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For This Teenpreneur, Running a Jewelry Business is a “Snap”

Maddie Bradshaw came up with the idea for Snap Caps and M3 Girl Designs when she was 10 years old. Now 15, Maddie teamed up with her mom and 11-year-old …

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Digital Media Guru Dishes on How to Start a Podcast Business

Gone are the days when the podcast community was marginalized as a digital repository of programming for people without adequate talent to break into mainstream radio or television broadcasting. Today, …

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The Big Small Business Event at SXSW

Forget the film premieres and live concerts. Startups and entrepreneurs have taken center stage at the South by Southwest (SXSW) extravaganza in Austin, which runs March 11-20. Twitter got its …

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7 Small Businesses You Can Start in Your Living Room

Got that entrepreneurial itch but don’t know what to do with it?  Consider launching a business that you can run right from your living room. Just because you start a …

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How Airbnb Solved a Lodging Crisis and Got Its Big Break

Brian Chesky was an aspiring entrepreneur trying to figure out how to make next month’s rent when he stumbled upon the idea that would become Airbnb. A design conference was …

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The 10 Best Entrepreneurs from the Movies

Even on the silver screen it takes small business to keep things running. With Oscar season officially underway, we took a look some of the best — or at least …

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Five Resources to Help Military Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

If you’re a member of the U.S. military, you’ve been trained for battle and you know how to think on your feet. So when your time in active duty is …

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The Smart Way to Use a Credit Card For Your Business

The conventional wisdom says that it’s a terrible idea, but a survey done last year by the Small Business Association found that nearly 60 percent of small businesses used credit …

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From Amateur to Pro: One Photographer’s Journey

Located in South Lake Tahoe, California, Melina Wallisch intended her family blog to be a place to document their lives through photography. Inspired by her photos, friends started asking Melina …

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Franchising 101: How to Buy a Franchise

According to, more than $1 trillion in products are sold annually through franchises in the United States. That’s why franchises remain one of the fastest growing segments of the …

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Embrace Your Smallness to Succeed

For many small businesses, the best strategy is to think small, not big. Focus on building your core competency, meeting short-term goals, attracting the right customers, and making small gains. More »

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How to Launch a Business – Part 4, Finding Customers

If your new company is ready to work with customers, how do you find your first one? How do you find more? How do you keep your customers satisfied and …

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How to Launch a Business – Part 3, Getting Up and Running

Don’t think of launching a business as a sprint to the finish line. It’s more like a marathon that requires the proper training, equipment, and support. It may sound nice …

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How to Launch a Business – Part 2, Raising Money

How do you raise the money for your new idea? Do you dig deep into your own pockets? How do you tactfully ask for help from family and friends? Where …

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How to Launch a Business – Part 1, Finding an Idea

So you want to start your own business. Good for you. But what’s the first step? How do you raise the money? How do you get it off the ground? …

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