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Here’s How to Set Your New Business up for Success

Are you finally ready to follow your dreams and be your own boss? Do you have an incredible idea for a business that can really help solve a problem that you just know many consumers face? Becoming an entrepreneur is exciting and you probably want to jump right in now. However, it is important to...
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PetPlate Founder Discusses Navigating the Messy Middle in Business

Building and scaling a business isn’t easy, and reality quickly settles in after the initial excitement of launching your product or new business venture. Navigating this next phase of the entrepreneurial journey is difficult and creates more questions than answers. I believe author Scott Belsky summarized it best by calling this part of the journey...
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Why Entrepreneurs Should Create Core Company Values from the Start

Company values are more than just meaningless words on your company website or in your handbook. Company values are your organization’s ingrained beliefs and principles. They are one of the basic building blocks of your startup’s DNA, intertwined with your company mission and vision, that not only provides a blueprint for company strategies and decisions,...
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11 Simple Steps for Building Habits That Guarantee Success

Whether your goal is to run a multimillion-dollar business or get in shape, your habits can make or break your success. No matter how talented you are, unless you leverage the power of habit to work for you, you’re unlikely to build the momentum you need. Everyone knows what it’s like to go to bed...
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From Basement to Booming Multi-Million-Dollar Business: The Value of a Startup Mentality

Startups are known for their scrappy can-do attitudes, creativity and innovation. They inspire and empower out-of-the-box thinking to bring an idea to life through a mission-driven culture. But even as you progress beyond the startup stage of your business, there’s value in maintaining a startup mentality to drive and sustain steady growth. A startup mentality...
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6 Crucial Practices to Create a Successful Business

Many entrepreneurs focus on the mechanics and processes needed for a successful business, such as developing a website or acquiring more leads. While those are necessary to run and sustain a profitable business, there is also a less tangible (but equally powerful) focus that often gets overlooked. These are the crucial practices highly successful entrepreneurs...
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How to Choose the Right Business Partner for Your Startup

Successfully taking a seed of an idea, turning it into a product or service, and forming a full-fledged company is based on a series of critical decisions. Who you choose to go on that ride with from the very beginning is not only a crucial decision for the business you’re hoping to build, but for...
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Franchise

For someone with the financial capability, it might seem like a no-brainer to buy a franchise and capitalize on an opportunity. But the idea of stepping into the franchising world shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not only do you need knowledge of the current business model and the industry itself, but the self-awareness to recognize whether...
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Think it Through: The First 3 Steps to Business Planning

The following is adapted from “Think it Thru: Business Planning,” available at select bookstores and on Amazon. The book has a corresponding Learning Management System (LMS) with additional tools and resources. "Think it Thru" proceeds go toward funding assistance for small businesses. The first step to becoming an entrepreneur is realizing how much you do...
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5 Tips for Building a Scalable Startup from the Start

When it comes to starting a business, tasks like creating a product, assembling your team and chasing investments is challenging enough. Launching a startup, and making the transition from small, bright-eyed entrepreneur to a larger, more sustainable operation, is another beast entirely. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have managed to scrape their...
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How to Build a Brand Story Through Marketing

With research suggesting that stories are 22 times more memorable than facts, what can brands do with storytelling to ensure they remain head and shoulders above the competition? Many brands already have the foundations to build and sell their story but fail to use these to their full potential when it comes to positioning themselves with...
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9 Leading Entrepreneurs Share the One Decision That Changed Their Lives

These leading entrepreneurs and advisors in The Oracles share the decisions that led them to fulfillment and success. I listened to my gut After initially turning down “The Real Housewives,” I accepted the opportunity and became one of the first people to monetize reality TV. Another big decision was selling the intellectual property of my Skinnygirl liquor...
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3 Components of Becoming an Investable Entrepreneur

Emerging companies looking to grow their business, at some point, have exclaimed: “if I only had (fill in the business need here), then I could (fill in the business opportunity here).” The issue with that statement is that once that wish has been granted, it's highly likely it will fix one problem, but cause another....
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Why Business Design Matters for Startups

Articulating what a business stands for, and why it is unique, is the first step in the journey, though it’s also one of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs. Additionally, having no entrenched values or established practices means startups are well-placed to design a business model that is future-focused and more flexible – which helps them adapt...
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How to Move Forward When Your Startup Lacks Clear Vision

Those of us who've been in the business world for some time know what it's like to lead without a clear vision. It can be challenging to lead a team or follow a leader when we don't know exactly where we're going. It's in these moments we can lean on fundamental business practices and strategies...
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5 Steps for Transforming Your Vision Into Company Success

In the opening chapter of his book, "Double Double," author and mentor Cameron Herold writes, “Many people create goals for the future but don’t really have a vision of what their company will look like at that point.” Having goals is important, but having a clear vision of how to reach those goals often determines...