalline silicon, are now about as efficient as they physically can be.

That doesn’t mean that there isn’t still room for improvement though. The latest panels can convert more than 26 percent of sunlight into usable electricity. When you consider the ability of the materials used, that’s very efficient. But there are some other tools that can be used to make solar power even more efficient, like concentrators that collect sunlight from a larger area and concentrate it right onto a solar panel.

Of course, these materials aren’t widely used yet. And considering that solar energy right now, under the right circumstances, is already less expensive than fossil fuels, there’s not a huge push to add concentrators and similar pieces of equipment to a lot of existing solar panels.

But it has taken years and years for the solar industry to get to this point. And the cost of basic panels has gone down gradually over that time. So the cost of concentrators and new innovations could certainly get more affordable over time as well.

It’s Important to Keep Up With New Innovations

New industries like solar power are constantly changing and evolving. So it’s important to keep up with new innovations. But it’s also important to recognize the progress that has been made up to this point.

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Ooops! Could General Mills Bee Conservation Efforts Actually Harm the Environment? (Watch)

Even the most well intentioned initiatives can have negative consequences if you don’t do enough research before launching. Just ask General Mills.

The company, famous for cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios, which has a bee as its mascot, recently launched a “Bring Back the Bees” campaign. General Mills gave out 1.5 million wildflower seeds to customers in the hopes the seeds would get planted across the U.S. and help the declining bee population.

But some critics have argued that this initiative could actually do more harm than good. Since General Mills gave out the same seeds to customers across the country, it’s possible that the wildflowers could become invasive species in certain areas. And that could potentially hurt local ecosystems.

For its part, General Mills said that it chose the flowers because of how attractive their nectar is to bees. And it also said that the particular variety of wildflower it chose is not an invasive species.

Conservation and environmentalism are hot topics right now. And businesses that try to give back could potentially do a lot of good. But today’s consumers aren’t just going to take your word for it.

A Cautionary CSR Example

Individuals and groups are likely to do research and understand exactly the type of impact your program might have — positive or negative. So, businesses should heed the lesson in this cautionary CSR example: do your own research to make sure that all aspects of an initiative like this are going to lead to a positive outcome.

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Wake Up Earlier, Change Up Your About Page and More Community Tips

So much goes into running a successful business. But you don’t necessarily need to make huge changes in order to get more efficient. Sometimes little things like waking up earlier or changing up your website can make a big difference over time.

Here are some tips from members of our small business community for how to improve your operations over the long run.

Wake Up Early to Stop Wasting Time

If you sleep in or repeatedly hit snooze each morning during the week, you could be wasting hours of potential productive time. In this Process Street post, Ben Mulholland details how you can wake up earlier to stop wasting those valuable hours.

Create the Perfect About Page

The about page can be one of the most important elements of any small business website. And there are some essential pieces of information that you need to include if you want visitors to be satisfied. This Conversion Minded post by Sandra Clayton includes some tips for making a great about page. And BizSugar members shared thoughts on the post here.

Reduce the Cost of Office Security

If you’re not taking steps to secure your business’s data and equipment, you could be taking a pretty big risk. But some businesses don’t have adequate security simply because of the cost. Here, Itai Elizur shares tips for how you can reduce the cost of office security on

Measure Your Marketing ROI

Almost every business has to expend some resources for marketing. But if you aren’t measuring your return on investment, then you could be missing the mark. Rick Verbanas explains why in this post on the Your Guerrilla Marketer blog.

Use These Signage Tips to Promote Your Business

So much has been made in recent years about new media marketing techniques. But sometimes, good old fashioned signage can be just as effective. Take a look at some signage tips to promote your business in this post by Christina White.

Answer These Common Questions on Your Website

Your customers are likely to head to your website if they have specific questions or want to learn more about your business. So your website should be prepared with that information, as this Marketing Land post by Stoney deGeyter points out.

