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    Stand Up and Make a Change

    Stand Up and Make a Change
    Is there a new job you want to apply for but you don’t think you are qualified? Do you want to start your own business but you’re afraid you don’t know enough to make a go of it? Do you want to meet more people but you are shy and don’t function well in large groups? Do you want to be ...
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    What's Your Next Big Thing?

    What's Your Next Big Thing?
    After a long, lazy summer, September is the time when kids get back to the business of learning. As much as they complain, most of them are excited to begin new classes. It’s also a good time for adults to start new projects and endeavors. With four months left in the year, you still have time to accomplish one or more ...
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    An Entrepreneur Prepares to Pass the Torch

    An Entrepreneur Prepares to Pass the Torch
    It's a classic dilemma. A first-time entrepreneur creates a thriving company from scratch with the potential to be The Next Big Thing, but her investors thinks she needs an experienced CEO and management team to take it there. They also bet future investors will want to see seasoned leaders in place. To make this happen, the first step, traditionally, is to ...
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    Better Beats First in Business Success

    Better Beats First in Business Success
    American Express recently asked fifty of the top business bloggers to give their best advice to small business owners. Topics ranged from taking advantage of your size to outthink and outmaneuver the ‘big boys’ to staying motivated in the face of today’s economic challenges. One piece of advice that really caught my eye was from Jim Collins who said “Best beats ...
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    Successfully Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneur: Things I've learned along the way

    Successfully Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneur: Things I've learned along the way
    After 40 years of working for other people, in industry and in education, I decided it was time to go it myself. As an engineer, technical leader and executive, I had mentored and advised men and women throughout my career. I found this extremely rewarding but I wasn't sure whether I could truly develop my own consulting business. Now almost two ...
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    Six Rules for Leveraging Technology In Your Business

    Six Rules for Leveraging Technology In Your Business
    Over the past few weeks, I've been really chewing on the following six rules I created that I believe will really help you boost your business. There's a lot more technology rules and guidelines you need to keep in mind, but these six rules are one's really dear to my heart. 1.Spend money on your technology as an investment - not ...
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    Never Stop Learning

    Never Stop Learning
    It hurts to learn. Yet, learning keeps us mentally agile well into our golden years, and it's the hallmark of successful entrepreneurs. Keeping up with what you don't know has the amazing ability to transform what you do know into the next million buck idea. Constant learning is the grease we need to stay competitive. Many people slow their learning down ...
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    Restaurant Owners: You Need More Than Great Food To Thrive & Profit

    Restaurant Owners: You Need More Than Great Food To Thrive & Profit
    Great food, customer service and ambiance are some of the important ingredients that make a restaurant successful. However, many restaurants stop there and don't use technology to implement active marketing to current and prospective customers as much as they should. Ron Wilkinson of the Restaurant Marketing Group says that good food at a restaurant alone will not build the sales for ...
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    The Rise of the 'Homepreneur'

    The Rise of the 'Homepreneur'
    More than half of all U.S. businesses are based at home. These companies often are dismissed as quaint hobbyist ventures, but new research suggests that's a mistake. An estimated 6.6 million home-based enterprises provide at least half of their owners' household income. Together these "homepreneurs" employ one in 10 private-sector workers, and by many measures they're just as competitive as their ...
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    Moving Home to Expand the Family Business

    Moving Home to Expand the Family Business
    Entrepreneur: Justin Gagnon, 31 Background: After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Gagnon worked for Level 3 Communications (LVLT) in Broomfield, Colo., building order-entry systems. During a short visit home to Danville, Calif., in 2003, to help his father build a Web site for the family catering business, Gagnon came up ...
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    10 Business Mistakes for Start-Ups to Avoid

    10 Business Mistakes for Start-Ups to Avoid
    Too many people jump into a business without thinking it through. Success involves analyzing, planning, and implementing strategies for the venture. In this article, you'll find ten mistakes often made by start-ups and tips to prevent the pitfalls. 1.Not enough research on the business. The idea is not feasible or the owner lacks important information. For businesses with a physical location: ...
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    Coming Up With A Killer Business Idea

    Coming Up With A Killer Business Idea
    Do What You Love Starting a business is a blood, sweat and tears endeavor that will consume the majority of your time. If you do not pursue what you love you will not be happy and your business will most likely fail. The key questions to ask when coming up with an idea are: What am I passionate about? - Love ...
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    12 Ways To Expand Your Marketplace

    12 Ways To Expand Your Marketplace
    When expanding your business, you should explore all the strategic alternatives available to you. Select the one that makes the most sense and then prepare a plan on how to implement that strategy. There are at least a dozen common strategies and a variety of strategic combinations or special situations to choose from. We present some of those alternatives below. Expansion ...
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    How Two Colorado Software Startups Are Boosting Their Local Economies

    How Two Colorado Software Startups Are Boosting Their Local Economies
    Two small Colorado Springs-area online software start-up companies are trying to carve profitable niches in specialized markets that they hope will help them grow into key players in their industries and play a significant role in the local economy. Colorado Springs-based Four Roads LLC helps its customers build an online presence using social media and electronic commerce tools based on the ...
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    Looking to Start a Business? Now is a Good Time

    Looking to Start a Business? Now is a Good Time
    As we move into the winter months, and the economy is slowing coming out of its "economic winter," one only need look around to see that one person's recession is another's great buying opportunity. That is especially true if you are in planning and buying mode for your start-up. Few times in recent memory have been as kind to buyers of ...
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    Five ways to make 2010 a banner business year

    Five ways to make 2010 a banner business year
    Ahh, yes, it’s January again. I always feel that December flies by in a mad dash. It seems that as soon as I sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, I get up and it’s New Year’s Eve! After the rush and excitement of the holidays, I like to take time in the first few weeks of January to re-group. I plan where ...
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    5 Recession-Proof Industries

    Recession-Proof Industries The rate of job openings and new hires has steadily decreased since 2007, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And unemployment rates are holding fast at 10 percent, which also doesn't bode well. According to the December employment report, 6.1 million people face long-term unemployment. Even though experts are hollering about the impending end ...
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    SCORE: 10 Tips To Grow Your Business

    SCORE: 10 Tips To Grow Your Business
    SCORE, America's premier organization providing FREE counselors to growing businesses offered 10 practical tips to help you grow your business. All 10 points can get a boost by using technology. I've added the technology dimension, resource to each tech tip. 1. Grow your customer base. Understand your customer demographics and why they buy your products and services. Win clients over with ...
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    The Value of Design to Startups

    The Value of Design to Startups
    Over the past five years I've consulted with and/or invested in about 50 startups. I've gotten to know a lot of entrepreneurs and a fair number of the venture capital and angel investors who are backing these companies, most of which are in the consumer Internet field. And guess what? Probably more than half of the startups, and more than 90% ...
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