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A Retiree’s Second Act as a Small-Business Owner

The word “entrepreneur” typically conjures images of professionals in their 20s and 30s. But that stereotype often misses the mark, because baby boomers engage in more entrepreneurial activity than Millennials …

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Canada Launches a New Visa Program for Entrepreneurs

Canada is rolling out the red carpet for immigrant entrepreneurs in the hopes of becoming a choice destination for startup ventures. The new Start-Up Visa Program went into effect April …

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The Top Cities for Female Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC]

The number of female entrepreneurs is on the rise and (thanks in part to Lean In) so is their optimism about growth opportunities for their business. Where are the best cities …

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Lemonade Day Gives Kids a Chance to Explore Entrepreneurship

What was your first business? For many of us, it was the classic lemonade stand. Finding the best location for a booth, pricing the product, and dealing with customers can …

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How to Get In On the Gluten-Free Dining Trend

An increasing number of restaurant diners are passing on the bread basket and other wheat-based items these days. About 1 percent of Americans have celiac disease, which makes them intolerant …

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How 3-D Printing Could Transform Your Business

What do you know about 3-D printing? If you’re like many of us, you know that it exists, but you’re not quite sure how it works. Yet this rapidly growing …

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Browsing Fees: A New Retail Strategy or the End of Bricks-and-Mortar?

Georgina Fatseas-Sano, owner of Celiac Supplies, a specialty food store offering gluten- and wheat-free products in Brisbane, Australia, had had enough. Earlier this year, she posted a sign in her …

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6 Tips for Starting a Business After Age 50

Just because you aren’t fresh out of college doesn’t mean you can’t start a business. Entrepreneurs who are in their 50s and older are sometimes called “boomerpreneurs.” Often, they’re professionals …

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6 Ways to Thrive During Unpredictable Times

Six out of 10 independent business owners believe that uncertainty in Washington is having a negative effect on the U.S. economy, a March survey by Newtek Business Services shows. The …

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Are Poor Passwords the Weak Link in Your Business?

Passwords are designed to authenticate users and prevent unauthorized access to digital devices and online accounts. However, relying on weak codes and softball security questions — or neglecting to use …

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How to Be Productive While You’re on the Road

Business doesn’t stop because you’re traveling. You still have deadlines to meet, issues to resolve, emails to answer, and a company to run. If you travel often, learning to stay …

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Is Passion Enough to Start a Small Business?

Anyone who’s ever considered starting his or her own business has heard the following: “You have to love what you do.” “Start a business around something you feel passionate about.” …

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Running Your Business on the Go

Thanks to mobile technologies like smartphones and tablet PCs, it’s becoming easier for modern small-business owners to run their companies without an official office. Skipping this formality saves overhead costs …

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6 Steps to a Paperless Workplace

Some small-business owners are hesitant to shift to a paperless workplace because the transition seems overwhelming. But the switch doesn’t have to happen overnight. If you need motivation to get started, …

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How to Stay Motivated While Running Your Small Business

When your small business is flourishing, staying motivated is rarely an issue. But when you’re experiencing setbacks or feeling like you’re in a slump, your personal drive may take a …

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