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7 Tips for Creating the Best ‘About Us’ Content

Entrepreneurs who are successful at fundraising understand one overarching principle: Investors put their money in people, not in business plans. At the end of the day, the top venture capitalists invest in the people they believe in. Folks with fantastic ideas and business plans can walk through the door, but if the investors don’t believe […]

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Revealed: The Science of Small Business Success

If you roll a ball along a flat surface, it will simply continue in the direction you’ve pushed it, unless it hits something – or something hits it – to change its course. People are basically the same. We continue along the path we’ve chosen unless something outside of ourselves changes our direction. We are […]

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The four requirements for a sales team to succeed on ‘auto pilot’

In a previous post, I outlined how many small business owners and solopreneurs alternate between looking for clients and working for clients. When they’re busy with projects, they stop filling their sales funnel with prospects. To break this cycle, you need to automate funnel filling and there are two modes of automation: setting loose a […]

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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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