How I Ranked First Page on Google But Still Failed

Think that hitting the first page is the SEO holy grail? Think again—there's more to it than that. If you're looking to optimize your business blog or website, here's what you should really be paying attention to.

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What Traits Should You Look for in Your Startup’s First Employees?

When you hire for your startup, you aren’t just bringing on an employee—you’re bringing on a partner, coworker, and a piece of the foundation on which you're building your business. Here's how to get it right.

By Andrew Deen | Share This

Increase Revenue and Boost Bakery Sales with These 9 Tips

To make more money for your bakery, it's important to tune into the trends. Here are nine research-backed strategies to help you grow your bakery business.

By Briana Morgaine | Share This

How to Create a Branded Website

Your brand is what the outside world thinks of you, and it's an impression you often build over time. However, these days your first impression is often made online.

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Your Small Business News Roundup 8.28.15

Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’re covering 3D printing, millennials at work, and what you need to know about Black Monday.

By Michael Hiligenstein | Share This

Contribute an Article to Bplans

If you’re interested in submitting an article to Bplans for publication, you've come to the right place. Use this submission form if you'd like to submit once-off (You can submit again in a few months). If however you'd like to become a regular columnist, please apply through our regular contributor form. Regardless of whether you're seeking to submit the occasional article, or to submit articles on a regular basis, we're still looking for the same thing: We’re looking for smart writers with a good knowledge of what it takes to start a small business, to get a business funded, or to work through the various aspects of planning a venture. We want to hear from SBDC officers, from accountants, from angel investors, from VC firms and from entrepreneurs themselves. We love a good startup story — how did you succeed? How did you navigate problems? How can you help other entrepreneurs. Even if you’ve never owned a business, if you’re willing to interview business owners, or do the research required to help others get started, we may have space for you. The one thing we do not want is self-promotional content that simply seeks to advertise a person, business or service. Content you submit should be educational, fun and creative. Topics we’d like to read more about include: Creative, or cutting-edge content. New tools, news/laws that change the game, interesting information regarding a specific topic. Interviews with small business owners / business or startup stories Industry-specific topics that relate to all areas of starting. For example, we have an article on how to start a successful coffee shop, but we don’t have one on how to market a coffee shop, how to choose equipment for a coffee shop, how to price drinks, etc. Venture capital funding and angel investment stories. What I learned from X failure stories (business failures are always an opportunity to grow or to help others grow. We want to hear about your successes but also about the things that didn’t work and what you learned). Fill out our online form.

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Fail Hard: 15 Quotes on Failing to Succeed

Is it OK to fail? Most people believe that failure is something to be embarrassed about, or to sweep under the rug. But is there something about owning our failures that gives us the keys to succeed? Included below are 15 quotes from some of history’s greatest known thinkers and leaders on why failure doesn’t have to...

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5 Ways to Spy on Your Competition

Most companies are continually looking for ways to get an edge over their competitors, and a time-honored method is simply to spy on the other guys. Technically, it falls under the category of market research, unless, of course, it’s actual spying. But, we’re not going to get into corporate espionage here—we’ll stick with the “market...

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