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Practical Market Research Resources for Entrepreneurs

by Noah Parsons

Are you starting a business? One of the first things you'll need to do is market research. Here are a few top resources to get you going. Read more »

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3 Tools That Will Turn You into a Designer

by Sara Conte

You'll still have to hire the big-gun designers for major initiatives (totally worth it), but you can get far with these simple design tools on your own. Read more »

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Protect Your Business Plan Like It’s Your Baby—Here’s How

by Jubin Shabtai

An unprotected business plan, which is the first expression of your business’s IP and trade secrets, is an open invitation for theft by competitors. Read more »

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Managing Risk and Improving Efficiency of the Supply Chain

by Andrew Armstrong

As a new startup, you’re likely well aware of how inventory costs money and how those costs can quickly add up the longer you go without orders. However, did you also know that it costs your company money when you encounter zero inventory counts? In fact, in many cases, the costs of not having products... Read more »

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What’s the Best Business Proposal Format?

by Briana Morgaine

A business proposal can often make or break your chances of securing a new client. So, how do you write a business proposal, and what’s the proper format? We're here to help. Read more »

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Episode 13: How to Solve Problems in Your Business, Human Resources, and #Zappos | The Bcast

by Nathan Stevens

In this episode, Peter and Jonathan discuss Kaizen, Kanban, and Scrum methodology and how they can be applied to small businesses. They also chat about recent changes at Zappos, and the CFO of Palo Alto Software Trevor Betenson talks about human resources and conflict resolution. Read more »

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Episode 12: How to Define Your Target Market, Guest Eric Siu, and the #MinimumWage | The Bcast

by Jonathan Michael

Peter and Jonathan discuss how to define your target market, competitive analysis with Eric Siu (The Growth Everywhere podcast), and whether or not the federal minimum wage should be increased. Read more »

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1 Dream, 84 Steps to Make It a Reality [Free Startup Checklist]

by Candice Landau

To help make your dream more achievable, we’ve created a roadmap—a startup checklist. Read more »

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When It Comes to Running a Business, Here Are 12 Things Entrepreneurs Say Are Invaluable

by Briana Morgaine

What’s your thing? You know—that thing that helps you be at your best. We asked 12 entrepreneurs for theirs, so you can try them out. Read more »

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How to Start a Successful Dental Practice

by Lisa Furgison

If your future career is in dentistry, you’re in luck—there are a growing number of opportunities for dentists. Find out how to run a practice successfully. Read more »

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If You Want to Start a Business, Start Here

by Candice Landau

If you need an extra push to get into business, this is the information that we feel will give you the chutzpah to "go get ‘em!" Read more »

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How to Hire Your First Employee

by Briana Morgaine

Eventually, all successful businesses take on employees—and that’s when the fun really begins. But to get there, you have to interview, hire, and train. Read more »

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Business Startup Tools: A Curated List of Our Favorite Tools and Resources to Build Your Company

by Noah Parsons

These are the tools that we know, love, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend—many of them we use ourselves. Use them to propel your startup into success and growth. Read more »

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How and Why to Collect Customer Email Addresses

by Lisa Furgison

Are you collecting customer contact information? Being able to connect with your customers can be extremely beneficial to your new business, especially if you’re keeping a master email list. Read more »

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The 5 Scariest People to Work With (Plus: The 3 BEST People to Work With)

by Jonathan Michael

The Vampire, the Ghost, the Zombie—under no circumstances should you put yourself in a work environment with these terrifying monsters. Read more »

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What Happened in October? A Small Business News Roundup

by Michael X. Heiligenstein

Bringing you the latest on small business news and more—this month we've got small business lending on the rise, SEO tips, and the meaning of "disruptive" in tech. Read more »

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Begin with the End in Mind: Include Your Exit Strategy in Your Business Plan

by Nate Nead

The best time to prepare for the sale of a business is from the beginning. Doing so requires keeping a pulse on your market and adjusting your business plan accordingly. Read more »

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Five Things We Learned from Starting a Community Radio Station

by Daphne Stanford

A technical guide won't teach you some of the most important lessons you need to learn if you're planning on starting something like a community radio station. Radio Boise talks about the things they learned starting and running their not-for-profit organization. Read more »

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Keep Your Startup Safe from Legal Trouble

by Mary Juetten

A seemingly inconsequential oversight can spell legal doom for a company. Here are areas to pay attention to early, before they grow into larger problems. Read more »

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How Should You Handle Unhappy Customers?

by Briana Morgaine

The old adage says “you can’t please everyone.” However, when it comes to customer complaints, this is often one time you should try to set things right. Read more »