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Dealing with fear in a startup business

By Cliff Ennico “I was laid off from a corporate job a couple of years ago. “I tried finding another job but there was nothing out there for someone over the age of 50. “A few months ago I learned about a local retail business that was for sale. With the help of a business […]

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5 personal building-block attributes of a successful entrepreneur

By Paulyne Antoniou Do you have what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur? The qualities required to be a successful entrepreneur are reflected in your regular, day-to-day life and recognizing them is easy enough once you examine how you handle yourself in everyday scenarios. Some of these seemingly insignificant characteristics can be turn […]

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Small business dreams: The most searched-for businesses [#infographic]

By Collin Czarnecki Dreaming of starting a small business? If you’re envisioning a clothing line, restaurant, bar, food truck, or a gym, then you’re not alone. According to research examining national and state-level Google search trends, those businesses are among the top 20 most popular types of businesses that aspiring entrepreneurs are searching for on […]

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7 reasons why investors won’t back your startup

No, no, no! Toddlers expect to hear that, but when you’re a grown adult with an idea for “the next big thing” and investor after investor tells you no, it’s not only painful, it can ruin your life plans. With my background in investing and knowing many in the field, let me give you a […]

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How to get a great ‘startup’ education fast and cheap

It doesn’t matter what kind of education you’ve had when you start a new job, some 90 percent of the information and skills you’ll need to be successful will come from hands-on experience. This is one of the biggest reasons I encourage people to start their own business. They will acquire skills more quickly through […]

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Thinking startup? Consider these three special U.S. states

People migrate to where the jobs are. Similarly, it’s generally a wise strategy for entrepreneurs to migrate to where it’s easiest to found a business. If that’s true, what should you be looking for? I suggest that you want a state with a good overall climate for business where you can easily find banks willing […]

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Is your state in the top 10 for online business friendliness?

Almost every week we see a new article with a headline like “10 best cities for startups” or “10 most business-friendly states.” Frontier Communications, the digital, long distance, cable TV, and Internet service provider, just released their “Top 10” list and it has a specific focus that makes it interesting: 10 Friendliest States for Online […]

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How to use ROBS to get a financial advantage for your business

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of 401(k) Business Financing for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The relationship between startups and banks is – more often than not – a tenuous and uneasy one. While many business owners view banks as “too big to fail,” thousands of those same entrepreneurs wanting to […]

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2 strategies to start your small business while working another job

There are thousands of wannabe-entrepreneurs sitting at desks right now who want to dump their jobs. What they need is a strategy so they can start their small business while working their full-time job. This is the ultimate – and in many cases, the most difficult – way to bootstrap your new business. But, arguably […]

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From a Tiny Grain of Sand

By Cliff Ennico Editor’s note: This week’s column is an excerpt from a talk given by Cliff Ennico to participants in a recent business plan competition. It was a pleasure to be a judge at this year’s competition. You are all to be congratulated on the amount of work you put into your business plans, […]

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