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Small Business Guide to SBA Loans

Like so many government endeavors, the Small Business Administration (SBA) can be both incredibly helpful and terribly confusing. But when your small business needs capital to

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Four Steps to Turn Your Idea Into a Business

What was the last great business idea you had? Do you remember it? What did you do with it? Did you write it down? If you’re like most

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How to Make Money Online Without Really Trying

The good news: Making money online is no longer a pipe dream. The bad? Who knows where to start? There are countless success stories of people earning

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This One Move Can Save You $1,000 a Year

It lets you shop endlessly on eBay. It keeps you tuned into the latest water-cooler gossip on Facebook. It allows you to follow photo stories


Why You Don’t Need a Business Degree to Start a Business

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain Do you need a business degree to know how to run a business?

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12 Reasons Startups Fail

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” — Steve Jobs While there’s

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Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, at times it can feel like Niagara Falls has opened the floodgates on you. To keep the ship afloat and flourish as entrepreneurs,


Seven Ways to Motivate Employees

In the famous scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Alec Baldwin is brought in as a corporate consultant from “the big boys downtown.” His condescending demeanor,


Starting a Business? 12 Must-Read Books

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, reading is essential. It will change your world and expose you to new information, points of view,


Want to Start Your Own Business? Focus on ‘Start’

Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Thinking about starting a business? The list of things you think you

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Want More Productivity? Have Fewer Meetings!

You’ve been sitting in the same room for almost an hour. Nothing has been accomplished. You haven’t spoken up once, as your mind is somewhere else.

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Why Your Company Culture Matters, and How to Improve It

It’s 6 a.m. and your alarm clock just went off. As you reach over to turn it off, what are you thinking? Carpe diem!? Today’s


Social Media Basics for Your Business

As I suggested in 15 Ways to Grow Your Business This Year, it’s time to pick a social media platform that best suits you or your business


Industries That Are Ripe for Disruption

dis·rupt verb \dis-ˈrəpt\ : to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way : to interrupt the normal progress or activity of

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What the U.S. Could Learn About Business From Other Countries

Put the word “dream” after any country other than “American” and it just doesn’t sound the same. There’s no Italian Dream. No Canadian Dream. No Israeli Dream. No

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15 Ways to Grow Your Business This Year

When I look back at my 15 years of business, people often ask what my specialty is. With a diverse background in startups, working in

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How Volunteering Can Help Your Business

Small businesses are always looking for ways to strengthen the culture, empower employees, find new clients, and build goodwill in the community. Many companies will


Why I’m Going Back to Grad School — Or Not

To go or not to go? That is the question. If you’re in a mental traffic jam about graduate school, this post is for you. The