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millenial girl

Stop Bad-mouthing the Millennial Generation and Read the Facts

by Brian Eckert

At the end of June, U.S. employers listed more available jobs—4.7 million—than at any point since 2001. Unemployment is also falling, while consumer confidence has stabilized. By multiple measures, the economy is in better shape now than at any point over the last few years. So why are many twenty-somethings more interested in creating their own job than they are in accepting a job from somebody else? The issue is a complex one, not least because the next generation of would-be entrepreneurs lacks the basic skills and knowledge needed to get a business up and running. Read more »

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What is a benefit corporation?

What Is a Benefit Corporation?

by Angelique O'Rourke

I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... Read more »

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social enterprise

What Is a Social Enterprise?

by Angelique O'Rourke

A social enterprise is defined by its mission, specifically that it makes a positive contribution to a social cause. Because of this, the structure of a social enterprise can vary. Nonprofits are certainly social enterprises, but many for-profit companies fall into this category by making the conscious decision to have their focus be an altruistic... Read more »

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What is an L3C?

What is an L3C?

by Angelique O'Rourke

In recent years, socially-minded entrepreneurs have begun testing a new type of business entity: the L3C, or Low Profit Limited Liability Corporation. A low-profit limited liability company, or an L3C, is a legal structure (a variation on a limited liability company or LLC) that is relatively new to the United States. The United Kingdom began... Read more »

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mobile security

The Future of Mobile Security for Small Business

by Brittany Klontz

For most businesses, smartphones and tablets have already become regular pieces of office furniture, chirping and buzzing beside an employee’s computer. Under a workplace protocol called BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device,” employees tote their own tech with them into the office, using them to complete their tasks. BYOD is already quite common. The Forrester... Read more »

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The Basics of Small Business Loans [FREE WEBINAR]

by Jonathan Michael

Are you a small business owner or thinking about finally starting your own business? If so, then you have probably wondered about your financing options. Join us on Friday, June 13 at 12pm ET/9am PT for “The Basics of Small Business Loans,” a free webinar that will give you an overview of financing for small... Read more »

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Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs and Pursuing Entrepreneurship

by David Nilssen

The number of Americans quitting their jobs is at a 5-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entrepreneurial activity has also been on the rise as of late, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Could these trends be related? I’d say so. During the recession, Americans were staying put in their jobs even... Read more »

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Ideas Make or Break Your Business

by Caroline Cummings

I don’t know about you, but I come up with a new idea every day. However, ideas without execution are merely thoughts in one’s own head. The writer Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best: “Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.” Ideas are key to... Read more »

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How 5 Million Small Businesses Make and Save Money

by Bailey Koharchick

Intuit, the makers of the accounting software QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online, recently pulled from their customer base of nearly 5 million entrepreneurs and the download activity in the Inuit App Center to figure out how small business owners are managing their companies and staying productive. What tools are they using, and what choices are they... Read more »

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

by Caroline Cummings

The New York Times' columnist Adam Bryant sums it up in his book by saying that “culture is the X factor that will determine who wins in the long run.” Read more »

funding

Tip of the Week: Key Insight Into Crowdfunding

by Sabrina Parsons

A lot of times people want to ask me about crowd funding. What is it? Is it legal? Read more »

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How to Keep Your Resolutions and Dominate in Business

by Bailey Koharchick

With strategy, and a plan, I think I could keep my resolutions and accomplish a lot in 2014. This doesn't just apply to personal resolutions—think of your business, and all of the goals you want to set for it. You can reach those goals if you have strategies and a plan for implementing them. Read more »

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Considering Buying a Franchise? Watch This First

by Bailey Koharchick

If you are thinking about opening a franchise, be sure to watch our Google Hangout on "How to Choose a Franchise That's Right For You" first. Read more »

Black Friday Sale Starts Tomorrow!

by Bailey Koharchick

Announcing Palo Alto Software’s second-annual Black Friday sale on LivePlan, the award-winning tool for planning, tracking, and managing your business from anywhere at anytime. Between Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 4 p.m. PST and Monday, Dec. 2, at midnight PST, you can buy access to an entire year of LivePlan for just $99. That’s 60 percent... Read more »

funding

How to Pitch Your Business to Angel Investors [FREE WEBINAR]

by Bailey Koharchick

Join Caroline Cummings and David Rose on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am PST, for a free webinar on how to pitch your business to investors. Read more »

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Infographic on Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed

by Tim Berry

Congrats to Michigan for its #1 showing here among grad schools for entrepreneurship. Read more »

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#TrackThis Episode 1: What Should You Be Tracking in Your Business?

by Bailey Koharchick

Every business owner knows they need to look at sales and costs to help determine their success. But what else should you be tracking in your business? Read more »

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#TrackThis to Ask a Professional Accountant Your QuickBooks Questions

by Bailey Koharchick

Are you stuck trying to organize your business’s finances? Are you having trouble using QuickBooks or making QuickBooks financial reports? Do you need a better handle on reading your balance sheet, or preparing your cash flow statement? Is bookkeeping taking up way too much of your time? The first-ever #TrackThis TweetChat, hosted by @Bplans and... Read more »

Furloughed? We Want to Give You a Free LivePlan Account

by Bailey Koharchick

Are you or someone you know a furloughed government worker? If so, we want to help you out. Read more »

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Today For The First Time in 80 Years, You Can Ask Total Strangers to Invest in Your Business

by Bailey Koharchick

As of September 23, 2013, American businesses can advertise that they are raising money, and it won't be considered a crime. Read more »