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This Week in Small Business: Let’s Keep Score on the 2016 Predictions!

Articles over the last month or so have been looking back to 2015. This week many writers are making their predictions for 2016. Would someone please keep score and report back? Leadership, management and productivity Small business owners have been having trouble finding good employees for quite some time. Learn how to use employer brand […]

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Four Reasons You Need to Launch Your Startup Early

Talk to successful veterans of the startup world and one piece of advice most will give you is to launch your startup early. Let’s unpack this a little. I suppose we could say that there are three possible times to launch your startup: Early, Right on time, or Late. We can eliminate “late” because by […]

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Here’s a Small Biz Contest I Personally Invite You to Enter!

Not long ago I wrote about various business contests and gave you a long list of small business and startup competitions you might want to check out. But I also told you to keep your eyes open for additional contests and today I want to tell you about a brand new entry that you should […]

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Think the Economy’s Headed South? 10 Recession-proof Small Businesses

I don’t like to be an alarmist, but I continue to believe that we live in very unsettled economic times. There are some major unknowns that could push the economy south quickly and in a major way, such as: The price of Apple stock. If it tanks, it might be like a second Internet bubble […]

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Untapped Women’s Markets Hold Huge Potential for Startups, Small Biz and VC

Erin Andrew tossed out some interesting numbers on the SBA blog the other day, numbers that point to missed entrepreneurial opportunities: Women control $11.2 trillion, 39 percent of our country’s $28.6 trillion investable assets, Women angel investors accounted for only about 26 percent of all angel investments in 2014, and Women in venture capital and […]

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Gut Check Time: Are your Inefficiencies Institutionalized?

We are headed straight into the heart of summer vacation time and families all across the fruited plain will be loading up the SUV, tossing their 2.5 kids into car seats and heading out on road trips. For many, those adventures will take them across the heartland and through other agricultural areas where they’ll see […]

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How to Use the Cloud to Boost Security, Productivity

A friend recently attended the taping of a TV game show – The Price is Right – and none of the audience members could take their phones into the studio. He and everyone in his group left their phones in their cars and they talked about how they almost felt naked for the three to […]

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How To Avoid This New Version of a Classic Scam

With the rise of DJs and electronic music, “remixes” have become extremely popular. They often involve taking a classic older hit song and changing it up electronically into a new work of art. Not to be outdone, scammers around the world are “remixing” classic scams and some of these remixes are proving to be very […]

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A Franchise May be a Smart Startup Shortcut.

Starting a business from scratch is difficult.  You have to figure everything out on your own and in the process you inevitability make mistakes.  Some of them costly.  Some of them just frustrating.  Hopefully, none results in the loss of your business, but there is an inherent level of risk involved. Buying a franchise minimizes […]

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Value Proposition, Positioning Statement, Elevator Pitch? Know the Difference?

When you’re trying to sell something, you want to have answers ready for any question that may come up. It’s an impossible – but good – goal to have because if you take it seriously, it forces you to understand what you are selling and who you are selling to. Further, whether you’re selling a […]

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