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business insurance
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6 Types of Business Insurance That Protect Small Businesses

Why do small businesses need insurance? The answer is protection. The right insurance coverage helps protect your business and acts as a safeguard against potential risks and losses across a wide range of scenarios including bodily injuries and property damage. How do you know which insurance policies your business needs? Generally, coverage tends to vary...
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...
freelance business
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3 Ways to Protect Your Freelance Business

What does the state of freelancing look like in the U.S.? According to a report from online freelance marketplace Freelancer, freelance job openings increased over 25% between the months of April through June 2020. This study revealed that, in a COVID-19 landscape as well as post-COVID landscape, the state of work and how we work...
Gen Z
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The Gen Z Guide to Starting a Business

Each generation leaves a significant mark on entrepreneurship. Gen Z is currently entering the working world in a time of great uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Gen Zers are also watching businesses make significant pivots with their business models and may be inspired to make similar moves. Why wait for a dream job when...
advice
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The Best (and Craziest) Advice I Ever Received and How It Led to My Success

Not everyone gets to the top by following the same rules, and these nine business moguls and Advisors in The Oracles are proof of that. Here, Grant Cardone, Bethenny Frankel and others share the unconventional advice they say has led to their success. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more...
wjr business beat
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Hannan Lis (Episode 50)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff features a very successful entrepreneur from the metro Detroit community, Hannan Lis, who grew the largest group of WeightWatchers franchises and then sold the company. In a LinkedIn post on his personal page, Lis wrote the following: "These are challenging times for small businesses. Pivoting, changing, adopting, and reinventing our businesses...
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What Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Need to Know About the CARES Act

Small businesses have long been referred to as the backbone of the economy. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, small businesses struggle on a day-by-day basis to weather the storm. At least three-quarters of U.S. small businesses are counting on the financial assistance of The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The full text...
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What Entrepreneurs Must Know Before Acting as Registered Agents

Shortly after incorporating or forming an LLC, small businesses must designate a registered agent. Not familiar with the term? A registered agent, often abbreviated as an RA, is the point of communication between the state and your LLC or corporation. Designated registered agents accept official documents on behalf of the business. They must organize the...
business risk
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4 Ways Franchise Ownership Minimizes Business Risk

Aspiring business owners have several choices available for how they decide to break into entrepreneurship. Two of the most common ones include starting a business from the ground up and investing in a franchise. Both allow you to be a business owner, but there are slightly different nuances in how the business is operated. How...
legal
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Before Starting a Business in 2019, Tackle These 3 Legal Areas

Planning to start a business in 2019? Here's the good news: preparing now will help to put you and your new company on the right track to success. Great idea? Check. Detailed business plan that objectively measures where you’ll take the company in the short and long-term? Check. Plans to incorporate the business to legitimize...
wine
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5 Women Entrepreneurs Disrupting the Wine Industry

One of my favorite quotes about wine is “a bottle of wine is actually alive,” as spoken by actress Virginia Madsen in the film, "Sideways." Her character, Maya, goes on to discuss wine’s continued evolution and complex lifespan. Inside every bottle is a bit of history, from the grapes grown to those who picked them...
millennial entrepreneurs
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6 Tips Millennial Entrepreneurs Need to Hear Again and Again

Millennial entrepreneurs or “millennipreneurs” face a unique set of obstacles. They graduated college during or shortly after the great recession when professional opportunities were scarce and less than promising. To top it off, the cost of living and student loan debt continue to rise while incomes stay stagnant; making it harder than ever to build...
Successful entrepreneurship
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5 Steps to Successful Entrepreneurship

Although I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 10 years, the company I co-founded is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, though. We’ve learned from our mistakes and kept planning for the future of successful entrepreneurship. What I have learned as a marketing entrepreneur can help any entrepreneur, regardless of industry. Below are...
How to Become an Entrepreneur
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From Layoff to Startup: How to Become an Entrepreneur

There is no set template to starting a business. Each model is different, as is each market, each product and each individual entrepreneur. Although planning is crucial in order for your ventures to be successful, there will always be unexpected variables in your journey. No matter what kinds of unique twists and turns are on your...
lean startup
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How to Create a Customer Centric Culture

• Customer centric companies are more successful than those focused on products or profits. • Creating a customer centric culture requires the commitment of everyone involved: from management and through all departments. • Creating a customer centric culture must be coupled with cultivating that culture. Wouldn’t it be great if your startup could become the...
effective marketing tools
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11 Tools to Automate & Streamline Your Marketing

What's the most effective marketing software your business uses? This was the question StartupNation asked of 11 successful entrepreneurs. 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, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that...
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Vision to Venture webcast is live!

Here's a link to the webcast of my 8 Secrets to Startup Success. Throughout April and into early May, I was on a seminar tour with the folks at Microsoft Office Live Small Business. The tour, Vision to Venture (aimed at women entrepreneurs), was a huge success. Hundreds of people showed up in St. Louis,...