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9 Pieces of Technology Every Entrepreneur Should Invest in This Year

by Scott Gerber

The technology world is moving fast. While not every new piece of equipment or software can speed up your business, you should stay up to date. That’s why we asked nine entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what will help them transform their startup this year. 1. An internal chat platform Many companies still rely on... Read more »

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9 Tips for Making Your Offline Advertisements Super Effective

by Scott Gerber

Sure, customers may click on ads when they’re all over their browser windows, but in the age of digital, how can you make sure that your offline campaigns are gaining as much traction? To find out, we asked nine entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what strategies have worked best. 1. Include a call to action... Read more »

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5 Marketing Mistakes I Made as a New Entrepreneur

by Lisa Furgison

After years of working for micromanaging bosses, working ten-hour days, and feeling completely drained at the end of a workweek, my husband and I decided to call it quits. We left our jobs in the media world and started our own business, McEwen’s Media. Our business is an extension of the work we did for the... Read more »

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The Candy Queen Store: A Story of Struggle and Perseverance for Entrepreneurs

by Anton Fraga

Have you ever noticed that children have a universal desire to play dress up? Kids love to be creative with their sense of fashion: they cover themselves in stickers, wear tutus with rain boots, adorn their heads with flowers and princess crowns. Mel Buchanan, owner of the Candy Queen Store, took notice. With drive and... Read more »

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Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

by Jonathan Michael

Last week, Bplans members had the opportunity to attend our free webinar, “14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded.” Our featured speaker was Caroline Cummings, the VP of Business Development at Palo Alto Software. As the former co-founder and CEO of two technology companies, Caroline has experienced both start-up failures and successes, and... Read more »

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How to Become Your Own Boss in 2015 (Webinar Recap)

by Sabrina Parsons

Are you unhappy with your current job? Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? Before you quit, you need to create a plan. I had the opportunity to speak with Melinda Emerson, the “SmallBizLady” and America’s #1 small business expert, who took the opportunity to share with us her proven, step-by-step method to... Read more »

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15 Surprising Perks Employees Love

by Scott Gerber

A happy team leads to a good product, so keeping your employees positive should make the top of your to-do list. Below, 15 founders from Young Entrepreneur Council share the surprising perks your employees might really care about. 1. Lunch I never realized how much our employees loved and appreciated lunch until we skipped it for a... Read more »

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9 Ways to Thank Your Favorite Customers

by Scott Gerber

It’s that time again—when we thank our customers for their business this past year and encourage them to stick with us throughout the next. But how can we do this in a more personal, human way than automated thank you emails? Nine entrepreneurs from YEC share their simple but effective ways to show appreciation for their... Read more »

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5 Surprising Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

by Erin Baebler

There is much written about what it takes to be a successful business owner. Passion, focus, and persistence show up again and again as traits you must have if you want to be an entrepreneur. However, we’ve uncovered some additional behaviors that don’t traditionally go along with the busy life of an entrepreneur but that can be of great benefit. Here are five traits of successful entrepreneurs that might surprise you. Read more »

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13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails

by Scott Gerber

With so much inbox clutter these days and especially at this time of the year, how can you get more customers to open emails from you, especially emails containing important account information? We asked 13 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their tips. 1. Do a drip email campaign Your email might not reach everyone on the first send:... Read more »

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16 PR Strategies Every Small Business Should Stop Using Right Now

by Scott Gerber

PR can do wonders for your startup or small business, but not all strategies have proven to be effective. Below, 16 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share the one PR strategy they think all startups and small businesses should stop using, and why. 1. Over-the-Top Self-Promotion Press releases are a tool for getting your company’s name out... Read more »

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10 Ways to Develop Your Leadership Team

by Scott Gerber

Leadership development is an employee perk many don’t outright recognize, or greatly appreciate. We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to explain how they provide their executive team with coaching to help them grow personally and professionally. 1. Split the Cost of a Business Coach The wonderful thing about coaching is that it improves... Read more »

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10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014

by Scott Gerber

Whether or not you can believe it, 2015 is quickly approaching. What have you accomplished? Where has your business taken you? We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how they are spending the end of the year. 1. Saying Thank You Thanking your people. Our professionals are at the center of everything... Read more »

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14 Ingredients for Innovation

by Scott Gerber

To succeed, companies—especially startups—need to have innovative approaches to solving everyday challenges. But not every company has this skill. To find out what businesses should do to improve upon this, we asked founders from YEC ingredients for innovation most companies are lacking. Their answers are below. 1. True Collaboration Most companies need to shift somewhat from their original... Read more »

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Planning to show your friends your business idea? Keep these tips in mind.

7 Things to Consider When Raising Money from Family or Friends

by Scott Gerber

It’s tempting to ask friends and family to invest in your work when first starting a company. Money is tight and they want to help. However, soliciting money from loved ones can be a risky venture. To help mitigate this risk, we asked seven entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council what rules one should always have in place before raising money from family... Read more »

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13 Ways to Make Your Online Business an Attractive Purchase

by Scott Gerber

There’s a lot to think about when you’re looking to sell. From keeping your operations smooth to scouting potential buyers, getting ready to pass along your business takes a lot of work. However, this process is easier if your company is an attractive option for potential buyers. To find out how successful founders had managed... Read more »

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9 Metrics Every Entrepreneur Should Know about Their Business Offhand

by Scott Gerber

There’s no excuse for not knowing how much money you are taking in, or how many people have purchased your product. Yet you might be surprised how easily business owners are stumped by questions like these. That’s why we asked nine members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what metrics all founders should be aware of—always. Here’s what they had to say: 1. Cash on... Read more »

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5 Ways to Survey Your Customers Without Annoying Them

by Scott Gerber

Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... Read more »

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12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

by Scott Gerber

What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,... Read more »

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How to Become an Entrepreneur Overnight

by Candice Landau

Is it possible to become an entrepreneur overnight? Is there a switch you can flick? And if so, how do you do it? Here's my answer along with 5 key ingredients that I believe contribute to the make up of all the best entrepreneurs. Read more »