During 2017 I learned a lot of things from many very smart business people reported here. These are 10 of my favorite takeaways.

It’s tough for female entrepreneurs — two of them had to create a fake guy to get their calls returned.
There’s no sexual harassment or abuse here, but the story — in my opinion — is just as important. Do we still live in a world where women in business have to pretend to be men just to get a response from their website developer? Apparently so.

Some women are fighting back, like this Australian cafe owner who charges a “man tax.”
Some women are finding their own unique ways to protest gender discrimination — what’s yours?

Some businesses are more suitable for females. Want an example of a great business for women? The funeral business.
Compassion. Empathy. Caring. Some businesses are better suited to women — and the same goes for men.

Bitcoin is volatile, risky … but can be very profitable. Just think, $100 in bitcoin purchased in 2010 is worth millions today, until it’s not.
The takeaway is that there can be profits — big profits — in the most unlikeliest of places.

Even jail doesn’t stop an entrepreneur. Bernie Madoff is making a mint selling hot chocolate in prison.
The entrepreneurial spirit just seems to stick with from some people.

America is a very big country and there’s no better example than this video rental chain which is profitable and growing.
Yes, video rental. It’s in the Midwest and they’re doing great. The takeaway: we live in a big country and there are opportunities everywhere.

Even in good times, workers will still be frustrated. 71 percent of workers are looking to change jobs.
No matter how hard employers try, in a tight labor market people will always look for something better. This reminds me to always be prepared for a key employee that may leave.

Experts come in all sizes — and places. An Indian bookseller can teach a few things to Amazon.com.
Customers will always prefer — and pay more — for great service, no matter where it’s provided.

Sometimes there’s just too much tech. A “fully-automated” restaurant retreats.
Automation and self-service technology will be a critical investment for many companies who want to continue to provide great customer service at the lowest overheads possible in the future. But there is a limit.

In the end, our businesses go beyond just making money. A Dunkin’ Donuts employee rescues a customer who went missing.
A reminder that we’re not just running a business. We’re part of a community.