Build a Strong Social and Community Team

If you’re going to hire people to run your social media and online community efforts, you’d better be sure you have the right team members in your corner. This Search Engine Journal post by Melissa Fach offers some tips for how businesses can build strong teams for their social and community efforts.

Use These Wellness Tips From Successful Entrepreneurs

Your business can only go as far as you can take it. And if you’re not healthy, then you can’t expect to work to your full potential. The wellness tips from successful entrepreneurs and health experts featured in this crowdSPRING post by Katie Lundin might help. And you can also see input from members of the BizSugar community.

Scale Your Business Now

There’s a pretty good chance that some of your goals for the year involve growing your business in some way. But you have to really consider how to most effectively scale your operations in order to avoid growing pains. This CorpNet post by Mike Thatcher goes into more detail.

Increase Your Business’s Growth With Video Marketing

It’s no longer a secret that video can be a powerful marketing tool for businesses. But you might not have an idea of just how much it can contribute to growth if you haven’t tried it yet. Here, Ivan Widjaya of Noobpreneur explains why you should add video to your marketing mix.

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50 Small Business Ideas for Musicians

50 Small Business Ideas for Musicians

If you’re musically talented, you already have the potential to make a great entrepreneur. There are plenty of potential business opportunities that let you showcase your musical talents or work in the music industry. Below are different business ideas for musicians.

Business Ideas for Musicians

Recording Artist

If you want to play or create your own music, you can build a business as a recording artist where you record tracks and albums, offering them for sale online or in other formats.

Touring Artist

You could also take your talents on the road and build a business as a touring musician. You can make money from selling tickets and merchandise to people at each location you visit.

Local Event Artist

Or you could stick to performances in your local area. Book gigs at local restaurants, clubs and various events to fill out your calendar.

Wedding Band

You could also focus specifically on performing at weddings. Make yourself a website and market your services so that couples can find you and book your services.

Disc Jockey

Many musicians also have great taste in music and know from experience what people like in live settings. So with a little mastering of the technology, they can also make excellent disc jockeys. Disc jockeys are also popular for weddings, clubs and other special events. So you can start your own business and then book various gigs.


If you have the talents to actually write music, you can build a business as a songwriter where you sell your songs or offer your services to other musicians.


You could also carve out a more specific niche as a lyricist, writing the actual words to go along with various melodies.

Session Musician

If you want to play music, but don’t necessarily want to be a headliner, you could work as a session musician. Session musicians work with bands or artists that need backup instrumentals to go along with their songs.

Backup Vocals

You can also offer similar services as a backup vocalists, offering your talents to other musicians on a freelance or contract basis.


A bit more than a songwriter, a composer has the skill set to create not just melodies and accompanying chords but to write more sophisticated arrangements for every instrument.  For someone who has the talent to actually compose full arrangements of music, especially for larger groups of musicians, there’s the possibility of work on scores for movies, TV shows, events and more.


A conductor also has a knowledge of full musical scores and how larger musical groups — like a symphony — work together. They are in charge of leading a group of musicians in the performance of these musical pieces. And this is not just at symphony hall but for commercials, videos or television. With the right training, you could offer your services to various musical entities on a freelance basis.

Jingle Writer

If you want to write quick, catchy tunes, you can also build a business as a jingle writer, working on songs for TV commercials and other advertisements.

Theme Song Creator

Or you could work on slightly longer content by specializing in theme songs for TV, movies or other content.

Song Licensing Business

Similar to product licensing, you can also write songs and then offer to let others use them for various purposes in exchange for a fee.

Street Performer

You don’t necessarily need to have a lot of resources to start a business as a musician. You can actually start a business as a street performer with the proper permits.

Streaming Service Musician

It’s also possible to make some money by recording songs and then offering them on streaming services like Spotify.

Music Teacher

You can also share your musical talents with others. As a teacher, you can start your own school or even offer workshops to people looking to play or write music. You can also do this through a franchise program like School of Rock.

