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8 Reasons to Start Your Business in 2019

Are you dreaming of starting your own business but hesitant to get things moving? If so, you’re not alone. Many future entrepreneurs face the same concern, never quite sure if now is the right time. However, when it comes to small business, 2019 shows some signs of promise, and if you’re considering taking the plunge, this...
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How This Entrepreneur Started a Business to Help New Parents

Nicole Johnson is the president and owner of The Baby Sleep Site, a resource for new parents who are trying to help their babies, toddlers and preschoolers sleep better. The company provides assistance with issues like sleeping through the night and taking longer naps through free blog articles, e-books, audio recordings and live chat services...
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How to Win a Small Business Grant

When Rachel Irons won Nav’s first small business grant for her company Founding Foods,  it wasn’t just about the money. “To have a much larger company choose us and trust us with with such a sum of money felt incredibly validating,” she explained. “All the hard work we’ve been putting in was recognized and appreciated...
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How Customer Feedback Informs This Startup’s Growth

Ada Chen Rekhi is the founder and COO of Notejoy, a collaborative notes app that helps teams tackle projects outside the noise of email and Slack. Rekhi is leveraging years of experience in the collaboration space to build a business that is concentrated on giving its core customer base the ability to get their most...
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When Should You Incorporate Your Business?

Starting a business involves a lot of decisions, one of which is when to incorporate and form a legal entity. Do you wait until you start making real money? When should a small business incorporate? “Right away,” encourages small business attorney, Garrett Sutton. He’s seen firsthand the problems that can arise when small business owners...
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Distill Your Business Plan Into the Perfect Elevator Pitch

You’ve spent plenty of time polishing your business plan, and you know that the only thing separating that plan from reality is that one golden opportunity to present it to the right person.  Lucky for you, as you wait in line for your morning cup of coffee, that perfect person just so happens to be doing...