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Finance Expert Coaches Etsy Sellers in New Book

When Etsy launched in 2005, the e-commerce site turned thousands of hobbyists into professional craftspeople. Woodworkers, knitters, seamstresses, and others suddenly had a virtual storefront through which they could sell …

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Author Brad Feld on Building Sustainable Startup Communities

Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley get ample credit for fostering startups. But they aren’t the only places conducive to business launches. In his new book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial …

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Built to Sell

How ‘Sellable’ Is Your Business?

Ever dream of selling your business for a profit? Or maybe you’d like to know what prospective buyers think of your company’s potential? Entrepreneur and angel investor John Warrillow developed …

Ramon Alvarez

Ramon Alvarez Takes On Detroit with Electric Vehicles

Fascinated with cars all his life, Ramon Alvarez is finally realizing one of his longtime dreams: bringing affordable electric vehicles to the masses. “My conviction and my passion … fuel …

Susan Battley

10 Things Every Leader Should Say

As a business owner, what you say reveals as much about your leadership skills as what you do. Using the right words at the right time will increase the odds …

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How to Master the Elevator Pitch

“People love their businesses, but when it’s time to sell who they are and what they do, there’s a reluctance to sound too ‘salesy,’” says Terri Sjodin, founder of Sjodin …

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Put the Heart Back into Your Business

Too many business owners lose sight of their original vision and the reasons they went into business, says Rasheed Ogunlaru (pictured), a U.K.-based business coach and author of the new …

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American Restoration’s Rick Dale Fixes Stuff, Makes Money

Rick Dale is restoring America, one vintage item at a time. The 53-year-old entrepreneur has established a reputation as a master craftsman who can turn a rusty 1950s soda machine …

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Local Merchants Alliances Gain Traction

Small businesses competing with big-box retailers and other chains in the San Francisco Bay Area have devised strategy for wooing customers into their stores: Join forces to promote one another. …

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grant cardone

5 Ways to Turn Your Small Business Around

Do you ever feel like your business is clinging to survival? Or that you’re one lost client or bad Yelp review away from bankruptcy? Saving a small business from the …

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Marc Benioff on Why Entrepreneurs Should Give Money Away Now

Marc Benioff is encouraging successful entrepreneurs to start giving away their fortunes now, instead of amassing their wealth and becoming philanthropic later in life. Easy for him to say, right? …

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Applying “The Laws of Subtraction”

As a small-business owner, you’re probably always thinking about what more you could do to improve your business, whether it’s adding new products, services, features, employees, or locations. But author …

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What Startup Competition Judges Look for in Winners

Winning a startup competition often brings in more than mere recognition: The spoils of victory can include prize money and investment capital, introductions to venture capitalists and potential partners, public …

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Talking Sports and Business with Brandon Steiner

Growing up poor in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brandon Steiner (pictured) never dreamed that one day he’d own Yankee Stadium, the home field of the New York Yankees. As CEO of Steiner …

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New Book Shares 183 Tips for Entrepreneurs, from Entrepreneurs

As regular readers of this blog will surely attest, small-business owners love to share tips about everything from launching a company during a recession to creating a great customer experience. …

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