Individual Tutor

Or you could work with clients on a more individual basis as a musical tutor. This can be an especially helpful format if you want to teach people how to play specific instruments like the piano.

Voice Coach

For those whose musical talents lie more with singing than with playing instruments, you can also start a business by working with clients as a voice coach.

Music Producer

You can also work with musicians to get their recordings actually produced. Music producers handle things like song arrangements and recording sessions.

Record Label Owner

Or you could focus more on the business side and start your own record label, signing various artists to record work under your label.

Booking Agent

If you want to focus on live performances, you could help artists book gigs as a booking agent.

Event Promoter

Then you can also build a business that promotes concerts and other music related events, either online or using more traditional methods.

Band Manager

You could also handle pretty much every aspect of keeping a band or musical act running by serving as a band manager.

Recording Studio Owner

Or you could open your own studio and then allow musicians and recording artists to come in and use the space and equipment in exchange for a fee.

Sound Engineer

Sound engineering is a specific focus within the recording industry. You can offer your services to musicians who want someone to help create the best possible sound quality for their recordings.

Sound Effects Producer

Musicians, movie producers and others can also use the services of sound effects producers. While not necessarily directly music related, offering this type of service can use many of the same talents.

Video Game Audio Creator

Similarly, you can focus on creating sound effects, music and other audio elements for video games.

Cover Band Musician

If you want to play music but not necessarily write your own songs, you could start a cover band playing other musicians’ songs at small events in your local community or in other communities.

Parody Artist

Or you could even start a business as a parody artist, turning popular songs into fun spoofs to be performed live, through other meda or on YouTube or other online video channels.

Music Therapist

Music therapy is a growing industry. You can start your own business as a music therapist or even offer your services at places like nursing homes.

Music Video Director

For those who are also visually oriented, you can start a business as a music video director for artists.

YouTube Personality

Or you can showcase your own talents in videos on YouTube and make money from the ads or royalties from the site.

Music Website

You could also start your own website where you showcase and sell your music using a platform like WixMusic.

Music Blogger

If you want to write about music or even share multimedia on your own site, you can start your very own music blog and run it as a business.

Music Podcaster

For a more audio focused format, you could start your own podcast where you share songs and thoughts about music.

Instrument Rental Service

If you have access to a decent supply of musical instruments, you could start a business by offering to rent out those instruments to other musicians.

Instrument Repair Service

Or you could offer repair services to musicians and anyone who owns various musical instruments.

Musician in Residence

For those who want to play music but stick to a more steady schedule and location, you could offer your services to just one or two locations. For example, you could play at a specific restaurant in your area every Friday evening on an ongoing basis.

Singing Telegram Service

You could also offer a sort of telegram service for people who want to send friendly messages in musical form.

Karaoke Service

Or you could help others showcase their own musical talents, or lack thereof, by starting a karaoke service.

Music Festival Organizer

You could also focus on more serious musical events, organizing festivals that feature multiple artists and groups.

Concert Venue Owner

Or you could open your own venue and host concerts and other music related events.

Merchandise Seller

Lots of musicians also bring in an income by selling merchandise. You can make it available at concerts so that you can make money even at free shows. And you can also sell products online.

Record Store Owner

Though musical talent isn’t an actual requirement to open a record store, it can be a popular business for the musically minded. And you can even host shows or open mic nights if you have enough space.

Voiceover Artist

You can also offer your services to companies and movie or commercial producers as a voice artist. Not every job will necessarily require singing, but it’s a good thing to have on your resume.

Music Social Network Leader

For entrepreneurs who are skilled with technology and the music industry, consider starting your own social network that’s specifically for helping musicians share their skills and helping listeners find new bands and artists.

Musical Mobile App Developer

You could also put your talents into mobile app development, working on new apps for playing, finding or writing music.

