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How to Figure Out the Amount of Investment Money Your Business Needs

How to Gauge The Amount of Startup Cash You Need

by Lisa Furgison

Learn how to gauge the amount of startup cash you need from an experienced entrepreneur. Read more »

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Joi Ito Nails It On Business Planning In This TED Talk

by Tim Berry

Here’s some great insight on the evolution of business plans and business planning, from Joi Ito, Director of MIT’s MediaLabs: Ito urges us to follow a compass rather than a map. Instead of planning out every exact points before you start, allow yourself to make the decisions you need as you go in the general... Read more »

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What the Scrambling Quarterback Says About Business Planning

What the Scrambling Quarterback Says About Business Planning

by Tim Berry

I was delighted to catch Sometimes You Have to Scramble  in my blog feed yesterday. That post on smallbizclub.com was written by pro football hall-of-gamer Fran Tarkenton, who was famous for scrambling as quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, back in the 1970s. Who better to point out two essential truths about real-world... Read more »

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What The Accelerator Experience Did For My Company

How the Accelerator Experience Improved My Startup

by Ely Greenberg

Now that I'm nearly done with the accelerator experience, I'm not burnt-out—I'm more eager than ever to be successful. Here's how accelerators keep you at the top of your game. Read more »

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How Do I Create a Plan And Stick To It?

by Tim Berry

Here are the two keys to creating an ongoing process that works. Read more »

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Everything You Need to Know About Small Business Consultants

Can a Small Business Consultant Help You Run Your Business?

by Mayra Ceja

There comes a point in every business when the owner realizes they need advice and wonders, “Should I hire a consultant?” Read more »

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How Do You Know If a Startup Accelerator Is Right For Your Company?

by Ely Greenberg

This is my take on the startup accelerator experience, and why the accelerator I chose was a good fit for my company. Read more »

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How Lean Startup Principles Shaped My Business

by Allison Berliner

Despite learning about "lean startups" in business school and at panel discussions, I often wondered if the theories were just a gimmick—until it came time to build my own business. Read more »

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Lucinda Cross

Lessons Learned: Without a Business Plan, I Had No Direction

by Lisa Furgison

As Cross realized, you can't start a business by crossing your fingers and hoping it all works out. "Without direction, there is no way you'll accomplish your goals. It's as simple as that." Read more »

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What Are Good Ways to Turn a Business Idea Into a Business Plan?

by Tim Berry

This is my answer to a Quora question, What are good ways to turn a business idea into a business plan?: Think of a business plan as a collection of interconnected modules. There’s strategy, market, milestones, tasks, measurement, review schedule, projected sales, costs, expenses … some people like verbiage, some prefer just the core concrete... Read more »