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How to use the Small Business Administration business plan generator

We may not get a lot of help from Washington D.C. but the Small Business Administration business plan generator is one of the real exceptions to that general rule. The system breaks down into two basic components: Narratives that explain your business idea, and Spreadsheets that capture your financial projections. If you’re already in business […]

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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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How to Drive Through the Bumps on the Way to Small Biz Victory

The tax deadline is officially over and the first quarter closed. In an instant, summer will be here and then in a blink, we will be ending the year. Time flies; so don’t let your year slip by without taking action and truly achieving the success you deserve in your business. The “R” in 7 […]

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Planning for Success in Your Small Business

Need a little help establishing your business plan goals this year?  Then mark your calendars for January 21, 2014 at noon EST — The Company Corporation is hosting a free webinar on “Planning for Success in 2014.”  The program features tips from the VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software, Caroline Cummings. Cummings is […]

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HOW TO IMPRESS THE JUDGES AT A BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

I was pleased to be one of the judges at last week’s Connecticut Business Plan Competition sponsored by The Entrepreneurship Foundation (www.entrepreneurshipfoundation.org) and held at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut. Twice a year dozens of teams from the entrepreneurship classes at Connecticut’s private colleges, state universities and community colleges compete for cash awards, […]

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Make Your Business Plan a Process Not a Project

When it comes to business planning — procrastination is your enemy.  Small-business owners often avoid writing a plan because they don’t know how to do it.  It feels likes an overwhelming, intimidating, insurmountable task. Rather than looking at your business plan as a mammoth project,  think of it as a process of discovery. Unless you […]

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