Music Magazine Publisher

For the more old school entrepreneurs, you can also start a zine or other print publication aimed at musicians or music fans.

Music Reviewer

And finally, reviewing music doesn’t necessarily require one to have musical talent. But having that understanding can certainly help. You can start your own review site or even offer your talents on a freelance basis.

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Maine Dairy Lawsuit Demonstrates the Importance of Little Details Like Grammar (Watch)

Think the little details like grammar don’t matter when it comes to the big picture of running a business? Think again.

A dairy business in Maine just learned this lesson the hard way. A group of the company’s drivers recently sued the business for overtime pay. And they won a huge settlement due to a missing Oxford comma.

According to Maine law, workers who are involved in “the canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution” of some food products are ineligible for overtime pay. But the drivers were able to successfully argue that the law only exempts those who pack for shipment or those who pack for distribution — not those who pack for both.

There are some style guides that say not to use the Oxford comma. But in this case, it probably could have helped to clarify. And that one tiny detail led to Oakhurst Dairy having to pay millions of extra dollars it didn’t originally budget for.

It’s Important to Pay Attention to Detail in Business

The lesson for others here is to pay attention to detail in business, no matter how small. Even if you think something is so small that it can’t really affect your business, there may come a day when a specific situation brings those details to light.

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How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Tires

How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Tires

If your business owns any vehicles, there may come a time when you need to dispose of old, worn-out tires.

But that doesn’t mean you should just drop them into a landfill. In fact, some states and cities have specific rules about how you can and can’t dispose of tires.

That’s where recycling comes in. By recycling your old tires, you can provide raw materials for things like playground equipment and cut down on waste in your community. Here’s more on why you should recycle your business’s tires, and tips on how to do so.

Benefits of Recycling Tires

Make Money Selling Tires

The reasons behind recycling tires don’t require you to be totally selfless as a business owner. Your bottom line can actually benefit as well.

In some cases, you can actually sell old tires to retreading shops in order to make some extra cash. Those shops can process the raw materials and turn them back into usable tires or give them new life as things like construction equipment. In some parts of the country, people have even been able to build entire businesses around this concept.

Reduce Harmful Substances in Your Area

Old tires contain oils that can contaminate soil. And when broken down or burned, they can release toxic chemicals into the air. If that’s not enough, they can also attract pests and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes due to their ability to collect standing water.

So not only can recycling tires be beneficial for the environment, but it can help to make your community a more pleasant and safe place to live. And since it’s estimated that about 300 million tires are disposed of in the U.S. each year, recycling has the potential to make a pretty big impact overall.

Provide Materials for Construction Manufacturers

Though recycling tires can be a complicated process, the raw materials that come from it can help a variety of different industries.

Construction companies can use the rubber material to develop various pieces of equipment. Clothing and shoe manufacturers can use the material to develop soles and other products. And old tires can even serve as a source of fuel.

So by recycling tires, you can provide materials for businesses in a wide range of industries. And if your business specializes in any of those areas, you could even directly put those materials back into your own operations.

How to Recycle Tires

Finally, depending on your location it may actually be necessary for you to recycle tires. For example, Hawaii restricts the ability for individuals or businesses to dispose of tires without recycling them. But it permits recycling facilities to collect them for a nominal fee. And many garages will also collect them free of charge, even if you aren’t purchasing new ones. To find out the laws regarding tire disposal in your state, you can check out this list from the EPA.

So recycling tires, even if there aren’t specific laws in place in your area right now, can be a good idea just to help your business avoid inadvertently breaking any rules.

And it doesn’t have to be difficult. According to the EPA, most garages are required to accept old tires and recycle them when you have new ones installed. Or you could also take them to a local recycling center that accepts tires. There are usually fees involved in recycling, depending on your local recycling centers’ policies. But it’s normally just a couple of dollars per tire, with some accepting a few tires at a time for free.

