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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 »


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 »


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 Andrea Vedder

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 Andrea Vedder

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


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

by Andrea Vedder

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 Andrea Vedder

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 Andrea Vedder

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 »


Meet the Grand Prize Entrepreneurs of the BEC Boost

by Andrea Vedder

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 Andrea Vedder

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 »