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veterans
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5 Things Veterans Should Know About Starting a Business

Pursuing a second career after leaving the military can be challenging, which is why a growing number of veterans choose to become entrepreneurs. A 2018 study by the the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy reported that there were over 379,000 veteran-owned employer businesses in the U.S., and overall, 6.8 percent of all employer businesses...
mentor
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How to Find the Right Business Mentor for You and Why It Matters

Throughout life, mentors provide support and valuable lessons. Nowhere is this truer than in the business world.   Having someone to guide you through your career -- or part of it, at least -- can be the key to success. A mentor can be anyone from a senior colleague to a boss to a highly...
publicity
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3 Unexpected Sources of Publicity for Your Startup

As a new entrepreneur, you might overlook valuable sources of publicity for your business in favor of aiming for big press logos. But winning press from major online outlets doesn’t always impact your bottom line, nor is it cost efficient for new businesses. There’s a good chance that the following unexpected sources of publicity will...
program launch
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5 Strategies to Turn Around a Program Launch That Isn’t Working

If you’re a few days into your program launch and you’re disappointed by lack of results, don’t waste your time by wallowing in what you think is failure. Before diving into these five steps, first recognize that no matter the situation, your launch is not a failure. I like to tell my clients that every...
women angel investors
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6 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Successfully Pitch to Women Angel Investors

The stats for women in investing are somewhat bleak. Only 11% of VC partners are women, and as a whole, women angel investors have only reached 22%. On the entrepreneur side, things look better, with over 40% being women. However, things are starting to look up even more. According to the Angel Capital Association (ACA),...
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3 Lessons for Balancing a Side Hustle When Launching a Business

Any founder will tell you that starting a new business while working another job (or two for that matter) is lousy. Figuring out what that side hustle, or main hustle, will be to support launching this new endeavor is going to suck up two things in your life: your time and attention. But it’s important...
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Small Business Drive and Passion: What Keeps an Entrepreneur Going?

If you are an entrepreneur just starting out, you’ve probably already gotten a glimpse into the hard work that goes into launching and running a business. While it’s rewarding, there can be sleepless nights and a slew of new challenges you did not anticipate. You’re not alone – a new study this summer by OnePoll...
business partnership
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How to Set Expectations in a Business Partnership to Ensure Success

It’s an exciting moment in the life cycle of a startup when an entrepreneur decides to establish a partnership. Businesses that create partnerships together are able to align with like-minded brands that support and enhance each other’s services. This helps create partnerships that are mutually beneficial to both partners. Over time, one successful business partnership...
coworking spaces
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The Best Coworking Spaces in Detroit for Your Hybrid Work Model

Many companies are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a hybrid work model, meaning some employees will return to the office at least part-time, but others will collaborate remotely. Navigating what this working plan actually looks like can be tricky. When — and where — can your team get together? Coworking spaces support hybrid work...
business mentor
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Why You Need a Business Mentor (and Where You Can Find One)

Mattie Mae Larson has a growing business in Hawaii turning trash into treasure. Her company, Upcycle Hawaii, creates wallets, zipper pouches, bookmarks, beach totes and a plethora of other products. All of Upcycle Hawaii’s items are made from post-consumer waste diverted from local landfills. While her business has been built with blood, sweat and tears,...
in-person events
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How to Plan Successful In-Person Events in a Post-Pandemic Landscape

The pandemic changed how people interact with one another, but it could not squash the need for in-person connections that engage audiences. As vaccines roll out and restrictions ease, in-person events are slowly returning: A recent PULSE Survey notes that 81% of survey responders plan on holding in-person events in 2021. Post-pandemic, there is pent-up...
thought leader
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How to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader in Your Industry

When asked "who are you?" you might answer the question by saying “I’m a business owner” and sharing the name of your business and its offerings or services. As a thought leader, you might want to expand on your answer. Who are you? What is your background? Why did you decide to pursue entrepreneurship? What...
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5 Tricks That Will Boost Your LinkedIn Company Page

How often do you update your LinkedIn company page? Many successful entrepreneurs utilize the professional networking platform to show off the best of what their business has to offer, from sharing job openings to posting videos about their products and offerings. Other novice business owners may not utilize their company LinkedIn page as frequently —...
TikTok
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The 4 Key Steps to TikTok Success for Startup Brands

With over 680 million active users worldwide, TikTok has become a force to be reckoned with. It's offered in 155 countries, has the highest social media engagement rates per post, and nine out of 10 TikTokers use the app multiple times a day. A major perk is that it's still in its early stages, so...
VC partner
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How to Find the Perfect VC Partner, Even During Times of Uncertainty

While the pandemic has certainly had an impact on the startup space, speculations were off about one thing: venture capital. It didn’t dry up: Venture investors poured $150 billion into North American companies in 2020, up about 7% from 2019 levels. All was not rosy, however, as first-time financings comprised only a fraction of that...