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New Business Shows Power of Having a Really Specific Target Market (Watch)

When starting a business, it’s important to have a specific target market in mind. Some businesses target large groups like millennials or women. But others get even more specific.

The Value of a Specific Target Market

Take the case of ExpressionMed. The company, founded by 19-year-old Meghan Sharkus, makes only one type of product — colorful stickers that hold insulin delivery devices in place. The market for this product is small but clear. She’s aiming to help kids with diabetes change the perception around the disease.

Right now, Sharkus makes all of the stickers by hand. But she recently started a Kickstarter campaign in order to get started with machine manufacturing.

So even though her business only offers one type of product targeted at a very specific group of people, it’s doing well enough for her to consider expanding. And since about 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, many of them kids, there’s still a sizeable market for her products.

Other businesses can potentially learn a thing or two from Sharkus. Even though she’s young, she was able to create a product with a very clear purpose and market it to a very specific audience. Whether you sell one product or a hundred, that’s an essential building block of any successful business.

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How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Ink Cartridges

How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Ink Cartridges

If you do any printing at your small business, then you likely have some old ink cartridges lying around. In some cases, you may be able to refill those cartridges a couple of times to get the most out of them. But it’s possible that refilling cartridges can have a negative impact on print quality. Luckily, there’s another option.

Whether you choose to refill your old ink cartridges or not, you can (and should) recycle them as well. There are a few different ways you can go about doing this. And there are also several potential benefits for your business. Read on for more about how and why you should recycle all those old ink cartridges at your office.

Benefits of Recycling Ink Cartridges

Get Money Back

In some cases, you can get money in exchange for your old ink cartridges. Sites like eCycle Group let you send in your own cartridge and will issue payments to you at the end of each month based on the items you send.

Prices from eCycle Group range from $1 to $15 for various cartridge models. But even those small contributions can make a big difference for your business over time, especially if you print large volumes and tend to go through a lot of cartridges.

Donate to Charity

Additionally, there are some services that you can use to donate the proceeds from your recycling efforts to charity. For example, Recycle4Charity lets you send in your old cartridges, toner and even old cell phones in exchange for charitable donations to various organizations.

More specifically, Recycle4Charity lets you choose causes like environmentalism, healthcare, poverty and education and makes sure that your donation goes toward that area. You can also use the program to raise money for events or larger office purchases. This program is reserved mainly for larger donations of ink cartridges and other supplies.

Lower Costs Over Time

Producing ink cartridges requires a lot of materials and energy. But it requires significantly less when the manufacturers have access to older cartridges that they can recycle into new ones.

This means that recycling can have cost saving benefits for the companies that manufacture ink cartridges. And when those companies are able to save on production, some of that savings can get passed onto the consumer. So if your business regularly purchases ink cartridges, that means you can potentially save on your own purchases over time, or at least not see costs rise as quickly as they otherwise might.

Help the Environment

And of course, recycling ink cartridges has several benefits for the environment. It results in less waste, fewer harmful materials in landfills, less energy used to produce brand new cartridge materials and more.

These things might not have a huge impact on your business right away. But based on how often your business might go through ink cartridges, it might be a pretty significant impact. For example, the HP business inkjet printer series lets you print anywhere from 880 to 2,370 pages. And less expensive models, like those you’d purchase for a home office or small team print even less. So you’re likely to go through a fair amount of cartridges each year.

And aside from the actual environmental impact, recycling things like ink cartridges can also have an impact on things like employee morale and your company’s reputation with consumers.

How to Recycle Ink Cartridges

If you don’t choose to recycle your ink cartridges using one of the methods listed above, you can still recycle them through a manufacturer. Companies like HP will accept your old ink cartridges at select retail locations or even by mail.

To take advantage of these programs, look up the manufacturer of your printer and ink cartridges and see what specific steps they want you to take. You might also find specific instructions in the box your cartridge came in. But in general, you should be prepared to either bring your cartridges to a retail location or mail them in.

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