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Looking to Stand Out? Stake Out Your Niche

Your business will need to bring value to users, both customers and restaurants, and compete with established leaders like Yelp and Groupon. To be successful, you need to reach enough diners to... (more)

My New Restaurant Has Rave Reviews, But Business Is Slowing Down Dramatically. Why?

Congratulations on your initial success with starting your own restaurant. There are a few different factors to consider as well as questions you need to ask yourself to identify the causes for the... (more)

How Can I Turn Price-Sensitive Shoppers Into Customers?

Entering a new market can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor for any company. Specifically, many companies run into problems when they allocate too many resources to an unproven product, which... (more)

How Can I Grow My Home-Based Business?

It's ambitious to think big and try to expand your business beyond your home. To do so, you're probably going to have to go out of your comfort zone and explore opportunities that may... (more)

How Do I Find Someone to Run My Business?

One way to do this would be to hire two "managers" to help you run the company, and see who is better able to lead your operation over a six- to 12-month period. The key to making sure... (more)

How Can I Land My First Client?

Getting your first client can be daunting. Here are a few ideas that can help get you some results:     Make sure your flyer looks professional, and that it lists your phone number,... (more)

How Do I Value My Stake in a Business?

One thing you can do is look into valuation, valuation methods and valuation professionals. Do a web search for "valuation" and see what you turn up for fencing and solar energy. There's... (more)

How Do I Re-Start My Business?

Starting over can be smart, but also difficult. There's no set formula that applies. There are a lot of different ways to get there, but nothing is certain, nothing comes without risk and nothing... (more)

How Should I Donate Business Sales to Charity?

If you plan to include charitable contributions as a regular part of your business model, you will want to be "transparent" regarding three important issues: Identity, amount and... (more)

How Can I Attract More Customers?

It depends on several factors. Begin by asking yourself what makes your Internet cafe different or special. Is it the cool place to be because of the decor or music? Is it in a popular or... (more)

Can a Partial Partner Shut Down a Business?

Shuttering a business because the other partner won't pony up is a clear sign of discord. The partner demanding the contribution could either be trying to (unfairly) precipitate a rift, or could be... (more)

Should I Change My Company's Name?

Any time you form a new company you are, essentially, starting from scratch in building up the business credit associated with that company. If you don't have a bank account or other credit... (more)

How Do I Sell My Product to a Retail Store?

Certification or license requirements vary by region, so you'll have to check with your local and state regulations offices to find out. In the meantime, I recommend that you visit a local hardware... (more)

Can Vets Get a Special Deal on Franchises?

Being a veteran is a huge advantage if you're thinking of getting into the franchise business. Franchise companies have learned that veterans can make excellent franchisees. They are typically... (more)

How Can I Find Market Information for My Business Plan?

First remember that you'll need information to help you make the right business decisions, not information for information's sake. The website at cens (more)

How Can I Find Out Whether a Business Name Is Already Taken?

There are a few places that you'll want to look to see if anyone else is using the same company name. First, if you are filing "Beauty Room" as a DBA -- short for "doing business... (more)

How Can I Find an Attorney for My Startup?

Do you have friends in business in your area? Do you respect their judgment in business matters? If you do, who do they use for those services? The best way to find accountants and lawyers... (more)

Where Can I Find a Reputable Wholesaler?

It's important you find a wholesaler who you can work with and trust. There are some steps you can follow to ensure you find one that fits those needs. First, and this may sound obvious,... (more)

How Can I Get an M.B.A. to Help on a Project?

Talk to the faculty first. The institution has to participate to legitimize a work-study situation for some kind of course credit, and then everybody wins. Most business schools love to put... (more)

What Goes into a Nonconfidential Overview of My Business?

Nonconfidential overviews are often used in situations where companies are seeking investment capital, grants, or promoting venture opportunities. It's a way of communicating your business... (more)
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