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13 Cool Ideas for Upgrading Your Office

| April 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

Research shows people are happier if they like their office space. What is one tip you would give a fellow entrepreneur looking to make a fun, employee-friendly office upgrade? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, […]

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Why Being Found Online Matters For Your Small Business

| April 18, 2013 | 3 Comments

Whether your small business launched 5 decades, 5 years or 5 minutes ago, the Internet can bring new customers in the door or get the phones ringing. How? Marketing online within a local geographic area, commonly referred to as local search marketing. For starters, the Internet is by far the most convenient and resourceful source […]

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Take Care of the Future of Your Small Business

| April 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Taking care of the future is the sort of thing that insurance companies talk about quite a lot. An insurance policy is after all in essence a prospective request for financial assistance in case something in the future goes wrong. However, whereas we might be quite comfortable thinking about possible futures, a lot of people […]

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5 Little Changes that Can Take Your Small Business to the Next Level

| March 31, 2013 | 4 Comments

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has revealed that “49 percent of establishments survive 5 years or more; 34 percent survive 10 years or more; and 26 percent survive 15 years or more”. In other words, the probability of your business surviving the next 5 year is less than its probability of failing […]

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5 Crucial Steps for Starting Your Own Business

| March 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

Starting a business takes a lot of courage, time and creativity. You have to take a big risk personally and financially. As you take the leap, make sure you are also crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s. There are a few crucial steps you must take to not only start your business, but start […]

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26 Awesome Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

| March 27, 2013 | 43 Comments

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, and principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity–principles that give […]

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What Small Businesses Must Learn From Bigger Corporations

| March 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

Small businesses lack the resources and funds that bigger corporations typically have. But every big corporation once started out small. Small businesses can learn valuable lessons by taking a cue from big players. Focus on Customer Service Just because you don’t have a dedicated customer service team doesn’t mean you can’t adopt a service mentality. […]

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Top 30 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs 2013

| March 19, 2013 | 94 Comments

One of the most important things you’ll do when starting your business is to pick where to setup shop. You want to find a place that offers business resources but also the lifestyle and culture that you want. The below list breaks down 30 cities across the United States into three different categories based on […]

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5 Keys to Keep Your Small Business from Stagnating

| March 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

If you are still wrestling with shriveling margins and giving away more and more “value-added” service for free, its time you discovered what the big companies figured out a long time ago. The key to greater success is embracing supply chain principles. This was affirmed at a recent Kauffman Foundation presentation in Washington, DC on […]

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Advertising on a Bootstrapper’s Budget? 15 Tips for Making It Work

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

How should bootstrappers allocate resources for marketing and advertising? How do you figure out what’s reasonable when your company is still new? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free […]

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