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Is a Small Business Your Destiny?

by Ryder Cochrane

There is a difference between having a job and having a business. In either case, you are going to be working hard to accomplish your tasks. The key difference is that, when running your own business, you control the product that you work on, and thus the work that you are doing. For a lot... Read more »

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MicroAid: Helping Entrepreneurs Rise Out of Poverty

by Angelique O'Rourke

For those living in extreme poverty in developing nations, even the most entrepreneurial people face challenges. While in recent years, the rise of microloans and microcredit programs have certainly done some good, there are new ideas cropping up about ways to create sustainable change using education, business planning skills, and technology. To learn more, we... Read more »

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Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business

by Ryder Cochrane

At first glance, the business model sounds insane—a game that you can download and play for free. Not a free trial, not on a basic account, the game can be played forever while never spending a single penny on it. You read that right—the game is free. Anybody can play it for as long as they... Read more »

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Isaiah Thomas led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA championships. Chris Webber and The Fab Five narrowly missed NCAA championships.

Bad Boys and the Fab Five: Business Lessons from Basketball History

by Jonathan Michael

In 2009, to commemorate their 30th anniversary, ESPN released a new sports documentary series called “30 for 30.” The series included 30 full-length documentary features that highlighted sports history’s most memorable moments and personalities. The series was so popular that ESPN decided to release a second volume of 30 more documentaries, produce 30 new digital... Read more »

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How To Open a Successful Bakery

The Baker’s Guide to Opening a Successful Bakery

by Lisa Furgison

Are you the one that makes killer cakes for every birthday? Do you churn out to-die-for donuts? If you’re ready to turn your talents into a profitable bakery, you’ve come to the right place. There’s money to be made in the baking biz. The baking industry accounts for $311 billion in total economic output, according... Read more »

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What I learned from appearing on Shark Tank

What I Learned From My Appearance on Shark Tank

by Lisa Furgison

It’s not everyday that a television producer handpicks you to appear on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” but that’s what happened to entrepreneur Kelly Costello. Costello is the founder of Puppy Cake, a company that sells boxed cake mix for dogs. It’s a lot like the do-it-yourself Betty Crocker cake mix, except the ingredients are changed... Read more »

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Starting a Hair Salon

How to Open a Successful Hair Salon

by Lisa Furgison

Planning to open a hair salon? Check out these tips from a salon owner with 40 years in the business. Read more »

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Starting a Business? Don’t Bid on Every Project

by Lisa Furgison

When Garry Polmateer started a consulting firm in 2010, he and his small team of employees were hungry and eager to make it in the business world. Their business, Red Argyle, helps small businesses utilize a cloud-based sales program called SalesForce. In the beginning, Polmateer was bidding on every project he could find just to... Read more »

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How to Create a Successful Etsy Shop

by Lisa Furgison

Thinking about selling on Etsy? Stephanie Maslow talks about the lessons she learned getting her jewelry shop off the ground and earning money. Read more »

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5 Tips on Growing a Successful Business

by Tim Berry

These are highlights from last week’s podcast interview of Fran Tarkenton by Stephen Lahey on Small Business Talent. These are direct quotes: When your mission is to help people, you’ve got a sustainable business plan because the byproduct of that is that they will do business with you and they will find your products and services valuable and they will pay... Read more »

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How One Entrepreneur Started a Company With His Credit Card and Became a Millionaire

by Alisa Vilabrera

I had the opportunity recently to ask Sam Jain, the CEO of Fareportal, about his experience as growing his business from an idea to a multibillion-dollar organization. Read more »

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From “Good Idea” to Funded Tech Startup: Building Hallspot

by Bailey Koharchick

So how does a business-minded person with limited computer programming abilities launch a social network? I recently interviewed Hallspot founder Sean Thorne to ask him exactly that. Read more »

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How I Got My First Customer: I Networked From the Very Start

by Bailey Koharchick

Mike and Alan both drove business to their websites by networking from the very beginning with experts in their industry. Read more »

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From a Recipe to a Restaurant: The Story of Ume Grill

by Bailey Koharchick

Armed with some savings, a killer teriyaki steak recipe and a lot of determination, Helen and Rayton taught themselves how to open and run a hugely successful food cart in Eugene, Oregon. Read more »

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How I Got My First Customer: I Traded Free Work For Paid Work

by Bailey Koharchick

Deb could have just offered her services for free to secure her first sale, but instead she bartered her way into a fully paid contract. Read more »

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How I Got My First Customer: I Called My Old Boss

by Bailey Koharchick

Both Donnie and Flynn started their own businesses off on the right foot by contracting with their former full-time employer. It's easier than you'd think. Read more »

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Meet the Grand Prize Entrepreneurs of the BEC Boost

by Bailey Koharchick

Three top-notch business plans won their writers $35,000 in cash and prizes at this year's first-ever BEC Boost. Meet the entrepreneurs (and the companies) behind the winning plans. Read more »

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How I Got My First Customer: I Marketed Myself, Not My Business

by Bailey Koharchick

Cailen Ascher of CALM biz knew that before she could get people to buy from her, she needed them to get to know her, like her and trust her. So she poured her efforts into building an amazing reputation. Read more »

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Mentoring With LivePlan: Success Story

by Caroline Cummings

David Calderon, a California high school teacher, was the mentor to two of the BEC Boost competition's grand prize winners. I had the chance recently to ask David about his successful experience coaching his students. This is what he had to say. Read more »

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How I Got My First Customer: I Created A Fake Customer

by Bailey Koharchick

Christian Gainsbrugh made up customers with very specialized needs and began "working for them" to build his portfolio. Read more »