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10 businesses you can start for $1,000 or less

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. – Traditional English proverb. I’m willing to wager that many of you reading this have a regular routine of stopping by your favorite local barista each day to pick up a flavorful coffee drink. If that’s you, according to one estimate I saw recently, you’re spending some $800 a […]

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Looking for a new entrepreneur network? Here are 10 to explore

For the new entrepreneur, networking is as important as being armed with the latest and greatest apps and SaaS. You can think of your new entrepreneur network as the oil that makes your startup machine run smoothly. Without this networking oil, there’s a good chance that friction will wear you and your team down very […]

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Lessons from the Trump campaign you can use in your business today

Whether you voted for him or were adamantly opposed to him, you probably agree that Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency – starting in the early days of the primaries – was unorthodox and its success unexpected. The level of shock and surprise among the political “experts” peaked on election night when he notched an […]

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This week in small business: Apps, apps, and more apps to fuel your success

It’s an “App Bonanza” (App-a-loosa?) this week. Two writers give us the lowdown on a slate of productivity apps while another lists 15 great apps that will get your business off to a fast start. Leadership, management, and productivity Some of my favorite apps are the ones that increase my productivity. Robert Nachum introduces us […]

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Sales growth by multi-channel mastery

People are different in so many ways, nonetheless, they share many traits as well, and that’s why you need to have a multi-channel sales strategy in place. Let me explain. People are the same in that they have a preferred way of buying. People are different in that those preferred ways vary greatly. Probably all […]

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Lending Tree Announces $50,000 Grant Contest for Small Business

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Small business owners face a long list of challenges, and for many, the obstacle of securing financial resources needed to grow a business claims the top spot on the list. That’s the driving force behind LendingTree’s inaugural $50,000 Small Business Grant Contest, where LendingTree will present the winning small […]

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Your personal niche market definition: From inception to success

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” – Steve Jobs I’ve always considered this to be a brilliant quote, but because it came from Jobs, I framed it in terms of the big, mass-market product categories where he was such an important force. But, when I […]

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Is Your Small Business Ready for the New Mobile Customer? 3 Tips to up Your Game.

We are headed full-steam ahead into the hectic holiday season. Holiday spending is expected to reach its highest point since the Great Recession, increasing 10 percent compared with the 2015 holiday season, according to PwC’s 2016 Holiday Outlook.Digital sales are expected to increase 25 percent and many of those purchases will be made on a […]

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This week in small business: Greek philosophy and in praise of living with your parents!

It’s not every day (in fact there hasn’t been any day that I can remember) that Stoicism is discussed on these pages. We change that up today. Zeno of Citium would be proud. You’ll also discover great marketing tips and why young entrepreneurs should be living at home…and going to cocktail parties. (No joke.) Entrepreneurship, […]

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The secret of a great small business team

The best leaders aspire to make those under them greater than themselves. Poor managers are fearful that those they manage may someday outshine themselves. If you want to achieve great success, you need to be the first type of leader I described. The reason is simple and I’ll give it to you in the form […]

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